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Sinbad no Bouken 143 RAW + a Summary!

Here are the raws for Sinbad no Bouken 143 and a summary! Finally, the new chapter is up! Everyone looks so good, especially in their new clothes~! ^^

Just a reminder, to anyone who follows me and enjoys these raws/summaries, parts of or even all of these summaries could be completely wrong, so be advised as you read them as I am by no means a professional translator!

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Magi 347 Spoilers

Warning: As usual, please note that my level of Japanese is basic at most, and this is just a translation of text summaries available online, so I cannot guarantee that the following snippets are accurate. In other words, these can be just rumors or misinterpretations, and I might have left some parts out because I didn’t understand them. Feel free to share the link, but please DO NOT REPOST, and don’t forget to support the official releases!!

In which Sinbad tells Alibaba no one understands, makes me not understand, then understanding happens.

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Sinbad no Bouken 147 RAW!

Here are the raws for Sinbad no Bouken 147. As many of you already know, I am no longer providing detailed summaries of the chapters. For a more detailed summary, be sure to check out chapter summaries done by @itsdanystormborn!   I will, however, provide a very brief description of the chapter down below so I can share my thoughts on it! I hope you enjoy~! ^^b

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MAGI 350 Full Spoiler Translation.

Disclaimer: i only to this for fun, to share it with you guys, and to practice my japanese :) which is very basic so keep in mind that i could be completely mistaken in some parts.  This is just a fan translation of incomplete spoilers so: Don’t forget to support the official releases of Magi!

Source: From Tieba Baidu’s Japanese scans and from Jump.Netabare’s texts ^^

@maumauxmau @sayakakat2012


UPDATE:  I added the jump-Netabare info that was missing. I checked it while looking at the korean scans so i would be able order it as if the texts were the in word balloons ( you can read it that way if you want to, while you look at the pics on the korean scans) ^^


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Narration:

Alibaba’s capacity goes beyond Sinbad’s imagination… What is destiny’s outcome!?

Ugo: Are you saying we bind an Alliance with the gods that are like Ill Illah?

Ugo: Since the Alma Torran era, God was always the target of worship, although it was a colossal evil thing that was ought to be repelled*.

TN: that should be repelled*

Aladdin: Why hasn’t anyone come up with this until now?

Alibaba: Sinbad-san thought of it! It’s amazing!

Sinbad: ……!



Night 350: The Impossible great business

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Alibaba: Aladdin, let’s fight together this time!
Aladdin: okay …
Arba: sorry to interrupt, but you are breaking the shonen rule of “go ahead and leave me behind” … so I think I’ll take one of you  
Aladdin & Alibaba: wait, what?!

I didn’t get what sinbad not trusting the magi-king system has to do with conquering the dungeon (answering the question), so I’ll consider it like that.

Sinbad sees Serendine/Celendine as an equal

I’m pretty sure I’m not the first to realize this but I really wanted to make a proper post on this, since this is really important. I will put this under a read more since it’s a fairly long analysis w/ some images + includes a theory at the end. 

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MAGI 348 Full Translation

Disclaimer: i only to this for fun, to share it with you guys, and to practice my japanese :) which is very basic so keep in mind that i could be completely mistaken in some parts.  This is just a fan translation of incomplete spoilers so: Don’t forget to support the official releases of Magi!

Source: From Tieba Baidu’s Japanese scans and from Netabare’s texts ^^

@maumauxmau @sayakakat2012

Thank you so much to @eastrelilith for letting me know that the spoilers were out! ^^

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Narration:

To fight the destiny of the world, Alibaba’s strategy is…?

 A raging development that announces a sudden change!!

Flashback

Aladdin: We must destroy the sacred palace. To eliminate black rukh and white rukh!

Sinbad: I must return the world to the rukh. In order to escape from the domination of destiny!

End of flashback

Alibaba: I am completely different from Sinbad-san and from Aladdin.

Alibaba:  I have thought of another strategy!

Night 348 The potential of a great magic

Arba: Did you say another strategy?!

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The Sindria Effect 2.1.2:  Understanding the Nature and Narrative Value of Tragic Villains in Magi Through Comparative Analysis

NOTE: I strongly recommend watching this clip before reading the text below the cut. The dialogue will probably confuse most readers, but the circular logic of the villain is critical to understanding what objectively defines the antagonist as a tragic villain.

