「戦闘民族ファナリス」 (Sentou Minzoku Fanarisu)
“Warrior Tribe Fanalis”
Morgiana does not disappoint. Her badass meter is right through the roof, which in turn provided us with the best fight scenes the series has provided us. While much of her backstory still remains shrouded, the few clues given along with promising foreshadowing is able to satiate one’s curiosity for now. I for one, welcome our new Fanalis kings and queens when they decide to break off their chains and reveal their true potential.
Magi‘s current antagonist to focus on, Fatima (those red lips, my my…), riles up the episode with his…biting treatment of slaves. It’s one thing to actually be a slave driver, but to actually feed your slaves to the wild…that’s a cringeworthy streak to have. Thankfully, the anime doesn’t cross that line and break our hearts–Morgiana comes to save the day! Her brute force will smash any target she sets eyes on, no matter how strong the target may be. Lions, thieves, shackles, you name it: Morgiana will screw you over if you get on her bad streak. It makes you think…if the women are this strong, how strong (or not strong?) are the men? I hope that we really do get to learn more about the Fanalis along with Morgiana’s past…they must have an interesting society to be this strong, yet at the feet of mere weaklings.
It is a painful sight to see her not in baddass mode, if the graphical nature of the flashbacks were any indication. It’s quite amazing that she’s escaped all scars from her previous treatment, save for some leg shackle bruises. I’m still pissed at Jamil for being such a terrible person, and seeing him reappear again in a flashback wasn’t helping much to soothe that disgust. However, for every appearance of Jamil…there is an appearance of Goltas as well. My my Goltas…why are you such a wise and inspiring person! Although he has died in repentance for his own transgressions, his soul, his lifeforce, it still manages to inspire Morgiana to new heights (literally), and has ended up being an interesting character, despite his limited screentime. Goes to show how effective multilayering your characters can be!
Magi also balances the tide of nasty characters with plenty of pleasant people. Although many of the characters introduced have come and gone as the show needs them, they serve their purpose well and act as good contrast against the forces of injustice. Aside from slavery, politics, and nationalism, trade caravans are an important theme in Magi, as they provide the safest (and most sociable) means of transport through the Middle East, just as it was in history. These trade caravans have provided plenty of pleasant personalities which stand up for each other, standing up for justice–even more so than the governments of the various cities and towns. This vigilante system is an uplifting part of the anime, as it causes the characters to rely on each other for assistance rather than governments, which of course makes for lots of interaction and development. However, next episode, it looks like our newly united pair is breaking off from the caravan life, in order to find the last of the trio, Ali Baba.
What adventures lie in Balbadd? Undoubtedly action packed, closer to Morgiana’s homeland, and closer to finally finding out what Ali Baba has been doing this entire time!
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