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.
This might be one of the best anime's this winter season, it has really good potensial. it wont be something REALLY BIG but it has a good start so far and i love watching this anime!
-Story so far is just to train an aprentice to be a mage, they go around doing adventrues. i'll give this a 7
-the art in this anime is really nice! it reminds me alot of re:zero. i will give the art on this 9, not a 10 due to small laggy scenes. i have only noticed 2 laggy scenes in this whole anime!
-The sounding is fitting and comes good in
with the anime, it is strange what music they choose on this anime but i think it fits right in. i rate the sounds and music in this anime 8
- i cant really say much about the characters so far, i dont know if the skeleton guy is evil or not and what his intentions is but i feel like he is a good guy and wants to help people. the girl in this anime is really shy for the moment and just came to a new home with feelings of happyness. it is a 10 in enjoyment
- i really like the anime so far, it is chill, lateback and just enjoyeble to watch! i have to give it a 10 so far!!!
- overall this anime is so far an 8 from me :)
episode 3 made my cry for the first time in a long time!
*preliminary review based on the first 3 episodes of the series*
Wasn’t planning on writing a review for this one, since I’m gonna have to be a little daring to. But since I’m here now, let’s just dive into it.
Art : 8
Studio WIT never disappoints. The colors are just beautiful and soothing.
Sound : 10
Hands down the best opening and ending of the season. The other OSTs are also as amazing and as deserving of a 10.
Story & Characters : 6
I’m a big fan of Mushishi and Natsume Yuujinchou, which I think resemble this series a lot. I love series that appeases the heart
and make you feel at ease in general.
This show however failed to evoke my empathy, get me in the mood, make me feel what I was supposed to. In essence, it couldn’t drag me in. I find it very hard to finish one episode. Next thing I knew, I had already dropped the episode to watch something else. Resuming is even harder to do.
The story and characters are actually decent. This show has a lot of potential and can easily become something amazing, but it just falls two steps short every single time. I don’t really like to label something off as pretentious but that’s the word that first comes to my mind when someone mentions Mahoutsukai no Yome.
I feel like the community now considers something a mixture of SoL and supernatural topped with relaxing OSTs equals ‘always a masterpiece’.
At any case it’s pretty rare to find an anime of this quality nowadays, since others are mainly a bunch of edgy series with a bunch of even edgier characters. But it’s not a masterpiece. Not even close. I can’t really say much about the characters now but I feel no attachment whatsoever. I mean, yeah, Chise’s life has been shit.. And..?
Enjoyment : 6
I couldn’t enjoy as how other people would just because the characters are story felt very detached to me.
Sorry if I sounded pretentious myself. I’m just stating my honest opinion. ^_^
But hey, I don’t really dislike it as much as you think I do! I wouldn’t have given it a score this high otherwise. I’m really biased about shows like these. Besides that, the pacing is also perfect, the setting and premise, although pretty generic, is interesting, and the animation is just lovely! Even though I can’t be attached to the characters, many effortlessly can.
Overall : 6
MOST definitely worth a try! This show is what I think is the most promising one among the others this season.
One of the main premiere highlights of 2017 and going further into 2018 (since it's a 2-cour). This is one show that everyone is hyped about (including myself), and it is an outstanding (if not stellar) work by Wit Studio, and it shows throughout the show as its reasons why this piece of a work just appeases to the masses.
Heck, even the OVAs that preceded it made up the good example of a prequel to an already-known good series we're gonna expect a lot out from.
Hatori Chise, a 16-year old girl, had already lost all hope, and as a last bit, was sold off as
a Sleigh Beggy (or Slay Vega in the manga). Because they are essentially mages for sorcerers, she is put a high price due to her short life cycle (3 years) and that the magic cuts short on her lifespan. Enter the Thorn Sorcerer, Elias Ainsworth, who bought her not only as an apprentice, but also as a bride, hoping to restrain her death. And so the journey begins for Chise to find the meaning of her life alongside Elias.
I like how the storytelling ties in line with the popular manga of the same name: essentially every episode is a chapter long in the manga, and that gives ABSOLUTE assurance that the storytelling doesn't cheap out on us who are invested as the pacing is really right up the alley.
Hatori Chise herself may be off-putting due to her nature of hopelessness but in the distance, she learns to treasure everything, one bit at a time, and at the end of each episode, is a warm and fuzzy feeling that you know that she understands the surrounding around her in its majestic form, and that's how impressive of the character she is as the protagonist.
