The BEST Episodes of The Ancient Magus' Bride

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2019

Network: Tokyo MX

Hatori Chise is only 16, but she has lost far more than most. With neither family nor hope, it seems all doors are closed to her. But, a chance encounter began to turn the rusted wheels of fate. In her darkest hour, a mysterious magus appears before Chitose, offering a chance she couldn't turn down. This magus who seems closer to demon than human, will he bring her the light she desperately seeks, or drown her in ever deeper shadows?

Better to ask the way than go astray.

#1 - Better to ask the way than go astray.

Season 1 - Episode 12

Lindel finishes the staff that Chise had finished carving. As she finishes, she meets an old friend, who offers her some wise advice.

star 8.48
108 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Looks breed love.

#2 - Looks breed love.

Season 1 - Episode 14

With Chise being transformed into a fox, she takes off running into the woods. Elias chases after her. Later, Chise is visited by the Leanan sídhe, who is attached to Joel, claiming that Joel will not wake up.

star 8.38
102 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Live and let live.

#3 - Live and let live.

Season 1 - Episode 24

Cartaphilus and Chise argue over their respective approaches to dealing with their own suffering, beating each other up brutally in the process.

star 8.35
78 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
As you sow, so shall you reap.

#4 - As you sow, so shall you reap.

Season 1 - Episode 22

Having captured Chise, Cartaphilus begins grafting parts of her onto himself. He forces her to relive some of her worst memories.

star 8.31
80 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Lovers ever run before the clock.

#5 - Lovers ever run before the clock.

Season 1 - Episode 11

Elias, is an odd failure who pretends to be human -- but is it because of his master's words, or because of his distrust for humans, that he stopped communicating about himself? Lindel's alias, Echoes, refers to the to a song akin to the sound of snowmelt, traveling through the wind, causing the blooming of flowers and the dancing of fairies. The magic of the song turns into a mirror the surface of the water Chise peers into. What does she see beyond the mirror?

star 8.30
101 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Let sleeping dogs lie.

#6 - Let sleeping dogs lie.

Season 1 - Episode 8

Alice sees Elias' changes and decides immediately that he could never be human. Sorcerer Cartaphilius, who is attempting to capture the black dog by manipulating Renfred and Alice, causes Elias to show a completely different side of himself when his "work" hurts Chise. Those who know Elias call him the Pilum Murialis.

star 8.21
112 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Talk of the devil, and he is sure to appear.

#7 - Talk of the devil, and he is sure to appear.

Season 1 - Episode 7

The dog, with its flowing, black hair and burning red eyes, called Chise by the name "Isabelle." The Church's final request is to investigate a black dog that emerged in a cemetetry, but the black dog ends up saving Chise from danger. Meanwhile, Renfred's apprentice, Alice, is also on the move, looking for the black dog.

star 8.20
118 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
The balance distinguishes not between gold and lead.

#8 - The balance distinguishes not between gold and lead.

Season 1 - Episode 3

Simon, who is assigned by the Church to keep an eye on Elias, visits with some business. One of his requests brings Chise and Elias to the ends of the earth, where they meet Elias' mentor, Lindel, along with an old race on the verge of extinction. An old one, about to return to the earth, spends his last moments sharing a dream with Chise.

star 8.14
145 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Love conquers all.

#9 - Love conquers all.

Season 1 - Episode 5

To sorcerer Refnred's eyes, Chise is a sad girl, being duped by a mage. But no matter what Elias' true motives are, Chise has no intention of leaving him. Elias was the first person to value her, after all. As she walks towards the epicenter, she learns of the truth behind it. The sight of a boy appears behind the tragedy.

star 8.10
128 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Any port in a storm.

#10 - Any port in a storm.

Season 1 - Episode 19

In the land of dragons two young dragons are kidnapped from Lindel by Cartaphilius. Chise awakens from a dark dream to find, Alice, Renfred, Adolf and college administrator Tory Innis in Elias’ home. They explain Cartaphilius stole the two dragons using a teleportation device he stole from Renfred and want Elias to find the dragons and take them home

star 8.08
86 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
There is no place like home.

#11 - There is no place like home.

Season 1 - Episode 15

With King Oberon taking Chise into the Fairy realm for recovery, Silke becomes agitated waiting at home. Chise slowly recovers under Dr. Shanon's care, a fairy that was raised as a human.

star 8.08
87 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
None so deaf as those who will not hear.

