Well, well, I think this was one of the most anticipated shows this fall. I, myself, confess to be interested in this series ever since I read the first volume of the manga and the show didn’t disappoint, though I think I was hoping for something more breathtaking and heartwarming.
Hatori Chise has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise’s life will never be the same again.
The man is a “magus,” a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice–and his bride!
Chise auctions herself off her own accord. No one forces her, no one tricked her into it. She’s in a state of hopelessness where she just needs a place she can belong to, even if that means signing off her rights.
Elias buys her for a huge amount, gives her a home, a meal, a bath and treats her like a child for the most part, despite proclaiming her as both his apprentice and future wife.
I sort of expected Elias to be a little more sensitive and sympathetic, but it’s okay. He has time to learn, along with Chise, who would probably mould herself into a strong woman once she lets go of her past sufferings.
The visuals complimented the magical world this is set in. There was something out of the world and yet fairly ordinary about it. I liked the opening theme a lot. I can’t say the same for the ending, mainly because I think a little more soothing and heart thumping song would be better suited. For a first episode, I think it did pretty well, setting the scene and focusing on the emotional aspect of Chise’s mind. In the end, I’m still pretty excited and expect to fall in love with this series soon.