The world of Magi is set in an alternate version and recreation of the ancient Old World (similar to ancient Persia). About 14 years before the story begins, several magic castles (of various architectural styles) begin to appear in this world. These mysterious ruins are known as “Dungeons,” and they are full of treasures and traps. Aladdin, who is a Magi, and his friend, King Alibaba Saluja, embark on a dangerous and deadly adventure into those Dungeons to find fortune and glory and more adventure.
As Magi, Vol. 14 (Chapters 129 to 138) begins, Aladdin and his friends take on the full power of pirate queen, Amu Madaura. Using the strange magical item called, “Holy Mother Halo Fan,” all fall before her. However, it has the strangest affect on Hakuryu Ren, fourth prince of the Kou Empire, and it will reveal his dark past and also, change his relationships with his friends.
Then, it is time for everyone to go their separate ways. After Hakuryu's sudden departure, Aladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana much each follow a different path. For Aladdin, the destination is the Magnoshutatt Academy, where he will learn magic... in ways he did not expect.
THE LOWDOWN: Just as it did the previous volume, it has done it again. The Magi manga (subtitled The Labyrinth of Magic) surprised me. As a regular reader of Magi, I had settled into the idea of Aladdin and company living in Sindria and having wonderful adventures, but this series is in a constant state of flux, or so it seems.
Magi Volume 14 has two surprises. First, There are multiple depictions of extreme violence. It is not as if Magi has been without gruesome death; it is that there is so much of it in this volume that the violence seems, at time, gratuitous. Also, the sudden partings are a bit jarring, but that will make the series longer, and probably even more fun to read.
POSSIBLE AUDIENCE: Readers, especially young manga readers, looking for adventure stories will want to read the “Shonen Sunday” title, Magi.