Wise Man’s Grandchild Manga is a Japanese light novel series which is written by Tsuyoshi Yoshioka and it is illustrated by Seiji Kikuchi. It began its serialization online in January 2015 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shosetsuka ni Naro. It is also known as ” Kenja No Mago “.
After that, it was acquired by Enterbrain, who have published eleven volumes since July 2015 under their Famitsu Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with illustration by Shunsuke Ogata began serialization on Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up website from March 2016. It has been collected in thirteen tankobon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link also aired from April 10 to June 26, 2019.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Manga starts off with a young salaryman who died in an accident and is reborn in another world which is filled with magic and demons. As a baby, he was picked up by the patriot hero “Sage” Merlin Wolford and was given the name Shin.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Manga (Kenja No Mago) story moves forward, he was raised as a grandson and soaked up Merlin’s teachings, earning him some irresistible powers. However, when Shin became 15, Merlin realized something important as he say’s to himself that, “I forgot to teach him common sense!”.
After that, Diseum, king of the Earlshide Kingdom, recommends Shin to attend his Magic Academy, on the agreement of not using Shin for political warfare. In the capital, Shin rescues two girls, Maria and Sizilien, from thugs, and later he would inaugurate a club that consist of him and others.
Shin’s powers are strong enough to wipe out entire armies and he’s completely oblivious to this fact. Merlin and his friend Diseum (the king of the Earlshide Kingdom) decide to send Shin to a Magic Academy where he will learn to better control his powers and hopefully realise that his strength is abnormal compared to those around him.
At the Magic Academy, Shin quickly makes friends and foes alike but his time spent here is invaluable. Now with friends his age and the power to protect them, our hero feels like he’s prepared for anything. As the threat of ‘Demonoids’ (powerful magical beasts looking to bring chaos to mankind) draws closer, Shin may have to put his strength to the test sooner than anyone could have anticipated…
Wise Man’s Grandchild Manga is an isekai, then you’ll undoubtedly be familiar with the story of someone being reincarnated and having overpowered abilities in the new world they find themselves in. Wise Man’s Grandchild does nothing in particular to break this trend but instead leans into it to have some fun with the cast.
Shin makes an Ultimate Magic Research club at school, which is composed of eight students, including Shin himself. The goal of the club is to have Shin teach his friends his magic and help prepare them for any Demonoid attacks to come. The classmates enlisted into the group are all varied in terms of personality and appearance and while we don’t get to know all of them that well, they’re fun to spend time with.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Manga doesn’t favour harem of girls around Shin. Instead, the series has him and female student Sizilien (who he rescues from some thugs early on), slowly fall in love. It’s refreshing for a series like this not to have girls falling over themselves for the main character and something I’d love to see other isekai take note of.
Wise Man’s Grandchild Manga overall, is a fun isekai adventure. While the series in particular don’t offer anything new, it does a good job of bringing the best parts of the genre together. With some impressive animation and an entertaining collection of characters, Kenja No Mago is one every fan of the genre should have in their collection.