Manga Review: The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol. 1, 2, & 3 by Kore Yamazaki


The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol. 1
Author(s): Kore Yamazaki, Adrienne Beck (Translator)
Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Seven Seas
Edition language: English

Enter the Magician’s Apprentice

Her name is Chise Hatori, a penniless orphan troubled by visions. Sold as a slave to an inhuman mage, she is about to begin a strange new life, filled with magic, fairies, and other beings of a fantastical nature.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 1 was a nice start. I liked it, but wasn’t overly wow’d. I do plan to continue the series and see where things go. The thing that got to me was the young girl in the situation she is in. I think a lot of manga take this route.

What we have is a 15-year-old prisoner bride situation. The bone-headed mage bought her, for reasons we haven’t yet figured out. I’m happy that he hasn’t done anything other then give this young girl a safe place to live, grow, and learn about her unique powers. He is at the moment showing her the mage world and teaching her what she can do. 

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 artwork and drawings are beautifully done. The Ancient Magus’ Bride brings us Silkies, Fae, Dragons, and even a Cat Kingdom. There is something magical about this manga until you realize just how dark it can be.

Rated: 3 Stars

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The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 2
by Kore Yamazaki, Adrienne Beck (Translator)
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Seven Seas
Edition language: English

Great power comes at a price…

Chise Hatori’s life has recently undergone shocking change. As a sleigh beggy–a person capable of generating and wielding tremendous magical power–she has transformed from an unwanted child to a magician’s apprentice who has been introduced to fae royalty. But Chise’s newly discovered abilities also mean a cruel fate awaits her.

This second volume continues the storyline from the first.

We see Elias coming through on some of the promises he made about why he bought Chise. Chise shows us that though she started as a slave she is a hard worker and determined to fight her battles in her own way.

We also meet some new characters and more of the world is revealed to us. We learn a little about what Elias is and what it means. We also learn about Chile’s circumstances and that she is blessed that Elias found her.

Overall it was an enjoyable read and the artwork is incredible.

Rated: 3 Stars

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The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol. 3
Author(s): Kore Yamazaki, Adrienne Beck (Translator)
Published December 1st 2015 by Seven Seas
Paperback, 184 pages
Edition language: English

An Ancient Evil

Chise has come face to face with the person responsible for the brutal killings at a nearby churchyard–and to her shock, it’s someone she recognizes from her visions of the tragedy at Ulthar! Appalled by the realization that the alchemist who wrought such horrors is still up to his old tricks, Chise must act to stop him. But in order to control her dangerous powers as a sleigh beggy, she ll need all the help she can get.

In this third installment we see Elias get vulnerable in protecting Chise and she has to reassure him.

It’s got a nice balance of fae, magic, and supernaturals. We get to see slices of regular life moments and it helps us to understand Chise better and experience a little of her life with Elias. She is finally at home in the world, making friends and forming bonds. I liked seeing Chise with Elias. Their moments are awkward in the best ways. He doesn’t understand the feelings that are arising and Chise barely understands too.

I think the best part was learning a little about Elias’s past and seeing all these feelings come to the for front that Elias has no idea what to do.

Overall another enjoyable installment and the artwork is still superb.

Rated: 3 Stars

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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4 comments on “Manga Review: The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol. 1, 2, & 3 by Kore Yamazaki

  1. I haven’t read a lot of Mangas. This sounds like one I would enjoy. I’ll have to see if my library has this.
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    • I use to read a lot of manga when I was young, but so much now. I like the series and am glad my library carries it.

  2. Great reviews angela! Will check this series out! Shared on all my socials!!

    • It’s an enjoyable series. The artwork is wonderful. I’m happy my library carries the books. Thank’s for visiting and glad to see you liked the reviews.