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The Ancient Magus' Bride

The Ancient Magus' Bride

BS11 2017

Fifteen-year-old Chise has nothing and no one to live for. But that changes when she becomes the apprentice and future wife of inhuman mage, Elias.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Ancient Magus' Bride

The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E12

#1 - Better to ask the way than go astray. (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Lindel finishes the staff that Chise had finished carving. As she finishes, she meets an old friend, who offers her some wise advice.

The episode was rated 8.40 from 131 votes.

The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E14

#2 - Looks breed love. (Season 1 - Episode 14)

With Chise being transformed into a fox, she takes off running into the woods. Elias chases after her. Later, Chise is visited by the Leanan sídhe, who is attached to Joel, claiming that Joel will not wake up.

The episode was rated 8.35 from 126 votes.

The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E8

#3 - Let sleeping dogs lie. (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Alice sees Elias' changes and decides immediately that he could never be human. Sorcerer Cartaphilius, who is attempting to capture the black dog by manipulating Renfred and Alice, causes Elias to show a completely different side of himself when his "work" hurts Chise. Those who know Elias call him the Pilum Murialis.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 138 votes.

The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E24

#4 - Live and let live. (Season 1 - Episode 24)

Cartaphilus and Chise argue over their respective approaches to dealing with their own suffering, beating each other up brutally in the process.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 99 votes.

The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E11

#5 - Lovers ever run before the clock. (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Elias, is an odd failure who pretends to be human -- but is it because of his master's words, or because of his distrust for humans, that he stopped communicating about himself? Lindel's alias, Echoes, refers to the to a song akin to the sound of snowmelt, traveling through the wind, causing the blooming of flowers and the dancing of fairies. The magic of the song turns into a mirror the surface of the water Chise peers into. What does she see beyond the mirror?

The episode was rated 8.19 from 129 votes.

The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E7

#6 - Talk of the devil, and he is sure to appear. (Season 1 - Episode 7)

The dog, with its flowing, black hair and burning red eyes, called Chise by the name "Isabelle." The Church's final request is to investigate a black dog that emerged in a cemetetry, but the black dog ends up saving Chise from danger. Meanwhile, Renfred's apprentice, Alice, is also on the move, looking for the black dog.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 142 votes.

The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E22

#7 - As you sow, so shall you reap. (Season 1 - Episode 22)

Having captured Chise, Cartaphilus begins grafting parts of her onto himself. He forces her to relive some of her worst memories.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 102 votes.

The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E3

#8 - The balance distinguishes not between gold and lead. (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Simon, who is assigned by the Church to keep an eye on Elias, visits with some business. One of his requests brings Chise and Elias to the ends of the earth, where they meet Elias' mentor, Lindel, along with an old race on the verge of extinction. An old one, about to return to the earth, spends his last moments sharing a dream with Chise.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 182 votes.

The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E15

#9 - There is no place like home. (Season 1 - Episode 15)

With King Oberon taking Chise into the Fairy realm for recovery, Silke becomes agitated waiting at home. Chise slowly recovers under Dr. Shanon's care, a fairy that was raised as a human.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 109 votes.

The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E13

#10 - East, west, home's best. (Season 1 - Episode 13)

Chise and Elias are in the middle of shearing Wooly Bugs, magical creatures who eat cold from the air and grow wool with magical properties. Chise becomes distracted and is attacked. As Chise recovers, she and Elias open themselves up to each other more.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 126 votes.

The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E21
#11 - Necessity has no law.
Season 1 - Episode 21

Elias and Chise attend Mariel’s coven meeting and meet Phyllis, Mariel’s high priestess. Secretly, Elias is given information that could help Chise. Following the meeting, Chise becomes suspicious of Elias' activities.

The episode was rated from 99 votes.
The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E19
#12 - Any port in a storm.
Season 1 - Episode 19

In the land of dragons two young dragons are kidnapped from Lindel by Cartaphilius. Chise awakens from a dark dream to find, Alice, Renfred, Adolf and college administrator Tory Innis in Elias’ home. They explain Cartaphilius stole the two dragons using a teleportation device he stole from Renfred and want Elias to find the dragons and take them home

The episode was rated from 108 votes.
The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E5
#13 - Love conquers all.
Season 1 - Episode 5

To sorcerer Refnred's eyes, Chise is a sad girl, being duped by a mage. But no matter what Elias' true motives are, Chise has no intention of leaving him. Elias was the first person to value her, after all. As she walks towards the epicenter, she learns of the truth behind it. The sight of a boy appears behind the tragedy.

The episode was rated from 156 votes.
The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E1
#14 - April showers bring May flowers.
Season 1 - Episode 1

Having given up on life, 15-year-old Chise Hatori sells herself at an underground auction, where she is bought by Elias Ainsworth, a not-quite-human mage, for 5 million pounds. She learns that he intends for her to be his future bride, and her world begins to change.

The episode was rated from 210 votes.
The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E9
#15 - None so deaf as those who will not hear.
Season 1 - Episode 9

With the church's requests fulfilled, things were supposed to go back to normal. But Elias has been acting strange since the last request: he'd vanished on the first morning after Chise had spent a night in his room. Neither Angelica's kind words nor Ruth's pure words are enough to put Chise's mind to rest.

The episode was rated from 130 votes.
The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E16
#16 - God's mill grinds slow but sure.
Season 1 - Episode 16

Christmas is coming up. Alice invites Chise out to London, where they hang out together and go gift shopping for Renfred and Elias.

The episode was rated from 101 votes.
The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E17
#17 - Look before you leap.
Season 1 - Episode 17

Stella, a young girl Chise encountered while Christmas shopping, finds that her brother, Ethan, has gone missing and her parents have forgotten he exists.

The episode was rated from 100 votes.
The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E20
#18 - You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.
Season 1 - Episode 20

As the dragon rampages, Elias tells Chise they must absorb the dragon’s magic in order to stop it. This leaves Chise in a predicament as Elias becomes unable to help.

The episode was rated from 102 votes.
The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E23
#19 - Nothing seek, nothing find.
Season 1 - Episode 23

Elias earns the help of many, and they form a search party for Chise. Meanwhile, Chise and Cartaphilus relive his past together.

The episode was rated from 100 votes.
The Ancient Magus' Bride - S1E18
#20 - Forgive and forget.
Season 1 - Episode 18

Stella visits Chise with her payment of sweets. Elias, irritated by and jealous of Stella, runs away. Chise finds him hiding in a shadow but becomes worried as he restrains her and seems to want to eat her.

The episode was rated from 101 votes.

Last updated: sep 20, 2022



It was another great Slice of Life and has a lot to offer. The low impact action scenes gave this anime an unique aspect. Although a bit short and somewhat repetitive, it's story will definitely gave you a push to watch more and more. I would definitely recommend this to everyone.


Easily the best anime out this season! its so great and it only gets better with every episode!!


This is the best take on the old "the beauty and the beast" concept I've ever had the pleasure of watching (and, more than watching, feeling).


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