Manga Monday #4 |Magic Kaito Vol. 1 by Gosho Aoyama

Magic Kaito Vol. 1 by Gōshō Aoyama

Original Title | Majikku Kaito (まじっく 快斗)

First published in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday in 1987

Genre | Shōnen, Comedy, Drama, Crime


After an 8 year long disappearance. the mysterious Phantom Thief Kid makes a sudden return with a new heist–his target, the magnificent Century Gem.  Meanwhile Kaito Kuroba, a normal teenage boy, discovers the truth about his late father’s death as well as a shocking family secret.

Review | ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

I’ve been really failing this month’s Tadoku Contest, but I did manage to finish reading the first volume of Magic Kaito! If you have ever read Gosho Aoyama’s more well-known manga, Detective Conan/Case Closed , the charming Phantom Thief Kid makes numerous appearances in a lot of Conan’s cases.  Magic Kaito was made before Detective Conan and is kind of like the origin story for the infamous phantom thief.

This manga was so much fun to read! Every page was filled with so much action and comedy, that I really enjoyed reading it. However, there wasn’t really much plot progression in this volume and I felt like I was reading mostly about the misadventures of Phantom Thief Kid.

The main character, Kaito Kuroba, is absolutely adorable and I adore him to pieces. He’s charming, goofy, a bit of a pervert, but you can tell he’s a good kid. Kaito is a magician just like his father, and uses his magic for pranks–pranks his childhood friend, Aoko Nakamura doesn’t put up with ;). He and Aoko have a bickering relationship, the kind where they can trade insults and where it’s perfectly acceptable for one of them to try to hit the other with a mop during class.

By the end of the first chapter, Kaito inherits his family’s secret and adapts to it pretty well. He really shows his  resourcefulness and cleverness at moments when he really needs to. I just wish there was more information or motive given about Kaito’s family secret since it’s such a crucial part of the plot. Hopefully this would be explained further in the series.

All in all, Magic Kaito is a very fun light-hearted read. I will most definitely be reading the next volume.

Would I recommend this?

For now I only recommend this manga for those who can read Japanese because sadly this series is not licensed in English. (;_;) But, if you like crime stories and light humor this is the manga for you!


4 thoughts on “Manga Monday #4 |Magic Kaito Vol. 1 by Gosho Aoyama

    • I’m glad you’re interested. I also really recommend reading Conan if you ever get the chance. Despite the series being enormously long, the beauty of the series is that you can pick up any volume and still enjoy the mystery cases without being so lost.

  1. It’s a shame that Magic Kaito hasn’t been given that much attention as compared to Detective Conan. I think the latest chapter of Magic Kaito in Japan is the part about how Kaito’s parents first met. The title of that chapter is called “Phantom Lady” or something like that.

    • I think they are both really good, but it is too bad that Magic Kaito isn’t as popular. So far there are 4 volumes and two chapters of “Phantom Lady”. However, I’m not even sure if Gosho Aoyama is even going to continue the Magic Kaito series since he’s so preoccupied with Conan. :/

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