Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 15 by Shinobu Ohtaka (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
December 27, 2015 by Dennis Amith
“Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 15 features the training of Alibaba, Morgiana and what has transpired with Hakuryu since everyone went on their separate ways? If you love manga with adventure, humor and plenty of action, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 15 is recommended!
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MANGA TITLE: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 15
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: December 8, 2015
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.
Alibaba arrives in the Leam Empire and begins training under the renowned warrior Shambal Ramal. Learning to perfect his Djinn Equip means mastering two mis-matched types of magoi within him, and the training won’t be easy. Elsewhere, Morgiana continues her long journey home, and in the far-off Kou Empire, a succession crisis is brewing that could have dire consequences for everyone!
With the success of conquering a dungeon, Aladdin, Alibaba, Morgiana and Hakuryu Ren know that they must each embark on a new journey alone.
Aladdin must train to become a stronger magi, Alibaba travels to the Leam Empire to challenge the gladiators, Morgiana heads to her homeland of Katarg and Hakuryu makes his return to the Kou Empire as a different man.
Will each of them learning anything from their training?
Find out what happens in the exciting, action-packed volume 15 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 15 of “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, Alibaba must get stronger, so he decides to challenge the gladiators of the coliseum but he learns that he has two magoi in his body that may tear his insides apart.
Meanwhile, Morgiana goes back to her home of Katarg but is told that if she goes to other side of the mountain, she will be unable to come back to the other side.
As Hyakuren goes back to the Kou Empire in hopes that he will be the new leader but someone else has been assigned as leader.
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 but has gone a major transformation.
- Judar – An evil Magi working for Al-Thamen. Raised by Al-Thamen after the organization killed his parents
With volume 15, the storyline so far is dedicated to the training and growth of each of four individuals: Aladdin, Alibaba, Morgiana and Hakuryu.
In volume 15, Alibaba wants to get stronger but discovers he has two magoi in him that is ripping him apart. What happens when he is put into a battle with killer gladiators?
With Morgiana’s storyline is no doubt fraught with danger but it’s her naivety that may put her in deeper trouble.
And as we expect the primary three characters to learn and grow, the most troubling would be Hakuryu. In previous volumes, he was the whiner and the cry baby but after finding his true power, we learn that he has had a twisted upbringing. But somehow he has changed to another person that is more darker and not happy as before.
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. 15 features the training of Alibaba, Morgiana and what has transpired with Hakuryu since everyone went on their separate ways?
If you love manga with adventure, humor and plenty of action, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 15 is recommended!
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