From the sands of Ancient Egypt to the streets of modern Japan, the newly resurrected Great Priest Imhotep traverses time and space on the hunt for the "magai," devious beings with an appetite for destruction who impersonate the gods! When schoolgirl Hinome Hawakata crosses paths with this illustrious ancient, is her loner lifestyle about to change for the better...or for the worse?
Happy to leave a review if it gets more people to check this series out!
I'm mildly obsessed with Ancient Egyptian culture, so I'm already biased in this series' favor. The fact that so many of its little details are fairly accurate to history/mythology just makes me really happy.
That aside, this is a worthwhile read for any manga fan. The story's not too far yet as of the time I write this, but I'm up to date with it and I look forward to seeing how it goes from here. I think the backstory is more interesting than the story at present, but if they
can fully explore everything raised there, it's gonna be one hell of an epic ride. (Chapters 6/7 explain most of this and they might be two of my favorite chapters in manga, period.) It doesn't take itself all that seriously, but it handles its serious moments well, gives them the gravity they deserve.
The art and designs really stand out: the characters all have very distinctive looks, which I always appreciate, and incorporate the Ancient Egyptian aesthetic well. Shout-out to the Amen High Priest uniforms, which are absolutely awesome and tell you about the characters just from how they wear them; Anubis (who needs to exist as a plushie); and the designs of the Gods, which are every bit as impressive as you'd expect and then some. Everything's incredibly detailed and can look as energetic, elegant, or absolutely nightmarish as fits the mood. I've already screenshot a bunch of the Nightmare Fuel moments because they're bloody awesome in their gruesomeness.
And the characters... Im is great, but right now the villains and gods are far and away the most interesting to me. Djoser, to be fair, is a pretty generic 'destroy the current world and remake it as I see fit' baddie, but there's nothing wrong with that if it's done well. He's got an excellent reason to feel that way, and how Im deals with him- and his own guilt over leading to this situation in the first place- could carry the series well on the merits of its premise. We haven't seen TOO much of the gods yet, but they keep a watch over everything and have already proved they're not against intervening in the mortal realm. And, I mean, THEY'RE THE FRICKING EGYPTIAN GODS; I can't wait to see how they're characterized. I will say that Hinome doesn't connect that well with the rest of the action thus far, but there's plenty of time to work her into things.
Like I said, there's not tons for me to go off right now, but this is a series I'm excited to see more from and I want it to be getting all the attention it can. If you care at all about Ancient Egypt, just want to see its mythology put to better use than in the 4Kids dub of YuGiOh, or like series that dish out magic, action, mild amounts of fanservice, and badass fights against nightmarish creatures, then I especially recommend giving this one a look.
The story itself seems fine, but it still seems to be getting in motion so its difficult to really critique it at this point. The conflict is that the famous Ancient Egyptian priest Imhotep is resurrected by the Ennead (the upper ranked gods in the Egyptian pantheon) to defeat the "Magai", which are evil spirits that cause chaos in the world. So far, since the series is still relatively young (and seems to be setting itself up to be a decent sized one) things seem to still be getting into swing and the conflict itself is still building.
The primary strength
of the story so far lies in the way they incorporate the mythology into the conflict, which in of itself surprisingly knowledgable. I mean, yeah, the characters are still in the typical shounen style (Nepthys has a big "Cheese-kun"-esque she sleeps with), but I'll admit it made me snicker slightly. Aside from that, though, the Egyptian mythology is presented fairly well.
The artwork in this is really good, and allows for a lot of creative designs and action. I really wish there was an anime of this, because I would love to see motion and color in this.
Anyone familiar with Egyptian history might recognize some of the names, but they aren't the figures at all. While it uses historical names and presents them as the historical figures, they're not by any stretch of the imagination. Not a complaint or criticism, just a statement as something to keep in mind while reading.
With that out of the way, the characters are all fun and memorable, and I especially enjoy the character Hinome, and her "straight-woman" to Imhotep. Speaking of which, while Imhotep is initially defined as the eccentric, as the story advances, he becomes more serious and complicated. There are actually some noteworthy spoilers in this, so I won't reveal too much, but there is a reveal about the characters that actually caught me.
As someone who really enjoys Ancient Egyptian history and mythology, this series is right up my alley. However, if you're not interested in either of those things, it might be harder to get into this. This series identifies as a shounen, so keep that in mind while reading, but I personally enjoyed it quite a bit, and I'm certainly interested to see where it goes.
On a sidenote, it is fairly entertaining to see a Japanese temple with an Egyptian theme.
If you're interested in Ancient Egypt and shounen, be sure to give this a look. Again, if you're not particularly interested in Ancient Egypt, getting into it will be harder, but I still think its worth giving a quick look if you're looking for something to kill time with.