This is it! Everything that Chise has gone throughout the whole of The Ancient Magus’ Bride brings us to this very special episode! Aside from the possibility of having her life prolonged through Joseph’s proposal, she also met someone who had a very powerful impact on her in the past. Once again, hold on to your feelings, folks!
Chise’s in enemy territory! If she didn’t comply with Joseph’s demands, then she and Stella would’ve been in danger! Then again, what he’s asking would be beneficial to her as well, so there’s no helping it. However, not only did he make her suffer physically but emotionally too, as he used her own powers to bring her back to the place where her trauma started.
A world of pain: Joseph’s proposal really seemed very tempting, so I wouldn’t have blamed Chise for agreeing to it even if she had no other choice. Since she now wanted to live a long life with Elias and their friends, getting the cursed blessing giving Cartaphilus immortality doesn’t seem like a bad deal. Plus, he’d be the one getting her curse of death, and when he dies, at least that’s the end of that. Nonetheless, Cartaphilus wasn’t one to be trusted, so it really was still a gamble on Chise’s part. Heck, he said he hated her, so what’s to say he gorged her eye out without any anesthetic on purpose, right? Just imagining how he did that, or the pain Chise felt, I’m sure a lot of us cringed so much at that horror.
Cheerful days: We finally see Chise’s beautiful family, and more of her as a little girl, too! SHE WAS SO CUTE!! And so cheerful, energetic, thoughtful…ahh, the incident with her mom really changed her, huh? It’s so sad to realize that the Hatori family would’ve been just like any other if not for their abilities. Mom and dad worked so well together to keep their family intact, Chise did her bestest to help out, and Fumiki was their treasure. But alas, both mom and daughter had to be youkai magnets, and her dad ‘got fed up with it all.’ It’s all that demon creature outside their window’s fault! And yet, I have to wonder, did the creature have the dad under its control all these years? Because, how come he never come back with Fumiki? Where are they now? Hah. Trying to think about it more just makes me sadder.
The start of hell: I used to think of Chise’s mom as a crazy lady who didn’t care a bit for her daughter, but goodness gracious! We should really never judge a book by its cover! With no warning or reason, she was suddenly pushed into being a single mother who has to fend for herself and her small daughter while they’re constantly attacked by monsters. She suddenly became a super mom in my eyes, and I felt so bad for what horrors she had to go through for Chise. What made it even worse was that all her efforts were overwritten by that one act scarring her daughter for life. All because she followed a voice in her head. To top it off, the only way she knew to protect Chise from herself ended up traumatizing her daughter even more! Tragedy upon tragedy. No wonder our protagonist became so broken.
Closure: Thanks to her encounters with Elias and the others, Chise eventually got the strength to deal with her issues, and it prepared her for this moment! Even the bullying that Cartaphilus intended for her to suffer in enabled her to find resolution within herself. I’m just so, so proud and happy for her! Even if the mother before her was only in her mind, the important thing was that she finally got to tell her the things she needed to say. Didn’t her speech resemble what Nevin told her before, when she made her staff? Now she understood that what Chika did brought her pain, but also brought her to where she is now, and so she’s thankful. She also didn’t want to forget her mother, so she won’t forgive her, but at least she can move on and live a better life. The feels and the symbolisms were all just so beautiful, especially when you notice that they’re surrounded by the flowers her mother showed her before.
Payback: Chise abruptly holding Joseph by the neck was so hardcore! And yet, even if Joseph plunged her into that dream world to bully her, she wanted to figure out how to save him! She could’ve just taken the blessing without any question, right? Sure, maybe it’s to play safe since there might be a catch, but she’s been concerned about him ever since she met him in the dream. Is there no end to her kindness? On a side note, the blessing inside Chise kept mentioning Cartaphilus/Joseph as ‘they’ (karera). Hmm…?
Themes & Trivia
As you sow, so shall you reap: This quote taken from the Bible means that your actions dictate the consequences. Whatever it is you do now will surely have an effect, no matter how small or big.
Eye transplant: We saw Joseph take out his and Chise’s eyes to swap them together, but did you know that only one part of the eye can be transplanted in real life, not the whole eyeball? Joseph can use magic, though, and he’s been trying to experimenting on bodies for a long time, so I guess medical boundaries don’t really exist for him.
Poppy: I’m glad I never got to mention the symbolism of this flower before, as I realized we’d only be able to fully appreciate its meaning with this episode! It’s a symbol of restful sleep & recovery, a consolation for death, and messages delivered in dreams, among others!
The culmination of Chise’s character development was done so well, don’t you think? The writing, the art, the background music, and the voice acting all worked together so well that the whole thing was so full of impact! Take note that I already knew what was going to happen since I already read the manga. There were some parts that were changed, but in my opinion, it was still wonderfully written, more so since it tugged on my heartstrings from start to finish.
I just have to wonder now, will this series conclude with an anime original ending? Half of the episode next week will have caught up to latest manga chapter, so that’s most likely to happen. As long as Yamazaki Kore writes the ending, I won’t mind at all!
A taste of your own medicine
Chise’s going to find out Joseph’s past this time! Very intriguing if you want to know why in the world he did unspeakable things. Also, we see how Elias is faring due to his puppy’s departure!
Go ahead and share your thoughts in the comments section! I’d love to hear all about it! And if you haven’t caught up with our other Winter 2018 reviews yet, it’s time to do it now!