A girl with no hope meets a monster full of kindness… So a reverse Beauty and the Beast. All right, I’m game. How Evil Is Mahoutsukai no Yome’s premiere?
Now I know what you’re thinking. Wasn’t this released already? No, that was an OVA told in retrospect to the events of this anime. While the OVA does share a few scenes with this anime, it doesn’t tell the exact same story.
The art direction in this is beautiful. When we see Chise at the slave auction all the colors are cold or dull, however, when we get to Elias’s house the color pallet changes drastically. It becomes very vibrant and lively. His home just looks and feels magical. It’s an art style that helps to tell the story… unlike some other anime. The character’s all seem to fit in with their environments, even Elias seems natural and he is basically a skeletal beast… thing. The music just adds to the art and complements it perfectly. “But Bob, what about the story?” Glad you asked.The story follows
Chise has a pretty dark backstory. She has no home or hope. Her family couldn’t handle her because of her “unique abilities,” so she gave herself up as a slave… and that’s where this anime starts. At the slave auction. Honestly, that sounds bad, but that’s probably as low as she’s going to get due to the nature of the show. My point is there is a lot of information in the first few minutes, and it is given to us without exposition. as it should be.
I couldn’t find anything damaging to the series just yet and I found the execution of the episode almost flawless. I would say it’s about as evil as a Super Villain! I thoroughly enjoyed this episode – the right amount of feels and even some comedy.
Well, that’s all I have for you today. Thanks for letting me waste your time, people. Be sure to check out our other anime reviews of the season, so far.
Keep It Classy,