Chise Hatori (羽鳥 智世, Hatori Chise) is a Sleigh Beggy and one of the main protagonists of the series. She is the apprentice and wife of Elias Ainsworth. Later, it is revealed that Chise is the daughter of Yuuki Hatori & Chika Hatori. She is also the older sister of Fumiki Hatori.
Chise is a girl in her mid-teens. She has fair skin, shoulder-length red hair (that she inherited from her mother Chika Hatori) and wide green eyes. Her clothes vary, but she is most often seen with a red sweater, skirt and green coat.
She was gifted a necklace by Elias made from a cursed stone; whose hole was created naturally at the bottom of a river. By looking through the center, she can see the true form of Elias' acquaintances.
Another permanent addition, also a gift from Elias, is a ring she wears on her right index finger that was made by Angelica Barley. The ring keeps her from absorbing too much magic.
One of Chise's arms were later changed due to falling under the Dragon's Curse, her arm has been transformed into a more wood-like appearance, increasing in size from the elbow and forward, as it's covered in bandages and other restrictions. As well as this, her left eye has been replaced with one of those of Cartiphilius'. The transplanted eye has taken on her color and the arm has shrunken to its normal size since resolving the curses within her.
She is 54kg and 155cm.
Chise seems to be a typical teenage girl, though with a somewhat meek, subservient personality and issues with socialization, having had been considered an oddball by other children her age. She also tends to become attached to others quickly, particularly those who show her kindness. This exterior, however, belies a kind and courageous interior willing to go above and beyond in helping others, even at her own expense.
The story begins with Chise falling into severe depression and selling herself into slavery, not considering what may happen to her as a result and displaying no concern for her well-being. When bought by Elias, she seemed fine being viewed as his experiment because he took her in when no one else would. With time, however, it's apparent that she was worried that Elias would throw her aside.
From the beginning, she had little self-preservation and would place the well-being of others above her own health. She can be rash with magic, exhausting herself. Nevin mentions that by putting herself down, she degrades the worth of her actions and the people they affect. After speaking with Nevin, and Lindel, she seems to have taken the steps forward to open herself up.
Despite her lack of self-confidence, Chise is extremely dedicated to her role as an apprentice and her studies. She is very intelligent, though is rather naive - best evidenced by the fact that she is often tricked by fairies and similar creatures, who derive joy from her confusion.
However, in recent developments, Chise has made up her mind to be an optimist, and displays newfound joy.
She is afraid of thunder, perhaps because she had to suffer it alone.
There was a point in time when she was happy. Both her parents had the gift of sight. As a Sleigh Beggie, she attracted spirits both good and bad. Her father kept them away until he ran away with her brother. After that, her mother became stressed with the amalgamations that constantly appeared. She tried to kill Chisé, but let go of her daughter's throat. Instead, her mother left her the only way she could and killed herself.
Chisé was then passed around by her relatives as no one wanted to have her in their home. Eventually, Chise fell into a deep depression. She even tried to kill herself by jumping of the top of the school building before the beginning of the story. However, a man confronted her and convinced her to sell herself to someone who would care for her instead of killing herself. At the time she knew that she was a Sleigh Beggy, but not what that was, nor why someone would find value in her. The man taught her how to read and speak English. It is mentioned in an extra that they made her look dirty to earn sympathy.
At the auction house, she was bought for five million pounds and began living with Elias Ainsworth, in his household, which is set in a village, close to London.
In the first volume, Chise is being auctioned for sale while wishing only to find a place to call home when Elias decides that she would be his apprentice as he walks onto the stage. He then purchases her for five million pounds and mentions that seemingly had good luck to possess the Sight while also being a Sleigh Beggy. This causes an outburst on her part as she recalls how she had been always isolated and without a home because of her Sight. However, Elias reassures her that one day he'll make her grateful for possessing it and uses a teleportation spell to warp them to his home, which is set on the outskirts of a small village.
Chise then takes a bath, encounters a species of fae known as Ariels during this time, and receives an Adder Stone necklace from Elias before she goes to bed. However, she can't sleep and the Ariel that she met in the bath leads her to the entrance of the Fairy Kingdom, attempting to entice her into following them to the other side, but Chise refuses since Elias offering her a home when no one else ever did left an impact. Elias then appears, revealing that the Adder Stone allowed him to track her down, and warns away the Ariel before taking Chise back to their home and revealing that he intends to make her his bride in the future.
The next day, Elias brings her to London to meet with Angelica Purley and her family. Angelica explains the difference between magic and alchemy, as well as the cost of doing magic that goes beyond her limit. However, when she attempts to help Chise get a feel for her own magic, she ends up creating a field of flowers in the workshop due to possessing more magic than normal as a Sleigh Beggy. After Angelica prepares some things for her, they return to their home and Elias questions Chise about her parents. It's here that she reveals that her father and younger brother went missing while her mother died in front of her, before they run into Simon Cullum.
