Nina the Starry Bride Vol. 2 Review (Spoiler‑Free)

"What does Az think of me, I wonder..."

Nina has been able to fool most of the palace into thinking that she is actually the dead princess Alisha. Her life revolves around getting ready to be wed to another nation’s prince to secure a treaty, but things don’t look like they’ll be that cut and dry. Nina has started to realize her feelings for Azure, and it seems like the feelings are mutual. Will love conquer all, or will this only make their lives harder?

The Good

This series took a serious step up from the first volume. From the plot to the character development—everything outdid itself.

Nina is still an adorable and energetic girl who loves food and running around, but our little princess-in-training is starting to learn the ins and outs of politics, and of her own heart. She does a lot of growing up in this volume, and her ability to plot and use what she has learned is starting to show.

Azure is also developing nicely. We get some juicy snippets of his history, some mysteries get solved, and that budding romance between him and Nina takes some pretty adorable steps forward. Add in a couple new characters and we’ve got a solid second volume.

The Bad

Nothing, really. The only thing I can dock the series for at this point is how random and suddenly the violence can appear. While most of the volume is soft and PG, there is an abrupt and drastic change for two pages that didn’t feel like it fit with the rest of the story. The plot for this scene is still good, but this sudden change definitely threw me off for a minute.

The Verdict

Nina the Starry Bride volume 2 was definitely better than volume 1 in all the right ways. While I enjoyed reading volume 1, it didn’t leave me clamoring to start the second volume like other manga has. Volume 2 did. So yeah, my previous statement still stands: if you like fantasy romances, give Nina the Starry Bride a shot!

You can order Nina the Starry Bride Volume 2 digitally on Barnes & Noble.


Story and Art by RIKACHI

Published by Kodansha Comics

Translated by Steven LeCroy

Lettered by Andrew Copeland

A special thank you to Kodansha Comics for allowing us the opportunity to review this title. Receiving a review copy of this title has in no way altered the opinions expressed in this article.

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