Welcome to Anime Rants’ analysis of Chise Hatori, the protagonist of The Ancient Magus’ Bride. This study will go over her story and background, her personality, and her MBTI type, in addition to a few other thoughts. At present, there are very few detailed insights offered about the character, but I plan to expand on this article over time.
As a special existence known as a Sleigh Beggar, Chise could always see magical creatures, but was really only aware of the unpleasant and frightening ones. These shadowy monsters were attracted to the vast magical energy of Chise and her mother. (Chise’s mom was also a Sleigh Beggar.) Chise’s family life was never a happy one. She and her mother had to constantly deal with the monsters and spirits terrorizing them. Mr. Hatori no doubt found it strange and stressful, too. Eventually, he left the family, taking Chise’s baby brother with him.
Chise and her mother were now alone. Things got much worse for them not just with the monsters but with financial and mental health problems. Chise’s mom was unfit to be a single mother. She lost control and attempted to kill Chise by strangling her. However, the unstable woman stopped herself before it was too late. Unable to deal with what she had done, the mother threw herself off the balcony and died.
At age fifteen, Chise was put up for sale at an underground mage auction. We don’t know how much time passed between her mother’s death and her arrival at the auction. Chise was bought by a nonhuman mage named Elias, who took her as his apprentice in magic. Elias also said that he hoped to make Chise his bride one day. Life with Elias, along with many magical encounters, gradually changed Chise. She became more empowered and confident, and found joy for the first time. She made friends and fell in love. She emotionally matured so much that she could face the memories of her past again and put it behind her.
The only thing that changed for the worse was Chise’s shrinking lifespan. Sleigh Beggars are frail and do not live long due to the amount of magic constantly flowing through their bodies. To make things worse, Chise also ended up with a curse on her body that replaced one of her arms with that of a dragon. She is falling apart by the later parts of the series. However, Elias continues to take care of her, and does everything within his power to lengthen her lifespan. Chise seems very happy when she is with Elias and surrounded by friendly magical creatures and fairies.
Chise is a quiet, contemplative, and melancholy girl who has mostly walled off her heart despite a natural tendency to be powerfully empathetic. She is also courageous, imaginative, and intelligent. She enjoys learning magic and seems to love Elias despite rarely being able to connect to him on an emotional level. Chise’s greatest strength is her resilience to hardships. Her greatest virtue is her empathy. As for her greatest challenge, it’s probably finding lasting happiness. Let’s look at some of Chise’s characteristics more closely.
It’s clear that Chise is a thoughtful person with a bright mind. She is always considering something or other. However, it’s rare that the anime tells us what she’s thinking. This can be frustrating, but it’s also kind of cool to have a protagonist who takes a lot of time to get to know. Even without a lot of examples, it’s obvious from watching the anime. Chise is contemplative. We also know Chise is a quick learner in magic and studies in her free time. She’s also good at working with herbs. She also loves books and reading. Practicality is not one of Chise’s strengths, as she is a more imaginative thinker.
Although Chise is usually unassuming and shy, she can be quite direct and bold when it comes to communicating her values and opinions. She’s straightforward with Elias right from the get-go, telling him he’s wrong for calling her fortunate. The best example, though, is when Chise explains to Renfred and Alice that she’s with Elias by choice and she doesn’t need to be “freed.” This happens in episode 5. Chise is very assertive in this instance and seems angry at Renfred for making assumptions.
Chise has a similar dual nature in that she’s friendly but also withdrawn. Chise makes friends with Alice and Stella without many problems. She is quiet but warm in general with people like Lindel or the man from the church, as well as good fairies and creatures like Ariel and the dragons. Though she says little, Chise is normally kind, humble, and polite when she does talk. Sometimes she hesitates or stammers a little bit when talking, and she uses a gentle, thoughtful voice. Chise is much more direct and upfront with Elias because she’s comfortable with him.
An important point to cover about Chise is her interest in death. If you understand her past and difficult life, it’s not hard to see why she has qualms about being alive. In episode 3, Chise seems envious of the old dragon whose life is ending. Throughout the first half of the anime, Chise seems gloomy and attracted to the idea of death. It doesn’t seem to bother her that her lifespan is so short. However, by episode 15, this girl is invested in life enough to fight back when the Fairy Doctor Shannon almost drowns her. That’s when Chise realizes she wants to live.
