Chise Hatori is 15. She, for some reason, sees otherworldly creatures and acts as a magnet for them. Because of that, her life is ruined and even her closest relatives, as the only thing she can rely on, are disappearing one after another. Chise, being absolutely alone, even thinks about ending her life. However, instead of resorting to suicide, she meets a person that suggests her selling her life to someone who would take her in. And Chise does find a person that wants to buy her--Elias. After some time, the two are teleported to Elias' home. Warm, quiet and extremely cozy--that home is everything Chise has ever dreamed of. Now Chise becomes Elias' apprentice, who is a very respected mage. As a mage, Chise will now have to find out more about the world she is afraid of, about the world that ruined her life and took everything, which was important to her.Written by
The Ancient Magus' Bride is a wonderfully weird anime series. Even though "the mage's apprentice" theme is a pretty common trope, the show feels unique and is unlike anything I've ever seen. I enjoyed it start to finish, even though it feels more like a setup for following seasons than a standalone. The main antagonist is introduced early on, and seems to pose a serious threat, but is then soon forgotten about to make place for world building and (side)character development. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but the first season of this show does lack plot and mainly focuses on the main characters bonding with each other, and meeting all kinds of different characters in all kinds of different places. Although present, exorbitant use of magic is rare, so don't expect a flashy action-packed experience.
As of now I rate TAMB 8/10 stars, but it could very well turn into a 9/10 rating if all the setup pays off in later seasons. The show is a breath of fresh air and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a pretty and relatively slow paced fantasy themed anime. It's beautifully drawn and benefits highly from hd quality.
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