Anime Basics: The Ancient Magus’ Bride

The Ancient Magus’ Bride
Mahōtsukai no Yome (JP)
Genre: Fantasy
Season: Fall 2017
Premiere Date: October 8, 2017

Introduction

This manga has been the buzz amongst manga-lovers and fantasy-lovers since its serialization began, and it won multiple awards in 2015. The Magus’ Bride (Mahotsukai no Yome) has sold over 4.5 million copies. It was first adapted into an anime in 2016 as The Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star, which was split into three parts and bundled with special editions of the sixth, seventh, and eighth volumes of the manga in Japan. Now, it will be adapted into a television anime beginning in October 2017.

WIT STUDIO, the animation studio that helmed such hits as Attack on Titan and Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, will be animating the series. Their high-quality and emotional animation continues to express the fantastical air of the original work. The anime will air from fall 2017 to winter 2018 for a total of two seasons.

Story

Chise is a 15-year-old girl. She has no place to return home to, no reason to live, no way to live. She has nothing… Except for one special power she was born with. An odd-looking magus named Elias takes in Chise as his apprentice, planning to eventually make her his wife. She naturally starts getting closer to the magus who will live for eternity as she spends time with him, and begins to get back something important to her a little bit at a time…


Characters

Chise Hatori
Voice: Atsumi Tanezaki

“If you say I can do it, Elias, then I’ll do it.”

A Japanese girl who is a Slay Vega–a person with the ability to create an almost-limitless source of power. This power unconsciously draws fairies to her. Elias took notice of this ability, and purchased her for five million pounds (about US$6.36 million). She begins studying magic while living in Elias’ mansion located on the outskirts of England.


Elias Ainsworth
Voice: Ryota Takeuchi

“I’ve made my mind. I will make you my apprentice.

One of the very last “real” magi left in existence. He bought Chise in order to raise her as his apprentice, and eventually to become his bride. Spell-casters and magi are revered by the inhabitants of the world, but Elias has continuiosly avoided contact with others due to his hatred of being around people. He is sometimes called “Thorn Sorcerer” and “Liath Anam.”


Ruth
Voice: Koki Uchiyama

“My ears, my nose, my eyes, my hands and feet… I’ll give them all to you.”

A young man who met Chise at the graveyard of a church. His true form is that of a black grim dog who protects the church and the graves. After spending time with Chise, he makes a certain decision.


Silky
Voice Actor: Aya Endo

“I shall continue to protect my home and its light.”

A brownie that lives in Elias’ mansion. She does everything from laundry to cleaning to watching over the fire to darning. She’s a great helper to the house, as she takes on all the housework all by herself. She’s fairly reserved, but gets excited when she gets to see Chise.


Angelica Varley
Voice: Yuko Kaida

A witch who is a technician of the Magus Craft. She runs a workshop that works with magical tools. Elias has been involved with the Barley family since Angelica’s father’s generation, so there is no need for formalities between them. She has a husband named David, and together, they have a daughter named Althea.


Simon Callum
Voice: Toshiyuki Morikawa

A priest in the village Chise and Elias live. Because quite a while has passed since he was dispatched by the church to keep an eye on Elias, he gets along quite well with his target. He is a fan of the cough medicine Elias makes.


Seth Noel
Voice: Junichi Suwabe

A person involved in the Black Market that is used by magi and wizards and witches. He served as her middleman when Chise put herself up for auction of her own free will. It’s also thanks to him that she can speak English. He has a younger sister who is the same age as Chise.


Lindel
Voice: Daisuke Namikawa

A magus who is the caretaker of the Land of Dragons far in the north, and Elias’ master. He takes on the form of a beautiful young man, but in fact, he is far older than even Elias. Lindel loves playing tricks on people. He is also called “Echoes.”


Mikhail Renfred
Voice: Satoshi Hino

A wizard who gets his power using different methods from magi. He has a deep grudge against Elias, and has no positive feelings when it comes to magi. He lost his arm in a certain incident.


Alice
Voice: Mutsumi Tamura

Renfred’s apprentice who was taken in by him. She is strong-minded, but due to various circumstances, she feels something even stronger than gratitude to Renfred, and is therefore absolutely loyal to him. She won’t hesitate to use violence if it’s for the sake of her master.


Titania
Voice: Sayaka Ohara

The Queen of the Faeries who rules over Tír na nÓg. She has existed far before Christianity began to spread in the British isles, and continues to do so. All the creatures of the night are her beloved children. She sometimes gets annoyed with her over-zealous husband.


Oberon
Voice: Kappei Yamaguchi

The King of the Faeries who rules over Tír na nÓg and Titania’s husband. Completely uninhibited, nothing holds him down, but it appears that he dearly loves his wife. There are sometimes sage-like words that give him the esteemed air of a king amongst the never-ending nonsense he spews.


Cartaphilus
Voice: Ayumu Murase

Although Cartaphilus looks like just a child, he is what the magi call the “Wandering Jew.” No one knows his true form or motives. He merely acts according to his whimsy.


Where to Watch

Crunchyroll (sub)
FUNimation (dub)

Links

Official Website
Official Twitter

Staff

Original Creator: Kore Yamazaki (published by Mag Garden)
Series Composition/Director: Norihiro Naganuma
Scripts: Aya Takaha
Character Design: Hirotaka Kato
Color Design: Yuko Kobari
Art Director:  Yusuke Takeda
Director of Photography: Mayo Suzuki
CGI Director: Shinya Sugai
2D Work: Chie Nishitani
Special Effects Supervisor: Kumiko Taniguchi
Special Effects: Ayumi Arahata
Editor: Daisuke Imai
Music: Junichi Matsumoto
Music Production: Flying Dog
Music Production Assistance: BASiLiCA
Opening Theme Song: “Here” by JUNNA
Ending Theme Song: “Wa –cycle-“  (Ring –cycle-) by Hana Itoki
Sound Effects: Noriko Izumo
Sound Production: Sound Team Don Juan
Animation Production: WIT STUDIO
Production: The Ancient Magus’ Bride Production Committee

Cast

Atsumi Tanezaki as Chise Hatori
Ryota Takeuchi as Elias
Koki Uchiyama as Ruth
Aya Endo as Silky
Yuko Kaida as Angelica Varley
Toshiyuki Morikawa as Simon Callum
Junichi Suwabe as Seth Noel
Daisuke Namikawa as Lindel
Satoshi Hino as Mikhail Renfred
Mutsumi Tamura as Alice
Sayaka Ohara as Titania
Kappei Yamaguchi as Oberon
Ayumu Murase as Cartaphilus

©2017 Kore Yamazaki/Mag Garden・Mahoyome Partners


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