Magi:The Labyrinth of Magic: An adventure set in an alternate recreation of the Old World full of magic, labyrinths that hide treasures, and corrupt kingdoms.
In A Nutshell
Aladding is a kind, young magician who leaves his lonely life behind in order to explore the world. He is accompanied by his mentor Ugo, a djinn that he can summon with his flute, and other friends he makes along the way. In this world, there are mysterious places known as “dungeons”: labyrinths that hide incredible treasures within them and that are said to be the work of Magi, a class of rare magicians who help people build their empires by guiding them to a dungeon.
Meet the Characters
Aladdin is a magician and one of the four Magi in the current era. Aladdin was raised by his mentor Ugo and spent a life in solitude for a long time. He uses his flute to summon Ugo for things like fighting or transportation. He is a kind, joyful kid who believes in justice and doing right by others. Despite his age, Aladdin is actually very wise and mature, which earns him the respect of others.
Alibaba is one of the main characters next to Aladdin. He meets Aladdin in the first episode of the series while he is working as a cart driver. Alibaba is a few years older than Magi and is very knowledgeable about how the world works because of his past. Alibaba is nice, friendly and also has a tendency to go after beautiful women, even if he doesn’t have the best of luck with them.
Morgiana is a former slave that Aladdin and Alibaba meet in the beginning of the series. She belongs to the Fanalis, a clan known for their red hair and strong legs. Morgiana is a quiet girl who likes to keep to herself. Having seen the worst of the world, she doesn’t hesitate to help others who might find themselves in vulnerable situations. Despite being both physically and emotionally strong, Morgiana also has moments of self-doubt when comparing herself to others.
A Brief History of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic: the When, Where and How
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka. It has been serialized in the Weekly Shounen Sunday since 2009. An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired in Japan from October 2012 to March 2013 and a second season titled Magi: The Kingdom of Magic aired from October 2013 to March 2014. Both seasons consisted of 25 episodes. A 13-episodes prequel series called Magi: Sinbad no Bouken aired in Spring 2016.
Why It’s Awesome
Even if the world of Magi can be a bit overwhelming at first, the viewer learns about the plot as the story progresses. And there is a lot of depth to this story, from the kingdoms and wars, to the magic, weapons and fighting techniques, or the labyrinths themselves. The way the plot unfolds is not predictable either as the arcs are not a repeated formula like in other shounen (One Piece, Fairy Tail…) and there is not a definite goal either, so the series keeps surprising the viewer as the episodes go by. Another aspect that makes it stand out is the politics and relationships between kingdoms, topics that are often reducted to mere charicatures in shounen.
The characters are very likable, well-written and all them have compelling backstories that are all relevant to the main story. Even if there are many comedic gags (some of them even becoming anime memes), these are all separated from the most serious moments, so it never feels like important situations are taken lightly.
In a story like Magi‘s, the aesthetics and scenery are very important, and A-1 Pictures delivers in that aspect. This is a studio that is known for its appealing colorfulness, and Magi has a very colorful, inviting art style that also works perfectly for more comedic facial expressions. The battles and magical effects look beautiful and most of the scenes feel very atmospheric. The soundtrack by Shiro Sagisu helps give the series its own personality.
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