I’m posting this as a video supplemental to The Sindria Effect 2.1: an essay in which I distinguish between Elder David as Il Illah’s pawn and Zeus!Sinbad, entity borne of Sinbad, his seven djinns and Il Illah that have become a tragic villain.

This is a clip from Kara no Kyoukai: Paradox Spiral, the 5th installment of a film series based on a novel written by Kinoko Nasu. It is his first and best-written work. Full stop. While even his most avid fans will admit Nasu has numerous faults as a writer, but few of his readers or peers in the industry will challenge the notion that he’s a genius when it comes to writing tragic villains. 

So, what are the criterion for a well-written “tragic villain,” and which antagonists in Magi meet them?

  1. They have a truly heartbreaking backstory. Something so Kafkaesque you wouldn’t wish it upon your worst enemy.
  2. The villain commits terrible atrocities (typically involving the mass murder of innocents) because of their own SELFISH motivations. They aren’t fighting in the name of some higher being, to eliminate an enemy of someone they care about, avenge the death of a loved one, or even an ideal. They do what they want to do out of blind ambition, curiosity, or some other principle that serves only to comfort themselves. If someone happens to benefit from their actions, it is of no consequence to the villain. They are monsters that fight for the sake of themselves alone. 
  3. The villain’s motivations are so unrelatable & logically flawed that the audience can neither justify the villain’s actions nor sympathize with their plight. This is the most important qualifier. It’s what makes Nasu’s antagonists the gold standard for tragic villains in animanga. 

If the character is written properly, the audience is unable to sympathize with the villain because their thinking has become so convoluted that even they don’t understand why they feel so motivated to do what they’re doing anymore. If they are forced to think about their motivation to it’s logical conclusion, they are confused by their own answer. There is no way to talk them out of what they are doing becuase there is no longer any logic behind what they’re doing at all. 

The villain in the clip above, Araya Souren, is Nasu’s tragic villain prototype. He was a truly benevolent Buddhist monk with magical powers. He is over 200 years old: he genuinely cannot remember how old he is. All he can honestly say is that he has been alive for more than two centuries. He’s not immortal. He could easily kill himself or just stop using the magic that keeps him alive. 

Early in his life, he desperately fought to save the lives as many innocent people in a war that took place in pre-Meiji Japan. He feels an overwhelming sense of sadness, frustration, and disgust with all of humanity because he couldn’t save everyone. Saving “as many as possible” simply wasn’t good enough. For whatever reason, he needed to save EVERY person who was in danger to maintain his sanity.

To alleviate his own vague sense of aggravation, he decides to destroy the world at some point in the late 20th Century. His method of choice involves opening a path to Akasha, a place where all of human history is recorded. By doing so, he thinks he will “give justice” to the people he could not save by ensuring their deaths are “properly” observed and recorded. But he will be the only person to see it. Then he will die. He also claims to hate all of humanity, including the people who died “without meaning,” so killing everyone in the present for the sake of those who died in the past doesn’t make much sense. His ritual also involves driving people to die meaningless deaths so… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

He doesn’t even try to defend the logic behind his plan. He simply states that it is what ran through his mind. Long before this fight, he admitted that he no longer knew why he was doing what he was doing. He just knew he wanted to do it. 

Confused? GOOD. The confusion and unrelatable nature of the villain is necessary to nullify the tragic backstory. It smashes the notion of tired cliches like “a villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.” We know his story, and nobody watching the movie or in the movie can make heads or tails of why he’s killing people left and right to reach Aksha. 


WHAT THE HELL DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH MAGI ANYWAY!?

The criteria listed above explain why Elder David is no villain. He is a monster, but ultimately a pawn. It is also a useful tool for categorizing and evaluating the importance of other antagonists in Sinbad no Bouken and Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. They are the key to figuring out who the real “big bad,” is in the story. Sinbad is far and away the character that comes closest to meeting all of the criteria for the “Araya Test.” I’ll start with characters that fail the test.

  • Ithnan fails to meet criteria 2 & 3. He’s fighting to avenge Setta, serve his god, and undo damage that he feels Solomon has done. What he’s doing is morally wrong, but his motivations are logically consistent.
  • Falan fails to meet criteria 2 & 3: She’s fighting to avenge Wahid and Tess. She seems to think that creating a dark spot will allow her to reunite with Tess. She’s clearly lost some of her sanity and is obsessed with Tess. Her emotional and behavioral response is disproportionate, but again, it’s easy to understand why she’s doing what she’s doing.
  • Arba fails miserably by lacking all three. By all accounts, she lived a good life until she saw someone meddle with the god she was pre-programmed to obey. Everything she does is for HER FAAAAAATHER!!1!!!11!!!!! and no one else. It almost makes logical sense until you realize that the god she worships has no sense of what most human beings would consider right or wrong. According to Orthodox Church, Il Illah demands offerings of magoi. Even the suppression of other species was openly acknowledged as a way to offer magoi to Ill Illah. Her religion is “do stuff to feed a spaghetti monster because I was told to at some point.” Solomon is arrogant in her eyes becuase he decided to do something other than that. That’s it. 😕

Failing to meet more than one of the criteria is intentionally crafted aspect typical of minor antagonists. They may play a significant role in the narrative as a whole, but it’s fairly obvious upon meeting them that they’re not going to be the “final boss.”

Elder David is a special case that fails to meet all three.  There isn’t much to his story. He doesn’t suffer a heartbreaking loss. His only tragedy he had to face was feeling lonely because nobody could see what he could see. It’s no worse than what a child prodigy who goes to college when they would normally be in grade school goes through. 

His motivation is fairly straightforward: standing by Il Illah’s side. He has a mission. He knows what it is. He doesn’t know why he was given the mission, but he understands it well enough to deceive the world about his intentions for 800 years. His motivations aren’t particularly relatable or compelling, but they make logical sense. He gets a little confused along the way, but Sinbad quickly helps him figure out the puzzle and he moves on with a clear sense of purpose and confidence. Ironically, all that Sinbad had to do to “set him right” was explain that his mission remained the same: assisting a god in creating a new world and making it work until that god decides to destroy it and create another one.

 I can’t say that I feel much in the way of sympathy for him, but I understand why he’s done many of the things he’s done. Again, he’s a terribly written villain because he’s the villain’s pawn. He’s a red herring through and through. 

Sinbad, on the other hand, comes very close to meeting all three criteria on the level of Araya Souren. He has an entire manga dedicated to his heartbreaking backstory. By the time he decides to become a god, he admits that he’s doing what he’s doing for selfish reasons. When Neo-Sinbad is asked why he wants to return the world to the rukh, his answer is “because I want to.”

While he’s not as unrelatable as Araya Souren, Zeus!Sinbad/Neo-Sinbad’s argument that he’s trying to help the world by destroying it is pretty hard to swallow. While Araya placed a disproportionate amount of value on lives of the past, Zeus!Sinbad is obsessed with the lives of an indefinite future. 

In truth, he’s less concerned about what happens to the people in the new world he seeks to create, and more about the thrill of defeating destiny itself. A potential utopia is a “fringe benefit” he hopes will come of it. If not, he won’t be deeply disappointed or discouraged. He’ll feel exhilarated by the new challenge. Destroying that failed world and creating a new one will be another adventure to be enjoyed. He’s not a perfect analogy for Araya Souren, but that’s fine: a well written animanga villain simply needs to fit the Araya mold. Just how well written Sinbad is as a villain is pretty subjective, so I won’t try to make an argument either way. The upshot is that he manages to cross the “true tragic villain” threshold. 

I still don’t think he’s the “final boss.” Bear in mind that Sinbad is dead and gone. Zeus!Sinbad is an entity borne of Ill Illah, Sinbad, and the souls of seven chieftains of Alma Torran that somehow became the embodiment of principles that Sinbad would come to believe in. What has turned the remains of Sinbad into a villain is a mass of powerful entities that made up Il Illah’s core. 

The villains behind human the villain(s) are the rukh.

That will be the thesis of an entirely different series. The Sindria Effect 3.0 will focus on the narrative purpose of Sinbad no Bouken and finally answer the question: How will the destruction of Sindria 1.0 change Sinbad and his relationship with his subordinates?


Tag, you’re it @ivoryrosewood! That’s what you get for writing awesome response essays like this. 😜