Of Mages and Men: A Mahoutsukai no Yome Review

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In a world of magic, wonders and mysteries abound the creatures of the land. Be it mage, monster, or man, there are those fortunate enough to possess the ability to wield magic. But even such a prowess can become a tool to bring misfortune upon others.

If you were to disappear, life without you would be truly dreadful.” – Elias Ainsworth


⌈ General Information ⌋

From Kore Yamazaki‘s fantasy Shonen manga comes one of 2017’s most enchanting anime, Mahoutsukai no Yome. Originally published in Japan, the series was one of the features in Mag Garden‘s Monthly Comic Garden magazine. Following the success of its three-part OVA, Wit Studio produced an anime adaptation for the hit manga series.

Mahoutsukai no Yome began airing on October 2017 and is still ongoing to this day.

⌈ Synopsis ⌋

Oftentimes, magic is fascinating and beautiful. But nothing is ever perfect, and thus comes misfortune to the select few who stand between the realms of mages and men. One such unfortunate human is Hatori Chise, a girl who lost everything dear to her. Drowning in the pit of her sorrows, a fateful encounter with a mysterious beastly magus changes her once dark destiny. Will the arrival of this stranger finally bring Chise the miracle she so desperately needs? Or will this herald the forthcoming of adversaries upon her?

⌈ Overview: Eny’s Perspective ⌋

The first time I laid eyes on Mahoutsukai no Yome‘s manga, my interest was immediately piqued. The depth and mystery that revolves around it is certainly a sight to behold. From plot to theatrics, Mahoutsukai no Yome contains a certain element of intrigue that is seldom seen in other shows of the same genre. Its unique style of presenting the characters’ struggles along with spectacular visuals earns the show the adoration it deserves.

Story. While the show’s cornerstone is its magical theme, it doesn’t just rely on flashy theatrics or aesthetic visuals. Rather, the series plays around with a multitude of possibilities interwoven into a narrative that strikes the audience. The series portrays the concepts of family and romance in such a way that elicits the viewers’ emotions.

Art. With a well-known studio handling the visuals of a magnificent show, one shouldn’t expect any less of the art style. The animators took care to exhibit a world that can change from cheery to morose in a snap.

Sound. The opening song Here by JUNNA perfectly complements the overall mood of the show. Apart from this, equally beautiful soundtracks play throughout the episodes which serve to increase the portrayed emotions tenfold. Hana Itoki‘s Wa-cycle is also a fitting ending song to show the underlying peace despite the constant struggles of the characters.

Characters. The conflict of romance between Elias and Chise is what makes the show even more interesting. The day Elias took claim of Chise at the auction, they become captivated by each other. Despite this, the pair still struggles to understand the depth of the whatever feelings they have on a personal level. Additionally, the plot doesn’t just revolve around these two. The story also includes the various backstories of other interesting supporting characters, one of which is Ruth.

 

⌈ Conclusion ⌋

Overall, Mahoutsukai no Yome is an enticing and spellbinding series. Many a viewer find little to no fault in its unique take on the magic and fantasy genres. Being a one of a kind Shonen anime, this show is definitely a recommendation from yours truly.

⌈ Teaser ⌋

Below is a preview on Mahoutsukai no Yome should you need more insight on the show.

Source: ANIPLUS Asia

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