Seems like Beelzebub is taking a short break from the action packed route it had taken in the past several chapters to return to its initial comedic mold, which isn’t a bad thing actually.
Fairly tame chapter, last week saw the min Furuichis escape Oga’s custody. Time was running out for the real Furuichi and it came down to Oga and group to try and track the trio down. This week gave us a glimpse into strategic Furuichi’s escapade at Nene’s home. We also found out that evil Furuichi had made an alliance with some Solomon Company goons.
Really, little happened in this chapter worth talking about. Like i said this is Beelzebub returning to its original comedic mold and its a testament to the series’ ability to humor and entertain that i wasn’t actually bored. As far as story progression goes, we learnt that Akaboshi, like Takamiya, had his eyes set on this mysterious Fuji.
It seems the purpose of his appearance on the roof top wasn’t as much to save Oga as it was to prevent Solomon Company from taking Takamiya which would have apparently benefited Fuji. We can then assume that the reason Akaboshi is so friendly with Oga, going so far as to help him find Furuichi has less to do with goodwill and more to do with preventing Solomon Company taking Oga.
This goes back to my initial prediction that Solomon company has been cultivating demonically empowered humans for Fuji’s sake.
Rating:> 3/5, decent chapter, pretty funny.
Highlights: Nene’s new outfit.
SO in the last post i tried to explain why anime live action adaptations suck, starting with the fact that anime might simply be too complicated to adapt to the screen. Now i will admit that that post was me trying to give some of these writers and directors an excuse. I mean, they cannot be so bad as to keep getting it wrong again and again, year in year out.
Surely there has to be a reason success in this genre has eluded them. And my excuse for them was that anime is simply too difficult for them to adapt. Now i am going to put that excuse aside as it is really difficult to deny these individual’s own culpability in the failure of their adaptations.
Now what i was going to do initially was to provide a list of up to ten specific factors that writers and producers get so wrong about anime adaptations. I changed my mind; rather what i am going to do is generalize all that in two or three major points that will in most cases cover all but one or two other points.
So here is what i have seen and inferred (accurately or not):
---Ignorance- Really how many of you have watched an anime adapted movie and wondered if the writers knew anything but the basics about a given story? This is what i have come to presume about so many of these writers and directors, that they simply make no effort to acquire a comprehensive knowledge on the material they are choosing to adapt.
I feel really envious reading or watching interviews with actors and directors who will sometimes explain how they carefully and thoroughly studied the source material for a given title in production, reading issues and books stretching several decades back, even going so far as to interview the various writers and creators for their insight on the story, characters and concept.
Get it wrong as they might sometimes, individuals that adapt comic books clearly place considerable effort into learning the source material, something i don’t think makers of anime adaptations put much thought into. Anime is, as i explained before, really complicated and to adapt it in its true sense, to bring its spirit to the big screen requires an intricate understanding of what makes the story what it is, how it arrived at the point where it is at the present, what endears the characters to the fans and so on.
Writers and directors do not do ample research before adapting anime. I for one hope they never adapt anything like Naruto or one piece, not until they can prove that they can adapt some other simpler titles like Evangelion; because despite Evangelion possessing a quality story (so they say) the world of Naruto and one piece are much harder to bring to life, and what we would most likely have would be two rather generic movies about ninjas and pirates.
---Greed- Well of course it always comes down to money. Look at some of the most glaring mistakes to occur in movies in the past few decades and in most cases money and greed sit at the center of the failure. That is what most people i have talked to say. But the thing is i do not know how much of that i agree with, that money and greed kills movies.
The idea basically is that the quality of movies these days has tanked because of a heightened desire to earn in the billions, that movies of old took quality over costs and profit into considerations- or at least that is what i hear from the debates i have had or heard. But i question that. I am pretty sure that even movies released in the 70s or 80s were made with the aim of making money.
No matter the era of movies, money matters and it will always matter. So on the one hand i do not know if it is right to blame greed for movie failures. When a company decides to adapt a comic or anime/manga, they will probably look at the fan base, to determine how viable the project would be profit wise. The argument then is once production is underway, changes come into effect, with producers cutting here, snipping there, making all sorts of alterations in order to cash in on one element/target audience or another.
But here is the thing, movie makers want to make money. And how do you make money in Hollywood? By making a quality movie. So if a writer decides to make drastic changes to attract a certain audience, and that audience drinks in it, the movie then making hundreds of millions, clearly a quality movie was made. So the question is what is quality and whether it is a concept that only the minority that decided to trash a more widely accepted movie get to define.
Okay that was me just thinking out loud, and i am still ambivalent about the issue. Here is what almost convinced me that money might play more of a role in the business than i assumed. I was talking to a friend of mine, a comic fan, and he was telling me about how greed was the reason why Blade 3 sucked. Apparently before production began, Wesley Snipes’ original brilliant script, one that was inline with the events of the second movie, was trashed in the last minute in favor of a clearly inferior one presented by another writer. Why?
Because this less than stellar script included the night stalkers (the vampire hunters) and apparently the producers wished to create another franchise after blade based on these characters. So they decided to sideline Wesley’s contribution in favor for potential cash in the future; and apparently Wesley wasn’t too happy about it, only choosing to act in the movie because of his contract.
That pissed me off. I loved blade. Now whether anime is affected by the money issue, that i am still not convinced about. Was the reason the makers of last air bender chose cast non Asian characters because they thought it would resonate better with a western audience? I don’t know. But clearly no one goes into movies without an intent to make money.
---Market- The core of this issue of greed will usually stem from the difficult decision of market, which i believe plays an equally destructive role in the overall success of these adaptations. Well, maybe it doesn’t play a destructive role, but i expect it to be a difficult decision trying to figure out exactly who your target audience will be; who you will be making the movie for in the first place. Because whether it is otaku or non otaku you have in mind, it will affect the final product.
A. Otaku- Let’s first consider the otaku, clearly they are important in any preliminary studies used to determine the viability of a project. I don’t think anyone would have attempted dragon ball if they didn’t already know of the enormous fan base it possesses. But this isn’t where the decisions end, figuring out if there are really enough fans of an anime to warrant making a live action movie.
After this, one has to ask if they want to aim the adaptation at Otaku, and if they choose to do so it will mold the direction the script will follow. If an adaptation is written with an Otaku in mind, chances are the writers will keep it as true to the original source as possible. That in itself sounds like a good thing. Like i said in the previous post, it didn’t occur to me that the writers could mess up the Last air bender story.
Avatar already had a brilliant story. So if you are going to make an anime with otaku in mind, then what you are going to get is a stellar story and cast in the anime translated into a stellar story and cast on screen. Really the work is already done for them. The problem is things never work out this way.
What i have noticed is that live action adaptations aimed at Otaku tend to be rather shallow and lacking, usually failing to meet the standards of otaku and completely failing to impress the none otaku. An example.
Not long ago i was re-watching Advent children with a friend of mine, who was also an ardent gamer. We had both watched his movie several times over and i for one loved it. This was just to pass the hour as we awaited another’s arrival. What happened though was more talking and less watching. What happen is we got to that point in the movie when cloud is invited to speak to the fellow in the wheel chair, quite early on actually.
It was a pretty straightforward scene to me. I don’t remember what my friend thought he saw on my face but he suddenly felt the need to ask me if i knew why cloud was hostile towards the fellow in the wheel chair. I didn’t. My friend went on to break the history between these two down, when they had met, who had done what to whom and so on; when he was done, all i could think about was ‘when the heck did all that happen.’
And almost as if to make his point, he began to rewind the movie to the start where we see a meteorite falling through space; we however stopped at the point where cloud is standing on the hill, by a large sword. Asking me what i thought the scene with the sword was all about, i remember proffering a few guesses, maybe he was disposing of it, or he found it etc. Then i was treated to another lecture about the original owner of the sword and what it meant to cloud…
My point is i have watched Advent children several times over and after this experience, i began to wonder if i even knew what the hell i was watching. Who were all these characters my friend was speaking of? When did all these battles happen? And what about all that history"? My view of final fantasy was that it was a fairly shallow story accompanied by some kick ass fights and characters. What my friend said seemed to say the very opposite, that this series was a much more complex story than i thought (the only final fantasy i have ever played is Dirge of Cerberus).
I think my point should be clear. For one thing movies aimed at Otaku alienate non otaku. They write stories with the idea that the viewer possess some knowledge of the world and the characters beforehand, hence creating what to none otaku seem like half baked characters and stories filled with plot holes. But even with otaku these movies fail to deliver the message across. Even with prior knowledge of the story, these movies will either just show what we have already seen in the anime/manga, or something void of the excitement and depth and quality we are used to.
B. None Otaku- If you were a movie producer, then the most logical step you would take would be to adapt a movie with non otaku in mind. It makes sense, they make up the largest portion of the market. And you would think that this might prove easier, after all you can create an original story for a new audience but with the anime concept in mind. The problem is that this isn’t what most writers do.
Rather than create original plots based on an anime’s concept, they choose to simply use the original anime story but with some alterations. In the first place, most Otaku will not be happy to watch a movie that distorts an anime concept they have grown to love, especially when done in a crude and drastic manner. So for that matter you will have Otaku rejecting it.
I mentioned above that for the most part anime comes perfectly packaged with great stories and characters. So what happens when writers try to alter these stories to try and reach western audiences? They are going to start snipping and cutting all over, not really changing the core of the movie but resulting in what i would describe as the basic shape and figure of what was a stellar anime story but with absolutely nothing inside.
Writers usually tend to deform rather than rewrite anime stories, trying too hard to keep enough of the original story alive that they can attract otaku but devouring most of what made the anime unique in order to adapt it to foreign tastes. Just look at dragon ball, the same character names and concepts but something that simply isn’t dragon ball.
---Imitation- This is my final point and i only noticed it recently. I was a pretty big Harry potter fan when the movies first came out and i like many other fans showed up in force to watch our beloved story come to life. But while i was entertained, i wasn’t particularly impressed by the first and second movies. Why? They copied the story from the book and pasted it on the big screen exactly as it was.
I had read the books enough times to remember considerable portions of the story. So there were moments in the cinema were i couldn’t believe how much of the movie was exactly as i had read it, literally page for page and word for word. These first two movies followed the books to the dot. I wasn’t happy with this facsimile, which is why i was elated when Chris Columbus retreated to producer and we finally got a true adaptation of the book in Azkaban.
Here is the thing, i do not want to walk into a cinema to watch a movie play out exactly as the anime i watched. Because all they would have done was replace the animated world with a real one. What would be the point of watching a story i would have watched several times over in the anime. I have noticed this in some of the few Japanese live action anime adaptations i have watched. They literally translate the anime or manga to live action exactly as it was; and by everything i mean everything, from e crazy clothes to the crazy hair to the crazy gestures and behaviors.
When i watched the first X-men movie i was afraid i was going to see the same wolverine in yellow tights i had seen in the cartoon. They had the sense to change things up for the movie. Comic adaptations actually try to sensibly adapt comic concepts to the big screen. There is a clear attempt to bring a realism to the concept. Anime doesn’t seem to do that.
And again i notice this mostly in the Japanese movies (i have watched the earlier dragon ball adaptations). There is sense in bringing a concept from the anime to the big screen intact as it attracts us Otaku who want to see our favorite elements of an anime come to life. However there are some elements that simply cannot work on screen.
Okay so this run on longer than i expected again, but i think i got my point across. The question though is, is it possible to adapt Anime to live action? Is it simply impossible to adapt anime to screen?
My answer is a brutal YES. Unfortunately with what i have seen so far, i do not believe it is possible to adapt an anime that will completely satisfy as it should. Sure Samurai X was pretty good but there were definite flaws that i can point out, especially that silly fight in the end against those few hundreds of goons.
What is the solution?
This is the problem, what can be done to change the situation of live action adaptations? I have heard the popular answer, that the west needs to keep its hands off anime and leave it to the Japanese Chinese and Koreans. They are wrong of course as even the Japanese alone, for all the anime based movies they have released, have yet to perfect the formula.
The answer is in union. Yes the west needs to keep its presence in this sector, but not in the way it is operating these days. I discussed this with a friend and we came to a solution. The west needs to leave the Japanese alone to develop the story or at the very least maintain majority control over any given project. They know what they are doing when it comes to anime.
The west needs to provide the money and the technology, allowing the Japanese to produce movies on par with western productions, with proper effects and less silly CGI. That is the best solution, the kind of marriage that would allow them to successfully indulge in complex anime stories, the sorts they haven’t been able to do up to now.
I will believe that the movie industry has mastered the art of adapting anime if i ever see a proper Sengoku Basara movie in my cinema.
As it stands we will just have to weather the crap they keep throwing at us. At the present the best anime adapted movie i have ever watched is Speed racer. Yes it was no masterpiece and i preferred Samurai X, but being judged solely on the fact that it was adapted from an anime, it managed to pull off something i have never seen in any other anime based movie and all other movies need to learn from it.
I really love this manga, and i just began reading it two weeks ago. What turned me onto the series, despite having chosen to wait for the anime, was a forum, the point of which seemed to be that the anime, despite all the hype, was quite seriously flawed and didn’t meet the standards of the manga.
Sufficing to say i do not regret turning my attention to the Magi manga because it is AMAZING and in some ways much better than the anime. I began reading the manga at chapter 90, just after the Balbad arc which is where the anime diverges from the manga story, with everything that happened with Sinbad and Alibaba becoming poisoned by black rukh not actually happening until after the group’s second dungeon adventure, and even then occuring in a different order for different purposes and far from the reason Aladdin and company chose to conquer the dungeon.
If you have watched the anime then i suggest you make the leap to the manga. And if you haven’t watched the anime, well, you can start with the anime i guess, but making plans to jump to the clearly superior manga.
This series follows the story of a different sort of Aladdin from the original tales, undertaking a different sort of adventure.
The events of the world flow according to the purposes of fate, as they always have in times past. Yet an enemy alien to the earth has emerged, bearing nefarious intentions and acting under a grudge that has survived the wars and eventual destruction of an entire world. Al-Tharmen will not stop until the world has been dyed black with the corruption of the black Rukh.
Aladdin is a young boy exploring the wonders of the world after an unspecified period of incarceration in an unspecified location. Swayed by his perversions and the excitement of exploration, Aladdin, along with Alibaba, poor merchant, and Morgiana, slave and member of the lost red haired battle hardened tribe the Fanalis, undertakes a great adventure to answer the great mysteries and questions of his world; who is he? Where does he come from? What are the mysterious magi who have the power to consort with the rukh and the great white flow? What purpose do the dungeons serve and the Djinn contained within?
Along this journey, and contentions with the mysterious Al-Tharmen organization and their desperation/obsession to find manipulate or crush the thing that they call ‘Solomon’s wisdom’, Aladdin learns of the fate placed upon him as a Magi, to find a worthy human, make him or her king and guide them to greatness, as all Magi’s were born to do.
For it will be in the hands of the great Magi and the great kings they will create that the fate of the world rests…
Seriously though, if you haven’t yet read magi, what the heck are you waiting for. Nothing about this manga reads like any shonen i have come across (except for Full metal alchemist), dealing, as expected with friendship, loyalty and adventure like most other shonen, yet so much darker and more complex than you would expect.
Magi is a story about a young boy with a past as mysterious to himself as it is to everyone, who cannot recall where he lived beforehand and thus cannot help but express wonder at the every day marvels of this world. Along his journey with his giant djinn Ugo he comes to know the jaded Alibaba, enslaved Morgiana and together they venture beyond their comfort zones to explore new lands and meet new people.
It’s that simple, a story of three friends that choose to explore the world, yet it manages to be so much more.
Magi plays out like a basic shonen story initially, with Aladdin, a lonely boy reaching out to make connections with new people and choosing to walk in step with lesser humanity to learn about the wide world. There is magic, lots of it, monsters, treasure, even a mysterious organization out to drape a shadow over the civilized world. What Magi does better than almost all other shonen is the complexity it injects into its plots, tackling issues and situations from slavery to corruption to politics, taking a rather bleak yet realistic view of the depravity of human kind.
Magi is a deep story and it can get incredibly dark and sad, unafraid to explore the sorts of territories most manga choose to avoid, somehow weaving a complex web around some of the more basic issues of society.
Magi looks at history through the eyes of fiction, at how civilization would have progressed if magic were an important variable in the equation. Where a story like One piece will choose to overly simplify the troubles of a given plot and the solution to a complex situation, basically going the obvious and(somewhat) predictable route, Magi isn’t afraid to raise its hands and simply say ‘I do not know’.
There are no easy solution to any of these stories; it isn’t a matter of simply being the strongest or most steel willed, as there are problems that not even the hardest earth shattering punch can solve. That is why you should read Magi, because it will sometimes put you in the driving seat and leave you wondering what you would do if ever placed in the situation. Where in One piece you might easily cheer Luffy on to do what you expect him to do, knock the living daylights out of a villain, Magi will leave you wondering how right a certain character was for taking a certain action.
The plot is always constantly morphing and events will sway you from one side to another with each new chapter, that is how engrossing this story can be, when it engages you so deeply and morally as to question the uprightness of some of the primary characters (i am looking at you Sinbad).
You will love the characters in Magi, mostly because for one thing they are not always in your face. Think back to all those shonen series that will flaunt a massive cast that they rarely use. Magi will surprise you with the amount of time it assigns to secondary characters. Think back to one piece where most of the story revolves around the primary group of characters, the straw hat pirates. With Magi you would be surprised to find a considerable number of arcs and stories devoted to one of several secondary characters.
