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 Chise, 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?
As someone who is keeping up with the manga, I have to say Wit Studio is doing an awesome job (as expected) with this series and I'm really glad they picked this up. To me the pacing is just fine, and if it stays consistent then I think this will definitely be the series to watch for the Fall Season and even 2017.
If you enjoy stories like Natsume Yuujinchou or have seen Mushishi then you will definitely enjoy this series. Although the main character Chise can see spirits/yokai like Natsume, this story is way more of an emotional ride and a little darker than Natsume
Yuujinchou but has those similar heart warming moments. Also Chise, like Yona (Akatsuki no Yona) and Shirayuki (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime), is a strong, smart female lead. Mostly if you enjoy stories that deal with supernatural and fantasy then I just highly recommend this.
I honestly thought I would enjoy this anime, but so far it has disappointed me massively. It is a beautifully drawn show, but behind all the pretty colours, I find nothing but a lacklustre plot that is executed quite poorly.
I had watched the 3 episode OVA as a way of testing the water, seeing if this show was going to be something I would enjoy. And lo and behold, the OVA was good! Granted, it wasn't amazing, but I believed at the time that the anime was going to blow me away with its amazing art and atmosphere. And the art is amazing! It
really is! However, it doesn't make me feel anything. I'm no art critic, but I am drawn to shows with good art and usually, they make me feel something. Anything! Sadness, happiness, awe, etc. The art of a show is supposed to supplement the story, expound upon it, but sadly, in AMB, it has nothing to expound upon. It actually feels like a cardboard cutout.
My biggest gripe with the story so far is that they don't explain much about magic, the magical society, etc. I know, I know, show don't tell and all that, but please, PLEASE just explain the basics of this world. I love a slow reveal, but not when the reveal is literally just basic information about the world that this story takes place in. Also, I would not have classified this as a slice of life (so far) as it is more a depiction of Ainsworth and Chise travelling around to various magical places encountering various magical people. If the series takes a U-turn and actually becomes a slice of life anime with the story centering around Chise being taught to actually become a mage (which is what I felt the OVA showed), I will be very very happy, as I think these first episodes have been extremely lacklustre plotwise. Everything feels rushed and I feel like I'm being shoved from scenic scene to scenic scene without much explanation inbetween.
I am going to maybe piss some people off by saying this, but it needs to be said. I actually wrote this review, my first review ever, JUST because of this revelation I had. Ancient Magus Bride reminds me of Twilight. And I don't say that to be edgy or to dig up that dead horse to beat it some more, even though it has been beaten so much its corpse is not even recognisable anymore. No, I say it because I honestly feel like it's true. (For reference, I have read the first book and seen the first movie. Don't ask me why). Both series are just edge with a fantasy theme aimed at teenaged girls. A young, vulnerable, self esteem-less (and kind of boring) girl gets sweeped off her feet by some ancient magical/mythical being? The being then introduces her to his world? The world is magical/mythical with a bit of an edge to it? The girl gets targeted by other magical/mythical beings? A coincidence? I think not!
The side characters are your standard, run of the mill, anime characters which do not act anything like a normal human being would, regardless of what culture they're from. I had the same issue with Bungou Stray Dogs, which I might write a review for in the future.
(SPOILERS FOR EPISODE 5)
I also want to touch on the quite... uh... creepy part of the story, which is actually quite integral to the plot. If you have seen at least the first episode you will know that Ainsworth buys Chise in a magical auction. Already quite creepy. Oh, and Chise? The protagonist? Yeah, she's 15. And an orphan. And extremely mentally unstable and does not own a single ounce of self confidence or self esteem. What I'm trying to say is that she is quite vulnerable! And she gets bought by this older man. Who forces physical contact on her. And calls her his puppy. And makes her his bride (at 15). Oops ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What can you do, amiright, folks? Up to episode 5 I was forgiving the show for this, wait, actually maybe not forgiving it, but putting the issue in the back of my mind. But then, in episode 5, due to what Chise said, it pulled that issue right into the spotlight. She announced to the sorcerers that asked her if she wanted to be freed that she didn't. Because Ainsworth was the first person to ever have called her family. My guess is that the author wanted to tackle the problem head first and sort of say "See?! Chise thinks it's fine that Ainsworth might just be using her! Since she has throughout her childhood thought that she is literally worthless, she is so happy Ainsworth is seeing her as a part of her family :)". Ainsworth has, so far, shown some extremely predatory behaviour (which seems to actually be because of her being a silky beggar? Shitty burglar? Selphy beggah? Sleigh beggy! That's the one). I do not think Ainsworth sees her as anything else than a pet (he calls her his puppy, can it be anymore obvious), and I mean, if you're into that, that's fine! But the show tries to excuse it with "Chise is actually so damaged she is holding onto even the smallest amont of affection she is shown" and therefore is trying to make it ok, since it's making her happy. But I find it extremely creepy.
I also want to say that Ainsworth does not seem to be interested in the slightest of explaining anything to her so far, or actually act as her teacher. This might change in the future, though, so it's not that deep..... yet.
NOTE; these are just my opinions of the show so far! I am going to keep watching. It might impress me in the future, and I will change my score and opinion then, but so far it is has been nothing but a disappointment.
This series gave me a Mushishi vibe, it's relaxing, it's sometimes deep, it's emotional, it's cute but this time it has a lot of drama.
The warmth of the story and its past is very touching, as we can relate with it (in different grades).
So far so good. It is somewhat generic (magic stuff happening in London), but the way that is told and the background of Chise gives you some strong messages that get diluted in the warm and charming characters
Nice art, not the best, but it works nicely.
The OST is great, touching, pretty, delicate.
The few characters shown so far are
not too developed, but in a good way, the show just concentrate tension in Chise backstory and it gets lighter with the other characters and it gives a nice balance to the show.
It's a piece of masterpiece.
damn i really love the opening song xD
the mc looks like rias gremory for me lol
Enjoooooooy this anime, sometime i watch the anime, there's so much boring anime to watch but for this, i really enjoy to watch it xD
I'll put this anime in the second place about "2017 fall anime reccomendations"
after the food wars absolutely xD
just love the anime when there's a rare romance story inside it (human x nonhuman).
i didn't read the manga yet but actually i'll read that after the anime's ended.
i really really happy after read the news if this anime will be run for
24 episodes damn im so happy lol.