this is less of an anime and more of a compilation of stereotypes;; incredibly cheesy and shallow characters which are not unique in any way and are copies of the most common anime tropes out there.
straight forward cliche white-knight protagonist which has almost everything going for him and always shouts "the power of friendship ! !" which gets him out of any and all inconvenient situations and makes everyone around him stare in awe and admiration, instantly worshipping him:
the classic rival character which has a weak ass reason to be a rival in the first place;
the stereotypical main bad guy behind the scenes with of course the entire "i was pulling the strings all along !" kinda bullshit
and almost every antagonist getting turned into an ally with the talk-no-jutsu of friendship by the protagonist, leading into a "and everyone lived happily ever after".
just overall very predictable, shallow, boring, and old. its just like some kinda barbie movie. if the most basic of basic stale things in anime were taken out and put into one, it would be this.
wasted potential if you ask me. i dont see why this is labeled as the first title to watch if you wanna get into magi, imo this would chase people away more. and barely anything even happens in it for it to be required as a starting point.