Chise does not value herself very much. This is true even outside of her issues of suicidal ideation. She constantly puts herself in danger, either acting impulsively or sometimes with the full knowledge of what she’s doing. In episode 7, Chise shoves Alice out of the way and is stabbed by a monster’s claw. It almost kills her, and at that point she was not even friends with Alice. Later, Chise endangers herself by taking the curse of the rampaging dragon into her own body. In the first instance, she was being impulsive and apologized to Elias after. But in the second case, and several others, Chise knew what she was doing and disregarded everything to save a creature she had no obligation to help.
Why is this girl so seemingly careless about her life? Despite some mild ideation of death, Chise does not actively seek to die. In fact, by the time of episode 18 or so, she is happy to be alive. She continues to risk her life because of her instinctual drive to care about others, particularly any creature who is hurting or alone. It’s unbearable to see them in pain due to her intense empathy. A quiet, pensive nature is a prominent characteristic of Chise, but selfless love for others is an equally strong quality in her.
There are a few other elements of this character to mention. First, we must acknowledge that Chise is courageous. She continues to press on despite even when she doesn’t really want to keep living. She has been haunted by monsters her whole life, but she doesn’t give in. In addition, Chise is not afraid of Elias. This girl’s courage, thoughtfulness, and mysteriousness make her somewhat eccentric. For someone like Chise, the worst thing that could happen is someone dear to her betraying her. But even when she feels betrayed by Elias, Chise eventually forgives him. Her forgiving nature is nothing to sneer at, either. That should cover the major points.
Chise’s MBTI Type: INFJ
As a big fan of the MBTI 16 personalities, I enjoy trying to assign anime characters with a type. If you are not familiar with the basics of MBTI typing, feel free to skip over this section, or just read the last paragraph, which has some easy-to-understand notes. To determine Chise’s type, I will be using the single-letter method, and then checking it against the cognitive function method. Let’s begin.
First of all, Chise is an introvert. It’s taxing for her to spend too much time with others, and she draws her energy from her alone time. It’s pretty clear that this girl is also intuitive. She’s thoughtful, abstract or creative in her thinking, and lacking in practical skills and being physically in tune. To make up for that, she’s unnaturally insightful and quite intelligent. Next we look at feeling vs. thinking. Chise is a feeling type, evidenced by her strong empathy toward others and her caring, forgiving nature. This girl prefers order where possible and is generally thorough. This suggests she would be a judging type rather than a perceiving type. So it seems like INFJ is the type to describe Chise. Let’s look at the cognitive functions to be sure.
The top four functions for INFJ are Ni, Fe, Ti, and Se. In this case, only the first two are really important: introverted intuition and extroverted feeling. It’s safe to say that Chise uses these two functions, being strongly introspective and loving. But what is the ordering? If Fe is dominant, then Chise would be ENFJ. If she is Ni dominant, then INFJ is the answer. I think Chise’s thoughtful nature takes the forefront. Besides, it doesn’t fit for her to be an extrovert. So, as you can see, INFJ is the best choice for Chise.
As the rarest type, INFJs are hard to understand and get to know. They are private and quiet, and hold a part of themselves off except to the most trusted friends or lovers. They hate emotional betrayal since they don’t place their trust easily. An INFJ is very thoughtful, original, and intelligent. They can read people and situations very well without even knowing why. Chise and others of this type can be too selfless and overwork themselves or overthink things. They are incredibly determined and passionate, usually empathetic, and driven to help others: especially those that are overlooked or rejected. That’s why they are known as advocates and protectors.
There are a number of other insights about Chise, including her bond with Ruth, her fight with Elias in episode 18, and further detail on her depression. I plan to expand on these topics at a separate time. For now, knowing about her story, personality, and MBTI type is enough. Chise is truly a great protagonist, and an original and well written female character. She grows and changes throughout the show, getting to know herself and accept her painful past. I couldn’t have asked for a better heroine.
Thanks for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed my analysis of Chise Hatori. See you next time at Anime Rants!