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The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star (OAV)

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Alternative title:
Ancient Magus' Bride: Coloro che attendono una stella (Italian)
Mahō Tsukai no Yome: Hoshi Matsu Hito (Japanese)
The Ancient Magus Bride: El que espera a las estrellas (Spanish)
魔法使いの嫁 星待つひと (Japanese)
Genres: drama, magic
Plot Summary: Chise Hatori, 15 years old. Lost, without hope, and without family, she is bought for money – not by another person, but by a non-human sorcerer named Elias. Though she hesitates, she begins life anew as his apprentice and future wife. She moves on with her new and peaceful life, slowly but surely, until one day, when she finds a Japanese picture book among the many sent to her from London by Angelica. It is a fateful book that discovered her in her younger years, when she was still troubled and lonely. This piece is a prequel to Chise’s encounter with the Thorn Sorcere.
User Ratings: 336 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 21 votes (sub:16, raw:2, dub:2, others:1
1 French subtitled
 Excellent: 76 votes (sub:70, raw:2, ?:1, dub:1, others:2
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Russian subtitled
 Very good: 130 votes (sub:124, dub:3, others:3
1 Russian dubbed
1 Spanish dubbed
1 Spanish subtitled
 Good: 65 votes (sub:59, dub:2, raw:1, others:3
1 Russian subtitled
1 Spanish subtitled
1 Polish subtitled
 Decent: 17 votes (sub:17)
 So-so: 12 votes (sub:11, others:1
1 Arabic subtitled
 Not really good: 7 votes (sub:7)
 Weak: 4 votes (sub:4)
 Bad: 3 votes (sub:3)
 Awful: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Worst ever: -
Seen in part or in whole by 507 users, rank: #2105 (of 9611)
Median rating: Very good
Arithmetic mean: 7.732 (Very good−), std. dev.: 1.4899, rank: #1202 (of 9745)
Weighted mean: 7.727 (Very good−), rank: #1095 (of 9745) (seen all: 7.75 / seen some: 9.00 / won't finish: 4.85)
Bayesian estimate: 7.717 (Very good−), rank: #835 (of 7319)
Running time: 23 minutes per episode
Number of episodes: 3
Episode titles: We have 3
Vintage: 2016-08-13 (limited Part 1 theater screening)
Ending Theme:
"Clockwork Quick and Lightning Slow" by Julia Shortreed
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Blu-ray (Region A)
    The Ancient Magus' Bride - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) 2020-11-17 (from $39.96)
Blu-ray + DVD combo
    The Ancient Magus' Bride - Part One (BD+DVD) 2019-01-29 (from $51.60)
    The Ancient Magus' Bride - Part One [Limited Edition] (BD+DVD) 2019-01-29 (from $119.00)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Norihiro Naganuma
Series Composition: Norihiro Naganuma
Scenario: Kore Yamazaki
Script: Aya Takaha
Atsushi Kobayashi (ep 3)
Norihiro Naganuma (eps 1-2)
Episode Director:
Atsushi Kobayashi (ep 3)
Norihiro Naganuma (ep 1 NC)
Tetsuaki Watanabe (ep 2)
Original creator: Kore Yamazaki
Original Character Design: Kore Yamazaki
Character Design: Hirotaka Katō
Art Director: Yūsuke Takeda
Chief Animation Director: Hirotaka Katō
Animation Director:
Masafumi Yokota (eps 1-2)
Masahiro Yamanaka (ep 2)
Megumi Tomita (ep 1)
Mitsuaki Takabe (ep 3)
Reina Igawa (ep 1)
Saki Hasegawa (eps 1-2)
Shigeyuki Sato (ep 2)
Art design:
Ayami Hidaka (Anime Workshop Basara)
Seiki Tamura (Anime Workshop Basara)
Yukie Inose
Yūsuke Takeda
Sound Director: Shōji Hata
Cgi Director: Shin'ya Sugai
Director of Photography: Mayo Suzuki
Hirotsugu Ose (Production I.G)
Shousei Ito (Flying Dog)
Toshio Iizuka (Shochiku)
Yūsuke Ueda (WIT Studio; ep 1)

