Mahō Tsukai no Yome

Title:Mahō Tsukai no Yome
The Ancient Magus' Bride
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Notables: Animation - Wit Studio
Hatori Chise is only 16, but she has lost far more than most. With neither family nor hope, it seems all doors are closed to her. But, a chance encounter began to turn the rusted wheels of fate. In her darkest hour, a mysterious magus appears before Chise, offering a chance she couldn't turn down. This magus who seems closer to demon than human, will he bring her the light she desperately seeks, or drown her in ever deeper shadows?
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24-episode TV anime that premiered on October 7, 2017.
Animated by Wit Studio.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3426#628]
(One episode watched):

It seems to me that about the first question(s) I would ask Elias, if, like Chise I was given the chance, is 'What are you? Is that really your face? How old are you?' etc. I am left kind of ambivalent after one episode. The premise of an abused girl who is taken in by a fearsome looking but apparently kind mage is sort of intriguing--as is his mention that he wants her to marry him. But the two characters will need thorough development in order for that to work, and so far the available time has spent on Chise getting tempted by fairies rather than getting to know Elias better (and asking the obvious questions). I also wonder what Chise got in return for signing the contract that essentially led to her being auctioned off. So, it's too soon to say whether I think this show will work and be worth watching. One thing which I was reminded of during episode one is that if ever a character--human or otherwise, here the 'Ariels'--is introduced who has a mean look on their face, but says kind, unthreatening things, thus sending mixed signals, don't ne fooled--the character almost certainly is mean. Facial expression is the easiest possible way to convey the personality of an animated character, and chances are that the artist won't throw the opportunity away.

Last updated Wednesday, November 01 2017. Created Monday, October 30 2017.

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