What to expect from Mashle: Magic and Muscles anime, the sensational upcoming parody series

Mashle Magic and Magic manga cover
Mashle Magic and Magic manga cover. Pic credit: Viz media

A Mashle: Magic and Muscles anime adaptation was confirmed by Shueisha, the publisher of Weekly Shonen Jump, through the publication. Although more information has not yet been disclosed, the anime is scheduled to air sometime in 2023.

Mashle began serializing at the beginning of 2020 and continues to do so with weekly updates and sporadic breaks. There are currently 115 chapters and 12 volumes in the manga.

Here’s a little peek at what viewers who only watch anime can anticipate from this spectacular parody series.

Given Shonen Jump’s renowned and strict editing standards, anime adaptations of the magazine’s manga series are not unusual. Once a manga reaches a particular degree of popularity and duration, an anime becomes very likely.

A manga should have at least 30+ chapters, as most anime cover two or three chapters every episode, and a normal anime season lasts for about 12–13 episodes. One of Shonen Jump’s overlooked comedic gems has finally seen an anime adaptation after more than 100 chapters were published.

Mashle: Magic and Muscles manga plot

Mashle Magic and Magic manga chapter 1 cover
Mashle Magic and Magic manga chapter 1 cover. Pic credit: Viz media

In the universe of Mashle, magic is a common occurrence and a gauge of social standing. Strong magic users are in charge, while people without it are seen as garbage.

Mash, the protagonist of the story, is magic-illiterate and unable to even cast the most elementary spells, which is the main cause of his family’s abandonment. The abandoned Mash was taken by Regro Burnedead, who instructed him in self-defense. Fearing the severe treatment the magicless Mash would receive from society, he lived in seclusion with the young man.

Mash has the ideal physique thanks to years of training and exercise, but his years of isolation have also diminished his capacity for common sense. After Mash runs into corrupt officers who threaten to find the adoptive father and son pair, their quiet existence comes to an end.

Mash must join a magic school, progress through its ranks, and eventually become a Divine Visionary to save them both. He is unable to use magic, thus he must instead perform magical deeds using his muscles.

Mashle isn’t your standard magic story

Mashle official anime promo poster
Mashle official anime promo poster. Pic credit: Crunchyroll

The idea of a weak main character thriving in a magically flourishing world is not very novel. This story is shared by Black Clover, Doron Dororon, and My Hero Academia. However, Mashle doesn’t place much emphasis on novelty; in fact, the manga doesn’t try.

The show mocks well-known franchises and depicts them in a lighthearted manner. Mash Burnedead’s skills are similar to those of the bald protagonist of One-Punch Man, while his character design is a cross between Saitama and Mob from Mob Psycho 100. A more eccentric student body distinguishes Easton Magic Academy from Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, which is also an obvious clone.

Mashle: Magic and Muscles parody the idea of a magical realm by fusing several cliches to create a hilarious masterpiece that is topped with allusions to well-known brands. The tone and story of Mashle will appeal to readers who adore odd comedy, and it is unquestionably one of the forthcoming anime to watch out for in 2023.

Are you ecstatic to learn that Mashle will release its anime? What do you anticipate seeing when the series debuts? Let us know what you think, and leave a comment below.

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