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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 faceA 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?A young boy named Subaru comes to Asahi’s aid, but despite his help, Asahi must endure a test of survival! Will she be able to make it out alive, or will she end up being sacrificed?...

Title : The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 1
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ISBN : 9781421592558
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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The Water Dragon's Bride, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Lois Bujold
    2019-06-14 20:55

    Very nice, clean art. I've read the first four volumes.A young girl from our era falls into a pond and emerges in ancient Japan (like, even pre-Heian.) The local villagers decide to sacrifice her to the water dragon god who lives in their nearby lake. The god, who is immortal, bored, bishonen, and possibly on the Asperger's spectrum, rescues her on a whim, and hijinks ensue. About volume 3 the narrative fast-forwards her to high-school age, so she can have wider kinds of adventures and more serious romance. A sort of thoughtful Japanese version of Outlander, I suppose.It is unclear at this point if the story is going to go toward the romance model of Beauty and the Beast, The Tale of Genji, or some other direction altogether. The ancient setting is quite interesting and engagingly drawn.Ta, L.

  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    2019-05-31 20:55

    Check out more manga and graphic novel reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...You can also check out my review of volume 1-3 on my blog HERE...Asahi is a little girl happily living with her parents in modern times. One day she approaches a pond and is pulled in, waking up in feudal Japan. A boy her age comes to her aid, offering to take this frightened girl to his village. She's not treated well and is rescued on the whim of the water god. I've read Rei Tōma's other series, Dawn of the Arcana, and really enjoyed it! The thing both series share is TO DIE FOR ART!! Art is my #1 draw to a manga. If I enjoy the art then I'm ready to settle down and get into a manga story. I actually think Tōma's art has gotten EVEN BETTER! I LOVE the simple backgrounds, light use of screens and even better I ADORE the way she frames scenes. You feel the palpable emotions and understand what is happening! In other words the art doesn't disappoint and it totally sucked me into all 3 characters' lives.So you know why I picked this cute little series up... but did the world pay off?! Was I excited by the characters?! Was I invested in events?!YES, YES, YES! To be honest this is not a new idea... characters coming from the modern world to the past and being stuck there (frankly I LOVE this trope) mixed with a water god who is fascinated by humans for the first time in forever. I've seen it and yet Tōma with her fresh art and BRUTAL take on feudal Japan makes quite a compelling story. It's not perfect, but I was swept up in the drama of this little girl's life and how her coming totally changed the trajectory of the water god and Subaru. Part of what I LOVED was Asahi and Subaru! GAH! They are so cute and naive... You had to kind of suspect what was coming because duh water dragon bride title, but I love how it came to be... also our young couple HAVE CHARACTER ARCS... so I’m super excited!! Tōma frames them out well and in a natural way that is unexpected for a manga.And the water dragon is SUPER intriguing... He is not a warm and fluffy god who has been misunderstood. No he's dark and has had TONS of time to plumb deeply. We only get little glimpses of what he's willing to put Asahi through to start coming up from that deep dark place he's been residing in. He's so mean at first... it’s so cool! He doesn’t care about humans and that made me want to keep reading... Right now he's cold as ice and there is no hurry to see him soften, I like that and look forward to his slow change...We meet the other gods who don’t like the water dragon... and I do appreciate the role they play in developing Asahi and Subaru's relationship!! We see they are kinder than the water god but no less capricious. We also meet Subaru's mother who is basically the villain of the manga. These guys aren't really developed much. They have potential and Subaru's mother certainly goes BOLD on how to handle Asahi and Subaru's crush but they are pretty shallow at this point. I do think his mother is a great character to effect change in Subaru to keep him growing as Asahi adjusts to living in his world...The plot was all character driven and the tension came from the fact you didn't really know what the water dragon would do... Asahi and Subaru are basically little kids at this point! I personally LOVE character driven plot so I loved it... I am looking for some outside pressures once the kids grow up more... Rei Tōma has done it again... created a world that is familiar but one in which I'm intriguing and want to visit again!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Art⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Leads ⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ Others⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Plot⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tension ⋆⭐⭐⭐⭐ DevelopmentBOTTOM LINE: GAH SO GOOD, NEXT ONE, NEED NEXT ONE...______________________You can find this review and many others on my book blog @ Perspective of a Writer. See my manga and graphic novel reviews in a special feature called Saturday Morning Cartoons...

  • Nikki
    2019-06-25 00:43

    Okay, I was doubtful, but this actually turned out to be good. I'm intrigued. Will definitely check out the next volume!

  • ~Zaky~
    2019-06-19 01:11

    4.9*WOW! this is so good the artwork is so awesome!Promising,solid potential for a great series!

  • Marius Paulsen (Antari-kun)
    2019-06-16 20:49

    Cute af

  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    2019-06-10 23:57

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog who like Rei Toma's other series, Dawn of the Arcana, will find many of the same themes here. Oppression, adults preying on children, helplessness, moments of kindness, ambivalence, pain, and callous torment/despair. Indeed, the overall theme here in this dark fantasy is even more oppressive than Dawn of the Arcana, which is saying quite a bit. But at the same time, so many conventions were ejected by author Toma to create a wholly unique story without the platitudes one would typically see in the shoujo genre.Story: Little girl Asahi is happily living with her family in the modern world - until the day she approaches a pond and is taken from the present to one resembling a feudal era Japan. Confused, scared, alone, she is found by a boy her age - Subaru. He brings her home to his village to protect her. But his mother sees an opportunity to use her as a sacrifice to the water dragon and ensure prosperity for the village. Saved by the water dragon god as a source of possible entertainment, Asahi is confusing to the god and he is unsure how to even keep her alive. Now a pawn of the gods of the realm, Asahi seeks to return to the village and eventually to her own home in modern Japan. But the villagers don't take kindly to a sacrifice returning - and Subaru may not be able to save her from the villagers cruelty once again.The recurring theme here is that humans are greedy and the gods are capricious. This is no heartwarming story of a god who falls in love with a mortal; Asahi is nearly starved to death and emotionally tormented by the gods who are unsure what to do with the mortal in their midst. Petty jealousies and rivalries among the gods makes this feel more like a Greek tragedy than a Japanese shoujo manga. In the feudal era human world, motivations are purely for survival and then subsistence. Sacrificing a child for the 'greater good of all the villagers' is an acceptable act, of course. Subaru objects but is easily manipulated and gone around by his mother, the instigator of much of Asahi's torment. An "if the witch burns she must be evil" type of scenario only adds to the ugliness of the scene.The pain of being with ambivalent gods and cruel mortals definitely creates a pall that can make this title very hard to read. It's one cruelty after another heaped on our young lead character and then Asahi's utter confusion and even despair in understanding why her wonderful life was supplanted without warning.Because of the very heavy themes, I have to admit I'll probably not continue this series. The writing is excellent, the illustrations well done, and this is just as good as Dawn of the Arcana. But at the same time, I tend to read manga for adventure and as a feel-good experience. This is just a bit too harsh an indictment on life for me. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  • Mary
    2019-06-21 19:56

    Well that was a lot darker than I anticipated. Take the darker parts from Dawn of the Arcana and mix it with Yona of the Dawn and that's what this reads like (minus the epic adventure in Yona). I definitely want to read more and I hope things work out for Asahi. I didn't expect the events of the story to be so cruel to her. I also really dislike the Water God and I hope he gets some good development soon because if he's to be her love interest, oh boy does he need to grow up.

  • Laura D
    2019-06-25 17:06

    A promising start to the series. Character designs are excellent

  • Dorcas
    2019-06-03 21:00

    Darker than I expected.

  • Rod Brown
    2019-05-30 22:49

    A strong-willed pre-teen girl from our world is transported to a fantasy land where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god and made his child bride. So it's got some creepy overtures, including this image which does NOT depict a penis but which you cannot now see as anything but a penis.The god characters are all dorks, but I'm intrigued enough by the human characters to give it another volume or two, especially since I did have a mild affection for the creator's previous series: Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 01.

  • Mary Catelli
    2019-06-21 23:50

    The first volume in a manga series. A little girl is mysteriously drawn into a pool and finds her in a far-distant time.While people understand her, they do not know many words she uses. She meets a brother and sister who take her back to the village, where she's generally convinced she's dreaming. She jeers at the notion of a water dragon god, but is willing to go to his ritual; she thinks her parents will be at all.It involves skeletons, other gods' commentary on the water dragon and a bet, a past attempt to hide a cat, the prosperity of the village, a fish made of water, and more.Much is made manifest. (Though not how she ended up there!)

  • Jessica
    2019-06-08 18:09

    Sweet story

  • Diana
    2019-05-30 00:02

    I was pleasantly surprised with this story. It's simple, un-fussed, but has a darkness and atmosphere to it that makes it very interesting. The art style is very easy on the eyes and not cramped/crowded like some comics can be. I'm looking forward to reading vol. 2!

