First Reaction: The Ancient Magus’ Bride OVA

Since this is only an episode of content and there are two more parts come out a long time from now (grumble, grumble), I don’t think I have any right of making a review out of this.  I can at least lay down some quick thoughts and get more people to know about this OVA.  I like supporting things like that, even if my contribution is tiny.  All that being said, I haven’t watched the source material that all of this is a prequel to, but I really don’t think that is necessary.  The emotions and the characters really shine through whether you know them already or not.  Anyway, onto some quick thoughts.

The Magic:

The first thing that caught my attention was the magic.  That isn’t too say that it’s very flashy, but it was very fluid and pretty unique.  In my mind, the best way to describe is that it’s very Spirited Away like.  Books wrapped up into an orb, little fairies flying around, smaller creatures moving around on the ground, and a character transforming into a dog and back.  It already feels so lived in already that I can’t help but get more invested into this world.

The Characters:

The two main characters presented so far are Chise, the female apprentice who is uneasy and unsure of herself from having a tough life, and Elias, the inhuman magus who wants to learn the way that humans live.  The moment that we saw them eating together, I can feel the uneasiness between them.  The awkward silence really says it all.  To me, the most interesting aspect I’ve learned is the fact that they are both teaching each other something.  Chise is teaching Elias how to be human and Elias is teaching Chise magic.  If you can tell by now, I’m a pretty character focused person.

Final Thoughts:

I know that there are a lot more aspects to dig into, like how beautiful the art and animation are, but these two things are what made the biggest impression to me.  It’s going to be a long wait, but I definitely look forward to more of Magus’ Bride.  Maybe even digging into the manga at some point.  Please give this a try and see for yourself.  It won’t take you that long.

*This is currently on Crunchyroll*

One Comment Add yours

  1. Karandi says:

    I also really liked how the magic was presented here. It wasn’t an intrusive add in but actually felt like part of the world the characters were living in (and it was pretty). I also agree it’s hard to review without seeing the other parts.

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