Parents' Guide to

The Ancient Magus' Bride

By Danae Stahlnecker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Outstanding, optimistic coming-of-age anime has violence.

TV Crunchyroll Anime 2017
The Ancient Magus Bride TV poster: Chise and Elias look behind them as they walk down a cobblestone path, followed by fae creatures

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This introspective fantasy romance is a meaningful exploration of the bonds that tie us to the world. The Ancient Magus' Bride shows viewers that a kinder, gentler life is still possible even after much trauma. Characters are sincere, but never preachy, about themes like "live life without regrets" and "show compassion whenever you can." While the violence and magic can get rather grim, they serve as an important backdrop for explaining why care, community, and resilience matter.

The foundation of Chise and Elias' relationship is uncomfortable, but their development from strangers to mentors to friends before any actual romance redeems them as the lead couple. It also helps that adults watch over Chise carefully, giving her guidance and advice that helps young viewers see what healthy relationships look like in the real-world.

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