Hatori Chise, 15 years old. Lost, without hope, and without family, she is bought for money—not by another person, but by a non-human sorcerer named Elias. Though she hesitates, she begins life anew as his apprentice and future wife. She moves on with her new and peaceful life, slowly but surely, until one day, when she finds a Japanese picture book among the many sent to her from London by Angelica. It is a fateful book that discovered her in her younger years, when she was still troubled and lonely. This piece is a prequel to Chise's encounter with the Thorn Sorcerer.
(If you're looking for a show with quality graphics, an interesting fantasy aspect, a deep story, then this is for you. Please note, this review is more of my first impression since it just came out today.)
● Story: The story is great. It starts differently than most shows I have watched myself. Instead of starting of with the main characters sad sub-plot, they do some character development and put it later in the episode. I like all the magical being floating around and what not and it feels like a Studio Ghibi film.
● Art: The art is outstanding. The animation has style and you can
tell they really put some money into this. The backgrounds are mesmerizing. It's been a while since I have seen something like it.
● Sound: The sound is outstanding! The music is beautiful and cinematic. There's no opening or ending visuals + sounds like other animes. Instead, it's spent giving the anime overall more screen time. Although, throughout you ears are delighted with music that really fits the settings completely.
● Character: The characters are very good. Although, since the anime starts off suddenly you have to figure out to everyone is. But that's not a bad thing. I don't see any prominent character tropes, thankfully.
● Enjoyment: My enjoyment of the anime was outstanding! It's beautiful, has nice characters, a sweet plot (so far) and I love it. I rarely have an anime impact me in a way. I can't wait for more!
That's all. I'll update this review as more episodes come out! I recommend you check it out though.
(Do note that despite only having watched a single episode at the release of this review, I have read the manga up to date, and can affirm that the series isnt too faithful to the manga, probably due the lack of allocated episodes. Nonetheless, I do wish to give my best attempt at a decent review, with minimum spoilers as possible! Thank you! :)
Remember the Disney films you watched in your adolescence? That youthful charm of curiosity and fresh budding imagination made you awe at the simple magic potrayed in those animations. How they would soar above the night skies of britain and charmingly
adorable talking animals. Past that age, we all fall into the abyss of reality, and start to neglect those childish desires. For all, I would reccomend Mahou Tuskai no Yume, to relive those cherised moments of innocence and be carrassed by waves of nostalgia.
(One might wish to note that the story in the OVA deviates slightly from the manga)
The story revolves about a seemingly aloof girl named Chise, and her adaption towards the seemingly anew yet wonderous fantasy side of the world. Coupled with her guardian, or husband Elias, the plot depicts their involvement with magic, the joys it brings and the misfortunes aa well. Magical terminologies are widespread in the anime and manga, and you will soon notice some charming similarities from the fantasy genre novels you read, or old bed time tales passed down through your traditions to come. Certainly, it makes for an appleasing appeal to the widespread audience.
The artstyle of this anime is fairly typical, and does not deviate far from its parent manga. However, it is neither innovating or inspiring and yet, I personally found the simple art to be a charm of its rustic and serene atmosphere itself. Considering it to be an just an OVA, the production quality is surprisingly outstanding
I really love the character development, and the effort made here. Just into the first episide, theres already incredible depth given to our main character, Chise. Theres little characters in the series, and the main focus revolves solely on Chise and Elias. Yet, it manages to craft a hauntingly beautiful story between them, and really breaths life and personalities into them.
Remember the alluring Disney songs you heard from young, those enchanting combinations of notes that mellows your heart and soul. The OST used here are similar as such, simply tantalising.
Overall, Mahou Tsukai mo Yume proved to be a great anime, and its such a shame to be only of 3 episodes in length. It has much potential, and I, midn the cliche, do wish upon a star that there will be a actaul series.
Coming from someone who loves the manga very much this first episode was just... I don't know maybe disappointing. I guess I was expecting more of an adaptation then a back story that isnt shown in the manga at all. If you've never read the manga this will just seem so aimless. You won't know any of the characters what a Slay Vega is, why Chise is with Elias.. heck it doesnt even seem like this has a plot at all!
Art - 10 (9.5)
Mahoutsukai honestly looks amazing, the colors, the flow, just it's great. Very beautiful. The only problem I had with it
is that NO ONE BLINKS OML
Sound - 8
The sound track fits very well it kind of reminds me of Cinderella or Snow White. The ending song was so pretty
Character - 5
I know it has only been one episode but sheesh anyone who hasnt read the manga would be utterly lost. You don't know anything about the characters and they seem so stereotypical it's ridiculous.
Enjoyment - 6
I just had a hard time liking this. The main parts that make an anime good (imo) are lacking in this anime. The story isn't established, the characters don't have any purpose or goals they are just... there.
Overall - 6
Putting myself in someone's who hasnt read the manga shoes this would be such a waste of time to watch and they would be so confused. So if you want to watch this I suggest check out the first 7 or 8 chapters of the manga first.
Bear in mind that i haven't read the manga, i've only watched the first episode.
-This reveiw does contain spoilers-
The plot is basically Chise, our heroine, ha a hard childhood and she can see these weird things that no one else can. She stumbles upon a libuary and thats the end of the first episode. The beginning shows her in a house with a man who has a skeleton animal face. This is where i was lost with the anime. The show does very little to explain whats going on in the first episode, and thats where youre suppose to decide if you like the series
or not. This episode tells us that she is studying magic for some reason we arent told. We dont know who the dude with the animal face is other than that he is her teacher and we dont know what the fairy things are. The things she sees as a child are also unknown. Also, the execution was very cringy. It was the typical, "no one accepts me, or understands me" backstory why i almost muted because it was so steriotypical and cringy.
The animation of this first episode was the only thing i have no complaints about, it was very stunning. Watch this show just for the animation alone and you wont be disappointed.
The background music was there and it fit the scenes but nothing left any impact.
Chise is a very bland main heroine. Her desgin immidiately reminded me of Shirayuki from Akagami no Shirayuki hime. However this is where the comparison ends because Shirayuki was great and had a goal and desire and was a strong female lead. On the other hand, Chise is just very boring. She goes along with everything and was a very typcail "depressed and edgy" child.
Elias is just unknown at this point. He hasnt had enough screen time or any real motives given for me to analyze him. Everyone else is a typical side character.
This anime left me very bored and i was just wishing for something to be explained but nothing is. I almost exited out of the tab becuase it was that boring but i keptgoing on.
This show is very boring yet beautiful. I wouldnt reccomend it because it isnt worth your time.