Märchen Mädchen
Märchen Mädchen light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover featuring the character Hazuki Kagimura
(Meruhen Medohen)
Light novel
Written byTomohiro Matsu, StoryWorks
Illustrated byKantoku
Published byShueisha
ImprintDash X Bunko
Original runFebruary 24, 2017 – present
Written byTakatoshi Nakamura
Illustrated byKiyotsugu Yamagata
Published byShueisha
MagazineJump SQ
Original runOctober 4, 2017May 2, 2018
Anime television series
Directed byHisashi Saito (Chief ADR)
Shigeru Ueda
Written byTomohiro Matsu
Music byrionos
StudioHoods Entertainment
Licensed byCrunchyroll[1]
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11
Original run January 11, 2018 – present
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Märchen Mädchen (メルヘン・メドヘン, Meruhen Medohen, lit. "Fairy Tale Girls") is a Japanese light novel series written by Tomohiro Matsu and StoryWorks, with illustrations by Kantoku. The series was being worked on by Matsu before his death in May 2016, and he is still credited as the writer.[2] Shueisha have published four volumes since February 24, 2017 under their Dash X Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation by Takatoshi Nakamura and Kiyotsugu Yamagata was serialized in Shueisha's Jump SQ magazine between October 4, 2017 and May 2, 2018. An anime television series adaptation by Hoods Entertainment premiered on January 11, 2018.


The series revolves around Hazuki Kagimura, a socially challenged high school girl who loves stories since childhood. Whenever her life with her new family doesn't play the right cards for her, she instead indulges into the stories she borrows from the local library. One day while returning, she finds a book which she doesn't recall borrowing. She later bumps into a strange, hooded woman who she recognises as the mage from her stories.

While following the woman back to the library to return her belongings, she finds her opening a portal into another world, in which Hazuki gets mysteriously sucked into. Waking up, she finds herself in a mysterious school which is unfamiliar to her. The hooded woman reveals herself to be Shizuka Tsuchimikado, who tells Hazuki that she is in a magic school where girls known as 'madchen' are chosen by magical texts from which the world's stories are born. She also tells Hazuki that she herself has been chosen by the book of Cinderella, and has now become a madchen. In order to master her new abilities and become a full-fledged mage, Hazuki must endure grueling tests and get used to the campus. Thus, her new school life, filled with fantasy and magic, begins.


Kuzunoha Girl's Magic Academy

Hazuki Kagimura (鍵村 葉月, Kagimura Hazuki)
Voiced by: Tomori Kusunoki[2]
A 15-year-old high school student who is painfully shy and socially inept; and as a result of this, she has no friends or even a love interest. Hazuki is very imaginative and a dedicated fan of fantasy stories - she inherited these traits from her mother, who died when Hazuki was still little. Whenever Hazuki is upset, she immediately finds herself a story book to immerse herself in (a condition Hazuki refers to as "Story Syndrome"). One day after school, Hazuki comes across a cloaked figure and decides to follow her to a library. Hazuki is then transported to another world where she is told that she is a Mage, known as a Madchen in that world. Afterwards, Hazuki transfers to Kuzunoha Girl's Magic Academy to become a proper mage. As the story progresses, Hazuki quits being a Madchen and her Origin was sealed.
Hazuki is contracted to the book of Cinderella at first, before revising the title as Cinderella Doesn't Look Back.
Shizuka Tsuchimikado (土御門 静, Tsuchimikado Shizuka)
Voiced by: Rie Suegara[2]
Shizuka is the team leader of Kuzunoha Girl's Magic Academy.
She inherited The Tale of Princess Kaguya as a scion of the Tsuchimikado family.
Ariko Kasumi (加澄有子, Kasumi Ariko)
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo[3]
Ariko is Shizuka's childhood friend. The Kasumi family has historically had a servant-master relationship with the Tsuchimikado family.
Ariko is contracted to the book of Issun Boshi.
Mai Sadohara
Voiced by: Hiyori Nitta
Mai is a shy girl who dislikes malice. She has a black belt in karate and knows Krav Maga.
Mai is contracted to the book of The Grateful Crane.
Sachi Hino (日野さち, Hino Sachi)
Voiced by: Azusa Tadokoro[4]
Sachi is an overconfident girl.
She is contracted to the book of Shita-kiri Suzume.
Headmaster Sugami (崇神学園長, Sugami Gakuen-chō)
Voiced by: Akemi Okamura[3]
Sugami is the Principal of Kuzunoha Girl's Magic Academy.

