Friday, November 10, 2017

Manga Review: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Volume 23, by Shinobu Ohtaka

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: Shonen Sunday (VIZ Media)
Release Date: April 2017
Volumes: 37.
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 1. 22. 24.

Goodreads Synopsis:

An epic dungeon-busting adventure inspired by One Thousand and One Nights!

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 secrets, but Aladdin may be just as mysterious as the treasures he seeks.

Aladdin tells the story of the fallen Alma Tran. In the distant past, in another world, humanity struggled to survive an onslaught of monsters, but once united against them, human sorcerers became as bad as the enemies they once fought. Solomon himself struggled to lead humanity up out of the darkness it had created, but with every victory comes sacrifice…


We continue the back story of the world in this volume. I'm actually quite surprised by how long this arc is lasting; it goes through this whole volume and ends in a cliffhanger.
There's a lot of fighting in this volume; there are a couple of small fights, then a big one starts between the resistance magicians and between the other species. They still can't seem to agree on being equal between species, but above that, they want a king to follow, and Soloman refuses to be that for a long time. Finally, he's forced to agree to being King Soloman, just before they go into the final battle between the church and the resistance. Though this all leads to the cliffhanger, where they are tricked into thinking they're safe. (Dun-dun-DUN!)
These volumes are actually kind of boring and long to me? I'm sorry, I'm just having a hard time getting into this series. I don't mind it, and I like some of the character development and humor, but a lot of it just doesn't hit me. It's just meh.

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

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