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Kenja no Mago


Alt Names: alt 賢者の孫alt 贤者之孙alt 현자의 손자alt Magi's grandson
Author: YOSHIOKA Tsuyoshi
Artist: SHUNSUKE Ogata
Genres: Action ActionAdventure AdventureComedy ComedyDrama DramaFantasy FantasyRomance RomanceSchool Life School LifeSeinen SeinenTragedy Tragedy
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Thanks to various magic, the human race has been saved from calamity many, many times. Retaining his memories from his previous life, a boy, Shin, was picked up by an old man known to the world as the "Magi."

Shin was brought up by the Magi, who had retired to a secular place, as his own grandson. With the memories of his past life, he absorbed the Magi's craft and grew to be able to develop his own magic.

Then, the grandfather told him he has to become independent when he reaches the age of 15.

"Ah, I forgot to teach him common sense."

The grandson who has grown beyond the level of normal people, lacked common sense; the common sense of the world. So to learn how to socialize, he goes to Earlshide Kingdom City to be admitted to Earlshide Advanced Magic Academy.

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439 Comments

Woo. Gore.

 

Can I have my slice of life back please?

Gotta agree, those swords are pretty stupid. Other than that overly complex grip loosening and simply falling apart from the constant clashes and pressures of battle, you'd also have to carry spare compatible blades.

 

WTF. just pick up a replacement sword from the battlefield!

It wouldnt take 1 hit before blade would dislodge and wielder would have 2 blades in his face if he tried to block something on a battlefield. If piece which usually goes all the way into the handle and reaches pommel was 3 or 4 inches long, you could maybe somehow pin it in there with some kind of speedy solution if its something akin to cutlass but even then it would be horribly disbalanced and unreliable (and all of those speedy solutions are propably technology and ideas which wouldve been beyond imaginable during ages when knights fought in plate). These presented in the manga would just wobble around and more likely fall off in the middle of your first swing with that thing. a steel blade of cutlass sized sword just weights too much for that flimsy design to handle.

 

But design of that sword isnt the thing that gets on my tits.. it was originally intended for his magic blades to have more "variety" which can be thought as having several different kinds of bullets for one gun and you can handle its integrity with magic.. but author acts like he did some groundbreaking invention which was instantly battlefield usable and they even show how "handy" that design is..

 

but please dont take this like i hate the story.. i absolutely love isekai stories when they are done well and this was a delight to read, but this sword just blew my mind :D

what's the point of your arguments here?? probably you should skim through the genre of this manga... from what i've seen "fantasy" genre was included... so lets stay calm, don't need to be agitated and just go with the flow... the author doesn't need your opinions on his works after all, i mean that's "fantasy" for him and (maybe) for the reader... lol...

 

if you keep insisting... then maybe you should know that even the sharpest knife will get dulled after cutting hundred or thousands fruits, or meat or bones... blade that shatters after moderate use? tell me what kind of swords that won't dulled or tattered after hitting another swords or shields? oh i know!!! the blacksmiths must be using some legendary mithril alloy or orichalcum or meteorite or demonic ore or ancient ore or celestial ore or hihi'irokane to make the swords... lol...

The "fantasy" tag isn't a get out of jail free card for bad writing. In this case the MC is using his knowledge of real-world physics to create new spells, so the writer established the rules of physics are still applicable in the story, but then completely fucks up the physics involved in the construction and behavior of swords.

 

In other fantasy stories the authors generally avoid explaining physics, people can jump one or two floors with their leg muscles alone, block the equivalent of a truck without breaking every bone in their body, or cut through plate armor with swords, and we don't bitch about it because the writing allows us to suspend our disbelief and accept that's just how that fantasy world's physics works; Kenja no Mago prevents us from doing that for the swords because it repeatedly tries to show us how awesome the MC is by applying knowledge of real-world physics to magic.

 

[Edit: I will admit I can understand people can suspend their disbelief as long as they're completely ignorant of the physics behind sword construction and metallurgy, but sadly a lot of us in the comment can't just unlearn what we already know.]

 

That aside, how the hell did you equate "shattering" with "dulling"? What's depicted isn't a sword growing too dull to use, it's showing a sword breaking into two pieces. The entire point of tempering steel is to give it enough flexibility so it doesn't do that, the only way a normal sword would snap like that is if it wasn't tempered properly (or at all), and the only kind of swords that aren't tempered are wall hangers (decorative swords not intended to actually be used, in case you don't understand). Do you honestly believe swords just snapped like that in real life? Why do you think swords even existed if they had the durability of a rotten piece of wood? Why do you think we still use steel in reinforced concrete, firearms, and ballistic plates if the material is that weak?

