Thursday, 18 September 2014

MAGI CHAPTER 239 REVIEW: DARK MAGI

JUDAR ARRIVES AT THE SUMMIT
JUDAR IS HERE! I didn’t think an event as simple as that would make this Magi chapter so much more exciting, but it did, and it has something to do with finally lifting the Alma Toran Arc atmosphere that has been hanging over Magi for the last two chapters.
THE CHAPTER:
Confronted with the truth, Aladdin attempts to bring Sinbad and Kouen into an alliance within which the focus would be to end Al Tharmen’s hold over the Kou empire. But as the egos of these two powerful men rise to overshadow their common sense, an unlikely element emerges on the scene.
MY THOUGHTS:
SINDRIA/KOU IN TURMOIL
It’s been two chapters since we existed the Alma Toran arc, however it wasn’t until this chapter that Magi felt like it had finally left the dreary atmosphere of Alma Toran and Solomon behind.
We are finally back into the typical Magi pace and I cannot remember the last time I was this excited about a Magi chapter; yes, Alma Toran had its moments, but at best I was intrigued. At worst I was bored, but never excited.
This is finally Magi like I remember it, with all the awesome characters we’ve been following since the beginning; something about the interactions worked for me this week, specifically Sinbad and Kouen.
NO action to speak of in this battle manga and yet Magi still manages to entertain; this is the Magi that I remember, the one that could do no wrong.
-Sinbad and Politics
Chapter 239 was all about the political maneuverings; watching Sinbad basically play the summit like a fiddle, turning the world (more or less) against the Kou empire by playing the Al Tharmen card while at the same time extending a helping hand was priceless.
This is the Sinbad I remember, if not a tiny bit more untrustworthy that before; scheming and conniving, unwilling to work with Kouen, even less willing to lose Aladdin and Alibaba’s trust by looking power hungry, then going for the next best thing: forcing Kouen into a position where he would either have to be the one to refuse the offer for peace (thereby absolving Sinbad of all blame with regards to the failure of Aladdin’s treaty), or forcing the peace treaty through but with Sindria at the top.
Yes, I most definitely enjoyed these sneaky machinations; and Kouen’s own response to these games was surprisingly and amusingly frank, his very visible dislike for Sinbad, willingness to use Al Tharmen to achieve his goals, basically equating his ideals to Solomon’s own dreams.
Good stuff this week; I forgot how good Magi could be after the last four months of Alma Toran. And Aladdin could only watch helplessly. The world is going to burn and not even with his father’s wisdom can he prevent it.
-Alibaba- A primary protagonist no more.
Poor Alibaba; it’s like with each new arc, Alibaba loses more and more of his previous importance, and even his deal with Kouen has fallen at the wayside. With Kouen no longer interested in Aladdin or the former prince we need not bother questioning whether Alibaba would go so far as to betray his friends and Sinbad for Kouen’s deal to hand Balbad over to him.
Thinking about it, quite a lot happened this week, from Sinbad’s scheming, Kouen’s revelations about the state of affairs of his house, the exploration of Alibaba’s unimportance in the grand scheme of things, Aladdin’s helplessness, the conflict between Kou and Sindria’s various houses, and finally Judar.
-Judar
What could Judar have in mind for the summit? Something tells me that Hakuryuu isn’t far behind. And now that they have the dark rukh of the medium, is there anything stopping them from laying everything and everyone to waste.
Are we going to see an all out brawl between the summit members and the dark Magi? Because both Kou and Sindria couldn’t be more helpless. And even with their individual attributes and emergency plans in play, someone is dying.
I know it cannot be Sinbad, but there are a lot of popular characters within his house that just might bite the dust next week.
With Hakuryuu by his side, there is no way Judar is fighting for Gyokuen; where he to act in a hostile manner against Sinbad and Kou, that would complicate an already complicated war against Al Tharmen.
+RATING: 8/10, this was good. My zeal for Magi is returning once more. I was fighting to maintain interest in Magi during the flashback. Not so with chapter 239