「その名はシンドバッド」 (Sono na ha Shindobaddo)
“His Name is Sinbad”
The man who is king…ends up losing all of his metal vessels to petty robbery. The legendary Sinbad has lost all of his bling! However, that doesn’t stop him from being the cheerful and charge-forward person, considering the dark politics that are brooding around Balbadd. While Ali Baba has been found, the political intrigue between nations continues to grow between Sindria, Balbadd, and the Kou Empire.
Although faced with a shady first impression of Sinbad (or for some, good? :P), Aladdin and Morgiana have found themselves lucky to once again be in the presence of people of goodwill. Sinbad, whilst he might be a little too carefree and underestimating of women (Morgiana’s reaction), it is clear that his morals, honor, and attitude align with Aladdin’s. Even when threatened, Sinbad can see what true wrongs are being committed, especially concerning the current social situation in Balbadd. That attitude has brought him great success and fortune, as seen by his status, fame, and the subordinates that follow him. The first advisor, Jafar, acts as the straight man for Sinbad’s antics–a sad, but necessary job to keep his king in check. During battle, Jafar employed abilities unique to those who have passed a dungeon, implying the history between Sinbad and himself goes back a fair bit.
Morgiana was especially impressed and amazed at the sight of another Fanalis, Masrur, which Masrur himself expresses in return when discussing with Sinbad. This bodes well for the treatment of the Fanalis in general: not all nations treat the Fanalis as powerful objects to be exploited and made into commodities. Perhaps this is explained due to the closer proximity of Sindria to the Dark Continent, but for now, knowledge of both Sindria and the Dark Continent are still nonexistent, except that trade to either from Balbadd has been completely cut off due to interference from the Kou Empire. Until such a political problem is resolved, Morgiana will unfortunately be able to reach the Dark Continent, but fortunately will continue her adventures with Aladdin, continuing to be literally a strong friend (I cringed when she got pinned down…did she break anything?).
As for Aladdin, his quest to find his own calling and Ali Baba continues. if it wasn’t clear before, Sinbad clarifies that as a Magi, Aladdin has the power to directly access the Rukh around him, which explains his ability to summon Ugo for a longer duration. While we didn’t get to see much exposition regarding Aladdin this episode, we do get to see his faith in Ali Baba and the promises he’s made with him, though it looks like that faith is about to be seriously tainted, whether malicious or not.
Now, manga readers may already know what’s about to go down, but figuring out why Ali Baba has decided to ally himself with these violent characters is still a big mystery. It seems out of Ali Baba’s character to use violence and brutal techniques to steal from anyone–he comes off more as one to use charisma and dialogue to get his way. However, next week looks to shine some light on Ali Baba’s past, which is directly linked to Balbadd in some way. Ali Baba said in previous episodes that he had loose ends to tie up in the city, which implies that the characters that he’s working with now have some sort of connection to that past. It is hinted that Ali Baba’s history has been fraught with a fall from a comfortable life, so perhaps taking action against the cause of that fall is part of his agenda.
The world continues to grow, as the meat of our story slowly begins to reveal itself. Politics and history are beginning to clash, and big players are setting themselves up to clash in style.