YMMV: Magi – Labyrinth of Magic

  • Abandon Shipping:
    • Most of the fans that supported Kougyoku x Sinbad quickly jumped ship, after the reveal in Chapter 212.
    • As of Chapter 244, a lot of fans bailed on pairing anyone with Hakuryuu not named Judar.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Pretty much any villain's death. The Black Rukh can only survive in someone who has cursed their destiny and this normally happens through great tragedy.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Many, considering the nature of the conflicts in this series.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Judar/Kougyoku may count as an example.
    • And, now, Hakuryuu/Morgiana.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Despite having been locked in a room with no one but a Djinn for most of his childhood, Aladdin shows very little signs of mental strain over this outside of flashbacks. Chapter 237 reveals that Aladdin actually had angst over it, to the point of having a Freak Out. It was Ugo being his friend rather than his servant what allowed him to see his confinement as enjoyable. Fanon likes to think that Aladdin actually has claustrophobia.
  • Arc Fatigue:
    • The fight against the Medium throughout the climax of the Magnostadt Arc ended up as this trope. Several Padding skirmishes against the Medium, which amounted to nothing more than the continued use of the Worf Barrage, takes place so that over time, more and more of the manga's major characters enter the scene up until the point where literally every named character introduced the past 200 chapters is on the scene. Ironically, the Medium is defeated just moments after the last primary characters, Judar and Hakuryuu, appear.
    • The Alma Torran flashback arc suffered from this due to the readers' impatience to see the present/main cast again. What rubbed many people the wrong way was that it was basically nothing but a very long How We Got Here with an outcome that's been known long before the arc actually started. And that doesn't even include the Romantic Plot Tumor between Solomon and Sheba that fatigued some readers.
  • Base Breaker: Arba/ Ren Gyokuen has really divided the base considering her development at the end of the Alma Toran arc. Some of the fans think that her sudden change from Solomon's most devoted follower besides Sheba to a zealot nihilist that wants to destroy the fate Solomon sacrificed himself for comes out of nowhere. Her murder of Sheba is ruthless and without hesitation, which seems strange considering how earlier chapters had built up their relationship. Some fans attribute that these sudden changes were due to the author being rushed to finish the Alma Toran Arc.
  • Chaotic Evil: Judar. He's rather blasé about the consequences of his actions and just likes to stir up violence and chaos.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Empress Ren Gyokuen of the Kou Empire appears to be a sweet, caring and gentle mother. The truth is far different. Gyokuen is a member of Al-Tharmen, and is one of its oldest and most powerful members. To achieve the throne, Gyokuen married the Emperor and bore him four children. She later had her husband murdered, along with two of her sons, with her youngest, Hakuryuu, barely surviving. When he asked Gyokuen if she was really behind it, Gyokuen asked him what he would do if she was and taunted him over how powerless and unable to strike back he was. She also offed her second husband in a thoroughly disgusting fashion for no reason other than that he stood between her and the throne. During the Magnostadt arc, Gyokuen takes the initiative in fighting the heroes with her forces, revealing herself as a former Magi of King Solomon, who she betrayed for Al-Tharmen. After summarily deciding the world is a "failure", Gyokuen uses the lives of others to summon the "Father" of Al-Tharmen to devour magic from the world and let it die in darkness.
    • King David Jehoahz Abraham is the King of Alma Torran of the past and the ruler of the Magicians. As King, David oppresses all non-human species in his empire with magic towers constructed to steal their reason and intellect, turning them into feral, mindless beasts under the control of the human ruling class. Having discovered the form of "Ill Illah," an Eldritch Abomination known as God, David makes plans to surpass it and take a seat as God himself. When his son Solomon rebels against David's tyranny, David bides his time until Solomon and his True Companions attack David's capital. David lets them attack a decoy, before leading his magicians in his own entourage to butcher the helpless civilians, including the children. The young son of two of Solomon's closest followers is found hideously burnt and dying, but still alive, begging his mother to save him as he dies in her arms. The one fighter who attempts to stop David is mercilessly slaughtered with nothing short of cold satisfaction. When engaging Solomon, David shows no regret or remorse, proclaiming his grand ambitions and utter megalomania.
  • Deus Angst Machina: In the manga, Alibaba is not hostile towards either Kougyoku or Hakuryuu. This was apparently not good enough for the anime writers, who have him spend the entire Zagan Dungeon dealing with his hatred and loathing. The rearranged the entire arc for it, too.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Judar. Oh. My. God, Judar.
    • And then there's Cassim...
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Poor Ren Kougyoku gets lots of shit for her crush on Sinbad. Not to mention the amount of backlash she receives from Morgiana/Alibaba shippers, due to what looks to be a slow-budding romance between Kougyoku and Alibaba.
    • Similar to what's mentioned in Ship-to-Ship Combat below; fans prefer to kill off either Alibaba or Hakuryuu, so that their romance with Morgiana is free from any competition.
    • It was only for one chapter... but Toto got hit with this hard in Chapter 199 when it looked like she had become Alibaba's girlfriend off-panel. Chapter 200 confirmed that it was just the author trolling the fans.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Sinbad for various reasons. He doesn't get his own spin-off for nothing.
    • Morgiana. Let's face it, especially with the anime, the first thing a newcomer hears about is the Moe slave girl. And while she's certainly a main protagonist, she wasn't at first and she suffers from a lot of Out of Focus.
    • Despite some of the undeserved hate she gets, Moe Badass Princess Kougyoku is the best example. She's rather popular in Tumblr.
    • Meanwhile, Jafar is the male example of Ensemble Darkhorse.
      • In addition, all eight of Sinbad's generals get love, especially for their quirks and mentor roles towards the main protagonists.
    • David (Solomon's father) from Alma Torran gets to be this at least with certain parts of the fandom, due to being a Magnificent Bastard that seems to always know what will happen. Even hundreds of years in the future.
    • Among the characters coming from Reim, everyone seems to be particularly fond of Muu Alexius as well. Like Hakuei, it seems being a perfectly decent, friendly and charming invidual as well as a Dungeon Conqueror does wonders for the fan. And it really doesn’t hurt that he’s a very, very pretty man.
  • Epileptic Trees: Quite a big one popped up at the start of the Alma Torran flashback arc for who might turn out to be Gyokuen. At the beginning, Sheba seemed to be the most likely suspect since she wielded the same staff and had a strong bolg based magic, as well as being something of a religious fanatic. But as Arba started to get more focus, people began to notice that she looked almost identical (sans the Beauty Mark) to Gyokuen, as well as having a more aggressive personality. Then there were Arba's actions in Chapter 228. Only time will tell if anyone is right.
    • And the winner is Arba - the staff she wields is the very one that she took from Sheba after killing her.
  • Estrogen Brigade: The author is female, and has included a full compliment of Bishonen and Ho Yay. As a result, the readership for Magi has a pretty even male/female ratio.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Alibaba is a Launcher of a Thousand Ships for a reason.
      • The vast majority of fans seem to ship Alibaba/Morgiana due to their main-character status, and having lots of screen-time playing off one another.
      • Those who aren't on the Alibaba/Morgiana bandwagon would rather pair Morgiana off with Hakuryuu as a means for her to play off as Hakuryuu's Morality Pet, so that he doesn't destroy himself out of Revenge.
      • A third, much smaller, camp would ship Alibaba off with Kougyoku due to a slowly developing friendship/romance between the two... and as a means to get Kougyoku away from Sinbad.
    • Sharrkan and Yamraiha is very well-liked for its Tsundere coupling.
    • On the Yaoi side, Sinbad and Jafar is very popular on the internet.
    • And then there's Judar and Kougyoku, which has plenty of popularity and fanart.
  • Foe Yay: Judar has mentioned many times that he wants to "own" Sinbad.
  • Freud Was Right: The way Aladdin's flute hangs just above the knot of his pants can look quite suggestive at times.
  • He's Just Hiding: The number of people who believe that we've seen the last of Gyokuen, after her and Hakuryuu's fight, is small both in the fandom and in-universe.
  • Ho Yay: Enough for its own page.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Alibaba is shipped with Aladdin, Morgiana, Cassim, Hakuryuu, Sinbad, Kougyoku, Sharrkan, Olba, Toto, Kouen, Kouha, Elizabeth...
    • For that matter, Sinbad. So far, he's been paired with the four protagonists, all his generals, the princes and princesses of the Kou Empire, the other Magi (Judar, Scheherazade and Yunan), himself....
  • Memetic Molester:
    • Ithnan, who spends a good long while living inside Hakuryuu's body, then emerges completely naked to compliment him on how comfortable it was.
    • Kouen, who develops a (temporary) obsession with Aladdin, a little kid. During the Magnostadt war, when Aladdin promises to tell him everything about Alma Torran, he becomes determined to kill anything after that gets in his way of talking with Aladdin in private. (This is even noted by Kouha, to Aladdin's dismay). Not to mention Kouen attempting to kidnap Aladdin and take him back home with him post-war, alongside the creepy eyes and smiles he gives Aladdin whilst this is all going on.
    • Sinbad, who is believed to be this in-universe by his Eight Generals - as seen how they instantly assume the worst when Kougyoku accuses him of having deflowered her. Though given that he apparently groped Yamuraiha, his own subjects, and even an elderly women, you can't blame them.
  • Memetic Sex God:
    • Oh, Sinbad. This has been your destiny ever since your first appearance.
