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Sinbad is a anime/manga character in the Magi franchise
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I had every intention of waiting for this particular flashback to end before taking steps to review its intricacies, mostly because a number of the earlier chapters were so uneventful.

However this is starting to feel less like a basic flashback and more like a mini arc of its own, which isn’t a bad thing, granting us the opportunity to understand and follow the progress of this character formally presumed to be the god of the Magi world.

And besides, the past few chapters have been quite action packed, going about laying open all the secrets of the Magi world, so many little details that we (or at least I) paid little heed to but which are suddenly proving to be quite important to the structure of the Magi universe.

THE CHAPTERS:

Young Solomon attempts to break away from the evils of his Father David, in his attempts to unite the world under the teachings of Illah, resisting the campaigns of the orthodox authorities with the assistance of a select few helpers, magicians in their own right, whose names later take on greater significance as the various DJinn of the current Magi world.

MY THOUGHTS:

I have to say that Shinobu Ohtaka’s art has faltered somewhat in some of these recent chapters, especially during battle scenes, where some panels came off as somewhat messy, making very little sense in others. And while I have come up against these faults before in Magi, they have never affected my enjoyment of the series as they did with this flash back.

A flash back that is actually so much more fleshed out than I thought it would be; if these past few chapters have achieved one thing, it has been to allow us a true glimpse into life as it was before the great catastrophe of Alma Toran, presenting the various Djinn as they were before acquiring their current status.

Does this really change events on the ground though? I would say, yes. After all we see what humanity was like before acquiring magic, that they were little more than insects to be hunted by the monsters that roamed Alma Toran, that they were granted power by Illah because they more than anyone else knew what it felt like to be weak and would know best how to temper their greed; that these same humans went about doing to other species what was done to them.

Looking back on those events, the current stand off fares no different; you have two rulers in Kouen and Sinbad, one seemingly righteous and another evil, but both wanting the best for their world and both doing whatever it takes to achieve peace, even bringing about great war.

Aladdin stands in the place of Solomon, a true seeker of peace, one that will see the races united on an equal playing field, with no interest in ruling, but only looking for the best in his comrades and enemies; well, maybe comparing Aladdin to Solomon is a bit of a stretch, because Aladdin is indeed much more innocent and pure than his comrades.

Yet only because he doesn’t have the power that Sinbad has; which Solomon also possessed, so greatly endowed with skill and magic that many around him where ready to worship him; just like Sinbad who dazzles everyone he meets. And while Solomon saw his own short comings and gathered people around him to keep him in check, Sinbad seems to have lost his way a long time ago.

So maybe Sinbad is truly Solomon’s incarnation; because we know things went wrong in Solomon’s utopia; he too must have fallen. And why wouldn’t Aladdin then reveal these events to the most powerful persons in the world, if he can see them slowly starting to repeat the mistakes of Alma Toran.

+The primary goal of this flashback seems to be to flesh out the grand characters of the current magi world, and it is doing a hell of a job, laying out the secrets of the world’s creation, the various beasts that inhabited the planet before humans, the source of the DJinn equip theory, the mechanisms behind Magoi and rukh control, even providing a glimpse at the early life of what must only be Gyokuen.

I mean, we all agree that Sheba is Gyokuen, right? Who else could she be? And why place so much focus around her if she is not growing up to be the great evil of the Alma Toran world? We saw just how nasty she was as a child. That genocidal hate doesn’t go away after just a few years and even Solomon commented on seeing that rage hiding about behind her eyes.

Will she be the one to bring Solomon to his knees? Or does his downfall connect somewhat to the works of his father, David, in bringing about the death of their god, who we can guess will become the source of black rukh and that ‘father’ thing we witnessed in the previous arc.

So many questions littered among so many answers being provided in these chapters. Following the conclusion of Aladdin’s little show and tell, I cannot wait to witness the reaction among his guests, Kouen and Sinbad most of all.

IS this really the beginning of war? Will Alibaba really betray Sinbad? Because for all his deviousness, we know Sinbad stands as the more righteous of the two. Is Yunan a descendant of the mother dragons? And how about the Fanalis and their connection to the red lions, one of the two earliest inhabitants of Alma Toran?

Note: Has anyone read chapter 222.5 of Magi? Because I think Hiro Mashima needs to have a read of what is essentially a five page chapter special, which somehow manages to drastically progress the Magi story .

Hiro, this is how you do a manga special, one that takes an already complex story and further entangles it, allowing David’s time line to intertwine with the current world, giving us a glimpse at the master plan of his intentions, an inkling of the insight he possessed in foretelling the events of the current Magi world and taking steps to manipulate events to his own end.

Five pages; and all Hiro presents us in his 20 something page specials are stories about missing cats and the like. Really, Hiro?

RATING: 6/10, The Alma Toran Arc has been all but flawless, introducing a wealth of well developed and highly entertaining characters; and if not for the sometimes wonky art, these chapters would have had a higher rating.

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I almost didn’t bother reviewing this chapter Magi, if not for the second half that somewhat attempted to progress the story, beyond the comedic elements of Alibaba and crew.

THE PLOT:>

Alibaba and Morgiana clear up their misunderstanding, with Alibaba coming across as a considerable embarrassment. Aladdin is visited by Yunan, Aladdin revealing that he had taught Morgiana how to use her household vessels as well as teaching her the Toran language. It is revealed that Sinbad is eavesdropping on their conversation.

Their conversation quickly turns sour, Aladdin realizing that the pair isn’t on the best of terms.

MY REVIEW:>

Finally it seems like Magi is taking strides to progress the plot; the first half of this chapter continued with the motif of the last two chapters, focusing on Alibaba’s little adventure, which proves somewhat humorous, with Mori admitting her lacking knowledge in the area of relationships. It seems the purpose of the scene though was to cement the loyalty Alibaba’s household held for him, the trio commending Alibaba for his honesty.

