Magi’s third episode is straight intensity from start to finish – the childish visuals make it seem a bit difficult to take seriously, yet the story and general presentation are excellent to the extent it matters not.
Our leading characters arrived within a city embedded deep inside the dungeon, a “necropolis”, and the antagonists have also managed to follow through as well. The situation then quickly lets loose – it doesn’t necessarily evolve so much as it simply allows for the expected to ooze, albeit with a somewhat unanticipated ignition.
As the two of Aladdin and Ali Baba moved onward towards the center of the dungeon, it seems there’s a detour in plot focus at that point – particularly given that Aladdin is abruptly kicked to Hades. In a second at most, the shota kid protagonist of this series is obliterated into the recesses of off-screen – smashing through solid rock. The slave girl has assaulted him as it seems despite all, she’s still taking orders from her abuser – and she happens to have rather violent legs.
Ali Baba can’t dash over to Aladdin’s aide as the arrogant self-authority is keeping him from assisting his friend – and this commences the combat angle of Ali Baba versus pompous local ruler. The latter may think rather glorious of himself – however the former proves superior, regardless of what the Sharif attempts, Ali Baba’s swordsmanship seems no less than expert, which isn’t a shock given what we’ve seen of him prior.
It still remains uncertain as to what truth there is regarding Ali Baba’s background – yet he’s seemingly equipped with the knowledge and capabilities of a king.
Whatever the case, the episode’s spotlight is elsewhere – Ali Baba is, for a moment, at the upper hand, however the slave girl suddenly flies over to save her master, and with a thunderous kick unforeseen, Ali Baba is then left in an unfavorable position instead. As typical with these individuals, once Ali Baba is down from an attack of a third part, the Sharif comes over and begins to exert his pseudo-dominance as if he truly were victorious.
Yet the Sharif eventually decides to force the task of eradicating Ali Baba upon the cute slave girl – and at that point, Aladdin resurrects himself in order to smoothly save the day through a mystic he evidently has besides his djinn. Ali Baba’s life is no longer threatened – and then Aladdin proceeds towards his next course of action, demanding his flute back. Aladdin asks for it several times, and the Sharif repeatedly jumps around the matter by sending his slave girl out to attack – yet as was inevitable, Aladdin triumphs.
With Aladdin’s problem solved, a djinn manifests from the center of the dungeon, the guardian of the place it seems, and then we learn a bit of how Magi are wizards with the role of choosing a king – and from there, it’s not necessarily a matter in need of any critical thinking to become aware of the awaiting route.
Skipping the less interesting, exit from the dungeon appears to blast all our characters in quite a few different directions – they’re all bound to meet again however as the journey of Ali Baba has become one in which he’s accompanied by comrades. For the most part, this is a solid showing – although it’s of course dependent on what follows for one to truly be able to label it either brilliant or otherwise.