Coalition (Allied Union)

Yumilia Qazan (ユーミリア・カザン, Yūmiria Kazan)
Voiced by: Lynn[2]
Yumilia is the team leader of the Coalition.
She is contracted to the book of Shuten douji.
Charles Giovanni
Charles is Yumilia's airheaded friend. She has no sense of direction, and has a habit of telling unconvincing lies.
Charles is contracted to the book of Puss in Boots.
Molly C. Quinn
Molly is contracted to the book of Pied Piper of Hamelin.

American School

Lynne Daves (リン・デイヴス, Rin Deivusu)
Voiced by: Rina Hidaka[5]
Lynne is the leader of the American School.
Lynne hides her cruel personality with a cutesy facade; she would use any means necessary to succeed.
Lynne is contracted to the book of The Little Match Girl.
Angelina Daves (アンジェリーナ)
Voiced by: Amina Satō[4]
Angelina comes from the same orphanage as Lynne.
She is contracted to the book of Santa Claus.

Russian School

Maria Rasputin (マリア・ラスプーチン, Maria Rasupūchin)
Voiced by: Airi Ōtsu[5]
Maria is the leader of the Russian School.
She is contracted to the book of The Gigantic Turnip.
Tatiana Boyarskii (タチアナ)
Voiced by: Ari Ozawa[4]
Tatiana is sweet and kind, but is also naive, which makes her prone to trickery and manipulation. Her Origins was damaged from an enemy attack.
She is contracted to the book of Ivan the Fool.

German School

Agathe Arier (アガーテ・アーリア, Agāte Āria)
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma[5]
Agathe is the leader of the Germany School.
She is contracted to the book of Der Freischutz.

British School

Arthur Pendragon (アーサー・ペンドラゴン, Āsā Pendoragon)
Voiced by: Reina Ueda[3]
Arthur is the leader of the British School. She has the ability to bond with animals.
She is contracted to the book of The Legend of King Arthur.


Xuemei Li (李 雪梅, Ri Shuemei)
Voiced by: Maya Yoshioka[6]
Xuemei is the leader of the Chinese faction of BRICS.
Xuemie is contracted to the book of The Eight Immortals Depart and Travel to the East.
Mahakali (マハーカーリー, Mahākārī)
Voiced by: Yuna Kamakura[6]
Mahakali is the leader of the Indian faction of BRICS. She loves beautiful things, and has a queenly demeanor.
She is contracted to the book of Ramayana.


Light novels

Märchen Mädchen is written by Tomohiro Matsu and StoryWorks with illustrations by Kantoku. Shueisha published the first volume on February 24, 2017 under their Dash X Bunko imprint; four volumes have been released as of April 2018. It has been announced that the fourth volume is the series' climax.[7]

No.Release date ISBN
1 February 24, 2017ISBN 978-4-08-631171-7
2 July 25, 2017ISBN 978-4-08-631193-9
3 December 22, 2017ISBN 978-4-08-631218-9
4 April 25, 2018ISBN 978-4-08-631238-7


A manga adaptation, written by Takatoshi Nakamura and illustrated by Kiyotsugu Yamagata, was serialized in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine from October 4, 2017[8] to May 2, 2018[9] and collected in two tankōbon volumes.

No.Release date ISBN
1 January 4, 2018[10]ISBN 978-4-08-881325-7
2 June 4, 2018[11]ISBN 978-4-08-881490-2


A 12-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Hoods Entertainment[2] premiered on January 11, 2018 on AT-X, Tokyo MX and BS11.[12][6] Hisashi Saito is credited as chief director for the series, Shigeru Ueda is directing the series with Matsu credited for writing the scripts and Yuki Morikawa adapting Kantoku's original character design for animation. The opening theme is "Watashi no Tame no Monogatari (My Uncompleted Story)" (わたしのための物語 〜My Uncompleted Story〜) by Fhána and the ending theme is "Sleepland" by Reina Ueda.[3] Crunchyroll is streaming the series.[13] On March 28, 2018, the series' airing was cancelled at 10 episodes.[14]

