My king, if you wished for it, you could have great fortune, rule over countless stars and planets, or even live forever. You could have anything you wanted. Now, what is it you desire most...?
An Arabian Nights-themed manga by Shinobu Ohtaka, the author of Sumomo Mo Momo Mo.Aladdin is a Cheerful Child who's partial to pretty ladies. He's travelling in a dangerous world full of bandits and monsters, but that's okay—his magic flute summons a huge, muscular Djinn named Ugo. Ugo happens to be missing his head at the moment, but this doesn't seem to stop him from casually tossing aside any threats (although he also tends to scare the crap out of whomever Aladdin is trying to protect...) However, summoning Ugo does a number on Aladdin's stamina, requiring him to sleep for a while, so they have to be a little careful.In their travels they meet Alibaba, a young man who dreams of getting filthy rich by Dungeon Crawling. See, in this land, dungeons periodically appear out of nowhere: mysterious, seemingly extra-dimensional spaces full of monsters, traps — and fabulous treasures. Realizing that Ugo would mitigate a lot of the dangers, Alibaba quickly befriends Aladdin and persuades him to go exploring a dungeon in the middle of the nearby City of Adventure.As they charge into unknown peril, encountering allies and powerful foes, Aladdin encounters other Djinn and discovers that he may be The Chosen One.An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired as a part of the Fall 2012 Anime, with a second season airing in Fall 2013. American viewers may watch this at Crunchyroll. The English dub of the first season is being broadcast on Neon Alley.
This series provides examples of:
Absurdly Youthful Mother: Considering the setting, one can assume this isn't all that unusual, but the examples so far are...
Ren Gyokuen, who was 16 when she had her first child, Hakuyuu, and 19 when she had her second, Hakuren. Assuming she has been living as a genuine human for the last 48 years.
Mira Dianus Artemina, who was about 18 when she had her youngest child, Pisti, and mentions having several older daughters.
A lesser example, but Zaynab was 18 or 19 when she and Hassan had their first baby, and got pregnant again soon after.
Action Girl: This series is remarkable for the fact that its Action Girls are actual Action Girls. Even more so because of the uneven male-to-female ratio in the series. In the main character arena, we have Morgiana. In the Kou Empire we have Hakuei and Kougyoku. In Sindria we have Yamraiha and Pisti. And that's not even considering the more minor arc characters.
Actually Pretty Funny: Morgiana pays no attention to Aladdin's childish antics, but gives a small laugh when he makes a particularly dopey imitation of her horrid master.
A-Cup Angst: Pisti. Even Aladdin doesn't believe she's actually 18 from the size of her boobs.
A Friend in Need: Aladdin's modus operandi. He doesn't care much about higher justice or fundamental truth, he just wants to help his friends when they're in trouble. This may or may not change, as he gets wiser to the ways of the outside world.
The Alliance: Sinbad's Alliance of the Seven Seas and all of his other unofficial allies, including our heroes. At this point the Alliance is the major force of good in the Magi world, by opposing Al-Thamen.
Sinbad is shown to be similarly idealistic and accepting, judging from the glimpses we get of his past. For example, he befriended Ja'far, who had been an assassin sent to kill him. Hell, his entire country is evidence of his magnanimous and magnetic nature. Now that he's king, however, he has seen the darker side of humanity too many times to realistically believe that everyone can be turned good. He shows no mercy to Al-Thamen.
Alibaba grow ups to be one of the best examples in the series.
Never, never, hurt someone loved by a member of the Ren Family...
BFS: Muu summons one to destroy Magnostadt just to be stopped by Alibaba.
Big Brother Instinct: Kouen's best trait is that he respects and cares for his siblings above everything else. He was the one who trained Kougyoku and it's implied he helped Kouha conquer his dungeon. And when Kouha was injured by the Dark Djinn, he did a Big Damn Heroes and the first thing he did upon seeing Kouha was heal his arm.
Brick Joke: In a deleted extra from Volume 9, the somewhat geeky Yamraiha admits that she doesn't know how to talk to men, so Pisti recommends she just date another wizard. Over 100 chapters later, Yam is (literally) drooling over Yunan because of his magical abilities.
Breaking the Fellowship: Happens a lot, the first time is by force, the next time was so Aladdin and Alibaba could go train and Morgiana could visit her home, though her journey turned into a training trip as well.
