There’s so much to love about Ancient Magus' Bride but their entire relationship is predicated on:
1) an older non-human man buying a 15-year-old girl at an auction (in other words, human trafficking),
2) calling her dehumanizing things like “puppy” right after she was sold and acknowledges she’s a “child”,
3) invading her privacy and trying to touch and bathe her without her permission (and no, he understood what he was doing to a child was morally reprehensible as indicated by Angelica),
4) telling her she has no choice in matters but is “free to reconsider”,
5) calling him his bride, and
6) her being FIFTEEN goddammit (pedophilia).
Chise and Elias
are terrific characters in their own right but their relationship is marred by their creepy creators’ bad writing. So many things Elias says reeks of things predators would say to their victims and romanticizing it is gross. He even admits outright that he's grooming Chise and "raising" her to be perfect for him. If a creator is incapable of making a character ANY other way other than a predatory man who says predatory things and a child, that's bad writing. They also didn't need to write human trafficking and continue to portray it in a way where he "saved" Chise; that's not how human trafficking works and glorifying it is despicable.
It's such a shame because the animation and world they created is really beautiful, the music and sound department did a superb job, and I personally have a weakness for jersey devil skull monster boys. Minor characters are also intriguing and complex, often times more than the main characters. My score for this anime was saved by all of this. Had it focused solely on Elias and Chise, the score would have easily been a 2 or 1 because the story itself begins to drag and get boring around the 6th episode. If you jump into this without watching the "Those Awaiting a Star" OVA, Chise is even more watered down and underdeveloped as a character.
Ancient Magus' Bride is more like a collection of fantasy scenarios that the creator put into a jar, shook up, and sequenced in the order that came out of the jar. The anime keeps introducing characters only to abandon them within the next couple of episodes and the beautiful environments that came with those characters. I'll finish this series, come back to delete this review, and deliver my final verdict but editors need to do something about their creators with some kinda creepy lolicon. Get creators who aren’t afraid to create protagonists older than 20 instead of underage ones whose lack of world experience is taken advantage of by predatory adults.
Mahoutsukai no Yome, also known as the ancient Magus Bride, is a masterpiece. The world of this show is full of mystery and goes into depth more than just one or two times. However, if you are a new anime watcher, I don't recommend this as a show to start with. My reasoning for that is the story can be confusing and sometimes overwhelming - some people may also find certain situations unnecessary or "wrong" when if looked upon from my standpoint, is not true. Every detail in this show means something and I am excited to see more.
The plot for
"The Ancient Magus Bride" is both simple, and not at the same time. Chise Hatori has been able to see mysterious beings every since her young childhood. After losing her mother, she is tossed between different relatives, unable to find a home due to the fact everyone believe something is wrong with her. Now that she has grown up, she has lost any sense of attachment to this world. After meeting a strange man, she signs a contract and is held at an auction. All Chise cared about was having a place she could return to and call "home." There. Elias appears, a tall man covered in black clothing, his head replaced with an animal shaped skull. He is revealed to be a Mage, and had bought Chise to be his apprentice, as well as his future bride.
The story does not reveal itself right away, and that's because we are learning along with the main character, Chise, This can frustrate people at times, as they are confused, however the author does this on purpose. There are certain things that are to be revealed at a later time, so it is important to be patient with this series and to pay close attention to it. From my experience, I am captivated by how there is so much to this world, that it is practically impossible to just explain flat out. So instead, lay back and enjoy as the story unfolds.
The art has a unique style to it. The characters have there own traits that make them distinguishable from each other. Most anime's have "same face syndrome," where take away the hair and eye color and you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The Ancient Magus Bride instead has many different styles, but also many different expressions that are able to shine a light on the characters and their demeanor.
This probably takes the cake out of all the categories. The opening first comes with a different style and amazing vocals by Junna. To calm us from the experience afterwards, we have the soothing voice of Hana Itoki. However the OSTs during the show blow me a way. They went all out, with personalized tracks for side stories or characters. In only the 7 episodes I've watched, I have fell in love with each and every song.
The voice actors are also able to convey their emotions, and I'm really fond of both Elias's and Chise's voice actors. Chise can be a hard character to pull off, she's both numb from the pain of her past and yet is loyal as she does her best to please Elias. Elias is unable to show expressions as he has no proper face - this means all the emotions are in the tone and delivery of a line. His voice makes me able to see expressions that aren't there, which only helps make me emphasize more with Elias.