Magi has a tendency to split up its primary cast, not in the one piece style where some random event throws the straw hats away from each other only for them to work there way back towards each other later on; rather the main cast, Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgiana are developed in the manga each with their own personal plot and story to follow, plots that will constantly draw them away to pursue one adventure or another, each time expanding the magi universe.
Basically you will not find any contrived plots to conveniently draw the characters away from each other for the express purpose of drawing out an arc. But beyond these three, magi has a cast that is continuously expanding with each new arc. What impresses me is how the series will introduce what you will initially assume to be filler characters, who will then later prove to be central to the plot, continuing to play a role in the future of the story.
I might have already read this manga but i am still looking forward to the anime, so long as it stays true to the manga.
And that is because of how ballistic the action in this series is, especially as the story progresses further in the area of djinn equip. The action scenes are both tactically intriguing while growing increasingly epic with time. The nature of magic is exposited upon, allowing the series to develop an interesting structure for its use, actually helping to expound on the circular symbols that a created with the casting of each magic.
But the madness doesn’t kick off action wise until we enter the realm of Extreme magic. Actually every Djinn equip beyond the Magnoshuttat arc is nothing short of mind blowing, the scale of battles rising with the stakes. You will enjoy the sheer ingenuity displayed in the action scenes in these later chapters. I am still reeling over the appearance of the Kou Empire’s dungeon conquerors. You have not scene epic battle scenes until you see someone teleport an ENTIRE MOUNTAIN and drop it onto of another. It is that crazy.
The Art:> If i have a complaint about this manga, it is the art. Magi has great art. I had issues with it at the start, problems following the actions in the panels, but i grew to love it and the detail injected in the scenes. My problem lies with the battle scenes. There are times when things become ridiculously confusing, especially when Al-Tharmen plays its hand in more recent chapters.
IN the last ten chapters of the manga, there were so many major characters on the battle field during the battle with the medium, from Kouen and his brothers and sisters to Sinbad and his house that i couldn’t tell who was who. Everything blurred together, with their Djinn equip forms the only thing allowing me to differentiate among them.
And this isn’t the first time things got confusing. The art will fluctuate once in a while, especially during large scale battles, such as the Riem Empire invasion.
VERDICT: This is a great manga that i highly recommend to anyone, shonen fan or otherwise, to read. It doesn't matter what your presumptions of the series might be, your expectations will be blown out of the water. Magi has a pretty intriguing mythology, a mystery that the manga takes great effort to constantly unwrap with each new arc, yet there is always so much more still left to understand. The stories are dark, with underlying tones about politics, slavery discrimination, and the like.
Do not expect any clichéd endings or conclusions, as the manga will make difficult choices when it has to without pause. It can be bloody at times, not gory, but simply more than willing to show blood or more violence than other series show when it has to. It can be tragic at times, yet none the less very entertaining. It will hook you immediately. The moment you get into an arc, you will not stop reading until you wrap it up. Magi is that good.
You will just love watching Aladdin, the great Magi, struggle with trying to figure out what the right thing is in a situation, more than determined to defend and maintain his values, yet constantly tested in his resolve to unyieldingly do what is right, especially when what is right isn’t so clear cut.
RATING:> A perfect 10/10 for me. This series is a must read. There is no one arc where i can fault it. And yes the manga is far better than the anime.
Favorite characters:> Morgiana just endears herself to me, though right now my favorite character is Titus Alexius.
Highlights: Extreme magic, saying more than that would involve revealing spoilers; Titus and Aladdin’s battle, Hakuryuu’s trial in the Aum Madaura arc, revelation about Gokuen’s true nature, THE MOUNTAIN, i just can’t get over it.
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is an ongoing manga illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka and which has been published in Weekly Shonen Sunday since June 2009. With 18 volumes so far, Magi was adapted into an anime in 2012 by A-1 Pictures, with a second season, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic expected to air in 2013.
Another short fairy tail chapter.
Really, only three things happened:
---First we learnt that the eternal flame hadn’t disappeared but rather it had simply shrunk to a size so small that it might disappear. Natsu was needed to reignite it.
---Secondly Natsu continued his battle with the black bird, ending things on the alter of the eternal flame and using some powerful flame attacks to defeat the creature and ignite the flame.
---Thirdly, the flame grew to a healthy size and we realized that it was Atlas flame.
A lot of this chapter was irrelevant, though entertaining. The fight with Natsu took up most of the pages but it was actually worth the panels in showcasing some of Natsu’s new moves.
