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  • Gin’s Take On: Aladdin

    Gin’s Take On: Aladdin

    Warning: These blogs are not meant to offend anyone and are only Gin’s opinions.

    Aladdin

    Don’t let his size fool you, this little midget is a cornucopia of power. He is one of the five magis in his current era and is known as Solomon’s Proxy. This is due to his role of preventing what occurred at alma thoran.

     

    Gin’s Take

    Aladdin

    Aladdin is the main protagonist of Magi and is first introduced as the owner of the Djinn Ugo. He escapes the room of fortitude and takes a long journey with another. As a magi, Aladdin has the task of choosing the next king, a king that will follow a righteous and beneficial path for his people. As the fifth magi discovered in the era, he symbolizes a new change, as there have never been five magis in each generation. As a results it suggest a upheaval or new era.

    In terms of comic relief, his character is naive, however, in certain points of the story he shows wisdom and insight to dilemmas or problems. It is stated by Alibaba that Aladdin has ‘Manly Interests’ and this may be because the two often visited brothels? That and the fact that Aladdin enjoys groping women with large soft breasts. Gosh he sounds lovely haha.

    What strikes the reader most is the connection to the stories of Ali Baba/Aladdin, a djinn is essentially like a Genie, and as a result able to grant wishes. In Magi, as the room of fortitude slowly collapses Ugo offers Aladdin a wish. Rather than wishing for materialistic desires, Aladdin wishes that Ugo to be his friend. This simple action already defined Aladdin’s character conveying how his mind is pure and selfless even if it is to an extent. Essentially, the beginning of the storyline creates the belief that it is about a young boy who is having his first taste of freedom and adventure, but with a twist, he has a djinn companion. Aladdin later befriends another character who goes by the name Alibaba, this character will then go on to being one of Aladdin’s best friends and pivotal to the storyline. Alibaba is also Aladdin’s choice of King and he has to take part in the competition. Their friendship begins in their first dungeon capture.

    The next main character they meet in the first few chapter is Morgianna, she first highlights one of the defining themes of darkness: slavery.
    Aladdin, despite being selfless and possibly naive at times, is always conscious of his decisions, for example when Sinbad, the king of Sindria, and a very powerful man, an owner of many metal vessels, offered to let Aladdin to stay in Sindria for a bit longer. Aladdin declined. It is suggested that he doesn’t fully trust Sinbad. For good reasons, as the King is powerful and has half white and black rukh.
    Despite being the main protagonist and showing many shōnen cliches such as heavy eating, selflessness and a strong belief in friendship, his small quirks, such as his size and pervy outbursts are perfect for comic relief. Similarly due to being locked up in the room of fortitude for so long, his naivety shows when he enters the wider world.

    As a magi, Aladdin is highly skilled with rukh manipulation but even as a magi he is extremely powerful. A trait that I admire in most characters in their will to improve and to stretch their limits. Aladdin didn’t fail me. In the Magnostadt Arc, he goes undercover to tackle on his own insecurities about his magic, furthermore, I believe his clash with Judar, another Magi, highlighted his inefficiency with magic.
    Aladdin also has the Power of Solomon, the ability to communicate with rukh, living and dead. To many this is know as omniscience, also known as being all-knowing, an ability that is associated with God. This suggests that this technique is like that of a God. As God is seen as the entity of power and peace, this ability of Aladdin suggests that he has mote authority and is closer to the all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving powers of God.

     

    Judar: Aladdin’s Rival

    Judar

    Also viewed as one of Aladdin’s greatest rivals. He is a ‘dark’ magi and used a black rukh. He surrendered to the darkness though. His back story is horrifying yet Judar has come to terms with it and feels no remorse, symbolizing how cold he has become. His past was revealed in his clash with Aladdin. He is shown to be shaken after his experience but moves on, stating it had no effect on him.

     

    Gin’s Verdict on Aladdin

    Aladdin

    Aladdin’s selflessness and path for greater good really lures the reader in. For the most part not only is the storyline unique in its own way, but the art suits it perfectly. Aladdin’s character design is marvelous. Making it easier to empathize with his character, Ohtaku Shinobu (author) did a wonderful job in Aladdin’s character development. he keeps him mysterious yet enough to keep the suspense lasting about his past.

    A lovely character and one of my favorites and not only because he’s adorable!

     

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  • Magi (Anime) Review

    Magi Series Anime Review 

    Summary of Magi: 

    In a mystical world based on the setting of the ‘1001 Nights’ story, Aliabab yearns to conquer a dungeon, a mysterious tower that, if beaten, can grant power and wealth. However, it isn’t until a young boy named Aladdin, who appears to posses his very own magical abilities, comes along that Alibaba gains the courage to venture inside. Soon, what appears to be an exciting adventure unravels into an evil plot much bigger than they anticipated.

     

    The Plot: 


    One of the few problems I had with this series is the rushed first few episodes and the lack of an overarching storyline at the beginning (this is apparent later on).

    Once you get past the first three episodes, though, you’ll start liking the little arcs and the speed dies down to fit in the development needed, especially in the second season.

    What I specifically found admirable about the plot and the world in general, however, were the issues discussed throughout the whole series such as slavery, poverty, war, identity, fate, and politics. There are some dark aspects in Magi, and I applaud the staff for it.

    Score: 8.1/10 

     

    The Characters of Magi: 


    Where the story lacks, the characters soar. I can honestly say that the cast was unique, fun to watch, and many of them were developed excellently. Despite all of that, the main three (Alibaba, Aladdin, and Morgiana) were still the stars.

    But before I ramble on too much, there is one key factor that I would like to point out: the amazing female characters. There are very few anime where the girls add as much to the story as the guys, and I’m proud to say that Magi is one of said anime. Morgiana, Kougyoku, Hakuei. The list goes on and on.

    I mean, even the fanservice providers (Yamuraiha and Meirs) have actual motivations and personalities. Thumbs up, Magi!

    Score: 9.3/10

     

    The Animation of Magi: 


    Although the animation was sort of choppy during the first season, the second season made up for it and absolutely blew me away. Just by looking at the opening, major improvements can be seen. I also enjoyed the vibrant colors and the fact that the censorship was kept to a minimum, which leads to some amazing imagery, even if it is a bit gory. Nothing too over the top, thought, so don’t get scared off.

    Score: 8.4/10 

     

    The Soundtrack of Magi: 

    As for the sound, it did its job well. The openings and endings were catchy (some more than others), and the music set the tone very nicely. I think the music definitely took flight in the second season, but the first season pulled the score back down. Still a good soundtrack overall.

    Score: 7.9/10 

     

    Overall Enjoyment of Magi: 


    I, personally, loved this anime. It has successfully landed a spot as one of my all time favorite anime, definitely in the top five. Plot was executed nicely for the most part, the characters were nothing short of legendary, and the entire series just put together everything perfectly. I was definitely impressed.

    Score: 9.0/10

    And so…

    Plot: 8.1/10
    Characters: 9.3/10
    Animation: 8.4/10
    Soundtrack: 7.9/10
    Overall Enjoyment: 9.0/10

    FINAL SCORE: 8.54/10

    I definitely recommend this anime.

    Thanks for reading!

    -Otaku_Cookies