Monday, April 18, 2016

Manga Review: Magi: The Labrynth of Magic, Volume 17, by Shinobu Ohtaka

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Sunday (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Volumes: 29+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 13. 18.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Deep within the desert lie the mysterious Dungeons, vast stores of riches there for the taking by anyone lucky enough to find them and brave enough to venture into the depths from where few have ever returned. Plucky young adventurer Aladdin means to find the Dungeons and their riches, but Aladdin may be just as mysterious as the treasures he seeks.

Aladdin continues his training in Magnoshutatt, but the situation there is difficult. Magomett’s goal is the creation of a country of magicians free of interference from normal humans. Aladdin and his friend Titus are against this, but there is little they can do. When war breaks out between Magnoshutatt and Leam, Aladdin and Titus must choose a side to fight on, and the choice won’t be an easy one.


I’m still sure that if I really followed this series, I would be a fan. It definitely seems like something I would love.
I missed a few volumes, so we jump into this one with Aladdin at a magician school, learning the history of magicians and humans from a very biased teacher. The teacher emphasizes that humans are the ones who seek power and control and overtake things, whereas magicians want knowledge. Soon we learn, though, that the teacher looks down on humans.
There are some interesting revelations about the school, as well as Aladdin’s friend Titus. And then war starts.
I was a little lost in this, but the storyline was interesting. I was hoping to see more of Morgiana and the other characters, but that’s okay. It looks like Alibaba will be showing up soon. It seems like Aladdin is a lot smarter than he looks for his age.
This is an intriguing series, and I do hope to catch up with it at some point.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

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