Atlas flame was the primary attraction here though, and i have to say that though i considered this particular option, it was none the less a surprise. Now i am curious as to how he ended up in his current state. This is Nastu’s chance to finally learn what happened to the dragons 14 years ago. I suspect that a lot of next week’s chapter will be dialogue, but that isn’t a bad thing, either that or we will finally get to Erza Vs. Minerva.
RATING:> 3/5, pretty entertaining chapter, though little story progression.
Highlight:> Strangely enough it was the fight with the bird that i most enjoyed.
So I came across this show while looking into [Magi the Labyrinth] of Magic on Wikipedia, Adventures of Sinbad being a spinoff of the highly popular Magi series. I have no idea how long it has been running, but with nine chapters i have to say that i was both pleasantly surprised and disappointed.
Before Sinbad was the great king of Sindria, leader of the seven seas Alliance, he was just a young boy, innocent, ordinary, naive in the ways of the world; living under the auspices of the Partevia Empire during its time of war with its neighboring empire Riem.
Before he was a warrior, Sinbad was a beloved child, son to veteran soldier Badr, spending most of his days assisting his village and providing aid to his ailing mother, taking life and its hardships one day at a time, that is until it arrived, the first dungeon Baal; a treasure trove of secrets and riches, rumored to contain within it a power that could make kings of men, a power that many had raided the dungeon to claim, men and women in the tens of thousands from both Partevia and Riem, none ever returning from the horrors within.
It is with a desperate heart and a courageous will that Siinbad sets out on his journey, with the aid of the Magi Yunan, to find the path to his destiny and conquer the very first dungeon…
This particular manga is still quite young in its run, though i am curious as to whether Ohtaka, Magi’s mangaka is also responsible for this particular series. I immediately took steps to read this manga the moment i learnt about its existence mainly because of how amazing Magi is; i was curious to explore the life of Sinbad, the wondrous light as Aladdin described him in Magi, to understand how he began his journey and became the famed dungeon conqueror with a whopping seven Djiins in his possession (Alibaba is still struggling with just one).
On the one hand i will say that this manga is quite an impressive work and, despite what you might assume, it is just as good as Magi, a manga with nearly 200 chapters under its belt. The story is sad and tragic and chronicles the difficulties of life in a time where war and the thought of war has consumed all aspects of human life.
Sinbad couldn’t be more different from Aladdin, though really since Aladdin is a Magi, a more logical comparison would be Alibaba and Sinbad. As a child Sinbad is every bit as emotionally bound and fiery tempered as Alibaba has proven himself to be in recent times, displaying a level of bravery and daring that Alibaba has only displayed in one or two rare moments.
Both characters could, in a way mirror each other, except that Alibaba grew under the mentoring of a wise Magi over a considerable amount of time before developing his particular brand of temperance and courage. Sinbad seems to have come into the world strong willed and stubborn, showing a willingness to risk his life at the slightest inkling that it might save another, unmoved or unthreatened by any power and ready to stand up to any authority that doesn’t conform to his form of justice.
He is basically a born ruler and it is great fun to watch him evolve, not really developing but manifesting qualities worthy of a king under the guiding eye of Yunan.
Sinbad’s story isn’t particularly pleasant, and while the hook of the series is watching him try to overcome, this manga only thrives until about chapter 5. Without giving away particular spoilers, we get the entirety of Sinbad’s origin, at least from his genesis as a child all the way to the end of his conquest of Baal, the first dungeon within the first five or so chapters. We are treated to five extremely fast paced chapters with a fluid and steadily narrated story.
What comes after this could pass for filler, basically a waste of four chapters. What the first five chapters do is that they provide us with a brief but action packed overview of how Sinbad came to enter the dungeon and, along with his rival at the time, the means through which he conquered it. After this we pretty muchreverse and go through the whole thing from the start, seeing exactly what led Sinbad and his rival to consider this particular quest, their lives prior and a blow by blow of exactly how they pushed through each and every level of the Dungeon.
Trust me, it gets boring fast, especially when you consider the cliff hunger the manga left us on following Sinbad’s exit from the Dungeon. This is the only complaint i have to raise about this series and i hope the author breaks from this pointless two or three week old flashback (though the events with Sinbad’s dad were pretty dark).
Speaking of which, I remember reading about Yunan in Magi as one of the three Magi in existence. I believe he is the one that goes around randomly creating Dungeons.
RATING:> This should be a 4/5, but considering how irritating those last chapters were, this is more of a 2/5. None the less if you loved magi, i recommend you read this series. If you are not a magi fan, i still recommend this as an independent series.