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Manga Review: Magi Volume 12

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Magi, Volume 12: The Labyrinth of Magic focuses on Aladdin, a young man who is a Magi and has the ability to gather the Magoi of Rukh to power his magic.

Magi Volume 12

Magi Volume 12

Written by: Shinobu Ohtaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: June 9, 2015

Volume 12 opens with Yamraiha finishing off a battle with a member of Al-Thamen. How Yamraiha brings about the conclusion of this battle is actually rather surprising, but it turns out to be very effective.

However, a lot of Magi Volume 12 actually focuses on Sinbad and what he goes through. He is being surprised by the arrival of Judar, a Magi working for Al-Thamen as the oracle of the Kou Empire. The two of them exchange heated words, with Judar declaring that he wants to destroy Sindria. As a representative of the Kou Empire, this could be perceived as the empire declaring war on Sinbad. This event creates a tense undercurrent that basically runs throughout the rest of the volume.

A princess of the Kou Empire has fled to Sindria and is being protected by Sinbad. We see several interactions between Sinbad and the princess throughout this volume, and these scenes almost lead the reader to believe that perhaps Sinbad might have an interest in her. Unfortunately, there’s a scene near the end of the volume that appears to squash this potential relationship.

Aladdin and the others return to Sindria, and shortly after their arrival, Hakuryu suffers a side effect from being bitten by a snake: his hand falls off and Ithnan manifests himself from the hand. Ithnan casts a curse on Sinbad and Alibaba. Yamraiha discovers the curse is just corruption being caused by magic, but she doesn’t know the formula to dispel it. Even though he is cursed, Sinbad is able to chase down and defeat Ithnan. But even with Ithnan’s defeat, it ultimately takes Aladdin’s power to heal Alibaba.

At the end of Volume 12, Aladdin makes a big decision that will have a major impact on the direction that the story is headed.  This decision includes both heading to a new location and leaving his current friends behind. But after what happened in Sindria, it’s really not surprising that Aladdin decides to take this step.

Magi Volume 12 has some emphasis on action, but the majority of the story focuses more on interactions between characters. A lot of the character interactions focus on Sinbad, which I thought was a good thing. I appreciated getting to see more of Sinbad, because it helped me to start better understanding him as a character. I also thought that the Kou Empire princess, along with her brother who is in Sindira with her, added interesting layers to the story.

When it comes to the art, it appears that many of the newer characters introduced into the series have more detail to their designs than Aladdin. However, I noticed in this volume that Alibaba’s design feels different compared to how he looked in earlier volumes of the series. Perhaps this noticeable change in his design is to signify that he has changed and progressed as a character.

Magi Volume 12 should be able to captivate long time readers of the series, especially when it comes to Sinbad’s various character interactions. This volume makes some important revelations and introduces forthcoming changes that should make the story an interesting read for the fans.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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