Dragonar Academy Manga: Is It Worth Reading?

Dragonar Academy Manga is a Japanese light novel series written by Shiki Mizuchi and illustrated by Kohada Shimesaba.

Dragonar Academy Manga: Is It Worth Reading?

Dragonar Academy Manga is a Japanese light novel series written by Shiki Mizuchi, illustrated by Kohada Shimesaba, and published by Media Factory under the Mf Bunko J imprint. The first volume was released on June 25, 2010, with a total of 20 volumes available in Japan so far.

Dragonar Academy Manga adaptation by the illustrator, Ran, began serialization in Monthly Comic Alive during its June 2011 issue. It was one of five MF Bunko J light novel anime adaptations announced at Media Factory’s Summer School Festival event on July 28, 2013.It has been licensed for North America by Funimation.

Dragonar Academy Manga story starts on the continent of Arc Strada, civilians called Breeders raise and train their Pals (lit, steed), dragons bonded to Breeders via a magical link called the Astral Flow. Races of dragons are born from Breeders who are deemed worthy and marked with a Seikoku ( lit, Star Brand) at a young age by the Mother Dragon at the Orphan Rite. Breeders may eventually achieve the rank of nobility by helping their Pal become a Maestro, or Holy Dragon.

Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easily to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy—except for Ash Blake, a first-year student who is known by his classmates as the “problem child”. Despite Ash having an unusually large seikoku that marks him as a future dragon master, his Pal had never appeared, until now.

While challenging a fellow student, Princess Silvia Lautreamont, to a dragon race, Ash’s dragon appears, but in a form different than any dragon ever seen before—a beautiful girl. Ash names her ″Eco″ and soon discovers that this new dragon has attitude to spare, as she promptly informs him that she is the master, and he, her servant. Ash’s problems with dragon riding have only just begun.

Dragonar Academy Manga in some ways, is not all that different than any other light novel adaptation you’ll find out there in manga.  It’s as formulaic as any of its isekai brethren, it’s just that it’s a lot more obvious that it’s build on the skeleton of a harem manga.

There are some advantages and disadvantages to this approach.  One of the upsides is that means that the writer is less focused on explaining the lore of his world in minute detail.  While there’s plenty of nonsense fantasy jargon and names to go around, Mizuchi doesn’t waste time explaining them beyond what is necessary and that keeps things moving forward at a steady pace.

Instead the focus is on establishing our cast of characters.  Normally that would be a good thing, except that Ash’s growing harem is made up of purely stock character types.  We’ve got a haughty tsundere, a sexy teacher, the pervy best friend, and then there’s Eco.  This sort of tyrannical yet naive loli character was all the rage five years ago, and she only grows more exhausting with each page she appears on.

Dragonar Academy Manga in the end, at least Ash takes her abuse in stride, but that’s because in typical harem fashion he has all the will and personality of a wet paper towel.  It’s hard to care about characters who are not just literally two-dimensional, but figuratively as well.  It just goes to show that the more things change, the more some things stay the same.