Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Volume 2

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Volume 2

A young boy, Aladdin, travels a mysterious continent that is home to a mysterious ruin known as the “Dungeon”, in which great treasure is said to lay hidden. During his travels, the young boy meets Ali Baba, and together they attempt to clear the “Dungeon” in order to claim the treasures within. As their quest brings about new encounters and farewells, Aladdin will come to...

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Title:Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Volume 2
Author:Shinobu Ohtaka
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ISBN:2351425855
Edition Language:Japanese
Number of Pages:170 pages

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Volume 2 Reviews

  • Jamie
    Aug 30, 2013

    This is turning into quite a cute series. And I don't mean in a girly, romantic way. I mean that in the fun characters, adventure and the ever adorable Aladdin.

    We get to learn more of both Aladdin and Ali Baba. Aladdin's character is brought more to light and he makes more sense in this one. It was also nice not seeming his being a pervy child. That disturbed me a bit in the first volume. This one was much more focused on character depth and the adventure ahead. In the first volume I was also m

    This is turning into quite a cute series. And I don't mean in a girly, romantic way. I mean that in the fun characters, adventure and the ever adorable Aladdin.

    We get to learn more of both Aladdin and Ali Baba. Aladdin's character is brought more to light and he makes more sense in this one. It was also nice not seeming his being a pervy child. That disturbed me a bit in the first volume. This one was much more focused on character depth and the adventure ahead. In the first volume I was also more indifferent to Ali Baba, yet by the end of this adventure I have warmed up to him quite a bit.

    A great blend of action and comedy. Fun for guys and girls both to read. The only thing I didn't care for was the random narration explaining what was happening all the time. This series has taken an interesting twist on known tales and I look forward to seeing what else it brings over time!

    *Special Thanks to Viz Media via Edelweiss for providing me a eCopy to review.

  • Nicola Mansfield
    Dec 17, 2013

    I am so in love with this series. Vol. 1 was action-packed and now Vol. 2 is character driven as Aladdin and Alibaba continue to search for the treasure in their first dungeon. Their friendship blooms and these two are quick becoming fast friends of each other and mine. A light story in that it is full of humour and good-natured, yet the story does take dark turns and the villains can certainly be quite nasty making it deserving of the 13+ rating. The action is all at the end of this one making

    I am so in love with this series. Vol. 1 was action-packed and now Vol. 2 is character driven as Aladdin and Alibaba continue to search for the treasure in their first dungeon. Their friendship blooms and these two are quick becoming fast friends of each other and mine. A light story in that it is full of humour and good-natured, yet the story does take dark turns and the villains can certainly be quite nasty making it deserving of the 13+ rating. The action is all at the end of this one making the djinn's, Ugo, appearance short but I enjoyed everything leading up to that point. The author is using some cool mythology here. The book is based on the Arabian Knights theme though it has a completely different story and in this volume we are told about a magi who must pick a king for the times which makes me suddenly think Merlin/King Arthur, THEN King Solomon's (Biblical) djinn turns up with his remaining power and we end the book plopped down in the Mongolian grasslands. Thank goodness the next book is coming up right away!

  • Selena
    Dec 30, 2013

    I like the story, the problem with this volume was the execution.

    Manga shouldn't need a narrator. It's all about showing, not telling. Well, let me rephrase that. Manga shouldn't have a 3rd person, omnipotent narrator. Having characters tell their story in flashback is fine. Having a 3rd party not in the story tell it, however, doesn't work for me, and there were a few cases of that in this volume.

    I also felt there was some pacing issues, though this could just be me. The story kinda moved forwa

    I like the story, the problem with this volume was the execution.

    Manga shouldn't need a narrator. It's all about showing, not telling. Well, let me rephrase that. Manga shouldn't have a 3rd person, omnipotent narrator. Having characters tell their story in flashback is fine. Having a 3rd party not in the story tell it, however, doesn't work for me, and there were a few cases of that in this volume.

    I also felt there was some pacing issues, though this could just be me. The story kinda moved forward in bursts rather than flowing smoothly. It wasn't stops and starts; it was more like slow-down-to-a-crawl and then turbo-boost-the-pace. Again, this could just be me.

    Love the characters we're supposed to like, and despise (in the good way) the characters we're supposed to hate. The characters are well dont.

    Except for pacing issues, this is pretty good and I'm sure that this will improve with time. It's still early in the series.

