“Naputaaku The Mad”
Story: Kei Kamiki
Translation: Christine Dashiell
Lettering: Erika Terriquez
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):
The greatest tragedy has fallen upon Ruru and Magu-chan. They look far and wide but they find nothing. They are out of the food and are hungry. So what better way to spend the day than by going to a beach and digging up clams for dinner. Magu-chan eats a clam and gives his usual review of what he eats. I was disappointed that this review didn’t have the jokester aspect from his other reviews. Ruru then challenges him to a clam digging contest. Just as they are about to begin, they get interrupted by Naputaaku The Mad, a being similar to Magu-Chan.
Naputaaku makes a grand spectacle for his introduction. He tries so hard to be seen as tough but it quickly reveals he has taken the form of starfish. He quickly gets taken in by other people’s schemes. He arrived at the beach to conquer the world but ends up joining Ruru and Magu-chan’s clam digging contest. A fierce battle is about to take place between Magu-Chan and Naputaaku as they hold their rakes steady to face each other. The very next moment, both of them end up falling. There was so much tension and it humorously went away.
They both end up using their special abilities to get the clams. Magu-chan can get 2 clams with a victorious look on his face. Naputaaku can summon about 100 hermit crabs. Unfortunately, the contest was to get the most clams and end up losing. Randomly, Ruru declares herself the winner with 21 clams. Naputaaku takes the loss like a spoiled kid and tries to inflict Ruru with his power but to no avail. As part of winning the contest, she orders Magu-chan and Naputaaku to become friends. Part of this involves Naputaaku signing Magu-Chan’s Grimoire. Ruru remains oblivious to the fact that Magu-Chan sees this book as a book of servitude.
There are moments where I am dazzled by the art and then there are moments where I just can’t believe what is drawn on the page. When Naputaaku is introduced, he has a grotesque form. The horror is just oozing out of him. Seeing his monstrous form was a piece of beauty. For each scene of beauty, there are multiple panels where the art looks incomplete. Some of the problems from the last chapters continue to pursue. There are moments where it looks like its getting worst.
This series has a fun, light-hearted mood but how long can that sustain this manga? Naputaaku The Mad makes for a great comedic duo with Magu-Chan. Magu-Chan represents the brains of the duo as he can make a fool out of Naputaaku. There were moments where there were more chances for comedy but they weren’t properly utilized. The art is the greatest challenge to this manga. There are instances where Kei Kamiki can draw charming images or frightful terrifying images that will shake you to your core. And then there are many moments where it feels like its a rough sketch that should have been worked on a bit more.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump
Release Date: July 5, 2020