Ashita no Anime

Anime of Tomorrow

Magi Ep. 1

Initial impression – not very sophisticated (5/10)

Autumn 2012 (12 episodes) (full English title – Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic) (more info)

I’m not the biggest fan of 1001 Arabian Nights.  I’ve even read a fair bit of the book.  I think it’s fine if Magi wants to draw inspiration from this piece of fantasy literature, but the bottom line is that it’s just not my cup of tea.  This is an anime for younger fans who want a different flavor of fantasy and the battlelines between good guys and bad guys defined clearly by the presence or absence of mustaches. The anime itself is not bad, but the overall tone is very childish as well with the main villain being so cartoonishly evil I couldn’t stop shaking my head at the blatant cliché.

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