So with chapter 11 I added "Drama" and "Tragedy" tags because of the gore.  I felt like drama alone didn't adequately represent the degree in loss of human life or how messed up it is to see:

 

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hence also the tragedy tag.  And Horror doesn't really feel right but I'd be open to that one being added; I'm just personally on the fence on that one.

 

Edit:  Also replaced "shounen" with "seinen" because after looking it up on bakaupdates that's how it's classified and sure enough its magazine, young ace, is classified as a seinen distribution.  The gore reinforces that position in my mind.

Gotta agree, those swords are pretty stupid. Other than that overly complex grip loosening and simply falling apart from the constant clashes and pressures of battle, you'd also have to carry spare compatible blades.

 

WTF. just pick up a replacement sword from the battlefield!

Like most other ecchi fanservice manga coupled with over the top gore that would make Quentin Tarantino blush...always feels so mismatched.

 

Lol, those swords.  Would it really be worth treating forged blades as disposable just to avoid losing the grip?  No way.  Honestly it'd make more sense just to pull out an entire new sword every time the blade broke rather than popping it off from the handle and swapping in a new one.  It's a waste of time and there's too much room for mechanical failure with these interchangeable grips.  I doubt the handle alone is valuable enough to warrant investigating a method to preserve just the handle.  Not to mention a mechanical grip that is detachable would never be as strong as one that's been permanently secured during the construction process.

 

Comedy tag well earned.

I agree. It works out for Shin because he vibrates his sword with magic sort of like a reciprocating saw, so it'd make sense to try and do something to not make the handle vibrate as well. But for normal use (without magic), it'd be way more inferior to a full tang fixed blade sword, structurally. It'd be more practical to just carry a second weapon like you said, or better yet, just pick one up from a dead guy on the ground, be it a comrade or an enemy's weapon. Then again, armies IRL have tried new weapons/designs throughout the ages before, and failed on multiple occasions which would lead them ultimately moving past that particular idea.

I'm actually starting to like the demons a little bit more than the main cast. In just one chapter they toppled an empire and gained some converts. That's true efficiency.
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Having the fantasy tag doesn't justify ridiculous choices regarding the world or the story mate, fantasy in this context means a genre and the set of expectations that come with it, not the author's delusions. You seem oddly fixated on defending what is objectively a stupid/uninformed decision by the author.

 

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Lol, those swords.  Would it really be worth treating forged blades as disposable just to avoid losing the grip?  No way.  Honestly it'd make more sense just to pull out an entire new sword every time the blade broke rather than popping it off from the handle and swapping in a new one.  It's a waste of time and there's too much room for mechanical failure with these interchangeable grips.  I doubt the handle alone is valuable enough to warrant investigating a method to preserve just the handle.  Not to mention a mechanical grip that is detachable would never be as strong as one that's been permanently secured during the construction process.

 

Comedy tag well earned.

An entire chapter of Kenja to Pantsu without pointless underwear flashing? Did the artist suddenly develop taste? What sort of fuckery is this?! I demand a refund!!

While this is indeed a happy and kinda interesting isekai story, that interchangeable blade is stupid behind reason.. yah maybe if they enchanted every single one of those blades and hilts somehow you could make sensible excuse but.. oh god. It was going so good up to this point T_T

 

Make it a shonen story with occasional strong enemy, silly school life and lovecomedy but quit trying to step into turfs of warfare with actual blades because those flimsy pieces of garbage wouldnt work for cooking utensils let alone actual swords. Idea why his magic is stronger than others is actually sensible but those swords...

Gore huh... It reminded me that Shunsuke Ogata is also the artist for Corpse Party Another Child.

I like this series but it moves to quickly. This chapter was a real turning point for the series, but because there was so little build up, it didn't have the impact it should have. I'm ALL for trimming the fat, but not on proper context. It feels like they're rushing towards a forced conclusion, which is a shame. 

Welp we go hell of a gore on page 38

oh come on... its been a while since the last time we've seen it on prologue (chapter.0)... some 3 or 4 pages isn't going to be hurt... lol... 

 

I was able to stomach the cliched OP reincarnated MC, but that replacement blade thing just made my eyes bleed.

 

Blades that shatters after moderate use and has a partial tang? Those are decorative swords. I can understand the web novel not having an editor to point out how nonsensical that is, but what the hell was the manga editor doing?

 

Don't you mean the first Highlander? The only sword I remember having a weird construction (only watched the first three movies, didn't bother with the rest of the franchise) was Kurgan's sword with the two blade halves that connected in the middle.

