Manga of the Week - マギコ

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Hey y'all. Back again. =3= Having a hard time finding series now. Got to start reading more.

Title: Magico, マギコ
Author: Iwamoto Naoki
Genre: Shounen, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Serialized in: Shueisha Weekly Shounen Jump
Total Volume Count: 0 (ongoing)

Series Description from MangaUpdates:
Sixteen-year-old Emma finally arrives at the capital city Hawk Eye after escaping from being held captive for her entire life. But as soon as she arrives, every man in the city, including the king, falls madly in love with her. She is about to be forced into marriage, but is saved by a sorcerer. The sorcerer identifies himself as Shion, one of the youngest and most talented in the nation. They have met before, but Emma has no recollection.
Shion explains to Emma that she is cursed with the Ekidona, a mysterious magic that happens every 500 years where a girl is born with her heart packed with such powerful dark magic that it has the potential to destroy the world. With such power, one could rule the world, and Shion explains to Emma that people are going to try and hunt her down to get her heart. However, Emma is told that there exists a ritual that will rid her of the Ekidona curse but doing so will require a long and arduous process. The first of that being Emma and Shion will have to marry each other...
Kenn's Comment: A newcomer to the scene, Magico started serialization this year. It's not holding back either. The story has been going full throttle since the beginning, and with good reason too. In WSJ, many new series don't last long because much of the readership goes to the big three (Bleach, Naruto, One Piece) and some of the other long running titles (Gintama, Beelzebub, NuraMago, etc.). New series need to cement they're position before they can slow down the pace (look at Bleach or One Piece).

Anyways, it's a good series, no doubt about it (I think so at least). Eight chapters in and the main characters have made more romantic progress than Rito and Lala (or Haruna) did in the series' (To Love-ru) entire run. The plot is something that can be made to run on forever (like Toriko), though there's a certain point where it has to be stopped before it becomes ridiculous. The main character is by no means a typical shounen character; he comes in kicking everything's ass without breaking a sweat. Cahracter development is done through the interactions between Shion and Emma, and it's done quite well. Still don't know much about Shion, though I'm sure we'll find out more as the series progresses.

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