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Travis ([personal profile] torachan) wrote2012-03-17 01:02 pm

Manga: Ryuu no Hanawazurai by Kusakawa Nari

Title: Ryuu no Hanawazurai
Author: Kusakawa Nari
Number of Volumes: 7
My Rating: 4/5

Summary: Teenage Shakuya, the next head of the Dragon Clan, suddenly finds herself with two fianc├ęs! The first vanished years ago but has now mysteriously returned. But betrothed number two is not about to just step aside. What's a girl to do? Her mother decides that at the end of a year, Shakuya will marry the man she has the strongest feelings for. How that will be determined is by "magic tattoos" on both of Shakuya's hands, each representing one of her suitors. As her love grows, so do the tattoos! And complicating all of this is that fact that whenever Shakuya gets upset, she turns into a fearsome dragon! (Taken from Baka Updates.)

Review: This is not a series I would have ever picked up on my own. I'm not that fond of fantasy manga, and the plot just didn't sound that appealing. But I had a commission to summarise the final volume, dude to its English release being discontinued after volume 6, so obviously I had to read the first six volumes to figure out what was going on. The first volume was sort of eh, just what I had anticipated it being. An okay-enough story, but not really grabbing me. But by volume 2 I was totally sucked in and ended up really enjoying the series. One thing I liked about it was that unlike many love-triangle stories, it wasn't totally obvious who she would pick in the end. And in fact, while she did pick one person, it actually acknowledged a poly relationship as a real option.

Volumes 1-6 are officially available in English (though since the publisher went under, they may not be easy to get a hold of) and the series is being scanlated as well. You can also check out my summary of vol. 7 on my website.