Friday, July 21, 2017

Manga Review: The Water Dragon's Bride, Volume 2, by Rei Toma

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Volumes: 6+
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 3.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A modern-day girl gets whisked away to a strange land where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god!
In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! What plans are in store for her, and what will happen when she comes face to face with this god?
After a ritual in the village leaves her hovering on the brink of death, Asahi is rescued by the power of the water dragon god! Has he awakened to feelings of compassion, or does Asahi need to flee this treacherous world before something irreparable happens to her?


So far, this series seems beautiful and sad. Asahi and Subaru have a true friendship, a connection despite everything going against them. The Water God is making it hard on them, and Subaru's mother is awful, and even the village as a whole is awful. Then the Water God punishes the village, in a move that he thinks helps Asahi. In a strange twist, suddenly the village doesn't want Asahi dead, and they start treating her like royalty. She even gets a helper, an older boy who looks after her.
The Water God is still looming over her, though, waiting to take her away, and Asahi has to deal with that and the fact that she can never go back home.
At the end of the volume, it looks like we're going to be skipping forward in time, to a new arc. I'm surprised by how good this series is so far, and I'm really looking forward to reading the next one. 

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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