Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Manga Review: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Volume 21, by Shinobu Ohtaka

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Sunday (VIZ Media)
Release Date: December 2016
Volumes: 35+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 19. 22.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Inspired by the stories of Sinbad and One Thousand and One Nights, Aladdin and Alibaba fight epic battles, journey to far-off lands, and search for the secrets of King Solomon and the mysterious dungeons.

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.

Now that the battle for Magnoshutatt is over, Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgiana return to Sindria. Familiar faces welcome them, as well as a few surprising characters! As a larger conflict with the Kou Empire looms, the various sides agree to a world summit. But before that, Alibaba returns to Balbadd to find that things in his homeland have changed drastically.


The gang reunites for a short time in this volume, with some even older characters. There's much teasing, and even a little lying to appear more mature.
Then Alibaba and his younger gang of followers depart, and Morgiana tags along as well. There's some rather big misunderstandings between Alibaba and Morgiana, and it causes some self-esteem loss for Alibaba. And then they arrive in Alibaba's home town, and everything is different, which makes him uneasy. It's interesting to see how Alibaba handles it, and how he decides to do something about it.
I'm not all that into this series, and I'm only vaguely following along. Aside from the main plot, though, I don't mind the characters, and the humor is all right, and I think the art style fits the humor rather well.

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

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