Winter 2020 Anime: Official Info, Airdates & Trailers
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The anime world is filled with countless shounen shows, a genre so vast that is very easy for fans to dismiss shows with a lot of potential and label them as mundane or cliché. Magi is one of those shows that falls into the category of supernatural shounen but has so much more to offer. Based mostly on the collection of Middle Eastern folk tales Arabian Nights, and while addressing some pretty heavy themes, you soon realize that even though it looks like a pretty straightforward anime, it is not just a typical action adventure fairytale. Despite the usual dark vs light theme which we often see in this kind of shows, Magi, addresses many subjects such as politics, war, slavery, poverty that can put you into thinking or just wish that you were never born in the world that the characters live in.
The story follows Aladdin, a young magician that yearns to explore the magical lands of his world, where several bizarre labyrinths exist and hide glorious treasures within them. These labyrinths are ruled by Djinns, supernatural beings that grant successful conquerors access to their immense power and choose them as potential king candidates to rule the world. During his quest, he becomes friends with Alibaba Saluja and they continue their journey together, which leads up to an epic adventure.
Another thing that is worth mentioning about Magi is its amazing animation, which ranks among A-1 Pictures best works, with the actions sequences being remarkable. It’s a show that thrives in its worldbuilding and just tries to be different. So if you are looking for something similar to watch, the following recommendations will work like a charm for you.
Alchemy in the world of this anime is based on the law of equivalent exchange; you cannot produce something from nothing. As such, alchemy is bound by one taboo – human transmutation. Edward and Alphonse Elric broke this taboo when they tried to resurrect their dead mother and as a result Al lost his whole body and Ed lost his leg. In order to bring Al’s soul back to life, Ed sacrificed one of his arms and affixed Al’s soul to a suit of armor. As they grow older, Ed enlists to the State Alchemists, where he becomes known as the Fullmetal Alchemist and fights alongside his brother in an attempt to find a way to return their bodies back to their original state.
Fullmetal Alchemist is an outstanding show (and a personal favorite of the genre) that really makes you smile, laugh, question life, and cry a lot. The resemblances of the two anime are very easy to spot since we follow the adventures of two prominent characters that try to fulfill what seems to be an impossible goal. Even though I personally believe that the plot of FMA was better structured and polished, both shows have a similar feeling in terms of drama, comedy, action, and fighting scenes. They might give the impression of a typical shounen but they end up being quite dark, which makes them unique and special in their own way.
Gon Freecss is a young boy who aspires to join the ranks of Hunters, who travel around the world drawn by its mysteries, monsters, and riches, in order to find his missing father. To achieve his goal, he takes part in the Hunter Exam, where he has to push his physical and mental limits to acquire his hunting license. During the exam, Gon makes some new friends – Kurapika, Leorio, and Killua – who have entered the exams for their own personal reasons. Together they embark on an adventure that puts them through many hardships and struggles.
Hunter x Hunter lures the viewer into a false sense of comfort and then quickly overthrows expectations by going against tropes associated with shounen and adventure series. Both Gon and Aladdin are young characters that set on an adventure and meet various friends to assist them, foes that get in their way, and both get themselves into many surprisingly dark situations. Hunter X Hunter has more interesting fighting scenes and tends to get a little heavier but both series have intense emotional factors that surface throughout various episodes.
Lucy Heartfilia is a young mage with the power to summon stellar spirits and she is looking for a guild to join. She has her eyes set on Fairy Tail, a powerful yet reckless group of magic users that stands out from the rest. One day, while Lucy was in town she falls under an abduction attempt, only to be saved by Natsu, a perpetually-seasick boy that reveals to her that he is the fire-eating mage Salamander of Fairy Tail and invites her to join them. There, Lucy meets the guild’s strange members and together they start the battles of a never ending adventure.
Probably one of the highest-rated anime shows related to magic, Fairy Tale will surely take you on a journey. The main group of unique characters in both anime share many personality similarities and there is yet again a strong element of camaraderie and friendship. They have plenty of funny bits and tend to get serious when they have to. With lots of magic and adventures, Magi might seem a little more serious but overall you will definitely be satisfied with the great depth and action in both shows. They are also both made by the same animation studio, so you can expect some good quality content.
In the kingdom of Liones, a small group of Knights called the Seven Deadly Sins, supposedly betrayed their homeland and turned their blades against their comrades in an attempt to overthrow the ruler of Liones. Ten years later, after being defeated by the Holy Knights and exiled, Princess Elizabeth desperately seeks the group’s aid, since the Holy Knights themselves staged a coup d’état, and thus became the new, tyrannical rulers of the Kingdom of Liones. Now with their help, she endeavors to not only take back her kingdom from the Holy Knights, but to also seek justice in their world.
