I hate it. I hate it when anime with potential disappoints me. It’s different when anime I know is bad turn out the way they do. When it comes to promising anime that turns sour is what really irks me. I don’t mean that the anime has a bad ending or something, I mean that there is no ending because the story goes nowhere. Why oh why did Gunjou No Magmel have to be that anime.
Gunjou No Magmel starts out with some potential. You have this huge island appear out of nowhere. Endless adventures and discoveries can be had. The characters are eager to
explore their surroundings as are the viewers. They throw in tidbits of an overarching story that has remnants of Hunter x Hunter or One Piece. Everything was being set up nicely. The first few episodes do a good job at establishing the world with some self contained one off episodes giving this feeling of anticipation that they are going to launch into something big soon. Halfway through the series and they continue to only show self contained one off episodes. Now I’m starting to get a bit worried. Usually by now a story should be established. Despite this red flag I decide to keep going. A few more episodes pass and now I’m starting to get bored. I now have made the stark realization that there is no story and there never will be. I spoke to fast however as Gunjou No Magmel finally got around to having a story by episode 11. Keep in mind this is a 13 episode series. I cannot stand it when an anime with the potential for a good story decides to abandon it outright in favor of filler episodes and then decides to attempt a half ass story at the very end of the series. Now I don’t have a problem with filler episodes. I understand they are integral to long running series. What I do have a problem with is short one cour series where 90% of the show is filler. That is a problem and unfortunately the show has more.
The characters with the exception of one are completely unlikeable. The main character and his loli partner show potential early on but then show their true colors a few episodes in by harassing an innocent store clerk for shits and giggles. Other than those two you have the store clerk who I initially felt sorry for till I found out he was a creepy old pervert. The rest of the cast appear only once or twice for the filler episodes so they aren’t worth digging into. For all the bad characters though there was one good one. A girl who had a positive attitude and was pleasant to look at. Ironically the best episodes were the ones with her in it.
Nothing really special in terms of music nor is the art and animation. It’s decent I suppose. Doesn’t stand out in a good way or bad way.
Gunjou no Magmel will be remembered as the story that went nowhere. An anime with the potential to be interesting and engaging is ignored in favor of bogging down all the airtime with endless filler. Thanks for wasting my time.
The best way to sum up Gunjou no Magmell is that it is a below average series with a weird depiction of the great nation of Australia—me home. We live on gold and diamonds, but it’s a really difficult and dangerous path or process for the toughest of miners to get them. In addition, Australia is known for all sorts of craziest wildlife on the planet. Not only are we home to some of the most dangerous animals—from Sharks to Crocs, but also the most venomous—snakes and creepy crawlies like spiders. In addition, they just happen to be ten times bigger here down under, which
may be abnormal to most foreigners.
A new continent “Magmell” (which is obviously Australia) has been discovered, and it’s full of potential riches and crazy dangerous flora and fauna. That draws fame and fortune-seekers by the droves, and a cottage industry of “Anglers” has arisen to rescue their asses when they get into trouble. Inyou is one such Angeler and lives with his assistant Zero. And this is the story in a nutshell. Adventurers travel to Magmell in hopes of riches and fame, which results in having Inyou and Zero coming in to save them. Think of a “monster-of-the-week” kind of format, with the adventurers themselves, sometimes being the “monster”. There are obvious echoes of the Abyss in the creatures of Magmell, though to even suggest the comparison is grossly unfair to both series, and I can’t help but think of Togashi’s Dark Continent too. It never rouses anything like that level of epic mystery and danger, in a matter of fact, there really isn’t much exploration in Magmell.
Furthermore, there isn’t much exploration into our characters. For almost the entire run, we really don’t know much about them beyond the surface level. It saves this part for the last three episodes (11, 12, 13) and even then, it feels like you still don’t really know them. There things in this world that are really interesting but don’t follow through in explaining it in depth. It introduces things and you have to accept it. Like, Inyou being a “Laktor”, which is someone with the ability to conjure items from his mind into reality—which is clearly very handy but just feels like “get-out-of-jail” card in sticking situations. I think it would be fair to say that the moral palette of Gunjou no Magmell is definitely painted in primary colors. In fact, if “Dororo” is shades of grey, this show is very much black and white, at least so far. But what it lacks in subtlety it makes up for with a certain old-school, Burroughs-esque charm. Although, that charm wears thin by each passing episode.
