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Nishi no Yoki Majo
Good Witch of the West appeared to be a sort of attempt at meshing elements of medieval-fantasy and steampunk in its focus on Firiel Dee being entangles in a complicated conspiracy connected to her learning of her royal lineage and some mysterious research conducted by Firiel's close friend, Roux, that conspirators are seeking out for their personal gain for the throne. While having the potential to explore a rather extraordinary world with a grand story, this series appeared to be a bit too grand for its 13-episode run. The series doesn't take the time to flesh out its world and characters to any great length and it felt like the pacing got quite rushed, especially in later episodes when more about the conspirators and their motives are revealed. Sure Firiel makes for an engaging character with her strong-willed personality. But this series could have been a lot better if it had more episodes devoted to further fleshing out its plot and characters. As it is, Good Witch of the East is otherwise a mediocre romp that many will likely forget about after completing watch of it.
Last updated Thursday, November 16 2017. Created Thursday, November 16 2017.
Nishi no Yoki Majo
I enjoyed this anime series. The series length is just the right amount. The ending doesn't feel rush. The character design is well done. But what caugh my attention was the castles. They were beautifully well drawn. I loved the story thou the best. It starts out like Cindarellia. But it quickly changes. I recommand you watch it for yourself. I watched all 13 episodes. I loved it from start to finish.
Last updated Sunday, October 08 2006. Created Sunday, October 08 2006.
Nishi no Yoki Majo
Filiel Dee lives a simple life with her scholarly father, a student of his named Roux and with Mr & Mrs Holy, the married couple who served as housekeepers. As her mother died when she was young, Filiel grew up in the loving care of the Holy’s and spent her time playing with Roux in the meadows near their village. It was on the day of the Queen’s birthday that Mr & Mrs Holy present Filiel with a formal gown dress to wear to celebration ball held each year at Count Ralgo’s Manor House. Filiel is surprised when Roux presents her with a beautiful blue-stoned necklace, a treasure of her mothers and an heirloom that her father is now passing on to her. As Roux refuses to attend the ball, despite all of Filiel’s pleas and requests, she attends the event with her best fiend, Marie. And the ball was a wonderful dream. A handsome Lord (Eusis Roland) spends the evening dancing with her, and when they are not dancing, he and his best friend, the Barron Lot Chrisbard keep her company and flirt with her. And later that evening, when Eusis’s younger sister, the lady of Roland, appears - does Filiel get asked about her distinctive necklace. Eusis’s sister is certain that it is a Queen’s touch-stone, a royal treasure carried by Edyleen, the Queen’s sister, last seen some fifteen years ago before Edyleen’s sudden unexplained disappearance. The two young nobles ask Filiel how she came to possess the treasure, and not accepting her explanation, they even go so far as to accuse her of theft. It is only later when Roux strangely appears at the Manor does Filiel find out that her mother was indeed the Princess Edyleen and she is of noble blood. But it already too late, the dark influences that caused her mother to flee from her family, have taken notice of Filiel and begin to move ….. |
Arriving at home later night, Filiel and Roux are surprised to find that her father has secretly slipped away, and the Holys are burning all of his treasured books. Mr Holy tells Filiel that is was her mother’s love of books that forced her to flee her family and that her father’s treasured collection of books are heretical. Roux explains that the king’s ban on any written knowledge is absolute and strongly enforced by the feared Inquiry Service. But it was too late - the house is already being watched and the soldiers of the Inquiry Service had been dispatched……
Having just seen the 3rd episode, I can share that this is a series that does a good spin on Cinderella story, with a bit of the darkness and evil nastiness of the Wizard of Oz mixed in.
Fansub title < good witch of the west >
Some snaps of the first episode have been posted.
Last updated Wednesday, May 17 2006. Created Wednesday, May 17 2006.
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