‘The Ancient Magus’ Bride’ is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kore Yamazaki. It is published by Mag Garden in their magazine ‘Monthly Comic garden’ in Japan. A total of 9 tankōbon volumes have been published by them, which have also been republished in English. The English North American version is licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment and they released it in October 2014. A three-part OVA series was also published by Wit Studio that strives to lay down the groundwork for the anime. The anime is also produced by them and aired from October 2017 to March 2018.
A prequel titled ‘The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star’, or as the Japanese call it ‘Mahō Tsukai no Yome: Hoshi Matsu Hito’, is directed by Norihiro Naganuma with scripts provided by Aya Takaha. It is based on the original story by Kore Yamazaki. The anime television series was licensed in North America by Funimation and went on to win the ‘Best Drama’ award by Crunchyroll at their 2017 anime awards. A home video series will be distributed by Manga Entertainment in UK and Ireland.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
The Ancient Magus’ Bride season 1 premiered on October 8, 2017 and ended its run on March 25, 2018. The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star, the ONA, premiered on September 10, 2016. It is with a heavy heart that we have to say that there has been no confirmation of a second season, much to the dismay of fans worldwide. It is one of those anime series that begs for a second season and will probably receive one, but maybe after making its fans wait for 10 years.
However, since the manga is still in print and the first season being a commercial success, there is no reason to expect otherwise. There is enough source material to fuel two more seasons and being the commercial success that it is, money is not a factor. It is not a question of will there be a new season, it’s simply a matter of when. Our best guess is that The Ancient Magus’ Bride season 2 (some might refer to as The Ancient Magus’ Bride season 3), if gets renewed, might release sometime in 2021.
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The Ancient Magus’ Bride Plot:
The anime takes place in a fantasy heavy setting and follows the story of Chise Hatori, a young orphan who has been ostracized by society. Chise is a young girl who has lost both her parents and having no place to go, wanders the roads without any aim. Having lost all confidence in society and plagued by depression, she decides to sell herself at an auction knowing very well that she will be put to slavery.
Still, as this is her only option left and her last chance at finding a home, Chise goes up on stage and proceeds to sell her freedom. As auctions are extremely rare and she is young, the crowd is ready to pay large sums in order to procure her. She can be seen extremely scared for her future but knowing very well that she has no other chance of surviving, she gives in to fate. It is at this opportune moment that Elias arrives at the scene and after recognizing her talent, proceeds to buy her out for the sum of 5 million pounds. Elias is a seven foot tall humanoid who resembles a demon more than any human. He has an animal skull for a head and speaks in a deep tone that is sure to send chills down the spine of any seven-year-old. As the offer remains unrivalled by others in the crowd, Elias wins the auction and brings Chise home.
Elias starts to take care of Chise, bathing and feeding her in order to let her recover. As her strength comes back, he proceeds to explain to her that she is a ‘sleigh beggy’, a mage who is able to draw energy from her surroundings and her own body in order to perform magic. However, performing any kind of sleigh magic takes a huge toll on the body, draining it of its resources and weakening it. If someone is not careful while using the art, it can lead to exhaustion, fatigue and ultimately death. This is the sole reason why ‘sleigh beggy’s are rare. They do not tend to live long and die an untimely death. Elias explains that he recognized her power the moment he laid his eyes on her and decided to buy her out in order to provide her with proper training. He also mentions that she has tremendous potential and that she has the ability to become one of the greatest mages of all time if she is able to channel her powers appropriately.
However, time is not on their side as Chise only has about 3 more years of natural life left. Her weak and fragile figure is unable to bear the consequences of magic and she is slowly dying from inside. Elias assures her that he will do his best to guide and train her but the rest is up to her. He will not be the one to make her obey, so she needs to gather her determination on her own. For the first time in years, Chise feels comfort at having found her place in the world. She can relax and start a new life of training and exploration and only fate will tell where it will lead her. She finds herself adept at manipulating sleep patterns, which is quite unique, but she can perform various other spells too, albeit at the cost of her own energy.
The anime goes on to show the symbiotic relationship between Chise and Elias and their adventures together. It is quite evident from the first few episodes alone that the two are quite incapable of surviving without each other. Elias is a snobbish mage who can be extremely childish at times and it is quite hilarious to see Chise take the upper hand during these times. Similarly, Chise is extremely dependent on Elias and also admires him for saving her. If it wasn’t for Elias, she would probably be dead and she acknowledges this fact constantly. They are the perfect example of two completely opposite souls coming together to form one single entity that ultimately manages to vanquish all enemies in their path.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride Characters:
Chise Hatori: Originally voiced by Atsumi Tanezaki in the Japanese version and by Dani Chambers in the English version, Chise Hatori is by far the most likeable character in the anime. At least personally speaking, I really liked the evolution of this character and even though she is a bit clichéd at the beginning, she completely manages to turn that notion on its heels by the end of the 20th episode.
Chise, the protagonist of the story who dared to sell her life away, is extremely determined to meet her fate and does not succumb under pressure. Her father walked out on his family when she was very young and her brother left her mother and her to fend for themselves. Her mother, not being able to cope with the separation and driven by madness, commits suicide right in front of her eyes, leaving her all alone in the world. If that is not traumatic enough for a small child, all her immediate relatives rejected her and left her on the streets, probably because of the taboo of her mother’s suicide. With no one in the world to care for her, she wanders the streets aimlessly with her health slowly deteriorating over time. With nowhere left to go, she proceeds to sell herself off at an auction as a slave as a means of finding a new shelter.
Elias then arrives at the scene. He spots her and buys her off for an incredible amount of 5 million pounds. A simple observation that I would like to add, here which quite literally hit me while watching this anime, is the cost associated with human life. When Chise was roaming the streets without a place to go, there was no one in the streets willing to take her in. However, as soon as she submitted her freedom in the hands of the society, suddenly, she was the costliest human being around. A soul that was not worth a single penny managed to sell for 5 million pounds once freedom and ownership were taken into account. This speaks volumes about the very foundations of our society and even though it doesn’t play an important role in the overall plot of the anime, it is something to definitely ponder about.
Elias, however, proceeds to take care of her and provides her with a shelter. Here she comes to know the truth behind her existence and the innate abilities that come along with it. She learns that she is a ‘sleigh buggy’, a special type of mage who wields incredible power but needs to draw that energy from their surroundings or their own body. This puts immense pressure and strain on the body of ‘sleigh buggies’ and as a result, they tend to die early. Having learnt that, she started to take lessons from Elias, who teaches her the art of controlling magic.
Elias Ainsworth: Though the true origins of Elias are unknown, it is strongly speculated that he is born from ‘The Shadows of the Forest’. There are no direct references to his past except for the fact that he used to study the art of magic under Master Lindenbaum. Without any perfect backstory to match his appearance, it can also be speculated that he has both human and faerie origins. This is because of his humanoid stature with an animal skull for a head, possibly a goat. Many theorize that he toyed with black magic when he was young, which eventually backfired, stripping him of his human appearance and erasing his memories. However, there are no official facts to back this up, so better take it with a grain of salt, if you will!
Known by his close ones as ‘The Child of Thorns’, Elias is sometimes also referred to as ‘The Thorn Mage’. He is disliked by most other fairies, mainly due to his bad attitude but this is something that he does not mind. He lacks basic decorum and human emotions and also dislikes children. However, his heart is mostly in the right place as can be seen with his interactions with Chise. He is definitely someone you will grow to respect over the course of time, but will never relate to.