Sort of as a continuation of before, the main characters are unique and compliment each other perfectly. Neither are perfect, and both are unsure of the other, and yet they both compliment each other like to other. Elias, while he may have ulterior motives, still tries to give Chise what he believe she wants. And Chise, just glad to have a home and someone to call family, is willing to stay by his side and give him the companionship he needs. In only 7 episodes, I've seen both grow as people and open up more overtime. The supporting cast always holds a presence, whether its the neighbors, angelica, silky, etc. They all serve a role and show that frequently. Even characters that may be there for only one or two episodes became unforgettable to me. However as for antagonists, I am not completely sure yet as we haven't gotten much information on them. Therefore I have to leave this a little in the open.
Personally, I've watched the released episodes multiple times. I am completely trapped in this world and am trying to head off to the manga. My life is consumed into the show and I am finding myself watching the episode countdown.
This show can be a challenging watch, but its worth it. Put aside everything for about 25 minutes for one episode and you'll find yourself hooked. Give it a chance and make sure to give it the attention it deserves, otherwise you may get confused and drop a wonderful show. I hope this was helpful and I hope you enjoy the show just as much as I do.
This is a good anime so far, this is why I'm still watching it. I like the whole world that was created, but the story doesn't seem to convince me. The characters, specially Chise, are very shallow. And her, as the main character, should be a little more explored. EDIT (ep 10): she is finally getting herself more prominent in the narrative - finally! And I also watched the OVA for this series that explores her past much more and explains her future actions.
Another thing that bothers me is that many things are left with no further explanation, I think this is cool to do
with a thing or two but every episode you are left with a big question mark about something that happened.
Despite these things that I didn't like, I loved both the opening and ending themes, they're just lovely. The animation, and the world that was created are amazing as well.
I hope it gets better in the next episodes, so I'll come here again and rewrite this review, because I really want to enjoy it.
I've had a hard time trying to grasp what I don't like about this show/manga. After 8 episodes and 33 chapters of reading I think I've got a good idea of what's putting me off.
THE SHOW MOVES WAY TOO FAST.
I wish the show would move slower, everything that happens either happens way too fast or is way too big. It's hard to get a feel for it all and be attached or invested in what's going on because of this. To give an example or metaphor: It's as if we're introduced to a character who we're suppose to be invested in at some point but
before even a minute has passed they push them over the edge of a cliff. The stakes are way too high and this all happens so fast that I can't get invested at all. The only exception is the relationship between Chise and Elias, apart from these two everything else is just so lackluster that it's cringe inducing.
Just from the first few episodes I was in love with this very unique and original story. The main character unlike any other, auctions herself off because she has nothing left of her life. She was bought by a monster named Elias who is really much more than just some monster. All of Chise's life she has had special abilities that made her an outcast to everyone who had ever loved her. She is a special human named a Sleigh Beggy (Slay Vega as in the manga) who can see beyond the sight of normal beings. She sees mysterious things that many others cannot.
This adds a lot to her character as we learn about more of 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. Which also includes getting to know who Elias really is.
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.
There are may antagonists that are included in these intriguing characters, Chise has a kind heart to them all. She learns through them as every one of them develop beautifully 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.
Speaking of Elias, who may be a monster actually seems more human than we thought. Through each episodes he starts to understand emotions through his love for Chise. Visa versa, Chise learns to love with ELias and many characters to come.
There are a few favorites, a black dog named Ruth who came from the afterlife to protect the graves. An evil sorcerer who plans to make everyone his lab rat. A priest who gets caught up in their antics. Every character from evil to holy are all great influences on Chise through her short life.
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.
This anime is bad because its base , at least until now, are " sad love stories" that happened in a magical world. I'm not kidding you, this is a fact.
What I wanted from this anime was an odd couple that had lots of cool adventures, filled with action, especially magic, and sometimes a look to their feelings. Elias' character is pretty badass, I look at him and I think, damn, this "monster" looks awesome, and Chise is the opposite, she looks plain boring and dumb, she's a teenager and since she's damaged because of her traumatic "upbringing", then we get a teenager with sad
and emotional problems, and this will be a trait of her personality that we'll have to tolerate.
The relationship between these two characters is not funny, on the contrary, it's strange and always boring, they're both different and live knowing almost nothing about each other, except that the monster wants to make the human his bride and that this girl is happy that someone wants her as part of his family.
