I have seen my fair share of anime over the years, but few are able to etch themselves so deeply in my little otaku heart. One such series, called Magi, has made itself a permanent home on my list of all-time favorites. It isn’t exactly family friendly, but if you’re anything like me and enjoy a fine blend of raunchy humor and action sprinkled with sentimentality, then add this to your list. Due to its immediate yet consistent mystery, hilarity, and badass-ery, this series is a definite must-see.
The ice breaker of episode one–aka its opening theme–immediately grabbed my attention like the seductive dance of a belly dancer clothed in brightly colored fabrics and shiny things. From the kickass song with amazing vocals to its display of characters, I knew I was in for anime awesomeness. Before the opening theme even ended I’m thinking, “Holy s**t, this song is so freaking hype! Wait, who the hell is this ginormous, blue, ultra-mega-diesel guy? And who is this ADORABLE little boy he’s all chummy with? Hardcore female character–check! Exotic lands and characters decked in flamboyant ethnic dress and bling, F*** YEAH!” Mmmmmmm yes, indeed the first 2 minutes of the series took me hostage, and I wanted to continue being its captive.
Beyond the opening theme, I made sure not to get my hopes up, knowing some series take a while to get off the ground. WRONG! I was unexpectedly laughing my butt off and fixated on the plot by the second episode–trust that is a RARE occurrence.
You might be thinking, “Well, what’s so good about the beginning?” That’s a very good question my friend; in one word–Aladdin. Now, don’t get him confused with Disney’s version of Aladdin; admittedly, he was my first hardcore animated crush when I was 5 and desperately wanted to be Princess Jasmine. No, Magi’s version of Aladdin is a little boy who looks no older than maybe 8 or 9 in anime years; he’s this cute little chibi with a white turban and ground-sweeping braid that wanders around barefoot on his journey. It is PRECISELY that image of cuteness and presumed innocence that is misleading as you nearly have a heart attack watching him get real deep in a pair of ridiculously large anime boobs, and they don’t necessarily have to be on a woman neither. Yes folks, our sweet little chibi Aladdin is not so innocent; he is a bona fide pint-sized perv (akin to One Piece’s Momonosuke), and it is only made more certain as you continue the series–cue the hysterics!
Aside from being the ladies man and frequenting the brothels, Aladdin is quite the intriguing character. You see, he possesses some very peculiar items, namely his turban and blinged out solid-gold recorder that hangs around his pervy little neck. Without spoiling it too much, let’s just say Aladdin can summon ginormous blue limbs at will with a tune from the recorder. It is quite the sight to behold, and you shall most certainly experience moments of “WHAT THE F***?!” As for the other item–well, let’s just say Magi needed to stay true to the method of whimsical transportation preferred by all animated male characters named Aladdin (wink!).
In addition to the bag of surprises that is Aladdin, Magi also introduces one of the most badass female fighters I have ever to behold in anime–Morgiana. This girl right here, whew! Talk about a powerhouse, this other pint-sized package comes fully loaded with innate abilities specific to her endangered race, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Morgiana is no damsel in distress, nor does she need to acquire peculiar items like Aladdin. As you gawk at her run, jump, pound, kick, and shriek her way through anyone or anything, you realize Morgiana is truly a force to be reckoned with, and she is one of many in the series. Nothing brings me more joy than a series brimming with femme fatales.
There is a plethora of other amazing characters including one fine specimen of anime eye candy named Sinbad. I believe this character was inspired by the legendary adventures of Sinbad that you may or may not be familiar with, but who freakin’ cares?! Magi’s Sinbad is the complete package that fulfills all of my anime fantasies. I will NEVER forget the moment Sinbad is introduced to Aladdin and his newly acquired BFF named Alibaba; thanks to a trio of bandits, Aladdin, Alibaba, and viewers are blessed to behold the godly physique that is Sinbad in all his exotic glory (an even manlier version of Kill la Kill’s Nudist Beach agent Aikuro Mikisugi). It was this heart-pumping introduction that drew me in even more knowing the series not only caters to male viewers, but also female viewers such as myself. Although Sinbad is my personal favorite, there are plenty of other male characters that make me want to hang posters in my room.
Indeed, Magi does an outstanding job with its diversity of characters–from the most evil, sadistic pricks you’d want to murder to awe-inspiring mythical Djinns (genies), including one female in particular with no shame in her game as she flaunts a well endowed rack complete with chained nipple piercings (ouch!)–not to mention the Djinns' dwellings called Dungeons. It also does an excellent job with creative magical and physical abilities that lend to some of the coolest action sequences. Also notable is its development of various characters as well as a seductive plot that keeps viewers engaged and entertained.
Whether you are new to the anime universe or a seasoned citizen, Magi is undoubtedly top-notch entertainment that envelops a little of everything; there's just zero chance of becoming bored, ZERO! Just be sure to watch it with a buddy or two as their reactions will make watching it that much more enjoyable, and will leave you all with something to talk and giggle about long after the credits.