Despite having the ability to see otherworldly creatures, Chise Hatori has never considered herself lucky. Ever since her parents abandoned her at a young age, it has been the center of her hardship, driving her to the point of selling herself to the slave market, just to secure a place she can call home.
Presented to the bidders as a rare ''Sleigh Beggy''—beings who have an unusually high affinity to magical energies—Chise's last remaining hope appears in the form of Elias Ainsworth, a mysterious magus more beast than man. Rather than keep her as a slave, he has decided to make her his apprentice, as well as his bride.
Chise is not only physically transported to the English countryside where Elias lives, but also introduced to a world where wondrous things such as fairies and dragons are the norm. But she soon realizes there is as much to fear in her new life as there is to marvel at. And lying at the heart of it all is the question of whether she has fallen into the hands of something much darker than her own inner demons.
Mahoutsukai no Yome was initially serialized in Monthly Comic Blade, until the magazine changed the format of publication from paper to digital, and moved to Comic Garden starting from the October 2014 issue.
The series has been published in English as The Ancient Magus' Bride by Seven Seas Entertainment since May 12, 2015; in Polish by Studio JG since March 26, 2015; in German by Tokyopop since October 12, 2015; in Italian by Star Comics since February 24, 2016; in Spanish by Norma Editorial since April 11, 2016; in Russian by Istari Comics since May 24, 2016; in Finnish by Punainen Jättiläinen since December 22, 2016; and in Brazilian Portuguese by Editora Devir since November 27, 2017.
[ Português ]
É minha primeira review, então tentarei ser breve. É uma história admirável, bonita, além de impactante. Simplesmente maravilhosa, apesar de ter começado mediana. Vale a pena. A Arte é linda, os personagens carismáticos, o cenário bem trabalhado, enfim, recomendo.
[ English ]
It's my first review, so try to be brief. It is a wonderful story, beautiful, and impactful. Simply wonderful, despite starting median. The art is beautiful, the characters are charismatic, the scenario is worked well, anyway, I recommend.
Nota final: 10/10
Final Score: 10/10
~~~ I LOVED IT
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Synopsis: Hatori Chise is only 16, but she has lost far more than most. With neither family nor hope, it seems all doors are closed to her. But, a chance encounter began to turn the rusted wheels of fate. In her darkest hour, a mysterious magus appears before Chitose, offering a chance she couldn't turn down.
-Ellias Ainsworth, He is an ancient magician with a skull instead of a human head because he is an incomplete being. The Child of Thorns, Chise's master and fiancee, once apprenticed to Master Lindenbaum. A being with both fae and human elements. His origins are a mystery.
Despite his appearance, he is gentle and polite with humans, who likes Chise Hatori and also offers her to become his bride too. This is definitely a gem for me, I loved it a lot because of its unique setting. Although, it has many male characters that are after main female because of her rare abilities, but it isn't anything that pisses you off. It is actually quite lighthearted yet dark theme.
Genres:- Fantasy, Shonen, Romance, Supernatural.
Story:10/10 (It is still on-going and so far 23 chapters have been released. I am not certain as for where the story will progress, but I loved every chapter of it till now.)
Characters:9.5/10 (TBH, I didn't even bother reading Synopsis when I first the saw the manga on some site. Just the main character's face with romance tag on it was enough for me to read it.)
Artwork:10/10 (Although, it is shonen but there is something about the artwork that gives you senien vibes.)
Enjoyment:- Over 9000 (I read this in one sitting, it just makes you want to read more and more chapters. It is actually fantasy-romance story with depressing atmosphere. I just hope that it won't ahead towards the wrong path.)
