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Mahoutsukai no Yome

Alternative Titles

English: The Ancient Magus' Bride
Synonyms: The Magician's Bride
Japanese: 魔法使いの嫁


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 2017 to Mar 25, 2018
Premiered: Fall 2017
Broadcast: Sundays at 01:30 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Wit Studio
Source: Manga
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.221 (scored by 135,641 users)
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Ranked: #3032
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #154
Members: 394,022
Favorites: 5,173


Both Mahoutsukai no Yome an Natsume Yuujinchou have a protagonist that can see extraordinary things. They both suffer a great deal in their childhood because of their ability to see what normal people can't. Both anime tell the tale of their protagonists' lives and how they deal with the world that is beyond the ordinary human eyes. 
report Recommended by Lightfellow
-Both show themes of learning about emotions, and coming to understand feelings. -Both can make you smile, both can make you cry -Both have an interesting world -Though this one applies more to Violet Evergarden in my opinion, but both have breathtaking animation -Both have great music -Both have an episodic storyline 
report Recommended by Siyuan
Both are about red-haired girls finding their place in society, with one being a mage and the other being a court herbalist. While their personalities certainly differ, both girls eventually become driven at being the best of their kind. I enjoyed the fantasy setting and the development of romance equally, though Shirayuki-hime definitely is more romance-driven while Mahoutsukai focuses more on the lore and worldbuilding. 
report Recommended by alohaleia
I cant believe this hasn't been recommended yet. The fantasy genre, the feel, even the music are quite similar. Not to mention romance as a subplot in both.  
report Recommended by madman333888
While the Made in Abyss has a fairly different type of plot it is another fantastic world building anime which I would highly suggest for anyone with an innate curiosity. While Magnus Bride presents a new world in the form of magic and magical creatures, Made in Abyss presents a new world in the form of a giant hole/cave in the ground which presents its own set of environments and creatures. 
report Recommended by Zmaier
Mahoutsukai no Yome and Irozuku Sekai no Ashita kara have a similar vibe when watching both shows. They share a similar vibrant color palette and have a very whimsical way of putting great attention to detail to the background and foreground art in each scene. The setting in both shows are similar, a modern day society where magic is an accepted thing in society and mages live amongst normal people. If you're looking for a world that you can get absorbed into, I would recommend both shows. 
report Recommended by Nikoru-san
Both female protagonists have rare abilities that connect them to fairies and are sought out and taken in by the male protagonist who has slight romantic inclinations towards the female protagonist. Both are centered in England and revolve around British folklore. 
report Recommended by misa98765
Both are neither your typical shoujo anime (based on an ongoing manga) with a redheaded leads. In both Akatsuki no Yona and Mahoutsukai our heroines are both gifted in a fantasy world, who learn and begin to form their own definitions of family and love. Both heroines share an underlying romance with tall, dark, deep-voiced males, as well as beautiful coming-of-age stories. They are also both REALLY underrated! 
report Recommended by rinhana
Both deal with main character seeing spirits with emotional experiences. 
report Recommended by BriBri812
Both Chise and Watanuki are plagued by their ability to see spirits/monsters. They both encounter a wise and powerful sorcerer, Elias and Yuuko who teach them magic and how to deal with otherworldly creatures. Chise and Watanuki are exceedingly kind people but lack a sense of self-worth and will give to the point of harming themselves - something they must learn to overcome if they want to understand what it means to love those important to them. 
