I don’t know about you guys, but I hope you’re as happy as I am with all the revelations we’ve been gettinglately about Elias in The Ancient Magus’ Bride! This timewe got a big deal, something that he’s definitely been hesitating to tell Chise, as it might change her view of him!
Lindel continued his bedtime story about his time with Elias; they actually spent years together! They were so cute!! And they seemed really, really close that not even a shocking discovery Elias got about himself could change the fact! Whew! And here I thought there was something much worse that happened to them, not that getting chased by an angry mob isn’t bad, but you get the idea. When Chise heard about it, though, she was shocked, but she was like Lindel: her opinion of Elias didn’t change! And so afterwards, the quest of making her wand resumed, with a little treat from her ‘grandfather’ by the end of the day…
Sticking close:Humans really hate anything they don’t know or understand, so even if Lindel meant well by trying to heal the boy, they still thought he was going to do him harm. Then there’s the other side of the picture: how Lindel reacted to Elias’ confession. The fact that he’s most likely a man-eating monster didn’t change that he was a friend and that they’ve been together for years. The village people immediately got scared of something they really shouldn’t have been, just because they didn’t know about it. Meanwhile,Lindel acted like nothing changed with Elias though he had a reason to be scaredbecause he personally knew him. That incident made me love their relationship even more, especially when Elias, who was usually calm and only acted like an observer, rampaged for Lindel’s sake. He even responded to his plea to stop! Now we know that Thorn treasures two people because he did the same for Chise!
Wand-making: Seems like Chise could have been a wood carver if she wasn’t a mage! And such a focused one too! I’m quite excited to see how her wand will look like once it’s completed, as well as all sorts of stuff she can do with it! Also, I know I should’ve expected as much given that a wand is crucial for a magician, but I was still amazed at all the preparations! The hair of the wielder and the base of the staff all have meanings, and there were traditions linked to crafting it! I really appreciate these small details the author put in!
A beautiful night: I’m at a loss for words! The lovely elves gracing them with their presence, the wonderful flowers surrounding them, the dragons dancing along, and the selkie and other fae playing their tunes to Lindel’s captivating song! Echoes’ gift to Chise was such a beautiful sight! I can see now why he got that title! Even though it was just random merrymaking, the whole scene just made me so happy for our girl! I just couldn’t help but compare her previous life, full of misery and rejection, to where she is now, surrounded by magic, wonder, and people who care about her. However…
Long-distance relationship:It also amazes me that, though people would usually get caught up in a fantastic scenery like that, Chise still ended up thinking about Elias. Good thing that Lindel’s magic connected the both of them because of her thoughts! I’m also impressed that the girl really is starting to grow on Elias; he kept thinking about her the whole time she was gone, was bothered by what Renfred said, and even realized that the house was colder without her! Ohohoho, some new developments! Lindel’s right: they’re both kids, awkward ones at that, and he truly is kind to be looking after them though they’re not his own! Now, I wonder what Chise’s planning to tell Elias. Was it related to what she was already monologuing to Lindel? Even if she realized that he really was attempting to eat her back then, she still wasn’t scared of him. What a girl!
Themes & Trivia
Lovers ever run before the clock: This is a line from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. It means that for people in love, time seems to flow faster. A whole day seems so short for everything that they want to do together. Thinking about it with Elias and Chise, I know I’m supposed to be happy, but good grief, I’m just remembering her short lifespan.
Elves: For sure, you already know a bunch of elven characters, from Christmas elves to the ones in the Lord of the Rings or in Dungeons & Dragons. Originally though, they’re mythical creaturesin German mythology, and minor gods in Norse mythology. They have magical powers and some stories say they can either help with fertilityor cause humans to become ill.
Chise’s flashbacks: Did you know that those flashbacks shown when Chise was talking about Japan’s ayakashiwere from the OVA, Those Awaiting a Star? They kept on messing with the poor girl even when she was small!
Personally, I think that the staff did everything right again this time! So many feels, a strong sense of wonder, and a mushy atmosphere between two awkward children packed into one episode? Score!! I also loved that they took the effort into composing a song for Lindel to sing, and I could see how hard they worked into making the night festivity so visually pleasing! Everything was just so aesthetic!! I’m so happy to be watching a show as great in all aspects as this!
Becoming ever closer?
Chise promised to get home right after finishing her wand. I’m hoping that a touching reunion awaits her, but I’m also worried that there’ll be something else related to Renfred and Adolf’s warning!
What did you think about this episode? The comments section is always open. I love reading your opinions! Our Fall 2017anime reviews are slowly starting to wrap up too, so get to reading!