Cast from Hit Points: Trying to wield too much Magoi is dangerous, as it starts eating away at your life force. This includes maintaining a Djinn outside its artefact, so they can't just punch their way through every problem for you. This isn't really a problem for Magi since they can tap directly into the Rukh to use their magic. In the time of Alma Torran all mages could do the same until Solomon replaced Ill Illah's Rukh with his White Rukh to free everyone from Ill Illah's "destiny". The only mages who could still tap into the Rukh for power were the three companions (Sheba, Ugo, and Arba) who visited Ill Illah with him, and they became the first Magi. The mages' resentment over being reduced to relying on their own magoi to cast spells was a major reason many of them joined Al-Thamen.
Cerebus Syndrome: The series started light and cheerful, with some moments of darkness that get resolved by the end of the arc with a smile. The Balbadd arc changed that: Alibaba starts to use his power for good, Al-Thamen is introduced alongside with Sindria; whilst the Kou Empire is portrayed in a dark and antagonistic light, the city of Balbadd is almost destroyed, and then many people die.
Chaos Is Evil: A big part of why Al-Thamen is established as evil, at least at first. In the Zagan Dungeon Arc this trope gets inverted when we learn that falling to darkness isn't about defying the natural order; the Rukh want humans to defy fate, because overcoming adversity is the only way to grow as a person. Falling is actually about giving up and letting a greater power take control of your life for you. This is why Dark Metal Vessel Users have to activate their power through suicide, while regular Metal Vessel Users unlock it through willpower.
Chekhov's Gunman: Remember that guy with different coloured eyes from the Kou Empire? The one Judar encouraged to capture a dungeon? Hakuei's little bro? We'll see more of him later.
The Chosen One: There are hints of Aladdin being this. Due to a prophecy of the land, mentioning that the Magi will choose and guide one who is worthy enough through the city's local dungeon. This turns out to be Alibaba; who Aladdin (said Magi), willingly helps in his quest, as he shows he's an honest and caring person worthy of reward, despite how he initially seems. At the end of the first arc, he even (unknowingly) gets his own djinn. Jamil thinks he should be this just because his position in the city, but Aladdin quickly shuts him down. As it turns out, Aladdin isn't the only magi, and there are far more "King Candidates" than just Alibaba.
Although, according to Judar, Aladdin might still be this. There are only supposed to ever be three magi in existence at once. There were already three magi by the time Aladdin came into the world, making him the first ever fourth magi.
In addition, most towns built around dungeons are like this as well, given the nature of dungeons.
Collapsing Lair: The fate of dungeons after they have been successfully completed.
Comes Great Responsibility: Alibaba learned this the hard way when he thought that life would be sweet and breezy after he makes it big by conquering a dungeon. After gaining power, he shouldered responsibility for Balbadd again and was self-obligated to use Amon for good.
Court Mage: Scheherazade for the Reim Empire and Judar for the Kou Empire.
Darkest Africa: What the Fanalis' ancestral home is based on, and yet they are incredibly pale-skinned. Needless to say, this has created a lot of suspicions about whitewashing.
Darkest Hour: There's one in the Kouga story arc when Hakuei has used up her magoi and, along with Seishun, can no longer fight. Her army has deserted her and the Kouga Clan is going to be mercilessly defeated. Ryosai has delivered a "The Reason You Suck" Speech and Hakuei's bracing herself for her end. Then,Aladdincomes.
Dark Is Evil: The Black Rukh, as opposed to the White Rukh, is very powerful but it ultimately destroys the people who accept it. The Black Rukh is the will of Ill Illah, a "god" that trapped the people of Alma-Torran in a destiny rife with suffering.
Despair Event Horizon: "Falling into depravity"; a person who chose to curse their own destiny after a traumatizing event on their life from which they're not able to move on from and fell into The Dark Side for the sake of, normally, Revenge.
Does Not Like Shoes: Aladdin and Morgiana, whose stomps would probably destroy any shoes she tried to wear, anyway. Similarly, Judar and Masrur don't wear shoes either. Maybe it's a Magi/Fanalis thing, and/or Barefoot Poverty.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: Judar's first on-screen interaction with Sinbad and Aladdin looks awfully like an abusive ex-boyfriend coming back to see his ex-girlfriend with a new acquaintance and getting jealous...
