ANIME & MANGA - Review
09:00 - 13th October 2013, by NEO Staff

Magi - Vol. 1

It's hard to imagine that there might be anyone out there who doesn't at least have a passing familiarity with the tales of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights - the stories of Sinbad, Ali Baba, Aladdin and others as told by Scheherazade to her king husband Shahryar. As usual, the manga business has taken a little bit of inspiration and turned it into something completely unique and quintessentially Japanese with Magi, the story of a world populated by mysterious structures called Dungeons full of treasure, waiting to be conquered.

The story centres on Aladdin, a young, naive boy who lives for friendship and food. He is in possession of a magical flute that can partially summon a djinn called Ugo - when we say partially, we mean that this guy is actually missing his head. Unaware of the vast power he wields, Aladdin bounces along without direction until he meets Alibaba, an ambitious but lowly wagon driver with a heart of gold. Alibaba finds himself in trouble after rescuing a small girl from certain death using several barrels of expensive wine, but his debts will surely be written off if he can conquer one of these Dungeons. The only trouble is, in ten years of its existence, thousands of people have entered, but none have returned. Alibaba literally stakes his life - and that of Aladdin's - on the power of the djinn inside the flute. But are the adventurers truly up to the challenge?

Whimsical, light-hearted, and full of adventure and fun, Magi is a fantasy tale with eastern flair, and is shaping up to be an intriguing action series with a sweet, down to earth protagonist.

A tale of fortune hunters, magical flutes, djinn, slaves and street rats - Magi is shaping up to be an adventure series to watch.
SCORE: 4.5/5
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