After the claiming of the web address magus-bride.jp, and the summons contained in the fifth manga volume from the Magus himself inviting the reader to the “amharclan” – the Irish word for “theatre” – fans knew that a screen adaptation of The Ancient Magus’ Bride was coming, but weren’t sure in what form until today. Now it’s official that Kore Yamazaki’s beauty-and-the-beast tale twist is inspiring a three-part prequel anime from Attack on Titan’s WIT Studio, telling a story from before Chise met the Magus Elias. The Man Who Waits for Stars mini-series’ “grand promotional video” has been streaming on the teaser site since midnight in Japan.
Yamazaki wrote the original story for the anime and the Yowamushi Pedal director Norihiro Naganuma is helming proceedings, with Aya Takaha, who wrote Psycho-Pass episode 12, working on scripts. Yamazaki’s characters are being designed for animation by Empire of Corpses’ animation director Hirotaka Katō, and Bamboo, also of Empire of Corpses, is in charge of background art, with the cast confirmed as follows:
Atsumi Tanezaki as Chise Hatori
Ryota Takeuchi as Elias
Kouki Uchiyama as Ruth
Aya Endo as Silver
The episodes will be bundled with the manga’s sixth, seventh and eighth volumes, and run for two weeks in a select eight cinemas in Japan beginning August 13th, also teased with the visual pictured below. Seven Seas Entertainment, who currently publish the manga series in North America, describe the main storyline:
Chise Hatori 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!