Elias Ainsworth is literally a skeletorial mage, but a powerful one at that. Unfortunately he doesn't understand the feelings of a human, since his upbringing is different of that of a normal human being, but over the course of time with Chise, he too understands from Chise's point of view of everything he embraces and is fighting for.
The other characters (Angelica, Lindel) have their part of story to present, but as for now it's very undermined, so hoping that as the series progresses, their purpose of existence will be justified.
Wit Studio has done an outstanding job replicating the manga in all its glory. The amazing visuals paired with no-latency animation really brings out the world in all its views to us, explaining that the world is not what it is, and the numerous spirits around both Chise and Elias and presented absolutely done, and overall is the highlight of the show.
The OST is also another area that is well-developed. Awesome OP, nice ED, and the blend of character VAs and BGM just also couldn't be anymore better than this.
Verdict (after Ep 4):
This anime is really one of the pinnacles of 2017, and already so many people are invested in seeing how the transition is from paper to the big screen, and its an exact 1-to-1 replica. Furthermore, I could see a lot of people recommending this (me included) for all that it offer, and hope the series progresses at the pace that hits our expectations, nothing more.
-I have not read Mahoutsukai no Yome's manga and do not know what is planned for the story.
-I will update this as the episodes continue to come out.
Okay... so 5 episodes into this show, I am absolutely blown away. I rarely watch seasonal anime, because I prefer the option of watching 2, 3 or even entire season's at a time if I am intrigued enough. However, for some reason Mahoutsukai no Yome caught my attention and after hearing all the many praises about the animation and fitting soundtrack, I decided to watch an episode a week, just like everyone else, I now find
myself on the edge of my seat wanting to know more about Chise and Elias, and also the unique world they live in, which isn't so far from reality.
The reason I'm going to refrain from giving the story a perfect score is simply that I haven't seen enough to go off of yet and be confident in giving a story I'm a 5th of the way through a perfect rating because that would just be nonsensical. But without any spoiler's I will explain why I believe the story thus far deserves a 10/10 rating. One of the most important factors in a fantasy story (in my opinion) is a seamless introduction to the world that the characters live in. This was in my opinion executed perfectly. From the incredible animation to the intelligent dialogue, Elias and Chise are taken to England not very different from reality at face value, but without a chance to think, everything is different. Before I knew it, the world of fairies, dragons and other fantastical beings are brought in, and it seems normal? It's a difficult series of events to describe but everything seems relaxed and down to earth, even when everything going on is beyond reality's capabilities. Also, the main reason that I am even writing a review at all is because of the 5th episode in particular. This is specifically in the way that they turned a relaxed and down to earth story into a thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat for the 25 minutes that it had to do so.
Absolutely beautiful. Abundantly clear that Wit studio cares deeply about this project and it really shows.
God, I love the opening to this show. Almost "montage-like" in the visuals for the opening. OST is awesome and is super fitting for the array of scenes it can pertain to (no misplaced audio).
Until all 24 episodes are out, I wouldn't be fair to give the character's portion of this review a 10/10. However, I will say that I really like the potential that Chise has for character development, and Elias is really unique as a main character. In short - lots of potential.
Thus far, I feel like I can safely say that I have enjoyed every single moment in this anime, and I have nothing but high hopes for what is to come.
Because MAL still doesn't have "between" ratings, I will go ahead and round 9.5 up to a 10/10. This might change over the course of the show, but I'll keep it fairly up to date.
I probably won't be watching anything else from this season because I haven't seen the previous seasons of Gintama, Pingu in the city is a meme, and Violet Evergarden doesn't exist yet.
How to explain this. The show hasn't even complete yet and my desire to make this a 10/10 anime tell us something. Well, it either means that I am a sucker for magic and fantasy genre, a terrible reviewer, or a simple honest average every day anime watcher guy. Whatever it is, this show is a blast to watch. Each episode has an impact to certain moments in the scenes. It always draws me in and wanting to know more. Not a single dull moments that forces me to yawn. Unfortunately, because the series is not complete yet, all I can rate now is a
9/10. And depending on the progress and the pacing goes for the series, it can knock down to an 8/10 or even lower, but hopefully, if this anime continues to executed each episode in a very interesting and best way, I would give it a 10/10. I also sense that this anime is quite similar to Natsume Yuujinchou for those that love that anime like I do. If this isn't enough and you wish to read more, I'll go through it more in depth about Mahoutsukai no Yome on the bottom. I'll try to make it spoiler free as possible by being vague.
