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The only thing wrong with this chapter is the fact that this dynamic duo of Hakuryuu and Judar is going to be defeated by Aladdin and Alibaba.

It is expected; they are, after all, the heroes of the series. Yet, It becomes difficult to stand behind Aladdin’s idealistic dreams and Alibaba’s indecisiveness, not when faced with the realistic and somewhat incisive approach that Hakuryuu and Judar bring to the table.

THE CHAPTER:
The battle against Gyokuen comes to a close. Kou has a new emperor. Hakuruyuu and Judar set their eyes upon the rest of the world.

MY THOUGHTS:

That was unequivocally brutal. Say one thing about Magi, say that it never really holds back on the gore and despair when it needs to cement a point.

This is it; the point when Hakuryuu and Judar finally became the central villains of the story.

Sure, there are a lot of negative things you could say about Kouen and his ilk; yes, few other characters in the series are quite as conniving and untrustworthy as Sinbad. Yet none of these characters have truly given themselves over to depravity, not when compared to Hakuryuu.

One might say that the Magi story just turned onto a new path this week; Hakuryuu finally got his revenge, and in a most brutal fashion, especially when you read this chapter together with the last panels of chapter 249, where Hakuryuu tears the flesh out of his mother’s neck with his teeth, with Gyokuen then lumbering towards the salvation waiting beyond the boundary of the barrier, only to fall to Judar who hands her life to Hakuryuu.

That Hakuryuu could kill her without a second thought, unmoved by the sorts of silly tricks so many heroes tend to fall for in the very last moment, shows his resolve.

That he understands the depths of his intentions, the blood he will have to spill in his conquest means that he is unlikely to fall to the sweet words of Aladdin and Alibaba about right and wrong, the evil of his path and any salvation they might offer.

Simply put, Hakuryuu is the perfect hero turned villain; there are no forces pulling his strings without his consent, which means we are unlikely to run into another Obito situation.

He is fully aware of his own madness and accepts what he must do to accomplish goals that, to an extent, even he realizes are wrong; which means his clash with Aladdin will more or less come down to a last man standing type situation, where Hakuryuu and Judar must be put down lest they bring the world to its knees.

Magi has created a situation so perfect, with the rising conflict between Aladdin, Hakuryuu, Kouen, Sinbad and Al-Tharmen, especially with so many of the lines so blurred, that it would be difficult for Shinobu Ohtaka to ruin this arc.

She doesn’t even have to deliver deaths on any scale to create a satisfying conclusion to what might be Magi’s last, or at least one of its final sagas.

+RATING: 9/10, Judar never seizes to surprise, specifically how far his character has come, with each chapter continuing to compound upon just how reliant the Magi is on his friend’s madness.

Hakuryuu is the soul mate Judar searched for and failed to find in Sinbad, which probably has something to do with the fact that Sinbad is so much more mature than Hakuryuu and thus less likely to succumb to Judar’s darkness.

Gyokuen will be missed; she showed the sort of madness and resilience few villains have manifested in anime and manga.
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  Boku no Hero Academia has some pretty erratic releases; I begun expecting these chapter on Saturday, however that schedule seemed to shift to Sunday.

Now we have chapters coming out as early as Thursday; and not just one chapter but three, with the results not being very pleasant. I had to read these three chapters several times over.

In some cases the translations were that bad; other websites had the pages completely out of order, so much so that I would get to the last page only to realize that it was actually page one, and I had most likely encountered the end somewhere in the middle. 

It took sometime to track and finally read chapter 20. For some unknown reason, several websites kept uploading and then removing this chapter. So much effort to read manga these days.

THE CHAPTERS: All Might’s arrival throws a wrench into Tokamura’s plan, with the so called artificial human still unaware of All Might’s weakness, that he strands at the edge of his strength, running on fumes and nearly out of time.

MY THOUGHTS:

This wasn’t much of an arc; more like a mini arc.

It was barely 8 chapters long, which isn’t a bad thing per say. Because you really couldn’t say that they rushed things. 

Yet, for its first major arc, the manga could have done more to extend the length of these events, possibly making something more out of them in terms of story and character development.

+The Good
Despite the brevity of the arc, there was no shortage of tension, with each chapter continuing to build upon the threat that the alliance posed against our young heroes.

This was further augmented by the fact that we all understood perfectly the limitations of All Might, that he stood mere minutes and possibly even seconds way from running out of juice and getting the Holly Hell kicked out of his ass.

