Posted by psgels on 7 November 2012 with categories: Magi

I see that it’s a bit of a challenge for this series to balance out its morals and stories. What I mean by that is the following: the past episodes focused all on this community of ordinary people who are about to be annexed, and a lot of focus was put into not fighting, resulting even in the death of the village elder as she tried to promote her ideas. Those ideas got through, the villagers decided to abandon fighting… only for the main characters to pick up their arms instead and slaughter the enemy nevertheless. Screw negotiations.

It’s obvious why they did it of course: the villain in this episode could not be talked out of his plans, but still: this set-up does deminish the storlyline for the tribe a bit: these two stories next to each other don’t really strengthen each other. Yet, this is still much better than Sword Art Online, which doesn’t even seem to care about its unimportant characters. Magi definitely does care about them, and that care definitely made it through in this episode.

Also, this arc seemed to be for Aladdin to realize what his purpose is, and to meet other kinds of genies and magi that also were there to select kings. I’m definitely feeling the grandeur of this setting with this, and this episoe showed that there is so much more to this setting than what has been shown so far. And really: I like the village elder a lot more than I thought I would. Because of that, her realization of what Aladdin is at the end of this episode made all the more impact.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

18 Responses

  1. HunterWulf says:

    I don’t think set-up did diminish anything .. there are times for negotiations and times for fighting .. if Aladdin wasn’t there and did what he did to save Hakuei and the Kouga clan, Hakuei would have been brutally killed and the entire Kouga clan would have been wiped out by Ryosai … at least if that happened they would have had every right to fight that bastard Ryosai as there is no reason to hold back anymore if he is destroying their village and attacking with intention of mass murdering them with no one to hold him back .. the old woman Baba only established that it is worth it to negotiate and use diplomacy if the other side is willing to and if avoiding bloodshed is possible … she didn’t ask them to just sit here and die while the enemy attacks them.

    Either way this episode did have so many tense and amazing moments this episode, so far IMO this is the best episode in the show, Baba’s death indeed left its mark on the characters and viewers alike .. i’m glad she didn’t just die unceremoniously at the beginning of the episode, but she fought her pain and severe injury in order to preserve the lives of her clan people .. fantastic character.

    Hakuei also had her share of awesome moments, from Djinn aided magical-girl-esque kick-ass transformation with wind powers, to her impressive confidence in-front of the Kouga swordsman trying to attack her, to her genuine anger when she grabbed a sword and tried to challenge Ryosai to a duel despite her desperate situation and exhaustion .. all in all i certainly want to see this character more and more … her Djinn Paimon isn’t any less interesting than her .. surely live up to her name sake (a Djinn made of Love and Chaos) with her wind powers, looks and remarks (i will only help Hakuei whom i have fallen for XD) .. although i have to say i didn’t expect to see pierced exposed nipples in a show like Magi XD

    Also good to see Aladdin doesn’t suffer from the “i don’t want to kill anyone even the bad-guys who are murderous maniacs” syndrome that many shonen heroes suffer from .. when he gets serious .. HE GETS SERIOUS .. he blew up a bunch of guys with his magical spell (called “Infigar” which means explosion .. and yeah it’s in arabic) then he proceeded without a hint of hesitation to smack-punch Ryosai to his sorry humiliating death .. now that’s how things are done … he surely has a very strong sense of justice and doesn’t hesitate to outright kill people if they can’t be talked out of their evil ways like Ryosai.

    And better that he also came to terms with his identity and is moving on from that to discovering how this whole “selecting the next king” business actually works … in fact i think they intentionally made Aladdin unable to fully summon Ugo (i.e his missing head which looks weird no matter how many times i see it) just to overshadow some of the plot points that the Djinn talk about whenever Ugo encounters one.

    And nice to see someone still remembers Goltaz and he actually turned out to be a member of the Kouga clan which is a nice way to tie loose ends together and make the world feel connected .. RIP Goltaz.

  2. Trass says:

    I agree with HunterWulf.

    Though like I said in the shoutbox the other time, there are lots of differences from the manga. These differences however, do not change the course of the story at all. At least so far.

