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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 26 by Shinobu Ohtaka (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

December 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The storyline has built up for many, many volumes for this battle that many readers have anticipated. How it was going to go down, no one knew but after reading this volume, this build up for an intense battle against Hyakuryu and Judar was no doubt entertaining and action-packed. Overall, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 26 is highly recommended!

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MANGA TITLE: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 26

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: October 10, 2017


Gyokuen, the current Empress of Kou, continues to drive much of the turmoil that has upset the balance of power among nations. Alibaba and Aladdin head for the Kou Empire to try to speak to Hakuryu, but their friend has become one of the Fallen, consumed by his thirst for revenge. What will become of the Kou Empire and of the world now?


The kingdom is headed to an all out war.    Hakuryu has been consumed by darkness and with his magi Judar, his first goal is to kill his evil mother Gyokoen and next, he has his eyes set on Lord Koen.

Meanwhile, Alibaba and Aladdin travel to Rakusho, the Capital of Kou in hopes to stop Hakuryu from all this madness, but instead it becomes a heated battle between between Alibaba vs. Hakuryu and Aladdin vs. Judar.

Who will emerge triumphant from this battle?

All this and more in the 26th volume of Shinobu Ohtaka’s hit manga, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”!

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 24 of “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, the story introduces readers to the distant past. David has abandoned his base to attack the others and people are worried if they would survive.

Solomon wants to ensure his wife, the pregnant Falan will survive and so Solomon and one of the great (yet no confident) magoi users, Ugo try to stave off the attack. But when they leave the barrier, they find some of their own outside the barrier burned to death.

In order to save others, Solomon makes the decision to sacrifice himself but to also split his power and divide them among the intelligent beings.

But we see what this sacrifice has done in the long run but most importantly, how this decision would affect the young Aladdin.


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

We have read for volumes of how Judar is evil, while Aladdin is the naive but respectful young magi and watched as Aladdin and Alibaba have grown together.  Taking on various adversaries but also having to watch as their once companion and friend, Hyakuryu has worked hard to become a leader.

But unfortunately, that drive for power has consumed Hyakuryu and by making Judar his magi, he has descended into pure darkness and has been wanting to take over the kingdom and mold it to his own way.  Controlling everyone to do what he wants and he has literally become evil.

Aladdin and Alibaba are not aware of how much he has descended and so they want to make one peaceful reunion with him and to stop an all-out war.  But by doing that, Haykuryu has declared Alibaba and Aladdin his enemies and immediately tries to slay them on the spot, leading to one of the most heated battles that one will read in “Magi: The Labyrinth”.

It’s one thing to see a shocking, violent death of a character in the first few pages but this battle between Alibaba vs. Hyakuryu and Aladdin and Judar is just intense and it will no doubt carry on to volume 27.

This was no doubt one of the most shocking volumes I have read thus far of the series.

The artwork and storytelling by Shinobu Ohtaka is magnificent and the storyline has built up for many, many volumes for this battle that many readers have anticipated.  How it was going to go down, no one knew but after reading this volume, this build up for an intense battle against Hyakuryu and Judar was no doubt entertaining and action-packed.

Overall, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 26 is highly recommended!

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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 24 by Shinobu Ohtaka (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

June 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 24 answers many questions that people have been longing for and so it’s definitely a recommended volume worth reading. If you stuck with “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” for this long, volume 24 is highly recommended!

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Image courtesy of © 2009 Shinobu Ohtaka. All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 24

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 13, 2017


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.

The saga of the lost world of Alma Tran continues. Solomon readies for a final battle against his father David, but the fate of the world may already be set. Solomon and his comrades confront the ultimate power in their universe in a bid to prevent the apocalypse. And as everything begins to fall apart, Ugo puts a desperate plan in motion—if this world cannot be saved, perhaps there can be hope for the next…


As we learn about the Djinn, finally with vol. 24, we find out who the parents of Aladdin are and how Ugo became a Djinn.  And how the fate of the world rests with Aladdin in the saga of the lost world of Alma Tran continues!

All this and more in Shinobu Ohtaka’s hit manga, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”!

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 24 of “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, the story introduces readers to the distant past.  David has abandoned his base to attack the others and people are worried if they would survive.

Solomon wants to ensure his wife, the pregnant Falan will survive and so Solomon and one of the great (yet no confident) magoi users, Ugo try to stave off the attack.  But when they leave the barrier, they find some of their own outside the barrier burned to death.

In order to save others, Solomon makes the decision to sacrifice himself but to also split his power and divide them among the intelligent beings.

But we see what this sacrifice has done in the long run but most importantly, how this decision would affect the young Aladdin.


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

Since the beginning of “Magi”, there have been questions of the Djinn, how they came to be and their relationship to Aladdin, especially with the character of Ugo and who his parents may be.

With volume 24 of Shinobu Ohtaka’s “Magi: The Labyrinth”, those questions are answered.

The storyline features how grave things were back then among magoi users when a twisted magoi user known as David goes to exterminate people for what he thinks is God’s will.  This leads to Solomon, David’s son to fight back in order to protect his pregnant wife Falan and also the people he cares deeply about and to make a great sacrifice.

