The Ancient Magus’ Bride – A Flash in the Pan

Enjoyable, but Disappointed

Image result for the ancient magus brideWhen the mid-season finale for The Ancient Magus’ Bride hit I was so excited! The show was breathtaking with both its visuals and attention to detail. I wanted to keep learning more and more about this fantastic world and he characters that inhabited it. However, as the show moved into its second half I became to feel differently about the show. What I had originally thought that Magus’ Bride would end among my favorites but by time the dust settled the show was just ok at best. Join me as I explore where The Ancient Magus’ Bride went wrong for me and why I was ultimately left feeling disappointed.

Since I already did a review of the first half of the series, I’m not going to cover any of that in here. I might reference to part of it but that’s about it. You may want to read my mid-series impressions article before continuing with this one. I mention that I think the first half is great, and I whole heartedly stand by that. I also think the OVA’s are definitely worth your time. As for the rest…


The second half of Magus’ Bride actually starts off just fine. I’d even say that it is fairly consistent up until about episode 18. Then the show becomes pretty inconsistent. Suddenly there are so many characters all at once, the plot became difficult to follow at times, and the emotional connection I had with the events on screen were basically non-existent. For a series that relies heavily on this, that may as well mean death for the series.

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Sure, whatever you say…

Aside from episode 22, “As you sow, so shall you reap” the end is a mess. The biggest sin it commits is being so rushed. I liked the Cartaphilius/Joseph story as a concept but the execution was sorely lacking. Not to mention the random “twist” where Ashen Eye was the bad guy all along! I’d say spoilers but a literal child could see what was going on there.

I was legitimately bored several times throughout the second half. Even as early as episode 15 where signs of trouble most strongly began for me. For a show with as much beauty and potential in its world it quickly slipped into a cliché story where not a lot happens with too much going on all at once aside from a few rare moments.

For a lot of people this did not remotely live up to the hype that the OVA’s, or even the first half, managed to build for the series. The anime has surpassed the manga, which I hear that the anime was faithful to, but I can’t help but feel that something got lost in translation along the way. The final stretch was so bizarrely done, taking what should have been a favorite for me and instead left me feeling a bit of a bad taste in my mouth afterwards instead.

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I thought this episode was cute

As I’ve mentioned, I did enjoy the series overall. It is alright, but I would have happily stopped at the mid-season finale had I known how far downhill things would get. While I think there are some standout episodes in the second half, such as episodes 13 and 22, but that just isn’t enough.

Did you finish The Ancient Magus’ Bride? What were your thoughts on the series, especially the second half? Let me know in the comments below. If you enjoyed this article and the work I’m doing here please consider checking out my Ko-fi page and supporting me. As always, thanks for reading and I hope to see you back here at Jon Spencer Reviews again soon!

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7 thoughts on “The Ancient Magus’ Bride – A Flash in the Pan

  1. I didn’t fall asleep while watching the show, but somewhere along the way, I became conscious of the fact I wanted to hold off on the latest episode until the very last minute (i.e. a day or two before the next one came out), and then kept doing so every week for about a cour’s worth of episodes. I’m definitely echoing sentiments that episode 22 was somewhere near what season 1 delivered, but then it fell into an even worse state of disrepair…if that was possible for a show that was doing so well originally.

    What I’ve told others about this show is that it worked better when it was episodic, but thinking about it in retrospect, I also want to add the fact it was out of the show’s character to use an action-packed climax. Oh well, at least I got Silky’s backstory…

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    1. Fair enough, I know the manga has been really good. Just haven’t read it personally. Though it is good to know that the ending for the anime was totally rushed and all that. Too bad since it could have been a really fantastic show instead of one I just enjoyed.

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