Friday, December 1, 2017

Manga Review: The Water Dragon's Bride, Volume 3, by Rei Toma

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: Shojo Beat (VIZ Media)
Release Date: October 2017
Volumes: 7+
Spoilers?: Yes.
Volume: 1. 2. 4.

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 meets a water dragon god!

Unable to return home, Asahi grows into a lovely young woman while living in this challenging world. As a priestess, she must spend time with the water dragon god for a ritual every year, but because of her connection to the water dragon god's power, someone kidnaps her! Will Asahi be able to escape unscathed?


We get some new insight into the relationship between Asahi and the Water Dragon. It's interesting to see how they spent their time during the years. Later in the volume, we get to see Asahi testing their relationship, as well. How she decides to push him into helping, relying on him and almost daring him to do something for her. They have an odd agreement between them, and I like it.
Which is confusing to me, since I also really like Subaru. He's sweet and would be my clear pick, if the Water Dragon weren't winning me over so easily. I'm very conflicted about it.
Aside from this turmoil of relationships, we get a new plot point, as—unsurprisingly--another village decides it could use Asahi's in with the Water Dragon. It should lead to some interesting action.
Another new point is that, since the beginning, this has felt like a very quiet series. Asahi lost her voice early on, and it has had an overtone of silence, with only her thoughts. In this volume that changes, and it adds a new voice, and gives her the opportunity to finally demand things and make her voice heard, instead of other people deciding things for her. It's also another moment of progress between her and the Water Dragon.
This series is surprisingly addicting, and I'm very interested for 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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