In the little bonus part of Chapter 165, we get a sneak peek at Sinbad's past, specifically, the circumstances of his birth. The symbolism here is incredible. First we have his parents, who look rather raggedy and are apparently inside some kind of barn. Then, when Sinbad is born, everyone who is able to sense Rukh is shocked at the disturbance in The Lifestream that results, including three of the Magi. Gee, I wonder what the author was trying to say?
Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Ja'far and Masrur had them before meeting Sinbad. Also Hakuryuu and Judar, as they both fall deeper into depravity.
Dungeon Crawling: The main point of the series. Aladdin's quest begins with trying to find more information on Ugo and restore his head. This gets debunked after the fight with Judar and Ugo is officially Killed Off for Real. Now the main point of the series is the war against Al-Thamen.
Elemental Powers: What Djinn, trained Magi, and certain magical items use. In Magnostadt, magic is classified into 8 distinct types:
Fire Magic (1st type): Red
Water Magic (2nd type): Blue
Light Magic (3rd type)
Lightning Magic (4th type): Yellow
Wind Magic (5th type): White
Sound Magic (6th type)
Power Magic (7th type)
Life Magic (8th type): Purple
Some of them try to incorporate Black Magic into the mix.
Empathic Weapon: Metal vessels perform differently depending on the master's state. On a more extreme level, The Eight Generals' household vessels can't function at all unless Sinbad's metal vessels are nearby. This may or may not be true for all such vessels.
Regular magic tools discovered in dungeons, such as the Fog Troupe's weapons and Umm Madaura's pirates, don't function as Empathic Weapons and can be freely distributed usually by Al-Thamen to anyone.
Magnostadt has also made many magical weapons for profit.
The Empire: There are two major ones as of the moment: the Rome-like Reim and the China-like Kou. The Mongol-esque Kouga Empire was also a huge one in the past, as was the Persia-esque Parthevia Empire.
Empowered Badass Normal: Household vessel users are likely to be strong even before getting a household vessel. Also, a Djinn's familiar gives their power only to those physically strong and with enough loyalty to give that strength to the Djinn's master in willing servitude.
Ensemble Cast: Arguably, as this manga focuses a lot more on teamwork and giving the spotlight to many characters as opposed to just following Aladdin around all the time. This is fitting because of the nature of the plot; all of the good guys function as individual units battling in their own spheres against Al-Thamen.
Face-Heel Turn: It turns out that the leader of Al Saramen, Arba, betrayed Solomon because she didn't take witnessing Solomon kill GOD (it was a false god) very well. Some of her followers were former heroes who lost their minds after losing their families to David's insanity, and watching their "fellow metahumans" innocently take over the world through peace.
Failure Is the Only Option: The Balbadd slavery issue.Ahbmad Saluja's failure to prevent it forces the civilians to become slaves; because of the widespread, festering, structural economic problems that he caused. Succeeding didn't make much difference when the Kou Empire took control of Balbadd, and the civilians then became slaves anyway.
On a metaphysical level, you could say that this is the current status of the whole story; since there is a Balance Between Good and Evil in play, for every happy-idealistic-everyone-works-together-brighter-future event that Aladdin and company forge, an ensuing dark-days-prophecy-fulfilled event abysmally slaughters whole cities. This may be due to the nature of the Rukh, which were derived from an Eldritch Abomination.
During the one time that Solomon created a utopia for all species, he ended up sacrificing a false god (said Eldritch Abomination) to Screw Destiny. Unfortunately, this caused one of Solomon's allies, a devout follower, to go completely insane. She proceeded to kill almost everyone. Since then, there's been a balance of good and evil between the two, with corruption and torture of the innocent for the paradise of a few being the middle point.
Anyone who dies while still influenced by the Black Rukh, they can never return to the "Great White Flow" and be reunited with their loved ones.
Find the Cure: In the anime, the mission to Zagan is to capture the Djinn to use his Life Magic to remove Alibaba and Sinbad's curse; in the manga it was more about teaching Hakuryuu his own limits and test the development of Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgiana's training.
Foil: Reim's Fanalis Corps and Magnostadt's Magicians. The Fanalis have low quantities of Magoi which leaves them unable to perform magic there are exceptions, like Muu and arguably Myron but have Super Strength and Super Toughness; Magicians have more than normal quantities of Magoi but normally they're weak of body, with exceptions like Professor Myers or Aladdin himself. Each of them are the symbol of the strength of their country: The Fanalis represent "the power of the people" while magicians represent "the power of magic".
