Manga Review: Reign of the Seven Spellblades Vol. 1 (2021) by Ruria Miyuki, Bokuto Uno & Sakae Esuno

“It’s springtime at Kimberly Magic Academy, and meaning the arrival of a recent crop of first-year college students. Whether or not it’s the quiet and studious Oliver Horn or Nanao Hibiya, a samurai woman from a distant land, they arrive with wands and swords at their waists, able to take their first steps on the highway to magical mastery. Nevertheless, beneath its sensible facade of cherry blossoms, the academy hides numerous risks and darkish secrets and techniques, able to take the lives of the unprepared…!” (Yen Press)

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A combination of motion, comedy and drama, “Reign of the Seven Spellblades” takes a various solid of magic college students from completely different backgrounds and plops them into the one of many hardest academies. Undeniably, this ‘tried and true’ method has been utilized ad-nauseum on this planet of manga, however it’s one which has confirmed efficient when nicely executed. Adapting from the unique mild novel sequence from Bokuto Uno, the sequence does justice to the fantasy/magic style by a powerful visible route and eccentric solid.

Introducing a number of college students, the guide manages to navigate their variations into a reasonably sturdy bond, born from being freshmen on the prestigious “Kimberly Magic Academy”. The allure right here is that the distinction in each mannerisms and angle is immediately recognizable and it’s simple for the reader to stability the massive solid. Moreover, the sharp execution of bringing these characters to manga permits the reader to immediately join with their favourite archetypes, widespread to a sequence of this ilk. This route is advantageous to the opening novel as, past the character introductions, the story has little to supply at this level.

For many who choose the sunshine novel format when out there, usually worrying that the variation misses the beats and particulars solely attainable by literature, the manga does an satisfactory job standing by itself. The story is straightforward to comply with, with a complimentary stream, and the characters are completely realized below the artwork of Sake Ensuno. Creator Bokuto Uno even describes in a postscript how enthused they had been after they realized of the artists’ inclusion within the mission, exclaiming “that is too good to be true!”.

The passion from the unique creator is actually warranted, as Ensuno’s creative imaginative and prescient of the sequence is beautiful. The characters are expressive and motion sequences seize frenetic nature of battle. Nevertheless, probably the most pronounced side of Ensuno’s expertise comes from the creature designs that’s harking back to the very best fantasy artwork within the style. Because the plot, to date, has barely had time to develop previous introducing characters, the artwork route will give readers purpose to get immediately enthused for the subsequent launch.

“Reign of the Seven Spell Blades” is a sequence in its infancy, with the primary quantity providing no main battle, antagonist or plot development – it exists to introduce the characters and provides readers an concept of their eccentricities. Fortunately, the solid is an enchanting mixture of personalities (significantly the samurai pupil Hibiya Nanao who steals the highlight in each scene she is in) and a lush visible route that may garner prompt attraction amongst followers.

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