Lesley Aeschliman

Manga Review: Magi Volume 16

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Magi Volume 16 focuses on Aladdin, a young man who is a Magi and has the ability to gather the Magoi of Rukh.

Magi Volume 16

Magi Volume 16

Written by: Shinobu Ohtaka
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 9, 2016

Volume 16 focuses exclusively on Aladdin and his time at the Magnoshutatt Academy. While Aladdin is one of two students able to advance to Year 2, he discovers that he’s not the top student. The announcement of the top student brings about the introduction of a new character: Titus Alexius.

When we first see Titus, the character design had me convinced that this character was female. But from something Aladdin does, it’s made clear that Titus is actually a guy. While having this kind of a “trap” character can be amusing in manga, I didn’t think that this element enhanced Titus’ character at all.

At first, Aladdin and Titus start out as rivals. Their rivalry leads to a magical sparring competition between the two of them, which provides some exciting action for this volume. It turns out that both of them know some rather impressive magic, which makes their sparring match even more interesting to read. It turns out that Titus has a secret, but when Aladdin learns about it, this ties the two of them together and they work at becoming friends. The “rivals becoming friends” element is a rather common trope, so it wasn’t terribly surprising when Aladdin and Titus’ rivalry evolved into friendship.

Aladdin, Titus, and fellow student Sphintus gain new privileges, and get to see some sections of the city they have never seen before. With this access, they are able to view the lives of some of the non-magical people. With Aladdin on a quest to stop potential fighting between magical and non-magical people that could destroy the world, this is a great opportunity for him. But the three students discover a startling secret and decide to investigate, knowing there’s a chance they could be expelled if they’re discovered.

Magi Volume 16 keeps the reader interested from the front cover to the back cover. The two secrets that play an important role in this story are intriguing and keep the reader’s interest. I know that as I started learning about these secrets, I found myself wanting to keep reading in order to find out everything there was about them. But of the two secrets, I have to say that the one that Aladdin and the other two students stumble upon is the more interesting one.

Readers who have been reading and following this series from the beginning won’t want to miss Magi Volume 16. The character of Alexis adds a new layer for Aladdin and his mission, and the two secrets revealed in this volume will be of interest to readers.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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