For Great Justice: At his level, Sinbad's goal is to rid the world of abnormalities caused by Al-Thamen for the sake of a higher truth. Later we see that nearly all of the leaders of major nations or organizations have justifiable goals and motives.
Formerly Fit: After a six month Time Skip, Sinbad visits Aladdin and Alibaba to see how their training is going. They've both been pigging out instead and developed double-chins (and man-boobs in the case of tiny little Aladdin). Sinbad has a Heroic BSOD, then spends a few panels chasing them around the palace until they run it off.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: The four main protagonists. Aladdin started as a Sanguine but evolved to Phlegmatic, Alibaba is Sanguine, Morgiana is Melancholic and Hakuryuu is Choleric.
Gag Boobs: Any fat dude that gets groped by Aladdin.
The anime give us their distant cousin, Ekaterina.
Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: The more idealistic and innocent types like Aladdin and Alibaba have wide, expressive eyes compared to characters who are shadier or more in the grey morality area. Similarly, Hakuei and Hakuryuu have larger eyes than their brethren from the second Kou Emperor, which reflects their more idealistically righteous personalities (at least at first).
Gorgeous Period Dress: Oh, is there ever. We get pimped-out versions from the Cultural Golden Age in the Middle East and Far East.
Grey and Gray Morality: The conflict between the Reim Empire, Magnostadt and the Kou Empire is this. Reim portrays itself as champions of humanity, but they employ slaves. Magnostadt claims to be a nation where mages can live in peace, but the mages who rule it see non-mages as inferior beings who exist only to serve them, and they use their life-force to power the magic artifacts they use. The Kou Empire claims to want a peaceful world, but in their vision of peace, the world has to be united under their rule, and they will do anything to bring their vision to life.
Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Alibaba. Not only do his personality and appearance fit, he is the only person in Balbadd who has blond hair.
Hegemonic Empire: The Kou Empire. All the nations conquered by it are literally assimilated; their former culture, clothes, everything is changed. But the citizens don't complain, since they're granted equality of money, food and security. Sadly, there's still slavery and a very prominent difference of classes.
Heroic Build: All of the reasonably mature and fit male characters have bodybuilder physiques.
High Fantasy: A fantastic, magic-filled otherworldly setting? Check. A global-scale conflict against a fundamentally evil force? Check. Political intricacies and the might of the pen over that of the sword? Check. Get ready for an epic adventure guys...
Holding Hands: An adorable example where in a flashback, a young Muu was holding hands with Scheherazade.
Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Alibaba's mother, and not just to him: she saved his friends from being beaten by their drunken father, then adopted them when he either died or just disappeared.
Hope Spot: Combined with Retirony, Baba is fatally wounded right after her clan has both saved its people from slavery and prevented war (by not killing the slavers) and thinking that she must live on with her family.
Also when Alibaba was getting out of a dungeon alone after clearing it, he was sure he'd see the faces of the people he and his friends had just saved. What he found? An ambush by three of Al-Thamen's dark Metal Vessel holders, just when everyone was exhausted and/or had just avoided death.
Humanity Ensues: The reason most of the non-human races of Alma Torran are not seen in the present is because they were turned into humans when they were transported to the new world. Most of the present day humans are their descendants.
Humans are also special; because they were granted magic by a higher power to make them the dominant race of Alma Torran.
Human Resources: Magnostadt's magical tools are powered by the life force of 200,000 muggles hidden deep underground. They get all the food and clothes they need and don't have to work but when their life force runs out they're tossed into a pit even if they're still alive. High-ranking students are given a history lesson by Magnostadt's leader on why they ought to accept it (magicians are superior wisdom-seekers while humans—ignorant, abusive tyrants in his memories—are no better than animals).
Improbable Age: Surprisingly averted in many cases. Although the main protagonists are teenagers, they are portrayed as severely lacking in experience, while the most powerful and influential characters are all in their late twenties at the very least.
Played straight with Sinbad single-handedly conquering a dungeon at 14. However, he is The Chosen One.
Kouha's aides feel this towards him. Particularly the three witches, as he picked them up when they were thrown away and left to die.
It Was a Gift: Another huge Ship Tease-y moment is when Alibaba gives a beautiful necklace to Morgiana. Sure, he was thinking in the practical move of a replacement vessel in the case Morgiana's bracelets get broken but still.