Another story with unique and well-made art style as well as a historic fantasy setting. Protagonists have similar characteristics as they fight against organizations with companions that they made through their journey and overall the characters have a strong sense of dedication and love for each other. Both series mainly contain lighter themes such as comedy but also cover darker subjects with combat, war, and murder.
Ryner Lute is a talented mage and soldier that has been cursed with a mysterious, deadly power called the ‘Alpha Stigma’, eyes that can analyze all types of magic. Together with his partner Ferris, they search for the Hero Relics, mystical artefacts that give their owners supernatural abilities, to help their king give hope to a country plagued by political corruption. But after losing many of his friends in a war, he makes an oath to make the nation a better place.
Both set in magical worlds with various kingdoms fighting for supremacy. Powerful relics and artefacts are the main focus of both stories and both involve quests to find treasures, stop the war and the conflict between the nations. Another show with a heavy emphasis on friendship and some good slapstick humor now and then.
The Shaman Fight is a tournament held every five hundred years where shamans, people who can command spirits, confront each other in combat in order to become the Shaman King, the only one who is able to contact and control the Great Spirit, allowing them to reshape the world as they please through its immense power. Yoh Asakura is a carefree kind-hearted boy that decides to join the tournament with his companions and battle the most powerful shaman who ever lived in order to claim victory.
An older title heavy on the supernatural, magic, and fantasy elements, Shaman King has a great cast of characters that are easily lovable and fun to watch through their adventures.
Tatsumi is a young swordsman who leaves his home to save his village that is suffering from poverty. He meets a girl named Akame, a member of the secret assassin group called Night Raid who was brainwashed and trained by the Empire to kill. Akame and the rest of the members of Night Raid who are all experienced killers fight against the Empire and they have to face powerful weapons and enemy assassins. Tatsumi challenges his own morals and values along with what it means to be an assassin with a cause.
Even though Akame ga Kill! can be quite different compared to Magi, I think that it’s another shounen title that feels a little bit more mature than the rest. Although it’s important to mention that it’s a dark fantasy show with the element of uncensored violence being quite intense. With the source of the characters powers being their weapons, they both create a unique dynamic in the plot that is very entertaining to follow.
In the kingdom of Kouka, Princess Yona lives a sheltered and peaceful life. However, the sudden murder of the king and betrayal of her beloved cousin Su-won change her life completely, as she is forced to escape from the kingdom with the help of Son Hak, her childhood friend and bodyguard. She goes out on a quest to find allies in order to reclaim her kingdom, but realizes that she must become strong if she wants to survive in the corrupted and threatening world of Kouka, which is not the idyllic place she envisioned it to be.
Akatsuki no Yona is for those people that love some good romance in the story but with it not being the main focus of the plot. In a world with various empires, kingdoms, and the idea of war lingering in the background, both protagonists set off on a journey to find allies in order to achieve their goals and find justice. They have similar art style, great comedy, interesting actions scenes, and a good dynamic between the main characters.
The story is set in Orario, a fantasy-like city where adventurers stick together in groups that are called Familia and look for treasures in an underground labyrinth known as Dungeon. Similar to role-playing games, the adventures level up and increase their abilities according to their achievements. Bell Cranel, however, cares more about the girls than fame and riches.
The reason that this anime is in this list is solely based on the similarities between the dungeon system and the way the characters are rewarded and enhance their abilities. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? feels and looks more like a game than Magi but the way their power increases after dealing with a dungeon or a labyrinth and the whole idea on the reward part is pretty similar. If you want a story with a completely different setting and vibe but based on the same mechanics, you should give this one a shot.
In a world filled with pirates, Monkey D. Luffy is a spirited an energetic young man that has a very big dream: he wants to follow the steps of the infamous Gol D. Roger and become the King of all Pirates as well as find the legendary treasure known as One Piece on an island at the end of the Grand Line – a treacherous and truly unpredictable sea. Having eaten one of the Devil’s Fruits, he gained the ability to become a Rubber Man and he sets out to gather a crew and sail to the most dangerous sea in the world.
Highly doubt that there are any shounen fans out there that are unaware of One Piece and its story, so there is no much need for comparisons or any introduction here. An anime that has been running for more than 20 years and is loved dearly by the anime community. The reason for this is very simple: even though it might be too extensive for some people to follow, to this day it manages to keep you on the edge with its thrilling plot and lovable characters. If you liked Magi for its uniqueness, you should be watching One Piece, if you are not already.
All the titles above share great stories, visuals, intense bromance and friendship vibes, as well as occasional heavy messages and darker settings, so there is no doubt that you will enjoy every single one of them.
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