Mahou Tuskai No Yome by Kore Yamazaki
Series: Ancient Magus Bride/ Mahou Tuskai No Yome
Publisher: Seven Seas
Synopsis: 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!
Review: As I promised in my top ten manga recommendations here is my review of Ancient Magnus Bride; although I think this is less of a review, and more of me getting really, really excited about finding a great ongoing manga!
So, yes this manga isn't finished yet, but I'm here to tell you why you should consider starting it. Okay so firstly I want you to ignore the bride thing; technically yes this is an aspect of it, and I'm sure it'll develop in later chapters, but for now Chise is mainly an apprentice and it's beautiful.
The characters are all so intriguing, and Chise's world is constantly growing as the manga continues. Chise's mentor and fiancee, Elias Ainsworth, begins as a complete enigma but parts of his past have been revealed recently, and they make the manga all the more exciting. Chise is also such a great character with a rather dark past, but she remains kind, gentle, and brave. I'm honestly so bad at expressing my love for this character, but she is such a fabulous protagonist, and in my personal opinion not a stereotypical female manga lead.
The story was also a big draw for me. The magic and folklore within this story draws you in, and makes you want to delve further into Chise and Elias's world. The story draws mainly on Irish folklore there are Silkies, Fae, Dragons and so many more interesting creatures within the story. The story along side being magical, and a little bit funny, can also be incredibly dark and deep at times. Chise deals with her own dark past, and also Elias's within the story so far; the creatures within in it are not always nice, and Chise quickly learns not to trust all of these creatures.
The art is also a major draw for me! the manga is beautifully drawn, and you can clearly see when reading it that a lot of time goes into each panel. The mangaka manages to present this magical world wonderfully, and every character is incredibly detailed down to their shoes. I think that this manga is not necessarily what it seems, and is so much more than the synopsis! The beautiful art and engaging story will draw you in making you want to contuine reading, and when you add in the fantastic characters it certainly makes it a five star worthy manga.
Recommend: Heck yeah!! I think this might me one of my favourite new manga that I have read this year.