What I actually watched was not what I wanted, it was a bunch of sad short stories that happen to the protagonists, unfortunately, the characters like I said, are uninteresting, and although everything is filled with lots of magic this doesn’t helps to compensate. Sadly for the viewers, all the stories presented so far share the same romantic cause that originates them, and this really bores me to no end. In each chapter they try to make you feel sad and this is awfully tiresome, I’m not a machine that was designed to feel funny feelings and more importantly: I don’t care that much about the feelings of every character that appears on screen at every moment, it makes the anime a romantic drama. What infuriates me is that every goddamn character has suffered or suffers because of love or the lack of it, or the absence of a loved one, this repetition makes the stories awfully inane because of the way in which this love is presented and above all, I really don’t care that much about love stories and how the characters, especially, Chise, is feeling at every moment.
Anyways, I like the desing of Elias, but not his character, at least, in the anime, I haven't "read" the manga. Yeah, he's a magician, not a sorcerer (there' s a difference, one uses "good" magic and the other one, gets his magic from evil spirits), he has a horrowshow costume and a menacing skull as a head, but his personality is boring... I guess I'll keep watching the anime with a hope of a sudden change that makes it watchable...
I've seen various reviews and I'm first going to debunk the whole idea of the pedophilia lolicon concept people keep throwing out there. Those who are watching with these concepts in mind are forgetting the most important details of their relationship. He is a NON-HUMAN being who's only recently entering into the human world. Therefore, he's even more innocent and child-like than Chise, in terms of building and maintaining human relationships.
Essentially, they’re both in the same platform, despite age, both essentially powerless in their own sphere, trusting each other out of their curiosity, fear of being abandoned and misunderstood.
I don't sense any feeling
that the creators are trying to glamorize pedophilia and human trafficking. In this universe, however, this was essentially the way Chise was able to enter the world and meet a person who didn’t even realize the level of depth a slave auction entails. He doesn’t understand the depth of many of his actions but just calls things as he sees it and acts how he believes a human would act. This will be revealed as the humans in Elias’ life admonish him for his thoughtless yet naive actions. (Aka asking her to be his bride, bathing her without realizing there was something wrong in it, treating her as an experiment for him to understand humanity better). Never has Elias asserted his power of her in a way to make her feel uncomfortable purposefully. He never asserted himself sexually for his own pleasure or has made her feel powerless in situations where he could’ve and never has he seemed to want to. He just lacks the capacity to understand what is right and wrong. He just acts in a way he believes that humans would in an effort to understand them better. In a sense, they're both in a relationship where they are both learning from each other, both reduced to infancy, learning about each other's worlds, learning their limits and falling in love with each other through the process.
In the human world, this would be considered blasphemy, but this is solely based on social construct. He may be knowledgeable and wise in the world of Magic but he knows nothing of human society and does not understand humanity’s morals, boundaries and healthy relationships. Many of his relationships are only at face value and he’s constantly looked down upon for trying to be human, as if he were a monster or just some thoughtless child. However, he does have conscience and does not act out of his desire or put his desires over those around him. As the episodes pass, this becomes even clearer. Therefore, Chise, suffering from abandonment and neglect has finally found a world where she can learn to understand herself and Elias, a creature who has been shunned and admonished, found Chise, a girl who will teach him to understand his heart and what it is to truly be human. If Chise were older (or wiser/educated bc age doesn't necessarily have to be a factor to maturity level), she would have less of an understanding of Elias’ intentions as she would be subject to human morality and judgement to an even higher level than she would as she is now and she would mistake Elias’ naiveté for something else or completely admonish his existence, drawing him further away from humanity.
The relationship was well thought out and ingenious. It starts off slowly, so I can understand why people are quick to pass off the relationship but you have to give it time to develop in order to understand what's going on. If anything it reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. It makes sure to remind us that there isn't one way to life and despite discomfort or society's view, every situation has a story and as long as both parties make an effort to understand each other and respect boundaries when needed, something beautiful can bear fruit.
To the rest -
OST and Sound: The music in the show is perfect. It harmoniously plays in the background adding a greater level of depth, even to the simpler scenes. The sound is gorgeous. The effects used during magic scenes are incredible and aurally pleasing.
Animation: I thought the art style would disappoint me but, no, it is INCREDIBLE. The special effects and the landscapes are detailed. The magic is glimmery and majestic. The character designs are amazing. Every episode is visually enthralling and need I mention, the FOOD LOOKS GOOD.
Enjoyment: Every episode leaves me with a warm feeling in my heart despite wanting more. I can wait a whole week satisfied with what I have already watched.
Story: The story is simple but the journey is what makes me continue going forward. Every episode makes me even more excited for how both Chise and Elias are going to grow as two individuals. The story is so open-ended that anything can happen!