I Work Alone: Alibaba in the Balbadd arc and Hakuryuu. Deconstructed in that doing this seems noble, but also alienates you from a potential ally, which makes you unable to move forward or just plain gets you killed.
Karma Houdini: The Nando brothers. Not only did they not receive any punishment from Sinbad for stealing his stuff, they didn't even feel sorry for it.
Killed Off for Real: Baba, Cassim, Markkio, Dunya, Isaac, etc. The silver lining for the good guys is that people become part of the Rukh again after they pass away.
Knight Templar: Sinbad. He does good deeds with good intentions; but he also does un-Messianic deeds, like killing off members of Al-Thamen without question.
La Résistance: Alibaba eventually takes over from Cassim to lead the "Fog Troupe" against King Ahbmad.
Like Father, Like Son: Aladdin and his parents Solomon and Sheba. Not only did he inherit his mother's abilities as a Magi, he also has his father's curiosity to learn about magic, cultures and people and his ability to bring out the best in others.
Loads and Loads of Characters: There are so many characters that a spinoff was created just to tell some of their backstories. Currently there are more than 20 important characters and even more side characters.
The origin of many of the slaves in Magi. Morgiana and Goltas are the first encountered.
Alibaba is threatened with this, when his actions in one chapter rack up a large debt.
In Chapter 207, Alibaba is horrified when he learns that the Kou Empire has brought slavery to Balbadd. Even worse, Balbadd's original inhabitants are as of now too cowed to fight against this system. Still worse, one of Alibaba's old friends embraced the system and thus now owns several slaves.
Magic Versus Science: Magnostadt's forces rely exclusively on magic, leaving their own army depending on the magicians who soon or later will exhaust themselves; Reim uses science and chemistry to improve their forces that, used well and with strategy, can reach the level of magic.
However, Magnostadt's mages craft magic weapons that even the average soldier can use so that the country is not relying only on the magicians power.
Magnetic Hero: All of the dungeon conquerors are this to some extent, but special mention goes to Sinbad, who attracts followers everywhere he goes with his strong vision and generous kindness, so much that he stole Alibaba's thunder in Balbadd by getting his revolutionaries on his side.
Make a Wish: Ugo's offer to Aladdin. He just wishes for a friend.
Mama Bear: Kougyoku of all people went crazy on the Medium when the latter injured her beloved brother Kouen and her close friend Alibaba. She managed to inflict damage on the latter when Kouen and Alibaba couldn't.
Manly Tears: Many, because the series is so emotional. A particularly heartwrenching example is Alibaba's crying face as he cradles Cassim's remains.
Memento MacGuffin: Djinn Metal Vessels and Household Vessels are like this; they are usually pre-existing objects that hold some kind of important memory or meaning for their owners.
The Mentor: Sinbad to Alibaba and Alibaba's dad to Sinbad back in the day.
While Sinbad might be the best example he's not the only one. There's Judar who is basically the physical incarnation of Draco in Leather Pants. (Draco in a Belly Shirt?) Alibaba and Ren Hakuryuu are pretty cute too. There's even Aladdin... you know, if you're into that sort of thing. The series would almost border on being a Cast Full of Pretty Boys if it weren't for the fact that the girls are just as fanservicey.
Non-Elemental/ Soul Power: Every Magi who is loved by the Rukh can directly use magoi to attack, instead of converting it into Elemental Powers first. It doesn't work as well against fellow Magi, though.
Old-School Chivalry: Naturally. All of the more honorable male characters show some kind of chivalry to women at first, believing that they're delicate flowers to be protected and fawned upon. Then they meet Morgiana.
Power at a Price: Everyone who has used full Dark Djinn Equip has died within days.
Using magic takes a lot from the magician's body. In those of weak body, the Rukh inside them minimizes the magoi they use for magic; because of that, 6th kudor's classes are mostly to strengthen the body.
Power Copying: The Ants in the first dungeon, actually Slimes, are capable of this, changing their form after analyzing the strengths of their opponents.
The Power of Friendship: Aladdin's personality tends to center around this. When a misunderstanding causes him to think that Alibaba doesn't really think of him as a friend, he goes into a serious Heroic BSOD.
Aladdin says this trope word for word after deciding to go dungeon diving with Alibaba, but it's subverted as Alibaba isn't in as friendly a mood.
This is evidently how Sinbad got most of his household.
Pregnant Badass: Sheba goes into the final battle of Alma Torran pregnant with Solomon's child Aladdin.
