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I just said the lions are stronger than the dragons because they vastly outnumber them.
I also find it rather peculiar that rukh has yet to be mentioned at all. It seems as though it does not exist in this world since magicians should be able to easily see it. I feel as though rukh really was created by Solomon as a way to prevent magicians in the current world from receiving magoi directly from God to avoid the same tragedy from happening.
David is the Medium, isn't he.
Ill Ilah is just the name people of Alma Torran call their god.
One thing I also don't get though is why they were calling him the black god in the first place before even knowing about the impurity in the magoi. It seems like the type of name you'd give to a malevolent god yet until this chapter they didn't see him as malevolent and still don't. In fact no human has ever seen Illa except for likely David who saw him as a white, benevolent god.
And Ohtaka just successfully defused the evil from both David and even Illa by making David a victim of both time and a horrific past even worse than Mogamett's, while making Illa's "evil" simply a mechanism of its continued existence brought forth by David's manipulation...
Magi, a manga where true evil doesn't exist. The closest we ever got was Aum Madaura lol and as I said a while back even she probably has an untold story...
Last edited by obamamania; April 12, 2014 at 04:13 PM.
Classic evil villains are fueled by pure selfish desire to destroy or rule the world simply because they have the power to achieve it or found a way to do it that nobody else ever could. Magi villains do their evil acts because of a ridiculously tragic past that threw them off the deep end. We don't know the full story on Gyokuen, but if she really is Sheba then something horrible clearly happened to her to make her this way. She's not a monster because we need a convenient big boss, she's a monster for a big reason that we aren't aware of. In fact, not a single major character in this manga seems to have a happy past...they're almost all defined by a struggle that's made them really good or really bad. And for David in particular, what he experienced pre-magic was something that no human could even comprehend.
And another thought, has anyone wondered why David would wait to the ripe young age of 800 to have a son? And then conveniently let that son rampage across the world undoing everything he's ever achieved due the fact that he coincidentally exposed that son to a being immune to his magic who could convert his ideology? I don't think David is ignoring Solomon just because he has other plans, I think Solomon is just part of the scheme and doesn't know it. Look how much magic the resistance is being forced to use in opposition to the church, and vice versa.
Last edited by obamamania; April 12, 2014 at 09:23 PM.
I wish chapter 223 would come out now, so I can verify the theory about Sinbad being David's reincarnation. Ever since I read the part where they say that David wants to kill Illa, I can't help but remember Sinbad's words when the 7 seven seas arrived to fight the medium.
Also I totally agree that there is no pure evil in magi, only characters with tragic pasts. That's what so great about this manga, you have villains that are actually human and you can sympathize with them, but it also makes it hard to hate them even if they did some terrible things, well except for Madaura and some Al Thamen members, but I think that's because they weren't given enough time to really explain their background
Well gyokuen may have went through something terrible
but if she killed her own kids , she cannot blame that on having a rough past
even if someone turns into a monster because of external influence, they are still a monster
however i will agree that she cannot be defined as a classic villain, im hoping this story does produce at least one of those
Too much theology and ethical drama for us to ever get any villains like that. It's not that classic villains are too shallow for Magi, just not quite...appropriate beyond the fodder Al Thamen members who simply exist as puppets for Gyokuen. And yes, Gyokuen is so depraved and vile that it's hard to see how such a creature could have ever had a shred of humanity and yet she must have. Whether she's Sheba, the result of David's manipulation, or even David in disguise (which I really do doubt now but it's a cool theory) she has a reason for becoming what she is beyond the simple fact that she fell into depravity. But really the only one to blame for all of this is the one and only Illa the wise before shriveling up into a black husk... >_>
Last edited by obamamania; April 12, 2014 at 11:31 PM.
Do you know what I was suddenly thinking about? That I think that Gyokuen is right, that Solomon might be arrogant man. I mean if I think about it.... Solomon didn't even notice the empty eyes, the darkness in Sheba's eyes in chapter 215 when they were talking together, while in chapter 221 he said that he was afraid that Sheba would turn back in her old self because he noticed that sometimes her eyes turned empty. Than I really think that it is his own fault that she betayed him. He say what he thinks, for example: about ''god being only a lump of power'', without thinking what he said to the other species that ''god real intention is to erase the conflicts among different species'' which Ugo stated to him. Maybe when he turned into a king, he though of himself about as a great king, a king only with a level of god like his father does (not that much but kinda close to him)? Maybe Arba started to think about him as a god figure like the other species and that is why no one could stop his ''arrogance'' for thinking the way he wants? Arba was the only one who knew him from his childhood times and because maybe she started to think as him as a great person like a ''god'' he turned into a arrogance man. Sheba could not stand the way he acted and probably saw everything what she ever heard and learn from him and what she fighted for as a huge lie in her life.
I think that maybe Solomon turned into an egoistic man when he became a king. Maybe it is a bit too early to say this but the way he thinks right now makes me think about this theory. But of course I can be totally wrong about this! Just a new theory I suddenly though about while listening some soundtracks. xd
Well I'm looking forward to the following chapters!
Last edited by Lovemagi; April 13, 2014 at 05:57 AM.
I was thinking the same.He may have becomes just like his father, after realizing that Illa is an incompetent god,and probably after hearing the reasons behind David's plan to kill Illa. But what I don't get is how Sheba became so corrupted. Maybe because she idolized Solomon too much, and saw her future self in him.At some point I even think Arba might have abandoned Solomon once she realized that he's not the same person as before, and that he wants to take God's place. This chapter has only comforted the idea that the magicians truly revere and respect Illa, despite everything that happened, and that they'd rather turn their backs on Solomon than betray Illa, even though Solomon is right at the end.
damn good chapter. the red lion species that become the fanalis seem rediculusly beast. mind control!? hell nah. Also, its crazy that illas just some power source from the true higher up. just how powerful is magi gonna get?
so that's why the church build those towers not to control species but to constantly drain the magoi of illah