English: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Japanese: マギ The labyrinth of magic
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2012 to Mar 31, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.151 (scored by 40436 users)
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SynopsisThis story is about the flow of fate and the battle to keep the world on the right path. Aladdin is a boy who has set out to explore the world after being trapped in a room for most of his life. His best friend is a flute with a djinn in it named Ugo. Soon enough, Aladdin discovers he is a Magi, a magician who chooses kings, and he was born to choose kings who will follow the righteous path, battling against those who want to destroy fate. Follow his adventures as he meets others from 1001 Arabian Nights, like Ali Baba and Sinbad, and fights to keep the balance of world in check!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Sequel: Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
Characters & Voice Actors
From someone who has watched countless shounen, it becomes typical to look at a show labelled "shounen", and dismiss it as mundane and cliche. But with every new addition to this vast genre, there are always shows/manga that stick out more than others.
Thankfully, Magi does this.
Story: (9/10) With a setting based on Arabian Nights, you can expect (or at least hope for), a gripping narrative. Thankfully, Magi is structured so that the focus on the two main protagonists (Alibaba and Aladdin) is well orchestrated, and has a unique vibe to it. Alibaba is chosen by Aladdin (A Magi) to become a king. Through this, the story can become very dark and gripping, while not losing the narrative. What differentiates this from other shounen is the political aspect. As a king, you must reign. But how will you do it? Through this question the different nations and factions can interact in a believable environment, without it ever feeling like the author is asking you to pretend they would do that.
Art: (8/10) Most shounens typically fall under long broadcasting widths. While this allows for a developed story, the art tends to suffer long-term. Thankfully the animators have cut the show into a one season arc, while providing room to adapt more chapters if need be. For this reason, the art is well developed. Backgrounds are detailed and varied, with character models being round and developed. There are few jagged edges apparent, which helps realism. The battle scenes don't suffer with still shots (too much), and motion does not degrade the animation. It stays fluid throughout, with the exception of the comedy scenes. Through these, the show takes a different animation style. While humorous in a way, it detracts from the overall value. I don't see the joke through their expressions, but rather, through the goofy way they're drawn.
Sound: (9/10) One of Magi's strong points. Both openings provide a gateway into Arabia, with a melody and vocalist that resemble the middle eastern style. It opens the door to the show, making the transition to background music worthwhile. With this, you experience a variety of festival soundtracks, battle hymns, and adventure tunes. The depth and well execution of sound makes for a more enjoyable watch. This is followed by the endings which slightly devalue the soundtrack. While not bad, they don't carry the show to the end. Had they been chosen better, the desire to continue watching would have been more apparent.
Characters: (10/10) The characters in a show must be well rounded for the plot to work. No matter how great a set piece, it won't work without strong protagonists. And Magi delivers. Alibabba is a naive individual with to much idealism. This pushes the plot forward. Aladdin is a childish yet strangely deep character. His character shifts add emotion to the story. Morgiana is the strong, shackled female who can offer great moments through her actions. This trio has a well-blended bond that works. Their conversations kept me through the show, eager to see how they will handle future situations. The background characters, of which there are to many to name, are stunning. They have unique personalities, and offer believable lines that push the narrative further. Each new individual can hold their own as a main character, and you can care for each one of them. They're so developed you almost want to root for the bad guy.
Enjoyment (9/10) I spent a week watching this show to prepare for the second season. After finishing, I was impatient waiting for season 2. This show was well worth the time put in, and will absolutely have a lasting effect on your view of how a shounen should be.
Overall: (9/10) Magi is a show that should be watched, for it offers a well developed plot that's backed by great sound, art, and characters. For those into shounen, this'll be a guaranteed favorite. For those wanting to get into the genre, it's a good starting point. And for those opposed of the genre, you're missing out. read more
So after much hype from compatriots of mine I finally decided to watch "Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic". My friends who have watched it previously loved it. Praised it even. It quickly become one of their favorite shows, and told me it was fantastic. So did their hype build this show up too high? or Did it achieve what I was told? Well a little of both.
A shounen if I've ever seen one. The story is the usually, a run of the mill group of hero's trying to overcome adversity, and fight against the big bad. It's a formula that most Anime under this genre follow, and that isn't really a bad thing. It's fun, and entertaining. It also has some much needed flare from the addition of using characters from the Arabian Night stories. Sadly being fun doesn't really make it fantastic. Yes I enjoyed my time in this world and enjoyed the adventure, but it just didn't do anything beyond the template. This isn't the worst shounen I've ever seen (I'm looking at you Naruto), but it certainly isn't the best. Besides being generic, it also was plagued with some pacing problems. Some of the arc's lasted way to long. I should also note the thick level of cheese in some of the more "emotional" scenes. The sound designer blared away a lot of the tragedy or serious nature of these scenes with some overbearing music (more on that later).
It isn't gonna win any awards for it's art assets, but they were good for what it was. The show was filled with bright vibrant environments, and wonderfully designed characters. Some of the CG here and there was shotty, but besides that nothing to really complain about.
Usually the OST to shows don't bug me. I either love them or just shrug, but this was pretty bad. Sometimes less is more, and I don't think the director understood that. When something serious or tragic is happening I want to be able to be taken by the moment. Usually music in any medium adds to the characters and the situation, but not here. For instance in one scene their was something that was meant to be really heartwarming and serious, but this freaking "heroic" trumpet comes in and smashed the scene all together. It was just over bearing, and made something sad into a cheese fest. The only reason that this score isn't much lower is because some tunes were alright, and the voice acting was fair. But my god I hate it when something takes me out of a story like that.
