Majo no Tabitabi: The Journey of Elaina

Title:Majo no Tabitabi: The Journey of Elaina
Wandering Witch - The Journey of Elaina
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Notables: Animation - C2C
Once upon a time, there was a witch named Elaina, who set off on a journey across the world. Along the way, she would meet all kinds of people, from a country full of witches to a giant in love with his own muscles—but with each meeting, Elaina would become a small part of their story, and her own world would get a little bit bigger.
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TV anime that premiered on October 2, 2020.
Animated by C2C.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:4197#628]
(Six episodes watched):

What stood out about episode one of this anime to me was that there seemed to be a moral to this story, rather than it just being made of the sort of stuff that might happen while playing a video game. "Don't simply endure" Elaina is taught by her mentor Fran, the 'Stardust Witch'. Sometimes you have to stand up for yourself. This may not seem all that radical to an American, but how often do we get such a message in anime? 'The nail that stands up gets hammered down' is a traditional Japanese saying. The reason why a vicious fight breaks out between Fran and Elaina was surprising but made sense. This feels like a work of literature rather than just a mass-produced magical action tale. So, this series seemed to have a third dimension whereas most have only two. That caught my attention and I'm curious where this story will go from here.

Episode two was OK but not up to the standard set by number one, IMO. The 'surprise' we get at the climax didn't seem to have all that much of a message to it; did the wannabe apprentice girl learn something worthwhile? I didn't. I definitely hope this show will have more episode one-type episodes than episode two-types. Episode three was... odd. It consisted of two separate stories. What they had in common was that they both had unhappy endings; in each Elaina discovers a problem, but seems to take an attitude that they are none of her business and leaves them unresolved. You would think (and expect) that with her formidable magical powers, she would fix these things, but she doesn't. I wonder what message (if any) there was to these. Episode four was better, with a mystery that has a curious explanation. But Elaina still acts as little more than an observer; her attitude reminded me of the Non-Interference Directive from Star Trek. That's not necessarily bad, but I have yet to be convinced that it is good. In episode five Elaina encounters her old teacher, Fran, in Fran's homeland. Seeing how magical education is conducted in this place was sort of fun. In general this series is seeming like lots of loosely connected (or not connected at all) events which have one thing in common: magic is involved. And again, Elaina herself is often just an observer. Episode six sort of felt like a parable as Elaina visits a land where a magical spell forces everyone to be honest, and we see that there are benefits from lying. The lesson could have been more convincing and clear, but it was OK.

Last updated Saturday, November 28 2020. Created Saturday, October 17 2020.

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