Posted by psgels on 11 December 2012 with categories: Magi

I think that if there is one thing where this show disappoints a bit, it’s is storyline. Compared to the rest of the series this season, I feel like it could have used itself better, and right now its main theme, fighting for freedom and against poverty, it has been done many times before unfortunately, and better.

What this show does have is interesting character. Perhaps they’re nowhere near the best of the series, but they have this charisma that makes them interesting to watch. That other magi in this episode made the fight that this episode was all about worth watching with how confident he was. The episode really worked in how far it actually went: it started off mundane, but got more and more serious as it went on, to the point where Ugo just went crazy.

Most peculiar detail here is that something else was giving the magical powers to do that, meaning that there is much more behind their bond than what Aladdin thought at first. It definitely gives a much needed different dimension to such an overpowered being in this series.
Rating: 4.5/8 (Good)

17 Responses

  1. Silty says:

    I think episode suffers from SAO syndrome, in that they both fail to completely convey what’s going on in the source material.

    • Aegd says:

      I don’t know anything about the manga, but it seems to be fairly straightforward to me. I’ve never really experienced that things are not being explained properly or that the story is disjointed.

      What’s interesting about magi is that it’s a show that’s moving forward at a pretty decent pace. It’s shounen but doesn’t suffer from the same problems as naruto/bleach where it feels like nothing is resolved and the fights just keeps going on and on… and on….

      In Magi the fights are intense and fast paced, they are also conclusive in most cases, so we don’t get the whole repeat with the bad guy coming to fight, gets beaten, only to return in the next episode.

      I don’t think Judal is beaten just yet though, so I just hope Magi doesn’t fall into the same tired naruto/bleach formula in the future.

      • Silty says:

        I wouldn’t worry about it being formulaic, since the manga seems to be heading in an FMA-ish direction.

        I’m just a bit peeved that they left out a couple details from the manga in this episode. I hope that this is not the start of a trend.

        • Aegd says:

          Yeah, they seem to have failed to explain the actions taken by some of the minor characters and some of thoughts and considerations of the major characters.

          It’s a bid sad, because if they did take the time to explain stuff more, it would raise your expectations more for the next episode, instead of them just showing what they did/thought at a later stage.

          It takes some of the mystique out of the show.

    • Aegd says:

      Reading through the manga (up to the current chapter, which is 48) they seem to have completely left out chapter 1 (50 pages), which is an introduction to alibaba, which makes the introduction of some characters in an later episode seem like a introduction, when we actually meet them for a second time

      In chapter 4 they left out some story explations about the dungeons, and how they came to be, also some less important stuff about their preparation to enter the dungeon. They also changed how/why aladin and alibaba entered the dungeon in the first place. In all, I would say it was more exciting and had better pacing in the manga, so I honestly have no idea why they switched it around in the anime (makes no sense)

      In the dungeon (chapter 7-11) they changed the spike traps to fire traps (for some reason). It’s pretty much true to the source material in the anime otherwise.

      In chapter 12, during the dual, alibabas past is explained in pretty much four pages, they skip this in the anime, but devote much more to explaning it later, so this makes some sense

      In chapter 14, the “djinn” in the dungeon is summon in a believeable fashion, from a bottle with sinbads flute. In the anime he seems to just “appear” when they have beaten the bad guy. It’s better executed in the manga. The Djinn also is MUCH more imposing in the manga, in the anime he’s pretty much just a blue beardy geezer. In the manga he looks pretty freaking powerful and a bit scary. When “someone” closed the dungeon, they were a bit more secretive about it in the anime, in the manga they clearly show who did it.

      In chapter 16 when alibaba, alladin and morgiana are separated, it’s explained properly, and they actually show on a map where they were “teleported”. It’s pretty much unchanged though…

      Well, that’s it for now, It seems the farther into the manga we get the closer they stick to the source material. I don’t really get why they ignored the first chapter, and skipped some of explanations (since they didn’t need to skip it, and would make stuff a bit more clear), but show could have been a bit better if they had not done some silly decision.

      All in all though, I’d say it’s very close to the source material.

    • elior1 says:

      they will explain about the magic and ugo head a little later

  2. kazid1 says:

    Was a good episode, the action was well done but in overall is inferior to the manga versión, meaby a bit sensored here. But the storyline is not developed until now meaby next to this arc but not now. And belive me is not about poverty or freedom is much more deep.

    • Aegd says:

      Why do you say it’s censored when it’s cleary not censored at all? It’s pretty much frame for frame the same. They just changed the location from inside a ruined building, to outside on the streets.

      • kazid1 says:

        If I remember well Judal nearlly killed Alibaba and the thieves,Was much more blood in the manga. But the figth was pretty close to the manga versión. That is why. But meaby I am a bit confused whit next scenes.

  3. Entrav says:

    Judal is badass as usual. Nice to see some action and all. Pacing is pretty good so far.

  4. Oppai says:

    Impressive animation this episode.. Well anyway, yeah the main point currently is the freedom thing but there’s more to it than that.
    A cool thing is the Ugo is not just some power for Aladdin to fight with, he’s an important character himself.

  5. Ebisu says:

    Maybe he just used his own magoi as he had to keep Aladdin’s wish to be his friend. I don’t know how it works this thing about fulfilling wishes and well, he’s a djinn.
    Judal got too overconfident in the end, he only need to flee the place but instead got what he was looking for.

  6. Rachnid says:

    I think you covered what I thought was awesome about this ep, Ugo transforming from part of Aladdin to his own individual character. I’m not sure him going berserk is ’cause of Judal hurting Aladdin, or a personal grudge towards Judal, I felt it was the latter during the ep, but I suppose I will only know sometime later. Either way, it’s rage, powerful directed rage, conveyed through nothing but his body and actions (since we can’t see his face), and it was AWESOME.

  7. elior1 says:

    @rachnid yes you will know what happend to ugo more later

  8. Trass says:

    One thing. Aladdin doesn’t know magic, confirmed from this episode.

    But a few episodes ago he casted Harharl Infigar…

    ???

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  • reaLjustified
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 02:59 AM)
    @Mike It’s really interesting how much success he found as an illustrator after essentially quitting manga. I have a really old pencil case by him that I’ve had for years.
  • Mike
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:14 PM)
    @Kaiser Takahashi was one of the first to take it out of “smut” made for men and gave the genre to girls.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 09:34 PM)
    My palette is cleansed after Legacy. I think I can make a push and finish Mirage Sessions by Monday.
  • 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.

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