Characters: Every character started in a good place, a place where they essentially drive the story. Chise starts in a very underdeveloped place but her characterization is built through each passing episode and surprisingly so does Elias'. The side characters also have interesting backgrounds and further drive the characterization of the two protagonists.
This is a story about a depressed, suicidal young girl, who auctioned herself as a slave, to be used in however manner the buyer wishes. She then get's bought by someone who isn't a complete sadist, a somewhat 'benevolent' demon-magician, who decides to groom her into his wife...
The prequel episodes were decent but after that, the story became insufferable.
It feels like there's no purpose or progress in the story, each episode is meandering and boring, it's not that there isn't anything happening, I just don't care about anything happening because it's not leading anywhere.
There's no sense of adventure and what little mystery it has, just
feels generic and unimportant to me. The short stories in each episode so far feel like one of two options, stories where nothing happens or a tragic/ 'romantic' stories. I realise this is supposed to be more of a romance than an adventure, but the romantic/ emotive side failed to capture my interest as well.
There's nothing in this anime that makes the characters appealing or relatable for me, the romance in this doesn't feel coherent at all (even the ones separate to the main one), it's creepy and just doesn't have any natural progression. Beyond the prequel episodes where she's introduced, the main character just becomes this dull, empty character, revealing to me that she was only ever a depressed victim, she is simply defined by her trauma and her sickly adoration of the creepy magician. They also skip what seems to be a lot of story, from in-between the prequels and the main section, leaving you feeling somewhat detached from her as a character.
Her story arc, if there was one from what I saw, felt very contrived. Whenever she encounters an issue or struggle, the magician guy just sweeps in to save her, how boring, is that supposed to be romantic? (It also seemed like they set the main character up as some kind of Mary Sue, which is not a good thing either). The magician guy is just an inhuman creep really, I don't see the appeal. The humour is awful too, I'd say it's mostly cringey. The side characters are truly forgettable, but I suppose that doesn't make them that much worse than the main characters.
An unappealing story with really unappealing characters IMO.
However, the animation & designs are attractive and there's a fair bit of world-building that's gone into it, it's also very atmospheric, conveying the more quaint qualities of Britain.
This is one of the most disappointing anime I have watched this season. It starts off great with awesome premise and all but leaves you hanging right there. the worst parts of ancient magus bride are the pacing and the overall story , when there seems to be a fight people just summon some random stuff saying some other random stuff which makes some random stuff happen and everything goes just as it should have. Absolutely no rules apply to their magic and tbh it was kinda good in the beginning but man does it get boring , after episode 5-6 it was an utter
waste of time. There are some real good things about it though : the sounding is done really well , the op and ed theme songs are really good and the soundtracks used in between are simply perfect . The visuals rock too , really colorful and with details not to mention the amount of animations used but again it gets boring after a while.
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.
I would gladly consider this a masterpiece of modern day anime and I will explain several reasons why I think this way.
1. It does not overemphasis on the characters. This creates a perfect balance where the audience can speculate on what is to come next and not been overwhelmed by the suspense.
2. The story is very well paced (arguable depending on the audience, but I find it perfect). It is slow enough to keep up with and fast enough to be interesting.
3. The art is marvelous.
4. The main characters do not follow the same meta of most animes. (Once again, arguable depending on the audience)
The behavior of most modern anime characters can be determined within the first three episodes because they follow a particular meta. However, this anime brings something new to the table. The mysteriousness of the characters was able to keep me interested and at the same time not overwhelm me.
5. Well constructed world. The best way I can explain this is probably through the term 'realism'. (Once again, arguable depending on the audience)It does not focus on one particular aspect of the world (by world I don't mean just the physical world, I also mean the rules that governs it). The rules of the world are not elaborated which is why whenever something new shows up it feels natural. This allows for flexibility for how the story and character can develop.
That's all the reason I can come up with while writing this review. I highly recommend anyone to watch this anime.
Great show, I disagree with those who talk about it is wrong cause we see an adult man buying a girl as if it was a slave, or him behaving wrongly with her. This is a fantasy world with different rules and in the end what really matters is the purpose. You can see all the time that Elias intentions are good, taking care and respecting Chise, trying to do the best for her.
We cannot judge the show using our standards, otherwise we wouldn´t watch anything.
The music is beautiful,the art is excelent art, there are very interesting characters, and the struggle between good and evil
is well translated.
I really love this anime.
