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Magi - Labyrinth of Magic  
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Description
In a world similar to that of Scheherezade's tales, a mysterious young boy named Aladdin drifts from place to place with his djinn Ugo. Ugo lives inside a golden recorder, and Aladdin is on the hunt for his true container, “The Djinn's Metal Vessel.” One day he encounters Alibaba, a poor lad determined to enter one of the mysterious Dungeons that popped up a decade ago in order to make his fortune. Thus the the two begin their adventure in a Persia that never was...

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Manga

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Associated Names
マギ
Magi
Magi - Mê Cung Thần Thoại
Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic

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Status in Country of Origin
22 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 2 (with a few scenes from Chap 1)
Ends at LoM: Vol 12, Chap. 115 | KoM: Chap.198

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2 topics, 51 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (793 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.62 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 17th 2014, 4:37pm PST

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Year
2009

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Serialized In (magazine)
Shounen Sunday (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (5 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #130 increased(+33)
Monthly Pos #162 decreased(-40)
3 Month Pos #111 decreased(-8)
6 Month Pos #90 decreased(-21)

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the politics make me cry   
Rating: 7.2 / 10.0
by Suxinn
June 2nd, 2014, 11:22pm
Magi is a shounen series that started off decently, got better, and then degraded so rapidly that I got whiplash.

For a series with the subtitle of "Labyrinth of Magic," you would think there would be ample, well, labyrinths. Well, too bad, because after Magi hit its midway point, it seems to throw away all pretense of a fun, campy adventure full of dungeon-crawling in favor of some really convoluted politics. Now, I'm not a fan of genre changes, but Magi really takes the cake with how bad this particular genre change is.

In a word, the politics is godawful. It might be the worst I've ever seen--and I've seen a lot! Maybe if it doesn't take center-stage so often, I might be more lenient with it, but it does, and it's awful, so no.

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For instance, Ren Koumei's political ideology makes no sense. His assertions that people want power and, thus, he will unite the world in order to facilitate peace do not connect with one another at all. Even on a surface level, these two ideas don't coincide! In what world does having a single ruler automatically mean all power struggles will cease??

Not to mention how difficult it would be for a single person to govern an entire world. Like, really, Koumei will have to appoint governors and shit anyway to take care of different parts of land, and power struggles will happen in that case. And, of course, if your people are unhappy with your rule, revolutions also happen, and these revolutions are far more likely when the country is big than when it is small (just look at Alexander the Great!).

Finally, the whole premise of people can't understand each other and just fight for power is just so inherently flawed. People don't just pop into existence thinking "I WANT TO RULE THE WORLD." There are actual reasons why power is so desirable, and only by understanding these reasons can you understand why people fight. The way Koumei is thinking is extremely lazy because the thought that "people are just inherently evil" solves absolutely nothing. It simply obscures the real problems within the social system that pushes these people to fight. And the only way to prevent more fighting is to get to the root of these problems and solve it there. Not to just look at it on the surface and go, "Well, maybe if I just conquer everyone." Like what??

The worst part of this scene was the fact that Alibaba wasn't able to respond to Koumei's ideas at all. These are incredibly simple and shallow ideas that he could have easily refuted with a word or two. Instead, he's shown as not being able to give any conclusive answer at all. ESPECIALLY because Alibaba is probably the only one in the whole manga who has chosen the "correct" choice in terms of political ideology when he decides to turn Balbadd into a democracy. Forming a democratic nation is clearly a radical idea, and the fact that Alibaba does it shows that he knows enough about what the people need to do it. But now he can't even refute a simple "lol i'm going to conquer the world because [insert shitty reason]"??

Oh, and don't even get me started on the terribad ideas of both Sinbad and Solomon, both of whom the author tries to make charismatic but both of whom just turn out to be jackasses instead. (I know I'm not the only one who confuses the two and wants to punch both in the face whenever they appear.)


The mangaka also has a tendency to derail characters in favor of really crass "comedy." And while it might have been funny the first time around, the nth reiteration of Aladdin's perversion and Alibaba's desire to find a girlfriend is just overused and bad. I can't like any of these characters because of how grossly they're portrayed in these contexts--and they never grow and develop to, you know, respect women. Instead, the whole thing is continually treated as a joke, as if it's something to laugh about rather than frown at. The whole thing is just really tiring for me, especially because, as I said, it derails both personalities and development in favor of a cheap laugh.

All in all, Magi has become a chore to sit through nowadays, and if the mangaka continues this way any longer, I might have to stop reading for the sake of my own well-being.

(Please go back to feel-good dungeon-crawling, Ohtaka, please.)
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don't overthink it just read it this manga is a kamipiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by menori
February 18th, 2014, 4:39pm
i don't have anything to say the manga will show you the greatness and the awesomeness , its really a deep and have a great "great" i say story line whit a lot of mysteries and thrilling events . some people may think its slow starting but its really an important part in the story line of this manga thats because while you climbing up you will start to feel the greatness

... Last updated on February 18th, 2014, 4:41pm
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A succulent dessert of fun, politics, magic, power, tears... etc.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
February 12th, 2014, 9:24pm
This manga is, believe it or not, pretty deep.

