Story & Art: Hajime Komoto
Translation: Nova Skipper
Lettering: Eve Grandt
What They Say:
If last week’s giant-slaying spectacle was the appetizer, this week’s Mashle serves up a divine main dish.
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
I applauded Mashle’s previous chapter for its world-building, and this chapter follows suit with more monsters and magic users. But this time around, the mythical creatures only operate as cannon-fodder for the reintroduction of the Divine Visionaries. Each of them possesses incredible magical power with ridiculous personalities to match.
First up is Sophina Biblia, the Knowledge Cane. Her Word magic allows her to twist the speech of her opponents, forcing them to carry out the will of their own twisted terms. Using the Chief Gargoyle’s vulgar threats against him, Sophina’s magic turns him into a bloody shish kabab. Next is Tsurara Halestone, the Ice Cane. Her opponent, the Chief of the Centaurs, barely gets a word in before he and his kin are completely frozen solid. Unfortunately, Tsurara’s magic is so potent it freezes the ground beneath her, and she takes a serious tumble. Perhaps the scariest of the bunch is Agito Tyrone, the Dragon Cane. This tortured soul prays for forgiveness as his draconic magic eviscerates the orcs in front of him. His immense power seems more like a curse than a blessing. Komoto has a knack for creating completely unhinged characters and ironically, the Divine Visionaries remind me a lot of Innocent Zero’s children. I can’t wait to see the comedic chemistry once those two forces collide.
The final match-up of this chapter is Doom, the eldest of IZ’s children, versus Renatus Revol, the Immortal Cane. Doom quickly makes mincemeat out of Revol, but they don’t call him the Immortal Cane for nothing. Doom watches as Revol’s mutilated body begins to put itself back together. There’s a noticeable increase in gore as the stakes continue to raise, but the darker tone doesn’t take away from the manga’s inherent humor, which is a big plus. And just like Ryoh’s battle, Doom vs. Revol is pure eye candy, with some of Komoto’s best action paneling to date.
Lest we forget about the main protagonist, the final page returns to Melidoul and Mash. Meliadoul is still harping on her potential Mash murder allegations, as she frantically tries to revive him. It’s a nice cooldown to this combat-heavy entry and serves as a makeshift pacing device. Mash is only 30% healed, meaning it’ll most likely still be a handful of chapters before he’s good to go. The Divine Visionaries made quick work of Innocent Zero’s army, but who knows how long they’ll last once the main baddies arrive. Will Mash and his friends be battle-ready before Innocent Zero makes his move?
“The Divine Visionaries and the Army of Evil” is a stellar showcase of magic and mayhem. Komoto has been on a hot-streak lately – hopefully he can keep this momentum going as we approach the grand finale.
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A
Text Grade: A
Age Rating: Teen
Released By: Shonen Jump app, Manga Plus app
Release Date: June 5th, 2022