Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 12 by Shinobu Ohtaka (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
May 31, 2015 by Dennis Amith
“Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 12 is action-packed, especially now as it continues the battle between the Eight Generals of Sindria and the evil Al-Thamen. If you love manga with adventure, humor and plenty of action, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” is recommended!
Image courtesy of © 2009 Shinobu Ohtaka. All Rights Reserved.
MANGA TITLE: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 12
STORY AND ART BY: Shinobu Ohtaka
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Shogakukan
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Sunday
RATED: T for Teen
RELEASE DATE: June 9, 2015
When the Al-Thamen organization threatens Sindria, Sinbad and his retainers, the Eight Generals, move to repel them. The battle lines form in a struggle that may engulf the world as a great mystery starts to become clear. How many Magi are there? How many of them can the world hold at one time, and what will happen when the natural balance is upset? Aladdin’s quest for knowledge may hold the answers.
The sinister organization Al-Thamen seeks the wisdom of Solomon and have led an attack on Sindria, leading to a massive battle between the Sindria generals vs. Al-Thamen.
Meanwhile, Judar has returned with his intent to destroy Sindria!
Find out what happens in the exciting, action-packed volume 12 of “Magi: The Labyrinth”!
What is “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”?
When it comes to opportunities of becoming a manga writer/artist (mangaka), Shinobu Ohtaka’s story.
She has written about her story of how she became a manga artist, as a person who was the person who would sit quietly in the corner of class and was not really great at anything and often playing a supporting role. But if there was one thing that she was confident in, it was drawing pictures.
Her first year in high school, she was submitting manga manuscripts because it was her dream to become a manga author. And like many writers, her submissions were denied and this continued through high school and college. And when she was about to call it quits, she was given the opportunity to do a one-shot and it led to the creation of the series “Sumomo Momomo” in 2004 which would eventually become 22 volume manga series and also a 22-episode anime series.
After completing “Sumomo Momomo”, Shinobu then created “Magi” which would be serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday in 2009 and to this day, the series is till ongoing (currently, at 17 volumes) and an anime adaptation which was aired in Japan in Oct. 2012 – March 2013 and a new second season which has aired in Japan.
In volume 10 of “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, the storyline shifts to a new adventure and a new person joining Aladdin, Alibagba and Morgania, with Hakuryuu Ken, the fourth prince of the Kou Empire.
But unlike the other three, Hakuryuu Ken is not the strongest, nor does he have any major fighting or magic skills. But yet, as the others lend him their help, his pride will not allow any of them to help.
But as they try to conquer the 61st Dungeon ruled by the Djinn named Zagan, Hakuryuu Ken must work as a team player or else he will not make it through.
The main characters of “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” are:
- Aladdin – A young magi who doesn’t know too much about himself or the outside world. But he’s kind and goodhearted and wants to protect the people he cares about. When he blows into a flute, a headless blue giant named Ugo comes out.
- Alibaba – A thief who appears to have a mysterious background that befriends Aladdin.
- Morgania – A slave who comes from a country of people known for their superior leg strength and speed. She is the slave of the tyrant, Lord Jamil.
- Amon – A djinn with fire elemental powers contained in Alibaba’s training sword.
- Sinbad – The King of Sindria and leader of the Alliance of the Seven Seas. He has sailed the seven seas and captured seven dungeons and is a master of seven djinn.
- Masrur – A Fanalis who works for Sinbad and trains Morgiana in hand to hand combat.
- Ja’far – A former assassin who becomes loyal to Sinbad.
- Hakuryuu Ren – The fourth prince in the Kou Empire who becomes an ally of Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgianna.
- Judar – An evil Magi working for Al-Thamen. Raised by Al-Thamen after the organization killed his parents
With volume 12, the battle against Al-Thamen continues as Yamraiha, one of the Eight Generals of Sindria takes on one of the Al-Thamen.
Meanwhile, Judar, the evil Magi of Al-Thamen returns to let King Sinbad know of his intentions to destroy the place.
Another minion arrives to put a curse on Sinbad and Alibaba that will kill them if they don’t find a way to rid of the Black Rukh that is taking over their body. Can someone stop the Black Rukh from killing them?
And the question is posed, how many magi are there in the world?
As with each volume, the story and artwork by Shinobu Ohtaka is enjoyable to read and see. He has his own art style and while backgrounds are not as prominent in Ohtaka’s work, it’s the close-ups and the ability to capture emotion that he does quite effectively but most importantly, it’s the storyline that he features that makes “Magi: The Labyrinth” so entertaining and addictive.
Overall, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 12 is action-packed, especially now as it continues the battle between the Eight Generals of Sindria and the evil Al-Thamen.
If you love manga with adventure, humor and plenty of action, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” is recommended!
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