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Some of us enjoy fairy tales and fantasy stories. After all, the ancient costume of getting together by night and telling tales to each other has never gone out of fashion. That is why manga like Mahou Tsukai no Yome are so magical. Chise Hatori starts as a rejected child with strange powers who finds her place in the supernatural world of magic. Everytime we open a page of this manga, we get transported into places not so different from what we know but have such an energy and vitality that make us forget for a moment where we are. We meet well known characters that we consider friends and prepare for an adventure. So, which other recent manga like Mahou Tsukai no Yome can we recommend? Keep reading!
Similar Manga to Mahou Tsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus´ Bride)
1. Ran to Haiiro no Sekai
- Author: Aki Irie
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural, Seinen
- Volumes: 7
- Published: Dec 15, 2008 - Apr 15, 2015
Aki Irie has some experience with fantasy and supernatural themed manga. In Ran to Haiiro no Sekai, she introduces us to Ran Uruma, who feels both blessed and cursed sometimes. Her parents are the most powerful wizards in the world (even her mother has her hands full of saving the world responsibilities!). This means Ran also inherited great powers! The problem is that she can not make them work as they should, but she tries her best anyway 🙂
In Ran to Haiiro no Sekai and Mahou Tsukai no Yome, we have two worlds (one fantastic, the other ordinary) adjacents to one another. The protagonists are girls with great powers who are learning to use them. Besides that, the art in both manga is detailed, original and exploits all the magic the themes about witches can give. Plus, we also get glimpses of romance in the two stories. The main difference is that Ran is essentially comedy.
2. Umi no Cradle (The Cradle of the Sea)
- Author: Mei Nagano
- Genres: Adventure, Historical, Seinen
- Volumes: 4
- Published: Aug 21, 2013 - Aug 20, 2016
Umi no Cradle is the debut of Mei Nagano. The story introduces us to Monica, who is a nanny in the times of the Industrial Revolution in England. However, her tranquil world is shocked when her employer and his family apparently die in an accident. Some time later, Monica discovers that the baby she used to take care of, Evan, is alive. Thus, in order to find out what happened to his parents, our protagonist will kidnap the child and embark in a journey by sea.
Old historic England! Should I say more? This is the first thing Mahou Tsukai no Yome and Umi no Cradle have in common. The carefully crafted illustrations are also present in both. Our protagonists, Chise and Monica, are not the kind of girls-who-model-pretty-dresses we are accustomed to from other protagonists in manga. Although their motivations are different, they prefer to dress up in practical outfits. As for the male leads, they are rather supportive of them. Also, the pace of the two stories is rather calm, which is perfect to deal with a stressful day.
3. Golden Kamuy
- Author: Satoru Noda
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Seinen
- Volumes: 4
- Published: Aug 21, 2013 - Aug 20, 2016
Satoru Noda has few works in the adventure shounen genre. Usually, when we think about fantastic tales, our minds wander to Europe. So, how about an interesting story about the Japan from a distant time? During the Meiji Era, there were some conflicts across the country. Warriors loyal to the old costumes and people who wanted to step into the future were constantly fighting and even killing each other. A survivor of such conflicts is Saichi Sugimoto, who decides to pursue the gold rush in Hokkaido.
There might not be magic in Golden Kamuy, but the role of nature in this manga is as relevant as in Mahou Tsukai no Yome. Saichi would not be able to survive if not for an Ainu girl called Asirpa. We find similarities between her and Chise, as both are talented in their crafts and shoulder the weight of a good portion of the plot. As for Saichi and Elias, you could not say they are the most good looking or youngest men around, but they are charismatic partners for the female leads.
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4. Totsukuni no Shoujo (The Girls from the Other Side: Siuil, a Run)
- Author: Nagabe
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Shounen, Supernatural
- Volumes: 3
- Published: Sep 5, 2015 to present
Nagabe has some experience with fantasy and supernatural manga, playing with the coexistence of beasts and humans. That is why we have a land where two kingdoms coexist in Totsukuni no Shoujo. Humans and beasts live side by side without becoming precisely friends. That is, until a girl called Shiva meets a beast she calls Sensei. The beast becomes her guardian, although he warns her to not go to the Outside, as she is a creature that comes from the Inside. However, Shiva takes every opportunity she can to wander around.
Totsukuni no Shoujo is probably the manga most similar to Mahou Tsukai no Yome. Just look at the protagonists! We have a horned beast and a little girl, whose relationship is that of a teacher and a disciple. There is also a mystery that has to do with magic. Also, the atmosphere is that of a fairy tale which, despite dealing with dark forces and some unpleasant creatures, makes us feel safe. This is in part due to the slice of life focus of several scenes. The main difference is that Totsukuni no Shoujo emphasizes more on the differences between the protagonists. As Shiva is a little girl, any sexual reference is cut out from the story, leaving us with a fairy tale of a rare purity. Also, the drawing in Totsukuni no Shoujo is rougher, which emphasizes once again the contrast between the dark Sensei and the human girl.
5. Niehime to Kemono no Ou
- Author: Yuu Tomofuji
- Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo
- Volumes: 4
- Published: Nov 5, 2015 to present
Warning: bestiality ahead (no joke). Yuu Tomofuji is some kind of expert in the supernatural romance department. In Niehime to Kemono no Ou, Saliphie is going to become the sacrifice for the Demon King. Nevertheless, the king finds her lack of fear amusing and decides to keep her by his side. As Saliphie discovers the story of the Demon King, romance slowly develops, until she becomes the queen of the demons and beasts.
Niehime and Mahou Tsukai no Yome are about a bride and her supernatural fiancee. Both mangas are full of magic, but there are other themes that are similar. Chise and Saliphie start as girls with no hope or anything to lose, but thanks to the second chance they receive from Elias and Lionheart, they find a purpose in life. There is also a sense of comfort and security in both couples. The main difference is that Niehime has a cuter drawing style that will make you go “Awww!” at every turn of the page.
6. Tongari Boushi no Atelier
- Author: Kamome Shirahama
- Genres: Fantasy, Magic, Seinen
- Volumes: 2
- Published: July 22, 2016 to present
Tongari Boushino Atelier is the second work of Kamome Shirahama. Coco has only known the life of her small village with her seamstress mother. However, she has always dreamt about becoming a witch, although it is said that witches are born and not taught. Coco’s luck might change with the visit of a witch called Qifrey. Her realization about a mysterious book she bought when she was smaller will just be the start of Coco’s adventures.
Powerful magician? Check. Newbie apprentice girl? Check. More magic than you can cope with in every page? Check, of course! The main difference between Atelier and Mahoutsukai no Yome is that the protagonist is not intended to be a bride. Also, the illustration style is even more detailed in Atelier. Although Chise and Coco are strong leads who discover their destinies little by little, Coco is more innocent and humoristic. So, if you would like a fantastic fairy tale-like read, just give a chance to Tongari Boushi no Atelier!
We really should thank Mahou Tsukai no Yome, because after its successful release, several similar mangas have won a considerable size of the market. Who says no to magic, the supernatural, fantasy or a good fairy tale? As you can see, we have several fresh options to satisfy our crave for adventures. But tell us, which other manga like Mahou Tsukai no Yome has captured your heart? Don’t forget to leave your comments. See you soon in the realm of magic 🙂