Hit the “Random” button and see what comes up! In this feature, we take a look at whatever manga the Random Number God decides to throw at us and find out if it’s worth your time.
This time: Mahoutsukai to Deshi no Futekisetsu na Kankei, by Yukio Konya
Sometimes it’s really hard to write this feature, partly because it’s difficult to read a new manga every week and partly because sometimes you just get stuff that can pretty much be boiled down to one sentence because it’s so mediocre. Not that I couldn’t boil down a lot of that manga I’ve featured, but… you know. Unfortunately, that’s the problem we have with Loose Relation Between Wizard and Apprentice. Apart from the whole “long title” thing, anyway.
Alas, the cover image and Batoto description fooled me into thinking this manga would be a fantasy adventure, but apparently it’s nigh impossible nowadays to make anything that isn’t set in a modern day high school. Konoha is a young girl in the magic research club and a budding mage apprenticed to the area’s guardian, Saionji (also the president of the club). She has a crush on him, and vaguely magic-y stuff happens. The end.
It isn’t entirely fair of me to be so dismissive, but Long Name I’m Not Typing doesn’t really have much else going for it. I love a good urban fantasy (read: Baccano!, Durarara!!, Fate/Stay Night), but events occur with little rhyme or reason in this manga. It all feels disjointed, as if the author wanted to put in all of their ideas but didn’t feel like trying to tie them together. Astaroth attacks! But wait Ishtar was sealed inside him! And now they’re being attacked by a familiar! But wait Saionji and Konoha are mysterious right?? It just goes on and on and we’re barely ever given any wider context for what’s happening, with the only constant being that Konoha wants to get into her master’s pants.
Verdict: Loosely Made
Somehow, despite weird stuff happening nearly every chapter, I was bored out of my mind reading this one. I didn’t read all of it, but it seems to be finished, cancelled for whatever reason. Can’t say I blame whoever axed it. There could have been the makings of a good story in here somewhere, but they were never capitalized upon. I can’t recommend Loose Relation Between Wizard and Apprentice in good conscience. Read something else.