Story: A simple way to explain the story without much spoil is a strange mage bought a human girl at the auction house and wish to train her as an apprentice and marry her one day. It's interesting because the mage could simply just order her what to do and she'll likely do whatever he bid her to do, but there is actually a reason why the mage bought her. The human girl being special to fairy was just a coincident though. Knowing this, the mage is unexpected, but is even more welcome about it and has an ulterior motive, but we don't know yet. The mage is also kind to the human girl which makes it even hard to understand why bother buying a human girl with a large sum. Well, the mage actually does tell you as you continue watching the episodes. Now, how do I feel about the story so far? I can see why people would say it is "lackluster" or average, but what they do not know is that this is a progression story type of anime. Meaning, there is no goal that points from A to B immediately, like how Naruto wants to be a Hokage one day or like Luffy wanting to find the One Piece. It's true, there is no grand goals like that, but because this anime type falls under the category of progression story, meaning the story will has its' goal depending on the development of the characters. Here is a simple way of seeing it.
Art: Very pleasant and beautiful. While still retaining the anime look, it somewhat soft, and sharp at the same time. Unfortunately, I'm no artist, so all I can describe is how I feel about the art in simple manner. In a simple way, it fun to look at and almost as if looking at a fantasy world, which is a good thing because this anime is fantasy.
Sound: What is there to dislike? Music, in general, are created in order to create a story, a something, and Mahoutsukai music does an excellent job for both opening & ending and background music. And I find this sounds to be appropriate for the anime.
Character: It's kind of difficult to determine a character without spoiler. So, I'm just going to simply say it is still developing in good sense. The pacing of the story and the knowing for the main characters and side characters very right and not rushed or slowed, for that matter. It felt appropriate. So far, I don't have much problem with characters and find them to be a delight.
Enjoyment: Hell yeah, I enjoy the crap out of each episodes. It's relaxing, has light-heart humor, and has dreadful moments that can bring a fun happy fantasy world to sadness. In a sense, it's kind of like Alice in Wonderland. Sure, the world looks fun and pretty and all, but on the flip sides, there's a always a history of it.
Overall: I do recommend giving this anime a try. But if you absolutely hate fantasy and magic, then this anime isn't for you.
Each season i think that iv'e seen all the good things that i can. So each season i pray for an adventure that will pull me in with a fresh fantastic story or characters. In this case, at least for now, i got both.
Mahoutsukai no Yome is leading me to believe that it will be focused on the romantic aspect between the main heroine and her love interest. Even though that is probably the most important part of this show it doesn't lack in other areas, such as character dimensions and development. In fact so far it is excelling in them! All things in this
show seem to have an emotional undertone in each action. It really makes you want to understand the things that could've happend to our heroine and how she arrived in the fanatical scenario she is in.
Not only are the characters oozing with possible deep character traits and vivacious back story but the environment as well they find them selves in is quite fantastic and beautiful as well. Everything feels like we are experiencing it just as fully as Chise. (our heroine) It's nice to see an anime set in a country differing from Japan in my opinion. It automatically strikes some curiosity into how the world building will be as well.
The fantasy elements and as well as magical elements are taking a back seat to the characters right now. I feel that they will definitely become as important as our characters in the future but I'm not overly concerned with the science behind the magic or anything like that. It's magic for a reason. Dont try and over analyze it unless they are going to try and explain it. If they explain it but leave thick ass plot holes in there, then by all mean, destroy that shit. I'm 100% sure thats not going to be an issue in this show.
Compared to the Isekai genre were the world is always has a similar or generic feel Mahoutsukai actually comes off as really fresh. some of this could stem from the fact that she is still in the current world, but Chise's eyes have been open'd up to what the world could be for her. All this will allow her to find her place in the world that she thought cast her aside.
If you like anime on any scale you will enjoy this show, even if just a little bit. Fantasy, romance, solid characters, dramatics, psychological elements. This has a ton of positives going for it. It's lovely knowing nothing about a show like this and then being able to experience it with a clean pallet. Seeing how the whole thing has not fully aired i am going to give this a hopeful 9 out of 10. (albeit i dont care for a number rating system)
Final thoughts: It kinda feels like a reverse shonen. A quite girl with unimaginable potential. I can get down with that; I like quite chicks.