2D Work: Chie Nishitani
2nd Key Animation:
Atsumi Sakai (eps 1, 3)
Ayu Tanaka (ep 2)
Chika Yamazaki (ep 2)
Manami Itō (ep 1)
Masafumi Yokota (ep 1)
Michi Fukazawa (ep 1)
Ryōko Mita (ep 1)
Ryuga Fujiwara (ep 2)
Sonomi Fujii (ep 1)
Tamami Izawa (ep 1)
3D Layout: Yukie Inose (eps 1-3)
Animation producer: Hiroya Hasegawa
Art Chief: Takamasa Masuki
Assistant Director of Photography: Yuma Akasu
Associate producer:
Hiroyuki Ogino (Production I.G)
Yoshimasa Okunaga (Shochiku)
Background Art:
Atsuko Sakakura (Bamboo; eps 1, 3)
Aya Satō (Bamboo; eps 2-3)
Chika Hirabuki (Bamboo; eps 1, 3)
Eri Mizukami (Bamboo; ep 1)
Harumi Okamoto (Bamboo; ep 1)
Izumi Hirabayashi (Bamboo; eps 1-3)
Kayo Kojio (Bamboo; eps 1-3)
Ken Nishimura (Bamboo; ep 3)
Kentarō Ōnuki (Bamboo; ep 3)
Naoko Yamada (Bamboo; ep 3)
Riko Nakamura (Bamboo; eps 2-3)
Saori Sone (Bamboo; eps 1-3)
Surok Chong (Bamboo; eps 1, 3)
Takamasa Masuki (Bamboo; eps 2-3)
Takeshi Sudo (Bamboo; ep 1)
Takumu Sasaki (Bamboo; eps 1-3)
Tomomi Nakajima (Bamboo; ep 3)
Tomonori Katō (Bamboo; eps 2-3)
Tsukasa Kakizakai (Bamboo; eps 1-3)
Yumiko Sudou (Bamboo; eps 1-3)
Yūsuke Takeda (Bamboo; eps 2-3)
Chiaki Morita (Sublimation; ep 2)
Junko Sato (Sublimation; eps 1-3)
Kana Nishikimi (Sublimation; ep 2)
Kazuki Takashima (Sublimation; ep 2)
Kōtarō Itō (Sublimation; eps 2-3)
Shigeyasu Kojima (Sublimation; eps 1-3)
Shinichi Ōhara (Sublimation; ep 3)
Shintarō Tanaka (Sublimation; eps 1-2)
Takahiro Kawaguchi (Sublimation; ep 2)
CG Producer:
Jun Koishikawa
Junko Sato (ep 1)
Color Check: Yuko Kobari (eps 1-3)
Color design: Yuko Kobari
Color setting: Yuko Kobari (eps 1-3)
Digital Cinema Mastering Engineer:
Mitsuhiro Yabe (Cine La Pista)
Naoka Tamura (Cine La Pista)
Editing: Daisuke Imai
Finish Animation: Yuko Kobari (WIT Studio; eps 2-3)
In-Between Animation:
Aika Naka (WIT Studio; eps 1-2)
Aiko Minowa (WIT Studio; eps 1-3)
Aimi Sakai (WIT Studio; ep 2)
Atsumi Sakai (WIT Studio; eps 1, 3)
Ikuko Akiyoshi (WIT Studio; ep 3)
Kōhei Shimazaki (WIT Studio; eps 1-3)
Mei Mikajiri (WIT Studio; eps 1-3)
Shunsuke Aoki (WIT Studio; eps 1-3)
