A few weeks ago an announcement was made that there was going to be a series of OVAs produced dedicated to prequel material of one of my favorite currently running manga series – Mahoutsukai no Yome, or “The Ancient Magus Bride”. To say that I and other fans (it has a dedicated and zealous fanbase to be sure) were ecstatic would be an understatement. But when a pv appeared the anticipation and excitement increased all the more – it was really, really well done.

Here is a link to an “official” announcement:

“The fifth volume of Kore Yamazaki‘s manga The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome) is announcing on Thursday that the manga is inspiring a three-part prequel anime by Wit Studio. The announcement notes that the Mahō Tsukai no Yome: Hoshi Matsu Hito (The Ancient Magus’ Bride – The Man Who Waits for Stars) anime tells a story from before Chise meets the Magus.

“The cast includes: Atsumi Tanezaki as Chise Hattori, Ryota Takeuchi as Elias, Kouki Uchiyama as Ruth and Aya Endo as Silver.

“Yamazaki wrote the original story for the anime. Norihiro Naganuma (Hozuki’s Coolheadedness assistant director, Yowamushi Pedal movie director) is directing the anime at Wit Studio, and Aya Takaha (Psycho-Pass episode 12 script) is penning the scripts. Hirotaka Katō (Empire of Corpses animation director, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness) is designing the characters for animation, while Bamboo (Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Empire of Corpses) is handling the background art.

Ancient Magus Bride key visual
“The three volumes of the anime will be bundled with the sixth, seventh, and eighth volumes of the manga. The first part will also have a limited two-week run in eight theaters throughout Japan, starting on August 13. A promotional video for the anime will begin streaming on YouTube on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. JST.

“Mag Garden registered the ‘Magus-Bride.jp’ domain name in December.

“Seven Seas publishes the manga in North America, and it describes the story:

‘Chise Hatori has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise’s life will never be the same again. The man is a “magus,” a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice – and his bride!’

“Yamazaki launched the manga in Mag Garden‘s Monthly Comic Blade magazine in 2013, but the magazine ceased publication on September 1, 2014. The Ancient Magus’ Bride moved to the publisher’s Monthly Comic Garden magazine and is also published on the Comic Blade online website. Seven Seas will publish the fourth volume in April.”

I would be totally remiss if I did not include a link to the preview!

Once again, you can be absolutely sure that I will be blogging these OVAs, and if this is (hopefully and as some suspect) this turns out to be a foreshadowing of the series getting a full anime treatment then you can bet your boots I will blog that as well!

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Currently the “oji-san” of the staff members age wise (in his mid 40’s) yet the most recent addition, he is also a Japanophile from his teen years while not quite an “otaku” who lives in the United States. Came to actively following anime late in life (in 2008), but in general loves the traditional arts, history and culture of Japan as a whole, both ancient and modern.

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