The Ancient Magus Bride (also known "Mahoutsukai No Yome") is anime based manga made by WIT Studio with genre Slice of Life, Magic, Fantasy, and Shounen but i add the genre "Drama" because there's a drama scene in that anime.
The story is felt calm and more to journey, this is like story the beauty and the beast because the femal is human and the male is no human but this anime, the non human do the thing to saves the human from her darkest memories with makes her to be his dicipline and a wife. This story until now it's bit of romance,
this anime is more to journey and fantasy. This anime have a moral message that we must make a good decision and make a solution to finish the problem.
WIT Studio makes Mahoutsukai No Yome better, although the art slightly different from the manga but the color of the picture is so fresh. The animation combining rotate of camera is make this anime good to see, effect of magic is so shine and glowing can makes people felt enjoyed to watch it.
The male characters looks pretty handsome and the female characters looks decent beautifull. I think when i watching another anime made by WIT Studio, when the male character smile, it's very similarity with this anime.
This anime good to watch it the people who likes adventure and drama, the storyline is very connected.
This is easily the frontrunner for anime of the season right here, a fascinating mix of art and story that will not fail to captivate its audience. I'm giving this a 9 to start things off, based solely on the fact that this series has been mostly expository so far, but I fully believe that this will be a 10 by the end of the season. From the pre-release OVAs to the promise shown in these early episodes, I'd be shocked by anything less than that.
The first thing to catch my eye in this series was its art and character designs. The style is reminiscent
of a modern take on Miyazaki, with beautiful nature imagery overlaid with unique and captivating characters. Elias in particular, a dapper dressed animal skull, has the feel of such a character. I can't wait to see this series fleshed out, with even more settings and characters to tickle the eyes.
For characterization outside of design, Chise is a fairly standard character for a magical show grounded in reality - an orphan haunted by visions throughout her childhood and thus ostracized by her family. She seems almost a carbon copy of Natsume from Natsume Yuujinchou, but with more room to grow based on her narrative. As Chise is established as a mage in training, her character has much more room for growth, as she accepts and nurtures her newfound power. Elias seems to be embarking on a similar character arc, as he seeks to understand Chise after having been secluded among he world of mages.
I'm having a great time watching this, and its easily the show I keep up with most consistently this season. I'd recommend it to any seasonal watcher currently, as its the top show of the season for me so far (and given this season that's saying something). Its a beautiful mix of the things that made Natsume enjoyable, that make magecraft itself such an interesting subject, and the feel of a iyazaki style world. I couldn't recommend this more!
Based on the manga this story is very unique and original. As seen in the first episode Chise auctioned herself off and got bought by a monster named Elias who is really a sorcerer. Chise is a special human named a Sleigh Beggy (Slay Vega as in the manga) who has special powers unlike any other normal human being. This adds a lot to her character as we learn about her abilities.
From that day forward, Chise's life changes and she meets many new characters who help her through her struggles. She lives a new life learning magic with Elias, going on many adventures
with dragons, learning the meaning of her existence, and giving herself a reason to live.
The plot may start slow, at first, but the development is outstanding. I highly recommend also checking out the ova which goes into a nice little backstory for Chise.
From the manga to the anime the animation captures this beautiful world. The manga was always colorful in my eyes especially with the anime's representation of the wonderful world we are learning to love through Chise's eyes. Despite how beautiful it is the art style is nothing amazing or unique, therefore its rating an 8.
Sound: (9/10) Just what I was expecting, the soundtrack is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes. The touching scenes soon to come I definitely know there will be even better music.
The folk sound really matches it just as I hoped. It gives a really magical essence. There is definitely going to be better music than these first few episodes. While watching the first episode I really thought there was a bird in my room it sounds so pure and beautiful.
Character: (9/10) The character development in the manga gets absolutely intriguing. To go deep in their characters is quite counterproductive in watching and getting to know them.
They develop beautifully in the anime as well and we get to see many through Chise's eyes as she changes. Many of us can find Chise a very relate able character in her past and present struggles. Elias may be inhumane but we see how he learns to act more human through bonding with Chise. Both main characters depend on each other.
