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Manga Spotlight Week: Wizard’s Soul ~Holy War of Love~

Manga Spotlight Week Intro

Manga Spotlight Week: Yotsuba&! | MSW: Kakegurui | MSW: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure | MSW: Devil’s Line | MSW: Komi-san wa, Komyushou desu | MSW: Mousou Telepathy |MSW: Koi wa Ameagari no You ni 

  • Alternative Titles: Wizard’s Soul: Koi no Jihad
  • MAL: Wizard’s Soul ~Holy War of Love~
  • Tropes: Misunderstandings between love interests, overpowered MC, mean girls bullying MC, irresponsible parent, lower-class MC, tournament arc

I don’t play Magic The Gathering … but the characters of Wizard’s Soul, ~Holy War of Love~ keeps me interested.

I remember those early 2000s days when Yu-Gi-Oh! and Beyblade were all the rage. I had the toys and the cards. I even tried to play legit games with friends, but we never really got it.

Yu-Gi-Oh! is still popular thanks to it’s many derivatives and apparently Beyblade is making a come back. That said, there aren’t many product-based anime/manga these days that are marketed towards adults.

Wizard’s Soul, ~Holy War of Love~ is a manga series about a Magic the Gathering type card game called “Wizard’s Soul.” The game is so popular that being good at it gains respect among your peers. Doesn’t matter what you look like, your age, your social economic status – if you’re good you can be the most famous person in the country.

 

The protagonist, Manaka, is introduced to the reader as a weak player; losing to children in the first 10 pages of chapter one. After it is established that her father is in massive debt, she changes attitude and wipes the floor with her love interest, Eita, to gain all his competition points to compete in a huge tournament.

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She starts out so happy 😦

The plot, per say, is standard. What I like about Wizard’s Soul is the emotion behind Manaka’s actions. We can tell from the first chapter, without any background information, that she does not enjoy winning. It appears she doesn’t like the game in general – an interesting dynamic in the world established.

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Trust, that isn’t a poker face.

I also enjoy the rift between Manaka and Eita. They both have feelings for each other, but because of the consequences of chapter one, they are pushed away from each other. Despite that, there’s still a tiny hope that Eita will move past his resentment and still confess.

Thus far, there are only 17 chapters available, but it’s a monthly release so there are a lot of pages each chapter. It is a little slow, I’ll admit, but it is a series about Magic the Gathering under a different name so I’m not expecting lightning fast action. I don’t play MTG, I don’t see the appeal, but the characters of Wizard’s Soul, ~Holy War of Love~ keeps me interested.

  • Best for those who like: Magic the Gathering, overcoming adversity, justice-porn against antagonists, outsmarting opponents, tournament arcs
  • Worst for those who dislike: Magic the Gathering, slow story telling, dumb misunderstandings between characters, the world against MC, bratty school girls
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