It’s just too repetitive, the characters are bland, the “bad guys” are one-note, and the dialogue becomes a slog. The only interesting thing I found about Gunjou no Magmell’s production is that it has a rather big-name director in Date Hayato, who’s helmed the likes of Naruto. The staff generally is very experienced and rather good, and when working on the obviously modest budget this show is, that makes a difference. While obviously made on the cheap there are some rather stylish and eye-catching scene compositions and cuts, and no groan-worthy CGI moments. There’s a strong Naruto feeling here generally, with some of the staff—including composer Takanashi Yasuharu working on both series. Consistency issues arise as the series progresses where a lot of still images and pan and zoom become more dominant, and character designs going off-model, but again, that comes from the show being low-rent. Combining this with other issues just makes this show a drag.
Lastly, I want to talk about the “weirdness” I mentioned earlier in my review about Gunjou no Magmell’s (obvious) depiction about Australia. I get the whole thing about making these alien-looking wildlife as enormous as shown as if they were injected with every single anabolic steroid in existence, I get the stereotype of these creatures that look as if they were to be the kind that will kill and eat everything, but what I don’t get is this shows freaking weird depiction of the indigenous people of Australia named “Elin” —and a matter of fact, the story has called these creatures “Aboriginal.” Their appearance is short, dark and alien looking flesh eaters. Seems like the creator of this story just took stereotypes of Australia and its people of the land without doing the proper research. Anyway, this is an easy pass that really doesn’t have much entertainment value.
When I first began this anime, it had piqued my interest from the start just by how much potential it was given by the fascinating setting. A new continent "Magmel" had been discovered, which was full of all kind of varieties of beasts, to dangerous plants and who knows what else could be there. But in fact, the mystic part of it would make it exciting and make you curious about exploring the island and figure out new things as you move on. Of course, also all sorts of people wanted to explore this new continent to gain fame, discover new things that could possibly
make them insanely rich. Here comes the "Angler" whose job is to save those who are stupid enough to get into all kinds of trouble over there. They also possess a really cool power which can pretty much materialize anything. Form simple blocks to something more sophisticated like big mechanic hands, even machinery was an option. It was kind of implied the possibilities where endless. Sadly we never explored it, and it was there from the start with no genuine explanation given.
As you might've noticed by my subtle hints, these possible ideas that could make the anime much more appealing and engaging were just dumped in the trash can and lost all its a mystic vibe in the process. Not to mention, even the character that could offer some form of entertainment. Were used once in their own respective one episode long mini-arc, given some kind of half-assed characterization that didn't do much really. Even then they were an uninteresting and a boring bunch from the start. In the end, they didn't serve any real purpose and just became a means to an end and nothing more. On the other hand, you had Inyou and Zero, who were somewhat amusing but nothing that changed the sad predicament we already were in. The story, in a nutshell, was episodic "monster-of-the-week" format or you could also say it was "which dumb person to save next." In other words, some idiot ventured into Magmell ended up endangering himself or someone else and had to call "Anglers" to rescue them from there. Inyou was one of them, and along with his cute companion Zero, they were up to the task.
However, they also gave us an absurd amount of whacky and useless filler episodes. When we finally got a random villain out of nowhere, he ended up being just plain annoying and nothing special too. It was a depthless effort to try and wrap up the anime, and make the ending give some kind of sense of closure. Most likely also an implication that time wasted up to this point was worth it. But I can assure that's not the case, it ended up being a complete waste of time. The foundation for some nice story-telling was ruined quickly in a matter of three episodes. The first few episodes were somewhat in the clear but were barely hanging on to cliff toward absolute ruin. Art and animation were also average and nothing special in general either. Though, If you want something similar than watch "7seeds" instead, that one was at least entertaining from start to end and had a lot of varieties of characters. Even if the execution and direction for both was undoubtedly a failure. However, stay completely clear from "Gunjou no Magmel," which indeed was a waste of precious hours of my time and thus you can just skip over it altogether.
It's amazing how to pretentious first chapter can be turned into an anime if not bad but neither good in my biggest disappointment of the season. In its first chapter we intend to be animated with a childish touch but with a dark background, good animation, interesting characters with pasts, heartbreaking that would make you think that the real monsters are the same humans, accompanied by a feeling of exploration in a final world full of mysteries and the final result is a childhood anime with humor to rather ungrateful opinion, a generic final that endured a much less tragic ending than the villain of
the first chapter. While the anime has another good thing, it is the opaque by other points, not very good, what could be the rescue of the relationship of Zero with Inyo, but there is a lot to see that relationship progress. All the characters are quite forgettable and if that were not enough, the soundtrack was not much better. It came to the end with the hope that my opinion has changed and that it has been memorable but it was not like
As I said, my biggest disappointment of the season 4/10
I apologize if there is any error in the writing of this review.