Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 17 by Shinobu Ohtaka (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

May 9, 2016 by  


“Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 1 features the beginning of the war between the Magicians and the Goi (humans).  Mogamett and Titus’ true nature are revealed!

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MANGA TITLE: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 17

STORY AND ART BY: Shinobu Ohtaka



RATED: T for Teen

RELEASE DATE: April 12, 2016

Aladdin continues his training in Magnoshutatt, but the situation there is difficult. Magomett’s goal is the creation of a country of magicians free of interference from normal humans. Aladdin and his friend Titus are against this, but there is little they can do. When war breaks out between Magnoshutatt and Leam, Aladdin and Titus must choose a side to fight on, and the choice won’t be an easy one.

Matal Magomett reveals his goal to all the students of Magnoshutatt Academy and that is to create a land for magic users and no longer will magicians be the puppets of humans (Goi).  And to overthrow the Goi’s rule.

Matal reveals his past and what has happened to magicians long ago and how they were used and abused by humans.  Meanwhile, Titus reveals the truth about himself and his greatest fear.

Find out what happens in the exciting volume 17 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?

In volume 17, Mogamett reveals his true goal for the students of Magnosuttat Academy and that is to create a land where magicians will no longer be under the control of humans (Goi) and magicians will no longer be controlled, they would lead and they will control the Goi.

While Aladdin is against such thinking, Titus may find a’s words to be important as he has a secret he has been harboring.

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 17, the storyline returns to Magnoshutatt Academy where Aladdin, Sphintus and Titus continue their training.

As the three were fortunate not to receive too much trouble for entering the fifth level, it leads to their head schoolmaster Mogamett to reveal his true goal and that is for magicians to be the leaders who will no longer be controlled by the Goi (humans) and to do the opposite.  To lead the world, create their new land but now use their power to control the Goi.

These new revelations strike a chord with everyone including Titus who reveals his true self to Mogamett and a new war in the land is brewing.

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. 17 reveals Mogamett and also Titus’ true nature and will usher in a new war.

If you love manga with adventure, humor and plenty of action, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 17 is recommended!

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