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I think most of you know that Ohtaka uses the famous tale of "One Thousand and One Nights" as an inspiration for her own manga but do you know all the characters and how they're similar/different to Magi? I didn't put much thought into it but when I stumbled upon some characters from the tale, I got pretty curious and had to check them out. For all of you who're interested, here's a list (I shortened "One Thousand and One Nights" to OTAON):
I'm surprised how similar some are (like Morgiana or Cassim) but others appear to be totally different (like Yunan) compared to the tale. Overall I still think that Ohtaka made a good mix of using her own thoughts and "borrowing" ideas from the tale thoughQuote:
Oh and I'm pretty sure there are quite a lot of characters missing, so if you know/think there's another counterpart just post it here and I will add it to the list
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Yunan has such a sad back story, kind of unexpected since Magi's Yunan seems a little bit...tougher (?) somehow. But at least now we know that Ohtaka seems a little bit liberal in interpreting the characters from OTAON.
Probably she's just borrowing their names.
I like this topic and it sure is interesting to see from what the authoress has been inspired.
Anyway the Magi characters, even if they share some traits with their counterparts, they have been given a deeper characterization by the authoress, and that's what I liked and like about this manga.
Judal has a backstory in 1001 Arabian Nights as well, but since his name is in fact Judar....well, I guess we've been pronouncing it wrong. (Arabic doesn't have the r-l confusion, but most probably the pronounciation was lost when transliterating his name from Arabic to Japanese to English).
Judar's story: His two elder brothers are greedy and evil, and after their father's death they swindle him and their mother of their rightful inheritance. To make ends meet for him and his mother, Judar begins doing some pretty shady things (an evil sorceror asks him to get some items from a dungeon, and it spirals downward from there), and it culminates in his brothers finding out and having him poisoned. This story is one of the few really tragic stories in the OTAON.
Oh gawd. Judal story may be a great hint.
After all, He's poisoned. ;_;
two evil brothers- Al Sarmen
Judar was forced into doing shady things - working as Al Sarmen's Magi and Kou Empire's Oracle
Poisoned - fallen into depravity
that's how I saw this story with Judal's... Anyway, I still think that Judal is possible to escape the Al Sarmen's hands, all he needs is a savior
Fans on tumblr are really helpful XD
A lot probably know this already, but Solomon is based on the king Solomon, one of the most famous rulers known to man. During his time, and even now, he was renowned for his great wisdom. He also appears quite a lot in One Thousand and One Nights. As quoted by wikipedia:
Also, many of you might already know this as well, but all of the djinn (minus Ugo) that appear in this series are named after the 72 demons that appear in the Ars Goetia, one of five parts belonging to an ancient grimoire know as The Lesser Key of Solomon (also know as the Clavicula Salomonis Regis, or the Lemegeton). Once again I'll quote wikipedia:Quote:
I was already quite familiar with the djinns' names due to playing a lot of rpgs (that and I'm actually really interested in magic, alchemy, hermeticism, mythology etc... ), however it took me a while to remember that the demons in the Ars Goetia had been sealed by king Solomon.Quote:
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^THIS. If you call recall Amon's last meeting with Aladdin, he did mentioned that the djinns shouldn't be materialized on earth, and they (solely) exist for King Solomon. This quote could be a hint for something "deeper" about the djinns.
^I assume that the magic formulae mentioned here is what Magnostadt and Al Sarmen have been collaborated, I mean the creation of Black Metal Vessels and Black DjinnsQuote:
^Hmm, I suddenly thought of Solomon's Wisdom and the "Rukh's Guidance" and "Fate" which were mentioned in the manga before. I think this is where the concept of the "righteous path" came fromQuote:
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Here's some interesting analysis of Magi's reference on the 1001 nights
You can read the whole article here: http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=559369Quote:
I can't believe that Solomon's wisdom is so accurately placed into this manga. Aladdin, who was already basically Solomon's proxy, gained favor from Ugo (who plays the role of God here) by choosing friendship over a selfish, more greedy wish. I think that's my favorite part of this list.
This stuff is really interesting.. Hopefully we can make more connections when more chapters come out, and yeah I agree the mangaka is brilliant!