    One of the most obvious ones is the part where Hakuei transforms. Djinn Equips aren’t introduced until much later in the story, so in the manga, Hakuei just used Paimon’s powers. She didn’t transform.

    One more thing is the fact that Aladdin casted Halharl Infigar when technically he isn’t supposed to know anything about magic just yet.

    Now I am really curious about where they’re trying to go with this. They’re not that major and didn’t really hurt the story, so it isn’t exactly a bad nor good thing at the moment. But if done right, I think they might be able to create something even more amazing than the manga.

    • HunterWulf says:

      I suppose by introducing those elements early on they seem to aim to get to the good parts quickly and compact the length of the story without sacrificing too much … as someone who didn’t read the manga i didn’t feel any dissonance from these elements .. Aladdin could have studied magic in the huge library he was living in (or whatever that place was) since from the flashbacks he seems to be reading a ton of books all the time .. also Hakuei seemed like she cleared a dungeon some time ago and was well acquainted with her Djinn Pion and knows how to use the full extent of her powers (limited as they might be without a Magi like Aladdin) … at least that’s how an anime viewer would view those elements in context of the anime.

      And is it me or did the kid with Hakuei have a Djinn imbued weapon too (Twin swords) .. he seemed to have abnormal powers when he blew the soldiers weapons out of their hands (if that’s the case wonder why that Djinn didn’t appear) !!?

      • Trass says:

        “And is it me or did the kid with Hakuei have a Djinn imbued weapon too (Twin swords) .. he seemed to have abnormal powers when he blew the soldiers weapons out of their hands (if that’s the case wonder why that Djinn didn’t appear) !!?”

        The one he uses doesn’t have a djinn inside it. He doesn’t use a Metal Vessel, like Hakuei. His weapon is a Household Vessel which borrows the power of Hakuei’s Paimon. Meaning he can’t use that power without Hakuei around.

        ..This doesn’t count as spoiler does it?

        • HunterWulf says:

          No, not really a spoiler at all .. thanks for the clarification .. i had doubts his weapon was wind-powered because of Hakuei ‘s Djinn wind-imbued item but i wasn’t sure that’s the case XD

  3. TheUltimateReaper says:

    Genie breasts.
    I still can’t get over that. The Japs are so anal about that sort of thing, ah, I just couldn’t help but crack up and revel over it.

    Magi definitely has my interested. On one hand the characters seem so soft and “good guy” type, yet this show isn’t afraid to show blood or slaughter a bunch of soldiers. This sense of justice and realism is rare, and I like it.

    • Trass says:

      It gets even darker very quickly, as far as adventure shounens go.

    • Trass says:

      Oh one more thing, in case you didn’t know, the author was a girl. She thought up that Genie breasts idea of course.

      Kind of surprising with all the boob jokes and all, huh.

      • AidanAK47 says:

        @Trass, that doesn’t surprise me. Strange enough some of the most sexist fiction in the world is created by woman. Weird huh?

        • TheUltimateReaper says:

          Perhaps not all females are so bent up over feminism as men are. In my opinion, there are feminists both male/female and then there are normal human beings who really don’t care about cliche, stereotype or gender.

      • TheUltimateReaper says:

        In my opinion it’s usually the women who have the balls and write some of the most interesting stuff out there. I really like the design for the genies actually, and to be honest, the female Djinn had some killer character design. Very tasteful. I’m looking forward to Magi.

        • HunterWulf says:

          Yeah, part of it probably is that female writers/artists aren’t afraid of being called sexist when they pull off boob-jokes or show female nudity .. etc etc.. they don’t have to worry about that or other similar accusations used against male writers/artists on regular basis XD

    • Moon Trace says:

      Can tell you right now. No Djinn where’s a shirt whether it’s male or female.

  4. Moon Trace says:

    Actually it doesn’t dimish the story with the Kouga. Thing is that the princess and someone who is clearly an outsider is fighting against them. In this case if anyone brings up the situation with the someone higher in the Kou, it will be only the individuals and not the entire group that get focused on. Even if the villain gets to speak on the matter he can’t say that the kou were the ones to stop him.