How could I not enjoy such an inspiring work of art?! I've always been a big fan of fantasy but this knocks it out of the park. I can really relate to Chise's hardships in her life and her struggles to overcome her past. Even though Elias isn't human and doesn't understand human emotions I feel like I can also relate to him.
Though I see lots of people look down upon this series for its lack of romance, I still enjoy the innocent bond created between Chise and Elias. Especially how they teach each other through the series.
I had very high expectations for this anime and I am not let down. I have a good feeling it will only get better from here.
At the time of writing, the fourth episode has now aired.
I am an active follower of the manga and I’ve purchased all of the available books out. Please keep in mind that for this review, although I’d love to elaborate on each single detail, this review is long enough as it is.
STORY: Regarding the story, it’s completely up my alley regarding aesthetic, structure, and the treatment of the romance. If you aren’t an avid fan of those things, as well as fantasy/magic, then it’s not really for you. It has some Celtic vibes going on and has been compared to Harry Potter by others. Though
I find this comparison somewhat off, if you like the series then you'll most likely like this one. I feel like the manga’s pacing is really well balanced compared to other ongoing series, but the anime fails to do this. Now, as it’s only been four episodes, I’m willing to let this slide. But it feels very fast and rushed in some episodes, but slow and drawn out in others. As it’s going to be only a 24 episode series, I highly doubt this will be the last time the pacing is like this.
ART: Now, the art in the original is outstanding (but somewhat inconsistent from time to time) and the anime is the same. I feel like the general look of the manga can be seen in the anime’s art style as well. However, the color design and the way colors blend seem to be drastically different in terms of the main characters’ designs, which seems to tone down the manga’s very saturated color usage (in colored pages/covers), which is pretty well done. The special effects are gorgeous at times, though somewhat quick and ineffective in others, at least in my opinion. For example, when Chise and Elias return to his home, the scene builds up and you expect a rewarding payoff- only to not receive one, as the scene quickly ends with a brief flash of light (episode 1). Other effects, such as the crystal flowers in Angelica's shop, was really outstanding though (episode 2).
SOUND: Sound design and music. The music has a nice Celtic vibe with lots of different outside influences. I don’t know the exact genre, but the OP and ED themes give you the exact same vibe the show portrays. Needless to say, amazing. The music playing in certain scenes is always really high-quality and gives you a nostalgic, studio Ghibli-like vibe. Voice acting? Although I hadn’t expected Elias’ voice to be so deep, and Lindell's voice to be so masculine, I feel that they are probably the best voices that the casting team could have come up with. Chise’s voice is gorgeous and completely fitting for her character, but her performance is somewhat poor in some scenes, which will most likely change as the VA continues with the role. Sound effects wise, very appealing and adds a lot of needed depth to the world.
CHARACTER: Not much to say. Elias and Chise are portrayed accurately in the adaptation, as well as other characters.
ENJOYMENT/OVERALL: I’ve been waiting for this series to air forever now, and as the OVAs had come out very, VERY slowly, I’m so grateful it’s actually here. I reread the manga again before watching the first episode, and it really reminded me of why the series is so great. Watching the show from a reviewer’s standpoint is kind of difficult, because some minor flaws/nitpicks really do break your suspension of disbelief in the moment. Nonetheless, one of my favorite manga series brought to animation is a dream come true. I hope that they’ll be able to fix up many of the flaws as mentioned in the categories above, then I’ll give it a 10. For now, it stands at a 9.
This is the start to an anime that if it keeps its momentum will be the highlight of 2017 and be one of my personal highlights for the last decade. This anime is one of pure simplicity and beauty with a soundtrack and characters that grasp the mind and heart and will leave you breathless afterward. This studio is fast becoming one of my favorites for its artistic style and soundtracks but Mahoutsukai no Yome is the first one to truly grab at my heart and not let go. Please watch this anime with an open mind and heart and be swept away in the
purity of this story.
This is my first time ever writing a review, so please forgive me if it turns out to be bad!!
I watched the OVAs for Mahoutsukai no Yome before the anime started airing and was absolutely in love for it, I love the fantasy, magic, and romance aspect of this show. I was very excited when the actual anime started airing and watched the first episode the minute it came out, and I started loving it even more than I already did with just the OVAs! After the first three episodes came out I went and bought all the currently available manga so I could know
what happens in the rest of the story and so I could know how well they were following the manga in the anime.
