Starring: Rie Kugimiya, Cristina Valenzuela, Satoshi Hino, Jonathan Meza, Nanako Inoue, Lauren Landa, Yuka Inokuchi, Jennifer Alyx
Running Time: 325 minutes
In a magical school that isn’t Hogwarts, we’re introduced to Louise Zero, so called because her name is Louise and she has so far performed zero magic correctly. The Familiar Of Zero is a very decent outsider based comedy fantasy in which the hero is actually the least likely person you would expect. Upon having to summon her familiar, a tradition that all wannabe magicians must undertake, she summons a human from modern day Tokyo by the name of Saito.
The Familiar Of Zero does in fact feel very familiar in that most of its components can be connected to other anime or popular culture: even the wise old headmaster looks like a clone of Dumbledore. Like other anime there is focus on breasts,
Starring: Yuuki Kaji, Erik Kimerer, Kaori Ishihara, Erica Mendez, Haruka Tomatsu, Cristina Vee, Daisuke Ono, Matthew Mercer, Jun Fukuyuma, Sean Chiplock
Running Time: 300 minutes
This second collection of episodes for the ‘Arabian Nights’ inspired series goes a lot heavier on the action, but whereas many anime fail to fully develop the motives and emotions behind particular fights, Magi: The Labyrinth Of Magic hits hard. The first arc sees a corrupt king overthrown and an entire political system dissolved. Such a plot is handled with simplicity for a younger audience, without undermining the gravity of a very real situation. It also explores how sometimes a so called ‘hero’s’ actions cannot always please everyone and that life is more complicated than rights and wrongs.
This leads into an epic battle between Alibaba and an old friend, in which emotions run high and due to spectacular voice acting from both language casts,
Starring: Yuuki Kaji, Erik Kimerer, Kaori Ishihara, Erica Mendez, Haruka Tomatsu, Cristina Vee, Daisuke Ono, Matthew Mercer, Jun Fukuyuma, Sean Chiplock,
Running Time: 300 minutes
Taking the world of Arabian Nights and adding a distinct visual and story, Magi: The Labyrinth Of Magic is a show chock-a-block full of interesting surprises and great adventures. Alibaba becomes an immortal prince and Aladdin becomes a magical being himself, who can summon his Djinn if need be, after making his final wish in which he wished for the genie and himself to always be friends. Most interesting of all though is that Alibaba, Aladdin, and super strong legged slave girl Morgiana, are introduced, go on an adventure, and then quickly split up.
Such a twist to the usual “Getting the band together” arc, means that relationships are formed and chemistry is explored, but then the characters each have their own adventures.
While these two conventions are already well established, St. Louis anime fans appear to be hungry for more. Attendance at NatsuCon, which took place this past weekend at the St. Louis Best Western Airport Convention Plaza, surpassed the organizers’ expected headcount of 200, and while exact figures were still being tallied, it appears the final numbers may have blown the hotel imposed cap of 500. The hotel staff was a source of frustration for many fans, who complained of being driven from the lobby and halls and threatened with expulsion and arrest.
But in spite of the
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