#12 - None so deaf as those who will not hear.

Season 1 - Episode 9

With the church's requests fulfilled, things were supposed to go back to normal. But Elias has been acting strange since the last request: he'd vanished on the first morning after Chise had spent a night in his room. Neither Angelica's kind words nor Ruth's pure words are enough to put Chise's mind to rest.

star 8.07
105 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Necessity has no law.

#13 - Necessity has no law.

Season 1 - Episode 21

Elias and Chise attend Mariel’s coven meeting and meet Phyllis, Mariel’s high priestess. Secretly, Elias is given information that could help Chise. Following the meeting, Chise becomes suspicious of Elias' activities.

star 8.06
79 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
April showers bring May flowers.

#14 - April showers bring May flowers.

Season 1 - Episode 1

Having given up on life, 16-year-old Chise Hatori sells herself at an underground auction, where she is bought by Elias Ainsworth, a not-quite-human mage, for 5 million pounds. She learns that he intends for her to be his future bride, and her world begins to change.

star 8.05
170 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
East, west, home's best.

#15 - East, west, home's best.

Season 1 - Episode 13

Chise and Elias are in the middle of shearing Wooly Bugs, magical creatures who eat cold from the air and grow wool with magical properties. Chise becomes distracted and is attacked. As Chise recovers, she and Elias open themselves up to each other more.

star 8.04
103 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
God's mill grinds slow but sure.

#16 - God's mill grinds slow but sure.

Season 1 - Episode 16

Christmas is coming up. Alice invites Chise out to London, where they hang out together and go gift shopping for Renfred and Elias.

star 8.03
79 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Nothing seek, nothing find.

#17 - Nothing seek, nothing find.

Season 1 - Episode 23

Elias earns the help of many, and they form a search party for Chise. Meanwhile, Chise and Cartaphilus relive his past together.

star 8.01
78 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Look before you leap.

#18 - Look before you leap.

Season 1 - Episode 17

Stella, a young girl Chise encountered while Christmas shopping, finds that her brother, Ethan, has gone missing and her parents have forgotten he exists.

star 8.00
77 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

#19 - You can't make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

Season 1 - Episode 20

As the dragon rampages, Elias tells Chise they must absorb the dragon’s magic in order to stop it. This leaves Chise in a predicament as Elias becomes unable to help.

star 7.94
83 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
One today is worth two tomorrows.

#20 - One today is worth two tomorrows.

Season 1 - Episode 2

Few people know the truth about the bookstore on the outskirts of London that Elias frequents. He takes Chise there, where they meet Angelica, who teaches Chise a little bit of magic, but... The true power of the Sleigh Beggy materializes a fragment of Chise's memories.

star 7.93
160 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Everything must have a beginning.

#21 - Everything must have a beginning.

Season 1 - Episode 4

Long ago, the humans and cats of Ulthar, city of cats, were struck by a great tragedy. For generations, the souls of those who were at the center of this tragedy have been sealed away by the king of cats. Chise and Elias travel to Ulthar in order to complete Simon's second task: to purify the spirits that remain.

star 7.89
127 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
Forgive and forget.

#22 - Forgive and forget.

Season 1 - Episode 18

Stella visits Chise with her payment of sweets. Elias, irritated by and jealous of Stella, runs away. Chise finds him hiding in a shadow but becomes worried as he restrains her and seems to want to eat her.

star 7.88
81 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
We live and learn.

#23 - We live and learn.

Season 1 - Episode 10

Chise and Selkie climb aboard a dragon's back to meet Lindel, to have her own mage's staff made. Frustrated by Chise's acceptance of her being kept as a pet by Elias, he describes the time he found Elias in the darkness. Meanwhile, Elias, who had stayed at home by himself, receives a letter from a sorcerer's college.

star 7.82
105 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha
The Faerie Queene.

#24 - The Faerie Queene.

Season 1 - Episode 6

Chise is deep in thought as she watches the souls return to where they'd belonged all along. More than ten days have passed since the incident at Ulthar, but she is still in a deep sleep. Elias and Simon stand worriedly by her side, when they are met by two unexpected guests: Titania, Queen of Fairies, Lord of Tír na nÓg.

star 7.82
116 votes
Writers: Aya Takaha