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
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 04:42 AM)
    Even Anno admitted that Evangelion’s success was heavily reliant on Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s unique and attractive character design. It was familiar but still original. Rei and Asuka’s designs as well as the plug suits and the look of ye Evas had a huge impact in the industry and inspired a whole slew of future animators. You could’ve done the same exact series with a cruder art style and it wouldn’t have been nearly as good.
  • Bam
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 04:19 AM)
    @Aidan: art-style is integral to the overall quality of a product, that’s why it irks me so much when Type-Moonies endlessly praise Nasu and underappreciate Takeuchi as if he didn’t contribute all that much to Fate’s success.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 02:38 AM)
    @Bam, it’s a rough style admittedly. But mate I played Umineko with the original artwork. It’s hard to find anything worse than that…expect Higurashi’s artwork…(shivers)
    Ryukishi, great writer but not an artist.
  • Bam
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 12:24 AM)
    You guys made me want to go see Fury Road in IMAX now.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 10:13 PM)
    @Aidan: you know I tried looking into Muv Luv since it’s supposedly a seminal LN, but that character design is horrendous. The story sounds interesting but there’s such a divide between that and the art style that there’s no way I can get into it.
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    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 02:04 PM)
    Another Muv luv spinoff gets an anime adaption. Sure, lets adapt everything except the work that made it famous in the first place.
  • Emma
    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 04:10 AM)
    Muthafuckas cancelled the Constantine tv adapatation…
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    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 03:45 AM)
    Come to think of it, Tsugumi’s personality at odds with her monster design. I’m getting reminded of that mech from zone of the enders dolores that had the personality of a young girl .
  • Emma
    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 03:43 AM)
    @Aidan: The bear will be explained as it was done so recently enough in the manga, Ochiai remains however a very dull villain.
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    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 03:27 AM)
    You know when grabbing screenshots Sidonia really does look better when you look at it in still images. I really do think that if they just gave the models more natural movement then it would look metric tons better.

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