Mahoutsukai no Yome: Hoshi Matsu Hito (The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star)? OVA Review

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IT’S HERE!! OMFG!~~ o(*≧□≦)o. Okay, so Mahoutsukai No Yome or The Ancient Magus’ Bride is basically a story of  Chise Hatori, a 15 years old girl. Lost, without hope, and without family, she is bought for money – not by another person, but by a non-human sorcerer named Elias. Though she hesitates, she begins life anew as his apprentice and future wife. She moves on with her new and peaceful life, slowly but surely, until one day, when she finds a Japanese picture book among the many sent to her from London by Angelica. It is a fateful book that discovered her in her younger years, when she was still troubled and lonely.

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It only has 3 episodes so this piece is  actually a prequel to Chise’s encounter with Elias. Apparently these OVAs are made to be special treats for the manga readers (ME~), and to draw more people toward the manga, than an actual committed adaptation of it. And since it is being bundled with the manga, I’d say it’s pretty canon. Obviously not going to be sticking to the manga’s storyline because none of the manga readers would find a regurgitation of what they’ve already read to be all that interesting. This adaptation is definitely doing a strong job of capturing the offhand style of magic that makes the manga so charming, even if its story isn’t really focused on the relationship that keeps it strong.

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Oh right, this is probably something you shouldn’t watch in episodes(Sadly it’s still ongoing.) but instead binge watching the whole thing. There is a lot to be left out in the first episode and to anyone who hasn’t read the manga are going to be somewhat confused. Wit Studio has an eye for details, I love their background art. You can tell that they put a lot of effort and hard work into this. I guess you could said, in film and every frame, angle and shot is so incredibly detailed in this anime. Its really quite beautiful. For example, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri may have its overall flaws, but their stations, alive with rice fields, complex pipe systems and gears, castles and houses… Wit artists really poured their souls into it. This one is beautiful. Being an OVA, sure is a well-funded project, but it has the better feels of a movie theater presentation. Lovely music as well and great voicework. (The little fairies’ giggles are so intimate and pure.) (●♡∀♡) THUMPS UP to the seiyuus.

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I cannot wait for more, it’s absolutely one of my all time favorite manga and to see it animated just makes me so happy! Elias’s and Chise’s voices are just what I imagined as I read the manga!  I really recommend you guys to read it though. (YOU REALLY NEED TO READ IT. I MEAN SERIOUSLY, YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT ARE YOU MISSING.)

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