Sonomi Fujii (WIT Studio; eps 1-3)
In-Between Check:
Atsumi Sakai (eps 1, 3)
Sonomi Fujii (ep 2)
Music producer: Masakazu Satō
Online Editor:
Manabu Kamino (Sony PCL)
Yuri Takahashi (Sony PCL)
Packaging Operations:
Akiko Tarumi (MAG Garden)
Kōji Nakajima (MAG Garden; eps 1-2)
Akane Ueda (T2 studio; ep 1)
Akiyo Yamaura (T2 studio; ep 1)
Chūzan Kuno (T2 studio; ep 1)
Hirofumi Utsubari (T2 studio; ep 1)
Hironobu Horikoshi (T2 studio; ep 1)
Hiroshi Ōizumi (T2 studio; ep 1)
Mayo Suzuki (T2 studio; eps 1-3)
Naoya Kinoshita (T2 studio; eps 1-3)
Toru Fukushi (T2 studio; ep 1)
Toshiyuki Fukushima (T2 studio; ep 1)
Tsubasa Yokoyama (T2 studio; ep 1)
Xiao Hui Tan (T2 studio; eps 2-3)
Youichirou Satou (T2 studio; ep 1)
Yuma Akasu (T2 studio; eps 1-3)
George Wada (WIT Studio)
Kōta Kuroda (Shochiku)
Mikio Gunji (Production I.G)
Shiro Sasaki (Flying Dog)
Yoshihiro Iida (MAG Garden)
Planning Supervisor: Kyohei Shinfuku (MAG Garden)
Preview Production:
Atsuki Sato (TMAI)
Kaori Umewaki (TMAI)
Production Advancement:
Akimine Takahashi (ep 3)
Ayaka Iwaki (ep 1)
Daiki Tamura (ep 2)
Production Affairs:
Sara Tokuno (ep 3)
Tomonori Fujimoto
Production Desk: Haru Sakai
Production Director:
Mitsuhisa Ishikawa (Production I.G)
Yoshihiro Hosaka (MAG Garden)
Prop Design:
Naoko Kouda (ep 1)
Reina Igawa (eps 2-3)
Saki Hasegawa
Chisato Uehara (Shochiku; ep 3)
Mariko Kondō (Flying Dog)
Publicity Design: Koji Inami (Baybridge Studio)
Publicity Producer: Kōichirō Mukai (Shochiku)
Haruka Matsushita (Sound Team Don Juan)
Shōji Hata
Recording Assistant: Naomi Fujita (Sound Team Don Juan)
Setting Production: Kaori Yamashita
Sound Effects: Noriko Izumo
Special Effects: Ayumi Arahata (Team Taniguchi)
Special Effects Supervisor: Kumiko Taniguchi
Studio Coordinator:
Hideki Ito
Kanae Kon
Sub-Character Design: Masafumi Yokota
Technical Support: Hironori Takagi
Theme Song Arrangement: Ryuto Omori
Theme Song Composition: Ryuto Omori
Theme Song Lyrics: Chris Mosdell
Theme Song Performance: Julia Shortreed
Title Logo Design: Koji Inami (Baybridge Studio)
Atsumi Tanezaki as Chise Hatori
Ryōta Takeuchi as Elias

