Magi Series

Magi Series

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic anime cover art featuring Aladdin
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Cover Art

Overview

The Magi series currently consists of two main series titles and one spin-off title. This anime is loosely based around Middle Eastern fantasy stories such as Aladdin, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and Sinbad the Sailor. You’ll notice that not only are the names of characters references to these stories, but what they do and what happens in the series are closely related as well.

In the world of Magi there are giant towers that appeared all over the land known as dungeons. Within each of these dungeons lives a Djinn who will give riches and power to the first person to make it to the end. Each Djinn is in possession of some sort of mystical weapon which can be used by the dungeon capturer to call upon the power of that particular Djinn in battle.

Clearly these dungeons are important because if one person gets control of too many of these mystical weapons, they could easily control the world.

The Labyrinth of Magic

The Labyrinth of Magic is the first entry into the Magi series and sets up what is to come later on. Here we meet our main characters Aladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana.

Aladdin is a Magi, which is a powerful being able to use the forces of nature to create magic. He has a magic turban which he can ride like a magic carpet and he also has a flute which summons the body of a Djinn named Ugo.

Alibaba is a former prince and dreams of conquering the dungeon of the Djinn Amon. He wants to become powerful and wealthy, but does not want to use this power or wealth to keep others down.

Finally, Morgiana is a slave from a distant land. Her people are known for being powerful warriors who use a martial arts style which relies mainly on the legs. She’s really good at kicking things.

The main feature of this season of Magi are the dungeons if I’m remembering correctly, hence the name the Labyrinth of Magic.

Morgiana from the Magi anime series
Morgiana

The Kingdom of Magic

The Kingdom of Magic is the second season and focuses more on an island kingdom rather than the dungeons as the name suggests. This is the Kingdom of Sindria, ruled by Sinbad, the conqueror of the seven seas.

The main characters from the first season carry over, but in this arc they are often separated as they navigate the various regions of the land individually. There are also more politics going on between various kingdoms as each one fights to gain control of more of the Djinns’ mystic weapons.

Sindria is one of the most powerful kingdoms, but also the smallest and most peaceful. Here, Sinbad and his trusted soldiers protect the people from harm with their abundance of mystical weapons. In fact, Sinbad has so many mystical weapons that he no longer cares to gather any more.

Adventure of Sinbad

The final entry in the Magi series is currently the Adventure of Sinbad which serves as a prequel to the other two entries of the series. This anime follows, who would have guessed it, the Adventure of Sinbad and his rise to power.

Because this is a prequel, the main characters of Aladdin, Alibaba, and Morgiana do not appear in this entry, however, there are still many other characters who are recognizable from the other anime.

In my opinion, this was the best entry of the Magi series, which is also a bit unfortunate since Netflix holds the U.S. broadcasting rights for it. Eventually there should be a second season of the Adventure of Sinbad, but due to how Netflix generally handles anime it probably won’t be for a long time even after it’s completed.

Sinbad as seen in the Magi: Adventure of Sinbad anime
Sinbad

Conclusion

I ended up giving the two main series seasons a 6 and the spin-off a 7, but if I’m going to combine them into one large series then I would have to give it a 7/10 as a whole. The anime looks nice and it’s a good version of some fantasy stories which are familiar to millions of people around the world.

The first OP for the Magi series can be found here.

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