This was another one of those episodes where I was starting to compose a couple paragraphs in my head while watching the first half, then I had to promptly abandon them once I got into the second half. So I guess this is the textbook example of a “half-good” installment, then.
See, for the first half, my interest in this extended Balbadd intrigue was really stretched past its limit. I was wondering how we went from such a swiftly-paced show to one that just seemed to linger on one particular back-and-forth to the point of redundancy.
There might be a very valid question of, “Well, if the plot doesn’t play out here, where should it play out instead?” but MAGI really established a pace in the first bunch of episodes where it’d set-up a new location and resolve its conflict within the space of about three episodes. As such, this last arc has almost felt like a race car getting a flat tire after it pulled over in one little town on the way to the finish line. All the discussion and development of the good and the bad moth-like magoi really started to sound like mumbo jumbo.
Then we got to the second half, Aladdin finally woke up out of the damn coma, and MAGI presented one of the more clever and impressive leveling-up scenes I’ve found in any anime. The notion of a magi receiving all the powers of his genie is actually rather terrifying and awesome to behold, and there was also something just fundamentally amusing about how this world’s equivalent of reaching Super Saiyan is unlocking the third eye of King Solomon (or something along those line, anyway).
I’m searching for something more specific to say, but this episode was honestly a case of me just sort-of watching, and gradually zoning out, then eventually perking up once something really interesting happened. Now, I’m very, very intrigued about what’s going to happen when a blue haired lil’ moppet wields all the powers of creation...