OP2: 「瞬く星の下で」 (Matataku Hoshi no Shita de) by Porno Graffitti
「反逆の王子」 (Hangyaku no Ouji)
“Prince of Rebellion”
Ho boy, so much action action action, with a good dash of Mor on the plate! Magi has returned in full stride, with the Balbadd Arc revving up for its undoubtedly epic conclusion.
But alas, before we hit the actual episode, there is one thing to address. With new beginnings come new openings and endings, which Porno Graffitti and supercell have come to provide! While I did enjoy the first OP by SID, Nogizaka46’s song went against the tone of the show with its overly cheery and sweet song. The new additions have thankfully repaired that, although to differing levels of success. Porno Graffitti did a good job replacing the OP with the same sort of tone, but as for supercell’s performance…it was a little weird. I haven’t a clue whether or not this was due to bad cuts or just the song, but the ending definitely feels like it lacks direction, adding onto the fact that the ED animation didn’t improve. It does have a more appropriate tone for the show, but it definitely isn’t one of supercell’s better songs. The OP animation though…well done, especially with Morgiana doing her dance! As well as being nicely animated, the OP indicates the material that the anime will cover goes beyond Balbadd, hinting we can get a glimpse of Sindria! Overall, it’s been an improvement and a welcome addition for the next set of episodes.
As for the actual episode…I was mighty pleased with how much work they put into the action scenes. While Ali Baba may still grit on my nerves for being a little too whiny (though that’s the point), the way that he finally prevails with his djinn equip and fight off the guards made me pleased both in the visual and storyline department. While a dagger may be fancy to wield for speed, not much can rival the epic feel of striking down your enemies with a long sword. The animators didn’t slack off in creating an appropriate tone for fighting colossal monsters, with each and every explosion and strike filled with energy. Morgiana’s scene especially impressed with the way her speed was portrayed–on one hand we see the growth of her skills, but on the surface we get to see more of the Fanalis fighting attitude, something I’m growing to look forward to more and more as Magi progresses. While Ali Baba and Aladdin may be the central characters of the show, I think it’s safe to assume Morgiana will have a fanbase that rivals the two with her graceful and humble brutality.
Aside from the action though, the drama and politics that are about to unfold will be just as epic. At this point, I think everyone here (with exception of Banker) is clearly pissed at Ahbmad, where his face yells “HATE ME!” Perhaps no one but the forces of evil are able to sympathize with him at this point, brother and fiance included.
Kougyouku will definitely have a surprise waiting for her when she meets her betrothed, probably not to positive reception, yet probably saved in time by the lovely Sinbad–his charms will most likely bring her to the winning side, as the OP indicates.
Sahbmad, though the mouse that he is, also has had enough and shines in his defining heroic moment as he uses his powers for once to stop an injustice. The victory of the downtrodden over the oppressive is always a welcome sight, where every defiant moment against Abhmad makes us scream “YES!” in our hearts.
However the worst is yet to come. Kassim still hasn’t reared his head again, indicating a major thorn in Alibaba’s plans in the future. Sinbad’s forces still have not arrived, though with their arrival means a large battle is undoubtedly coming, even though Sinbad meant for them to be used as diplomatic leverage. It is increasingly likely that Aladdin and Judal will recover approximately at the same time, though the troubles that Judal brings heavily outweigh the hopes Aladdin will.
While this may mark the halfway point for the season, the climax for the arc is deathly close. I expect the action to only ramp up from here, where the animators will show off the best fights this Magi’s season has to offer. It’s been a good start from halfway: here’s to hoping that it gets better from here!
ED2: 「The Bravery」by supercell