A new continent named Magmell suddenly appears in the ocean, and a new age of exploration begins. Explorers venture to the island to find previously unknown lifeforms and resources, but experience one disaster after another.
The animation is great excellent artwork. The island is full of an incredible color palet. As to the story, its espisodal with a thread of an arc I guess. If your tired of the anime's you normally watch and want something different that is watchable I recommend it. It does not really fit any type of anime completely, I definitely wouldn't call it shouen. The main character is really overpowered think One punch man but not as funny. The main character is the best character. Everyone else is a basic type character. What they do different is that humans are expendable unless the main character likes them. The also blur the line on what is good and what is bad. They don't explain anything, the island just appeared and the main character has powers and they can easily go to the island but the monster's are extremely dangerous except when they aren't.
I can't help but compare this series to Made in Abyss, and my honest advice would be to just watch that instead as it accomplishes what Magmell tries to do, but so much better. Magmell is about a new continent that mysteriously appears with many new strange creatures and environments. The main characters are Inyo and Zero. Inyo is a "lacter" who can create objects at will, and an angler, someone who travels to Magmell often to rescue people who get into trouble. Zero is his assistant. Its premise sets it up to be an interesting adventure anime. The problem comes with how bland and average it is. It really does feel like a bootleg version of Made in Abyss. It's not horrible and if you're looking for a short adventure series, it gets the job done. But its episodic nature prevents it from accomplishing so much more. The characters constantly jump between Magmell and their home each episode (save for the last few) to rescue someone and that's it. There's no sense of wonder or world building because the series never has time to create any. If the series were longer, with the characters spending prolonged time in Magmell each mission, that could have really helped a lot. But without a solid narrative arc, or even a few medium sized ones, much of the series feels like filler besides the opening and ending episodes (which have an actual antagonist). The audience hardly learns anything about Magmell, which should be the whole point of the series. We also never learn anything about lacting. The villain comes out of nowhere and we know nothing about him except he's apparently a bad guy who does bad things. Another main character named Shuin is also constantly mentioned who everyone seems to know but the audience is never told where he is or why he left Inyo, his pupil Rather than bland or average, it might be better to describe it as being an empty shell of something great and unique. It's not all bad, though. For a shell, it's good! I opted to watch the series in English and the dub is solid. Erika Harlacker is one of my favorite new voice actors and her child-like voice for Zero is adorablly fitting. You also have heavy hitters like Keith Silverstein, Cristina Vee, and Jameison Price (*so* surprisingly playing the dastardly villain) making recurring appearances. The main theme is also pretty good as is the rest of the soundtrack (although the opening and ending tracks are lacking). As it stands now, if we ever get more of this explaining lacting or or the characters spending more time in Magmell actually exploring stuff, I could bump this score up to a 6 or a 7. But for now, I would recommend you just watch Made in Abyss instead, which does much better with these same themes, in the same amount of episodes, and if you've seen it already, you can probably skip this.
Netflix has licensed a lot of crapy anime lately. Magmell is refreshingly not-bad. In short, try it if you're bored, but don't prioritize it.Is Magmell the best anime? No, but it has some entertainment value, and an interesting take to enable the familiar monster world. The story is more individual episode arcs, so they have a sense of completeness when you watch one (but no urgency to watch the next). There is small bit of broader plot that spans the episodes generally pertaining to character development. The caracters are reasonably entertaining and have some depth but nothing major, though with this style of anime it's less important because it focuses on the story of the episode. Sound quality is, average for a newer anime, which puts it a bit above the average across all time. It isn't an anime with rich sounds, like some. Animation is... It works, the detail isn't astounding but the motions are (again) average for a newer anime. The MC, weirdly, gets less OP over time... because... plot devices, and the episode pacing falters for the multi-episode arcs, It really seemed like they were just killing time with a lot of back and forth and flashbacks. Still, not horrid, and wayyy better than the constant recaps you might find in a stereotypical battle anime. Don't enter into it with high expectations because of how cool the plot sounds, (or else you will be overly disappointed, because conceptually it could have been amazing.) but try to watch it for what it is, not what you wanted it to be.
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