Aya Endō as Silky
Kōki Uchiyama as Ruth
Takahiro Sakurai as Riichi Miura

Ami Naitō as Daiki Hatori
Aya Hisakawa as Akiko Hatori
Hana Sato as
Girl's mother (ep 1)
Hiroto Niikura (great-grandchild; ep 3)
Honoka Inoue as Girl (ep 1)
Kikuko Inoue as Chise's mother (ep 1)
Kyōko Yamaguchi as Relative (ep 1)
Makoto Yasumura as Shōji Hatori (eps 2-3)
Misaki Kuno as Hugo (ep 1)
Miyoko Asō as Mayumi Niikura (old; eps 2-3)
Natsumi Fujiwara as
Emiru Niikura (great-grandchild; ep 3)
Kōki Hatori
Yoshiaki Hasegawa as Girl's father (ep 1)
Yūko Kaida as Angelica (ep 1)
Yumi Hara as
Maho Niikura (great-grandchild; ep 3)
Mayumi Niikura (past; eps 2-3)
Japanese companies
2nd Key Animation:
Anitus Kōbe (ep 3)
Asahi Production (ep 1)
Ashi Productions (as Production Reed; ep 3)
B.S.P (ep 3)
Rising Force (ep 2)
Wish (ep 3)
Animation Production: Wit Studio
Background Art: Bamboo
CG Production: Sublimation
Mag Garden
Digital Cinema Mastering Studio: Cine La Pista (Sony PCL)
Distributor: Shochiku
Editing Studio: Jay Film
Finish Animation:
Asahi Production (ep 2)
B.S.P (ep 3)
D-COLORS (eps 1-2)
D-Motion (ep 1)
DEFA (eps 1-2)
FAI International (eps 1-2)
FINE COLORs (ep 3)
Line Farm (ep 3)
office fuu (eps 2-3)
R.I.C (eps 1-3)
Studio Elle (eps 2-3)
Studio Gash (ep 1)
Studio Gram (eps 2-3)
Studio Road (eps 2-3)
T2 Studio (ep 1)
Taiguan Animation (ep 1)
Triple A (ep 2)
TYO Animations (ep 1)
xenron (ep 3)
In-Between Animation:
A-Line (eps 1-3)
Anitus Kōbe (eps 1-3)
Asahi Production (eps 1-3)
Ashi Productions (as Production Reed; eps 1-3)
D-Motion (ep 2)
FAI International (eps 1-3)
ingresA (eps 1, 3)
M.S.C (ep 2)
Nakamura Production (eps 1-3)
R.I.C (ep 2)
Reboot (ep 1)
Rising Force (eps 2-3)
Snow Light Staff (ep 1)
Studio Angle (ep 1)
Studio Colorido (ep 2)
Studio Gimlet (ep 3)
Studio Gram (ep 3)
Studio Mark (ep 1)
Taiguan Animation (ep 2)
TAP (ep 1)
Wafū Animation (ep 2)
Music Production: Flying Dog
Music Production Cooperation: BASiLiCA
Photography: T2 Studio
Planning: Production I.G
Production: Production I.G
Recording Studio:
Studio Don Juan
Studio T&T (ep 2)
Sound Production: Sound Team Don Juan
Vehicle Cooperation: Komatsu Tsusho
English cast
English staff
ADR Director: Emily Fajardo
ADR Script: James Cheek
Brian Mathis as Elias Ainsworth
Dani Chambers as Chise Hatori 

Austin Tindle as Ruth
Blake McNamara as Riichi Miura
Rachel Glass as Silky

Alex Moore as Hugo (ep 1)
Alexis Tipton as Ariel
Ariel Graham as Girl (ep 1)
Brianna Roberts as Akiko Hatori
Bryn Apprill as Emily Niikura (great-grandchild; ep 3)
Celeste Perez as Mayumi Niikura
Ezra Vervin as Girl's Mother (ep 1)
Gary Furlong as Shoji Hatori (eps 2-3)
Jaclyn Thomas as Chise’s Relative (ep 1)
Janelle Lutz as Angelica Varley (ep 1)
Laurie Steele as Mayumi Niikura (old; eps 2-3)
Marisa Duran as Maho
Mary Morgan as Hiroto Niikura (great-grandchild; ep 3)
Megan Shipman as Ariel
Paige Guillory as Koki Hatori
Rachel Michelle Thompson as Chika Hatori (ep 1)
Rowan Gilvie as Daiki Hatori
Tia Ballard as Jade Ariel
Xan Cramer as Girl’s Father (ep 1)

