Mashle: is the new manga phenomenon already close to the end?

Mashle: is the new manga phenomenon already close to the end?


Among the upcoming Star Comics manga promises, precisely in the course of debut on October 27, 2021, there is Mashle, the manga written and drawn by Hajime Komoto through the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump from January 2020.

Mashle is a pure fantasy that encompasses magic, comedy and combat, and is gaining respect from Japanese readers and consequently earning a lot of space at the top of the weekly Shueisha magazine. It is no coincidence that the work, net of the recent Japanese publication of Volume 7 (available from today in Japan and online stores for purchase), recorded 2.1 million printed copies.

Definitely a result very promising for a manga that has only been running for a year and a half.

The work has therefore reached, as mentioned at the beginning, a good degree of appreciation among fans and the question could be immediate, that is: how complete is the manga?

The answer comes directly from the author himself, Komoto-sensei, who in the credits of Volume 7 clarified that the story has already reached its half , in other words its 50%.

We recall that Volume 7 is available from today in Japan and below we can look at the cover:

Mashle arrives in Italy on October 27: regular edition, variant, what the manga is about

As reported in our previous article, the on October 27, the first volume of Mashle, a recent revelation series from the famous Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. A very successful mix of comedy and spectacular fights, alternating with fantasy elements and quotes from famous manga works and fantastic genre novels. The first and second volumes of the series will also be available in a Variant Cover edition.

The manga was announced at the Lucca Comics & Games 2020.


Hajime Komoto

11.5 × 17.5, B, b / w, € 4.50


Hajime Komoto

11.5 × 17.5, B, b / w, with dust jacket, € 5.90

You can book the 1st issue here on Amazon.

We specify that the second issue of Mashle will arrive on November 24, 2021.


Hajime Komoto

11.5 × 17.5, B , b / w, € 4,50


Hajime Komoto

11,5 × 17,5, B, b / n, pp. 176, with dust jacket, € 5.90

You can book the 2nd issue here on Amazon.

Before closing, here is a synopsis of the manga:

"In an alternative world where magic is used every day for even the most trivial action, being born without powers is a disgrace, and those who have no powers are considered undesirable and set aside or expelled from society. Mash, the protagonist, is an orphan without magical powers who is found by a good-hearted elder, who grows him deep in the forest away from everything and everyone to protect him. Mash's main interests are cream puffs and bodybuilding, so much so that he spends his days training, acquiring superhuman strength. But his life and that of his adoptive father are put in danger the day a shady guy discovers their secret and blackmails them: he will only leave them alone if Mash enrolls in the Easton Magical Academy - a very prestigious university where only the the most talented wizards are accepted - and will prove that he can become the new "divine visionary", or the most powerful sorcerer of the year ".


What if Hagrid had a son who couldn’t do magic but was incredibly strong? A son raised in Hogsmeade, living under the shadow of that infamous magic academy? No, this isn’t a new Harry Potter spinoff. We’re talking about Hajime Kōmoto‘s hilarious manga Mashle: Magic and Muscles. Originally published in Weekly Shōnen Jump, the series launched in 2020. Viz Media is currently publishing Mashle in English language collections. While you might not have picked it up yet, it’s one of the best new manga series in years.

A promo image from Mashle: Magic and Muscles shows a dumbledore style wizard, a young boy with a weight, and a young girl with a hair tie

Viz Media

Mash Burnedead is a young, strong, and magicless man in a world where magic is king. He lives with his elderly father in a small village within the Magic Realm. Here the only rule is that you must be able to practice magic, but Mash can’t do anything vaguely magical. Instead he works out in the forests to build up immense strength, mostly left alone by the magical authorities who aren’t aware of his little secret. But after venturing into the city alone to get some delectable cream puffs, his secret comes out and he must join the Easton Magic Academy undercover and become the most powerful magical user there so he and his father can live a peaceful life. But Mash can’t do magic… can he?

Kōmoto is a keen comedian, whose playful understanding of the tropes and trappings of magic stories makes Mashle an absolute riot for fans of Harry Potter, The Worst Witch, The Magicians, Black Mage, and the like. Here is a magic academy drama that pits a strong man against the most talented and entitled wizards around. But Mash’s strength and sweetness means he’s a more formidable foe than you might think. If you’re craving the coziness of castles and spells then you’ll adore this magical adventure which comes with lashes of laughs.

The cover for Mashle: Magic and Muscles shows a young wizard with a wand in front of a magical background

Viz Media

If magic isn’t your speed then you’ll still find tons to love in Mash’s unconventional fighting journey. Much like Saitama in One Punch Man, Mash is a perfectly deadpan hero. He seems to create chaos without much thought and wields his massive strength without effort. But he’s well aware of his own skills, and as the story moves on he begins to use them in the most unique and ridiculous ways. Kōmoto translates this perfectly with his sparse and smart linework, which brings to life the action and movement of Mash’s quest. That’s no mean feat for a stark black and white comic.

Story continues

Growing up with these sorts of stories makes the meta-hilarity of Mashle: Magic and Muscles even more enjoyable. It’s both familiar and entirely new, as it upends the fish out of water trope by introducing a character who couldn’t care less about magic. If you always thought you’d hate to be in Hogwarts then Mash might be your new fave hero. He has zero interest in magical hierarchies or school politics. All he cares about is keeping his father safe. That gives him an honorable and enjoyable mission. Not that he’s realized that yet.

The cover of Shonen Jump Shows Mashle on the cover

Weekly Shōnen Jump

Viz has been delivering an incredible array of brilliant manga recently. Even among those Mashle: Magic and Muscles stands out. Silly, sweet, and utterly immersive. You can lose yourself in this story, in the epic highs and devastating lows of teen strength training. Escape into the hallowed halls of the magical academy where a Dumbledore style head teacher awaits. But at its heart, even with all the things you might recognize, there’s an original spin which explains the massive success of the series even as it’s in its earliest days. Basically this is the series you’ll want to read before the inevitable smash hit anime gets made.

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