  • Michelle Love
    2019-06-04 19:10

    I need the second one!!!!

  • Natalia Soldevila
    2019-05-29 19:05

    Ahhh que cruel!! Pobre Asahi y Subaru!! Mi kokoro sufre T_T

  • Lynn
    2019-06-25 21:44

    Today's post is on The Water Dragon's Bride Volume 1 by Rei Toma. It is the first in her Suijin no Hanayome series. It is 192 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. The cover has two of the main characters on it looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo and historical fantasy. There is no foul language, no sex, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person god with characters thoughts added in for character and plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.From the back of the book- 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?A young boy named Subaru comes to Asahi’s aid, but despite his help, Asahi must endure a test of survival! Will she be able to make it out alive or will she end up being sacrificed?  Review- There is so much going on in this start that it is hard for me to easily write about, but in a good way. Asahi is not only from present day, she is a foreigner in Japan. So she has red hair and grey eyes and that causes all the trouble for her in the story. Feudal Japan is not a good place for a red haired girl. That is why she is sacrificed to the water dragon. The water dragon has not had anything to do with humans ever and that causes even more trouble for her, almost to her death. All the characters are interesting if a little wooden for this first volume. This volume is more about getting the setting down with some character development on the side. I look forward to seeing where the story is going to go; it is going to be more sadness or if Toma is going to do something else.I give this volume a Four out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

  • Krutula
    2019-06-11 18:44

    In this dark 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.

  • Devin
    2019-06-15 20:00

    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!If you liked this review, you can find more of mine at my blog, Devin's Book Hub.

  • Terrence
    2019-06-19 18:00

    This is a Ghibli esque tale of a girl spirited away from her parents to a god-fearing Isekai. Our title character, Asahi, is a precocious youth who is quick to let people know what she thinks, which doesn't really endear her to the people living in the god-fearing village of the Isekai. Her snarkiness I found a bit endearing and unique though.The other title character, the Water Dragon, gets a hair of characterization in this chapter, but you can tell there is more to be done with him in the future. He really is a vicious beast it seems, as he seemingly left the bodies of the previous failed bride sacrifice rituals sit on the bottom of the ocean floor to rot.Our other major character is Subaru, the braided dark haired young boy who is Asahi's friend. Unfortunately for the two of them, Subaru's mother and sister aren't very keen on supporting the cute red head, and the mother especially conspires to make things difficult for her and try to sacrifice her at every opportunity. Characters like his mother are especially frustrating to read, basically Disney villain archetypes, more plot device than character. Hopefully more is done with her later than just leaving her as the "villain".It moves pretty quickly, maybe too quickly. Read it cover to cover fairly fast, and there's not a ton here thematically that'll stick with me.

  • Charty
    2019-06-26 21:56

    Cute beginning to a new series. The story doesn't waste anytime plunging young, modern day Asahi right into the main part of the story. Transported back in time through a pond in her family's backyard, she falls in with a village full of superstitious residents who fear her strangeness and sacrifice her to the lake to be the Water Dragon God's bride. Luckily Asahi has made a staunch friend in the young boy Subaru, who vows to rescue and protect her from the aforementioned god, who is as cold, distant and mercurial as the element he rules.Asahi becomes a pawn between the villagers and their god. I thought for such a cheerfully drawn story, the heart of the subject matter is rather dark. Loss of family and surroundings, child sacrifice. Being held hostage to the whims of someone/something more powerful than yourself. Asahi is a very young, pampered girl who is ill equipped to deal with her new life.The water God is capricious and utterly unprepared (or caring enough) to have charge of such a young child. The other gods find his plight a source of entertainment and an opportunity to puncture his self-importance. I'm intrigued to see where the story might go. Having Asahi be so young seems limiting on many fronts.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-15 17:54

    actual rating, 3.5 stars Thoughts and PlotAsahi is a normal little girl in modern Japan, but in the blink of an eye she is whisked away to a strange place where the locals decide to sacrifice her to the Water Dragon God. Tying rocks to her ankles they shove her into a lake. Fortunately (or unfortunately) the Water Dragon God decides to take the young girl as his bride for making him laugh, something he hasn't done in 500 years.Bad goes to worse as he steals away her voice to stupid her crying and then returns her to the village that sacrificed her in the first place for the amusement of himself and the other gods. When she is injured by the villagers he comes and decides to heal her...In ConclusionI can't say this is the best manga ever, but it's kind of interesting. I'm hoping things will pick up in the future. I bumped my star rating up this time for that reason. People say it's like a weird retelling of the Little Mermaid, but I don't really see it that way.Rating: TeenContent: human sacrifice via drowning (though she doesn't die, other sacrifices are found later in the book), forcing a young girls hand into a cauldron of boiling liquid.