  • Ian
    Feb 17, 2014

    This book is rated T for teens so think about that before giving this book to a kid to get them interested in Manga. :)

    Picking up from volume 1 this book has a lot less perversion and more action as the dungeon brings Aladdin and Alibaba tighter together as friends. You will see fights, justice, revelations, and new found freedom as each character discovers the path they must walk in this dynamic sequel to the slower intro manga. The art is amazing and it turns out Aladdin can be a bit intimidat

    This book is rated T for teens so think about that before giving this book to a kid to get them interested in Manga. :)

    Picking up from volume 1 this book has a lot less perversion and more action as the dungeon brings Aladdin and Alibaba tighter together as friends. You will see fights, justice, revelations, and new found freedom as each character discovers the path they must walk in this dynamic sequel to the slower intro manga. The art is amazing and it turns out Aladdin can be a bit intimidating if he is betrayed so baddies beware. :)

    My favorite part of the book is at the end when Alibaba uses his newfound fortune in a variety of ways which I am not going to spoil for you dear readers. :)

  • Karissa
    Feb 19, 2014

    This is the second installment in the Magi series and I really enjoyed it. Aladdin and Ali Baba delve deeper into the Dungeon only to find that their worst enemies may not be the monsters in the Dungeon!

    When we left Aladdin and Ali Baba had just ventured into a Dungeon and faced some scary monsters. In this book they are joined by the leader of the city (the evil prince Jamal) who is determined to use Aladdin and his power for his own ends.

    This installment had lots of action towards the end of

    This is the second installment in the Magi series and I really enjoyed it. Aladdin and Ali Baba delve deeper into the Dungeon only to find that their worst enemies may not be the monsters in the Dungeon!

    When we left Aladdin and Ali Baba had just ventured into a Dungeon and faced some scary monsters. In this book they are joined by the leader of the city (the evil prince Jamal) who is determined to use Aladdin and his power for his own ends.

    This installment had lots of action towards the end of the story and great character development throughout. This book didn't have quite as much humor as the first one and some of the villains are pretty darn mean (probably why this is rated 13+).

    We do learn quite a bit more about Aladdin and Ali Baba’s backstory. We also learn quite a bit about Aladdin’s true destiny. All of it was very entertaining and engaging. We also meet a lot of new characters (not all of them good). One of them is the slave girl Jamil owns, Morgiana, she is an interesting character that I hope features in future Magi books...and she has very strong legs :-)

    This is a traditional Japanese manga, read right to left and back to front. The illustration throughout is a lot of fun and very detailed and well done. I also enjoy that the author continues her small asides talking about how Magi was made.

    Overall I am really enjoying the manga series. This is a great world and we learn a lot more about the characters’ background in this installment. I am excited at the addition of some great new characters and really enjoyed the direction the story was taking at the end of the series. Definitely check this out if you like action packed mythology based fantasy manga.

  • Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
    Mar 14, 2014

    A young boy, Aladdin, travels a mysterious continent that is home to a mysterious ruin known as the “Dungeon”, in which great treasure is said to lay hidden. During his travels, the young boy meets Ali Baba, and together they attempt to clear the “Dungeon” in order to claim the treasures within. As their quest brings about new encounters and farewells, Aladdin will come to learn of his true destiny.

    I really enjoyed this volume. We learn more about Aladdin and Alibaba both th

    A young boy, Aladdin, travels a mysterious continent that is home to a mysterious ruin known as the “Dungeon”, in which great treasure is said to lay hidden. During his travels, the young boy meets Ali Baba, and together they attempt to clear the “Dungeon” in order to claim the treasures within. As their quest brings about new encounters and farewells, Aladdin will come to learn of his true destiny.

    I really enjoyed this volume. We learn more about Aladdin and Alibaba both this time around. Both of them are pretty important people and Aladdin has an important role to play. He doesn't seem to know a thing about it, though. There's still more to learn about him, it seems. How did he end up in the room he says he was trapped in with Ugo? Why hasn't Ugo been able to get his head out of the room, but the rest of his body seems to be doing just fine. It seems that in the world of djinn, Ugo is important, too.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing where things go from here and I'm excited to see Aladdin and Alibaba reunited. Has Aladdin truly made his choice already? They captured the Dungeon and learn quite a bit in the process and the djinn's metal vessel they found there had a djinn in it that seems to have attached himself, or at least his power, to Alibaba's knife. What's up with that? And what's up with the second Magi and the shrouded man who was with him? Why did they sink the Dungeon? Is he a counter-balance to Aladdin? There really is still much to learn. Not to mention, now that she's free, what will Morgiana do now?

