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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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:25 PM)
    Altogether there is no good explanation as to why Berserk has been on the fringes for the last 20 years. The silver lining is that it looks like things are picking up for the franchise- with a new series, two new games and frequent manga releases- so here’s hoping we get a much bigger budget for the next cour, and god willing maybe even a studio change. And I’m getting greedy, but gimme that From Software Berserk game! That would be an instant cash mine.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:18 PM)
    @Vyse: I was actually thinking of that, and the dark mature content is definitely a factor. Yet looking at what’s trending at the moment, with AoT and Kabaneri, it seems that the more violent stuff are bankable now. And it’s not like anime is stranger to adapting material that hasn’t finished yet. So I’m guessing that Miura is hard to work with probably, and maybe he’s tight about giving studios the license.
  • Rusty
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:16 PM)
    I like it better when animes are different then the manga because normally i know how everything will end after reading the manga.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:07 PM)
    And I’m more than open for an anime to do things a bit differently from the source, I mean look at the new berserk they included an action scene that wasn’t in the manga, I liked that.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:59 PM)
    @Mike: Makoto Takahashi! Makoto Takahashi! I know who he is, I spent a while looking at his art, best example of good oldschool shoujo style. He also is credited with kickstarting the shoujo-ai genre I think…
    @Bam: flowers of evil both improved on and took away from its source material.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:16 PM)
    Furthermore, it’s not as if Berserk is so special by itself that a decent adaptation is automatically impossible. You’re watching one right now. If you think otherwise than it boils down to personal preference.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:13 PM)
    @Vyse It’s obviously not trying to cater to children, the studio knows its audience. I wouldn’t automatically assume that just because it’s an anime adaptation that it’s an attempt to please everyone.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Because the story is so dark and so violent, its hard to cater to a middle ground audience that includes kids or maybe even adolescents.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Hey Bam, the reason for Berserk’s neglect is how unadaptable it is to other media. As a manga it stands as a monolith. but the thematic and graphical content -as well as the long and rather convoluted presentation – don’t lend well to either anime or games.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:58 PM)
    Yeah, you could even easily do a spin of series in the berserk universe, it’s that well thought out unique and huge. I dreamt myself continously into that world – mostly because of it’s bright, shimmering side, which aren’t mentioned that often because of it’s ultra dark counterpart.

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