The story of Chise Hatori and Elias Ainsworth has already dug its thorns into the hearts of anime fans, so the day The Ancient Magus' Bride Season 2 release date comes will be a happy reunion with the popular characters. Already, many fans are turning to the Mahoutsukai no Yome manga to see what happens next to the Child Of Thorn and his magic apprentice. Thankfully, the manga is still on-going, and will continue the story with a "College Arc" in May of 2018, so it seems likely WiT Studio will bring the chapters to life in the future.
Created by author Kore Yamazaki, The Ancient Magus' Bride manga began serializing back in 2013. Published in Monthly Comic Garden, as of September of 2017, the shonen series is currently up to eight volumes. Historically, a new volume comes out in Japan every March and September, so the release date for Mahoutsukai no Yome Volume 9 will be on March 24, 2018, Volume 10 will be in September of 2018, and so forth.
Volume 8 ends with Chapter 40, but the manga series is currently up to Chapter 45 as of March of 2018. New chapters come out every month or two and the exact dates are announced through the Monthly Comic Garden website. Each tankobon format volume comes with five chapters. Volume 9 ended with the Chapter 45 prologue, which means that Chapter 46 will be part of the forthcoming Volume 10.
Seven Seas Entertainment has been publishing the English translation of The Ancient Magus' Bride manga, which is already up to Volume 8. The release dates for the English books are not as consistent as the Japanese volumes, but they are typically published within three to five months after the Japanese version comes out. The U.S. release date for the English translation of Volume 9 is scheduled for September 11, 2018.
The anime has been nominated for multiple categories in the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2017, including Best Drama. The English dub of The Ancient Magus' Bride anime is being handled by Funimation. The simuldub is only two weeks behind Crunchyroll, which is simulcasting the English sub as new episodes air in Japan. The two-cour first season of the anime adaptation ended with The Ancient Magus' Bride Episode 24 in March of 2018.
Kore first began drawing manga when she was only 7-years-old. She has not let fame go to her head, saying that her career as a famous manga artist has not changed her life. The extra money from financial success is nice, but just like the fictional Chise, the creator also loves reading, so Kore uses the extra income to buy more books for her hobbies.
"I travel. I mess with my camera and try some photography. I cook. Cleaning is fun. Messing around with interior decorating — every day is very fun," she said, according to Forbes.
For Kore, being a manga artist means working "every waking hour," but she also considers her work a hobby, as well. The artist says she feels inspired by all the other great manga artists that she admires, including Yasuhiro Nightow (creator of Trigun) and Tokuichi Minagi (creator of Sakura Code and Ashiaraiyashiki no Juunin-tachi).
"I haven't really put much thought into how my manga has evolved. Everything new I see, hear and learn, I apply to my manga, so it's not really a conscious effort," Kore said. "I don't think my current art style is particularly new or old, or made to appeal to young people or old people in particular. I like older [more classic] art style, but I want young people to be familiar with my art style so they don't feel alienated by it."
Illustrating the manga involves several assistants, but they mainly work on the hair colors, tones, and some backgrounds. The creative process involves multiple people for the art, but drafting the story is the most painful part for Kore.
"I start by outlining what the characters would say and do -- what you would call a plot outline. It's the most painful part, and I start there. Then I do what's called the 'name,' which is the very first rough draft, where I decide where the characters' dialogue goes and how they behave," Kore told Crunchyroll. "Those two processes -- the plot outline and the name -- are the most painful. After that, I do the draft, then I do the inking, followed by all of the processing and finishing."
Kore was surprised that The Ancient Magus' Bride appealed to the general public and she initially assumed the manga would end after only two volumes. She "wanted to write a story about personal growth, which both children and grown-ups can enjoy," and the story is about the personal journey of both Chise and Elias.
"I don't know if I'm thinking of the plot development consciously or if it's just flowing out of my head. I think of the direction for myself, and the characters talk to me as I'm writing the story," she said.
The manga creator says she chose to set the story of The Ancient Magus' Bride in England because she grew up reading fantasy books about fairies that were based in the U.K. As part of the anime production team at WiT studio, Kore oversees "the characters, the colors, the overall setting, but the actual drawing is all done by the animators."
"I feel that I'm part of the camaraderie of the creators of the anime and I want to help them out as part of the team," she said.
While Kore is famous for Mahoutsukai no Yome, she has also published two other manga: Futari no Renai Shoka and Frau Faust. The first manga finished in 2013 and featured a young bookstore worker who falls in love with a customer. The second manga was a supernatural drama that ended in 2017. The tale told a different version of the legend of Faust, the eccentric scholar who made a deal with the devil.
