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Aventura is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Shin Midorikawa. It has been serialized in Monthly Shōnen Sirius. As of February 2009, Kodansha has published 3 bound volumes of the manga.

The manga is licensed for an English released by Del Rey Manga.[1] As of March 2009, Del Rey Manga has published 3 bound volumes of the manga.

Synopsis

The story opens with Lewin Randit and his archenemy, first-year Darwell Turkfan clashing in the swordsmanship practice field. In combat, Darwell taunts Lewin calling him "loser-kun" not long after releasing a powerful sword wave, enraging Lewin. As his temper flares, he swings his sword over his head, breaking a rule of conduct, and knocks Darwell to the ground. Stabbing the earth beside Darwell's head he threatens Darwell, causing him to submit. Seconds after the fight, Professor Qualfer suddenly appears and grabs Lewin by the neck, scolds him for swinging his weapon above his head, and sends him to the infirmary to have his wounds patched. As the healer, Professor Milieu Rouge, cleans his scars, Lewin asks why she doesn't use magic to heal his wounds. He believes it is because he is the only student unable to use magic so that the healer would treat him differently. Milieu explains that although she has the power to heal with magic, she restrains herself because by doing so, she would upset the natural balance. As Lewin exits the infirmary he comes across a wall that separates the wizardry division with the swordsmanship classes. There, he is overwhelmed by painful memories of his peers, specifically Darwell, taunting him about his red hair and inability to use magic. Has the thoughts unravel, he ends up injuring himself by clouting the wall out of agony. As he cries, Lewin remarks that despite his perception of only feeling frustration at first, he still harbors that emotional pain. The following day, Lewin pays a visit to the school library in order the research methods to fix his rusty sword with. As he descends on a moving stairway, a book unexpectedly plummets from the sky, followed by a girl whom Lewin catches. Her weight sends him tumbling down the stairway as a elf rushes to the girl's aid. Noticing that she has injured Lewin, the girl attempts to patch his wounds with little success, apologizing for her inability to use healing magic. Upon hearing that, Lewin tells the girl the same thing that Milieu had told him the day before: Don't use magic for everything. The elf gathers Lewin's books before both the girl and elf recognize him as the "Red Haired Boy". They introduce themselves as Chris Cottonburg and Soela Evenport before proposing the fact that he is "famous". They go on to tell Lewin the rumors that they have heard of him. Lewin finally realizes how people think of him, believing that Soela and Chris were going to brag about their learning and ridicule him. Instead Chris complements Lewin for being a kind person for helping Soela. Soela thanks Lewin for his help and smiles at him, which takes him by surprise. Suddenly, a large object falls from above, which lands on Lewin's head. Soela remarks on how the beast creature usually stays away from people and suggests that maybe he wants to thank Lewin for his deed.

Characters

  • Lewin Randit (ルーウィン・ランディット Rūnin Randitto?) is the protagonist of the series. He has a reputation as the loser red-haired boy, and as the only student who could not use magic. Lewin is a hot-tempered boy who was invited to study at Gaius School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As a student of swordsmanship, he is often taunted due to his appearance and his inability to use magic.
Flare is Lewin's Guardian spirit summoned with his own strength and the red gem embedded on his sword. This sacred spirit renders the power to cause massive destruction.
  • Chris Cottonbug (クリス・コットンバーグ Kurisu Kottonbāgu?) is a high elf, who is also a student at Gaius School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He is the son of an archbishop, and suffers the loss of his twin brother, Thies. He is highly skilled in the art of magic.
Fire Salamander (炎神(えんしん)フレア?) is Chris's salamander familiar. This "wrath of eternal flame" is summoned by a blood sacrifice.
  • Soela (ソェンポート Soera Evuenpōt?) is from a family of beast tamers. Soela seems to be a very shy person, but opens up when she meets Lewin. She is a student at Gaius School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. She is a keen animal-lover.
Wotis (ウォーティス?) is Soela's familiar who is a beast egg. It looks like an ordinary egg, with wings and a tail made up of bones. Wotis is a male.

Volume listing

<tr ><th rowspan="2" style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th colspan="2">Japan</th><th colspan="2">North America</th></th></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> April 21, 2006[2]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-373023-4</td><td>November 2007[3]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-34-549744-4</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> February 23, 2007[4]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-373060-9</td><td>April 2008[3]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-34-550201-8</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> March 21, 2008[5]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-373109-5</td><td>February 2009[3]</td><td>ISBN 978-0-345-51076-1</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> February 23, 2009[6]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-373156-9</td><td>-</td><td>—</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td></td><td> February 23, 2010[7]</td><td>ISBN 978-4-06-376211-2</td><td>-</td><td>—</td></tr> </table>

Reception

Aventura has been compared to Harry Potter through the shared theme of magic schooling,[8] as well as Naruto with regard to the central protagonist.[9] The manga has been criticized for the similarity in its character designs and the derivative nature of its story.[10] Jason Thompson's appendix to Manga: The Complete Guide commends the manga's combination of "shōjo-esque layouts with a shōnen self-esteem theme". He criticises the art for being "too ornate for its own good, and the uniformly cute, degendered, sparkly-haired characters are hard to tell apart".[11]

References

  1. "Del Rey Licensing and Release News". Anime News Network. 2007-02-25. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
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  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Catalog: Aventura 1 - Aventura 3". Del Rey Manga. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
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  8. Oxford, Nadia (November 19, 2007). "Aventura, Volume One". Mania.com. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  9. Polley, Dan. "Aventura v1". mangalife.com. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  10. Aoki, Deb. "Aventura Volume 1". About.com. Retrieved 2009-02-13. 
  11. Thompson, Jason (October 24, 2009). "365 Days of Manga, Day 39: Aventura". Suduvu. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 

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