Quite the lovely ensemble of heroes. Now I assume as the story continues this score will go up. Since this isn't the complete tale there are obviously some characters that aren't fully developed or realized. The ones that we currently have are all fairly enjoyable. Alibaba and Aladdin are fantastic. Oh and Sinbad is fabulous, and a God among men. I could use a little more from Morgiana, but she was still alright. Now for the main problem I had with the characters. The villains were so meh, besides the wonderful midriff Magi known as Judal they just didn't do much. I know they will probably go into more detail about them as the story moves forward, but as of right now the whole "evil organization" thing is pretty lame.
The more I think about it the more I actually liked the show. Even tho some parts made me question "why this arc was lasting 7 episodes?" or turning to my brother and saying "Yo look at that ass pull" I still had a ton of fun.
Though it wasn't as good as my friends made it out to be "Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic" was still a fun ride. If you like shounens then I suggest giving this one a shot. If they aren't really your thing, but are just looking for some fun in the Arabian sun then I would also say go for it. Although it had some short comings and pretty horrid sound track, Magi's loveable cast of characters and entertaining world help make this adventure one worth going on. read more
Both series look like light comedy/action at first yet both end up having much deeper and darker stories.
Despite it's bright colours, some dark themes get explored and both series are not afraid to kill people here and there.
They all have young main characters who are set on adventure where they meet a lot of new people and friends.
Gon and Aladin are a lot a like their both really sweet and energetic. They both make a lot of different friends and start an adventure looking for someone. Gon looking for his dad and Aladin looking for other dijinn's. There both really fun to watch.
Both series seem to be simply an adventure of a young cheerful boy with his friends, but contain surprisingly dark elements. They are still overall happy and uplifting though. Magic occurs in both animes in a similar way.
Both are enjoyable shounen titles that don't take on the generic approach. Both have action and adventure in their genre. Worth watching for anyone who wants to watch a good shounen along the lines of FMA Brotherhood and Rurouni Kenshin.
Both Magi and Hunter x Hunter features shounen battles that tests the strengths of the main protagonists. The main characters from both series also has their own goals and ambitions. They train their skills throughout the series and becomes stronger through battles against various adversaries they encounter.
Both series also has criminal organizations, dark secrets, and other various conflicts that tests the main male protagonists' wits. Hunter x Hunter contains more darker theme but both series has emotional factors that surfaces throughout various episodes.
Aladdin and Gon are also somewhat similar with their personality and eager to help others in need. They also learn and control their powers throughout the series to learn how to use them.
Unlike many shounen action shows, neither of these has much comedy and instead focuses more on ethics and training in a more serious way. Despite the characters being fairly young, they are very mature for their age.
Shounen. Both main characters are young boys that go on an adventure to achieve their dreams. Both anime's have a funny cast of characters and good fight scenes. Well animated.
Both of the main protagonists are young inspired boys. Both characters Gon and Aladdin show improvement, and they make people around them really happy.
There are also similarities such as the Hunter test being a challenge and the dungeons in Magi that are basically tests to find kings.
The quality of both shows are similar and so is the art style.
If you like Hunter x Hunter (2011) then you would love Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, and if you read the manga's you will see that there are some similarities such as war against 2 species and the wars of countries and kings.
Both have: - Endless adventure based on the nakama powah and fights plus power upgrades. - A group of friends with powers with similar personalities (Ali/Natsu= energetic guy plus comic relief that gets fired up when its needed; Alladin/Wendy plus Lucy=A blue haired kid that seems weak but its not and its main goal is to make friends/ and is capable of summoning a helper(Genie/key spirit); Morgiana/Erza= serious and strong, fights like hell and has a tragic past related to slavery and bullying; Sinbad/Gray: Likes to strip a lot; Kougyoku/Juvia: has a crush on the guy that likes to strip and has the power of water, also suffers from a drastic personality change when is fighting and in the beginning is from the "enemy side".
- One of the antagonists has the power of thunder.
- Enemies becoming friends/Friends becoming enemies If you like one you´ll definitely enjoy the other;)
Both have to do with mages/magic. Both have main characters that have high morals and there's a huge comradery theme throughout. Both have plenty of comedy, but they get serious when they need to. Both are a lot of FUN to watch.
Both are based on Manga that are worth reading, especially if you like the anime adaptations. Both are must sees, and I can't imagine liking one but not the other. They are based on different historical themes, but they are both character driven with a bigger story that unravels as time goes on.
Magi is a little more serious and done a little better than Fairy Tail, but both are MUST SEE anime.
Seeing the first chapters of magi is a lot like me to Fairy tail, as the characters meet and know each other and the strong relationship of friendship between them, also the storyline and adventure but will have some differences, it's obvious!!
Both have the use of magic. Both cast's take adventures through the story. Each main cast has likable characters with a good back story. You get the same Fairy Tail vibe when watching Magi and vise versa.
Opening Theme#1: "V.I.P" by SID (eps 1-12)
#2: "Matataku Hoshi no Shita de (瞬く星の下で)" by Porno Graffitti (eps 13-24)
Ending Theme#1: "Yubi Bouenkyou (指望遠鏡)" by Nogizaka 46 (eps 1-12)
#2: "The Bravery" by supercell (eps 13-24)
#3: "Matataku Hoshi no Shita de (瞬く星の下で)" by Porno Graffitti (ep 25)
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