Plans to air Episodes 11 and 12 in December 2018 were scrapped.[15] It will be released on Blu-ray Volume 6.[16] On January 15, 2019, it is announced that Episodes 11 and 12 will be aired after April 2019, and the release date of Blu-ray Volume 6 is postponed to May 30, 2019.[17]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1"Story Syndrome"
"Monogatari shōkōgun" (物語症候群)
January 11, 2018 (2018-01-11)
2"First Magic"
"Hajimete no mahō" (はじめての魔法)
January 18, 2018 (2018-01-18)
3"The Hexennacht is Here"
"Hekusenhatto ga yattekita" (ヘクセンハットがやってきた)
January 25, 2018 (2018-01-25)
4"A Place to Be, a Place to Call Home"
"Irubeki basho, kaeru basho" (いるべき場所、帰る場所)
February 1, 2018 (2018-02-01)
5"Farewell, My Magic"
"Sayonara, watashi no mahō" (さよなら、私の魔法)
February 8, 2018 (2018-02-08)
6"Cinderella Doesn't Look Back"
"Shinderera wa furimukanai" (シンデレラは振り向かない)
February 15, 2018 (2018-02-15)
7"The Allegory of The Honest Man"
"Shōjiki-mono no gūwa" (正直者の寓話)
February 22, 2018 (2018-02-22)
8"Pull Out a Big Turnip"
"Ōkina kabu o nuke" (大きなカブを抜け)
March 1, 2018 (2018-03-01)
9"Companions on a Journey, and Whimsical Traps"
"Tabi wa michidzure wana wa kimagure" (旅は道連れ罠は気まぐれ)
March 22, 2018 (2018-03-22)[18]
10"The Moon Flower Blooms Twice"
"Tsuki no hana wa ni-do saku" (月の花は二度咲く)
March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)
11"Twilight of Der Freischutz"
"Madan no tasogare" (魔弾の黄昏)
12"Magic of Happy End"
"Happīendo no mahō" (ハッピーエンドの魔法)


  1. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Crunchyroll.


  1. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2018 Simulcast License Acquisitions". Crunchyroll. January 8, 2018. Archived from the original on January 31, 2018. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Märchen Mädchen Anime's Cast, Staff, Visuals, 2018 TV Premiere Revealed". Anime News Network. August 1, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Märchen Mädchen Anime Reveals More Cast, Theme Song Artists". Anime News Network. November 4, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Maerchen Maedchen Anime Reveals 3 New Cast Members". AnimeNewsNetwork. February 11, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Rina Hidaka, Airi Ootsu, Ai Kakuma Join Märchen Mädchen Anime's Cast". Anime News Network. September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Märchen Mädchen Anime Reveals 2 More Cast Members, January 11 Premiere". Anime News Network. December 4, 2017. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Märchen Mädchen Light Novel Series, Manga Approach Climax". Anime News Network. April 21, 2018. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Märchen Mädchen Manga Scheduled, Online Game Project Announced". Anime News Network. September 2, 2017. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "Takatoshi Nakamura, Kiyotsugu Yamagata's Märchen Mädchen Manga Ends". Anime News Network. May 6, 2018. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "メルヘン・メドヘン 1". S-Manga. Shueisha. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "メルヘン・メドヘン 2". S-Manga. Shueisha. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  12. ^ "Märchen Mädchen Anime Premieres in January". Anime News Network. November 2, 2017. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  13. ^ "Crunchyroll Streams Märchen Mädchen TV Anime". Anime News Network. January 11, 2017. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
  14. ^ "Märchen Mädchen Anime Finale's Fate Remains Unclear". Anime Herald. March 28, 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  15. ^ "Märchen Mädchen Anime Delays Last 2 Episodes to December". Anime News Network. May 23, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "Blu-ray -アニメ「メルヘン・メドヘン」公式サイト-". Official Japanese Märchen Mädchen website. 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  17. ^ "「メルヘン・メドヘン」再延期のお知らせ -アニメ「メルヘン・メドヘン」公式サイト-". Official Japanese Märchen Mädchen website. January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  18. ^ "Märchen Mädchen's Next New Episode Delayed Until March 22". Anime News Network. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 11, 2018.

External links

  • Official website (in Japanese)
  • Märchen Mädchen (light novel) at Anime News Network's encyclopedia