FUNimation provided us a copy of the first 12 episodes of The Ancient Magus’ Bride. Here is why you should check it out.
The award-winning manga comes to life with a highly anticipated anime series! Suffering a tragic childhood and sold at an auction, Chise Hatori has little hope for a better life. But when a mysterious sorcerer named Elias takes interest in her aptitude for magic, he decides to make her his apprentice—and his bride. – FUNimation
Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus Bride) is a series that was bound to get an anime adaptation, but like many out there, it is possible you have not heard of it. If you have, then you know why we are writing about it. If you haven’t, then keep reading.
The story follows Chise Hatoi, an orphaned high school student who is all alone in the world. Abandoned by her family, she sells herself off to an auction house in order to try her luck at being purchased and finding a new home and a new place in society. Only she is purchased by an unusual character, Elias Ainsworth. A giant supernatural creature with an animal skull as his head and ties to demons and spirits. As if this was not already clear that Elias is unsavory by most standards, he clearly seems to be closer to being a monster or a demon rather than an average person. Having paid five million for his new bride to be, Chise and Elias embark on a journey that takes them both to unexpected places.
Magic and lore weave a breathtaking world in this tale based on the highly acclaimed manga.
The special collector’s edition that contains the first 12 episode is available from FUNimation for $63.74. With the collection, you get the following goodies in the DVD/BR combo box:
- Rigid box with specialty print (box will also accommodate Part 2)
- 5 art cards with exclusive art from Japan
- 11×17 fabric poster
- 40-page artbook with an in-depth look into the world plus storyboards!
- Episodes 1 – 12 + extras
- Those Awaiting a Star Part 1, 2 & 3 OVAs
- Twitter Q&A: The Ancient Magus’ Bride Cast & Crew
- Textless Opening Song “Here”
- Textless Closing Song “-cycle-“
- Episode 8 Commentary