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written by Forsaken_blame
I must admit, the tale of Sinbad- King of Sindria, Conqueror of the Seven Seas, a legendary man whose mythical adventures have been woven into countless movies, books, and cloth- is a rather difficult story to tell. So far, Magi season one and two have both done exceptionally well in portraying Sinbad as a grown man in charge of a nation. Rather than sticking to just the classic mold of "Sinbad the great sailor!" or "Sinbad the witty, flirty, virtuous bad boy!", they add depth by darkening the inner workings of his tactical mind. However, the same effort in characterization was not applied in the first OVA of Sinbad's adventures.
The OVA begins on a dark stormy night with the screech of a woman in the midst of what appears to be an excruciating labor which just happens to be occurring during a magical, mystical, wondrous night full of shooting stars, glowing genie lamps, and the classic array of oddities that only happen "once every thousand of years".
If this were any other anime, this would be an irritating (and frightful) way to start off but because it's Magi and it blends together legends with just the right amount of originality, I gave it some leeway. After all, the intro music was fantastic, and if you're a Magi fan already, at this point you're cracking your knuckles cause Sin's finally in town! There's no way this can go-
..wrong...And before you know it, the producers have dragged you into one of the most cliche, overdone story lines known to fairy tales. Sinbad's portrayed as the classic hero, complete with a tragic background story, the help of a supernaturally gifted stranger, and everything else that serves as the pedestal upon which this adolescent's destiny sits- awaiting his overbearing greatness. While the main character's traits are clearly established alongside the personas of the antagonists and a clear goal is conveyed, the origin- the story behind the very essence of Sinbad's character is unfortunately, not the work of just his own hands, but of the overbearing power of 'destiny' that he was assigned from birth.
It's just as amazing as it was in the series- perhaps even more so. Details are not shirked and even minor characters are given diverse facial features that go beyond the usual haphazard sketches, making it a refreshing and engaging watch. The animation's wholesome, nothing's extraordinary or out of place, so overall, it's enjoyable.
As is the soundtrack- the only two notable bits of music being at the beginning and end of the OVA, with everything in between flowing on the familiar waves of equilibrium. It's not outstanding, but pleasant enough.
Here's where they stopped hammering the nail in halfway through the script.
With a dead father, a sick mother who feels guilty for worrying her son, a village jam packed with kids and adults alike who absolutely adore Sinbad because he's just so NICE, so speshul, so won-der-ful!~
He's everyone's favorite guy!
Everyone's awed and inspired by him,
And it's not hard to see why,
Cause no one's slick as Sinbad,
No one's as quick as Sinbad,
No one's hair is incredibly long and luxurious as Sinbad's!
For there is no other teen in town half as heroic,
Perfect, a classic archetype!
You can ask any Natsu, Lelouch, or Levi,
And they'll tell you whose team they prefer to be on!
There's only just one guy in town who's got it going on,
And his name is SINBAAAADDD!
Unfortunately, Sinbad's characterization falls flat. They might as well have inserted the above song montage as the background theme to accompany the numerous occasions that validated the glorious, inherent valor of Sinbad who- around th
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