English: Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
Synonyms: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic 2
Japanese: マギ The kingdom of magic
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2013 to Mar 30, 2014
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.591 (scored by 50869 users)
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SynopsisAladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana's adventures continue in the magical Kingdom of Magnostadt, a country ruled by magicians, and the Reim Empire, which is protected by the Magi Scheherazade.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Prequel: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Characters & Voice Actors
Note: I'm writing this review under the assumption that you've seen Labyrinth of Magic (the first season), so if you haven't, I'd suggest watching that first and then reading this review. There will be minor spoilers from the first season. You have been warned.
Kingdom of Magic had a better story than Labyrinth of Magic in my opinion. Labyrinth of Magic had an arc-based storyline where it was established by definitive arcs (the order being the beginning arc, separation, Balbadd, Sindria, and Zagan) that had some connection to each other, but were mostly standalone. There was some progression from one to the next (characters and character development), but overall there was a disconnect.
Kingdom of Magic, on the other hand, has an overarching story that isn't as clearly defined by arcs, so it's much harder to tell where they end and begin. Or, from the manga standpoint, Kingdom of Magic covers the Magnostadt arc (which is one really long arc) as well as all the mini-arcs leading up to it.
Similarly to Labyrinth of Magic, this show starts off fairly lighthearted, but soon takes a turn for the darker. However, this show got much darker than Labyrinth of Magic did, and I was surprised at the degree to which it did get dark. We're introduced to a corrupt government, the struggle to want to be human, what the concept of humanity really means, and many more ideas.
So when I started Kingdom of Magic, I was expecting the same type of narrative as the first season, but I was pleasantly surprised by how seriously the show took itself and how much worldbuilding was established.
This show also introduced the concept of Djinn Equip (which was only barely introduced in the first season), which essentially lets people with Metal Vessels undergo a magical girl-type transformation where their hair, clothes, and weapons are upgraded for a limited time. I thought that it was awesome to see the characters basically get ubered-up to fight large-scale battles, which actually served more of a purpose in the story than just for the sake of showing the audience epic battle sequences.
The only real problem I have with the story was that, with so many characters, not enough time was given to explain what each of the characters were doing while separated from each other. Aladdin's story was explained in depth, but the same luxury was not given to Alibaba or Morgiana. Alibaba at least got two episodes detailing what he was doing, but I still would've liked to see him studying, fighting, or learning to use his Djinn Equip. And Morgiana? We get about two-thirds of an episode describing her adventures and we're left with a lot of questions about what happened. I was hoping for at least a brief summary, but we get nothing.
And that's mostly due to the 25-episode constraint. There's only so much time to detail characters' adventures. So while I'm disappointed that Alibaba and Morgiana didn't get enough screentime during their adventures, I can understand it.
Another minor issue I have with the story is the comic relief. I felt that a lot of times it was rather a moodkiller, and I didn't like how the chibi characters were drawn. It made me rather uncomfortable to be watching a serious part of the show and then suddenly cheap jokes were cracked. It wasn't totally irredeemable, but it wasn't exactly pleasant to watch either.
One of the things I especially liked about the story, however, is that the show opens with a scene from one of the final episodes completely out of context. It leads you to make an assumption about where the characters are going to go, but once you actually get to that scene in order, you realize that you were dead wrong. I think that was a nice choice of placement, since I personally was wondering what was going to come out of that confusing scene for practically the whole show.
The colors are bright and lively, the character designs are stunningly detailed, the animation is on point as always, and there's subtle CGI at a couple of points. Nothing majorly bad happening.
The only real issue I had with the art is what I mentioned earlier, how the characters would go chibi for comic relief and frankly look rather grotesque. I spent those moments hoping that they would snap out of it soon (I couldn't close my eyes since I was reading subtitles).
No complaints here. The OP's were good. Not anything amazing or legendary, but they were good and always got me pumped for the episode (however, I thoroughly enjoyed the sequences for both).
The ED's are another story though. Not only were the sequences awesome and tear-inducing, the songs themselves were really good. The first ED carried a kind of nostalgic tone to it, amplified by the montage of stills from the first season. The second ED started off echoey and dark, and while I didn't like it as much when it kicked up into a strong beat, it's still my favorite of the ED's.
The only thing I would give as far as an issue is that sometimes the background music was kind of quiet, which is a bit of a shame since it's so awesome and captures the typical Arabian feel.
On the voice acting end, this season has not yet received a dub, so I watched it subbed, complete with Netflix's garbage subtitles. I'm not that good a judge of Japanese voice acting, but I didn't notice any big problems going on. I loved Yuki Kaji's performance as Alibaba, and I think he does a great job no matter which character he's voicing, so I think he was the standout for me.
The characters were awesome this season. When the show took a turn for the darker, the characters developed and changed along with it, and I really liked it. There was a lot of development happening (particularly among the new characters) and it was handled well considering the vast amount of characters in Magi.
Aladdin especially changed a lot through the show, and we get to see more of his backstory as well as what's happening to him at the time the show takes place.
