Mahoutsukai no Yome – 02

This week, Chise gets a better idea of what her new life will be like, though she still dreams about the awful life she used to lead; a life she was willing to discard because she didn’t think it had any value. Now people treat her gently and with respect.

Silky, Elias’ “landlady” cooks and cleans and provide Chise with clothes. After watching her mother commit suicide after telling Chise she shouldn’t have been born, this kind of care seems welcome.

Chise accompanies Elias to London—an up-to-date London that includes The Shard—and while there he swaps his “bony” face for a human one—a handsome one, at that.

Elias takes Chise to the shop of another mage, Angelica, who has some issues with how Elias procured his new apprentice, and is taken aback when a simple rookie mage test—turn a crystal into one’s favorite flower—nearly gets out of hand, with Chise transporting herself to a memory of her and her mom in a field of poppies.

Elias tells Angelica that Chise is a Sleigh Beggy, an individual for whom the miracles that comprise the practice of magic come far more frequently than they would for someone less attuned to magic. After seeing the crystalline growths that populated Angelica’s arm, I felt nervous about Chise’s feet upon creating a partial landscape of her memory from that crystal.

Angelica doesn’t blame Chise, though; she didn’t know Chise is a Sleigh Beggy—something Elias didn’t tell her because that’s a dangerous nugget of information in their line of work. But like Elias, Angelica can tell that, like her own daughter, Chise will make a fine mage one day; it’s just a matter of proper training. Chise and Elias head from London back to the countryside.

After meeting with the local priest, who more or less gives Elias and Chise his blessing and an offer of assistance, Chise and Elias head to Iceland, a a land of dragons—and Chise almost immediately gets kidnapped by one said dragon.

Again, this show makes me recall Akagami no Shirayuki-hime, whose redheaded heroine was kidnapped more than once and had to be rescued (though during captivity she helped facilitate that rescue). We’ll see if Chise manages to use her newfound magical powers to attempt escape from her captors, if it once again falls mostly to Elias to rescue her. At this early stage in her apprenticeship, I won’t hold it against her for needing a hand…especially against a dragonrider!

Author: magicalchurlsukui

Preston Yamazuka is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

3 thoughts on “Mahoutsukai no Yome – 02”

  1. Couple of things:
    Unless there’s some extra detail in the manga that is informing you (I haven’t read it), Elias didn’t ‘make’ Angelica give that test. He was actually quite mad at her for doing it when he arrived, saying something along the lines of ‘don’t mess with other people’s apprentices.’ So it’s not really Elias’s fault, Angie just jumped the gun and he didn’t really think about the risk (plus, even if he had, I don’t think he wants to go around ‘warning’ everyone about Chise, that would kind of defeat the purpose of giving her a better life).

    As for the damsel in distress thing, I think people focus on that too much. A story can be about a weak character, male or female. Kekkai Sensen is great and the main guy is a complete wuss who spends half of every episode crying. Chise is a broken individual. She may grow into a more confident person, but already jumping on the ‘she shouldn’t just be saved’ train is silly.

    1. I haven’t read the source material, so I don’t what’s to come.

      You’re right that Elias didn’t make Angelica give that test. But he did create a potentially volatile situation by leaving Chise alone with and Angelica who didn’t have all the info on Chise she needed to have. Angelica only learned Chise was a Sleigh Beggy AFTER things got a bit out of hand. Did he leave them alone on purpose, to have Angelica discover what Chise is for herself…or did he think Angelica wouldn’t test her when she was alone with her? I’m not sure.

      Re: “Damsel Train”, I was only remarking on some qualities (red hair, important/unique/sought-after individual, danger magnet) Chise shares with Shirayuki. But yeah, it’s way too early in her apprenticeship to expect her to be able to protect herself in the magical world—indeed, the incident at Angelica’s shows she could even end up harming herself if she tries.

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