Quite frankly, even after watching up to the most recent episode of Mahoutsukai no Yome (was on 11/28/2017), I still feel the same as when I reviewed when only 3 or 4 episodes were out. Objectively, the anime is good so far. Why is it objectively good? Because it follows the story line without any confusing nonsense. Of course, if the end doesn't explain and cover and loose end at the end, then I would have to reedit this review again. An anime series is like any other TV shows we've seen. Anything story telling related means that it must have a start, a middle
and an end. If it accomplish that without any weird or unnecessary plot holes, then it would be objectively good. For example, Destiny 2 game storyline. A lot of people seems to dislike it and thought the story was dull. Whether it was or not, the main point is that it had a start, a middle, and an ending; therefore, it is objectively good because it pass the basic structure of a storytelling. Now, here is where people where argue against or with. Just because one dislike something does not necessarily mean it is bad. Of course, it works the same opposite way. Just because someone like something, doesn't necessarily mean that it is good. These is what I call subjectivity. The plot of MnY is not lacking, it just proceeding slowly. We get to see some action from main and major characters here and there. There are real antagonists, but not necessarily evil. But more importantly, main characters does have personality, and not plain one-dimensional. I'll say one thing so far though, I like Chise development more than Elias though. As a fantasy and magic type of anime, I think it's well done both visually and audibly. While story does feel like it is lacking something, it still holds it solid until we get a conclusion.
Story: Yes, it can be a little lackluster in terms of plot, but I think it's alright since this type of anime holds it together by characters. Meaning, story proceeds as character develops in some way. Otherwise, it's quite something. Each episodes holds true to their character and feel like it gives good surprises and impact to remember. Whether it was spiritual or tragedies, it holds it together to bring out an interesting tale, such as a little backstory, here and there before proceeding to the actual plot line. It's to make a purpose and to be relevant in order for the characters to grow in certain ways.
Art: Is majestic the right word? Visually, stunning and capture every beautiful moments. The art and animation work are very smooth, and while it is still has an anime look, it felt soft and realistic in an odd way. But more importantly, it stick true to its' genre, which is magic and fantasy.
Sound: Folksy music. Don't get me wrong, it's not the same as country music. Folksy type of music a perfect fit for a wonderful tale of magic and fantasy. But I think Shimotsuki Haruka would fit even better as both an ending and opening. Either that or MANYO composition would be nice to the show. Soundtracks are good. Happy moments, you hear happy sounds. Dreadful moments you hear dreadful sounds. The sounds itself plays a tale, not just the visual.
Character: It's difficult to judge characters if they don't have much scenes, and no, I'm not talking about the two main characters, Chise and Elias. However, it does seem to flow in a good direction, especially Chise. I really like Chise character and her development character is quite something. At the first episode, she was gloomy and pretty much just ready to die and be indifferent about the world and all, but after being with Elias and encountering many other characters, she becomes more bright and actually care both herself and others. Elias, on the other hand, still slightly plain, probably because he is full of mysteries, but on episode 7 to 8, we get to see how "disturbing and nasty" he can get when it doesn't goes his way. We also get a rather odd antagonist (or villain) in here. Still not much yet, and I expect it to be like that since there is 24 episodes, but so far, I'm just glad Chise character is not dull.
Enjoyment: I am enjoying the heck out of this anime right now. I just hope, the middle to the end doesn't fall short and makes me rate it badly.
Overall: A great tale about magic in a fantasy setting world. Many references are used, such as fairy folklore and such. I think if magic and fantasy is something you are interested in, Mahoutsukai no Yome does it right.
Myanimelist's review system is fundamentally broken.
If you wait until a show has actually aired in full before writing your review, then practically no-one will ever read it, because reviews are sorted by upvotes by default. This means, early reviews will already have racked up so many upvotes your review can never compete - newcomers will read (and add even more upvotes to) the earliest reviews while yours is hidden from view on page 17.
So if you care about getting readers, you better hurry to say something quickly. Don't wait until you actually know if the anime turned out good or not, then it's going to
be too late!
It's also helpful (for your upvotes, if not for your readers) to write something people are likely to agree with in general, whether it makes any sense for the anime in question or not. If people agree with your opinion they'll upvote you, so just go for it and push people's buttons!
A great example of how useless myanimelist's review system is, is the top rated review for this anime: it was written way too soon for anyone to make a proper review, and it makes a ridiculous claim the show contains pedophilia. People hate pedophiles, so beating that drum is a great way to get upvotes! The anime is of course still in progress, but it's already too late to start playing the upvoting game at this point, so that review will be the top review FOREVER, useless as it is.
Top three reasons why there is NO pedophilia in this anime:
1. The girl in question is not a sexually immature child, she is 15 years old and fully sexually mature. The legal age of consent in Japan is 13, and it is 15 or below in many other nations, like for instance my own Sweden. Pedophiles are sexually attracted to CHILDREN, not young adults who are secretly having sex with each other behind their parents' backs. For instance, 35 % of Americans have their sexual debut before they turn 16. Because 15-year olds aren't CHILDREN.
2. There is no sex in the anime anyway, pedophilic or not! No hints of sex or sexual interactions, no bouncing boobs, no sexualized situations, no sexy clothing, no implied sexual desires, nothing sexy whatsoever. It's one of the most desexualized animes you'll ever see!
3. The supposed "pedophile" isn't even human, he is a magical monster. He is completely clueless about all human things, he has no idea what friendship or loneliness is, and he certainly has no sexual urges (the way he is characterized you'd be amazed if he even knew what sex is!). He tries to learn to behave humanly, but what he has to fight back is the urge to EAT the girl, not to rape her. He is not a pedophile, he is a MAGICAL MONSTER.
So, having spent most of this review ranting over how the most worthless reviews tend to float to the top and stay there like a turd that just won't flush (just because myanimelist stupidly shows the most upvoted reviews first), let's say something about the anime in question too:
It's not very good. At first I thought it was going to be an 8 at least, it has an interesting setting, it is pretty unique, and it is very beautiful. I was convinced this was going to be a quality anime experience! But the initial impressions didn't hold up, because the show doesn't really get anywhere. Nothing happens. Or rather, a bunch of stuff happens, but it doesn't really add up to anything. My amount of care for the characters and what they're doing kept slipping episode by episode, until I don't know if I care at all any more.
After 17 episodes I'm not even sure whether I'll bother to finish watching it or not. I probably will, but I'm not really looking forward to it. In my ranking system that's a 5.
This is not only my own opinion but also, I don't rate how good this Anime is but rather how much I enjoyed it and the parts, right.
So this Anime so far is already my favorite of all time. It just takes a very very beautiful harry potter vibe to it, adds the heartwarming moments of Natsume Yuujinchou and a quite similar atmosphere as Mushishi has. This together is just perfect and it feels like it is made for me.
If you like any of the Anime that I just named, watch this. You won't regret it, I'm pretty sure.
Magus Bride does not have much of an overarching storyline, instead following the ventures of Elias and Chise as the mage teaches her the way of magic. Luckily it doesn't attempt to imitate a large plot and does well with the smaller subplots.
Speaking of subplots, the anime includes many individual stories that are encapsulated into two or three episodes at a time. Most feature some sort of sinister element and an emotional conflict - one that Chise has familiarized with by the resolution. She will, with help from other characters, be the one to bring said stories to their ends.
In the long run there is,
apparently, some concern as to Chise's health as a Slay Vega. I assume that this issue will either never be dealt with or handled melodramatically to elicit some sort of visceral response from the audience.
MahoYome does an impeccable job at executing small-scale stories with a mystical edge. Most if not all of its fans were captivated by the alluring sense of imagination that it effectively succeeds in delivering. I commend the show for truly taking advantage of the fantasy genre and incorporating it into the vast magical world it presents.
Here you have it, my sole issue with the Ancient Magus Bride anime. It's not that I dislike all of its characters but more so how horrendously unsubstantial and pretentious the narrative portrays them as.
As stated subplots compose the overall story, each arc being a tale in and of itself. Therefore characters aren't people so much as roles in a single circumstance that does absolutely nothing to show their personality, ambitions, etc. The majority of side characters - those who are often pivotal to what occurs in a minor arc - have no real soul because they are only cardboard cutouts to be pitied due to the situation.
If you don't get what I'm trying to say, think of the plot in which an earnest man murders several cats for his frail wife, all the while being deceived by a manipulative sorceror. All three of those characters have just about no other notable traits. This, unfortunately, is because their only purpose is to fulfill the story instead of existing as legitimate people. Then of course MahoYome demands for the audience's sadness not by exploiting a character's likability but rather via their stance as a victim in an unpleasant predicament.
So I guess that's why I'm not too fond of the portrayal of side characters. For the mains (right now they're really just Chise and Elias), I don't have much praise either.
Chise is a flat lead. She will occasionally omit some amusing deadpan humor and will constantly look aesthetically godlike but her genuine personality is just that. Dull. She might've had my sympathy if her backstory wasn't executed as abruptly as it was. If...they had bothered to sprinkle it vaguely throughout episodes. But it was just thrust upon us in the meat of episode one, before anyone was concerned about how this redhead had crippling trauma.
She is a generic character who has been told time and time again, in far better ways than the cheap and forced development Mahoutsukai provides her with.