  • ranne
    Jul 19, 2014

    3.5 - There it is that word again: "My bestfriend" which I'm guessing the original words were "saigo no tomodachi"

    I'll say it again and again and again. I think true friendship is the most beautiful thing in the world of fiction

    so I'm really super happy I picked up this manga. Friends embarking on an adventure with unpredictable outcome while still having the purest of fun. I don't know why but this always make my heart swell so much. Hopefully, this remain

    3.5 - There it is that word again: "My bestfriend" which I'm guessing the original words were "saigo no tomodachi"

    I'll say it again and again and again. I think true friendship is the most beautiful thing in the world of fiction

    so I'm really super happy I picked up this manga. Friends embarking on an adventure with unpredictable outcome while still having the purest of fun. I don't know why but this always make my heart swell so much. Hopefully, this remains a major theme in this series.

    Also, that line "it'll be a blast" almost made me tear up! My obsession over true friendship and adventure started with Gon and Killua from Hunter x Hunter and Alibaba and Aladdin had a similar conversation about going on an adventure and how it will be a blast because they're together. After what happened to Killua and Gon at the end of the Chimera Ant arc, I just can't... 3 but hopefully, if that ever happens to Alibaba and Aladdin they'll be able to sort it out quickly without making a crack in their friendship.

    P.S. Jamil's design looks a hell lot like Gieve from The Heroic Legend of Arslan. Or is it the other way around?

    P.P.S. That last chapter tho. 3

  • Alba
    Mar 13, 2015

    Aaaaand here we go...

    This is a continuation from book 1 (obviously) but I'm talking about the adventure on volume 1. You know, how when you're excited watching The lord of the rings: Fellowship of the ring and shuck! suddenly everything goes black? Well it's the same but on volume one everything goes white and you got to get your grabby-grabby hands on volume 2 or you're suddenly gonna die from not-knowing what the hell is gonna happen.

    So yeah, I get excited with my manga reading but hey! this

    Aaaaand here we go...

    This is a continuation from book 1 (obviously) but I'm talking about the adventure on volume 1. You know, how when you're excited watching The lord of the rings: Fellowship of the ring and shuck! suddenly everything goes black? Well it's the same but on volume one everything goes white and you got to get your grabby-grabby hands on volume 2 or you're suddenly gonna die from not-knowing what the hell is gonna happen.

    So yeah, I get excited with my manga reading but hey! this life choose me.

    The ending is very good, and the little tidbits of info that you get about Ali Baba are what got the author to gave him his very own series, it's like Levi from Shingeki no kyojin, but less angsty (maybe).

    So, whatever, I'm gonna read volume 3 when my workload gets lessened, so wait for me Shinobu Ohtaka!

    (OH MY asjhkdaskjd!!!! I just saw that this author is the same that made Sumomo Momomo!!! Isn't that just epically awesome or what!?)

  • Ainsley Dobson
    Jul 09, 2015

    3 out of 5 stars

    After reading the second volume of this manga, I'm not quite sure whether or not it's for me. This story is entertaining and the art is good (not great), but I don't feel any real connection to the characters, and often times I feel rather annoyed with them.

    Both Alibaba and Aladdin are obsessed with women and living large, and I found that that obsession made me think a lot less of them. Alibaba constantly says that all he wants in the whole world are women and money, which strik

    3 out of 5 stars

    After reading the second volume of this manga, I'm not quite sure whether or not it's for me. This story is entertaining and the art is good (not great), but I don't feel any real connection to the characters, and often times I feel rather annoyed with them.

    Both Alibaba and Aladdin are obsessed with women and living large, and I found that that obsession made me think a lot less of them. Alibaba constantly says that all he wants in the whole world are women and money, which strikes me as selfish and annoying. And Aladdin, while not as interested in wealth, is constantly throwing himself at girls in ways that look a lot like assault. I know that Ohtaka is just trying to make him seem adorable and kid-like, but I thought that it was weird, not to mention degrading to women.

    Still, this installment has made me very intrigued about what is going to happen, so I might have to continue the series just for that, but if the characters don't grow up soon, I'm going to have to put the entire series down.

  • Amina
    Dec 24, 2016

    Well, story is still good.

    This is the exploration of the first dungeon. Morgiane is bae, Ugo deserves lot of love. Amon is and will always be my favorite Djinn. And that friendship between Aladin and Alibaba, my precious children.

    Funny thing is I see things now that I wouldn't have seen the first time. I'm surprised by that foreshadowing. Seriously, Ohtaka-san, you did good here.

    And at the end, you get how labyrinths are created. Thank you very much Judal.