Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (Magi: Sinbad no Bōken) (マギ シンドバッドの冒険 ) (Magi: Adventure of Sinbad) (Magi: Las Aventuras de Sinbad) is an anime series that began airing April 16, 2016. It was 13 episodes long with each episode being about 20 minutes long. It is considered to be an action, adventure, fantasy, magic, shounen. It is a spin off of the Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic series and it had its own manga with the same name. The series is considered a prologue since it takes place before the Labyrinth series begins.
Thirty years before Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Sinbad’s early life and how he began his kingdom is revealed.
OPENING THEME SONG: Spotlight (スポットライト) by PENGUIN RESEARCH
ENDING THEME SONG: Polaris (ポラリス) by Fujifabric
Waku Waku Review:
If you have watched the OVA I think it is pretty safe to skip episodes 2-6. I watched them, but it really didn’t add much to the OVAs that came out previously. It was a good series, I love the Magi series and don’t really have very many complaints about this one. I do with they made it span 2 seasons instead of just Spring 2016. I would have liked to see more of the story and see him do more conquering. I did appreciate that they show him growing up and aging, but they leave some things blank in the story. Without giving it away, they do not show how he learns to work with his djins.
The story was good, the tale was good, the animation was good, and I liked the music. If you enjoyed the Magi series I am pretty sure you will enjoy this. It doesn’t have as much adventure as the other series, but it is still very shounen. I suggest watching it.
Ohtaka’s spinoff prelude to Magi, Adventures of Sinbad, perhaps fulfills the wishes of some fans. In the Magi series Sinbad is a larger than life character, so powerful and boisterous, that most readers and watchers would do right to question his history. As expected of a shounen tale, Sinbad, master of the seven seas and most powerful dungeoneer and treasure-wielder, simply must start as a dirt-poor downtrodden nobody. His shounen journey is how he goes from being a boy nearly starving to death to the demi-god king everyone knows and adores. Adventure of Sinbad is a journey you’ll find familiar with other shounen adventures like Naruto. How does this season stack up? As part of one of Japan’s top-selling franchises, Sinbad receives the treatment you’d expect of a mainstream anime. Good animation, good acting, good music.
I do think the story within Adventures of Sinbad fails to live up to the heightened expectations audiences have following Magi. As a series, Magi was much more original in how it chose to pace itself, round out its characters, and weave its tale. In the end, Magi was simply more loyal to the Arabian Nights themes that originally inspired it. Sinbad on the other hand propagates cliche anime stereotypes and returns to a formula of storytelling that is safe and uninspiring. Of course I still watched it and enjoyed it, but I’m acutely aware of how it didn’t stack up to its predecessor. I wouldn’t advise new audiences introduce themselves to the Magi universe through Adventures of Sinbad. Instead I would advise they try Magi first. Fans of Magi will of course enjoy Sinbad and should give it a watch.