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Beautiful and magical. There are no better words to describe The Ancient Magus’ Bride, a creative fantasy experience that blends the lines of fiction and reality perfectly. The Ancient Magus’ Bride is fantastic at presenting and establishing its world: everything feels so alive and the world building is just spectacular. From the food they eat, the creatures, the environments, the train sets and stations (from the First Great Western train to the exact representation of London Paddington Station), everything just oozes British, which makes this show lovely to watch.
The story follows Chise Hatori, a 15-year-old Japanese girl, who sold herself into slavery because she was neglected by her peers and relatives and was desperately looking for a place to call home. Chise is not aware that she is a ‘Sleigh Beggy’, a very rare magical caster with abilities so great that shorten her lifespan. In the auction, she is bought by a tall masked gentleman named Elias Ainsworth, who takes her to his home in rural England where she can begin her new life as an apprentice and his future wife.
Even though The Ancient Magus’ Bride includes in its story great elements of magic, fantasy, romance and supernatural, it also serves as a brilliant reminder that despite our circumstances we must cherish the life we have as much as we can. MANGA.TOKYO has tried to capture all these feelings in a recommendations list that will make you experience charming magical worlds and captivating mystical stories.
Natsume, a 15-year-old boy, is lonely and has an ability that separates him from others: he is able to see and interact with spirits. After moving in with his relatives in the countryside, he discovers that his grandmother Reiko also had the same gift. He then finds out that he inherited from her the Book of Friends, a book that contains the names of all the spirits Reiko defeated and subjugated, so he decides to free all the spirits in the book and protect it from those who seek to misuse its power.
Both protagonists can see spirits that other people can’t comprehend and they have been through a tough childhood because of their abilities. The pace of the stories share the same calm, slow, and warm setting, with more or less episodic tales, as we see them experiencing their new lives and how they deal with the world that is beyond the ordinary human eyes.
After the Great War finally coming to an end, Violet Evergarden, a young girl raised for the sole purpose of killing, is hospitalized and is recovering from her wounds. The person that was the dearest to her, has passed away during the war and left her with words that she could not understand their meaning. As she starts over her new life, working as an Auto Memory Doll at CH Postal Services where she transcribes people’s thoughts and feelings into words on paper, she tries to understand the complexity of human feelings and emotions in an attempt to reinvent herself.
Both shows have beautiful worlds, landscapes, artwork and breath-taking animation along with great soundtracks. The heroines are around the same age, share complex emotions and are looking for a way to find happiness. They are both given opportunities for a new life, from male figures who are of great importance to them and on their journey to self-discovery they encounter different people with different stories that support them and appreciate them.
During the 19th century, Lydia Carlton is one of the remaining fairy doctors and she enjoys a quiet life in the countryside of England. She is one of those rare humans who can see and communicate with fairies. However, her life changes when Edgar, who claims to be the Blue Knight’s Earl, rescues her and employs her in order to help him in his adventure of finding a noble sword that serves as proof to his lineage.
If you enjoyed the English lore and fairy tales of The Ancient Magus’ Bride you will definitely love Earl and Fairy. The shows are both centered in England and revolve around British folklore. The female protagonists share the same rare abilities, are driven in a magical world of fairies and mythical creatures, and develop romantic feelings towards by the male protagonists.
In the kingdom of Kouka, Princess Yona lives a sheltered and peaceful life. However, the sudden murder of the king and betrayal of her beloved cousin Su-won change her life completely, as she is forced to escape from the kingdom with the help of Son Hak, her childhood friend and bodyguard. She goes out on a quest to find allies in order to reclaim her kingdom but realizes that she must become strong if she wants to survive in the corrupted and threatening world of Kouka, which is not the idyllic place she envisioned it to be.
Akatsuki no Yona and The Ancient Magus’ Bride are not what you would call typical shoujo anime. They do have underlying romance tales but they are not the focus of the plot, as they both share great coming-of-age stories. Both heroines have unique powers in fantasy worlds and despite their weaknesses or the difficulties in their paths they try to move forward in order to achieve their goals. They also learn and form their own definitions of family and love and play around with magic and dragons.
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Shirayuki is a cheerful pharmacist, living in the country of Tanbarun. She has bright, red hair unlike anything anyone has ever seen in her world, which makes Prince Raji, entranced by her locks, and demands her to become his concubine. Unwilling to give up her dreams and freedom she cuts her hair and flees into the forest where she is saved by Zen Wistalia, the second prince of a neighboring country, and his two aides. Hoping to pursue her career as a pharmacist and in order to repay him, she decides to go to Zen’s country and try to become a court herbalist in the palace.