One of the problems I did have was that since this season introduced so many new characters, a lot of the characters from Labyrinth of Magic took a backseat. It's a nice thing to hand over the spotlight to some of the newcomers, but I felt kind of underwhelmed since a lot of characters with a large presence (such as Sinbad) didn't appear as much as they should have. But that's also due to the fact that Magi has a ton of characters interacting and developing simultaneously, so some of the older characters have to step back a bit.
Another problem is that since some of the older characters get less screentime due to the new characters, a lot of development seemingly takes place offscreen. I already mentioned this with Alibaba and Morgiana, and it's even more apparent with Hakuryu. He isn't present for a large chunk of the show, and when he does reappear, he's changed a lot and it isn't explained. I was left painfully in the dark, and since it doesn't look like we'll get a third season, probably the only way I'll get an explanation for that is by reading the manga.
Once again, the problems are due to the short amount of episodes and are therefore pretty much unavoidable.
Overall I really liked a lot of the new characters, and they made me feel for them, and cry over them when it came to that.
I marathoned this show in two days because Netflix had just put the whole show up, and I had already seen Labyrinth of Magic, so I was able to speed through Kingdom of Magic really quickly. It kept me glued the whole way through, and I definitely shed many tears in the episodes leading up to the ending, as well as the ending itself.
While I did have issues with the moodkilling comic relief moments, the discomfort it caused me wasn't enough to impact my overall enjoyment.
Some issues and hanging questions, mostly due to the constraint of 25 episodes, but even accounting for those it's a really solid show and impressed me time and time again with the depth of the narrative, the dynamic and varied characters, and the awesome animation.
So if you're still reading this and you haven't seen Labyrinth of Magic, go watch it, and then watch Kingdom of Magic. Magi is overall a really solid and important show that tends to get overlooked, which is a shame since it's so good. read more
How are you feeling today? Upbeat? Or perhaps a little down? Maybe you've had a long day at work and you just want an anime to take your mind off things. Well, grab your cup of tea and look no further my friend - Magi: The Kingdom of Magic is the anime you've been searching for!
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic has everything you look for in an anime. Pleasing sounds (not in a dirty way!), bright (pun intended) characters who develop nicely throughout the duration of the anime and beautiful art. The characters are interesting, have depth and will make you feel for them, so prepare for a little emotional tug! A little bit of humour helps compliment the slower aspects of the story, and ensures theres never a dull moment - however, if you lack a funny bone you may find an early episode here and there a tad slow. But don't stop, because things get fast, fascinating and ferocious and before you know it you'll be looking at the screen like it's the last piece of chocolate cake on earth...What? You don't like chocolate cake? What's wrong with you!?
Now. You may be thinking, "Great! Time to go watch!" But wait. I promise I won't overwhelm you with 2,000 words of ramble. But there is a little more you should know...
Firstly, don't be retarded like me and at least be aware of the prequel, 'Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic' before you start. I was not, and felt really overwhelmed at the beginning of the anime, with thoughts running through my head such as, "wow, whoever wrote this expects us to understand this new world instantly", "So. Many. New. Characters" and my personal favourite thought, "I'm not quite sure what's happening right now...but it's cool!" Long story short, maybe watch the prequel first...but I didn't so I can't really talk. If you choose not to don't worry, you will catch on and you will still love this anime, as I did.
Secondly, have faith in the plot! I was wondering how a meaningful ending was going to ensure around the episode 12 mark, but just know you won't be disappointed and that things ramp up fast! That's not to say the first episodes were meaningless or unrelated, so don't skip them or you may be confuzzled.
Lastly, why are you still here! Go watch it. Now! (And thank you very much for reading my review, I know it's a bit out there but I wanted to make it fun!)
Both deal with Magic and the whole idea of comrades. Once you get into the stories, you'd find the humor quite similar as well.
Magi has less comedy than FT but bot are similar because of the personality of the characters in both shows and the setting is fairly similar too..
Both have a small number of main characters, but the show includes a wide range of other interesting characters. Magic are in both and I relly enjoy the magic-based stories. They could both also be considered adventure animes. ^^
in magic and adventure these two have got quite same feelings
Both animes have similar genres: comedy, adventura, drama; plus both are shonen. Also they both have similar atmospheres, the story revolves around wizards and people who use magic and these are surrounded by friends who accompany the various adventures in history. In Magi there is no guilds, but in both series the main characters struggle to fulfill their dreams and defeat multiple enemies at once. Also in both series a lot of action and great magical battles.
In both series, openings are great, with plenty of action and are attached to the saga in which the series progresses.
Another similarity is that we found that the main characters in the two series are quite strong but at the same time quite funny and have a sad past, which adds to the series, drama and comedy.
Also I have to admit that Fairy Tail is longer and better than Magi, in my opinion, because even though it seems that Magi is not over, the characters in Fairy Tail have more charisma than Magi and they are more linked together.
Although both are really good animes are similar and quite recommended.
Opening Theme#1: "ANNIVERSARY" by SID (eps 1-13)
#2: "Hikari (光-HIKARI-)" by ViViD (eps 14-24)
Ending Theme#1: "Eden (エデン)" by Aqua Timez (eps 1-13)
#2: "With You/With Me" by 9nine (eps 14-25)
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