I love magi and have a crush on orient. There’s a lot to discuss about Shinobu Ohtaka’s latest work.
It is not correct to state whether Orient is better or worse than Magi with only one season. I will not rant or rave about it and ignore other opinions.
I’ll go over the similarities, differences, and a theory or two as to what might happen in future Ohtaka works.
I saw the Orient anime on Crunchyroll and will read the manga soon. As such, this article contains spoilers for the Magi anime and manga.
So please keep that in mind as we take a trip down memory lane and explore future possibilities. Are you ready to kill the Oni and the Kishen?
The good, the bad, and the funny
Magi has a lot of jokes about boobs and knows when to back off and focus on other things. I like to think of Orient as a slightly more mature sibling of Magi.
Orient has almost no grown-up humor and shows promise. However, most of the reviews on Youtube complain about the animation of Orient.
They called it low budget and it’s not up to 2022 standards. I personally have no problem with the animation.
It’s fine with me as long as you know who’s who and what’s going on. Orient Season 2 release date is coming up in a few months. Studio ACGT does a good job.
So, let’s take a look at the top 10 similarities and differences between Orient and Magi.
10. The power of three
Magi revolves around the adventures of Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgiana. Orient is about a slightly older trio fighting Oni, Mushahi, Kojiro, and Tsugumi.
Aladdin is a mage, a special breed of mage who has almost unlimited amounts of magic. You can’t progress through an episode or chapter without encountering magic.
Unfortunately, Orient doesn’t have any except for the Oni, Kishen, and a goddess who needs a host and can’t stay in the physical world for long. However, I am not convinced that she is not a kishen.
8. Tricky adults and easily fooled children/teens
In Magi, Aladdin spent most of his childhood in an underground chamber. Morgiana grew up as a slave and Alibaba was a merchant and used to live in a palace. In the Orient, Mushashi studied at an elite school for miners, Kojiro set up his own business and both boys lived in the same village. Tsugumi grew up in a Bushi Fortress and had the most knowledge/training to deal with the Oni.
Keeping age in mind and the fact that the main characters are learning to make their own choices makes any encounter with someone older and wiser more appealing. Especially in Magi because most adults have their own agenda.
7. Clear/evolving goals
Magi began as an adventure. Two boys set off to conquer some dungeons and see the world. Orient focuses more on getting to the next enemy with an organic way of explaining the terrain.
One of the main complaints I’ve heard regarding Orient is that it burns slowly. I think the pace is okay. Orient does an excellent job of giving viewers enough information without bogging down the episode. We know the main objectives, know who the bad guys are, and fight scenes are never too long. Some characters will be introduced towards the end, but we’ll learn more about them in the next season.
5. Likeable characters
I can talk about my favorite Magi characters all day long. Musashi is everything an older red-haired Aladdin should be. The same goes for Kojiro and Alibaba. Tsugumi needs more time to grow and hopefully we’ll get that next season.
4. Trauma done right
Morgiana and Tsugumi are two peas in one pod, and the differences between these girls are small. Morgiana was a slave who was beaten, humiliated, and terrorized before Aladdin and Alibaba showed up. Tsugumi was scolded by her adoptive father and constantly told that she was worthless. Tsugumi is awkward and believes that if she strips naked, she can make friends thanks to her older sister.
Please understand me; I in no way glorify abuse. I’m saying these girls have been through hell and Morgiana has had the time to get through it. Mushashi and Kojiro will help Tsugumi overcome her past, but it won’t be a quick fix.
3. A fun way to learn about different cultures and myths
Aladdin, Alibaba, Sinbad and Jafar should be familiar to anyone interested in movies, especially when it comes to Disney. Orient screams feudal Japan thanks to the Kishen designs based on Buddhist mythology and the Bushi.
2. Colors everywhere
Colors play a major role in both series. Season 1 of Magicians focuses on white and black, while Season 2 gives us red, blue, yellow and green for magic. Orient has a similar approach; only it is for souls. White, red, green, blue and yellow are normal and black is abandoned.
1. Mysterious main characters
Aladdin’s past was an enjoyable read that the anime has yet to cover, and Mushashi’s relationship with the Obsidion goddess is one I can’t wait to learn more about! What does it mean to be “forsaken”? Is Mushashi, Orient’s version of a “Fallen One”?
Will we get Magi Season 3 and what is the connection between Magi and Orient?
Many fans were hoping for Magi Season 3 when Orient came out and I wasn’t one of them because I didn’t know about the existence of Orient until recently.
I have a habit of dabbling in anime/manga/video games long after they come out, so that’s how I came to Magi. My ex boyfriend took me to the library and I cleaned up the manga department.
He didn’t think I could read them all and I enjoyed proving him wrong. Orient still has a long way to go, but has so far established itself well.
I like what I’ve seen and will pick up the manga in the future.
I’d like to wrap things up with a theory of mine regarding Sinbad. This is where the spoiler warning comes in.
Don’t read this if you haven’t read the Magi manga. It has a strange ending, but it promises sequels, spin-offs, and alternate series.
Sinbad is one of the baddest characters; a god, a villain and then nothing? Of all the characters in Magi, Sinbad is the only one who didn’t receive a satisfying ending.
Many fans believe he is dead. I think he was sent to another world and is doing what he does best. In the final episodes of Orient, we are introduced to 8 generals from Black Stone.
Sinbad had 8 generals serving under him and they were omnipotent in their own way. Most were the rulers of their countries!
If Sinbad survives or is reincarnated, I believe he will return to what he does best: explore, fight, be a gamer, and drink. Does that mean we’ll see him or other Magi characters in the Orient?
I don’t know, but I want to find out! It would be fun to see the King of the Seven Seas interacting with the Bushi clans and kicking Oni’s butt.
Sinbad was the first to conquer a jinn, attain seven jinn, found his own country, and was god for a time. So Mushashi and his friends would be in good hands when he showed up in their world, and most importantly, Sinbad promised Aladdin he would come back.
I’m waiting for the singularity to return and will read the various manga in the meantime! Is it July already?