Now my review isn't about the manga, but the story is absolutely outstanding in the manga and they are following it pretty much faithfully in the anime, just with some episodes being faster paced than others. Now onto the other stuff!
I don't know what it is about it, but something about the story is just the exact type of thing I have always wanted to see. Mahoutsukai no Yome is about a 16 year old girl named Chise Hatori who sells herself into slavery after having no family due to past events in her life, she gets purchased by a mage named Elias Ainsworth who takes her in as his apprentice and plans to teach her about magic, but also to make Chise his bride as well. Now at first glance that sounds incredibly creepy and strange, but please bare with it, the premise may be a bit unsettling at first, it actually turns into something amazing. Never once has this story made me uncomfortable nor got me bored, I was always into it and wanted to know more with every episode. So if you enjoy fantasy, romance, and magic, this just might be a super great series for you.
I would give this a 10/10 except that the art in the anime does look a bit different than the art in the manga, for the most part it is similar and looks very good and appealing, just doesn't have the same feeling you get when looking at the art in the manga. Now putting the art style aside, the animation for this anime is outstanding. Mahoutsukai no Yome is made by the same studio that made Attack on Titan (While I didn't enjoy AoT that much I will not deny that the art for that anime was great), so that is almost a guarantee that the anime will be of high quality animation and art. The colors used for this anime is very aesthetically pleasing and nice to look at, making some of the scenes almost look like high quality paintings you could find in a museum. Basically my only problem with the art in this anime is that it isn't quite the same style as the manga, don't let that keep you from watching though!
GOD DO I LOVE THE MUSIC FOR THIS SHOW, when I say I have every song from the OST downloaded I am not kidding. The opening and ending songs for Mahoutsukai no Yome are by far, the best of this season in my opinion, I listen to them on repeat constantly and very strongly believe that they fit the anime extremely well, both being a nice start and end to each episode. Now onto the soundtrack used in the episodes, it is all amazing, each song used in scenes in the anime whether it be a sad scene, a dramatic one, a cute one, a romantic one, each song fits what is happening in the scene extremely well and lets you actually understand and feel what is happening.
This part may be a bit biased because I love Elias so much that I can hardly even say anything bad about him BUT, I will try my best for this review. The characters in Mahoutsukai no Yome are very appealing to watch and all have distinct and interesting personalities that make you want to learn more about them. Like Chise for example, she is a very timid girl and is afraid to open up to others, but she has great magic potential and has so far, even gotten quite a bit of development in the anime. When you first see Chise she is very quiet, afraid, depressed, and tired, but as the episodes go on, you see her become more happy and open about some things, and talking much more than she did at the start. Now with my favorite anime/manga character of all time, Elias, there is a lot to him, he is an ancient mage that is neither human nor fae, with an unknown origin except for his time spent with the dragon caretaker Lindel, his 'start' is a mystery. Elias dislikes humans, but thought Chise was interesting and he wanted to learn about her, this makes you wonder at first if he is good or bad or if he is going to do something to harm Chise, but he does not, you watch as time goes on that he does care about Chise and wants to learn more about her so he can become better for her, and for himself. I would explain more characters, but then that would spoil some things and I do not want to do that.
I've enjoyed this anime more than any other anime I have watched in the past while, and it now takes place as my number 1 favorite anime of all time, without even finishing it I can almost guarantee that it will stay my number one favorite! Every moment of this anime I enjoy no matter is happening in it (Although of course I enjoy the Elias x Chise scenes the most owo)
THIS ANIME IS AMAZING AND I LOVE IT AND I RECOMMEND IT TO LITERALLY EVERYONE EXCEPT PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT INTO FANTASY OR ROMANCE.
Mahoutsukai no Yome is like a breath of fresh air in the anime community, after seasons full of mostly terrible moe blob and ecchi/harem anime, most of it has become disliked, but Mahoutsukai no Yome isn't any of that, they don't use pointless fanservice to appeal to fans or rush things to get to the 'good' parts of the manga, they take time to develop everything and show how the magic world around Chise works. I think this anime is without a doubt, a masterpiece and will be remembered for a long time for it's amazing story, characters, and art. So please, if you enjoy the fantasy, magic, or romance genres at all, please give this anime a shot! You most likely will not regret it.