Not so long ago, mysterious structures called Dungeons began appearing all over the world. No one knows what they are or how they came to be, but adventurers and armies around the world instantly took interest in them. Thousands set out to explore the Dungeons, but so far, not a single person has returned.
In a Parthevian port, a young boy is about to make a name for himself. Sinbad is good-natured, strong, and craving adventure. A kind deed leads to his meeting with Yunan, an enigmatic traveler who is far more powerful than his frivolous personality lets on. Yunan instructs Sinbad to attain the "power of the king" and change the world—by conquering a Dungeon. The eager boy readily accepts, setting out on the grand adventure he so craved.
Taking place 15 years before the events of the original series, Magi: Sinbad no Bouken chronicles Sinbad's youth as a Dungeon conqueror. Along the way, the budding adventurer and merchant will have to face many obstacles, but anything is possible with the power of a king.
I loved this series. It's a prequel to Magi. After I finished this and finished Magi & the Magi manga I started the AoS manga. OMG it's so good. I couldn't stop reading it. It even got me excited just to read it. It takes a lot to excite me, especially when it comes to reading anything. Shinobu is a writing genius. AoS and Magi are perfection when it comes to writing. This story is so unique and I love the Arabic theme and how it ties into ancient history. I love this story so much and the characters. Especially Ja'far and Sinbad. Ja'far does
a complete 180 character change. It's so great to see
Sinbad no Bouken gives insight into Sinbad’s past. When Sinbad was a young child, his father, Badr, fought in the war for their country, Partevia, and ended up losing his leg. Sinbad’s father was a generous kind man who wanted little other than his family’s (Sinbad and Sinbad’s mother) safety and wellbeing.
Plot – 9/10
But the war did not really end there as there was a short false time of peace after which life got even harder on the people of Partevia and they had to give up their ships, services, and food for the army. Not going along with these things, Sinbad’s father was considered
an expatriate (basically the worst thing you could be called). After that things start getting worse for them, but since there only four chapters so far, I won’t give away anything else.
EDIT: I recently read chapters 5 and 6 so I decided to update this a little since it's so short anyway ans talking about the plot of these chapter won't really spoil anything for later ones (but this is probably all I'll update this review). Having now skipped ahead to when Sinbad is, the story continues as Sinbad, now a hardwoking boy of 14 years old, encounters Yunan, a mysterious traveler who just so happened to be sleeping in a barrel of fruit when Sinbad met him. Yunan vows to guide Sinbad after Sin's sick mother asks him to take of the boy.
Art – 9/10
The art is just like in Magi, and it is does a good job of conveying the entire range of emotions in this short manga which as a good mix of drama and comedy. Sinbad as a child is very adorable of course. There isn’t much detail in the scenery because they never really leave the small village that the story takes place in so far.
Characters – 10/10
I found Sinbad’s father to be one of my favorite characters in all of Magi, not just this short backstory. I related him somewhat to Akio from Clannad and I think he’s one of the best fathers I’ve ever seen in anime. Sinbad’s mom is not very interesting, but Sinbad as a child is also interesting. It’s fun to watch as Sinbad’s enthusiasm about the world outside of his small village grows so quickly and the bond between him and his father just makes this manga truly great even with how short it is. Since the manga only goes until Sinbad is 5 years old before showing that it will skip to when he is 14 in the next chapter, not many characters are included in it yet.
EDIT for 5 and 6: Yunan is a character who not much is known about yet (though a little more is said about him in the Labyrinth of Magic). He's a traveler who Sinbad lets stay at his house. Yunan seems like kind of boring character at the moment so I hope as the story goes along, the author explores more into him and makes him a better characters overall.
Enjoyment – 9/10
As more chapters come out this number may go up to a 10/10 (I’ll update it if I change my mind about anything later). Still the bond between Sinbad and his father was my favorite part of this story. It’s just something that you don’t get to see very often in a story (as I mentioned before Clannad may be the only other story like it with such an exceptional bond between parent and child that I can think of).
Magi: Sinbad no Bouken is a prequel to the Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. It pulls the focus away from Aladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana. However, don't fret. This prequel is very interesting!
Story - 9
The story focuses on Sinbad's past prior to being the bad ass that he is in the Labyrinth of Magic. The manga isn't complete and has only gone far enough to show his first dungeon conquest and his meeting with a familiar named person that allies him in the sequels. I really can't give a good rating on the story since only 11 chapters have been released, but when a manga has
me hooked, I believe it deserves a 9.
I really like Magi's art. It's a shounen that's a little bloodier than most shounens and I really like the way the mangaka draws the eyes of the characters.
I hate Sinbad. I hate how powerful he is. I hate how he steals the spotlight. I hate how he saves the day instead of Alibaba. Am I jealous? Yes. Although, as much as I hate him in the sequels, his character in this manga is amazing and incredibly likeable.
If you are a fan of Magi, read this. I'd say that this is even better than the sequels.
Sinbad no bouken is a spinoff from Magi with it's main character being the favorite OP king of most fans: Sinbad. The story will tell you about his life and the hardships he has gone through to become king.
The story starts with Sinbad's early childhood in Parthevia. His father was a soldier, but he has started to neglect his duties (he lost a leg, don't blame the guy for being unable to fullfill his duties to his country). Pretty quick there's a timeskip and Sinbad is 14 years old. He's recruited by Dragul, soon nicknamed Drakon, to join his army and help capture the
first dungeon. But Sinbad is stubborn as his father thaught him and the whole village war is something horrible. With the help of our Magi friend Yunan Sinbad goes to the dungeon on his own and his adventure starts, leading him not only to Baal, but to many more countries as well.
You might think you know a lot about Sinbad from Magi, but believe me that you don't. You like Ja'far, Drakon or Hinahoho? Those guys are here too and even their background is getting explained. Also be prepared for heartbraking scenes, your tears will flow.
Though the story is written by Ohtaka, it's not drawn by them. However the art from snb is close to that of Magi. If you like that style, than I'm sure you love snb as well. Backgrounds are drawn very well and every line is drawn the way it should.
Your main character is Sinbad. That's enough to love it already. Actually it's not, but who cares. The story caries his name and he's the number one of the stoyr. But there are more. Characters that don't appear in Magi are there and the ones that died in Magi are alive here as well. You can see everyone grow throughout the story. The naive Sinbad grows up and gets to understand the world.
Also, we have Rurumu (Hina's wife) and baby Ja'far. Do I need to say more?
If snb is something, it's enjoyable. The serious story holds a light tone by its stupid jokes. The story is filled with action and interesting converstations as well. For those that love Sinbad, this story is nothing but heaven.
I can only say that I love snb a lot. It has been able to keep me happy during all of sadness Magi brought me (except for now though, curse you Maader). To anyone that has read Magi, snb is a must read.
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.