Magi is a great show, and it has great OP/ED sequences. Not because they’re phenomenally choreographed or anything, and certainly not because the singing is great, but because they offer so much promise, and really, that’s where Magi engages perfectly; in the background, in the imagination, the sense of adventure, even though the adventure has been delayed every episode for fourteen episodes now. It’s no easy feat, to be sure, promising something in an OP or ED.
Well, actually the first ED existed more for mood whiplash, which in this case, is not a bad thing. It makes the rather hopeless-feeling events on screen hit harder. It’s just more memorable when followed by a bubbly ‘nozomite iiyou, yuubi bouenkyou‘.