It really makes you stop and think about the way the world works, and how various governments operate. A lot of what is happening in the manga is very real--- (they happen in real life too through another form). Nothing is black and white in the manga. The creepy black-robed people seem to have a "legitimate" reason for doing horrible things, and the good guys seem to have hidden agendas as well. The main characters are good people, but we see negative sides of naivete and blind justice in Alibaba. The only character who seems to be completely pure would be Aladdin, and even he sometimes shows a darker expression.

I love the different rulers/kings presented:
Sinbad- The king everyone loves, but may have gone off to the dark side (a bit)

Magnoette (not even gonna bother to spell his name correctly)- A warped version of Hitler; albeit a controversially "good" one.

Kou Empire ruler- (a reflection of communism and ancient China.) Two strange mix but somehow it worked

The female magi- She would invade other countries to protect her own. Loved by her citizens. (kinda reminds me personally of USA huh)

And Alibaba- The one who looks to the weak and tries to help everyone out. While he obviously may SEEM to be the best king of all, he has a lot of flaws that pull him down to every other king's level.

Either way, I just LOVE how much this manga makes me think about controversial things I normally wouldn't bat an eye about.
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The only exception to the black-white world of villains and heroes seem to be the Kou Empress.. Honestly, she's a tad TOO cray cray....purely twisted might be a better description.
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Further more, this manga provides some of the funniest gags ever, and some of them come at such a random time that it'll make you go "WTF??" Oh and dear lord, don't forget the hilarious expressions and troll faces (yes legit troll faces) in this manga. Ha ha ha ha. Good times.

A "downside" is that recently the manga has been nearing its climax, so not as much humor is shown as before...Everything is intense and stuff.......... I miss all the gags that targeted poor ol' Alibaba.... And Aladdin's victims...

... Last updated on June 29th, 2014, 2:50am
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I feel pity for Fairy Tail...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
February 12th, 2014, 7:51am
Hahaha... somehow, I sense this series reviews become a battle between shounen manga... Well, thanks to the one who brings Fairy Tail in his/her comment (aka. *****hito) - see, it's dangerous to compare 'obviously' different quality of manga in the front of the fan (including me)...

Magi is undoubtedly good as for me, and I won't add more "useless" comment for the awesomeness of Magi. But, I feel I must join the review about the shounen manga...

May some readers dont like "childish" story about overwhelmed character n nakama-thing in some popular manga out there, but hey... shounen is mostly talking about that. They mainly teach us about "hard work, friendship, and victory", if you dont like that, you can read newspaper or economic magazine (just like my dad), and of course another manga, like seinen.

As for me, what's most important in shounen manga (and other genre) is the plot (and its twist). The plot should not random and predictable, that's the basic... It's okay to be overpowered (even Aladdin and Yunan maybe overpowered too), but it must not be shortcut-ed (aka. sudden power ups)... or it will lose its "hard work" components. I don't find it "much" in One Piece and Naruto, but One Piece n Naruto covered it with a great depth plot. In opposite, as for Fairy Tail, ahem... maybe the author find it's difficult to logic its power up (since the power is too random), and the plot is sadly random too (and that's why I dropped it for now). Truly, this is nice forum indeed...

... Last updated on February 12th, 2014, 7:58am
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i love it   
Rating: N/A
by smallpancakes98
January 5th, 2014, 11:32pm
this is my favourite manga of all time plus a few others but still. it broadened my horizon of manga when i read it. i love all the characters from magi and my fav character is pisti. the drawings are wonderful and it just gives me the feeling that this is the manga i've been looking for my entire life. i love it.i believe that this manga is way better than the top 4 manga's of the world (thats what i call it. one piece, naruto, bleach and fairy tail and yes fairy tails up there for those who didnt know) the story isnt too dark which is great. ahh... this will always be my favourite manga probably.
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Starts slow but gets good.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ZoddGuts
November 25th, 2013, 9:52pm
Great series. Starts a bit slow but it really picks up after a few volumes. Also don't judge the manga based on the awful anime adaptation. The anime made changes for the worse and hasn't done the manga justice.

... Last updated on November 25th, 2013, 9:53pm
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Another Manga Unique for ITS FACES.   
Rating: N/A
by hawkeye312
October 27th, 2013, 4:35pm
Obviously, y'all read this for the amazing faces that Miss Ohtaka Shinobu is famous for! xD Great story, art, suspense, excitement, and no fan service. Me likey. Already bought the first two volumes released in the US!
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Merely average   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by GoldenKaos
August 29th, 2013, 2:04am
Certainly not bad, but suffers from an overabundance of being too average in design, execution, characters, storylines, even powers. It's a shounen manga but Aladdin-flavoured with very few surprises for me. Again, it's definitely not bad, I've enjoyed reading it but it's starting to feel like a drag at chapter 100, so I'm taking a break from it.
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Not sure   
Rating: N/A
by RoxFlowz
August 25th, 2013, 12:00pm
A slow start, but it did get a lot better. What made Magi good was it's uniqueness. Despite being a Shounen, it tried to pick up a few darker and more mature themes. Sadly, it's only been going downhill lately. Giving into the temptation of using weak plot devices and showing the typical shounen flaws. (Weak, stereotypical villains; flat side characters and the generic good and evil...)

I can only hope the author reconsiders his change in style. I don't think there's any need for a second FT.
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too bad   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by CrossRyuu
August 24th, 2013, 1:46am
people who really knows what a good story is will pick magi
its not mainstream manga but its pretty good its better than FT(which doesnt taste defeat) in my opinion
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