report Recommended by xxxATiON
a fantasy world that is mysterious at first. but you learn more about the characters as the story unfolds. it deals with a lot of serious and dark themes such as the meaning of life mortality, what gives us meaning, sacrifice, death, trust and so on. its the type of show you can watch multiple times and you can still learn something new, now that you have knowledge of some things you did not before. the story only gets better and better. also the animation <3  
report Recommended by KILERDEMON
• Both have main characters of a young girl and an older male mage/wizard • Both settings are in Europe or have strong European influences • Both consist of magical acts taking place in an otherwise everyday setting (magical realism) 
report Recommended by khvleesea
- Special Mary Sue with super special power to see spirits, very kind very quiet very used to being alone - Sudden marriage to mean looking supernatural entity, but haha it's okay because they can be really good looking haha - Male MCs are really creepy and say unacceptable thing but haha it's okay because they're good looking and aren't human haha - Make lots of other supernatural friends along the way KnY protag is more plucky than MnY as a result of a more healthy upbringing, MnY protag is extremely emo. Both have tragic pasts enhanced by cringeworthy writing. KnY is set in Japan with Japanese supernatural creatures  read more 
report Recommended by Lemon
While the setting could not have been more different, the two main characters are identical. Powerful non-human, who despite not being able to feel human emotions, admires humans for them and wishes to understand them and his apprentice, young woman with exceptionally troubled past. 
report Recommended by Piromysl
these are different in a lot of ways, but they both focus on kinda similar relationships between a younger girl and a parental figure  
report Recommended by lilydotgov
These two anime contain mythical creatures, Phantom in the Twilight calls them the Umbra, while Mahoutsukai no Yome has no specific name, since they are from different species. Umbra exists from the creation of human's mind. The others already exists and living hidden among the humans. So if you are looking for more anime that contains these kind, well you are looking for the right place, just expect it to be less romantic and definitely no harem for Mahoutsukai. Also barely fighting scenes, but beautiful animation. 
report Recommended by RayaTheImmortal
Both are relaxing anime with a similar approach into magic and witchcraft. If you want a slice of life, yet with a touch of mysticim, I recommend both. 
report Recommended by Kenzo170
They both have beautiful world building, and gorgeous, vibrant animation. Both tend to be quite philosophical at times (of course, Kino no Tabi more than Mahoutsukai), and have a very serene feel. Even though they're different in a lot of ways, they share the same sort of atmosphere, and are both about seeing the beauty in a confusing and often painful world. There is a lot more character development and overall plot in Mahoutsukai (Kino no Tabi is episodic), but if you like one, I'd encourage you to give the other a try. XD  
report Recommended by AmishaelMA
Lonely little girls find themselves under the guardianship of supernatural guardians who show them the supernatural side of the world and teach them to value their lives a little more.  
report Recommended by Radu_Bey0
The feel/pace of those 2 series is really similar to me. 
report Recommended by Andres_Luuk
Both have the MC overcoming their grief of losing their mother Both have the MC having fallen in love with the person that changes their life Both have follows the archetypical storylines of characters having ups and downs Both have amazing sound tracks Both have visual appealing arts Conclusion: mahoutsukai emphasizes on the main character finding her self just as much as your lie in April. Tho your lie in April draws tears While Mahoutsukai is still awaiting a sequel that might draws you tears . It’s good to check them both out if you are in to slice of life.  
report Recommended by KiwiFruitCup
You've heard of Beauty and the Beast , right? Well both have the same theme, where one follows the classical them while the other is more like a shonen and a beast.  
report Recommended by JiangHaoyi1979
Both stories of the anime are similar to fantasy. They are related with magic, change, and lessons as both stories simplify the characters love for their loved ones. 
report Recommended by eumi_kinde
15 year old main girl. Deals with demons and magical powers. The main villians kind of have a similar backstory and they're both crazy. Of course both have Romance develop between the MCs over the course of the series. Both do some world jumping (different eras in Inuyashas case and literally different worlds/dimensions in Ancient Magus Bride's case) Differences are that Inuyasha is more action focused and a lot longer, and older of course. Also Kagome does not have a depressing backstory like Chise. 
report Recommended by chisports1fan
Both are similar stories about powerful monsters taking on human apprentices. Hellsing has more physical violence, but Ancient Magus' Bride has more emotional violence. 
report Recommended by Thiol
Both animes take place in a fantastic world with magic and demons, One more focused in action/comedy and Magus Bride centered in drama. 
report Recommended by facuuu92
the way the show takes serious tones then follows it up with funny and endearing cartoonish moments kept making me think about fma. another similarity is a kick ass OP which is always a plus. 
