A shounen friendship and fighting show with an Arabian Nights motif.
I was quite enamored with Magi when it first aired. In fact, it led me to go and read most of the manga. Unfortunately, this led to me losing my interest in the actual show.
Still, I did enjoyed the first half, where Magi dealt with slavery and the politics between different countries. Even if all of the more serious topics were vastly oversimplified. What do you expect from a shounen battle show, though?
I lost my interest in the second half, when Magi turns into the Adventures of King Sindbad’s Merry Men. All the parts that interested me in the first half are ditched in favor of more battles, more characters and more powerups. These problems aren’t specific to the anime adaptation: when I read the manga, I lost interest in the same part as well.
Overall, Magi’s a decent entry into the genre of shounen fighting shows, and starts off with an interesting setting. Unfortunately it rapidly crashes into the traps of too many characters and endless fighting. Of course, if that’s your cup of tea, your mileage may vary.
- Storytelling – D – Starts off decent, descends into lots of fighting and powerups.
- Voice – C – Cool Arabian theme going on.
- Characters – C – Morgiana and Alibaba are cool. Aladdin’s a bit dull, but ok. Sindbad’s friends are kind of pointless.
- Attention Grab – D – Completely lost interest in the second half.
- Production – C – Interesting visual style, although I’m not sure how to describe what’s different about it.
- Overall – C-
Recommendations – Hunter X Hunter, The Law of Ueki, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood