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The Ancient Magus' Bride Vol. 1 Paperback – May 12, 2015
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"Bride has what you might call a humdinger of a premise..." ―Glenn Kenny, New York Times
"...the execution is so strong that I'm ready to follow wherever it leads. The Ancient Magus' Bride is a generous work, full of magic and mystery." ―Anime News Network
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Kore Yamazaki is best known as the author and artist of The Ancient Magus' Bride.
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Wow. If you like Harry Potter or A Darker Shade of Magic or anything with a fantastical twist that delves deep into folklore, the surreal and makes you want to live there, this is the manga-or book-for you.
Chise Hatori has lived a life of solitude. No one loves her. Her parents abandoned her, and since then, everyone who wanted to care for her dumped her to the side like garbage. So when we find her chained, scared and with circles under her eyes, it becomes clear that Chise is a very damaged girl. She can see fae and other magical things that were the cause of her abandonment, and the reason her life was turned upside down. Elias Ainsworth, a renowned Mage, buys her for 5 million dollars.
With her freedom, Chise is to be trained to become a powerful witch that draws all power to her body, known as a Sleigh Beggy. Not only are they extremely rare, but the fact that she can see magical beings is also unusual for her kind. Elias gives her the chance to live with him or to make her own life, but after how kind he is and how he refers to her as family, she can no longer go back to her old life.
Except that Elias forgot some important information. He intends to wed her, but we don't know why. It might seem strange for this creature to marry Chise, but he is much more human than he first appears. He is intelligent, holds a dignified and refined air and is very well known.
I could easily describe this series as a mix between Studio Ghibli and Harry Potter. There's something so magical about this that it seems so sweet until you realize just how dark this series can go. Chise has struggled with depression and attempted suicide in her past, and the fae she comes across may or may not kill her depending on their mood. The story draws from a lot of English folklore-mainly Irish. We have Silkies, fae, dragons and even a cat kingdom!
While the idea of the story might turn some people away, I ask you to please reconsider. This is a rare beauty that I never knew I needed until I read it. I want MORE. I want to see more interactions between Elias and Chise, and I want to see Chise grow into a powerful witch. With the first antagonist stepping up and attempting to slice Chise to bits, things have gotten even more interesting than ever. And the art is beautiful and so different than most manga art I see.
I'll be picking up volume 2. If you are interested, here are some youtube videos about the mangaka. She was a complete noob just doing her thing when an editor told her, "Hey, let's make you a mangaka!" And instantly, her manga has become a hit. And there's good reason for it. Also, I will link a short amv that captures some of the dark beauty of this series and made me interested in the series to begin with. I hope you will at least give them a look!
Amv: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1H-GVWUtJU (ONLY 1 minute and 41 seconds!)
Video about manga and success part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxlMxcK7QuI
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNg5xN1qdwM&utm_content=bufferd6aac&utm_medium=social&utm_source=plus.google.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47ZYTzTRqmc