report Recommended by Jared_guy2
Both delve into the supernatural aspects of London, England. While one is about a boy who summons a demon in exchange for his soul, and the other is about a mage who buys a human to become his wife/apprentice; they both have very common themes. Sebastian and Elias seem to be very similar characters as neither is human and nor do either understand human emotions. They both try to help their human companions throughout their journeys to accomplish their goals. 
report Recommended by SailorStorm711
Both anime have mc who went to youkai/ghost world.And both do training to become a mage. 
report Recommended by salman7
When it comes to relaxing Slice of Life animes, Natsume Yuujinchou, Mushishi and Aria comes to mind. While it is true that the former two are more closer to Mahoutsukai no Yome in terms of the themes they are dealing with (supernatural elements), Aria and MnY do share many similarities. (This recommendation was made from my early impressions of the first 3 episodes of Mahoutsukai no Yome). Both involve telling short, episodic tales on how life can be very beautiful should we view it in a positive light, allowing them to be great shows to ease our stressful minds that took a huge toll from our  read more 
report Recommended by Lord_Odous
Two red-haired heroines. Both loaded with plenty of fantasy and drama. *coughs* nonhuman love interests *coughs*. Great storytelling and character development. Both touch deep elements in their storytelling and take their viewers seriously. Oh, and great soundtracks! If you enjoyed one, you might really enjoy the other anime. 
report Recommended by SindySugar
A girl with underlying potential is stuck with a guy who knows a lot but won't tell. You will find tragic past weaved with mystery behind the guy who burdens himself with too many responsibilities. As the girl learns more and more, she falls in love and becomes an important person to him. 
report Recommended by jigokunoarisu
Both involve older men who buy their partner in an auction who afterwards begin their lives together and fall in love.  
report Recommended by lordzeru
Enjoy the supernatural mystery and spirit hunting. Characters also has a fun side in them and the story has a little bit of romance. 
report Recommended by keyzc
Both anime was about a human that get "adopted" by a spiritual being. 
report Recommended by orihara_sama
if you liked Mahoutsukai no Yome then you will like bleach. the story is very similar with the protagonist having fates and destiny that are out of there control. lots of lore and great story. 
report Recommended by animegirl16091
Plot and general tone of the two shows are very different, but the protagonists (Chise and Yuichiro) are the same in terms of their psychological background. Both had a parent or parents try to kill them due to an abnormality within them which is out of their control, only for said parent(s) to die soon after, leaving them orphans and a view that they are unlovable and unwanted. This caused a pessimistic view of human relationships as a coping mechanism to deal with the longing for acceptance and love they believe they do not deserve to get. They both later gain a family and the  read more 
report Recommended by J-36
Both are about red-haired girls finding their place in society 
report Recommended by Black0Bird
Both of these shows feature two very beautiful, magical worlds !! The charm and expansive worlds that these shows offer are simply immeasurable !!!! 
report Recommended by saminthapanti
Both series have a similar main character dynamic. Neuro and Elias are both monsters who don't understand humans very well and need help to learn to do so. They both have a young female partner to teach them about the human world. Yako and Chise are both strong female leads who love to help others. The shows also share a similar main villain. Kaitou X and Cartaphilus are basically the same character. The settings and genre of the shows are very different, but if you like the characters in one, you're likely to like them in the other too. 
report Recommended by Renkku
The female protagonists are both "choosen" ones. Both male protagonists have had a dark phase in their past life and have done something regretful. They both have trouble to understand their "feelings". Both anime deal with spirits, gods and other supernatural stuff, but also a lot of enemies they encounter on their way.  
report Recommended by Raikaa
Here goes my 1st recommendation. Both of these girls feel all alone during their childhood (like how mine was) because of their special ability whether it be seeing spirits or the ability to read minds. Then their life gets turned upside down when they meet someone who takes them out and shows them how special they really are. (too bad I have yet for that to happen to me). 
report Recommended by LocoFowlUsedBAWK