  5. mike says:

    Whats is not better than SAO?!

  6. ender650 says:

    This episode was very good. A-1 is doing a great job adapting the manga. I would certainly consider this to be one of the best shonen series in recent years.

  7. Entrav says:

    Awesome conclusion just like the manga. Tons of potential.

Leave a Reply

Shoutbox

Name:
Email:
For:  
Mail will not be published
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 10:18 PM)
    Brits abroad were getting a good deal out of being in the EU though in terms of welfare.
    Leaving is just going to make trading more expensive too.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 10:17 PM)
    It will be interesting to see this develop and if the sterling will recover/will Britain actually get along on its own.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 10:16 PM)
    I know I heard that America was re-thinking when it came to how they’d trade with Britain.
    The effect the Brexit has had on the Sterling apparently now makes it cheaper for me to order from the UK.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 10:10 PM)
    @K-off: I’m suspect at France ever leaving (or Frexit as people are calling that possibility), that idea is mainly being hyped by the national front, who while have influence/increasing influence will never be influential enough.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:46 PM)
    the influx of muslims that appear to threaten the liberal society (particularly homosexuals) of Britain and as a result I don’t want to call those concerned about it simply “racists.” It’s a legitimate concern that’s been taken over by racial hysteria, although at the end of the day it’s not worth everything else that comes with leaving the EU.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:41 PM)
    @Kaiser My knowledge of UK politics is relatively shabby, so I can’t speak for everything surrounding David Cameron and Article 50 as far as that’s concerned. But as for immigration, as much as I disagree, I do get the grievances people who voted “out” have for the EU’s immigration policy, namely
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:39 PM)
    Come to think of it, I started using Kaiser as an online alias after hearing the word in a history class when I was 13, Kaiser also happened to be the name given to one of Sigma’s forms in one of the megaman X games which I was really into at the time, there was an old sega game called Ristar where in the Japanese version the villain was called Kaiser.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:36 PM)
    @K-off: As in people were actually voting to leave as a protest, rather than thinking/wanting britain to leave.
    Theres also been a hate campaign going on since the fallout now off Poles being beaten up.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:34 PM)
    @K-off: I hope/assume that you have been following the Brexit thing? Kind of wanted to hear you talk about it.
    Alot of the voting came down to peoples ignorance, racism/anti-immigration agenda, old fashioned nationalists, alot of panic voting too. People are bringing up the breakup of the UK again, I’ve heard theres people who want to re-do the referendum and regret voting Britain out/that they voted to out Britain thinking that wouldn’t happen.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 09:34 PM)
    @Kaiser And I assumed yours was a reference to Mori’s manga.

1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · »

Featured Posts

Re Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - 13 1

Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World – 13

When I heard about this arc being hard to watch I readied myself for a number of things. I was prepared to see Subaru die gruesomely, to see him tortured and broken. However while I was ready to see him get destroyed by others; I didn’t expect him to be the architect of his own […]

Kiznaiver - 12 1

Kiznaiver Review – 60/100

Kiznaiver is a very different faire from Studio Triggers other works in that it takes a more serious tone and has a writer who tends to go more for the melodramatic. This is a tale about a group of very different people gathered together and have their pain linked to one another. In an effort […]

Kiznaiver - 12 2

Kiznaiver -12

This was certainly pure narrative confusion at it’s zenith and in that regard I don’t mean that the events depicted were hard to understand but rather a general confusion on what mood it wants to go out on. In this episode we had comedic, drama and climatic showdown all hastily weaved together to try and […]

Bungou Stray Dogs 12c

Bungou Stray Dogs – 12 (end)

And we get to the end of Bungou Stray Dogs, but this last episode doesn’t offer any conclusive ending, instead feel more like a set up episode for the next season. This last episode functions like a typically Bungou Stray Dogs’ episode; there are many good things to say about it, mainly the technical triumphs […]

