A young man who had surely died in an accident, was reborn in another world as a baby! After that, he was picked up by the patriot hero "Sage" Merlin Wolford and was given the name Shin. He was raised as a grandson by Merlin and soaked up Merlin's teachings earning him some shocking power however, when he became 15 his grandfather Merlin said: "I forgot to teach him common sense"!
An "abnormal" boy's unconventional other world fantasy life starts here!!
Kenja No Mago is for two types of people. Rabid fans of the isekai genre, or people who haven't been introduced to the isekai genre. Why? Because Kenja No Mago is the definition of average. It's both what isekai fans want, and what new readers to isekai should, on average, expect.
The story is utterly average. Self insert protagonist is reborn into another world and ridiculously overpowered. Which isn't a bad thing, it's just unoriginal. The protagonist is liked by everyone and talented since birth, has a lovely love interest, good friends, and evil enemy. There is literally not one ounce of originality in the
story. The typical fantasy world, with it's typical magic, and typical evil demons are utterly devoid uniqueness.
The characters are carbon copy cutouts of archetypes of the major character types you'll find in any manga, let alone isekai manga. Again, not a single ounce of originality. The self insert, OP, kind, boring Protagonist. The Powerful, royal best friend. The deredere, cute love interest, who is oh so shy. The evil demon lord archenemy with the tragic past (which is laughable in how poorly written it is). And then the mob characters, who are forgettable at best.
Art is pretty average as well, nothing to write home about or particularly critique. That said, being average in something like entertainment, isn't a good thing.
Enjoyment is subjective, I personally don't have any attachment to isekai or particularly like insert protagonists, so I'll leave this one up to the reader.
Overall, Kenja No Mago is a master of cliche, king of average, and lord of unoriginal. Filled with an OP mc, undetailed world, forgettable characters, and a complete lack of originality. If this is your first time reading isekai, this would be a fine read, and maybe a 7, and if you're a rabid isekai fan, I'm this, like every other isekai is a 9 or 10. But to anyone else, this is utterly average.
Welcome to the second decade of 21st century where every other series somehow has an MC who gets teleported to another world where is he/she is either reborn or swap bodies. The land where he/she is now is full of magic. There is mana, there are elves, dwarves, shamans, lizardmen, goblins, spirits, faeries, insert-any-Tolkein-fiction-character or trope etc. Our MC somehow retains memories of his/her past life but doesn't really cares because he/she was either a loser/hikikomori or a wage slave and is now really excited with the prospect to explore this brave new world. He/she is open to challenges that this new world awaits but
there is one catch- our MC is very powerful and by powerful, I mean his power level far exceeds the geniuses of this realm. Nevertheless, he still decides to join a guild/school, form his own adventuring party and explore new frontiers. Throw in some beautiful girls and now he has his own harem.
Gentlemen, this is what Kenja no Mago is about (minus the harem part). This series has nothing new to offer and is what I would call, 'the most below average isekai' series out there. It's the shovelware product of manga world where the author decides to throws in a bunch of character tropes with a rinse-and-repeated plot in a giant cauldron, stirs it and ends up with this as a finished product.
Story - 1/10, Character - 1/10
Can you read and write? Do you know what isekai is? If yes, congratulations, you can easily conjure a plot far better than what this manga offers.
Throw in an insanely overpowered protagonist, an evil lord creating an equally evil army, a kingdom, a bunch of classmates as your party member and you get KnM. Our characters offer nothing good in terms of personality, just another recycled shounen trash. If there is a pandora box of cliche out there, then it was possibly opened during this series' inception.
Just average; nothing new, nothing groundbreaking.
I don't think I can give a point above 3. This manga is honestly suited for those who want to get an introduction to the isekai genre and can even act as a foundation for their entry into the world of fantasy manga.
Self-explanatory. If you are someone who has been reading manga for a long time, you will chuck this one to the bin.
Kenja no Mago? I thought it was really interesting at first, reading the synopsis, unfortunately nothing "new" or original, nonetheless enjoyable.
Let's jump straight into the review and find out why.
As the synopsis say: Shin our main protagonist had a boring life, that's until an accident happened and he died. Reborn in an alterative universe, as a child he was casually saved from a hero. That hero will teach him magic and his other friends will teach him the art of the sword, meanwhile he has the knowledge of his past life and has an incredible magic power. You guessed right, he's OP af.
raised in the jungle so he doesnt know nothing about this world, thats why thanks to the help of the king himself he joined an accademy to make friends and learn about this world (medieval).
The manga overall is well done, nice and dynamic art, when needed very detailed, the background most of the times are also well done, so the art is one the best thing of this manga.
I could use just one word to describe them: cliché.
It really feels like an other: School, harem, fantasy, magic manga/anime, If you notice I didnt put comedy, that is because there's nothing really funny about this manga.
Dont get me wrong I really enjoyed reading it, but the comedic aspect really lacks in my opinion. There are also hint of romance and a bit of action, the pacing is allright, it doesnt make feel the manga boring, but than again this is just the beginning so I could not say for sure that the pacing will be always good as it is now.
If you are looking for a strong male protagonist, a bit of romance and action, surely later there's gonna be a lot more of action, this manga might work for you.
Kenja no Mago is another Isekai manga, a manga where our main character is dropped into a fantasy world after their previous life ended usually by accident such as being hit by a car. Kenja no Mago is great for those seeking manga similar to titles such as "Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari" "Tsuyokute No Saga" and "Tales of Demons and Gods" these being three series I highly recommend if you are enjoying Kenja, or vice versa if you are reading any of those 3, Kenja is a great choice to read while you wait for new chapters.
Story (7): I believe a story should not
only be judged based on originality, but also execution. I cannot say that Kenja no Mago (Which onwards of this point I will refer to as KnM) has perfect execution of this popular theme in modern manga, however KnM does a great job of making the reader understand where the MC is coming from, how they feel with each passing moment, and also helps the reader immerse themselves in this fantasy world.
Art (9): It is extremely hard to fault KnM when it comes to art. KnM's fantasy world is beautifully depicted through the art of Shunsuke Ogata and once again helps the reader immerse themselves in the daily life of our MC and how this new world feels to him as an individual. The art style features cute characters and a very Medieval theme to the structure of the towns.
Character (8): I was pleasantly surprised when I realized this series didn't immediately start with the MC getting betrayed by his new found friend, a noble, but instead featured him being assisted by him. Shin's first friend was a Prince who assisted him against an arrogant noble who believes that commoners are bugs and that nobles stand above them. The characters in KnM have a wide variety of personalities (however some cliche) that will make not only following the story of Shin interesting, but his comrades as well.
Enjoyment (9): I've smiled every time I've read and re-read the 15 chapters that are out as I am writing this, you could say I am obsessed with the Isekai genre, and series such as KnM always are enjoyable to read.
Overall (8): Even with all the amazing feats KnM has accomplished as a series, I feel like handing out a 10 is still too much for a series that only currently has 15 english chapters released, however I am sure that if this manga were to be completed, a 9 or even a ranking of 10 would be plausible.
Thank you for reading my review, and definitely be sure to read KnM if you:
1. Enjoy Isekai
2. Enjoy lovey-dovey Romance
3. Enjoy Confident MC's