The series started with an amazing pilot episode. Magmel Of the Blue Sea amazed me and had me begging for more, and I am not an easy-to-satisfy fan. This auspicious anime started just as it should, and I really think that something interesting is on the way.
Ever since I was a kid, exploration of unknown lands was one of my biggest dreams. This anime hit the right spots. From the very first minute, Magmel’s beauty left me speechless: huge flowers, forests, bizarre wildlife, high mountains, and waterfalls all over the place… It was delightful to look at. The idea of a new continent full of unknown species and new resources coming out of nowhere is not new, but the approach of this anime is ideal. It seems that we will come across great adventures, drama, and mystery. Considering the fact that I am not the biggest shounen admirer, I am shocked for falling for this so hard.
So, back to the plot! After Magmel appeared, the era of explorations returned, whilst everyone is trying to take advantage of her. But, sadly, this place isn’t so paradise-like as it seems… Creepy giant insects, flowers that bloom on corpses (yikes!), and crazy people roaming around cause one disaster after another. However, Inyou the Angler will save/ruin the day – it depends on your point of view. He is the main character and seems interesting and badass. I am eager to see more about his relationship with Emilia, his business, and his surroundings.
Kurikisu: This cute little sick boy turned my heart into syrup. His sincere melancholy alongside with the hope of reuniting with his big brother gave him strength and bravery that we rarely see. He putted his own good aside and died like a Saint… This part got me extremely mad, cause even if I saw him in just one episode, I got VERY attached. He was pure. I am the innocent kind of person, who believes that my beloved character will make it to the last episode, so this development brought tears to my eyes.
Kurikisu’s brother turning into Super Saiyan: What. Was. That. Inyou mentioned something about Magmel’s dark secrets, but, wow! I believed that the brother would be dead or lost, or at least a zombie. But, I didn’t expect him to be alive and so crazy over the power of Tear Of Epona that he would mangle his family and friends. And all of this, in order to live longer and gain XL muscles. He deserved what he got, though. Till the very last minute I hoped for a twist.
Themes & Trivia
First of all, music: The music in Magmel Of The Blue Sea is amazing and reminds of Arabian melodies. The opening song is good, but the ending is phenomenal. It is composed by Yasuharu Takanashi, who has worked in famous anime, like Fairy Tail or Naruto.
The city of Magmel: The city, surrounded by enormous walls in order to be protected and safe, is similar to the Earth Kingdom ones from the show Avatar The Last Airbender (like Ba Sing Se or the military bases).
Voice acting: Famous voice actors like Kengo Kawanishi (Another, Food Wars, Psycho-Pass 2) take the series on a whole new level of awesomeness, and prove that Studio Pierrot wants to make up for the Tokyo Ghoul disaster.
I cannot wait for the next episode. I am hoping that Kurikisu will rise from the dead. I assume that the storyline will be similar to the manga’s one, so it will be quite hard for Magmel to disappoint. When I started watching, I was feeling sleepy, but it woke me up and gained my full attention in the first 5 minutes. I couldn’t move my eyes from the screen, especially when the characters arrived in the unexplored forest. I’m looking forward to discover more about Inyou’s powers and learn more about his -as it seems- complicated character. Though, no more death on cute little potatoes, please!
‘There is only one salvation for you’
I am pleasantly surprised with where this is going. It does seem like a carefully created anime, with action and storytelling being combined in just the right amounts. What shocking events are ahead of us? Let’s find out!
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Gunjou no Magmel
Spring 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast