Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Episode 12: A New Emperor
After going through three “arcs” that focused on each of our protagonists, I suppose it’s only right that we have an episode on how things are going on Hakuryuu’s end (protip, he’s not doing too great). There’s a lot of strife within the Kou Empire – despite being seen as a dominant, united country with expansionist policies from an outsiders’ point of view, the internal politics we saw today told a very different story. Seeing all the Kou siblings (and their bitch of a mother) gather in one place demonstrated where the true power lies in the empire – it’s amazing that someone like Kougyoku, who appeared as someone “of rank” in Balbadd actually has hardly any power in the grand scheme of things. In fact, on the side she’s even being manipulated by Sinbad. Amidst all that, everyone has their own personal agenda they want to fulfil, none more so than Hakuryuu.
If nothing else, the grotesque monsters Hakuryuu creates with Zagan exemplifies the sort of hate he’s boiling with deep down. The sort of thing he’s aiming for – civil war and the dethroning of his mother – is pretty much the opposite from what Ren Kouen is after, which involves the unity of the Kou Empire (and ultimately the world) under a single king. Hakuryuu’s been holding a deep grudge all this time, unlike Hakuei who, even after learning about the fate of their family seems to be fine with acquiescing and carrying on with her life. At this rate, he’s well on his way to falling into depravity, something which Judal is clearly ready to take advantage of – and it’s chilling to think that this is exactly what Gyokuen wanted. In trying to go against the dark side, Hakuryuu’s unknowingly aligning his interests with theirs. His descent would effectively warp his mind; who knows what sort of personality he’ll have once he’s fallen?
Not only is Gyokuen a bitch, she’s also a whore – she was all over Kouen during that gathering, and I’m sure she was giving her previous husbands the same treatment before
she killed them off they died in unfortunate circumstances. Seriously, what on earth happened to his body? It looks like it’s been infected with something… really really bad. Gyokuen really thinks things through – she’s even managed to make herself the next emperor, with the aid of her priests. Priests like Banker, as you’ll remember from last season. In other words, by extension Al-Thamen is in control of all the national affairs the Kou Empire is involved in. Ugh… the bitch needs to die a horrible death, and she needs to do it quickly. I mean, it’s pretty evident the Kou siblings themselves don’t like her that much, even though she’s technically their mother – however a key obstacle is that she’s no lightweight herself. While she’s a complete nutcase, she’s ridiculously strong – Hakuryuu was knocked out of his full djinn equip immediately after attempting to attack her. It’s not like Gyokuen’s relying on metal vessels either (like past Al-Thamen agents have done). It’s said that the Bolg is the proof of a magician, which means that, like Judal and everyone in Magnostadt, Gyokuen is a magic user.
Just like how Gyokuen jumps between various powerful men, we’re returning to Magnostadt to catch up with Aladdin, who seems to have developed his skills even further, all without the help of the Rukh. The next episode’s going to be exciting – I don’t know whether Magi’s going to be on break for the next couple of weeks (Strike the Blood and Golden Time are at least) but whenever it turns up, we’ll finally be introduced to Titus Alexius, a key character in events to follow.