Manga Review: Magic Knight Rayearth I, Vol.1-3

Magic Knight Rayearth I, Vol. 1Magic Knight Rayearth I, Vol. 3Magic Knight Rayearth I, Vol. 2
Magic Knight Rayearth I, Vol. 1 by CLAMP

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Three ordinary schoolgirls are magically whisked away from their class fieldtrip to the troubled land of Cephiro, where they acquire elemental powers. The benevolent ruler of Cephiro has been kidnapped by the evil Zagato, and the girls must brave many trials in order to become the legendary Magic Knights and save the land. With the help of a mysterious guru sent to guide them, they battle monsters, discover their powers, and meet friends and enemies along the way. But through it all, their kindness, loyalty, and courage supports them, and they learn to believe in themselves and each other.

This story is fairly predictable and commonplace – magic powers, legendary destiny, the ancient mage guide, ordinary people learning to battle monsters, etc… Yeah yeah, heard it all before.
But the girls are so CUTE!!! They’re really lovely and adorable, and I liked their hilarious dialogue. They are not complex characters, and I wish they had a little more depth to them, but they are definitely sweet!

I’m not a huge fan of the art style. In most of the action panels, I can barely tell what is happening, because there is usually monster blood spewing out, or magical energy rays blinding everyone or something, and the panel is just so busy. Since it’s in black and white, it’s hard to tell what is what. But the rest of the art is clear, and I like the classic manga style.

The writing is good, but the story is nothing super special. The art is good, but not amazingly great. So overall, I enjoyed reading this! I will continue to read the rest of the series. Sometimes, I really like to have a fluff read that is enjoyable, but not earth-shattering. Definitely worth the read!

Magic Knight Rayearth I, Vol. 2
Magic Knight Rayearth I, Vol. 2 by CLAMP

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this 2nd volume, the girls are on a quest to acquire weapons so that they can fight against the evil Zagato, and rescue the true ruler of Cephiro, restoring the troubled land to peace and harmony.

I was glad to see that all of the girls go through a little character development in this volume, adding a little more depth to their personalities. But they still aren’t exactly complex characters, and the story remains fairly simple as well.
Sometimes I like that though! I like having a fluff read that isn’t amazingly life-changing, but is just enjoyable and fun. Definitely worth it to continue reading the series!

Magic Knight Rayearth I, Vol. 3
Magic Knight Rayearth I, Vol. 3 by CLAMP

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In this volume, the three girls are well on their way to becoming Legendary Magic Knights, but in order to reach their full power, they must awaken the three mysterious Mashin to aid them in their fight against evil Zagato. The girls must each prove themselves to be worthy of the Mashin, and show that their hearts are strong.

I wasn’t really sure what happened at the end of this volume. The action panels are so busy and confusing, and then it ended so quickly. Well, it was certainly a surprising twist at the end that made up for how predictable the rest of the plot was.

I really loved the artwork of the Mashin, beautifully elegant and regal figures! And I loved how the girls’ armor evolves and changes with their character development. But the girls are still very one-sided characters, and I wish they had more depth. The villain is a very boring character; no depth, no development, almost no dialogue. It makes the big battle at the end sort of a let-down.

But I’m glad that I read it! There were many parts of the story that I enjoyed!


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