I enjoyed The Ancient Magus’ Bride until Kore Yamazaki decided to change the direction of the story by sending Chise to college. Now I still like it: I like all the characters from the first plot arc and I’m enjoying some of the people from this new arc. I think Yamazaki’s strength lies in creating […]Read more "Character Analysis: Chise Hatori"
The Outsider is a character who comes from another world in some way; a different country, a different social class, a different planet, a different species, even a different gender. (Your Name, anyone? Although Inside Mari is a better example.) The Outsider is a useful narrative tool because people have to explain things to them. […]Read more "The Outsider: Elias Ainsworth"
I’ve been writing about The Ancient Magus’ Bride more or less as I have been experiencing it chronologically. That can be insightful with a story that disguises the narrative direction that it’s taking as this one does. As you watch you see a story that looks like it’s heading one way and then ZOOP, it’s […]Read more "Jumping the Track: The Ancient Magus’ Bride"
My first blog lasted exactly one post. It was about stupid TV ads and the lack of logic therein. I thought it would be fun. I was wrong. This blog has now lasted, as of this, one hundred posts. Thank you, thank you, thank you. No need to applaud. Just throw money. I thought for […]Read more "Related Aside: 100th Post"
GROUND RULES: If you know how The Ancient Magus’ Bride ends DO NOT TELL. If you don’t, feel free to throw something on the floor. Okay, this is the next to last in my continuing series on The Ancient Magus’ Bride, previous posts here and here and here. What I’m trying to do in this […]Read more "How is this going to end? The Ancient Magus’s Bride"
I’ve come back to this series, The Ancient Magus’ Bride, twice before, trying to take a look at how its narrative structure develops as I watch the anime and read the manga. It’s a way of looking at something in progress, instead of binge watching and doing everything in retrospect. Okay: As a fan I’m […]Read more "A Story Advances: The Ancient Magus’ Bride"
This is a project I’ve wanted to keep track of more or less in real time. When I first wrote about The Ancient Magus’ Bride, I had only seen the first episode of the anime and read the first volume of the manga, and I was able to look at that material as the beginning […]Read more "The Power of Two to the SIXTH: The Ancient Magus’ Bride (Middle)"
The Ancient Magus’ Bride is one of those on my list To Be Seen…I’ve seen just the first episode of the anime and read just the first volume of the manga. In terms of the narrative, I only know the beginning. I don’t know where the story goes from here. But, remember: the beginning of […]Read more "The Power of Two to the Fourth: The Ancient Magus’ Bride"