- Mangaka : Komoto, Hajime
- Publisher : VIZ Media
- Genre : Action, Comedy, Magic, Shounen, Supernatural
- Published : July 2021 - Ongoing
Born into a world of magic without the ability to cast a single spell, Mash was raised by his father to live in peace at the outskirt of the kingdom. Ever since his existence became known to the magic security corps, he was left with no choice but to enrol into a magic school and become a Divine Visionary. For Mash graduating from magic school might be the only way that this society built on magic will accept him. How will someone with no magic get through magic school? We just assume he will haveto punch his way to the objective.
Hey, youuuuu! You better pump those irons! After you are done with that, we prepared cream puffs, and you can find them at the dining table when you get back home. And please, don’t break the door this time and stay home.
The story is about Mash being forced into a situation where his father’s life and his are on the line because of his inability to cast magic. The kingdom they live in prospers with the development of magic which creates a policy where a person incapable of such ability will be sentenced to death. Thus, Mash has to become a Divine Visionary so that he and his father will continue their peaceful life.
The artwork has an eclectic style of simplicity and seriousness. That approach was well-suited to the comedic element of this story by implementing strength into magic activities.
1. Is He…?
During the first chapter of this series, our first impression is that Mash-no, not the waifu from Fate Grand Order, is highly similar to Saitama from One Punch Man, except that he is a very good kid. When he realises he has done something wrong, he does feel bad about it and accepts that it is his fault and his sense of justice is innocent, kind, and strong.
The whole setting of the academy Mash enrols into has a social status disparity among the students and the lecturers. We’re talking about the rich sons, for now in this volume at least, of high profile people in the kingdom who act as bullies toward the commoners.
Because of Mash’s background, his friends are mainly in the same situation as he is, and their shy personalities can be said as if they have trouble making friends they could trust. The chemistry between them felt right as they helped each other grow even though they have unique strengths, weaknesses and circumstances. Protect the weak and maintain strength.
1. Harry Potter Much?
If you are a Harry Potter fan and you think this volume insults the magical world by bringing in physical capabilities to smash through your fantasy, this may not be for you. The whole point of this series is to bring laughs out of the readers. Think of this as bringing a knife into a gunfight that somehow works smoothly, as if the goddess of victory smiles upon you. So cheer up. You may like this series.
Mashle: Magic and Muscles is an exciting series where readers can take an opportunity to experience what it is like to live and get through in a magical world without the ability to cast a spell. It is filled with many laughing moments that make us question ourselves that did what just happened in the most ridiculous ways. The ways Mash solved the problems may seem dumb to some readers, but at the same time, you can’t mess with the laws of physics. Remember, you can’t escape physics, so you might not want to run from this series if you want to laugh and let the story brighten your day.