“The Ancient Magus’ Bride” – A Romantic Anime with a Deeper Twist
“The Ancient Magus Bride” or Mahou Tsukai no Yome in Japanese, is an anime derived from a manga series written by Kore Yamazaki. Yamazaki’s manga was released in 2013, and it is still ongoing. Its 24-episode anime adaptation started airing on October 7, 2017 and ended on March 2018.
Synopsis of the Anime
The Ancient Magus Bride is a story of the 16-year old high-school Chise Hatori who can see and attract magical beings. Because of her talent, which humans consider a curse, people often neglected her, including her relatives. Her sufferings aggravated when her father abandoned her and her mother when she was young. Meanwhile, her mother committed suicide in her presence. This event made as well as her weird talent made her feel unwanted by her relatives.
Because of her condition, Chise lived a desperate and hopeless life until she sold herself to a “weird man” in a slave auction. That “weird man” was a powerful seven-foot magus named Elias Ainsworth, a humanoid being with a skull head. He bought Chise to become his apprentice. Moreover, he wants her to be his future wife.
This event started the new chapter in Chise’s life as a servant and a magus trainee of her future husband. Will Elias, whose looks and attitude seems more demon than human, uplift her from the agony she is experiencing or sink her in deeper shadows? Watch this hit series to find out.
How Critics See “The Ancient Magus Bride”?
Nick Creamer of the Anime News Network rates this anime A-. He commended the art of the series, stressing the creators’ great effort in making the audience feel what Chise is experiencing throughout, especially her awe. For him, Wit Studio was able to come up with expressive character designs and detailed backgrounds.
Regarding the anime’s plot, Creamer said the producers did a terrific job of making Chise and Elias understandable, relatable and likable characters. He added that the complications of their relationship are an accurate representation of the real world, where relationships are ambiguous.
The blogsite Freeadon also gave this manga a favorable rating. Regarding the illustration and animation, the authors of the blog were just as captivated as Creamer, especially the subtle reactions between the protagonists.
They also believe that the scoring and music also contributed to the anime’s greatness. But more than the animation and sound, Freeadon was entertained by the techniques the writer Yamazaki used in his story.
Freeadon attributed the success of the anime to three factors. Firstly, Yamazaki was able to bring the fascinating magical world to life with her skillful use of imaginary and mythical creatures in the manga and anime.
Second is the unique mixture of romantic and heartwarming elements which is rare in this genre. Instead of focusing on the courtship of Chise and Elias, viewers would tend to emphatize on the plights of the characters, especially of Chise’s. Lastly, the story clearly shows the path toward the maturity of both characters. As the story progresses, the two protagonists learn from each other, making the anime more engaging.
Overall, “The Ancient Magus Bride” is an anime that has a more in-depth, realistic and heartwarming spin that makes it transcend over the usual romance genre.