English companies
FUNimation Entertainment
Madman Entertainment (Australia and New Zealand; Funimation import)
Manga Entertainment (UK and Ireland)
Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll
Licensed by: Crunchyroll
French staff
French cast
Dubbing Director: Alan Aubert

Adaptation: Kevin Stocker (Crunchyroll)
Sandra Chartraire as Chise Hatori
Vincent Violette as Elias Ainsworth

Alan Aubert as Ruth
Cécile Marmorat as Silky
Jean-Pierre Leblan as Riichi Miura

Cécile Marmorat as Petite-fille de Mayumi
Daria Levannier as
Angelica Varley
Mayumi âgée
Estelle Darazi as
Mayumi jeune
Murielle Naigeon as Akiko Hatori
Sophie Planet as Chika Hatori
Yann Pichon as Shôji Hatori
French companies
Distributor: @Anime
Dubbing: MJM PostProd
Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll (French speaking countries)
Spanish staff
Spanish cast
David Jenner as Elias Ainsworth (Spain dub)
Lourdes Fabrés as Chise Hatori (Spain dub)

Alex De Porrata as Riichi Miura (Spain dub)
Angel del Río as Ruth (Spain dub)

Artur Rius as Shoji Hatori (Spain dub)
Eva Ordeig as
Hiroto Niikura (Spain dub)
Mayumi Niikura (Spain dub; young)
Julia Chalmeta as
Koki Hatori (Spain dub)
Mayumi Niikura (Spain dub; old)
Marta Estrada as Chika Hatori (Spain dub)
Núria Cabiró as
Akiko Hatori (Spain dub)
Emiru Niikura (Spain dub)
Nuria Samsó as
Ariel (Spain dub)
Hugo (Spain dub)
Rosa Moyano as Angelica Burley (Spain dub)
Tatiana Supervia as
Daiki Hatori (Spain dub)
Maho Niikura (Spain dub)

Artur Rius (Spain dub)
Eva Ordeig (Spain dub)
Julia Chalmeta (Spain dub)
Núria Cabiró (Spain dub)
Rosa Moyano (Spain dub)
Tatiana Supervia (Spain dub)
Spanish companies
Dubbing Studio: Sik Estudio (Spain dub)
Internet Streaming:
Crunchyroll (Latin America and Spain)
Netflix (Spain)
Licensed by: Selecta Visión (Spain)
Translation: Traducciones Imposibles (Spain dub)
Italian staff
Italian companies
Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll
Italian cast
German staff
German cast
Achim Buch as Elias Ainsworth
Franciska Friede as Chise Hatori

Jacob Weigert as Ruth
Julia Fölster as Silky
Tobias Diakow as Riichi Miura

Julia Fölster as
Girl (ep 1)
Mayumi Niikura (young; eps 2-3)
Kristina von Weltzien as Akiko Hatori (eps 1-3)
Leoni Oeffinger as Maho Niikura (ep 3)
Lotta Doll as Hugo (ep 1)
Nadine Schreier as Angelica Varley (ep 1)
German companies
Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll (German speaking territories)
Arabic staff
Arabic companies
Internet Streaming: Crunchyroll (Arabic speaking countries)
Arabic cast
Portuguese staff
Portuguese cast
ADR Director: Leonardo Santhos
Executive producer: Peterson Adriano

Subtitle Translation: Marta Donato (Netflix; Portugal)
Guilherme Briggs as Elias Ainsworth
Raquel Masuet as Chise Hatori

Daniel Müller as Riichi Miura

Angélica Borges as Angelica Varley (ep 1)
Erick Bougleux as Hugo (ep 1)
Márcia Morelli as Akiko Hatori
Natali Pazete as Maho Niikura (ep 3)
Patricia García as Chika Hatori

Portuguese companies
Broadcaster: Loading
Dubbing Studio: Som de Vera Cruz
Internet Streaming:
Crunchyroll (Brazil and Portugal)
Netflix (Portugal)

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