I am starting to understand Magi
art a little better. The best manga strive to paint a comprehensive
picture that places a character within a specific environment and even
goes so far as to show you the impact experienced by this character
within his environment in reaction to some external force.
manga though choose to prioritize the character over his environment,
with titles like bleach pouring great detail into each individual while
showing little to nothing of the surroundings.
somewhere between; the mangaka will represent the surroundings and the
characters in the same panel and image, but without these two elements
actually being connected.
example would be chapter 256, where we are shown Judar unleash twisters
of wind and what I think was fire from above, as well a close up of
their destructive impact on the trees, the ground etc.
same panel we see Aladdin, juxtaposed against the trees as they are
being ripped from the ground; except he’s flying, with Judar just above
cursory glance at that image can create confusion, especially when all
you can see is Judar and Aladdin standing in the midst of explosions and
squiggly lines. You have to look close enough to put things together,
that everything happening behind Aladdin and Judar is just a background
image, showing what’s happening on the ground while Aladdin and Judar
continue to fight in the air.
What I am trying to say is that I might have annouced Magi’s art as being bad, but maybe I simply misjudged it.
The battle between Hakuryuu and Judar, and Aladdin and Alibaba heats up.
Excuses aside, Magi art is indeed very messy, so much more than I can
sometimes stomach. It’s almost like Shinobu is trying to cram waaaay too
much into each panel.
maybe that is a compliment; because Magi isn’t drawn like any manga I
have come across. Most mangaka try to keep the virtual camera on present
events when drawing. If Aladdin and Judar are fighting in the skies,
then that is all you are going to see. Not until they drop to the ground
can we expect to see the impact of the supernatural elements on the
proves necessary to first display the full extent of an unleashed
ability, mangaka tend to assign entire panels to such matters. That’s
why you tend to find entire panels in Manhwa dedicated to showing the
earth as it’s being ripped apart.
isn’t helped by the fact that she seems to take short cuts in presenting
some of these fights, making it difficult to follow the events fluidly
from panel to panel.
isn’t necessary a bad thing, though; because so much more happened in
just one chapter of this fight than what we normally see in the typical
Bleach battle, with Kubo more interested in showing the step by step
elements of each fight whereas Shinobu keeps things frenetic.
are some of the best fights we have seen in the series in a while; and I
had to read these three chapters a third time to fully comprehend what
they had to offer.
If I am
being honest, it is the fact that Aladdin and Alibaba are managing to
hold their own against their clearly superior foe that these chapters
are proving to be so entertaining.
are not simply holding their own; Shinobu has managed to give Aladdin
and Alibaba an edge that is not only impressive but believable.
weeks back I stated, more than once, that Team Alibaba didn’t stand the
slightest chance of defeating Team Hakuryuu. Yet, watching Alibaba rise
to the challenge has allowed his character to grow exponentially.
tenacity doesn’t eliminate the many irritating flaws of his character;
as a King and primary protagonist, Alibaba is sorely lacking. However
there is something endearing about watching him stand up to Hakuryuu and
showing a determination to back his idealistic words with strength of
Alibaba as we have rarely seen him, especially in light of that chaotic
exchange of blows and his final declaration to bring Hakuryuu to his
actually win this bout? Well, Hakuryuu’s Belial transformation was
impressive as hell. He continues to prove why he’s such a badass
villain. And Alibaba has yet to corner him.
Alibaba isn’t winning this. But he will lose with a certain sense of
pride, knowing he didn’t simply lie down and allow his former friend to
walk all over him.
has the makings of a truly powerful Magi, and for a long time the series
seemed to forget him. Even with his showing at Magnostadt, his worth
seems to have disappeared in light of juggernauts like Kouen and Sinbad.
These chapters finally allowed him to come into his own, portending his future as the biggest threat Il-Illah will ever face.
talking took a back seat in all three chapters, which was a good
decision on the Mangaka’s part, because these four characters more or
less expressed themselves fully in the previous two chapters.
Any more talking (or begging on Alibaba’s part) would have felt redundant.
no problem reading a chapter a second or third time in order to
understand some concept that I am yet to grasp. However rereading a
chapter just because I didn’t quite understand what was portrayed on the
page can get annoying.
art was waaay too messy. Chapter 257 was mostly consistent, but Chapter
255 and parts of 256 required some squinting and focusing to make sense
of who had done what exactly.
flash back was also terrible. IN fact the entire 255 was terribly
paced. Shinobu rushed those moments of Aladdin trying to master
it felt like she unnecessary shoehorned them into the chapter. 255 was
just a mess top to bottom, barring a few decent Aladdin/Judar panels.
opposed to the Hakuryuu/Alibaba panels, which were great, especially the
sword/scythe stuff. That is where Shinobu’s habit of trying to fit
several panels’ worth of work into a single panel paid off. The fast
pace of the fights really resonated, as well as the desperation behind
every one of Alibaba’s blows.
RATING: 7/10. Magi
is getting its form back. Not that it was bad before. More like
lackluster. It is considerably boosted by the unpredictability of this
fight, from Aladdin’s display of space warping magic to Hakuryuu’s
Belial Djinn equip and Alibaba’s roaring determination.
Hakuryuu and Alibaba’s sword/scythe exchange. Aladdin’s potential omniscience.