My ongoing quest to watch as much anime as possible has led me to The Ancient Magus’ Bride. On the surface, it has all the requirements for me to fall in love with, so let’s move onto my first impression of the series!
It was thanks to Karandi at 100 Word Anime and Weekend Otaku for their 200 word anime review of the series that first got me interested and led me to the first volume of the manga. In fact, this is the first time I’ve read the manga before watching the anime of any series and I think I’ll continue to do so for The Ancient Magus Bride. I’ll be honest the anime pretty much follows the manga almost exactly, so you aren’t missing much by not reading the manga.
As for what The Ancient Magus’ Bride is about, it follows Chise as she is bought by Elias, who intends for her to become his apprentice and future wife. Yep, that second one, while expected (I mean the title of the series says it all) it is still a little odd. The pacing of the series has been pretty slow but that could just be down to the amount of exposition in the first few episodes. Still, I get the feeling that The Ancient Magus” Bride won’t be as fast paced at Fullmetal Alchemist or Fairy Tail. The tone of the series also feels a lot different to any of the anime that I’ve seen, but again that could just be down to me only having watched the first few episodes.
The major thing that stands out is the artwork. The Ancient Magus’ Bride is easily the most beautiful anime I seen so far. This is really well demonstrated during the more magical or fantastical moments in the episodes. However, beautiful scenes aren’t enough to keep me watching, so I hope to see character development for Chise and Elias, while hopefully over time the amount of exposition and information dumping will reduce slightly.
Overall, I enjoyed the first few episodes of The Ancient Magus’ Bride. As I mentioned before, it feels different from the other anime I’ve seen, which makes me want to watch more. I just hope that the plot will become more complex as the series progresses. I will be continuing the series but I will also be reading the manga ahead of watching the anime, so it will take some time to watch the series, not that I’m complaining!
Have you watched The Ancient Magus’ Bride? Let me know what you think in the comments!