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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 16 by Shinobu Ohtaka (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

February 19, 2016 by  



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“Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 16 features the battle between Aladdin vs. Titus.  Also, secrets are uncovered at the Academy.  What will Aladdin and friends uncover?  Recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 16

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: February 9, 2016


Aladdin’s studies at the Magnoshutatt Academy are going well, and he continues to advance. Among the upper-ranked students is another young sorcerer whose power seems to rival Aladdin’s. The two become friends and continue their climb up Magnoshutatt’s caste system. But the dark secret they discover among the downtrodden people of the city takes them into even more danger in volume 16 of Magi.


Who is this Titus Alexius?  And what do he and Aladdin have in common?

Meanwhile, what secrets will Aladdin, Sphintus and Titus discover underneath the Magnoshutatt Academy?

Find out what happens in the exciting, action-packed volume 16 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 16 of “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, the story returns back to Aladdin who is training at the Magnoshutatt Academy.  Having advanced to Year 2 alongside Sphintus of Eliohapt, both meet the top student of the Academy, Titus Alexius.

But Aladdin and Titus get off on the wrong start and both are engaged in a battle.

Meanwhile, there is a secret of a fifth district below the Magnosutatt Academy and what happens when Aladdin, Sphintus and Titus go to investigate?


 

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 16, the storyline returns to Magnoshutatt Academy where Aladdin and Sphintus have graduated to year 2, but also encounter the new student, who happens to also be the top student of the Academy, Titus Alexia.

But when Aladdin mistakes Titus as a woman and tries to grope him, suffice to say, things start off wrong and a battle between Aladdin and Titus ensues.  But both learn they have much in common, than they think.

The manga also delves into the secretive fifth level beneath the Magnoshutatt Academy.  As Titus gets both Aladdin and Sphintus to help find the secretive Fifth District, what will the three discover?

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. 16 continues the story of Aladdin’s training, the new friends he meets but also uncovering secrets of the Academy.

If you love manga with adventure, humor and plenty of action, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 16 is recommended!

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