Magi The Labyrinth of Magic Episodes 1-13 review by Kavita Rawal.
Magi The Labyrinth of Magic is a new anime that has been recently released, also available on Blu-ray.
This anime is set in a world with regions and and nations that used to live as one, with peace throughout the whole land. Dungeons appear magically throughout the world, if a person captures a dungeon (this is a challenge), they earn power from a magical being called a Djinn. Personally they remind me of big blue genies.
The story follows a young man called Alibaba who meets a young boy called Aladdin. Together they set to conquer a magical dungeon. Becoming friends they realise they still have a lot to learn about each other and what has happened to them in the past. As they discover more about each other they meet others such as Sinbad and Morgiana. Themes like courage, truth and inspiration are apparent within this anime. The story evolves throughout the episodes, yet by the last you still do not know what kind of direction future episodes will lean towards, which keeps you guessing.
Morgiana, being the main female character in Magi is depicted as being strong mentally and physically. It is great to see a female character that does not act like a weakling and does not use her gender as an advantage.
Available with decent dubs although I may not agree with all of their pronunciations. I thought Magi would be pronounced as ‘mage eye’ like a wizard type of character in many role playing games. This is not the case, they pronounce it as “Maggie” which I just could not take seriously throughout all of the episodes, something I may have to get used to unless I switch to the subtitles.
So themed with many of the anime I have previously reviewed, to much of the amusement of the other reviewers, this anime has yet more boobs. It is certainly more discreet and more tasteful than ‘Infinite Stratos’, saying that. I thought I was safe from boobs after episode one and two but then in episode five a Djinn appears with big, giant, blue genie boobs with nipple rings attached by a chain. If I did not think I had seen them all, this certainly put a twist on it. I was repaid later however by Sinbad wearing nothing but a leaf and a six pack, more my cup of tea, even if it is a drawing. Maybe I should just automatically expect boobs in every anime so I am not mentally slapped in the face by them when I do happen to see a pair.
Artwork is done nicely in Magi, some of the evil characters are on the ugly side, if not they are depicted as psychopaths or associated with dark colours on their clothing and aura. This anime has some violence, some of it coming out the blue which you may not expect. I quite liked this aspect as it puts more of an adult twist on the story and it’s not meant to be as cute as some other anime like your typical ‘Pokémon’.
This anime is one to watch if you like action, adventure and magic. The box set ends on a cliffhanger making you want more.