「Nothing Seek, Nothing Find. 」

As for Mahoutsukai no Yome, we’re coming right up on the end of the line here – next week is the final episode in fact. While there’s a seemingly insurmountable wall of unfinished business to tie up in a single episode, the fact that the anime has now (effectively) caught up the manga exactly complicates things even further. In different circumstances one might speculate that the timing isn’t coincidental and we’re going to get a coordinated, concurrent ending – but the manga isn’t ending imminently as far as I know. So really, who knows what Wit intends to do at this point?

One thing is abundantly clear, and that’s the ending’s focus on Cartaphilus. Much of what we saw last week is brought into context in this episode – and the reason why Joseph seemed to have multiple semi-autonomous selves inside him makes perfect sense once we know his backstory. Before that, though, there’s the matter of Elias’ meltdown in the aftermath of Chise’s rejection. And a meltdown (predictable at that) is an accurate description of what the Thorn Mage is going through. I think it not coincidental that what we see from Elias in situations is very tantrum-like, because he’s still very much a child in most ways that matter.

If one were of a suspicious mind, they might wonder why Titania and Oberon (and so many other powerful faerie creatures) seem so very anxious to have Elias (and Chise) live on the other side with them. The Fairy Queen and Kind certainly take the rift between Chise and Elias as an opportunity to try and make that happen – certainly under the banner of “helping” Elias, but perhaps in truth for far more selfish reasons. These are complicated creatures, and it’s certainly possible for motives we would label as contradictory and even mutually exclusive in humans to be peacefully coexisting in them

The headline sequence of the episode is certainly the B-part though, for that’s where we (through Chise’s eyes) finally get a glimpse into Cartaphilus’ past. Joseph, as it turns out, was once a totally separate entity – a gravedigger shunned by his village who took Cartaphilus in and tried to heal him after digging up out of a shallow grave. What we don’t see much of here is what kind of being the original Cartaphilus was, only that he was in constant and terrible pain – and that his merger with Joseph was not one he forced on the boy, but one Joseph asked for.

We know, of course. that Cartaphilus was cursed two thousand years ago – and roughly why. Even if he (and Joseph) cant remember the reason, it’s clear that this is someone who’s taken the idea of making enemies in high places to its theoretical extreme. What can Chise possibly do to break through that, one wonders, and what could possibly bring her to accept Elias back into her life so quickly as to see it happen in the finale? I suspect we may leave this adaptation with as many questions as answers, but we only have to wait one week to find out.




  1. Why the elves here aka Titania and Oberon act totally different for Humans comprehended standards…

    It is their Lifespan, Nature is way older then Humanity and if time is not so important for someone that see many mayfly’s born rise and die again… it’s like in DS9 the lifeforms inside the wormhole. Time flows for them very different

    So, this “high nose” above humans can come from there

    1. and to get rid of immortals.. Buried him deep down in an cage that survive an eternaty… Perhaps sinking him in the deepest part of the Ocean will hide him for the next thousend years. Shoot him into the Sun.. the Gravity of the Sun will keep him there for eternety, until it goes out in an Supernova and he could be free again (if Humanity survive and left earth)

      See, to get rid of immortals, we should think way above the future.. we need to look into thousands of years ahead, an glimpse of immortal life force

  2. It’s interesting that Joseph is the one that’s insane. I understand why seeing his life, but the way he always rejected the Cartaphilus name had given me the impression that Joseph was the suppressed one in this twisted partnership with Cartaphilus trying to take over his life for his own ends. Turns out Cartaphilus was/is just too tired to fight back and Joseph is responsible for pretty much everything.
    Wonder how he came to be know as Cartaphilus then, though?

    Was glad to see someone take Mariel to task for the crap she pulled, though, even if it was way too late.

    1. how he came to be know as Cartaphilus then, though

      My guess is that either those sensitive to magic can sense the dual nature or just given the myth of the wandering jew, he was called Cartaphilus because of his apparent immortality.

  3. if we go back to the first time Chise interacts with faerie I think part of the desire to have Chise come to go to the other side is because Chise is almost like a perpetual battery of magic. Imagine if bees could not only gather pollen but take the flowers back to the hive. Wouldn’t they try to talk the flowers to come?

    Elias is another story. We know too little of him to grasp the connection between him and faerie. If any. Titania just feels sympathetic towards him or is it just a ploy to get him to try to convince Chise to come to the other side?

    1. Good question. Though he’s immortal, he doesn’t seem to be immune to decay and Joseph has been “borrowing” body parts over the centuries. Maybe he doesn’t want to die (or has just reached that point) and has been experimenting on others to determine how to arrest his decay and alleviate his pain.

    2. …what is Cartaphilus hoping to gain from experimenting on others? I would assume it would be better for him to find any means to off himself?

      I think that’s part of it, but the other part of making chimeras and such was to see if it’s possible to get rid of the pain he’s constantly in. Not in the “if I make others feel my pain it’ll lessen my pain” emotional kinda way, but in the more literal sense, to stave off the pain that comes with constant decay.

      I wonder if one of the reason why he got Matthew to experiment with distilling cat lives was to see if those lives could transfer the cats’ vitality to a human. Cartaphilus mentioned when Mina melted that the cat’s animal instincts were too strong and the backlash turned her into goo. If he’d been the one to drink the distilled cat lives he might’ve turned himself into an undying pile of flesh (…reminds me of a certain unfortunate character from Made in Abyss, actually >_>), and that’s why he manipulated Matthew into doing his experiment for him, to avoid the risk that came with it.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *