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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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:18 AM)
    Also looking back I notice heavy thematic similarities between Elysium and Battle Angel Alita. The labor division and the great disparity in life-quality of Earth versus Elysium is almost a direct parallel to Tiphares and the Scrapyard. I wonder if this is going to hinder the Alita’s Hollywood adaptation, in which case good- that horrendous GitS one is more than enough.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 01:13 AM)
    Truthfully Seinen is an age/gender demographic and not really a genre or category, but even within Japan the term has come to be identified with manga that have sexuality and violence like the works of Go Nagai instead of those that contain general adult themes. That’s why comedies are pretty much never considered Seinen, even though some are probably only appreciated by the Seinen crowd.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Mar 2. 2015 01:29 AM)
    Late to this one but
    @BrendanVGC, that’s kinda tough. See there is a huge amount of very different manga that fall under the category “Seinien” You would kinda need to give us a more focused genre to work with here. Like horror, action etc.
    And pretty sure death note is shounen.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:35 AM)
    Damon I am more used to seeing in a drama or comedy role I reckon rather than an action hero.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 07:24 AM)
    Eric Bana is so underated =<
    I want to see more of the man on film.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:52 AM)
    The story would’ve been much more anchored and believable if the social imbalance wasn’t portrayed so heavy-handedly. It makes no sense for every house in Elysium to have a healing-bed that completely restores you and they dint bother to put a single one on Earth to keep the working class happy and healthy. I mean, c’mon now.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 05:49 AM)
    Yeah the action sequences were the best parts of Elysium. I don’t k ow, I just don’t feel Matt Damon in these roles anymore and I hope they stayed with Eric Bana like the rumors were hinting; that probably would’ve made it a more personal story.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:55 AM)
    Its been too long since I saw district 9 to have an accurate opinion on it.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:54 AM)
    I can remember giving higher points to elysium when I saw it first because I really needed/wanted to see an R rated action movie. But apart from Sharlto Copley as the villain it was in hindsight fairly miscast, the ending was quite poor and the script could have been improved on, I liked the robots/action scenes however.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Mar 1. 2015 04:20 AM)
    I have a feeling that the movie’s gonna suck tho. District 9 was good, Elysium was a mess and Chappie looks like a Short Circuit ripoff with nothing new to add. I have respect for Blomkamp since he started as an animator and probably has respect for the medium and a good eye for aesthetics, by he’s doing progressively more conventional stuff as his career goes on.

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