This was a series that I had heard a LOT about before starting it, sort of like Yuri On Ice!!
However, despite the great animation reviews the anime had got, I had begun with the manga, because, well, it’s manga. And I’m Auri. ^^
Anyway, let’s get to the topic. I don’t want to digress right on Day 1 now, do I??
Basically, Mahou Tsukai no Yome, or for those of you who prefer the english title, Bride of the Ancient Magus, is a fantasy romance manga, which is vastly famous online at the moment.
It’s about a girl, Chise-chan, who has great but uncontrollable powers, being bought by a strange creature/ man named Elias and their relationship and revelations.
Yes, that’s right “bought”.
I haven’t read the whole thing yet, so I’m actually not too sure about the story, but that won’t be a problem, as, today, I’ll be only talking about the overall art style of the manga.
This post in particular is very instinctive, so please do bear with me *bows*
Using Darker Background Tones
Truthfully, I felt the background shading of the anime was not quite as appealing to me as the manga. It’s mainly because the darker tones of the manga helped build an anxious mood right as it begun.
They maintained the black = flashback, but if you observe the sky, you’d notice that the colour tones change as the story mood changes.
Like, in the above picture, the shades are obviously light, while in the one below, it shows some pretty dark shading.
Agreed that it is a night scene but you can sort of tell the difference even in the face shading.
One of the most coveted thing in manga, besides the eyes of course, is the hair. While most manga stress on the singular strands, Mahou Tsukai no Yome took a more matte shaded approach to the same.
The end product was not only pleasing to the eye, but also the style with which it was done very much ‘fit’ into the plot line.
The clothes too, were shaded rather than highlighted near the fold regions, and a similar effect was also given to the buildings.
I felt as if this particular style gave the vibes of a ‘back in the times’ setting. It also added to the strangely smooth flow of the story line.
But mainly, it enhanced the time setting of the story.
I’m not doing a good job about this. *sigh*
Slightly Moe Eyes
Much like in Chihayafuru, in Mahou Tsukai no Yome as well, the eyes are extremely expressive. Slowly chipping away at the ‘shoujo-shounen’ prejudices, MTNY, despite being a ‘shounen’ manga uses several shoujo-ish aspects and techniques.
Chise-chan’s whole personality shows in her eyes.
Despite not knowing (as of yet) her past and her reasons for giving up on life, I can wager a guess that it was bad, just by looking carefully at her eyes.
The slightly brighter eyes as the story progresses also probably shows her change of attitude. Possibly.
Doll like features
Okay, doll like anything is hinting at something ominous okay? Pretty faces, pretty clothes coupled with darker tones- OMINOUS!!! Even the villains (so called) are pretty.
Maybe I’m looking too deep into this, but somehow the whole ‘cute and beautiful’ in this manga is giving me the feeling of ‘Behind the beauty of this world, lies a LOT of evil’
My point being….
Being… the art style is beautiful. It’s wonderfully pretty and gives out the emotions of gloomy and anxious anticipation.
Even the SFX are slightly downplayed unlike other fantasy manga. It sets the creepy mood well, just as the pencil and brush effect of the scenery does.
The light is used effectively as well and honestly, despite having no guesses as to where the story will be progressing, I’m already pretty much sure that it is on the gloomier side and I should be expecting some tears coming later.
A short review on the story line so far
I’m not completely captivated by the story as of yet, probably because nothing has happened, hehe. But, I find Elias’ character interesting and so I’ll be continuing with this one. I found the plot mysterious as I still can’t fathom what could follow the current cat arc.
However, several elements WERE expected- the bride, the curse (of the stray vega whatever). Even if the story disappoints in the end, I guess I’d still follow through, albeit only for the art.
As to whether or not I’d suggest others to read it, I would. It wouldn’t be my first suggestion, but it’d definitely be on my recommendations.
Good flow with great art, and also FAE.
Did I tell you how much I love fae? I LOVE them. I even wrote a poem!
A question that struck me almost immediately after the appearance of Titiana and Oberon were that they called Chise-chan ‘Robin’. So is she Puck?
As it is very obvious, I haven’t gone past the second-ish volume, hence this guess- pretend post of a post XD.
As I definitely did not get Day 1 up to my expectations, here’s hoping the next make up for it. I’m more satisfied by what I have for tomorrow anyway, haha, since they are not as instinctive. I generally think in terms of feelings, and describe things as smooth and fit and whatnot….
Before I get rambling, lets stop and as always thanks for reading!