Every Magi fan's favorite OP character Sinbad gets his own series. Being a big fan of Magi myself I was very excited about this.
Fair warning, if you haven't watched Magi, you really won't get the same satisfaction from watching this. I suggest watching the Magi series first before watching this.
It begins with Sinbad's birth. Showing the background story of how Sinbad ends up becoming the swashbuckling man he is in the Magi series. These episodes drew me in right away. If you're a fan of the Magi series you will really enjoy this part. I loved being able to see a baby Sinbad interact with his family and grow into this heroic, lovable teenager. You get to see him conquer his first dungeon and decide that he wants to create his own country and change the world. It leaves you feeling satisfied.
However after the first few episodes it becomes less about Sinbad's character and more about the characters that will end up joining him on his journey.
Don't get me wrong I love the nostalgic feeling of seeing the characters from the Magi series pop up in this series. However, it cuts the character development of Sinbad short. It becomes more focused on the character development of his comrades and how each of them has come to make their decision to join him in his efforts to change the world. The most touching story was Ja'far's. His story and character development really provides those with prior knowledge about his character in the Magi series some interesting insight to when and how his unwavering loyalty began to blossom.
As for the development of Sinbad's character, it continues to stay the same after the beginning episodes for the most part. I understand maybe the creators wanted to keep the image of Sinbad as this all powerful character untarnished, but we didn't even get to see how he discovers the true power of his Djinn.
All we see after the first few episodes is how great Sinbad is and how wonderful he is at everything. I'm ready for his world to be shaken a little. To see him transform into the complex character that he is in the Magi series. Riding the waves between good and evil. Taking the path less travelled on.
Only in the very last episode do we see a small glimpse at an obsessive but mostly motivated look on the face of Sinbad as he contemplates his future. His curiosity about Magis grows intensely in this episode, and you can see in his face he is hungry for more knowledge. It foreshadows a possible adventure where he goes in search of a magi. This leaves a pretty good set up for the next season, which I expect to be a much more exciting season for Sinbad. I foresee some actual character changes and I'll remain hopeful for that.
Even if the focus wasn't really on Sinbad so much as the people joining him on his journey I still enjoyed watching this. Seeing more of the unique world that Magi is set in, and getting to see the origin stories of Sinbad's party has been really great. It's an upbeat adventure and at times you'll find yourself smiling at the silly comedy. All that it is lacking is a bit of depth.
And so ends, one of the most greatest anime of the season. This was rather impressive and the anime does a rather good job at adapting the manga about probably the greatest character in Magi, who is known as Sinbad to a certain degree. In this review, I will try to leave it spoiler free.
The story is brilliant. Depicting the life of probably the strongest living character in Magi. This is a prequel series that shows us the life of Sinbad and his journey to change the world. Such as the struggles that he experiences and the people that he meets to get stronger. The pacing seems rather okay at times, sometimes it does feel a bit rushed, but apart from that I find it easy to get into the mood. I have found the story filled with adventure and comedic aspects that have honestly grabbed me, and have cracked me up.
I enjoyed the art. Not much I can say about it. The characters are drawn rather well. Animation is great.
Having that amazing soundtrack present is what makes me engaged in Sinbad's story. Those opening and ending songs really grab you and make you want to join up with Sinbad as well.
They have managed to grab the same voice actors from the OVA and from the anime adaption, so I would deem this impressive. The characters in this anime feel like they are being voiced according to how they behave. They have such fitting voice actors for their respective characters.
Lets just say that if you want to know more about the characters that Sinbad has worked with then go with the manga as well. You have Sinbad, Yunan, Ja'far, Dragul, Serendine, Badr (Sinbad's father), Esra (Sinbad's Mother), Barbarossa, Mystras, Spartos, Baal, Hinahoho, Pisti, Piprika, Zamil, Tabi etc. All these characters will be expanded on or introduced, the anime has gone through a few and helped set up the cast that Sinbad will be travelling with. Some of that cast has already been shown in the Magi Season 1 and 2 anime adaptions as well. So it would feel rather nostalgic.
I am a major Magi fan. More Magi is never a bad thing. After waiting 2 or so years after the OVA(longer after Season 2), then you can realize how much of an amazing feel this is. This contains probably one of the most interesting characters throughout Magi. Finding out about his adventures and how he became the man that he is now is worth the adventure of watching this series. So, even though I didn't get a certain Fanalis or Magician I can say that I enjoyed the cast that we had and I found them rather hilarious.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. It does seem a bit funny at times, but just wait it will get so much better. Has always the manga is a preferred option, but this adaption is pretty good. The history of Sinbad, Sinbad's friends, family and so on. If you are here to witness who he was as a child, why he became who he is right now and what caused him to become great, then this is the anime for you.
Let us all hope for that Season 2 everyone!read more
When I first saw Magi, I was amazed at the potential of the series with the amazing narrative and world that was created. Unfortunately, the focus of the story for Magi became Alibaba, who I considered the weakest character in the series and then the Genie died and Aladdin was completely overshadowed by Alibaba. Though it was hard to watch with the focus on Alibaba, there was one character in particular who I was always found interesting because of his personality and his multilayered abilities. That character was Sinbad, who is the protagonist of this story, which goes through his life experiences and shows how he got to where he was in Magi. The story takes place throughout various locations where Sinbad and his crew are trying to establish a new country, but they face many difficulties as they try and incorporate other kingdoms into the mix. Sinbad cannot just become a king by fighting, but rather he has to overcome other factors like commerce and trade which is effectively shown while not being over the top. Sinbad is how I think Alibaba should have been rather than the crybaby he turned out to be. (Overall 8/10)read more
I have mixed feelings about the existence of the Anime.
So, as a fan of the Magie series, I am waiting for a third season of Magi... and when I ended the second season and the OVA of Sinbad with 5 episodes came out, I was like: Okay, it's cool, I want to know more about Sinbad and his comerades...
But the 5 episodes did not statisfied me a bit.
So now we have this! Why does it exist? The 5 episodes I have watched (OVA) are in this new Anime plus some other episodes (which are perfect, no doubt).
But why did they not countinued the OVA under the titel of the OVA? Why did they not took out the 5 episodes, which we saw before, and made new content?
What I also must say, before my real review, I am afraid of the relase date of the third season of Magi, because the Sinbad series just had an open ending, which means that the fans want a Continuation ( I want it too! ). But what will happen to Magi?
I am the type of a person which loves historical events, like wars and political issues. In Magi or here in Sinbad also we have countries, wars, alliances and trades. I feel like I have found an Anime which shows me my whole interests in a bundle.
The Art is nothing new. Every other Anime is like that colorful and it remindes me of the Kyoto Animation Animes. So here I am a bit disappointed because it is nothing special.
What I disliked was the jumping between scenes. It was like they forget to show us a scene, when it comes to battle scenes.
The animation was good though.
Just kid Sinbad was really big for a child, it didn't fit in the scenery.
I did not enjoy the opening, not the ending, there is no soundtrack which I can call for.
Nothing special here.
There was a bit too much kitsch in here. Sinbad which babbled too much about friendship. For example the Ja'far scene, where he cried a bit and Sinbad cames and rescued him. It could have been better. But it is okay. I am not complaining much.
Also Magi has many critical points, points which I did not like, but anyways I enjoyed it much, like this Anime. There was just one episode which was totaly needless (Artemyra Arc, when Sinbad got banned and was naked the whole episode).
All in all: 6,4 but I give a 7.
If anime has its own version of Aladdin, it would have be Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. However, peeling away the layers reveals a deeper, interesting exploration into ancient Middle Eastern mythological figures: the djinn.