Before I go into detail on The Ancient Magus Bride (Mahoutsukai no Yome), there are things a few things you need must consider. First, it is a slow paced story, that does a good job of creating characters that have very solid personalities and introduces a nostalgic world that doesn't feel boring, but keeps an air of mystery to itself. Though the demographic for this manga is classified as shounen, there is little to actual battles that take place in the ( at the time of this writing) fifteen chapters. The story unfolds at at a slave auction where we meet Hatori Chise, a
young fifteen year old, who has been in and out of slave trading every since her mother died; add to the fact that she has been treated like an outcast and you have the perfect emo for our story. In all seriousness, she is a slay vega, think queen bee of the magic world, meaning her body has adapted to consume large amounts of magic and also be able to expel said magic. The effect does have a down side though, as it does damage to her internal system and shortens her life span. Of course, she has no idea of this until she meets her buyer/savior that comes in the form of a goat skull sorcerer by the name of Ellias Ainsworth. Now Ellias Ainsworth is very a odd character for several reasons, one is that he purchases Hatori Chise on a whim, and promises to find a way to be able to save her life; the other is that he claims that she will one day be his bride, but as to why remains a mystery as his past tell us that he has very little to with humans in general, so his purchase of Chise just seems like it is on a whim. Besides those aspects of him, there is very little that is told about him, and he mainly comes off as the badass, mysterious mentor, (compare him to kind of like Shinigami from Soul Eater, or at least I do.) Through Ellias, Chise is introduced to the magic world and the dangers that come with it. These span from the arcs that include her almost being kidnapped and taken to the fairy world, meeting a eccentric dragon tamer and actual dragons, purging the past sins of a murderer form the land, and coming across a sadistic wizard that loves to toy with dead and living only to try to fulfill his goals of self-worth; plus the wizard comes in the form of a young boy/girl (i don't fucking know, it's one of the those characters) which makes him all the more threatening. Of course, Chise is far from helpless as she as Ellias to help her, along with a cool reaper dog, and the support of a tech wizard named Angelica ( she basically makes gear to help harness magic power), plus learning how to use her powers as well. Since it's only fifteen chapters in, it's at the point to where you can pick it up and check it out to see if it's for you.
My second review :) enjoy!
Slight spoilers I gues :/ not really to be honest.
The plot is very original, I enjoy the fantasy aspect of the world. It's filled with faeries, dragons, vampires, spirits, sorcerers, magical beings, and much more yet to be discovered. Yet, Chise is a normal human being? Or so, that's what we thought
In the beginning, Chise is sold at an auction. Yes, a human is sold to a monster- I mean, Elias. Who may look like a monster in our eyes but he's a sorcerer who is looking for an apprentice, and a wife. Upon taking Chise under his wing, we
discover that Chise is no where near ordinary. She's a Slay Vega. A human born with the ability to see what normal beings can't. As a result they absorb magic from their surroundings and amass great amounts within their bodies. This makes the story very intriguing and also adds a lot to her character as we learn more about the ability she has.
From that day forward, Chise's life change 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. Through said adventures comes lessons we learn beside Chise.
The plot may start slow at first, but the development is outstanding. I highly recommend giving this manga a try. Especially with the anime coming out soon.
There's nothing really special about the art style, it's simply beautiful and even without color it is colorful in my eyes
The way the magical world is presented is beautiful. If the manga is this astonishing, I hope the anime can really add it's true colors that it deserves. I can't wait to experience how wonderfully captivating some manga scenes are in the anime!
The character development as of chapter 40 is absolutely intriguing. I feel like I should go in depth with each character but the destroys the point of reading the manga.
Brief descriptions: Chise is a Slay Vega (as previously stated) and the apprentice of Elias. She is the main character that we follow through the manga. Elias is a "monster" speculated to be a Wendigo. Feel free to furthers spoil yourself by looking up what that is. Otherwise, read the manga before doing some research. Ruth is Chise's familiar, who takes the shape of a dog and is a faithful companion. Silver, aka Silky, is a Silky who is the landlady. She is a supporting character in which she supports the main characters with meals and silent appreciation. These are just four of the many characters Chise meets and learns from. Like an ancient dragon, a cunning faerie, a magic shop owner, and the normal neighbors who don't suspect a thing.
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 memories. Even though Elias isn't even human and doesn't understand human emotions I feel like I can also relate to him as well.
Though I see lots of people look down upon this series for it's lack of romance, I still enjoy the bonds that Chise has created with many characters. Especially with Elias and how they teach each other lessons on many different things.
I have very high expectations for the upcoming chapters and I have a good feelings I won't be let down. The anime however has all my hype. For a lil preview into the anime world of Mahou Tsukai no Yome, there is an OVA that offers insight into Chise's past. Truly stunning.