Clearly the entire scene was crafted with comedy in mind, yet it wasn’t completely wasteful, bringing Alibaba forth as a man that wears his heart on his sleeve, earning the respect of his household in the process.

The core of the chapter though lay in the second half, with Yunan’s emergence allowing us to finally see the hostility between the magi and Sinbad manifest. We had mostly speculated from their initial meeting during father’s defeat that Sinbad and Yunan had an unpleasant past. Sinbad was clearly not comfortable with the time Mori had spend with Yunan.

Yet even then they managed to remain fairly civil with each other. This chapter seems to highlight that hostility in a harsher light. We have known for a while that Sinbad had his unpleasant side, specifically the fact that he was partially depraved, his fairly underhanded tactics, be it using Alibaba, trying to acquire Aladdin’s wisdom, using the Koe empire princess’ feelings for him to manipulate her and so on; and i assumed that it was because of how far Sinbad was willing to go to safe guard Sindria that placed him on Yunan’s bad side.

Yet it seems like Yunan isn’t the hero he initially seemed; after all we know that whatever his actions say about him, Sinbad is, at his core, a hero, only doing what he thinks is best for his people; by outright calling him a villain, Sinbad might be trying to tell us that Yunan exceeds the ‘doing bad for a good reason’ mark.

We know from earlier Magi chapters, as well as the Adventures of Sinbad manga, that Yunan is responsible for creating the dungeons. Sinbd is the ultimate dungeon conqueror, leaving the like of even the mighty Kouen in the dust. Clearly any history that might exist between them is linked to the dungeons and what Yunan’s true purpose is in unleashing their power. For all we know Sinbad blames him for all the hell that has been unleashed by the vessels released from these dungeons.

Whatever the case i am quite excited to explore this relationship further. More importantly Alibaba is finally at Balbad, which means we can finally get into this new arc. I want to see Kouen and Sinbad talk.

+RATING:> 3/5, decent chapter, forebodes exciting things to come.

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I initially thought that Sinbad was making very little progress in telling the story of its titular hero. Now that i think about it though, i cannot expect a story like this to barrel forward at break neck speed, not when its objective is to tell the story of how this legendary character rose to fame. I can understand where the author is coming from, allowing use a chance to view Sinbad both during times of epic adventure and simplistic fun, which is what these two chapters were largely about.

THE PLOT:>

Following his escape from the empire, Sinbad finds himself adrift in an empty sea, void of food or fresh water; on the verge of death he encounters pipirika and her younger brother, fairly large persons from a tribe of somewhat gigantic people known as Imuchack. Sinbad learns of the rituals that precede one’s entrance into manhood, the process of attaining one’s name, through conquering the great rampaging unicorn, a prize Pipirika’s brother has yet to attain.

Tickled by the sense of adventure Sinbad decides to join into this family endeavor of maturity.

MY REVIEW:>

The thing about Sinbad is i still have no idea where the hell it is going, mostly because the manga is so recent; we know so little about Sinbad even with all we have seen in Magi, which is both good and bad. Good in that there is a sense of unpredictability with each new chapter, bad in that i have nothing exciting to look forward to.

Unlike chapter 13, 14 proved to be somewhat entertaining for what it was, mostly because Sinbad finally unleashed Baal. I don’t have as much of a problem with the direction this manga’s taking as i initially did; Sinbad’s story is one of adventure. Aladdin is all about saving the world; there are elements of fun and adventure of course, but the majority of the story centers around his mission as a Magi to safeguard humanity.

Sinbad doesn’t have any such ties, so yes it makes sense that we would spend two whole chapters watching him trying to catch a giant unicorn whale. Because technically this is what i expect him to do, sailing the seas and getting into all sorts of mischief before finally finding his destiny. While not particularly excited about the manga, Sinbad prototype has so far managed to set itself apart from Magi and its story.

There was a time where i was afraid that the two series would meld into each other, each seemingly a mirror of the other; but Sinbad has managed to stand out, separate in story and structure from Magi, which allows me to feel like i am actually reading a separate manga rather than a side story of Magi.

+RATING:>3/5, not bad, funny; let’s hope the next chapter is better.

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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.

THE PLOT:>

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…

MY REVIEW:>

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.

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Welcome to the Garden of Eden with Sinbad!
Welcome to the Garden of Eden with Sinbad!

Howdy everyone! If you're a fan of Magi and watch last week's episode, Sinbad made his flashy appearance. Uh-huh, all the fan girls just fainted all over this guy. The first issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday will publish the side story for Sinbad's origin story. It's titled: Sinbad no Bōken ~Prologue~ (The Adventures of Sinbad). The manga side story is illustrated by Yoshifumi Ōtera, and the concept is still Shinobu Ohtaka's.

1st Blu Ray Cover
1st Blu Ray Cover

In other news, the first Blu-Ray volume is released with the Sinbad story which is about 70 pages long. It'll will be released on January 30, 2013.

It's priced by 7,150 Yen (about $90 USD).

DVD Contents

Other contents include two episodes of the anime ad a digest video , a making of the Maharajan Eve, and textless opening/ending sequences. Also, there is audio commentary on the first episode by Kaori Ishihara (Aladdin's VA), Yuki Kaji (Alibaba's VA), and Haruka Tomatsu (Morgiana's VA).

Bundle Contents

Finally, the bundle has a mail form for fans who are interested in the April 28 event, 3 Yunan stickers, an 8-page booklet with caster interviews and Magi news, and a jacket drawn by Toshifumi Akai.

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