As of episode eight, the characterization of Elias totals to about zero, so I won't waste time talking about him. Instead let's move on to his relationship with Chise, the beginning and crux of the series and, logically speaking, its strongest point.
Just kidding. In no way is that even mildly true; they have no chemistry, no space for progression, nothing but inexplicable motions of affection. While the initial premise is intriguing and sets for a detailed and complex relationship ('he was the only one to ever want me!'), this concept is not elaborated on but relied upon heavily for the actions of each. As they have been shown to already possess feelings, one might expect some layers and depth to the bond - and be thoroughly disappointed by the boring interactions they share.
Animation & Sound
Well. Considering MahoYome's reputation, this almost goes without saying. If there is a visual error I have yet to find it; everything from art to direction is done phenomenally. The style wholeheartedly embraces the 'fantasy vibe', supplying seamless backgrounds and gorgeous character designs.
The music is much the same, occasionally with a European flair of sorts and blending masterfully with the natural animation. Honestly with this category, there's nothing that hasn't been said already so I'll leave it at that.
Overall, from what I can tell Mahoutsukai is a stunning production with a charming, simplistic way of storytelling and immense shortcomings in characterization. But despite that black mark it is certainly worth watching for the rest of the anime.
(This is my first review so it might not be too good and I'm trying not to contain any spoilers)
In an honestly pretty poor year for original anime in 2017, there have been a few strong animes. Personally 2 originals this year can be considered amongst the best, the first being Summer 2017's Made In Abyss, and Fall 2017's Mahoutsukai no Yome.
As the synopsis goes, Chise is a young girl coming from a broken family, who has given up all hope on her life and future, to the extent of even selling herself. She is then bought for an absurd amount by Elias, a demon?
looking mage. He then announces that Chise will be his apprentice and his future bride.
With a premise like this, it seems as though this would be a recipe for disaster. But Mahoutsukai no Yome has been able to exceed all expectations for it, and become quite frankly a masterpiece.This boils down to a few points.
The important duo pushing the story forward would be Elias & Chise, the main protaganists. The seeminly uncaring Elias is seen by Chise as her benefactor and saviour even, who is allowing her to use her talent/curse as a Sleigh Beggy to discover a new purpose in life. The change of Chise from a hopeless, unconfident girl to one who is on the path of gaining strength on her own is forged by both Elias' "tutoring" and Chise's determination. Similarly interesting would be Elias' own background. While little hints have been dropped throughout the story about where he comes from, he is still quite the enigma as of Episode 12.
Other characters are not to be dismissed as unimportant either. Often, characters like Lindel and the old dragon have helped her discover important learning points that would not only be invaluable for her learning of magic, but for how she should live her life as well. These life lessons can also be applicable for ourselves, but I would not go into detail about these.
The set-up for the plot is amazing. With a community saturated with isekai and fantasy worlds literally being in a Middle-Ages themed MMORPG, Mahoutsukai no Yome shows how a real magical fantasy world can be introduced to the viewer in a similar fashion to the Harry Potter universe, with an potentially even wider and deeper realm than that. This is aided by strong characters and their significance with the story, how the characters interact with each other. (ie the other mages and Elias and the fairies with Chise)
The animation is stellar. it never fails the viewer with its beautiful colours and detailed drawing that would entice the senses. Coupled together with the beautiful soundtrack and the amazing songs (like Lindel's singing) it gives the magical atmosphere and moving and bittersweet feeling. The opening song is powerful, and the ending song does not disappoint either. These are both coupled with great animation in the OP/ED, with the OP's song tone making it feel as though one is transitioning between hopeless sadness to hope, reflecting Chise's journey, while the ED seems to remind us that there is still more darkness/mystery to come. (That's my own interpretation and definitely open to other opinions)
To address the criticisms, I do admit that the pacing could have been too fast, and while I have not read the manga, i would believe that it is caused by the short 24 episode length of this series. I also agree that occasionally comedic moments are placed inappropriately, but i would argue that they are useful in lightening the show's generally dark tone. Moving on to the biggest concern of most of the reviewers here, which would be this being the glorification of pedophilia/Stockholm Syndrome, I would only say that I personally feel that this show encourages neither of which, and the Chise's age and situation are key factors in stringing her personality together, as well as showing her own teenage need for love, acceptance and a place in the world, of which she is finding in Elias and others in this world.
I do hope that this show keeps up this amazing 12 episode run with an equally, if not better last 12 episodes that would certainly please us viewers and give a new classic masterpiece for the anime community.
