Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Episode 13: Titus Alexius
Titus holds a lot of significance in the upcoming arc – I’ve been looking forward to his introduction for some time, and A-1 certainly didn’t disappoint! Given his reputation within the school, you’d think Aladdin would have at least heard of him before suddenly being beaten out of the top spot – but it seems like Magnostadt likes keeping its cohorts strictly separate. Either way, he didn’t exactly give us a great first impression of him. Putting his mystery aside, he comes off as a haughty, proud guy with a lot of self-confidence, although admittedly he’s got the skills to back it up. I suppose being acquainted with the highest echelons of Reim’s political bureaucracy would mould one’s personality like that – the two tyrannical lackeys running around with him certainly don’t help to improve that image. Not unlike Ren Kouha, he’s also slightly androgynous in appearance – and again, as with Kouha his voice is deeper than I’d imagined. He’s also got a suspicious resemblance to Scheherazade, but I’ll go into that later.
Aladdin’s certainly grown since we last saw him – there’s definitely been another timeskip, and while his talent’s been previously recognized, people are literally lauding him now! Sphintus in particular has been singing a very different tune as of late (in comparison to their first meeting) although I think Aladdin’s managed to genuinely befriend him as well. Everyone thinks he’ll be named top student, and his battle with Titus showed exactly why. He certainly didn’t show an ability to perform lightning magic before, and his gravity manipulation to create a giant sand Ugo was awesome. It’s just like the real thing! And the way it crushed Titus in between its hands was really reminiscent of that time he completely destroyed Judal. While I have no doubt that both Aladdin and Titus fought as well as they could (in their conditions) I don’t think it was solely motivated on winning in order to learn lots in Magnostadt. There was a definite element of rivalry there – and Titus in particular showed a desire to prove himself as the superior magician with his merciless aberrant magic attacks. Their battle was just as flashy as I remember it being in the manga… I think I’m starting to slowly forgive A-1 for their past sins (slowly, mind you).
So it seems like Titus has a similar jewel embedded into his skin, much like Aladdin has – but I think both of them have run away with their misconceptions here. It’d have been a great cliffhanger to just leave things at that revelation xD Their jewels are actually slightly different; Aladdin’s one redirects his magoi flow outwards, and is proof he’s a Magi – while Titus’ is meant as a communication device with a Magi, and is proof that he is a Magi’s subordinate. Aside from Aladdin, the three other Magi are Judal, Yunan and Scheherazade… if the latter has sent someone over to investigate without arousing suspicion, it seems like she’s fully aware of the strange occurrences in Magnostadt. At this point, Mogamett knows – or if not, he at least suspects something. He’s already alluding to their true identities by commenting on their respective styles of magic – it is indeed very strange that Titus fights like someone with 100 or 200 years of experience *cough* His treatment of them is very eerie though… he seems to easily forgive them both for stepping out of line purely because of their talent in magic. It’s like he’s looking down on them as a parent or something – positive discrimination towards those he deems worthy, I suppose. It’s creepy, and there’s definitely something unsettling about the guy himself – something more than meets the eye.