So far, a Frau Faust anime has not been announced, but the finished manga series started being translated into English by Kodansha Comics USA in 2017. Frau Faust and The Ancient Magus' Bride are both set in a magical world, but the author says they're completely unconnected, although she admits the messages may be similar.
Yamazaki has not yet indicated any plans for ending the Mahoutsukai no Yome manga anytime soon, nor has she discussed starting up another manga series. When asked about her work plans for the future, Kore modestly replied, "As I progress in the future, I hope to become a better creator."
The anime's first cour ended with Episode 12, which corresponded to Chapter 18 of the manga. The anime's pace accelerated in the second half, which meant that the second cour's ending in The Ancient Magus' Bride Episode 24 caught up with the manga. As of Episode 21, the anime had already covered manga Chapter 40, the ending of Volume 8. Episode 23 and the first half of Episode 24 corresponded to Chapter 44 of Volume 9 and when the final episode aired the animation was actually ahead of the manga.
Skimming ahead so quickly through the source material created pacing issues. There were whole anime scenes where voiceovers skipped the dialogue from the manga and simply showed their lips moving to the tune of background music. While that was awkward, the director did choose a good stopping point that provided resolution for anime audiences. Technically, Episode 24 was an original ending for the anime, but since Kore Yamazaki wrote the original ending, it should match up with manga's story events.
The bad news is that the manga currently does not have enough source material for WiT Studio to create The Ancient Magus' Bride Season 2. The good news is that Yamazaki releases 10 chapters per year, so by the middle of 2019, there should be around 15 chapters available for creating a single-cour second season.
The story of the three OVA episodes centers around Chise's childhood and takes place in a flashback that occurs well after Chise came to live with Elias. It's an original story written by Yamazaki that can't be found in the manga. While the plot does provide more insight into the terrors that Chise experienced as a "sleigh beggy" child, the story is largely a love letter to reading books, an activity that book-loving Yamazaki adores.
Originally released in 2016 and 2017 as extras for the three most recent manga volumes, the Mahoutsukai no Yome OVA episodes are currently available on Crunchyroll with English subtitles. As of this article's publishing, an English dub of the prequel has not yet been announced by Funimation.
This is just speculation, but since Frau Faust ended in December of 2017, and Yamazaki is now only working on one manga series, it's possible she could increase the rate at which new chapters are published (or at least the length of the chapters in the monthly manga magazine might increase). Assuming that happens, there should be more than enough manga chapters for a new anime by 2019.
Besides a lack of manga source material, the second major issue is that WiT Studio's schedule is simply booked up. In addition to producing the second cour of The Ancient Magus' Bride, WiT Studio also released 12 episodes of After The Rain (Koi wa Ameagari no You ni) in January of 2018. A second Kabaneri Of The Iron Fortress anime project was confirmed in March of 2018, which turned out to be a movie project. Of course, the giant in the room is Attack On Titan Season 3, which is scheduled for the summer of 2018.
Similar to how the Attack On Titan anime was handled, the second season of the Mahoutsukai no Yome anime will probably wait for years until enough manga chapters are created. Studio WiT could bring the anime back for a shorter second season and then follow up with a longer The Ancient Magus' Bride Season 3 the next year. The other option is to produce a Mahoutsukai no Yome movie, but both ideas largely depend on where Yamazaki takes the manga's story next.
Helping the dragon comes at the cost of damage to Chise's arm, which is now bound into a blackened form that only resembles a human arm. In rescuing the rampaging dragon, Chise drew the magic of its fear, anger, and pain into her own body. While this dragon's curse may endow her with powers beyond the norm, these dark emotions are now gnawing at her body like cancer. Chise's body can't process the dragon's curse and, eventually, her body will break down.
For the moment, she's managed to forestall her death. While it's uncertain how long she may live while bearing the curse, her friends are certain she won't meet a noble end. Chise just considers this curse another cross to bear, but Elias is determined to find a solution together with his bride.
The first season's finale aired with an ending that bypassed the source material. This article will add new spoilers once enough manga chapters have been released.
However, the next story arc for the manga series has already been announced. The official Twitter page for the series announced that the next story arc will be called the College Arc. It will likely feature Chise attending the school like what was briefly suggested in Episode 19 by the alchemists from the college. These new manga chapters will start releasing in May of 2018.
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