Posted 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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    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 04:00 PM)
    But… Yuri NTR… It’s always fun to read something different. Not too many of those.
  • WyattX
    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 03:59 PM)
    @Emma I expected it, the guys for Independence didn’t know what the hell they were doing.
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    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 01:58 PM)
    Voice acting has surely not helped the final fantasy series.
    But seriously, we need another chrono trigger.
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    Hell even Witcher 2’s combat was pretty adequate in my opinion, and Witcher 3 shows a lot of potential. The industry can indeed move forward just not when the price is creativity or integrity.
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    @Aidan: well during the early days where XV was still called Versus they talked a lot about how to use Interactive Cinematic Events (ICE) with multiple outcomes that waved in the narrative, so it might still exist in some form. Action RPGs like the Soul series are incredibly intricate and strategic, so a great gameplay is definitely viable within the medium. The problem with FF starts and ends with direction. Bad design decisions failing to hide the horrible plot and cringe-worthy style.
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    *kefka
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    (Friday, Sep 19. 2014 12:05 PM)
    VII was always my favorite with VIII being a guilty pleasure. Not sure why everyone loves VI though. Sure Keifa is awesome but well thats aout it. The rest of it didn’t resonate with me at all. IV has become a bit outdated.
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