Sunday, November 22, 2015

Dual manga review. Magi Volumes 5 & 6 by Shinobu Ohtaka

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Volume 5Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 6 
Volumes 5 & 6  

by Shinobu Ohtaka

Genre(s): Manga, graphic novels
Published by Viz Media
Please see my reviews of previous volumes!
Volume 5 Summary: Aladdin has found Alibaba at last, but Alibaba has changed and perhaps for the worse. In the city of Balbadd, the Fog Troop, a gang of thieves, struggles against a corrupt government. The leader of the Fog Troop, Cassim, was Alibaba's childhood friend and has pressured him into becoming the figurehead of the gang. Aladdin and Morgiana hope to rescue him with the help of King Sinbad, but powerful forces stand against them, including another Magi..
Volume 6 Summary: The furious battle between Ugo and Judar ends with the sudden appearance of Ren Kogyoku, Eighth Princess of the Kou Empire. The strange creatures she unleashes only drive home the point that Balbadd is surrounded by powerful enemies and further weakened by treachery from within. Sinbad has a plan to save Balbadd that will require strength and courage from everyone, particularly Alibaba, but no one doubts Alibaba more than himself...
Review thoughts: 
Vol 5:   This volume is a bit darker than past volumes. It picks up with the explaination of what Alibaba is doing with Cassim's gang. We learn what happened since the dungeon, and a lot about his past. He has some crucial trials to overcome in this and I love seeing him grow as a character.

The other focus here is Judar. Another Magi and trouble like non other for young Aladdin! This second focus on the book tests Aladdin in new ways. Yet there is still so much to learn about the Magi!

A different balance of action and story in this one. Less humor and more serious than previous volumes. I loved the new depth we are given into the characters!
Vol 6- The second half of the fight between Aladdin and Judar. Ugo plays a crucial, yet bittersweet role in the battle. The fight leaves Aladdin very insecure and was a bit heartbreaking to watch him. Yet there is plenty of hope.

Alibaba seizes the day, and must confront his past once and for all! You can't help but cheer him on.

I really advise reading volumes 4-6 as a group. It seems to flow better. Or at least volumes 5-6 especially.

*I was given a digital copy of these manga in exchange for a fair/honest review.*

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