Magi – 22
「炎の眷属」 (Honou no Kenzoku)
“Household of Flames”
Can Morgiana be even greater of a character? Probably, but this episode was definitely for her to shine. It’s clear that her physical skills far outmatch most, enough so that it compensates for her significantly small magoi pool. Morgiana shows us that not everything has to be dealt entirely with magic–if you have the skill and the intuition, any shortcomings can be properly compensated for. It is tragic though that Morgiana’s shortcomings have resulted in her being out of the ring, but she definitely didn’t get knocked out without a fight. The animators definitely stepped up their game for the actions scenes for Morgiana this episode, helping highlight how much she’s improved under Masrur’s training and how much she cares about helping out her friends in need. Even at the brink of death did she smile for being useful in battle, which she took joy in because it was her choice to undertake the stress. It has been a long journey since her life as a slave and she definitely does not take her freedom for granted.
On the flipside of that coin, Judal copes with having no freedom of his own–carrying out the Organization’s orders with flair and energy. While both Morgiana and Judal take great pride in serving others, one does so out of free will while the other does so to cope with a terrible past. For all the smack talk he gives, Judal is still a tragic antagonist whose intentions are not necessarily his own–at best he is a powerful puppet of a larger organization which probably could care less about his well-being. With this viewpoint though comes a unique perception of life, especially one that questions the intentions of anyone. A new issue at large lies in Sinbad’s intentions of allying himself with Aladdin. It actually is questionable that Sinbad provides the anomalous fourth Magi and his company with such warm protection, since Sinbad himself is probably a King Candidate for another Magi. Sinbad’s ultimate goals are without a doubt altruistic, but how that will entail Aladdin is still in shadows.
On top of that, it seems that Al-Thamen is mighty pissed and in full motion, attacking both Sindria and Zagan with formidable foes. Aside from the mocking Judal, a familiar dark face appears to threaten Aladdin’s group, along with two mystery fighters who have only shown themselves briefly at the docks of the island. With Morgiana a liability, and with what we can see from the preview, there’ll be a whole lot more running to the treasure room rather than one-on-one fighting next episode, despite the new bond that Alibaba and Hakuryuu have formed. Surely the seal that is stemming Alibaba’s curse will be broken next episode due to acts of desperation, and with two episodes left, we can expect this battle to be the final encounter of the season. Hopefully what the animators did for Morgiana this episode will carry over to the next episodes and leave us with a bang after this past half-year.