Thu. Dec 7th, 2023

The second half of the anime season, based on Kore Yamazaki’s manga, “The Ancient Magus’ Bride,” recently released an exciting new trailer for this upcoming season 2 part 2, offering a sneak peek into what’s to come. The trailer also introduces the opening theme, Nemurasareta Lineage (A Quieted Lineage), performed by JUNNA. This second season adapts the “Gakuin” (College) arc from the manga, which made its debut in May 2018.

Following the successful debut of the first half on April 6, which concluded on June 22, the second half is set to premiere on October 5. International viewers catch the series Crunchyroll, except in Asia. Also, the previous anime project in the franchise was a three-episode OAD titled “The Ancient Magus’ Bride – The Boy from the West and the Knight of the Blue Storm,” accompanying the 16th, 17th, and 18th manga volumes. 

Based on the manga, written and illustrated by Kore Yamazaki, The Ancient Magus’ Bride is not shy of including socially disagreed upon concepts. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a good series. Not suited for a new anime watcher, this show caters mostly to enthusiasts who are well-versed in the anime world. 

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The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Staff, Plot

The second season of The Ancient Magus’ Bride is directed by Kazuaki Terasawa and produced by Studio Kafka, an animation studio established specifically for the OAD project. The scripts are written by Aya Takaha, Yoko Yonaiyama, and Chiaki Nishinaka. The character designs are handled by Hirotaka Katō, and the music is composed by Junichi Matsumoto. 

The Ancient Magus’ Bride manga birthed an anime series that premiered in 2017. The show’s Japanese broadcast streamed on Crunchyroll with English subtitles, while Funimation treated fans to an English-dubbed version.

The series continued with a prequel original video anime (OVA) titled “The Ancient Magus’ Bride: Those Awaiting a Star” in the same year. Fans could stream all 24 episodes of the anime series alongside the OVA, thanks to Funimation’s 2019 home video release.

The manga’s journey began in 2013 in Mag Garden’s Monthly Comic Blade magazine but found its true home in Monthly Comic Garden after the former stopped publication in 2014. With more than 10 million copies in circulation, it’s safe to say the manga was successful. Will the anime follow in the manga’s footsteps? 

The Ancient Magus' Bride
The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Credits: Crunchyroll)

The Plot of the Second Season 

In The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2, Chise finds the strength to embrace both Elias and her own identity amid the uncertainties of her circumstances. With Cartaphilus’s temporary slumber, she resumes her normal life until a call from the mage association, the College, interrupts her routine.

Beneath the British Library lies a society of mages, and as Chise’s encounters unfold, new avenues begin to emerge. This season portrays the journey of self-preservation as a path to rescuing others, all while unveiling the mysteries that lie within and beyond.  

The Ancient Magus' Bride
Visual for The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Credits: IGN)

This romantic supernatural slice-of-life series dives into an engaging narrative, exploring Chise’s experiences and emotions within her newfound place, a place she must learn to call home. The heart of the story lies in the intricate relationship between Chise and Elias. 

Their dynamic evolves from that of abandonment to love to something much deeper and profound, with themes of identity, belonging, and the healing power of companionship.

With an 8.6 score on My Anime List, The Ancient Magus’ Bride has received mixed feelings irrespective of its high score. Though the first season fell short, unable to deliver a strong start, viewers keep faith in this series’ potential. You can watch the 1st season on Crunchyroll and experience this new take on romance yourself.  

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By Sandra Winters

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