Magical shota is back to save the world!
|Yaaaay! Magi is back! I can’t quite remember where the anime left off in the first season, but there are some really interesting arcs coming up. Many thanks to anaaga for letting blog first impressions with her (and for introducing me to this series in general~)|
|Oh god, Magi is finally here after one season of break. It’s been a while since I caught up with Magi manga, but one thing for sure is how fabulous, bittersweet, and heartbreaking Magnostadt Arc is. Now let’s see if my emotion will be able to hold itself back.|
There is something hidden beneath this warm smile (except Daisuke Ono)
Even after a break for a season, Sinbad’s personality is still manipulative as ever. He obviously wants Aladdin for his kingdom’s Magi. If he has a Magi, I’m sure that his country will improve in many factors, economically or not. Actually having a Magi would benefit him greatly at attacking the Kou Empire. I don’t mind if he wants to have a Magi, and I’m sure Aladdin won’t either. It’s just that his approach is not the best kind of method to “have” Aladdin since he wants to have Aladdin under the pretense of “friendship” and “guidance.” Now Aladdin knows what Sinbad wants, but does the Kou princess (I think her name is Ren?) knows? Sinbad is obviously trying to gain her favor and “taking her hostage” (in a way) by approaching her romantically. Though I can understand why Sinbad is doing this, I’m sure that this won’t slip easily. His hidden agenda will be revealed sooner or later, and when this happens, many people will be hurt emotionally and physically. Now let’s see whether Sinbad can bear that kind of burden when it happens.
Magnostadt Calling Aladdin
So if you couldn’t tell already from all of the emphasis put on it this episode, the country of Magnostadt has a huge mystery behind it. It screwed over Dunya, Yamraiha completely defected, Aladdin keeps finding a bunch of clues that the country isn’t as nice as it seems, and even Sinbad wants him to check things out. …And if you couldn’t tell from the fact that Aladdin looks like he’s dressed to go to Hogwarts in various scenes this first episode, he’s going there to study and see what exactly is going on (though not specifically for Sinbad). Plus it’s pretty important that he learns magic, since Judal beat him pretty soundly in the fight they had when Ugo was still around. Actually, that very first scene in this episode was kind of odd in the fact that it doesn’t happen until the end of the Magnostadt arc. It didn’t really spoil too much, but I guess they just wanted to show off Aladdin’s insane power levels. He has a lot of growth in the upcoming arc, so that will be fun to watch.
This joy won’t last forever
So as Aladdin stated at the end, he’s going on a journey. Alone. Which is almost completely new for this series, since he and Alibaba (and eventually, Mor) have pretty much done everything together up until this point. Or if Aladdin was on his own, he had every intent to find Alibaba again. But this is his decision on what the next best step to take is, and he has his mind made up. It’s interesting to note that Aladdin doesn’t have any intentions (yet, at least) on officially supporting Sinbad’s country as their Magi. Sinbad hasn’t done anything overly wrong or evil per se, and he’s helped the trio a lot over the course of the series, but Aladdin’s gratitude is different than his responsibilities as a Magi. The kid has a good head on his shoulders, his perverted tendencies aside.
How to Impress a Chick:
I didn’t realize how much I missed Magi until I saw this episode. I could have sworn that the story was further along than this when the anime ended off, but maybe that’s because the anime changed a whole bunch of plot things at the end and then straightened them out on the very last episode. Anyways, this first episode of season 2 was great. It reintroduced the plot a bit, and I guess with the beginning scene that they threw in there with no warning, this had some nice action as well. …Though with the introduction of the Magi combined with the OP, things were pretty spoiler-ish as to who the other Magi are and who they’ll be meeting this season. I guess having it not be a mystery doesn’t really change anything, but they definitely could have been more subtle about it. Though I still look forward to watching this season~
I don’t have much to say except that I am satisfied with the premiere. I was worried about it at first because of how the first season ended, but it seems that I was worried for nothing. The premiere started splendidly with one of the climaxes of Magnostadt Arc, making the curious audience even more curious. It’s definitely a good strategy to catch the audience’s interest. After the interesting prologue, the audience is bought to the world in Magi by presenting one of the most entertaining things in Magi (which is the Arab-ish world) while reintroducing the characters at the same time. Then BAM! The anime goes straight with the main plot and darker aspects in Magi. Though I already know how the story is going to be /prepare a stack of tissue/, but the premiere did a good job at bringing out the interesting points of Magi while refreshing the old fans’ memories. I keep forgetting how good this series is. At least, so far. Anyway, now that the basic has been laid out, let’s see how the three are going to continue their adventure~
Preview: Magi characters decided to cosplay once in a while