The Ancient Magus’ Bride did it again! It took me on a ride aboard the feels train, and that’s with more than one character! Gosh, I think this is the episode that made cry the hardest so far! Rip my heart out and step on it, will you?
Chise found herself getting turned into a fox and yearning for a new home! But Elias is having none of that, especially when he finally discovered he was lonely without Chise! These two can’t quite catch a break, huh? And then, another neighbor we’ve met in the past has to come face to face with the possibility of losing the one she loves forever.
Where home is: A lot of folks seem to want to tear Chise and Elias apart! Though, in Ashen Eyes’ case, it didn’t really seem to be entirely out of spite? I guess? He wanted Chise to choose where she wanted to call home. He wanted Elias’ apprentice to be easily managed. Umm, now that I’m writing about it, they all seem like excuses, too. But no matter! That’s all in the past now, since what’s important is that Chise still chose her current home, with Elias and Ruth. She did seem really cute as a fox, and really happy given that she didn’t have a care for anything, wandering free as she wished. But nothing beats being who you are with the people you love: Ruth, who would’ve gone with her wherever, and Elias, who made him feel warm and vice versa. Though, it does make me curious where she would’ve gone. Let’s just hope that the next time she finds the need to use that were skin, she’d be more conscious of what she’s doing, or maybe just not use it at all.
On your deathbed: Just when Chise thought she’d finally go back to her peaceful days, another problem arose, an incredibly distressing problem! Joel already looked old so I thought his time being near was only natural, but, ta-dah! Despair has come to haunt the Leanan sídhe, only because she wanted to keep being near him. It was just so heartbreaking to know that she was the cause of his life getting shortened! Elias didn’t help a lot with his insensitive remarks, though he was just stating facts. Well, thanks to him we learned that, even if the Leanan sídhe didn’t want to love Joel, just staying by his side automatically drained him of his life force. A really, really harsh fate. The old man himself didn’t seem to think so, though, which is honestly quite admirable because most people wouldn’t take the notice of their imminent death calmly. Then again, he already didn’t seem to be like most people since he fell in love at first sight with a girl he saw for like, 5, 10 seconds tops, and made it his life’s purpose to meet her again. Truly an unusual guy.
Help for star-crossed lovers: Chise was even more unusual, however. She offered to help two short-term acquaintances, putting her health in danger for something uncertain to work. And this is where we know she’s really developing as a character! As Elias said, she’s starting to want things for herself, and even then they were still for the sake of others, a proof of her kindness. Ahh, I can’t help but be proud of her! It’s just really fortunate that, when she could no longer escape the clutches of sleep, she managed to finish the ointment, and it worked well to boot! Getting to see Joel and the Leanan sídhe talking to each other at last was so, so bittersweet. Yes, they both finally got what they wanted, but it was also the last time.