So Magi starts off this season with condensing four or five chapters of the manga into one episode. This is actually pleasing for me, because, even as a huge fan of the manga, the beginning was slow as hell. Seeing it sped up like this was actually pretty good, and a lot more entertaining.
I'm not exactly used to reviews, so basically what I'm doing is a partial summary/review of the episode.
Now, it kind of starts off like your typical shounen anime, guy kind of lives a mediocre life, but has a big dream. However, in order for that dream to come true, he needs power, and that's where our friends Aladdin and Ugo come in.
|Aladdin's love of boobs has no boundaries|
|And here's a shot of our lovely protagonist being stepped on Budel (the fat guy)|
Alibaba begins to tell Aladdin about the wonders of money, and how it can get you anything. From the most delicious food to the most beautiful women, as long as you have money, you can have it all.
|I couldn't help but coo and Morgiana's cuteness, sucks that she's a slave at the moment, though|
After seeing Ugo, Alibaba concludes that he's a djin, and basically thinks they'll be useful in beating the dungeon, so Alibaba takes Aladdin to a hostess bar. (I guess you can call it that) Aladdin is sitting with and groping two fabulously gorgeous women, and while he explains Ugo asked him to search for other djin, and asks Alibaba to show him where the dungeon is. Alibaba is relieved to have a companion to clear the dungeon with, and that he'll finally be getting the riches he's been dreaming of. He decides to have a little fun for himself.
That's where I'm wrapping up my summary. There's still some more of the episode that it didn't cover, but if you really want to find out, go and watch it, it was really good.
Notes on other things:
- The opening theme is amazing
- Kaori Ishihara's pitch is still a little too high
- Yuki Kaji is doing a pretty good job
- Ugo's voice is REALLY deep
- The soundtrack is pretty good
- The ending theme is really annoying
Episode rating: 8/10 off to a pretty good start here, and the hostess scene was hilarious
Now, the down side to Magi having such a typical shounen first episode is that a large bunch of people are going to drop it right off the bat, saying it's unoriginal, bland, weak, etc. and drop it. I'm not gonna go trying to convince them otherwise, they'll just be missing out on the awesomeness to come.
Now that the first episode's out of the way, the real action's gonna start in the dungeon next episode, so you can look forward to that!