Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Manga Review: The Ancient Magus' Bride, Volume 1, by Kore Yamazaki

Rating (Out of 5): ~3.5
Publisher: Seven Seas
Release Date: May 2015
Volumes: 4+
Spoilers?: No.
Volume: 2.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Ancient Magus’ Bride is an all-new manga series that features a fascinating relationship between a troubled teenage girl and an inhuman wizard. Kore Yamazaki combines a fantastical shoujo style with a darker, brooding tone that is reminiscent of shonen hits like Pandora Hearts and Blue Exorcist.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride is an ongoing manga series that includes captivating artwork and color inserts in each volume.

Hatori Chise has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise’s life will never be the same again.

The man is a “magus,”a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice—and his bride!


Chise has been bought by Elias, a man with a horse skull for a head, and she expects the worst. But he seems nice to her, and then she starts seeing fairies and other creatures, and he tells her she’s going to be his apprentice. And his bride.
I like Chise from the start. She’s worried of his intentions, of course, but he’s only nice to her. He saves her from the fairies, introduces her to friends of his, takes her with him to meet dragons, and starts showing her the magic she has inside her. We leave off on a story about this world of cats and someone hunting them.
There are little moments of humor throughout, where she or someone else teases him, and I liked that. Otherwise, Chise is very much learning about his world, about the world that she has an affinity for but had no idea about. I’m intrigued to see where Chisa and Elias' relationship goes from here. There is an assortment of other characters that I look forward to seeing more of, as well.
This was an interesting start to the series, and I liked it. I’m looking forward to reading the next one.

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