The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 1

The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 1

by Rei Toma


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ISBN-13: 9781421592558
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Water Dragon's Bride Series , #1
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 86,115
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rei Toma has been drawing since childhood, but she only began drawing manga because of her graduation project in design school. When she drew a short-story manga, Help Me, Dentist, for the first time, it attracted a publisher's attention and she made her debut right away. Her magnificent art style became popular, and after she debuted as a manga artist, she became known as an illustrator for novels and video game character designs. She is also the creator of Dawn of the Arcana, available in North America from Viz Media.

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The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ruthsic 6 months ago
In this dark shoujo fantasy series, a young modern girl gets transported to feudal Japan, where she is unwillingly sacrificed to the water god as a ‘bride’. Asahi is a pretty young kid, and her appearance (red-haired, grey-eyed) make me think she may be biracial in the story. When she lands there in the village, a young kid by the name of Subaru helps her out. But unbeknownst to both of them, Subaru’s mother is planning to use her as a sacrifice. The entire village is also in on it, because they see her appearance and mannerisms (as a young kid, she doesn’t entirely realize that talking about modern things would land her in trouble) as weird and something to surrender to the whims of a god. When the god, instead of letting her drown, brings her to his abode, she quickly realizes that he is a capricious god, who doesn’t care much for humans. I wish it did not have the pedophilic vibe of a young kid being the ‘bride’ of a god, but it does – he even says that he’ll make her his wife when she comes of age (which, just, no – so wrong on so many levels). However, her friend Subaru, who has had his belief in his family shattered, is trying his utmost to get her back (which kind of has Orpheus-Eurydice vibes). Honestly, I’m very interested in whether they both will even outwit/defeat the Water God, and she can be free from being his ‘thing’. I also think it is leaning towards her being the one to ‘humanize’ him. On the mythology front, I like the other secondary gods being depicted as benevolent but still cold and uncaring about human things. Also, fire god, don’t call it ‘rival in love’ – she’s a freaking kid! As for the feudal world, it kinda makes sense how they are ruled by superstitions and allow such things to happen, but still – she’s a kid. (I feel like I have been mentioning this far too often in this review. Basically what I am saying is the story could have protag could have started at an older age because this is just horrifying) Anyway, on the whole, I am interested in how the story will play out.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This is a really good book
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was kind of a interesting volume. Makes me think of Ancient Magus's Bride a little bit. Curious what will happen in the next volume.
DevinsBookHub More than 1 year ago
The Water Dragon's Bride is one of the newest series published under Viz Media's Shojo Beat imprint and falls under the fantasy and romance area. The story opens with Ashai's father calling her outside to look at the new decoration he got for their pond. Once she takes a look at it and turns to leave, the water either takes her through time or to another world. In this new place a young boy named Subaru stumbles across her in the forest and takes her to his village until she can find her way back home, however, the villagers have other plans: holding a ceremony and sacrificing her to a water dragon god. The Water Dragon's Bride has an interesting and mysterious premise, and being only the first volume it leaves me with a few questions, such as why did her pond take her someplace else? It was a light read, as manga usually is, and I enjoy the simplicity of the artwork. I also like how Subaru (yes, just like the car manufacturer) is very protective of Ashai and attempts to save her all the time at any cost. Will Ashai end up finding her way back home somehow? I sure hope so! I have a feeling that if she were to, the water dragon god would have something to do with it. I'm looking forward to volume two, which is actually coming out tomorrow!
AppleBella More than 1 year ago
Very interesting so far! Can't wait for volume 2!!
KylaraLore More than 1 year ago