 

what's the point of your arguments here?? probably you should skim through the genre of this manga... from what i've seen "fantasy" genre was included... so lets stay calm, don't need to be agitated and just go with the flow... the author doesn't need your opinions on his works after all, i mean that's "fantasy" for him and (maybe) for the reader... lol...

 

if you keep insisting... then maybe you should know that even the sharpest knife will get dulled after cutting hundred or thousands fruits, or meat or bones... blade that shatters after moderate use? tell me what kind of swords that won't dulled or tattered after hitting another swords or shields? oh i know!!! the blacksmiths must be using some legendary mithril alloy or orichalcum or meteorite or demonic ore or ancient ore or celestial ore or hihi'irokane to make the swords... lol...

If someone asked me for a decent ongoing isekai apart from the insanely popular ones, I'd probably point them here.

 

Sure, this is filled to the brim with cliches and tropey characters, but thus far it has managed to avoid the worst aspects of most isekai . The fact that this isn't a harem, for example, is definitely working in its favor and makes up for some of the dumber technical aspects of the world (replaceable vibrating blades lol). Most of the characters are rather cookie cutter and flat at this point, but there are enough notable exceptions that it isn't a deal-breaker. This manga has a rather large cast, so hopefully there will be more development in the future.

 

It's not exactly a masterpiece, but if you don't mind a shounen-fantasy setting(very black/white morality) it's worth a shot.

This chapter is rated 18+.

 

Didn't expected to see gore stuff like that in this manga .

Oh, it's quite straightforward, really. Traditionally, Kingdoms are good and Empires are bad, and that's pretty much what's going on here. XD

Which is weird because usually the only real difference is that Empires tend to be more expansionistic in media. Ultimatively the term can be used interchangeably when a Kingdom has grown sufficiently. 

 

On topic. People complain that the MC is op and that is true. The biggest issue here is that a "slightly more dedicated", "slightly more talented" and "slightly gifted" MC wouldn't really cut it because the Demons themselves are so absurdly OP compared to regular humans and are showing up in rapidly increasingly numbers.

 

Also, even most supposedly "average" MCs tend to have some ability or power that allows them to actually pick up the fight. Which mean they aren't actually average at all.

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lol no. 

 

Finally?? They say it like it took them tens or hundreds of years. And honestly, what was the point of making MC so OP if all it took to reach his level was some demonic mumbo-jumbo? They should have made him a regular guy with regular powers.

 

And the demons. Are they stupid or lazy or what? If they had ways to become so strong, they could have owned/ruled/destroyed the world by now. But no, lets wait for a seriously OP MC to appear and show-off our powers. Will make for some interesting battles too...

Well, the great minds behind Highlander 2 thought the "slide it in, friction will hold it" blade was a BRILLIANT idea.

 

...Yeah, it's stupid.

I still maintain that the dumbest thing about Highlander 2 was anything planet Zeist related. Which was basically the whole film.

Alright, I'm just gonna say it. I have no idea what was happening where in this chapter. Empire? Imperials? (Nords?) I have no idea who's who and what's what and most importantly, where's where. This is what happens when you read too many fantasy medieval-y worlds with identical factions.

Oh, it's quite straightforward, really. Traditionally, Kingdoms are good and Empires are bad, and that's pretty much what's going on here. XD

Alright, I'm just gonna say it. I have no idea what was happening where in this chapter. Empire? Imperials? (Nords?) I have no idea who's who and what's what and most importantly, where's where. This is what happens when you read too many fantasy medieval-y worlds with identical factions.

Apart from what other people have already pointed out these people could easily carry a second sword if they're dumb enough to carry exchangeable blades (you know the part that makes up like 80% of the fucking sword) 

Have to say I really like Strom. He's a great villain. Arrogant, theatrical, a little bit campy. Like a less flamboyant Maximillion Pegasus.

I was able to stomach the cliched OP reincarnated MC, but that replacement blade thing just made my eyes bleed.

 

Blades that shatters after moderate use and has a partial tang? Those are decorative swords. I can understand the web novel not having an editor to point out how nonsensical that is, but what the hell was the manga editor doing?

 

Well, the great minds behind Highlander 2 thought the "slide it in, friction will hold it" blade was a BRILLIANT idea.

 

...Yeah, it's stupid.

Don't you mean the first Highlander? The only sword I remember having a weird construction (only watched the first three movies, didn't bother with the rest of the franchise) was Kurgan's sword with the two blade halves that connected in the middle.

Welp we go hell of a gore on page 38


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