Are you a cat lover? Do you like beautiful cats? How about tragic love stories? If your answer is ‘yes’ to at least one of these questions, then you will love this week’s The Ancient Magus’ Bride episode! Even if it’s a ‘no’, you’ll still love its fascinating story.
Chise can’t quite catch a break, can she? I know Elias is a good guy, but he could’ve let her rest somewhere comfortable after she collapsed at the end of the previous episode. Instead, she opened her eyes to them traveling by train to the Kingdom of Cats. Eventually, we found out why they couldn’t afford to lose time. Looks like the Church really did have legit reasons to send the two on errands, and this time it’s somewhat grave.
In the Kingdom of Cats:Elias and Chise’s second ‘honeymoon’ destination totally gave meThe Cat Returns vibes! At first, when they mentioned they already established a kingdom because of their nine lives, I thought they built the place on their own! But it just actually looked like any other town, given that there were humans keeping them as regular pets! I wonder how Molly’s human would react if she found out that her cat can speak, and is even the King of Cats! She does look the part, too; I can’t help but admire her design! Of course, the other cats were also really cute! However, their demeanor also gave off the feeling that they were all wise. Having nine lives sure is convenient!
Mina and Matthew: That nine lives thing was the reason Matthew killed off a lot of cats! The flashback Mina showed Chise certainly gave that idea, especially when she said that wishing she had many lives like a cat’s was her sin. He was probably trying to figure out how to extend his lover’s life because she was so sickly. If yes, then he was only doing it for her sake, but unfortunately, it was with the wrong method. I also feel like her cat was the King during that time. If he was, then I can understand why the King feels its his duty to protect his fellow felines, and sacrifice some of his and his successors’ lives to keep the corruption at bay.
A task: I was excited and intrigued when Elias told Chise that expelling the filth was something only she could do! It also worried me, however, because I remembered that she can’t control her powers yet. Seeing that naughty ariel and learning that she’d be the one to assist her somehow eased my nerves a bit, even though she was the one who almost took her away from her new home. It would’ve been really neat to see Chise at work, using her powers. She even had the mystical clothes and tools, too!
Danger! Unfortunately, someone just had to go and ruin the ritual. True to what I hoped in Episode 2, we finally met some sorcerers! I wish we could’ve met some that were kinder, though, but given that it was kind of foreshadowed in the beginning of this episode (that the cats don’t like sorcerers), looks like most of them are not the nicest bunch. Kind of makes me wonder if the girl with the red jacket’s purpose in throwing Chise to the sea was so she can come in contact with the filth? Or was it to get rid of her since she’s a Sleigh Beggy? Though, given that our fears in the previous episode about her lifespan appears to be true, that might not be a problem in the near future.
Themes & Trivia
Protecting: Molly was willing to give some of her lives just so she can protect her fellow cats, but most of all her girl. Matthew was willing to do something monstrous just to find a way to save his beloved. Mina asked Chise to end hers and Matthew’s lives just so they can finally find peace. Goes to show that if something is truly important to you, you’re willing to sacrifice yourself for it.
‘Everything must have a beginning’:This is a quote by Mary Shelley, mentioned in her novel, Frankenstein.Whether this relates to the start of unraveling secrets or their collision with sorcerers, we just don’t know. What’s sure is that something big is starting, and it’s definitely the result of something in the past.
Cats and nine lives: Where did this famous myth come from? Well, given that cats often land on their feet or survive disasters that would’ve probably killed others, it’s not hard to believe. It is also mentioned in the proverb ‘A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.’
I think that the show gets better and better every week! I totally enjoyed it! All throughout, I couldn’t help but feel like I was on a magical journey with Chise, as if I was really immersed in it. The writing felt more polished, the mystery was quite thought-provoking, and the animation was lovely. With the latter, the parts that stood out to me were Molly (seriously that cat is beautiful), Mina’s interaction with Chise underwater, and Chise’s ritual. We’re also introduced to more things that build the world of the show, and it just made me look forward to discovering even more! The end of the episode made sure of that, given the suspenseful cliffhanger it gave us. To the staff: good job!
Cats have nine lives…but YOLO
Ahh, I hope Chise doesn’t end up losing trust in Elias! However, while I would love to say that they’re already having a good relationship, aside from his usual show of care for her, he actually has to be more open with her, don’t you agree? I also hope that the problem will be solved safely and quickly!
What did you guys think? Are you starting to enjoy this show? The comments section is always open to receive your thoughts!Don’t forget to check out our otherFall 2017reviews as well!