At the young age of 15, Elaina has became a witch, the highest rank for a mage. Inspired by the tales of the witch Nikeh’s journey that she loved to read when she was little, Elaina sets off on her own journey across the world and meets all kinds of people.
Halimun Muhammad (The Indonesian Anime Times)
Despite the title, the first episode does not really feature much journeying. That is because this adaptation takes a chronological approach, starting from the story of why and how Elaina becomes a witch before she starts her journey. It is unlike the novel and the manga, and also unlike adaptations of some other journey-themed works like Kino’s Journey, that opens with the main characters already on the journey, going back to how they start it in some later stories. Perhaps by beginning with Elaina’s motivation, the values her teacher imparts her, and the promises she make to her parents, the anime provides the viewers with more context to understand how Elaina would act later in her journeys. But nevertheless, that means viewers would have to wait until later episodes to see Elaina actually wandering to places.
The anime depicts the world with lavish, detailed backgrounds and lush colours, setting a good precedent for the places that Elaina would visit later. A duel between Elaina and her teacher Fran also boasts a spectacle of effect animation; but hopefully, the anime wouldn’t just reduce the magic charm of the story into just hurling fireballs and thunderbolts.
Facts and Figures
|Alternate Title(s)||Majo no Tabitabi
|Original Work||Light novel by Jougi Shiraishi and illustrated by Azure|
|Cast||Kaede Hondo as Elaina
Kana Hanazawa as Fran
Makoto Yasumura as Elaina’s father
Shizuka Itou as Elaina’s mother
Tomoyo Kurosawa as Saya
Yoko Hikasa as Sheila
|Director||Toshiyuki Kubooka (Berserk: The Golden Age, Harukana Receive)|
|Scenario||Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (Encouragement of Climb Season 3, Girls’ Last Tour, Is the Order a Rabbit?, By the Grace of the Gods)|
|Character Design||Takeshi Oda (Harukana Receive)|
|Opening Theme||“Literature” by Reina Ueda|
|Ending Theme||“Haiiro no Saga” by ChouCho|
|Studio||C2C (WorldEnd, Shachibato)|
|Broadcast Date||2 October 2020 (1200 GMT/1900 WIT/2100 JST)|
Screenshots and Trailer
The Indonesian Anime Times