Let’s shake it up!
Story & Art: Hajime Komoto
Translation: Nova Skipper
Lettering: Eve Grandt
What They Say:
Mash and friends overcome the first trial of the Selection Exam. Mash even made a new friend along the way! But as the test comes to an end, a new foe emerges.
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
One-by-one, each of Adler’s mages secures a key and advance to the next round. Mash and Max celebrate their shared victory, but only one can take the key. Mash offers it to Max for being the brains of the operation, to which Max declines. As Mash’s senior, Max wants to preserve his honor and set a good example for his junior. He also sees great potential in Mash – Rayne had already put in a good word, and now Max had seen it with his own eyes. Mash was a good person; someone who could sway the stigma against non-magic users. But that isn’t the only reason Max stayed behind. He’s approached by Carpaccio Luo-Yang of Orca dorm. To protect his fellow classmates, Max would have to square off against this new challenger.
With one slot remaining, everyone waits for the final student to enter the arena. Max is the first to poke his head through the gate, just for him to collapse in a bloody mess as Carpaccio steps over him. Similar to when Abel was introduced, Carpaccio expresses a clear disdain for those weaker than him. As we might expect, Mash won’t stand for it. The two of them square up, and Carpaccio attempts to silence Mash with a disrespectful splash of water. Little does Carpaccio know that Mash is anything but weak. He redirects the water into a jar, using it to make his daily protein shake. To add insult to injury, Mash challenges Carpaccio’s ideology,
“You’re calling people weaklings… but I’ve never met anyone stronger than me.”
Mash exudes an extreme aura of Chad energy this week. Max turned out to be a real bro, so I’m excited to see Mash put Carpaccio in his place.
Source: Shonen Jump app, Manga Plus app