Hatori Chise is only 16, but she has lost far more than most. With neither family nor hope, it seems all doors are closed to her. But, a chance encounter began to turn the rusted wheels of fate. In her darkest hour, a mysterious magus appears before Chitose, offering a chance she couldn't turn down. This magus who seems closer to demon than human, will he bring her the light she desperately seeks, or drown her in ever deeper shadows?
(Source: Sense-Scans & MEGU-Scans)
Episodes 1–3 were previewed at a screening at Anime Expo on July 2, 2017. Regular broadcasting will begin in October 2017.
I watched the Anime Movie Night premiere of this brought to theaters by Crunchyroll, so this is a first impressions of the 3 episodes that were showcased on July 26th, 2017. I also am going into this without reading the original source of the manga and with some of the OVA episodes watched.
For a studio that worked on acclaimed titles such as Attack on Titan and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, you can expect very stunning artwork. To be brief, my first impressions of the series so far is very high. I was sucked into this world instantly, wanting to
know more about the magical world they live in. It has deep themes that delve into: Nature, Life, Death, and even themes that I'd rather not spoil to those who haven't seen the premiere at Anime Expo or during Crunchyroll's Anime Movie Night.
My first impression that I got was that it is very unique to other series that I have seen. The idea and setting is somewhat of a rarity having set in a magical world of London, England. Chise's backstory is briefly shown throughout the 3 episodes that were shown. Not much is revealed but for what was provided, you get a good idea of how it affected her to this time. Looking forward to seeing how this plays out.
As I said before, Wit Studio worked on Attack on Titan so you are expected to be presented with beautiful art. The animation looked fluid, backgrounds were aesthetic, and overall the art was mesmerizing. Definitely a strong-suit of this series so far. I'm a big fan of the character designs as well.
Although not much of the OST can be played in just 3 episodes, my first impression of it was great. In the theater, I heard sounds from all around. The production team really took time to engineer the anime's sound well (also a note to use headphones when watching the series). The OST was fitting and very whimsical like the series. One track that played during the 3rd episode was very uplifting-yet-melancholic with an angelic chorus and strong orchestral vibes. I am looking forward to hearing more of the OST when the series premieres.
You get a good glimpse of the main protagonist, Chise Hatori, and her depressing past. Elias Ainsworth, the secondary protagonist, is rather a mysterious character who has yet to reveal much of his past yet. Rather, for what I saw, they are building up Chise and Elias' relationship well, with Elias' straightforward dialogue and Chise's warming to his welcoming into a new home and apprenticeship with him.
I don't really expect too much when it comes to premiering first episodes of anime. However, I had HIGH expectations going into this being that I watched the OVAs of this series beforehand. And it's great to say that I was satisfied to no ends.
For first impressions, I was very satisfied with what I saw in these first 3 episodes. Serious, yet whimsical and funny. Mahoutsukai no Yome has me anticipating it's official Crunchyroll release in October very strongly. I can already say that Chise Hatori has my attention and will probably land a spot in my favorite girls of anime. I can say the same for the anime as a whole. In the end, I can finally say to look forward to this series, it's going to be a unique treat.