Even though Shirayuki and Chise look very similar in terms of looks, with their red hair and green eyes, their personalities are completely different. What they share in common, though, is that they are both saved and given new opportunities by male protagonists with influence and power to protect them as they try to find their way in the world and the society they live in. Akagami no Shirayuki-hime is way more romance-driven than The Ancient Magus’ Bride and is centered on court-palace life but they both share beautiful fantasy worlds and great environments that really make you feel close to nature.
Aoi is a female college student who inherited the ability to see spirits from her late grandfather. One day, while she was feeding some ayakashi, a god and the master of the ‘Tenshinya’ appears to her and takes her away to the spirits’ realm as he claims that due to her grandfather’s debts, she must become his bride. Aoi refuses to accept her grandfather’s decision and declares that she will pay his debt back by working in at the Tenshinya.
The main heroines have very different personalities, but they have both been traumatized by their relationships with their mothers as kids. The male protagonists come off as creepy and evil supernatural beings at the beginning and force their demands of marriage in the female characters but they end up being kind, compassionate, and respect their decisions. The main difference between the shows is that Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi is set in Japan and focuses specifically in Japanese folklore and creatures while The Ancient Magus’ Bride is in the UK with its attention to western lore and fairy tales.
Holo is a powerful wolf deity who is celebrated and admired in the small town of Pasloe for blessing the annual harvest. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and the ‘Wise Wolf of Yoitsu’ has been become a mere folk tale. Holo decides to take a human form and aid a traveling merchant named Kraft Lawrence by offering him to become his business partner if he eventually takes her to her northern home of Yoitsu. As they journey together, Kraft becomes closer to his goal of opening his own shop but also realizes that his aspirations take quite an unexpected turn.
A story set in a well-constructed European inspired fantasy setting with an underlying romance between a human and a magical creature. Both share slow paced stories and have great world building with Spice and Wolf focusing more on the economic side of the society while The Ancient Magus’ Bride is all about magic. The atmosphere is quite similar in both shows, with relaxing vibes, beautiful music, and detailed background art.
Kimihiro Watanuki is able to see evil spirits known as youkai, an ability that he strongly dislikes since youkai are attracted to him like a magnet and he is almost devoured by them on a daily basis. One day, on his way home he is drawn to a strange store where he meets Yuuko, a mysterious woman who claims to be able to rid him of the ability to see and attract the troublesome creatures, if he works for her. She demands that he starts working in the store that grants peoples’ wishes and thus begins Watanuki’s wonderful yet weird adventures.
Both Chise and Watanuki are cursed with their ability to see spirits are equally strong and they encounter a powerful sorcerer that teaches them how to deal with these creatures. Both characters think very low of themselves, have had a hard and sad life, learn to overcome their past and understand what it means to love those important to them. Yuuko and Elias are very similar as well: they don’t use magic for their own benefits, they are half-human, half-spirit or monster, they have powerful magical skills and know a lot about magic so people come and ask for their help.
Ginko is researching ‘mushi’ – beings that can exist in countless forms and are capable of mimicking things from the natural world. He ponders constantly as to what exactly are the mushi and why exactly do they exist. Mushi surround us and affect us, but their intensely different nature makes them unrecognizable to most. Ginko brings these life forms into perspective for the lives of those most affected and most in need of an explanation.
These two shows treat magic and supernatural events in a very similar manner. The way they approach magic is very spiritual and rooted to nature and the order of the world. They share the same melancholic vibe and emphasize heavily on the beautiful landscapes, fitting background music, and overall atmosphere. A major different between the show is that once again Mushi-shi is about Japanese mythology as where The Ancient Magus’ Bride takes from Irish, Slavic, Scottish, Faroese, and Icelandic folklore.
Kohina Ichimatsu is an elementary student girl, who lives alone and has self-proclaimed herself as a doll. One day she summons a fox spirit named Kokkuri-san through a séance game with the same name. He was going to possess at first Kohina, but then got worried about her living all alone and devotes himself to do the chores as if he was her mother. On top of that, a dog ghost Inugami who is infatuated with Kohina and an old good-for-nothing supernatural raccoon dog Shigaraki decide to involve themselves in Kohina’s everyday life.
At first glance, you might think that these two shows don’t have much in common. The Ancient Magus’ Bride is more melancholic and atmospheric while Gugure! Kokkuri-san is more simple, fun and light–hearted. The main core of the plot is quite similar since they both focus on lonely young girls who are taken in by supernatural guardians who show them the bizarre side of the world and teach them to value their lives a little more. If you liked the goofiness and jokes that were here and there in The Ancient Magus’ Bride, you will definitely enjoy the humor of Gugure! Kokkuri-san.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride, is definitely one of those shows that makes you get lost in their beautiful worlds and sceneries while providing an engaging and intriguing storyline. If you are a fan of the supernatural, love a subtle romance story and wonderful fantasy adventures, you will absolutely enjoy all the titles above.
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