I have been super excited for this show since I picked up the manga. For the first time in a while I am actually reviewing a series that I am a huge fan of the manga. Granted Twin Star Exorcists was 4 cour, but it was also the last one. This series also marks the second longest series I plan to review weekly, as it is 2 cour. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

The Plot:

Chise Hatori decides to sell herself. (Honestly, I did not know she willingly chose too, perhaps I either missed it or it was just never made clear in the manga). But the auction she is in, well, other mystical creatures are there as well. As the bids for her goes off, one man with a skull for a face, Elias buys her. He intends to have her be his apprentice.

As the two head off to a private room, it becomes known that Chise can see some Fairies. In fact she is a Sleigh Beggy, although she is not certain what that is yet. But because of this Elias sees that she is rather fortunate to have the gift of sight. She snaps, since it has brought her nothing but misfortune. After calming her down a bit, and telling her that someday it will, the two are transported.

They appear at Elias’ home, which is also now Chise’s home now too. It is just west of London, England. So, Chise was a bit surprised by that.

While after trying to get Chise to take a bath. Some fairies appear to talk to Chise.

 

Anyway, Silky brings them food. (Do note that the anime calls her Silver, but I am so used to reading her name being Silky, so I will try to remember to mention this or type Silver). Chise asks Elias some question. One in particular, being what is a Sleigh Beggy. It is sort of like a queen bee, so Fae’s and the like are attracted to them. He did leave out they also have a lot of magic in them, but that will be brought up later. Elias also gives her a seemingly unimportant necklace.

Later that night one of the fairies from earlier show up. She takes Chise into the woods. Ultimately, finding out that Chise doesn’t really have any family that cares for her. But Chise sees Elias as her family now, he was the first person in a long time to call her family, and give her a home. Then Elias appears and stops the fairy from trying to take Chise to the fairy world.

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As they head back Elias’ tendency to leave out some information comes to light as he tells Chise that although he originally bought her to be his apprentice, he also does hope to make her his bride as well.

Overall Thoughts:

As I said before I really like the manga. So, I again, am surprised Chise decided to pretty much put herself up for slavery. It was never mentioned or anything like that. The manga started with Elias showing up. But at the same time, it is never really mentioned or a focus. Although Elias does say she does but doesn’t have a choice, he really isn’t the type to force Chise.

The shows open is not fully what is to be expected later on. This was the introduction and sort of did focus on Elias, Chise is always the main focus, and her as a character dealing with magic. This episode was more about the magic and even a bit about Elias.

Besides that short little bit at the beginning with the auction, the episode followed the manga almost by the panel. It was nice to see that and how everything was captured so wonderfully.

But again to put it simply enough, if this episode did not grab your attention, there is a shift for the focus to be more about the characters. So, hopefully then that will gran ahold of you. But to me, it was still enjoyable, and I am will gladly see how this anime will turn out.

Overall Enjoyment: 90/100

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