German attire from circa 1935
“Niggard.” — Inyou
I did nazi that coming.
Ever since the days of Lewis and Clark traveling towards the Pacific ocean to partake in as much Native pungtang as they could handle, exploration has been a human fascination. Anime being no exception. Shows like Hunter x Hunter, Made in Abyss, and The Twelve Kingdoms demonstrate the appeal of an adventure in uncharted territories. The latest iteration of this theme, Gunjou no Magmel (Magmel of the Sea Blue), treads a similar path to its forerunners, albeit in a less ambitious, banal fashion. But why does Gunjou no Magmel underachieve?
episode begins with a new character seeking the aid of an “angler” — a search and rescue specialist in Magmel. Inyou, an aforementioned “angler,” possess a wealth of knowledge concerning the cryptic continent, and impressive magical abilities to boot. However, as opposed to traversing the expansive landscape it conceived for itself, significant portions of Gunjou no Magmel are dedicated toward emotional anguish. This is expected of an environment with immensely powerful creatures. But with the allocation of one episode per individual, the ‘poignant’ stories never blossom as intended. Simply put, the rapid pace hinders the emotional impact it attempted to deliver.
Furthermore, the juxtaposition between the high octane action and methodical somberness did not meld well. Full Metal Alchemist pulled off this tenuous dynamic, but had the benefit of 51 episodes to coax the optimal engagement from the viewer. Unfortunately for Gunjou no Magmel, with only thirteen episodes to work with, the characters fly by without impacting the viewer. As for the two recurring characters, Inyou and Zero, they are archetypal ‘stand-ins’ that yield nothing of consequence. Inyou is an invincible anti-hero who acts supremely confident and spouts useless platitudes to feign intelligence. And Zero is a girl who feels inadequate because her bust is….well, inadequate. Also, they both enjoy pudding. Yet when food preferences serve as characterization, then the writing staff needs to reconsider their priorities.
The action sequences are devoid of tension, along with energy. The Godzilla-like monster in episode two moved at a snail’s pace. Sure, he tossed boulders like baseballs. But the climatic battle did not live up to the expectations. As was the case with the other battles, thus far. Zapping the only potential Gujou no Magmel had at delighting the viewer.
Gunjou no Magmel is without a doubt one of the most underrated animes this season. I feel like not enough people are talking about it, and that leads me to writing this review.
After reading the synopsis and looking at the front cover art for this anime, led me to having some quite low expectations, but boy I was wrong. After watching the first episode, my impressions for this anime changed immediatley and to be fair, it reminded me a lot of "Made in Abyss" (my favorite anime of all times) except this time with an OP MC.
The story for this anime is pretty solid
(even though it may get repetitive). I personally am a huge fan of mysterious worlds filled with potential to explore, and I believe that this is the main feature that got me hooked on this anime in the first place. I also enjoy the "dark" aspect of this show, which just adds an extra enjoyment level to the show.
The art and sound is also pretty good. I really enjoyed the opening art style and I loved the ending song even more. Sadly, I don't believe the OST is as "remarkable" or "good" as all the other animes out there, but that is one of the only negatives that I could spot in this anime.
The characters in Gunjou no Magmel are also all quite unique and filled with mysteries of their own, and this is something I'm really eager to uncover.
Overall, I'm giving this anime a solid 7/10 <3
First of all: this anime isn't for everyone. What I mean is, this anime has a very unique way of presenting their plot that a lot of people may not like. It doesn't seem to have any actual plot line, and has a lot less action than one would think. In a sense, it's a lot like Gintama or SKET dance, where the story focuses on the MC and helping different people with their problem every episode. But what makes Magmel of the Blue stand out is that it is NOT a comedy: it is a action drama that looks at various moral and ethical
problems rather than the 'go defeat this monster for me' norm.
Story 7: While this may prove to change in the later episodes, there are currently no specific plot lines. It jumps from one character to another and focuses on a specific aspect of their problem. IMO, Magmel of the Blue does it pretty successfully, albeit with a few problems.
Art 9: The opening sequence was beautifully executed, and the art really brings out the fantastical element of the new continent. Sometimes you might forget that the MC still lives in a basically modern-day city.
Sound 9: The OST brings out the right feels, nothing much else to say.
Character 6: Probably the biggest problem with the anime. Every character seems to be generic stereotypes of themselves. Hell, the monsters have more diverse personalities than the characters.
Enjoyment 8: Being a die-hard Gintama fan, it's hard for me not to enjoy it.
Overall 8: While not the best anime of the season, it's still a good show that's worth giving a shot.
This anime is really bad wherein the trailer and cover will give you a shonen, action or worth story but its not. Theres no plotline and each episode seems a story of its own. The first episode will give a misleading overall story. The character development is really dreadful and theres really no progression. By that i mean you can't really relate to the characters.
There are scene where the a lot of thing left unexplained or maybe it just me. The anime seems trying to establish a plot by having some flashbacks of the MCs life but it doesn't really contribute or help to
what the anime is trying.
The art is good like what all anime this season. Oh, the music also give a misleading vibe like a serious tone but the scene itself is not really like that.
Overall, don't watch the anime. The art might strike as interesting anime but the story is in all time low. You can't really understand what is MCs purpose, what his goal or it doesn't give a vibe that at the end something worthwhile will happen to him. Watch at your own discretion.