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The Best Episodes of The Ancient Magus' Bride

Every episode of The Ancient Magus' Bride ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Ancient Magus' Bride!

Hatori Chise 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!

Genres:AnimationSci-Fi & FantasyDrama
Network:Tokyo MX

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The best episode of "The Ancient Magus' Bride" is "First impressions are the most lasting.", rated 8.7/10 from 84 user votes. It was directed by Tetsuo Hirakawa and written by Yoko Yonaiyama. "First impressions are the most lasting." aired on 5/4/2023 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Birds of a feather flock together. I".

  • First impressions are the most lasting.
    8.7/10 84 votes

    #1 - First impressions are the most lasting.

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2023-05-04

    Chise learns a bit more about the history of both the College and her classmates. Zoe's secret is revealed, and a pact is formed.

    Director: Tetsuo Hirakawa

    Writer: Yoko Yonaiyama

  • Birds of a feather flock together. I
    8.6/10 100 votes

    #2 - Birds of a feather flock together. I

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2023-04-13

    It's a day of new beginnings at the College as Chise attends her first day of classes and meets some of her fellow students, and Elias adopts a mysterious guise for his first time teaching as a visiting instructor.

    Director: Tetsuya Endo

    Writer: Yoko Yonaiyama

  • The cowl does not make the monk.
    8.5/10 83 votes

    #3 - The cowl does not make the monk.

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2023-04-27

    Two separate conversations reveal the multitude of revelations that Chise and Elias have had about one another, and the ways they've both grown and changed. Hazel guides them on a dangerous shortcut back to the College.

    Director: Tomoaki Koshida

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • Birds of a feather flock together. II
    8.3/10 87 votes

    #4 - Birds of a feather flock together. II

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2023-04-20

    Chise shares a meal with her new classmates, but several teachers and students at the College have their eyes on both her and Elias for reasons yet unknown. Chise and Elias head home for the weekend and Stella drops by for a visit.

    Director: Aro Morita

    Writer: Chiaki Nishinaka

  • Better bend than break.
    8.3/10 71 votes

    #5 - Better bend than break.

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2023-05-11

    Alice and Chise to try and sort through their feelings on their complicated relationships with their respective masters.

    Director: Himari Tamagawa

    Writer: Yoko Yonaiyama

  • Slow and sure. II
    8.3/10 67 votes

    #6 - Slow and sure. II

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2023-05-25

    An otherwise educational and relaxing camping trip with her classmates ends with a terrifying encounter in the shadows of the night forest, forcing Chise to rely on her own wits and abilities instead of Elias' magic.

    Director: Kunihiro Mori

    Writer: Chiaki Nishinaka

  • Conscience does make cowards of us all. I
    8.3/10 65 votes

    #7 - Conscience does make cowards of us all. I

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2023-06-01

    After returning from camp, Lucy is still unconscious and it's still not clear what's behind her sudden loss of strength...this worries Chise deeply.

    Director: Tomoaki Koshida

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • Conscience does make cowards of us all. II
    8.3/10 64 votes

    #8 - Conscience does make cowards of us all. II

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2023-06-08

    While watching over Lucy, Chise discovers her connection to Seth and their family's tragic history. While a professor seems to have been the victim of a user of a banned book, a mysterious killer seems to resurface...

    Director: Yukio Takahashi

    Writer: Chiaki Nishinaka

  • Let Sleeping Dogs Lie.
    8.2/10 179 votes

    #9 - Let Sleeping Dogs Lie.

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-11-26

    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.

    Director: Yuumi Kawai

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • Slow and sure. I
    8.2/10 66 votes

    #10 - Slow and sure. I

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2023-05-18

    Chise attends P.E. as Elias looks on. Philomela is summoned home. Alice stubbornly continues her training, while Adolf consoles Renfred through his troubles. The students embark on a camping trip.

    Director: Tomoaki Koshida

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • A small leak will sink a great ship. II
    8.2/10 60 votes

    #11 - A small leak will sink a great ship. II

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2023-06-22

    It's time for family explanations, whether between Lucy and her brother, or Alice and Renfred. The College is also going through a complicated period where other magicians seem to want to harm new students.

