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Seven Seas Licenses The Ancient Magus' Bride Novels

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Short story anthologies slated for December, March

Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has licensed The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Golden Yarn (Kinshi-hen) and The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Silver Yarn (Ginshi-hen), two short story prose collections based on Kore Yamazaki's The Ancient Magus' Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome) manga. Seven Seas Entertainment will release The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Golden Yarn on December 11, while The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Silver Yarn is slated for March 19, 2019. Both releases will have both paperback and digital versions.

Both books contain short stories written by Yamazaki herself, as well as other authors such as Yuichiro Higashide (Fate/Apocrypha) and Yoshinobu Akita (Sorcerous Stabber Orphen). Mag Garden published The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Golden Yarn in Japan last September, and published The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Silver Yarn last October.

Seven Seas Entertainment publishes Kore Yamazaki's original manga in North America, and it describes the story:

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!

Yamazaki launched the manga in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Blade magazine in 2013 but the magazine ceased publication in September 2014. The manga then moved to the publisher's Monthly Comic Garden magazine. Mag Garden published the manga's ninth compiled book volume in Japan on March 24. Seven Seas Entertainment shipped the manga's eighth volume on February 27. The company also released two supplement books for the manga last July and August.

The manga inspired a television anime adaptation that premiered in Japan last October. Crunchyroll streamed the series in Japanese with English subtitles, and Funimation streamed an English dub for the series. The manga also inspired a prequel OVA series titled The Ancient Magus' Bride: Those Awaiting a Star. The OVA's three episodes debuted in August 2016, February 2017, and August 2017.

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