Posted by psgels on 23 November 2012 with categories: Magi

Well, the start of the episode made it rather obvious that this was originally written by a woman. In a way, I like that this show has fanservice for both genders, and that the fanservice also knows when to shut up. Afterwards this episode turned into a pretty interesting episode for wurld building by showing the city that Sindbad the Sailor founded.

All accompanied by some good old fashioned chemistry. Sindbad already is an interesting character from the start, but he works particularly well. With Aladdin meanwhile it’s good to already spot a bit of character development: he has become more aware of his goal, and he’s definitely less ignorant than what he was in the first episodes.

Also, A-1 is on fire this week. First there was the surprisingly good animation for Sword Art Online, and now this episode too had some really good inbetween animation, although a lot more polished. But the characters here look so incredibly dynamic: everything is just moving, and this definitely is a great use of a big budget. Also, next season A-1 will do seven shows at the same time. Holy crap.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

8 Responses

  1. DmonHiro says:

    Small correction: Sinbad wasn’t the one who founded Balbaded.

  2. Scorcher says:

    Yep…Sindbad founded Sindria…
    (which we won’t be seeing anytime soon)

  3. kazid1 says:

    ANd this awesome arc beggins

  4. aegd says:

    I wasn’t expecting this series to be good. I thought it would be just a stupid kid show.

    It’s turning out to be way more interesting than I could ever imagine, and the characters are actually fun.

    It’s pleasant to get surprises like this, they are to few and far between.

  5. kazid1 says:

    This series is sometimes dark nearly as Hunter x Hunter, is for my personal tates the best new shounen series.

  6. Silty says:

    Finally, psgels, I was waiting for your weekly Magi post! :D I understand it can be difficult to do something once you start delaying it, and I really appreciate that you ended up doing it either way. I’m surprised how relatively little attention it gets, since it’s at least as good as the SAO anime and probably has a similar target audience, apart from the lack of romance.

    @aegd, if you want another good surprise, read Pandora Hearts. It didn’t feel like anything special at the beginning, but the plot suddenly got good in the last couple dozen chapters. Too bad they haven’t animated that part of the manga.

  7. Trass says:

    Yep, as others have stated above, Sinbad didn’t find Balbadd (Not sure if you knew this already or actually mistook it since… well, I know you’re bad with names /slapped). He founded Sindria.

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  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 05:18 PM)
    Almost forgot to recommend this one: http://mangafox.me/manga/apocalypse_meow/
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 02:15 PM)
    show might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but its a detailed look into anime production that’s pretty damn rare, especially in english.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 02:09 PM)
    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1287579779/art-of-making-santa-company-a-complete-guide btw, if anyone’s interested in animation, this might be of interest.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:23 PM)
    oh ok. that explains it lol. quite…brilliant,
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:21 PM)
    wait what. why is a love hotel so close to an amusement park. jesus, the permits they must’ve paid.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:21 PM)
    @Bagel: My brother and his friends don’t allow me to mention that film, it is a dirty word.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:20 PM)
    especially that earthbending. i will never forget how off-sync that earthbending was with the effects.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:19 PM)
    @Emma oh it better. The Last Airbender would’ve been watchable if it at least had the action to warrant it. But those sorry excuses of martial arts…it was like watching a parody movie.
  • Jalapeno Bagel
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:18 PM)
    @Emma well yeah, but those are from the past. speaking of which, don’t know if we can get films like that anymore. even the critics seemed to have moved onto the faster pace of contemporary films.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, Oct 23. 2014 01:17 PM)
    @Bagel: Oh it was still a middling film that I gave a 3/5 to but its moreso not as bad as people say, focus on the action, which there was enough of and its watchable.

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