    Director: Kyosuke Takada

    Writer: Yoko Yonaiyama

  • The Balance Distinguishes Not Between Gold and Lead.
    8.1/10 209 votes

    #12 - The Balance Distinguishes Not Between Gold and Lead.

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2017-10-22

    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.

    Director: Takeshi Ninomiya

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • Talk of the Devil, and He Is Sure to Appear.
    8.1/10 176 votes

    #13 - Talk of the Devil, and He Is Sure to Appear.

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-11-19

    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.

    Director: Ryuta Kawahara

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • Love Conquers All.
    8.0/10 186 votes

    #14 - Love Conquers All.

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-11-05

    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.

    Director: Tomoya Kunisaki

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • A small leak will sink a great ship. I
    8.0/10 60 votes

    #15 - A small leak will sink a great ship. I

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2023-06-15

    Apparently, a forbidden magic book called "The Testament of Carnamagos" is being used to rob Lucy and Simeon of their magical powers. But who exactly is behind it is still unclear. Elias takes care of the matter because he fears that otherwise Chise will put herself in danger for her friend and because he himself wants to protect a friend.

    Director: Tomoaki Koshida

    Writer: Yoko Yonaiyama

  • Man's extremity is God's opportunity.
    8.0/10 39 votes

    #16 - Man's extremity is God's opportunity.

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 2023-11-16

    Philomela bargains for Liza to undo the seal over the College so she can return home to fulfill her duty. As Chise gives chase, her power gives her a terrifying new form.

    Director: Aro Morita

    Writer: Yoko Yonaiyama

  • Give a thief enough rope and he'll hang himself.
    8.0/10 36 votes

    #17 - Give a thief enough rope and he'll hang himself.

    Season 2 Episode 22 - Aired 2023-12-07

    As Lizbeth's plans near fruition, Philomela thinks about what it is she really wants.

    Director: Kazuaki Terasawa, Aro Morita, Yousuke Yamamoto

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • As you sow, so shall you reap.
    7.9/10 149 votes

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

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 2018-03-11

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

    Director: Yoko Kanamori

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • Coming events cast their shadows before.
    7.9/10 39 votes

    #19 - Coming events cast their shadows before.

    Season 2 Episode 18 - Aired 2023-11-09

    Despite their disappointment that the College will be closed through Christmas, the students try and prepare for the holiday party. Chise takes another dive into Lucy's memories. Philomela reaches her breaking point.

    Director: Tomoaki Koshida

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • Even a worm will turn.
    7.9/10 37 votes

    #20 - Even a worm will turn.

    Season 2 Episode 20 - Aired 2023-11-23

    Alycone reflects on Philomela's childhood and her all-important task. An ancient and fearsome goddess blocks Chise's path on the way to the Sargant family home and demands tribute that was promised a year ago.

    Director: Himari Tamagawa

    Writer: Akimine Takahashi

  • The show must go on. I
    7.9/10 32 votes

    #21 - The show must go on. I

    Season 2 Episode 24 - Aired 2023-12-21

    Philomela stands against Lizbeth in a final battle of wills.

    Director: Kazuaki Terasawa, Aro Morita

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • Better to ask the way than go astray.
    7.8/10 161 votes

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

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2017-12-24

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

    Director: Norihiro Naganuma

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • Nothing seek, nothing find.
    7.8/10 141 votes

    #23 - Nothing seek, nothing find.

    Season 1 Episode 23 - Aired 2018-03-18

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

    Director: Tomoko Hiramuki, Yoji Sato

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • Live and let live.
    7.8/10 151 votes

    #24 - Live and let live.

    Season 1 Episode 24 - Aired 2018-03-25

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

    Director: Norihiro Naganuma

    Writer: Aya Takaha

  • Lovers Ever Run Before the Clock.
    7.7/10 159 votes

    #25 - Lovers Ever Run Before the Clock.

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2017-12-17

    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?

    Director: Takeshi Ninomiya

    Writer: Aya Takaha