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The Ancient Magus' Bride Manga Gets Stage Play, Spinoff Manga, Animated Promo Video

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Digital manga supervised by creator Kore Yamazaki launch in April

Kore Yamazaki's The Ancient Magus' Bride (Mahō Tsukai no Yome) manga is inspiring a stage play adaptation that will run at Owlspot Theater in Tokyo from October 5-14. Haruka Kudō will play Chise Hatori, and Naotaka Kamino will play Elias.

Haruka Kudō

Naotaka Kamino

The anime's scriptwriter Aya Takaha is returning to direct and write the script for the play. People who purchase the 11th compiled book volume of the manga, which shipped on Saturday, will have the first chance to purchase tickets for the play.

The manga's official website also announced on Saturday that the series is inspiring two spinoff manga in the Manga Doa app for iOS and Android devices. Yū Godai is providing the story for the Mahō Tsukai no Yome Shihen.75: Inazuma Jack to Yōsei Jiken (The Ancient Magus' Bride Psalm 75: Jack the Flash and the Fairy Incident; first visual below) manga, and Mako Oikawa is illustrating the manga. Makoto Sanda is providing the story for the Mahō Tsukai no Yome Shihen.108: Majutsushi no Ao (The Ancient Magus' Bride Psalm 108: The Magician's Blue; second visual below) manga, and Isuo Tsukumo is providing the art. Yamazaki is supervising both spinoffs, and they are slated to launch in the app in early April.

In addition, the manga's official website began streaming an animated promotional video for the "Gakuin" (College) arc of the series. The "Gakuin" arc of the manga launched in May.

The cast and staff of the television anime returned for the manga's animated promotional video. The video features the song "Sky" performed by JUNNA, who previously performed an opening theme song for the television anime.

Seven Seas Entertainment publishes 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 will publish the 12th compiled book volume on September 10. Seven Seas Entertainment shipped the manga's 10th volume on February 26, and the 11th volume will ship on September 24. The company released two supplement books for the manga in 2017.

The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Golden Yarn (Kinshi-hen) and The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Silver Yarn (Ginshi-hen) also shipped in Japan in 2017. 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). Seven Seas Entertainment released The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Golden Yarn on December 11, and it will release The Ancient Magus' Bride: The Silver Yarn on March 19, 2019.

The manga inspired a television anime adaptation that premiered in Japan in 2017. 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 in 2017. Funimation released the first 12 episodes of the television series with the OVA on home video on January 29, and the company will release the remaining 12 episodes on home video on April 16.

Sources: The Ancient Magus' Bride manga's website, The Ancient Magus' Bride stage play's website, Comic Natalie via pKjd

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