Magi: The Kingdom of Magic (First Half) Review – More Morgiana


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English: Magi: The Kingdom of Magic

Synonyms: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic 2

Japanese: マギ The kingdom of magic

You can watch this series here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/magi

The second season of Magi picks up right where the previous season left off with, at Sindria with Sinbad, Aladdin and his friends, and a new threat (war) looms. The transition between seasons is really good, but it leaves something to be desired for people that haven’t seen the first season in a while and they need a refresher to remember what happened. Magi 2 gives nothing much to help the poor lost otaku, but Morgiana looks if anything even more beautiful in this season so that’s an automatic plus.

I don’t like how the shoe dissolved into silliness after the second episode. The season began on a good note; there was ample amounts of emotion gushing in the beginning and new relationships were being forged. When Aladdin and his friends finally decided to leave Sindria to start their own adventures separately for the first time since their friendships began, a lot of nonsense started happening. Nonsense is like Magi’s second name so in all honesty it wasn’t unexpected, and heck, I even enjoyed it. I love the ongoing gag how Alibaba always is paired up with the most masculine woman in the bar.

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After the friends went their separate ways and Hakuryuu’s personality went spiraling out of control in a bad way, the show picked back up again. Aladdin’s, Alibaba’s, and Morgiana’s own little story arcs to show what they did after leaving the group was definitely the highlight of the season. As always, the animation for Aladdin’s magic was perfect. I’m invested with the side characters of each arc and a few returning ones from season one during Morgiana’s arc.

The first half of season two left on a cliffhanger as you would expect. War is about to start. Time will tell if their training paid off during their time apart and where the show will pick back up on. I’m expecting a time skip after the break, but I can’t say for sure since I haven’t read the manga. For a second season, Magi 2 stands up to the first season and adds upon it. I just could have done without the child-enemy/mother arc. Other than that, I would say this is a perfect start to a second season; the flow isn’t going too fast or too slow.

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Grading Scale

A – Must-See!

B – Highly Recommended

C – Recommended To Those That Like Similar Shows

D – Watch If Bored With Caution

F – Do Not Recommend At All

Grading

Plot – 8/10

Music – 7/10

Storytelling – 7/10

Character Designs – 8/10

Animation – 10/10

Dialogue – 8/10

Overall –  80% B

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