In that regard, these three chapters were more of a bluffing game, with the secret to All Might’s victory lying in his ability to defeat Noumu, the biggest threat of them all, at which point he could use his seemingly immovable figure to intimidate artificial human and group.

All in all, a well choreographed battle, the fights short but strategic in bringing across the risk in each situation and the heroism of each character.

Todoroki and Bakugou were pleasant surprises, and the fact that they actually played a role in the salvation of their hero allowed the entire situation to play out in a much more satisfying manner.

Of course none of this would matter if Noumu was not such a terrifying beast, seemingly indestructible with his absorbent/regenerative abilities. Knowing that he was indeed more than a match for the weakened All Might really made the stakes so much greater.

+The Bad
This arc could have continued for another six or seven chapters, and I don’t think anyone would have accused the mangaka of dragging these events out.

There is so much more that could have been accomplished; yes, the mini arc indeed managed to get a select few things done, specifically highlighting the abilities and personalities of the young heroes.

Yet it was almost abrupt in the way it brought events to a close. And then there is the fact that Tokamura, the villain at the center of the alliance, did nothing whatsoever to justify the fear he seemed to generate upon his first appearance.

Not a wasted appearance since he survived the skirmish, but it would be difficult for him to be regarded with any sense of fear now.

RATING: 7/10, it was a decent enough end to the invasion for a shonen manga, but it could have been better.
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Chapter 107 was a little anti climatic; I was expecting more of a show down between the Sins and the Six Stars of the Azure Sky.

But they pretty much just accepted their imminent defeat and ran away.

Shame. Then again maybe we should be commending Seven Deadly Sins for its insistence on breaking some basic shonen formulas.

THE CHAPTERS: The Six Stars of the Azure Sky challenge the power of the sins. The King portends a great disaster approaching the new kingdom of the South.

MY THOUGHTS:
‘A Beast With the Likeness of A Mountain Shall Awaken.’ ‘Three Heroes Shall Stand Up against it.’ ‘And Darkness Shall Bore A Great Hole Through the Land’.

It is interesting to note that the king’s premonition isn’t one single statement but three separate sentences, which might refer to three different premonitions that might or might not be connected.

I thought we would spend a little more time with the fairies but I can’t complain, because things in Liones seem to be so much more interesting.

The arrival of the Six Stars of the Azure kind of reminded of Fairy Tail, specifically after the end of the Phantom Lord arc, when we thought we had seen the best that Fairy Tail had to offer, only for Laxus and his group of considerably strong and powerful mages to arrive on the scene, rather conveniently after all the fighting had died down.

I remember being rather excited about the addition of new characters to the fairy tail roster and story; I don’t know how anyone of note could have missed the chaos that was happening in Liones, especially a Holy Knight as powerful as Denzel, but the addition is welcome.

Truth be told I expected Meliodas to tear his way through the obviously weaker Dogget and Wayeo, only for Death Pierce, seemingly just as weak, to pull off a miraculous win.

Which makes you wonder why the trio was even at the ceremony in the first place. What are the chances that Dreyfus and Hendricksen weren’t as evil as they were portrayed to be.

What are the chances that Denzel, the deputy Great holy Knight could be the man behind the curtain, the true villain; it is worth keeping in mind the words that the trio used, about Hendricksen and Dreyfus falling into depravity, a term often used in Magi, speaking of a descent into darkness as a result of some external force.

Hauser, Griamor and even Gilthunder seemed unwilling to believe that Hendricksen would fall so far, which makes you wonder. Do we even know what is going on in the world of the Seven Deadly Sins, what the real stakes are and what the ultimate goal is?

Because, if you think about, Hendricksen’s reasoning for summoning the demon clan, that the times of peace were stretching on for far too long and he needed to give the Holy knights a new reason to fight, is kind of dumb.

There are any number of ways he could have given his subordinates a new purpose in life without putting the world at risk; hell, they could have quit and traveled the world. Clearly the entire globe cannot be at peace.

Whatever the case, Deadly Sins has my attention for the foreseeable future.

I was somewhat amused by Hawk’s Balor’s Eye ability; it was like Seven Deadly Sins was finally starting to bathe in the scent of the shonen formula, the core of which is not only excessive power-ups but a quantification of ability into a numerical format.

Some people hate them; I like them. When they are adhered to strictly, they make comparisons between characters that much easier and can add to the stakes of battle, especially when the difference in power level is clearly demonstrated.

If we are to consider the information provided in chapter 107, then Merlin is the most powerful of the sins, followed by Meliodas, Diana, Gowther and finally Hawk- though the chapter didn’t consider King and Ban.