  • Callie
    2019-06-21 16:42

    Stumbling upon the gorgeous animation and fantastical world of the anime The Ancient Magus’ Bride brought all the Studio Ghibli feels back again, and with it my interest in manga. The Water Dragon’s Bride is a perfect candidate to wet my feet back into manga-land. The title sounds very similar to manhwa Bride of the Water God 😉, but I haven’t tried that out yet due to art preference.This is about a young girl who suddenly finds herself transported to a more primitive world. The scared villagers sacrificed her to the Water Dragon, and her fate became messily entangled with him. I have a weakness for stories involving mythical beings or romances with them, and I thought this will play out more like my fave Kamisama Hajimemashita. But while that started out fun and light, Water Dragon delved deep into serious topics right away with the ugliness of religious fanatics who is scared of those different from them. Not much romance yet, as the girl has a lot of growing up to do, while the apathetic Water Dragon is still trying to figure out her humanity. There’s also a brewing love triangle with a childhood friend who has always protected her. Consider me intrigued.

  • Mary
    2019-05-27 20:46

    This is an cute, but kinda dark, first volume. The main character is just a little girl as she is mysteriously pulled through a little pond in her modern day backyard into another world where she is sacrificed (weighted down and pushed into a lake to drown) as an offering/bride of the local water god/dragon. (view spoiler)[The water dragon isn't keen on her at first, and it seems he's let previous offerings drown. But this one talks back and has green eyes and red hair, so he decides to make her his bride. She then refuses him and the other gods tease him for it. He takes her voice and nearly starves her to death, but is he cruel or just naive? There's also a little boy from the village who tries to rescue her.(hide spoiler)]Lot's of interesting characters and room for the story to grow.

  • Dominique
    2019-06-16 20:43

    That was a lot better than I was expecting. I thought it was just going to be a replay on certain things like the bride of water God and other Mingus like that involving water Godson gods of the Japanese and Korean nature. The story was very unique and has a very different spin to it. I really like the heroic aspect that they're putting on it and I hope that in the process of these children growing up they become stronger and can fight those that oppose them.

  • Miss
    2019-05-28 16:59

    about a little girl named asahi who ends up magically transported to feudal japan and sacrificed to the local water dragon. obviously the premise/title immediately reminded me of mi-kyung yun's bride of the water god but having asahi be so young succeeds in making the vibe quite different. i'll be interested to how it goes if and when rei toma ages her up3 stars

  • Jaylee
    2019-05-27 23:46

    The art in this was so lovely. I think there was some translation clunkiness with the gods referring to each other as "the gold god" and "the water god." The story is equal parts sweet and serious, fantasy and harsh reality. I wasn't sure what to expect, going into this, but I really liked it. My library only has this, though, not future volumes. *cries*

  • Amanda [Novel Addiction]
    2019-06-26 00:54

    While trying to find newer manga series to order for the library system, this one kept popping up. Lots of good reviews, or at least a lot of buzz - so I figured I would purchase it, give it a shot. Despite how bright and pretty the cover is, this first book can get quite dark... or as dark as possible when it is only four chapters. I'm eagerly anticipating the next two volumes.

  • Sierra J
    2019-06-22 22:45

    I only gave this volume 3 stars (liked it). I found the artwork to be very beautiful and the story isn't too bad. The water dragon's personality irritated me a bit, but I suppose that is what Rei Toma was striving for. It's a bit early in the series to really tell if the story will be great or fall flat, but I would definitely like to read vol.2.

  • Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
    2019-06-19 19:06

    3.5 Stars. Not what I was expecting, but I really didn't know what to expect. A little darker and more serious than anticipated with a young child on the cover, but interesting so far. Will try the next volume.

  • DeA
    2019-06-23 20:54

    I think I may have read this previously but it was a great read this time. It's definitely a slow start to what I hope will be an awesome series. Recommend to fans of sweet and soft manga art who don't mind a little scary in their shojo read.