Joker Game - 12 2

Joker Game Review – 50/100

When experiencing the wave of new anime each season it can get rather tiresome to notice all the teenagers fighting supernatural forces while gathering a harem through seer luck or similarly tired concepts. So when something like Joker game comes along and takes a road less traveled with it’s story, naturally I am well on […]

3

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress – 10

After the Horobi’s laser light show and having Biba-sama completely dominate the narrative with his super cool looking henchmen, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri is back on track although it’s on different rails for here on out. Imprisoned by the Hunters and being caught in the middle of the impending final conflict between the Shogun and Biba, […]

mayoiga 07b

Mayoiga Review – 78/100

Mayoiga has to be one of the most misunderstood shows in recent years. On a surface, the premise alone has a lot of potential. The idea behind putting 30 people, each of them has very different set of personalities, together in a bus to a mysterious lost village, in order to start over new life […]

Joker Game - 12 2

Joker Game – 12

Upon finishing yet another rather uneventful episode of Joker Game, I began to wonder just what this series had planned for its finale. “How best to top off a rather mediocre series such as this?” I thought to myself. However when looking over general consensus over the episode I found out that I seen the […]

Re Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu - 12 4

Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World – 12

This looks to be the weakest episode of Re:Zero to date which does seem to be a trend when it comes to the arcs of the series. When looking over these twelve episodes I have come to find that the weakest episodes of the series are the first episode of an arc which does make […]

Latest Reviews

Kiznaiver - 12 1

Kiznaiver Review – 60/100

Kiznaiver is a very different faire from Studio Triggers other works in that it takes a more serious tone and has a writer who tends to go more for the melodramatic. This is a tale about a group of very different people gathered together and have their pain linked to one another. In an effort […]

Joker Game - 12 2

Joker Game Review – 50/100

When experiencing the wave of new anime each season it can get rather tiresome to notice all the teenagers fighting supernatural forces while gathering a harem through seer luck or similarly tired concepts. So when something like Joker game comes along and takes a road less traveled with it’s story, naturally I am well on […]

mayoiga 07b

Mayoiga Review – 78/100

Mayoiga has to be one of the most misunderstood shows in recent years. On a surface, the premise alone has a lot of potential. The idea behind putting 30 people, each of them has very different set of personalities, together in a bus to a mysterious lost village, in order to start over new life […]

akTwkhF

Stella Glow Game Review-60/100

I really should be getting Grand Kingdom or waiting for Mirage Sessions. My review of Stella Glow is way past relevancy being nearly 8 months late, but I finally completed this and it wouldn’t hurt to briefly wrap up my thoughts about the game created by the now-defunct Imageepoch. I somehow managed to get through Lord of […]

rs33

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir Game Review – 87/100

Oh my. This game was just utterly, utterly incredible when it came out, so despite disliking the usual remasters (ahem, Valkyria Chronicles), I was pretty stoked when I learned I’d be able to play this again on better hardware. It came out really late into the PS2’s lifetime in 2007, so at the time, I […]

romance of 3 kingdoms

Chinese Animation Guide – Part 4: Chinese Traditional Animated shows

Welcome to the last part of our Chinese animated guide. This part will cover Chinese traditional art style, for me personally this is the most enjoyable group. The first thing you might notice in these shows are they were in different format ratio, lean more towards the Academy ratio format. I always find their traditional art […]

20160513001913_1

Lucid9: Inciting Incident Video Game Review – 85/100

It’s not often I pick a game up without prior knowledge. I abhor the act of pre-ordering and at least do a google search on the title to get a general idea of it’s overall quality. Gone are the day you walk into a game store and buy something purely on a whim or the […]

The Totem Warrior

Chinese Animation Guide – Part 3: Haoliners inputs

This part we explore one Chinese animation studio’s works. I choose Haoliners partly because they are independent studio, and their works are not hard to find. Just established in 2013, Haoliners is an indie studio but gathered more reputation in the last few years in their homeland. My experience with them through those titles below […]

Cover

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress OST Review

This will be the first time in my anime blogging career that I have ever done one of these anime OST review. It should be known that I have a complete bias for Hiroyuki Sawano as he has become one of the biggest composer for anime in recent years in some of my favorite anime […]