Puny Humans: In Alma Torran, humans used to be at the bottom of the food chain. That all changed once the higher power of Alma Torran gave them magic.
Rags to Riches/Riches to Rags: Alibaba really plays around with this trope. He started out as a street urchin. Then the old King of Balbadd, his father, invites him to his palace and feeds, clothes, educates, and trains him to become his successor. When Cassim crashed the palace and the king died, he fled back to rags and, years later, met Aladdin. Then they conquered a dungeon together, bringing him back to the riches category. Then he met Cassim again and joined with him in the Fog Troupe to free Balbadd of the new king, his tyrannical brother Ahbmad.
In the same vein, Sinbad started at the bottom of the social ladder with nothing but the clothes on his back and a sickly mother to take care of in Parthevia. He then succeeded when no one else had in Baal's dungeon and became sort of a career dungeon diver and even built his own country. He's been much more successful in keeping his riches.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Sinbad. Whenever he has a conflict with anyone, he usually listens to others' arguments and justifications before acting. Hakuei and Hakuryuu of the Kou Empire count as well, at least at first.
Redemption in the Rain: The whole city of Balbadd after the black Rukh was dissipated for a blast of white Rukh coming from all the dark Djinn's Rukh that Cassim's own redemption turned white.
Rousing Speech: Sinbad, to Balbadd's poor citizens, after Alibaba fails to have a proper conference with Ahbmad. He manages to get everyone's' spirits up; hurting Alibaba's own self-esteem a bit with his charisma in the process.
Rousseau Was Right: Pretty much all of the more evil characters have some reason for acting they way they do.
Royally Screwed Up: The Kou Royal Family is such a soap opera... Though actually only two members are "really screwed up".
Screw Destiny: Strangely, cursing your fate causes your Rukh to turn black, which can have bad consequences in the future. Not to mention having the Black Djinn use your black Rukh as fuel. The main goal of Al-Thamen is to invoke this and create Anarchy and Mass Chaos. Chapter 232 reveals that cursing fate is pointless and counterproductive since Solomon's sacrifice had already freed people from "fate". Blaming fate for your problems is essentially surrendering your ability to decide your own path in life.
Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Chapter 211 reveals that all Fanalis are not only not human, their real shape isn't even humanoid. It also reveals that this is the reason none of them have very much Magoi. Chapter 222 reveals that they are a sentient race from Alma Torran known as the Red Lions; they were among the strongest species in existence second only to dragons, and immune to the mind control magic used by the Magician Orthodox.
A Shared Suffering: One reason why Morgiana and Masrur immediately get along. They are both remnants of the powerful Fanalis tribe who have a long history of suffering in slavery. It helps that both of them are The Stoic too.
She's Got Legs: Morgiana's legs get a good amount of focus, as part of being a Kick Chick. However, hers are a little more toned and muscular than the usual examples.
Toto as well.
Shout-Out: To Arabian Nights, natch. Many of the main characters share names from the 1001 tales. Many character relationships reflect the originals as well.
A partial list of the parallels between some the characters in the original 1001 Nights and their Magi counterparts can be found here. It's obvious Ohtaka really did her research for the series.
The Slimes in the first dungeon are a shout out to Dragon Quest, complete with "a Slime appeared" narration.
Shown Their Work: Most of the cultural details show an uncommon attention to detail with respect to their real world counterparts. The Kouga clan as the Mongols don't merely ride horses and live on wide plains, but serve horse milk, wear a similar clothing style, and live in accurately depicted yurt style tents. The detail goes right down to the distinctive lattice skeleton inside.
The amount of work it takes for Alibaba and Aladdin to get Morgiana to believe in her own freedom again actually shows the deeper psychological implications of a childhood of slavery.
Another chapter goes into economic theory in surprising detail, à la Spice and Wolf. The manga's also pretty astute about the political complications of overthrowing a ruler, even if he is a tyrant. The overall level of socio-economic thought put into the story is quite remarkable for a shonen manga.
Silence You Fools: Done splendidly by Hakuryuu in his breakdown inside Zagan's dungeon.
Actually, Hakuei didn't know the truth of that history until recently and still she wants to unite the world with peace and understanding since she knows the consequences of doing it via fear and hate. But Hakuryuu is another story...
Small Name, Big Ego: Played with in Sinbad's introduction. Truth was, Aladdin just didn't know anything about the outside world.
