The Ancient Magus' Bride

Alt title: Mahoutsukai no Yome

Vol: 19+; Ch: 95+
2013 - ?
4.269 out of 5 from 1,953 votes
Rank #470
The Ancient Magus' Bride

Chise Hatori was a child nobody wanted. Told by her own mother that she should never have been born and passed from one neglectful guardian to the next, the young girl has grown up feeling lost, hopeless, and emotionally numb. At age fifteen she sells herself into slavery, desperate for a home where somebody - anybody - actually wants her to be there, and is purchased by a mysterious being with a skull for a head. He whisks Chise off to his home in England and introduces her to a world of talking animals, dragons, and faeries, declaring that she is to become his apprentice in magic... and also his bride!

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All Reviews on Goodreads ∵⊹↹ღ𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑨𝒏𝒄𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝑴𝒂𝒈𝒖𝒔' 𝑩𝒓𝒊𝒅𝒆ღ↹⊹∵Chise Hatori is an orphan and a slave in a magical world. Now she is being sold to the highest bidder, a mysterious figure clad in black with an animal-skull-head. Elias is a powerful mage, and is determined to find an apprentice in order to keep the legacy of magic alive. He also has a second intention: make Chise his bride and marry her. Chise is A Sleigh Beggy, a person who can see magical spirits and magic, while also being able to absorb magic around themselves. Yet many will try to thwart Chise's journey of magic."Beneath the heavy veil . . . beyond the dull wall of cement . . . deep, deep within the ancient, misty forest . . . there lies another world. That world is far closer to ours than you might imagine."The Ancient Magus' Bride Vol 1 is a decent opener to the series. I liked the illustrations, specifically the ones of the sprites, faeries, dragons, and other mythical creatures. So why is this only three stars read? The whole set-up of the story did leave me uneasy. While yes-I understand that this is intended to be a fantasy, I still paid attention to the fact that Elias bought her.Chise was a slave, who was bought by Elias to become his apprentice. However, what she didn't anticipate was the fact that he wanted to marry her. It seems like Elias has given her free-will due to the fact that he wouldn't force her to become a mage. Yet the marriage part was unaccounted for . . . and then there was the massive age gap. Chise is only fifteen . . . being forced into a marriage just doesn't feel right, especially with a being who seems to be more than just 20 years older than her (as he is an ancient being). Its hard to read Chise as she doesn't necessarily have an aversion to the idea, but doesn't seem that keen on it either.Then there was that awkward scene in the beginning where Elias forcefully rips off her clothes and puts her into the bath tub. She is embarrassed at being seen naked in front of him. That scene . . . just felt odd and awkward. I won't let this scene ruin the whole manga for me, but I thought it was also good to mention that I didn't feel like this was necessary nor did it seem like a humorous scene for me.Overlooking these parts, Elias is in fact not a bad person. He is kind and caring, welcoming Chise with open arms. The art in this manga, specifically the fantasy art, is gorgeous. The cat kingdom is inventive, the faeries have all their unique powers, and the crystal poppy scene was breath-taking. Chise was a character who yearned to be loved and welcomed because of the lack of it in her own life.A peeve I had with the story was the constant reoccurrence of the damsel-in-distress at least three times. We all have our moments, and not every time a female character is in trouble should it be labelled a damsel-in-distress. However, Chise gets kidnapped, captured, and tricked, not making much of an effort to get out of the situation. It feels like the mangaka constantly puts Chise in these situations where she gets saved by Elias. I just hope that she isn't utilized just to add "romantic tension" or make Elias seem like her cool savior.Overall, a story that I will continue . . . I'm excited to see how the story will develop.🆗PLOT☑️PLOT TWISTS🆗CHARACTERS

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