GMA Network has announced that the highly-popular fantasy anime series Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is set to premiere on the channel this Monday, April 13.
The anime is set to air Every Monday to Friday mornings at 08:40am, right after Dragon Ball.
In a fantastic middle-age world where slavery is very common, there are mysterious tall towers named “Dungeon” which mysteriously appeared out of nowhere fourteen years before the story line. Someone who conquers a Dungeon becomes very powerful and wealthy. Our hero Ali Baba is a teenager who works for merchants to support himself. He dreams for conquering a lot of Dungeons and becoming a very rich person. One day, he comes across with a strange young boy named Aladdin who carries a mystical flute with supernatural powers in it. Ali Baba and Aladdin agree to travel their first Dungeon together. (Synopsis from Anime News Network)
Magi is an anime adpatation of a Japanese manga series, written & illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka. The manga is currently serialized Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine since June 2009, and it currently has 23 compiled volumes.
The first anime adaptation, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, was aired on Japanese television in October 2012, while the second adaptation, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic, was aired in October 2013.
Both anime adaptation were directed by Koji Masunari, who also created the manga Kamichu! Teenage Goddess, and written by Hiroyuki Yoshino, who worked on popular titles like Black Butler, My-HiME, and Accel World. Character designs were made by Toshifumi Akai, and were produced on A-1 Pictures.
As a result of the premiere, the channel’s weekday “Astig Authority” block is now composed of the following titles:
Martin Mystery (French animation)
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Knock Out! (Hajime no Ippo: The Rising)
The weekday animation block airs Every Monday to Friday mornings from 07:30am to 10:30am, right after Unang Hirit.
UPDATE: We have updated this article to state that Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic’s character designer was Toshifumi Akai, not “Haruka Tomatsu”. We apologise for the error.