The general story of The Ancient Magus Bride is about a girl named Chise Hatori who is sold as a slave, and purchased by a mage named Elias Ainsworth to become his apprentice and bride. Now that her live has changed, she and Elias began going on many adventures in which they go to many different places, discover new creatures, and meet new people. There is more than what I said about the story for this volume, but I don’t want to say what it is because I want you to read this without knowing way too much. I’ll say though that the ending of The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 1 does have a ending that does a good job at wanting the readers to read Volume 2.
The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 1 is a phenomenal start to an amazing ongoing fantasy romance manga, and it also works perfectly as a Beauty and The Beast type story (with Chise Hatori being the Beauty, and Elias Ainsworth being the Beast since he has an inhuman appearance).
Kore Yamazaki’s writing is excellent as each character is developed very well, the story moves at a decent pace and never feels rushed, and the humorous moments work.
Kore Yamazaki’s artwork is truly outstanding to look at as everything looks like lots of time and effort was put into it with brilliant detail to the pencils and inks.
The translation from Japanese to English by Adrienna Beck in this volume is done very well, and Lys Blakeslee’s lettering and layout looks very good and is very easy to see.
Overall, The Ancient Magus Bride is a manga in the fantasy and romance genres that is a brilliantly written and illustrated story that you won’t be disappointed by, and Volume 1 of it is a great example of how to begin an ongoing manga series.
I give The Ancient Magus Bride Volume 1 5/5 Stars, and 2 Thumbs Up.