Although we meet a lot of new faces with potential, we have yet to make much progress in figuring out what the actual problem is this season.
We recap the Crunchyroll anime series The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 Episode 3, “Birds of a feather flock together. II,” which contains spoilers.
Chise’s (Atsumi Tanezaki) first day of classes was rather eventful, with her subduing a salamander during Elias’s (Ryota Takeuchi) lesson. While no one was harmed, the mishap illustrates just how different the abilities of sorcerers and mages genuinely are.
With time, magic will surely become smoother for some students, like Rian (Seiichiro Yamashita), who asked for Chise’s help personally.
However, just because things seem to be starting off well now does not mean they will stay that way, especially considering whatever’s happening in the school basement.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 Episode 3 Recap
The episode opens with Torrey Innis waking up and exiting his room just in time to overhear Rian asking Chise to teach him magic. When Torrey steps out to greet them, Chise asks if he knows where Elias is, but Rian says he saw Renfred drag him down the hall earlier.
Who is Torrey to Rian?
After learning that Chise and Elias are acquainted, Torrey explains that he plays a similar role in Rian’s life as his guardian and teacher. Rian refers to himself as Torrey’s apprentice.
Upon realizing that Alice also has the “foundations need to use magic,” Rian asks if he may observe her as well, even though she has no intent on becoming a mage.
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Who is Gregory?
After saying farewell to the group, Narcisse meets up with the vice principal, a mysterious man named Gregory, and updates him on Chise’s first day.
From what viewers can see, he is a darker-skinned male with a long ponytail, black cloak, and scar that takes up half his face.
Who does Chise meet at lunch?
At lunchtime, a girl named Beatrice Byrne invites Chise and Elias to sit with them. Chise is introduced to several classmates there, including Sofia Healy, Isaac Farrar, Kevin Forbes, Martin Chandler, Jasmine and Violet St. George, Lazarus McGovern, Roy Truman, and Zoe Ivy.
Joseph appears to her as Chise struggles to wash pumpkins in the river. As he stares at his eye in her body, he eventually grows frustrated, saying he has yet to receive her answer as he leaves.
The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 Episode 3 Ending Explained
Stella comes to visit Chise at home, and Elias is surprised to find he feels differently toward her than he did before. As Chise, Stella, and Ruth walk toward the house, they are suddenly separated, with Chise and Ruth ending up on top of what appears to be a body of water.
Although this series had its slow moments in season one, this feels awfully slow, even for The Ancient Magus’ Bride.
If this were a 24-episode season, I would understand the sluggish pace of the series thus far. However, with only 12 episodes to work with, the season seems to be making minimal progress in terms of storytelling.
I’m not sure who the villain is, if any, or what the conflict is going to be. With so many new kids suddenly introduced, I fear some of them may get lost in the background as the story progresses.
I feel like I’m getting a lot of hints and that the show is trying to distract viewers with a lot of information now, so whatever big reveal is coming in feels like a twist later. I’m all for a good twist, but I hope this season is able to manage expectations without biting off more than it can chew.
If it continues at this snail’s pace, I wouldn’t be surprised if this ends up being the first part of season two instead of a stand-alone season because I don’t feel as if any actual plot progressing progress has been made yet.
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