Welcome to a brave new world of the blog as I talk about the first Manga I’ve ever read, The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World, written by Nana Mikoshiba and illustrated by Norihito Sasaki.
Now I should fess up immediately by mentioning that comics aren’t hugely my thing. I like them, but I have no urge to go out and learn more about them and find out lots of new comics. Indeed, I’d have never found this without Netgalley (so thanks to them).
This goes double for manga. I do know a bit about it, but mainly from parodies. Yeah, those parodies if you know what I mean, nudge nudge wink wink say no more.
Imagine therefore how I felt on opening this manga up and discovering the dialogue felt so wooden and over the top to be a parody in its own right. And the set up! A quirky mysterious outsider with a great destiny at the big magic school? Makes friends with a loud opinionated girl? I’m currently formulating a theory that the tendency to go “urgh this is so stereotypical” is perhaps more pronounced among fans who entered a fandom fairly late. Not sure it holds up, but there might be something there.
But hey, it was there in front of me, so I kept reading.
Then the magic happened.
There is something gripping about The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule The World. There is, not consistently but often enough, something immediate and visceral about its action scenes and art. There is a bite about the mystery that makes me want to know more.
In short, The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule The World is a fine story and I would like to see more of this manga. I doubt the story beyond this issue does anything earthbreaking or life-changing, but I’m going to guess it stays entertaining.
And that’s all I want really.