Taking the details of their stats into account, Diana is obviously the most physically powerful, while Merlin stands unmatched in Power. Meliodas not only excels in physical ability, only second to Diana, but he also boasts the greatest spirit. While Gowther kind of stands in the middle.

Then again Gowther did dismiss the importance of power levels in determining true strength.

RATING: 7/10, we are finally heading to Camelot, which means more Arthur. The world of the Sins is continuing to expand, and it seems like this new arc might exclude King and Ban, unless their activities with the fairies somehow tie into the coming threat.

Considering the premonition about the three warriors, we can assume that Meliodas and Merlin are heading to Camelot where they, along with Arthur, will fight to save the kingdom.h
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The thing about Boku No Hero Academia is that, if it maintains its current pacing and story progression, it stands the chance of becoming something truly noteworthy within the next four or five chapters.

But that is only if it doesn’t drop the ball in its rushed attempt to get to whatever point the mangaka is aiming for.

THE CHAPTERS:
The invasion swings into full gear; with the kids now separated and faced with multiple enemies, the fight becomes one of survival.

MY THOUGHTS:

There is a certain charm to Boku No Hero that managed to shine through in these three chapters. You have to appreciate the fast pace. Once the cogs begin moving, the chapters simply do not slow down.

As I have said before 20 pages are often too few to allow a manga series to express itself comprehensively on a weekly basis; there is a reason a series like Bleach is best read in bulk, after a waiting period of four or five weeks. It is the only way the chapters won’t come off as abrupt.

Yet there are manga like Boku no Hero Academia that provide enough content within each individual chapter to actually satisfy.

The mangaka does in these three chapters what only few shonen series seem to understand; which is the fact that, if you have chosen to populate your manga with a massive cast, then it is never wise to concentrate all your characters within a single location.

That is the reason Naruto’s final arc faltered during the last 1/3 of its run; so many characters had congregated onto the same battlefield that no individual character could stand out or play any noteworthy role in the war. No wonder it became all about Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura.

Black Mist’s decision to split the budding heroes across USJ backfires; cornered, outnumbered and nearly out gunned, each team works to use it’s opponent’s overwhelming strength against them, with the villains quickly learning that experience is no substitute for ingenuity.

With each battle situated within a uniquely designed section of the training facility, boasting diverse weather conditions and terrain, there is something to be said about the balance between brain and brawn clearly visible in the different fights.

Todoroki’s quirk, combining both fire and ice, proves to be so overwhelmingly powerful that even the large numbers of his foes prove irrelevant in his presence, as opposed to Mineta, Tsuyu and Midoriya, whose team comes off as so underwhelming that even Midoriya’s strength advantage isn’t enough for the water friendly villains to take the kids seriously.

All in all, for its first major arc, Boku no Hero Academia is keeping its story fast paced and tightly written, maintaining a level of suspense.

And that is an attribute you cannot help but praise; sure, the manga has yet to kill any of its characters off, yet you cannot help but fear for these children and their chances of surviving the onslaught of evil.

The fact that so many of the heroes-in-training are starting to stand out is also worth commending; IIda is clearly the conflicted and inexperienced leader, uncertain about abandoning his friends in order to secure their futures while so driven to protect them from present threats.

Todoroki’s abilities make his arrogance surprisingly endearing and justified. Bakugou continues to become more likeable since his loss against his former friend, still belligerent but now enjoying the company of someone that can actually appreciate his hostility.

Tsuyu is calm under pressure, unmoved by her relatively unimpressive frog like abilities and ready to leap into action at a moment’s notice to protect her teammates; this as opposed to the cowardly and largely useless Mineta, who one cannot help but simply like.

Then there is that lightning guy (kimowara? Kiminira?), funny and so powerful that he runs the risk of hurting his friends as well as himself. And have I mentioned how intimidating Black Mist is, though he pales in comparison to that one seemingly anti-All Might villain.

The fact that the teachers are going down so hard and fast is worrying.

RATING: 8/10, you cannot help but get nervous about that last panel. With All Might’s sudden appearance, you have to wonder if it is finally time for Midoriya to officially inherit the torch. Because that black monster has to be the most vicious villain we have seen in the manga so far.
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Ra In Soo wrote the Manhwa “King of Hell’ with Kim Jae-hawn, and with 294 chapters the manhwa is still ongoing. Which automatically makes Legend of Tyr, with its 60 chapters, a side project.

But maybe side project isn’t quite accurate; after all Ra In Soo, as an author, is free to work on as many projects as he might wish, this as opposed to the restrictions placed on the artist to focus their attention upon a single story.

