What They Say:
The God of Destruction Magu Menueku has been summoned by the Chaos Cult. Humanity’s last hope is the honorable Holy Knights! The battle to save mankind…took place hundreds of years ago… But now a girl out in the country named Ruru releases the legendary god of destruction who had been trapped in a magical jewel! Will the natto-eating, destruction beam-blasting Magu-chan fill the world with complete chaos? This heart-warming, destructive comedy series is ready to explode onto the scene!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Shonen Jump 4th newest series in these weeks is Magu-Chan: God of Destruction by Kei Kamiki. A newcomer to Weekly Shonen Jump, Kei Kamiki comes with a weird mixture for a comedy manga. But this mixture works wonders and create a stir in Shonen Jump. Shonen Jump has been adding a lot of comedy manga these past few weeks and I wonder how this one will stand out. It has a mixture of various tropes of dark comedy, with hints of tragedy, romance, and battle manga.
A god of chaos, Magu Menueku, is summoned into the human world by a cult to fight against the Holy Knights. But he is sealed away in a sphere before he can do anything. 600 years have passed and a young girl, Ruru Miyanagi, is playing on the beach and digging for clams. She finds the sphere and accidentally sets him free from his confinement. Magu awakens not as the fiendish beast he once was but a huggable looking animal. She dubs him Magu-Chan much to his chagrin. Magu-Chan does nothing but insult Ruru for a good while. Ruru sets him up like a volleyball and spikes him into the sea. For an all-powerful being, Magu-Chan tends to get beat up a lot by a lowly human. This manga seems to have perfect harmony with these two characters. This premise works wonders for comedy
The comedy flows smoothly from page to page as Ruru gets to become acquainted with Magu-Chan. It’s rare to see that two characters hit it off perfectly right from the beginning. Magu-Chan is entering a world unknown to him and it highly amusing to see his reaction to the new world. He wants Ruru to serve him as a servant and help him restore his power. But the situation quickly turns around. He attempts to do household chores to no avail. Magu-Chan brags constantly about being a god of destruction but ends up being pulverized by Ruru. Magu-Chan puts up a tough front but there are signs that this will go away and he will want to stick with Ruru. Either that or Ruru will beat the evil out of Magu-Chan. I found it amusing and weird that Ruru immediately accepts that Magu-Chan is an ancient creature with magical powers. Usually, in these situations, there would be disbelieved that Magu-Chan is real but this series and create distrust but it just skips over that aspect completely.
The art is a bit rough around the edges at the beginning of this chapter and can be a bit distracting. People’s faces are drawn incomplete. Eyes are replaced by white balls or there are no eyes drawn at all. There are times where Magu-Chan is drawn looking like random scribbles. The art does improve as the chapter goes on. When Magu-Chan is eating Natto for the first time, I enjoyed how he was drawn to show his reaction to eating Natto. I also enjoyed seeing the facial expressions as Ruru talks about her past or when she has to deal with Magu-Chan’s rude personality.
I enjoy seeing how Ruru and Magu-chan are set up in this first chapter. Ruru is a carefree spirit but she has a lot of baggage. Magu-chan sees Ruru as sheep waiting to serve him and ridicules her. Magu claims to be violent but Ruru has him beat at being vicious. This aspect contributes to them being a perfect match for each other. They just meet but their relationship feels like it’ll be genuine. A comedy like this can make their relationship go through thrilling adventures or spiraling out of control. I do hope the art improves as the series moves forward. I want to see art that is consistent and complete. I feel like this manga is open to many directions if the comedy aspect doesn’t work out. It could switch into an action manga if they want to feature the Holy Knights descendants.
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: B-
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: June 21, 2020