Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 1 Paperback
Part of the Magi series
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 is just as mysterious as the treasures he seeks.
Together with his friend, Ali Baba and the genie, Ugo, Aladdin sets out to find his fortune in the depths of the endless dunes...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 200 pages
- Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
- Publication Date: 13/08/2013
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9781421559513
- Paperback from £5.45
Showing 1 - 3 of 3 reviews.
Review by ElizaJane
Funny, exciting, adventurous novel based on the Aladdin characters but creating its own original story. So far a team has been put together of Aladdin, who appears to be a young boy, his Djinn, who lives in a flute, and travelling/quest partner Alibaba (who appears to be an older teen). The Djinn's first appearance was a blast! Quite shocking and not what I expected at all, he comes into play quite frequently and the monsters they battle are a lot of fun. The bad guy is established by the end of this volume and it also ends mid-battle scene creating the longing for the next volume. Publishers have rated this T (13+) for "suggestive themes" which in this volume translates into the male adolescent's fascination with boobies. I thought those scenes were funny while the target audience may find them 'titilating'. Personally I agree with the rating and gave the book to my 13yo but this one may be a bit too risque in some parents' opinion. I'm really looking forward to more of this series; it promises to be a lot of fun. At this point Aladdin is reminding me of Dragonball's Son Goku with his cuteness and attitude.
Review by krau0098
I got this book for Christmas, I actually added to my wishlist after reading a glowing review of it on the blog It’s All Comic to Me. This was a very well done Manga, I really enjoyed it and will definitely be reading more in the series. To date I haven’t read a ton of Manga. However I have read and loved the Hellsing Manga series, many of the Berserks, and a good portion of the Vampire Game series so I am not a complete Noob :-)Aladdin is a strange young boy, with a super crazy flute. He journeys to a new continent where strange Dungeons occasionally appear out of the sands. In the city there he meets Ali Baba. The two agree to go on a quest to try and clear the most dangerous of the Dungeons to claim the treasure within.This book is a good balance of world-building, characterization, adventure, and humor. I really enjoyed it. Aladdin is a strange character, he looks like a young boy but obviously has experience and appreciation (especially of women) outside of a young boy’s experience. This makes for some very funny scenes. He is an interesting blend of naivete and worldly experience.Aladdin also carries around a flute that has a genie in it, kind of. This makes for some hilarious scenes as well.Ali Baba is of course out to make some money (after Aladdin kind of spoils things for him at his current job). When he sees the power of Aladdin’s..uh..flute he decides that this is his chance to finally conquer a Dungeon.The Dungeons are a very cool concept. Basically they are giant structures that have been rising out of the sands. They are full of ancient monsters, ancient evils, and loads of treasure. The worst of the Dungeons (the one where thousands have entered and never returned) is in the very city they are in. Ali Baba decides that this is the place him and Aladdin need to go.I was very impressed by how well the world and characters were developed in this little Manga. Both the world and characters were very engaging and it was hard to put the book down. When I was done I wanted to read more!The author also has some cute asides in here about how they ended up writing Manga. This is an interesting story in itself and I enjoyed reading these asides throughout the book.Overall a stellar start to an adventure fantasy manga series. I enjoyed the world, the characters, the adventure, the magic, and the humor. Recommended to those who love fantasy Manga.
Review by DeweyEver
A manga series inspired by the 1001 Arabian Nights, starring Aladdin and Alibaba.After reading two volumes, thus far this is typical lighthearted shonen fare--two boys seeking adventure and making friends (and enemies) along the way. The exotic setting and the video game-esque setup of the dungeon they explore in these volumes is a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to reading more.