But it’s the sacrifice that sets the wheels in motion and whether or not it’s a good thing or bad thing, we see how the splitting of power and having people have their own magic encased in their bodies and the meaning of the white and black rukh and more.

Overall, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 24 answers many questions that people have been longing for and so it’s definitely a recommended volume worth reading.

If you stuck with “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” for this long, volume 24 is highly recommended!

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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 23 by Shinobu Ohtaka (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

April 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

To know the past of Aladdin, you must know the dangerous path of the land and its sorcerers.   “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” volume 23 is recommended!

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Image courtesy of © 2009 Shinobu Ohtaka. All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 23

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: April 11, 2017


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.


With the 23rd volume of Shinobu Ohtaka’s hit manga “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, the story shifts to the past as we see how Aladdin’s mother Falan and his father Solomon got together but the challenges they had faced as humans and animals are unable to coexist.  But also the war against Solomon’s father, David is to begin.

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 23 of “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic”, the story introduces readers to the distant past.  Aladdin’s story goes back to when his father Solomon was a leader and his mother Falan was just an up-and-coming sorcerer.

Solomon wants to create a peaceful world where human and beast can co-exist.  But can they?

Also, Falan has loved Solomon for so long but will he ever look at her as an equal, rather than a younger sister?

Meanwhile, David has abandoned his base and is prepared to attack, as with Solomon and his people as the great war is to begin.


Since the beginning of “Magi”, there have been questions of the Djinn, how they came to be and their relationship to Aladdin, especially with the character of Ugo and who his parents may be.

With volume 23 of Shinobu Ohtaka’s “Magi: The Labyrinth”, those questions are answered.

The storyline features how grave things were back then among magoi users when a twisted magoi user known as David has brought fear to the land, but his son, Solomon has treated the people with kindness and wants to push for a peaceful co-existence between man and beast.

Meanwhile, a young sorceress named Falan, who has grown up with Solomon, wants to be his wife but she sees him as nothing more but as a child.  Can she convince him that she is a a woman that can be his wife?

Featuring wonderful character designs and artwork by Shinobu Ohtaka, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 23 introduces the past and who Aladdin’s parents were and how they met.

To know the past of Aladdin, you must know the dangerous path of the land and its sorcerers.   “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” volume 23 is recommended!

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

May 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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“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

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Shogakukan

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Sunday

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

February 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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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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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 15 by Shinobu Ohtaka (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

December 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“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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Image courtesy of © 2009 Shinobu Ohtaka. All Rights Reserved.


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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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 12 by Shinobu Ohtaka (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

May 31, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“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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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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Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 10 by Shinobu Ohtaka (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

April 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 9 is an entertaining and humorous volume that takes a break from any dungeon hunting, major drama or action for now. But it’s also an important volume as the primary three characters receive major training that will benefit them from her on out. But also, the introduction of a a character who will be joining Alibaba, Aladdin and Morgiana on a mission.

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Image courtesy of © 2009 Shinobu Ohtaka. All Rights Reserved.


MANGA TITLE: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 10

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 10, 2015


Sent to explore the dungeon known as Zagan, Aladdin and his friends have arrived on Tran Island. The mysterious Tran people are reluctant to help Aladdin defeat the dungeon, and it’s no wonder why – the ancient labyrinth seems to have a mind of its own! Overcoming Zagan will bring Aladdin face-to-face with old adversaries and some powerful and dangerous new foes.


As Alibaba, Aladdin and Morgiana ead to Sindria, they find out that the former king and viceroy of Balbadd have been exiled to Sindria.

They are accompanied by Hakuryuu Ken, the fourth prince in the Kou Empire and as they go to conquer their latest dungeon, they run into Zagan, the 61st Djinn who is intent of putting the four through ruthless tests.

But as Zagan singles out Hakuryuu Ken as the group’s weak link, Hakuryuu wants to prove his worth to the group and fight and prove he deserves to be alongside with them.

Will he pass Zagan’s test?  Find out in volume 10 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 10, it’s time for Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgianna to beat another dungeon.  But this time, they must team up with Hakuryuu Ken, the fourth prince of the Kou Empire, and the brother of Princess Kogyoku Ren.

But as soon as the four enter the dungeon, they are greeted with animals that want to eat them and a coldhearted Djinn named Zagan, who is intent of killing all four but picking on the weakest link, Hakuryuu Ken.

Because of his pride and not having any special abilities, his pride is preventing him from receiving help from his new friends, as he feels he needs to prove himself in battle.

But with Zagan putting the four through the deadliest tests they have ever took part in, will Hakuryuu Ken survive this dungeon?  Or will he become a team player?

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. 10 is an entertaining and humorous volume but gets back to the action as the group are now in another dungeon hunting adventure, but their most difficult dungeon tests yet!

Will they survive Zagan’s tests?  If you have been following the series for this long, “Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic” vol. 10 is another action-packed manga series that is recommended!

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