    • Thanks to the reveal of Kouen's Djinn Equip, he's giving Sinbad a run for his money in this department.
    • Solomon is a good third party, too. And the reveal that he's the only one who got a girl pregnant and is literally a Hot God, which just gives him extra points.
  • Moe:
    • One look at Aladdin and this will definitely come to mind. He's young, cute, naive... Word of Goddess is that Aladdin was originally going to be female. The Sarashi he still wears is a remnant of the early character designs.
    • Morgiana, too. Her Fan Nickname Moegiana is enough evidence.
    • Kougyoku is adorable too. Especially when she's in Shrinking Violet mode.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ahbmad. He endangers his nation economically, doesn't consider people from the slums to be worth anything at all, including his own half-brother, and is more than willing to sell his subjects into slavery if it means getting more money from the Kou Empire.
    • Sinbad might have crossed this when he showed Alibaba how far he would go to protect Sindria. He is using his Djinn to make three people unknowingly spy on their countries for him, one of which is his own citizens. Another is Kougyoku, which if he had used anybody else might have not been so bad.
    • Arba dived off the slope and into the event horizon head-first when she killed Sheba and rebelled against Solomon for "killing" Ill Ilah. There is a reason this person is Gyokuen.
    • Same as above, Hakuryuu and Judar both cross it when they enter Belial's dungeon. Belial tries to save them and let them extinguish their inner demons, but instead they embrace them in horrible ways. Hakuryuu kills illusions, good illusions, of both Hakuei and Morgiana as well as promising to kill them for real. Judar kills a good illusion of Aladdin while telling him how easy and nice it would be to accept his friendship. As they fall into depravity, they both declare their intent to destroy the world and remake it into their version of utopia.
  • Narm: The Laem Empire looks like a thin anagram for "lame", and many readers are going to pronounce it that way.
    • It seems the Fansubs have noticed it and start to use the alternative name "Reim" which, if you think about it, makes more sense considering it's based on the Roman Empire.
  • Never Live It Down: The fandom will never forget Sinbad's leaf.
    • Also, there are many fanarts out there showing a weeping Hakuryuu.
    • About half the jokes made at Kouen's expense are all about how unfashionable his goatee is.
  • OTP:
  • Obvious Judas: Ren Gyokuen. Back during Alma Torran, how could King Solomon have ever possibly foreseen his betrayalat her hands?
    • Subverted! Ren Gyokuen is revealed to really be Arba, who didn't show her true colors until Solomon decided to become the new god of Alma Torran. The Magi with the Empty Eyes close to Solomon was actually the good one, Sheba.
  • Periphery Demographic: Do I really have to say it?, if they were more Yaoi Fangirls, then this series would be published in a shoujo magazine!
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: The Alma Torran arc focuses a lot on the relationship between Solomon and Sheba. Some even have a hard time remembering that the story is not about them. This is kind of justified because out of their relationship, our actual protagonist Aladdin came to be. Although they are a popular ship and many fans love their relationship, some fans wished that Ohtaka had put more emphasis on the background of the Djinns and the different species, instead of focusing so much on just their love story and the magicians; especially since at the end it took away so much time that the really important parts of the flashback - such as the betrayal of Solomon's allies, the formation of Al-Thamen, and the final battle were extremely rushed.
  • Shipping: Lots of it.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat:
    • There's people out there that would prefer see Morgiana with Hakuryuu rather than Alibaba despite the Canonical evidence that shows she likes the latter.
    • Sinbad/Ja'far fangirls have the same problem with those who support Kougyoku in her crush.
    • And some people would prefer to have Alibaba and Kougyoku get together.
    • For Solomon there is a fight over whether it should be Sheba or Arba that he ends up with, and then there are those that like the Threesome Subtext and ship all three.
  • Starboarding: Hakuryuu -> Morgiana.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The anime gets a lot of flack for this. Much of the manga material was cut throughout it's adaptation from the start and up to the end of the Balbadd arc. The episodes after the Balbadd arc however... are better off not going into. Let's just say that at this point, the anime started deviating greatly from the manga.
    • The odd part is that despite how much the manga content changed here, it still ends up following the manga again when the second season started; one of the few rare occurrences where the anime adaptation fixes itself... though this reaction for going the anime-original route in this portion of the manga still lingers somewhat.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Seishun.
    • Kouha suffers from this too. His feminine hairstyle and pinkish hair don't help much.
  • World Of Woobie: Being a series in which bad things happen to good people, there are a lot of examples. Sahbmad is a straight up example of a Woobie.
    • Iron Woobie: Titus.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Cassim. Not really a nice guy, but he's had a really rough life. Matal Mogamett qualifies too, along with Princess Dunya.
    • Stoic Woobie: Morgiana.
    • Woobie: Kougyoku, worse in that she doesn't even know it.