Posted by psgels on 9 January 2013 with categories: Magi

The creators really splurged the budget on this episode. I remember the previous prime-time series that A-1 pictures did: Ao no Exorcist. And when you compare those two series, I really have to say that Magi is a huge improvement. The action here was so much better than what Ao no Exorcist showed me: the art was messy, yet fluid. Not to mention the awesome camera angles. Yes, this show definitely made the wait during the new year time-skip worth it.

The interesting thing also is that Abhmad is completely weak and unsuited for fighting. That’s not something you see often in a fighting series like this, and it had a nice side-effect: this episode was full of action, but as soon as the focus went to Abhmad the action toned down, Alibaba became powerless and instead we got to see a much more personal conflict. I quite liked seeing him being pushed into a corner like that.

This series also has a new OP. I don’t really like the song, but I do like how much the creators managed to stuff into it. I think that that also strikes the animation of this episode: it had a ton of detail stuffed into it, both the character-designs and the backgrounds. There were a lot of shots with huge crowds, and still the creators managed to keep up a pretty good framerate.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. Blade says:

    Why you no like Porno Graffitti, PSGELS? I AM DISAPPOINT!

  2. TheUltimateReaper says:

    Cheers to Magi.It was definitely a good episode. I’m still bothered by how much of a wimp the male lead is, but his power looks damn cool. It’s definitely the blend of cast that makes this show worthwhile and the story which I look forward to seeing develop.

    I’ve always been a fan of messy art, while not as crisp it adds a certain flavor, and in the end it’s much better than a rigid uninspiring fight.

  3. Entrav says:

    Things will only get more intense from here. They’re doing a great job with this arc. I wonder how they will handle the rest?

  4. JM says:

    I prefer the messy moving art rather than “still frames” battle scenes. (Except for JJBA that can really make it work!) Please don’t make an original ending, just take it slow and make season 2.

  5. tanukichan says:

    I didn’t really like the new OP at first but now it’s really growing on me, like a lot!

    Oh and I just noticed that something extra was added to Alibaba’s character design in the new OP, and I think I know what it means. Great foreshadowing for a future plot point imo. :)

  6. Rihan says:

    Did anyone else see that Yunan and Scheherazade were in the last scene in the ED? Are they going to animate the whole manga?

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  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 09:02 AM)
    @Bam: Thats becoming increasingly true, over the years I’ve found it also makes it very difficult to follow them all.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:54 AM)
    @Emma: I’ve found out that keeping too many shows, manga, games or books could lead to a sharp reduction of interest in all of them. That’s why I focus on a few “projects” at a time
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:40 AM)
    Even Tetsugaku letra too =<
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:39 AM)
    Jesus I’ve being dropping too much stuff lately, the makai ouji manga, sankarea, pandora hearts, put chihayafuru on hold, dropped the shigatsu no kimi manga too.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:37 AM)
    @Bam: True I suppose, still good tho =D
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:36 AM)
    @Emma: familiar tropes can still be entertaining if executed correctly. And regarding the twist I think it was heavily foreshadowed throughout the episode.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:29 AM)
    The biggest surprise for me with bahamut is that at first, before I watched it I had no expectations and despite it being so shounen heavy its still enjoyable to me.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:25 AM)
    @K-off: for sure.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:24 AM)
    I mainly say spoilers because it was quite the twist.
    Any case thanks for changing it.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:24 AM)
    @Emma: I’m not sure how many episodes this is going to be but I’m getting a 11-13 episode cour feel from the production here, in which case I don’t think they have that much time to get sidetracked.

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