…A cat’s curse robs you of everything if you incur it.
The fifth episode of Mahou Tsukai No Yome (The Ancient Magus’ Bride) has aired and I will bring you the recap and review of the episode as we close the book on the tale of Mina and Matthew. Will it be a happy ending?
Only one way to find out.
The episode starts where it left off, with Chise and the Ariel being captured by Renfred and the truth coming out that her body is fragile because she constantly absorbs and generates magic. But the body has limits and because of that she will die as things stand if measures aren’t taken. They then try to remove the hagstone around her neck that has tracking spell, but hurt the Ariel in the process.
That last bit encourages Chise to act, so she breaks free to help it and then declares that she won’t leave Elias until he lets her go. Elias takes that as cue to act, coming to her rescue before they are faced with the blight starting to come loose. So Chise, Molly, and Ariel head in to deal with it while Elias stays behind to keep Alice and Renfred away.
Chise is then taken into the memory of Matthew again. He goes to the wandering sorcerer asks for his help in making Mina healthy again, but learns that she won’t last more than a few years. So then he tells Matthew about cats having nine lives and suddenly there are a lot of rats in town.
Mina goes to find her husband when she stumbles across the shack full of dead cats. Chise then gets a front-seat view of Mina melting from being forced to ingest the liquid curse made from cat lives. The sorcerer writes it off as an experiment gone bad and then leaves Matthew to be devoured by the King of Cats and turned into the blight that he is.
Chise can’t help but pity them both as she comes out of the memory and Mina reveals herself. She wants them to be erased from existence because she and the others cannot find their way back to where souls belong since its been too long. It would be a mercy at that point to them.
Molly offers to die instead and lead them back to the place where souls go, since she’s on her ninth life. Chise vetoes that since her human would be sad. She then takes a third option by asking Ariel if they can return them to where they belong.
We then get an amazing magic scene of Chise sending them off to where they belong.In the process, Matthew and Mina reunite once more in a field of flowers. Chise is left watching them and contemplating her own happiness and live as the episode ends.
So this episode really touched me in a lot of ways.
Matthew and Mina’s tale was ultimately a tragedy. Mina was born frail and Matthew wanted to extend her life however he could. A push from that sorcerer sent him over the edge and not only killed Mina, but condemned Matthew and countless cats with her to an existence of suffering beyond death.
That was like something out of a horror movie when Mina stumbled across her husband. He had snapped by that point (with some hints that the sorcerer placed a spell on him to make him believe his words) and her death just sent him right over the edge. However, Chise was able to bring it to a happy ending by thinking outside of the box.
Chise’s gratitude to Elias is also understood a bit better now as well. She was unwanted and uncared for growing up, and he was the first person who gave her a sense of worth when everything else was going to hell for her. So even if he was lying, she’s willing to accept that lie for a truth until he no longer needs her.
It’s a beautiful statement, but also shows that she still has no self-value. Something that needs to be corrected.
The next episode looks like it will take place some time later, so I’m looking forward to it at least.