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: 8.191 (scored by 48966 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
Spin-off: Magi: Sinbad no Bouken
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
This anime doesn't seem to be all that original or impressive at first come first serve, but as it goes on, it begins to show it's true brilliant colors.
Story: 8/10 This anime isn't like the 1001 Arabian Night's tales. Magi basically centers around these two guys named Aladdin and Alibaba.The duo travel around the world trying to discover the mysteries behind the existence of Magi, the government of various kingdoms, and the dungeons that are brought up by them. Early on, they encounter Morgiana, a slave who possesses innate strength, and they become friends. This isn't one of those shonen anime that is blabbing about friendship most of the time. This anime is pretty much a canvas with many colors. It basically takes place during times of war, chaos, and uncertainty. The rise of dungeons and the fall of empires and the adventures along side the destruction and chaos. You pretty much get everything you could from this anime; good drama, good fights, and good comedy.
Art: 8/10 The art is good. The animation is pretty good. All the details and the supernatural techniques and transformations are pretty well detailed. It's a colorful set, but in a good way. The color design is pretty well laid out; nothing looked idiotic on the show, everything blended in naturally.
Sound: 9/10 The voice actors did an amazing job with this show. The OSTs are extremely memorable, dynamic, and just epic; especially the battle ones. The Opening and Endings are pretty catchy and upbeat.
Character: 9/10 The characters, you just get invested in them immediately. The main character is not really as interesting as Alibaba and Morgiana. Regardless, his growth throughout the anime is really something worth watching. All of the side characters are likable and their presence in the story just makes the anime all the more great.
Enjoyment 9/10. The first half of the anime, I didn't mind the alterations made from the manga, since I felt that they made the anime all the more better and made it deviate away from frivolous parts of the manga. The arcs were extraordinary and just amazing to see; especially the Balbadd Arc. I enjoyed the anime up until the later half. The main issue with the anime is that it was rushed and the ending was changed for the worse. Using about 5-6 chapters per episode allows for a lot of progress, but it didn't give me enough time to actually feel that much for supporting cast members. The ending, was nothing too terrible, but it's just how they altered the events so much that disappointing me. It kinda felt like the story line got diverted and the main points made in the anime early on, were lied about in a sense that they were contradicted and made to look foolish.
Overall 8/10 Even with the flaws, this is a pretty solid anime with lots of laughs and tears in it. It's not the type of anime that is all action and no character development. It is much more than that, and is was a pleasure watching this every week. I would definitely recommend this.
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 series feature two prominent characters who are close to one another and always looking after one another's well being. The both of them go on a form of journey to fulfill their goals while the same time helping others. It brings them for a journey and gives them new hope for the world that they live in and the ideas they embrace. Throughout their journey to achieve their goals, they learn new things while making both friends/enemies/and other people of interest.
Both series have many funny dialogues but at the same time have emotions, drama, and bits of violence. The battles that the two main protagonists stars in are also portrayed as being shounen, with the supernatural bits added to it.
Both series feature different settings but have a similar feeling to them. Additionally, there is also a prominent female character that aids the protagonists in various circumstances along the way, as well as other prominent supporting characters.
Both series also deal with other issues that includes politics, power, dominance, and events from the past.
I really can't say much, this anime just started, it's just it gives me the same feeling has Full Metal, the drama, the comedy, action, fighting scenes. Both the stories are so well structured(even tough Magi may start to defer from the manga) no loose ends, it's just like Full Metal but with a different story but with the same ambiance, the fact that it isn't uncensored is one of the good similarities.
I know some of you might not share the same opinion, but the fact that I made this recommendation just demonstrates that for me at least they might be masterpieces worth watching.
Magi and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood follow young men in pursuit of a seemingly impossible goal. While Edward and Al are on a journey to find the Philosopher stone to gain back what they lost, Aladdin fights to protect the flow of fate and the balance of the world. Both are blessed with unimaginable talent and potential. Although they start out powerless, they grow through each battle and each new encounter; gaining new friends and enemies along the way.
Both anime have similar themes and feel to them. The coming of age is a major theme in both as well as the importance of friendship. Though they give the initial impression of being light and whimsical in tone, they can also be quite dark and gritty; exploring various mature issues including slavery, politics, and even death.
Although these are both considered shounen, they target a more mature audience. The childlike innocence of both protagonists coupled with the humour will at times contrast with the dark, corrupt reality they were thrust upon. Yet for the most part, both series still retain their lightheartedness and find a fine balance between them.
They both break the norm of a typical shounen and can be best summed up with one word - epic.
These shows are pretty similar. Both deal with complex moral issues while both protagonist inhabit a world which is slowly being corrupted. Even the art styles and the way characters are drawn are very similar. If you enjoyed either series you should watch the other.
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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