So far, Chise and Elias’ adventures have been about them trying to solve problems of others. You might be wondering when we’ll ever get an episode about their relationship! Well, wait no more because The Ancient Magus’ Bride‘s newest episode is finally here to deliver some sweet stuff!
The corruption threatening the Kingdom of Cats has been successfully removed thanks to Chise! However, they can’t move on to the next errand yet (unlike what I thought in the previous review) because as expected, using her powers in such a grand scale had repercussions. Chise is out of commission again, just like in the Land of Dragons! It’s even more worrisome now because we know that as a Sleigh Beggy, the more she uses her power, the more her lifespan shortens! Does Elias have a solution for this? Or maybe the royals visiting to see his new bride?
The sorcerers:So these guys have issues with their own, huh? It looked like Renfred has a peeve with the white-haired sorcerer, and that he and Alice were actually there to clean up that guy’s mess. Elias did notice that he seemed relieved after Chise successfully expelled the corruption. Come to think of it, he probably didn’t really want to take her away to interfere with their plans, but was just really concerned about her since she’s a fellow human. I’m now wondering what happened to his arm… Could it also have something to do with that sketchy sorcerer?
The halfling mage:Finally! We’re getting new information on Elias! What did he mean by being half-baked? Like, was he born to a human and a fairy? Or going by what Renfred said, was he originally a fairy who attempted to become a human? It’s so interesting to figure out what else we need to learn about him, like his past and his true feelings about Chise! It’s good that he told her some truths. He seemed much kinder to her, but Oberon mentioned that it was just false kindness. Let’s hope it’s not true, or if it is, that it’ll change soon! Chise really deserves to be treated well!
Titania and Oberon:Titania’s entrance was one of my favorite parts in this episode! Though she didn’t have a grand entourage or overly fabulous clothes, she still fit the description of Queen of the Faeries! On the other hand, I was surprised that her husband, Oberon, didn’t act like a king at all! Although, given that there are playful fairies, it’s not impossible that they got that trait from him. Despite the couple’s difference in disposition, however, I couldn’t help but see them as doting parents fussing over their son’s new girlfriend! They were so entertaining to watch, and I felt like they would somehow make good role models for the two. Even if Oberon kept making a ruckus, Titania was still very patient with him. Meanwhile, he didn’t seem to mind that she kept raining on his parade, scolding him and stuff. I hope they can guide the two well!
A rift?: They’ve put in an amount of importance to Spriggan’s qualms about humans or beings with shells of flesh that you’d think it’s not something to ignore! Especially since his explanation on a previous incident where lots of spirits and humans lost their lives was very intriguing. Is it possibly connected to sorcerers again? Or just humans in general?
Elias and Chise:I’m so glad that we’ve got developments on their relationship at last! Though he kept secrets from her, Chise still decided to stay by Elias’ side until the day she dies, which was basically like a proposal! Most would probably think that this is only because he bought her and she has nowhere else to go, but you’d usually still hope to be set free someday from people you don’t like, right? And, oh my goodness, that part when they both blushed!! It was evident in Chise’s face, but Elias’ actions and what he said he felt in his gut gave it away! They were so cute and precious, like young lovers! Here’s to hoping that Elias’ experiment to keep Chise alive will succeed magnificently, so they can indeed be together.
Themes & Trivia
The Faerie Queene:Well, what do you know, the title this time is not a quote! However, it’s still related to literature. Titania and Oberon are characters from a Shakespeare play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where they really are the queen and king of the fairies. In traditional folklore, though, only Oberon’s name as the fairy king is consistent, while the fairy queen doesn’t have one.
Four fingers:I thought it was a mistake at first, but did anyone notice that all the fairies, Titania, Oberon, Spriggan, and even Ariel have four fingers? I tried checking if it’s based on actual stories, but I couldn’t find anything about it, so maybe it’s just a character design thing. Let me know if you have good info about it, though!
I am seriously appreciating this show’s aesthetics by the episode! The scenery where Elias walks on the water while carrying Chise was so romantic and dream-like! The place where Chise was recuperating, as well as her outfit, made her seem like a maiden out of a fairy tale, more so when Oberon woke her up with his powers. It was incredibly beautiful! And of course, Titania’s entrance, accompanied by one of my favorite musical genres. I loved it so much!
Now that the couple’s relationship has strengthened, they can face problems head on even better! But, it looks like their next task is dangerous because of the sorcerer Joseph’s presence! And who was that black-haired guy standing in front of a grave?
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NEXT: Talk of the devil, and he is sure to appear.