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Ultramarine Magmell Season 1 (2019)
群青のマグメル (Gunjō no Magumeru)

Synopsis

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. You and his colleagues make a living as relief workers who aid the explorers.
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Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

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Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

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Filler
Some annoying character traits
Slow-pace

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Overview

A Japanese anime television series adaptation by Pierrot+ aired from April 7 to June 30, 2019.

Alternative titles

– Gunjou no Magmell
– 群青のマグメル
– Ultramarine Magmell
– Magmell of the Sea Blue

TL;DR Review

Ultramarine Magmell (Japanese: 群青のマグメル Hepburn: Gunjō no Magumeru), originally in Chinese as 拾又之国, is a Chinese comic series written and illustrated by Chinese artist Dainenbyo (Chinese: 第年秒/Dìniánmiǎo).

The series is mostly animated with the use of 3D CGI. The 3D CGI is so glaring, it doesn’t seem like the animator even try to hide it. Animation and art are average.

The series has a convoluted premise just to create a contrived conflict. There is little connection to the narrative other than some recurring characters. The synopsis stated the new continent is so dangerous, you need either a license to be there blah blah blah. The next thing we see is our protagonist, the Angler, took a kid with no license to the continent without blinking an eye.

Despite its TV-14 rating, the show feels more like a TV-G or TV-PG with the amount of morality plot they try to cram down our throat. The recurring theme is man vs nature, like a human is bad or they do not respect nature. I don’t mind such a theme but the story is dull and unimaginative, especially when there are so many fillers.

Our main protagonist constantly has that mischevious smug smile as if he knows more than he let on. There’s a fine line being clever and being a smug prick, and this series chose the later. In one episode, they pretty much bully a shop keeper the entire episode to get a discount? Why? Characters aren’t likable or cute.

I’ve noticed in a lot of Chinese writing recently, where it is OK that our main protagonist does an immoral thing as long as he comes out on top. Take the Chinese’s drama The King’s Avatar Live-Action series as an example. They played an MMO where it is acceptable to spend your real-life earning to be Pay-2-Win. They’ll resort to killing other players to steal their gears. This is due to the cultural difference between China and the rest of the world.

I think I’ll be wary of any series from a Chinese author as I can rarely relate to the protagonists. I hope I will be proven wrong in the future but, unfortunately, Ultramarine Magmell left me with a sour taste. The series contains graphic violence and is intended for young teens.

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Music

Opening Theme

– “Dash & Daaash!!” by Fudan-juku

Closing Theme

– “The Key” by A Flood of Circle

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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