Smoking Is Cool: Invoked by Alibaba. Though he still can't do it without messing up somehow. This was completely omitted during the first season of the anime, however.
Spanner in the Works: The reason why the Balbadd arc lasted so long was really because the Nando brothers had jacked Sinbad's stuff.
Aladdin also plays this role a lot in whatever new crisis he lands in. A prime example would be his role in Kouga-Kou relations in the East. Had he not been there, Hakuei would've been killed, the Kouga women would've been enslaved, the Kouga Clan would've been subjugated and forced into the Kou Empire, and new hatred and suffering would be borne between the two nations.
Spoiler Opening: If you have not caught up with the manga, the openings will spoil a lot.
Squishy Wizard: Largely subverted, as a strong body is needed to be able to perform strong magic. At the same time, there is somewhat of a trade-off between physical strength and magoi capacity, as seen with the Fanalis. To cement the case even more, Muu, who is not a full-blood Fanalis, is the only one who has a metal vessel.
Succession Crisis: First in Balbadd, Alibaba wants Ahbmad to step down from the throne and Sahbmad professes that he is too weak to rule at all, then Alibaba refuses the crown as well. Everyone else is at a loss until Alibaba declares that Balbadd shall become a republic.
After the second Kou Emperor bites it, everyone expected Kouen to become the next emperor. Then Gyokuen takes the helm instead. Everyone is furious with the unexpected change, so the Kou situation is a powder keg right now.
Tension-Cutting Laughter: Chapter 210 will be forever remembered as Kouen's first laugh, at the expense of Alibaba. Koumei then suggests that Alibaba takes this unique opportunity (his brother's good mood) to go and think about Kouen's offer of becoming his right hand man.
In the Kou Family, we also have Colourful Theme Naming; The children of the first emperor have "white" in their names and the children of the second have "red" in their names.
There Is Only One Bed: Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgiana sleep in the same bed when they're in Sindria. They don't see anything wrong with it, but Hakuryuu was very pissed when Alibaba told him about it, especially when he said they had to "force Morgiana to do it" (because she felt she didn't deserve to sleep on the same bed as them).
War Is Hell: Aladdin and Alibaba have both learned this through past experience.
The Country of Magnostadt vs. The Reim Empire. Up to Eleven when Mogamett used a Humongous Mecha to blast to death thousands of Reim's soldiers. Let be noticed that Reim's forces injured Magnostadt's magicians and army but they avoided killing them as all were shown in the tend being treated, but Mogamett practically used Frickin' Laser Beams on an army of normal people. Even Aladdin noticed how this stopped being a defensive war and has turned into a genocide.
Then the Fanalis Corps join the fight and start slaughtering Magnostadt's soldiers left and right and ''enjoy' the death they are causing with them getting turned on by it. While Muu gives Titus a Breaking Speech about how he's a abomination who should never have existed to begin with. In fact it's implied Reim was only holding back until they could bring in the Fanalis who would then kill all of Magnostadt's soldiers and magicians.
Warrior Prince: Many, which is fitting because being able to conquer a dungeon means the ability to become king.
We Do the Impossible: In his meeting with Ahbmad and Sahbmad, Sinbad declares that he, Ja'far, and Masrur alone will go destroy the Fog Troupe for Balbadd.
We Have Reserves: One of Ahbmad's manyKick the Dog moments. He isn't upset at all when his soldiers get killed by the superpowered warriors from Kou, and he's willing to subject his people to slavery just to continue his decadent lifestyle.
We Help the Helpless: Aladdin does this to some extent, as he usually just follows his heart wherever he goes and ends up solving conflicts and saving princesses.
Sinbad began like this as well after his first dungeon capture. We see this nature come out again when he decides to side with the Fog Troupe to save Balbadd.
Will Not Be A Victim: Cassim refuses to bow down to anyone and continues to fight his own way against the current despotic Balbadd Kingdom. This ends rather tragically for him. On the other side of the conflict, Sahbmad tries his best to not be a victim either, as he goes out of his way to try to get Alibaba to help him against Ahbmad.
Wrong Genre Savvy: After Sinbad taught Alibaba more about Djinn Equip and how he could obtain it, Alibaba tried to equip but failed. Even so, Alibaba went to the royal palace to make his point to Ahbmad again hoping that his sword would come to his aid in his time of need. It doesn't. In order to survive Alibaba has to rely on his own skills and ends up being saved by Morgiana.