Due to Elias being so active compared to the past and taking on an apprentice, Simon has three requests for Elias to fulfill. The first takes Chise to the land of the dragons in Iceland, where she's taken by one of them to meet with the caretaker, Lindel. He has her play with the dragon chicks before one of the older dragons, Nevin, who will soon die. He accidentally reads her memories and learns that she once considered committing suicide, and as an apology he allowed her to see his memories of being able to fly thanks to her magic, which allowed him to die peacefully and turn into a tree, from which she would be able to make a wand someday.
Chise then falls into a slumber until she wakes to find herself on a train meant to cater the supernatural and encounter a cat that can speak named Barney, thus learning about the truth behind cats having nine lives. They arrive at their next destination, a town called Ulthar, where they meet the current King of Cats, and pass by a mysterious stranger. They're given the task of purifying a blight located within a lake, but the stranger from before tosses her into the water where she has a glimpse of the memory of Matthew within the lake before being pulled out.
Later on, Elias assigns the task of getting rid of the blight to Chise after giving her guidance and equipment, along with help from the Ariel that followed Chise. However, before they can do so, they are stopped and captured by Renfred and Alice.
Skills and Abilities
Sleigh Beggy are individuals who are naturally absorb magic from their surroundings, so much so that it wears on their bodies and shortens their lives. It could be said that it was akin to having a lot of blood, but a weak heart to pump it.
Because of these traits, magicians are willing to pay a high price to have them as a tool. Because of the amount of magic stored within their body and the ability to expend it greatly, they were hunted in the past to be used for that purpose and often died. The College has made attempts to find a live one to study in the hopes of preserving them.
They also draw in fae and other supernatural entities, with Elias noting that those who weren't lucky enough to possess the Sight would be cursed with both good luck and bad, as they would not be aware of that they were attracting them.
Magic is brought forth through the connection with the fae and one's own view of the world. Chise has been shown to be able to purify, fly, and create potions. As a Sleigh Beggie, Chise is favored by the fae, amounting to a large amount of magic potential, without the skills to control the massive pressure it has on her body.
Link To Mind and Memory
The unconscious mind is a passage. Chise is gifted in traveling into the minds of others. Without the intention to do so, she has peered into the memories of Ruth and the stagnation, see the memories of the dragon she met in the nest of dragons, as well as speak to Cartaphilus in a dream-like state.
Using a magical pelt granted to her by Ashen Eyes, Chise can transform into animals depending on the situation., becoming a bear in order to track down Elias and Ethan and then a wolf when Elias leaves in a jealous fit. It should be noted that this skill has no relation to the American Navajo version and instead is more related to the Nordic-Scandinavian Ulfhendar.
Since she has taken on the Dragon's Curse, she has gained the ability to lift around the weight of two people minimum. She mentions having to struggle to control her strength.
Since she has taken on the Dragon's Curse, she has gained a stronger sense of smell.
Spells & Incantations
This spell is used in conjunction with a fae and ingredients to make an insomnia potion:
Sound, sound, through the night forest.
Sing, sing, young hawthorns.
Let your thorns pierce the creeping hooves.
This spell is used in conjunction with a fae of choosing to bind them as a familiar:
Tie now the silver thread.
Tie now the roots of our veins.
The holly, so that we may not be separated.
The ivy, so that we may not come apart.
Tie to the yew tree seven times.
Until the day the snake spits out its tail.
This was an instance of chise using a spell with an Ariel to convert a corruption into flower petals but it is unclear if the spell is actually Chise's or if it's the Ariels doing:
Like a dandelion lifting it seed to the wind.
Then firmly rooted, sprouting.
As the parting wind, blowing to the unknown destiantion.
This spell is used to open a locked door:
You are a good lock, but an old lock.
I am the oil to grease your hinges,
the golden key to open you wide.
This spell is used to light a candle:
Flicker and dance, tongues of flame.
Colors of autumn, like roots of barley.
Flicker and dance, and light my way.
(It hurts, doesn't it? It hurts when no one understands.)
- Her name Chise used the kanji "Chi 智" which means wisdom and "Se 世" which means generations or world. That makes her name mean "the wise generation".
- Her surname Hatori (羽鳥) means "wing of a bird"
- She was bought by Elias for 5 million pounds. Because she sold herself into slavery, she ironically obtains half the money giving her a life savings of 2.5 million pounds which is what she planned on using during the auction of the dragon whelp.
- Her "wedding dress" is colored differently in the anime and manga. In the manga, Chise wears a black strap dress with a black neck choker, whilst in the anime the dress is white full shoulder dress with a white neck choker and a veil that wasn't in the manga.
- Chise's nickname of "Robin" nickname can refer to her red hair and bird like name. The robin is a bird species with small size and redbreast color.
- In Official Guidebook: Merkmal, her height is 155cm (5'1") and weight is 54kg (119lb).
- As far as it is known, Chise is of Japanese descent. Ashen Eye thinks that she has some European ancestry, as well, due to her appearance.
- She has a hard time making sleep potions, but can easily put someone to sleep with a lullaby.