MANGA REVIEW | "Magu-chan: God of Destruction" - Volume Six
As the real enemies start to come out of the woodwork, the world of Magu-chan: God of Destruction continues to expand. Although it’s more focused on the lighthearted shenanigans between gods and humans, it knows when to make room for when the threats come a-knockin’. In Volume Six, the God of Fate Muscat begins to play his hand. What he didn’t expect is that the others have better cards!
Muscat aims to use Magu-chan to take over the world, but convincing him to do so is easier said than done. From cooking contests to Tanabata wishes, his wanting to conquer the world takes a bigger role in this volume than in the past. However, it reaches a point where Muscat decides to take matters into his own hands, as he puts the city into a deep sleep. Angrily, Magu-chan sets out to take down Muscat, but with a little help with some friends!
In the beginning of Volume Six, the tactics of Muscat are a lot more humorous. He’s taken aback by Naputaaku’s changed ways, who would rather cook and earn an honestly living than to have everything handed to him. It leads to a match to please Magu-chan’s tastebuds, with Muscat being nowhere near a decent chef than Naputaaku or Ruru. (It also leads Magu-chan to having what might be his first food taste freakout, a staple of traditional Japanese manga comedies.)
But it’s when things get serious where Magu-chan: God of Destruction shows off its muscles. A sleepy fog is covering the town, and only Magu-chan and the other gods can save their allied meat-bags. What happens when Magu-chan and Muscat face off is something you’d see commonly in a traditional shonen series, but with a bit more heart placed into its reasoning and presentation. All of it brings it towards a punchline that one should’ve seen coming ages ago, yet somehow manages to still be surprising.
Of course, this volume isn’t just about Muscat. The gods have a battle to see who can build the best evil headquarters, only to see that teamwork makes the lair work. Magu-chan gets deep into video games, with he and Uneras facing off in an epic video game battle. There’s also the situation revolving around exams, with almost everyone threatening to take remedial classes. But it’s poor Izuma who can’t even get the basics of physics right, until Ren uses the gods properly to show him how the science is done.
There is also a bit of a somberness in this volume as well, with the story finally going into what happened to Ruru’s father. Although it appears Ruru has moved on from mourning, Magu-chan’s wanting to learn how a father “works” brings forth a good amount of sweetness into his actions. Yes, he does dumb stuff that he thinks dads do, but — if you think about it — doing dumb stuff with their kids is very fatherly. It concludes not with a tear, but with a smile, as Magu-chan and Ruru bond even closer thanks to the god’s silly antics.
Magu-chan: God of Destruction may have dealt with its biggest threat yet, but it still finds a way to deliver the humor and sweetness it’s known for. While not the best it’s been, Kei Kamiki’s manga still finds ways to be both entertaining and heartwarming when it counts. But with the series now defeating its biggest threat yet, where else can Magu-chan: God of Destruction go? Knowing what Magu-chan’s capable of, I’m certain something wicked is coming his way…
Promotional consideration provided by Chantelle Sturt of VIZ Media