THE PLOT:
In a world of demons, magic and warriors, Tyr is a young boy that spends his days within the confines of a relatively peaceful village. Tyr is content to make mischief, rebel against his father’s harsh rule and explore his world. Until a decision by his older brother impels the young man to venture out, beyond the mountains to the red continent.
MY THOUGHTS:

The first 20 chapters of Legend of Tyr went by so fast, which is odd considering the fact that each chapter averages at 30 pages; that in itself doesn’t imply quality, though. In other words, I wasn’t reading Legend of Tyr so fast that I didn’t notice the chapters go by.

Rather, long as the chapters of Legend of Tyr are, they are also very brief. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration on my part to say that not much actually happens in the beginning.

Legend of Tyr smells of typical western fantasy novels and RPG games; the world presented is filled with all manner of mythical creatures, the majority of which take on a demonic form and roam the land seeking to destroy and pillage.

Scattered across the land are the humans that stand besides and against them, people with unique ranks categorized according to a strict structure, and with each category boasting a specific set of equally structured skills through which they are best identified.

Thus far the Manhwa has introduced warriors, their sword skills and sword plays, and mages, of which only the battle mages have made an appearance.

+The Good
Legend of Tyr is pretty basic as far as fantasy shonen series go; there is a boy. He’s young, energetic and clearly talented. Tragic events thrust him into an unknown realm of demons and phantoms, and he must basically level up to survive the many threats.

And that is the fun of the series; Legend of Tyr knows exactly what it is, simple action oriented shonen. Tyr is interesting enough of a hero that you want to watch him grow and progress.

The series is called legend of Tyr after all; and as readers we know this story is going to focus upon building Tyr’s legend and fame.

Being honest though, the primary attraction of the Manhwa thus far is Loki, Tyr’s brother; having fallen at some point in time during his younger brother’s earlier years, the story primary focuses upon Tyr’s attempts at disproving the claims of his brother’s death and possibly saving him from whatever fate befell him.

In doing this he must retrace Loki’s steps through the mythical mountains and forests to get to the Red Continent, depending upon the tales told within Loki’s diary and hence providing a contrast between the experiences of the two brothers and how they deal with the same hardships.

The most surprising elements of the manhwa are the battles; as expected they are explosive and fantastical, with mystical techniques and mysterious specialized skills. Yet standing out even above these well illustrated elements is the gravitas injected into a select few fights, the manner in which the manhwa almost brought you to a point where you could actually care about some of Tyr’s comrades; men and women we had encountered a mere chapter before but whose deaths make for a surprisingly tragic end.

It’s mostly the belief that Tyr might have finally found his nakama, those people with whom his legend will be written that drives the tragedy of their deaths. And in finally creating the long awaited ‘Tyr’s mercenaries’ Ra In Soo’s choice of companions for our young hero is both dubious and unexpected.

In most other manga this coming together of unlikely comrades would have come off as cheesy and forced; yet the first ten chapters make a pretty decent case for these former enemies suddenly coming together.

+The Bad
-Legend of Tyr is basic supernatural shonen; it doesn’t shy away from that fact, and this works for and against it. A number of moments within the first 20 chapters do little to camouflage the route that the story is likely to follow, especially after Tyr departs from his village and the series introduces what might be the primary antagonists.

Tyr is simply too typical a shonen hero; brash, stubborn and obviously naturally talented.

Whether Legend of Tyr morphs into a truly impressive series will depend on how entertaining and unpredictable they make his journey to the top.

-I don’t know why I place so much emphasis on the dialogue, but only Vinland saga seems to deliver the sort of sophisticated writing I would hope to encounter in a period series such as this.

-Ra In Soo’s approach to telling this story is very clunky and all over the place; precluding Tyr’s first real fight (which was handled pretty well, I was actually at the edge of my seat), the pacing of Legend of Tyr is somewhat unsatisfying.

-It glosses over certain events just to get to the payoff, which are the fights. And if all that matters to you are the flashy battles, then that shouldn’t be a problem. If you want a satisfying reason to explain the origins of fights, then these chapters might leave you a little dissatisfied.

VERDICT:
A decent start to the series; personally I can’t see anything particularly special about the manhwa but it still has a couple of chapters to go. Thus far, as a shonen manhwa it keeps things interesting.

I suspect events will heat up as the eventual meeting between Tyr and his brother approaches (whom am pretty sure has joined the dark side or something similar).

RATING: 6/10
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