Posted by psgels on 8 December 2012 with categories: Magi

And another episode that came with a twist that I just did not see coming: Sindbad easily changing sides and becoming a member of the band of thieves. But yeah, the purpose of this episode was clear: this series, or at least this arc, seems to have a very big focus on corruption, and putting an end to it.

In this episode we continue Alibaba’s explanation of what happened to him, and even though it was already hinted that he was fighting for the people in the slums, this episode explained the extend to which this happened, with everyone being extorted. The band of the fog also turned out to be noble thieves who give the things they steal to the poorest.

Personally I prefer my villains a bit grayer on the moral scale (that evil king really is pure evil with no good side about him whatsoever) but I still really liked this episode. Kassim also became quite the interesting characters when he kept hopping sides throughout the episode. And I like the idea of focusing on negotiations over violence like what this episode promoted, but yeah: that will only work if the recipient side will turn into a bit less of a stereotypical evil overlord, otherwise you’re just talking to a brick wall.
Rating: 5/8 (Great)

11 Responses

  1. hal says:

    Ahbmad isn’t really pure evil, though it seems like that at this point of the story. Rather than evil, he’s stupid and easily manipulated.

  2. Trass says:

    what hal said, but not gonna say more for the sake of spoilers

  3. Silty says:

    Don’t worry, there is quite a grey character in the current arc of the manga. It seems like you will enjoy this series more and more in the future.

  4. leokiko says:

    Just give up on this crap and go read the manga.

  5. Entrav says:

    Judal… JUDAL JUDAL!!!!

  6. fejeifje says:

    So the king is pure evil huh…? If you say so…

  7. Airies says:

    This series is getting worse and worse. I don’t care about anything that has been happening. I just wanted this to be a fun adventure series with none of the government crap ehhhh.

    • hal says:

      You should drop it then. Because Magi will only get darker and more twisted. IMO it only got better and better as it went on, but with the expectation of a “fun adventure” you will only be disappointed. Magi has its fun parts and it has its adventurous parts but mostly it’s about governmental conspiracies at a “worldwide” scale. Though not as amazing (but IMO still quite close), it has a plot as extensive as the one of FMA (Manga/Brotherhood).

      • Oppai says:

        Like Hal said, yeah it gets darker.. But slowly. There are pretty long battles in this arc I think xD but in the anime it’ll probably only be an episode or something. I think FMA has a lot of this ‘uncovering the truth stuff’ but Magi doesn’t have that. Magi is more about how the countrys interact with each other and the people of those countries

  8. Kaiserin Emma says:

    Eh, yeah in that case I think I might just give this a miss, especially with the full metal alchemist comparison, outside of its action I didn’t care much for it beyond that it was better than the first FMA anime.

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  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:35 AM)
    Anyways I’m sure an emotionally manipulating soundtrack will make the anime a bit better :)
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:34 AM)
    @Aidan, it got to the point where I had to take 15 minute breaks because it was so physically cringing lmao. I started sending screenshots of pages to my friend because we were cackling at how embarrassing it was. Like I shouldn’t be laughing at such serious topics but the execution is just terrible.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:32 AM)
    eh I thing my post just died when I hit send. Must’ve hit the character limit
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:31 AM)
    But yeah, if you want coherence you’re not getting it in Eva. As I’ve said, the project literally took a turn about halfway thru, so it is as disjointed as it can get. It was really amusing to me when it was still airing, everybody was confused as hell.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:17 AM)
    But the visual that supposed to represent the mental landscape of characters were precise and deliberate. And the framing, oh boy, that’s what nailed it. Dutch shots, low angle shots, ceiling shots, the uncomfortable tilts, the silent deep focus close-ups, the muted color pallets with accented reds, Anno is not considered a master for no reason.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:10 AM)
    @K-off: I can see the problems you have with the story. I personally pretty much got everything when I watched it the 2nd time thru, but some stuff are a bit burried. Most of the religious symbolism is there for the hell of it, the Eva Project people straight said it.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 AM)
    And you’ve never seen me fly of the handle, I was halfway asleep when I was typing that last night.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:06 AM)
    @Aidan: I never said the problems it has gets erased by its early release or cultural significance, so that’s a strawman right off the bat. I’m saying it is part of what makes it great, and that is undeniable. I gave my two cents on Fate to demonstrate that I can be fair to other anime, and I don’t really have a bias when judging things. Liking something is not a bias. Although we all probably have some degree of bias or another.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 12:08 AM)
    @Mamamoo, oh no. How bad are we talking?
  • mamamoo
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 11:19 PM)
    ehhh and I retract everything I said about Orange now that I finished the whole thing.

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