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MAGI 2 #1 - - Watch & Learn

Well, this show never got better.

I keep thinking about that shonen editorial mantra - - the one about how characters must come first. How they must come before plot, theme, resolution, symbolism, and basically any other component of storytelling.

It explains a lot about anime’s tropes. In theory, it even sounds pretty swell. If you’ve created a compelling, sympathetic and three-dimensional protagonist, what comes next is almost irrelevant, isn’t it? Your audience is going to be so fundamentally intrigued, they’ll follow your lead, wherever he goes. I could get into a number of potential drawbacks to that sort of thinking but, keeping it focused on MAGI, I’ve got to think that the creator mistakenly took it to mean that the creation of characters trumps all other concerns.

MAGI’s first season started strong and progressively turned into a debacle (as I express, in thorough detail, a few months ago). I honestly held no lingering interest to pick the show back up again with Season 2, but we’re trying to be thorough with this season’s catch-up, so why not?

Well, a promising show twisted its ankle, halfway through Season 1, and it’s still limping along into Season 2. As I was saying, MAGI kept introducing more characters than anybody could count and, before you knew it, it concluded with a crowded brawl of action figures that nobody cared about. Sure, the four leads - - Aladdin, Ali-Baba, Morgiana and Sinbad - - were still fun to watch. However, the show anxiously tried to skip to an epic battle without paying the proper dues of set-up or pay-off, frustratingly illustrating the drawbacks of the editorial axiom we just talked about.

Season 2’s opener simply carries along all of these issues. The leading quartet are still as charming to see again - - because the proper work’s been done on them - - but they don’t do anything of interest. Honestly, I'm having a hard time even remembering what happened this episode, and maybe that’s by design. Because... characters, first!

Watch this episode, Premonition of a Journeyhere and decide for yourself, then read our comments on other anime pilots from the Fall 2013 season below...

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Marshal Victoryon Oct. 21, 2013 at 10:19 a.m.

Time vs emontinal investment can be argued.I only like Morgiana also think Aladdin is ok,an the other two characters just dont play well with me.

Tried to think of other shonen an that do this many chracaters at once .Bleach did but took its time.History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi did almost same speed but you have one central character .Flame of Recca had a ever growing group . Fairy Tail has 5 core characters tho it takes pains to show an make them likeable or at least their quirks likeable.Hunter X Hunter (2011) 5 core group as well.An none of the characters i dislike.

The difrence is not time i think vs emotional investment.Its how its done.As MAGI rolls on like those i mentioned but like less the other two of the core characters.That said i did feel the second season continued fairly well.If you watched 1st an second season i think the only difierance would be intro songs.

Alibaba Saluja near lack of faith in him self does not make him likeable to me.Shonen with any lead that does not at least gain confidence faith in themselves suffers.

takashichea moderator is online on Oct. 21, 2013 at 10:13 p.m.

Despite its flaws, I'll continue to watch the show partly, there is a bit of hope in me that this series will do better plus, I'm stuck on the wiki project. Got to see this project completion.

@Marshal Victory:

Fairy Tail and Bleach did well with its large roster. They introduce them and actually go back and show bits of them in action.

Marshal Victoryon Oct. 22, 2013 at 7:20 a.m.

@takashichea: yeah they ( Fairy Tail ) did a great job building a conection to the chatacters.In some ways it reminded me of the soap operas of days of old.An if i think about ti what made MAGI good at 1st they did the same thing . That an its break neck pacing.Then introduced characters so fast but kept trying to pour Alibaba Saluja flash backs i think just as filler .

Shows not unwatchable for me at least . Just if you really didnt like the 2nd to 4th act of season 1,odds are season 2 will look like more of the same.Also they have done better character develpoment in the 1st 3 episodes of the 2nd season with Kougyoku Ren than all of the 1st season with Alibaba Saluja.

Actualy the more i think about it i can see this like one of the Xmen titles few years ago .Id rather watch an learn more about Sinbad "magneto" like manipulation of the "heroes" than Alibaba Saluja "cyclops" never ending lamentions.

YotaruVegetaon Oct. 29, 2013 at 3:48 p.m.

They showed a tiny glimpse of a kid Sinbad, and I want to see that as a show. I don't know about Magi. It feels like they might go off in a better direction, but maybe they just put wizard hats on the wound, and hoped it'll work.

takashichea moderator is online on Oct. 29, 2013 at 6:25 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta:

I hope they do animate Adventure of Sinbad if Magi anime does well. Its manga sales are doing well.

YotaruVegetaon Oct. 30, 2013 at 10:52 a.m.

Oh, forgot to add this

Oh, Magi.

takashichea moderator is online on Oct. 30, 2013 at 11:32 a.m.

@YotaruVegeta:

This scene made my day especially with Sinbad's comment on Aladdin being a smooth playa. I feel bad that Kougyoku is taken advantage by Sinbad.

YotaruVegetaon Oct. 31, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.

@takashichea: Yeah, that was a special one, too. I wonder how Magi would be if the creator had stuck with Aladdin as a female.

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