One complaint I have heard from many people is that it's taking a long time for the plot to come along, and as someone who has caught up with the manga, I can say that this isn't the kind of story that likes to throw it's viewers head first into a deep convoluted story, while trying to explain the rules of the world, and the back stories of every character involved, all at once.
If I could put it into words, it's the kind of story that rather than race through to get to the finish line, it likes to
take a stroll and view the world around it while it heads to its destination. That's not to say that it's filled with fillers, Most story arks within it's grasp have some significance to the overall story taking place, whether that something is something big or small. But rather, it wants you to see the world around the characters.
The art style is gorgeous and it really goes all out to try and make your viewing experience as pleasing to the eyes as possible. The use of contrast to help highlight and emphasize the expansiveness and the all around wonder this world holds is breath taking. And the use of colors to set a mysterious, and enchanting atmosphere is phenomenal.
This isn't a story of adventure but a story of discovery. It focuses on the discovery of what makes life worth living, and finding the reason within all of us to keep living. It's a story of finding acceptance in yourself as well as in one another.
This show/story isn't perfect, but it is well worth the watch, and even though I have already read ahead, I still get excited when new episodes premiere. This show is also well adapted from the source material.
Ah, an Anime that takes a grasp of societal ideologies and totally becomes controversial because of it. That's not what the Anime is about, but that's what everyone likes to talk about. Before I get started on this horrible review that's only my second ever.. This is by far the best Anime I've ever seen already at 13/24 episodes. It's... Beautiful. [Contains MINIMAL SPOILERS]
Mahoutsukai no Yome is about the main heroine Chise Hatori and our WONDERFUL MAGUS Ainsworth Elias.. Despite the hardships displayed in the OVA of Chise's sad childhood she got newfound hope whenever she decided to put herself up for sale and Elias
bought her to become his apprentice. HA! But that's not all! Why did she have a bad childhood you ask? Because she can see spirits. That's pretty much the gist of the story honestly..
Obviously, if you're looking at MyAnimeList you're going to see there's more than just Chise and Elias.. We have Chise's familiar Ruth who's pretty interesting I guess, and we have Silky which not much is known about her in the Anime at this current time... Let's just say she's their house maid? Honestly, the only characters that matter are our 2 main characters.. They're the only 2 you'll care about.. Trust.
I'm not going to make this much more longer and just talk about the Art/Sound in 1 paragraph. Beautiful, Mesmerizing, Gorgeous, and uhhhh.. That's all there is to say. That's the strongest part of the Anime. It's BEAUTIFUL. The OP. theme is whatever and I only really liked one of the ED themes and that has to be Wa-Cycle by Hana Itoki.. It's good.
Overall, this Anime is just a flat out 10... Nothing else to say. It's beautiful.. I would recommend this Anime to anyone who PARTICULARLY LIKED BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. Holy shit this anime is 100% like Beauty and the Beast IMO.
This will be my first review, so forgive my poor formatting. I was *really* not feeling it at first, but this show has grown on me so much that I'd like to share my thoughts.
This review contains no spoilers.
There are many things to like about Mohoutsukai no Yome: the animation is stunning, it's beautifully scored, and the plot arcs are far from predictable. Though Chise is the protagonist of the story, the subplots and backstories of all the minor characters are often much more compelling. The pacing is faster than ideal, in my opinion, but it makes the whole show seem
like a box of assorted chocolates: you get to sample a bit of everything, but not enough of one single element to make you sick.
Compared to the varied and emotionally vibrant minor characters we encounter, both Chise and Elias are exceptionally bland. Chise's backstory explains her tendency to be withdrawn and emotionally distant, but the show unfortunately doesn't really explore aspects of her personality aside from her trauma. We are halfway through the season and I feel like I know next to nothing about her. What does she like? Does she have aspirations beyond "not being homeless"? I understand the whole "super obfuscated mystery past" trope, but I really wish Chise was humanized just a bit more.
I would have picked up this show a lot - and I mean a LOT - sooner if the entire premise was not essentially child grooming. Chise is fifteen. Fifteen! I certainly have no reservations about her being a magical apprentice who harbors some insane amount of hidden power - that's par for the course - but potential bride material for a humanish wizard 100+ years old? I'm sorry, but that's unsettling even by anime standards. Am I projecting because I was a weird loser instead of a magical girl at fifteen? Perhaps. That does not, however, make this setup not creepy.
Despite its drawbacks, I would ultimately say that this show is worth a try. If you're into fantasy, magic, and finding hope in dark places - give it a shot, but definitely be patient.