Re: Episode 1
Wow, other than the content itself, this is exactly like Blue Exorcist. Aniplex makes a big deal out of it in both Japan and America, having their own studio, A-1 Pictures, adapt the ongoing shounen action manga, giving it top-notch production values, a big band for the OP, an all-star seiyuu cast, and the grand feel that most standard shounen anime doesn't get, then giving it its own website in America and promoting the hell out of it on all venues and acting like it's really the next FMA or something, giving it a "simulcast" that's actually a few days late, on both Crunchyroll and Hulu, free for all viewers at the same time, and I believe it was even the exact same time (I know it was on Wednesdays, at least). And beyond just being an unusually high-profile adaptation of a long-running shounen action manga, the content is actually kind of similar in that neither are the kinds of stories I expect to see in this kinds of manga and anime. Blue Exorcist was The Power of Christ vs. Satan, and this is Aladdin. So far the quality is about the same, so that gives me hope that this will probably be better than I probably would've expected from first glance at the source material.
Avatar: Tomoya Okazaki from Clannad/Clannad After Story (courtesy of Jun Kuga/Fudce from The Fandom Post)