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The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 Episode 2 – Quick Summary

In The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 Episode 2, “Birds of a feather flock together,” Chise still did not know what to do when Philomela regained consciousness. To her credit, she managed to give the young woman some healing tea and potpourri before they had to part. However, Chise completely forgot to ask for her name. Later, Chise had to psych herself up to go into her first class. Will it be a repeat of previous classroom experiences? Or will the sorcerers and mages be more understanding? And just why is Alice’s hair so short now?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 Episode 2

The Ancient Magus' Bride Season 2 Episode 2: Chise and Alice have a great friendship.

Alice and Chise have a great friendship. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Any episode with Alice is a good episode. Which is redundant, because I can’t think of a bad episode in this entire series. But my point here is that my favorite quote is a duet between Chise and Alice, and it was a great example of their comfortable and supportive rapport.

Chise had a hard time going into her first class. She suffered what looked a lot to me like a PTSD attack when she tried to open the door. I almost thought she’d turn around and hide in her room when Alice gave her a gentle push.

After class, Alice came by to see if she was okay. Finding her not in the classroom but standing on a landing between floors, Alice walked up the stairs to stand beside her.

“You seem awful tired,” Alice said (12:31). 

“I’ve got a lot on my mind.”

Placing her hand on Chise’s shoulder, Alice said (12:36), “That sucks.”

It does my heart good to see two friends supporting each other like that.

Favorite Moment from The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 Episode 2

The Ancient Magus' Bride Season 2 Episode 2: Chise and the salamander respected each other

Chise and the salamander regarded each other well. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Chise Extends a Hand… And Her Nose

This show just gave me 10 seconds of animation that blew my imagination into a course perpendicular to reality. That’s a good thing, by the way. It was such a tiny little moment, too. But then, this show excels in that kind of thing.

Remember when Elias wanted Alice and Chise to demonstrate how to use magic by interacting with the Neighbors? It was right after he said (14:48), “Do not do anything to upset them.” Which should have been filed “things that go without saying,” but, well, you saw the episode, so you know how that went.

The Ancient Magus' Bride Season 2 Episode 2: Elias was not kidding when he said not to anger the neighbors

Yeah, probably a good idea not to anger the Neighbors. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Anyway, remember when it was Chise’s turn? She calmly walked up to the table, extended her hands to the little pink salamander, and said (16:45), “Hello.” Apparently reassured by her attitude (or because she was the Sleigh Beggy, or both!), he climbed up into her hands.As the rest of the class watched, she brought it close to her face and closed her eyes. Then, as if it were the most natural thing in the world, they touched noses (16:58). And that was the point – it was the most natural thing in the world. Chise embraced the salamander for what it was. It responded to her spirit in kind.

Delivery: One of The Ancient Magus’ Bride’s Core Themes

Isn’t that just awesome?

Compare it to what happened when May Atwood treated the salamander arrogantly and disrespectfully. Quite a contrast, isn’t it? It’s like when humans act in harmony with nature, everyone benefits.

Remember what happened when Rian got turned down? He stayed cordial, and the encounter ended in peace. 

The Ancient Magus' Bride Season 2 Episode 2: Rian had the right idea by being courteous

Rian had the right idea by complimenting the little Neighbor. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

This matters to me. I grew up on a family farm – before industrial farming dominated the production side of the house. That gave me the chance to see what happened if other farms mistreated their animals or their lands. I understand the relationship between our survival and our environment. So, apparently, does Ancient Magus Bride.

That’s why Chise touching noses with the little salamander struck me. It represented a moment of harmony between humans and nature. And you know what? I’d like to see more of that in real life!

What did you think of Alice and her Will-o’-the-Wisp’s attempt to light a candle? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “The Ancient Magus’ Bride Season 2 Episode 2: Favorites

  1. I also like how cordial Rian was with the fire neighbor/faerie. Rather than pushing the issue and getting *literally* burned or getting frustrated, he accepted her initial rejection and asked himself “how can I become better at magic?”

    His solution for now is a smart one: associate yourself with someone who is good at magic just by being who she is: Chise. I hope this is the start of another lovely friendship.

    1. Wasn’t that great? He started by complimenting her, which seemed to work well! She even returned the compliment.

      I like your interpretation of how he reacted. I hope he’s the awkward nice guy he seems to be. I think he’d make a good friend for Chise in that case. I hope it is a lovely friendship!

  2. That Alice now has short hair due to her contract with Will means she has a much more boyish look. Whenever they’re together, she and the shorter-statured Chise don’t just look like friends, but like an item. Not sure if that’s intentional, but it’s cute as hell!

    So glad Chise is having a much better time in this school than her last one.

    1. I hope Elias doesn’t start thinking they look cute together! He doesn’t seem like the magnanimous type!

      I really like Alice’s friendship with Chise. They both needed a good friend, didn’t they?

      Seeing Chise be able to interact with people who not only understand what she’s seeing but look up to her because of it — that’s got to feel good to her.

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