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Will you listen to her stories?


No but I would knock that huge hat off her head.


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Elanina, apprentice witch, 14 years old.


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Ah yes, very kawaii.


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Oh my god.


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She's… She's hot!


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Damn, Japan does witches better than the west…


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Fran, the stardust witch, UNDISCLOSED years old.


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Living with the hottest witch in the kingdom and she still complains. Some people just don't know how nice they have it.


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Everything about this shot is so cozy.


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I had already noticed this on previous shots, but the scene compositions really are something else. I don't know if this is all drawn or if 3DCG has advanced to the point backgrounds can look this nice, but I want to believe it's all drawn. Either way, they sure went all out this episode.


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They made this anime for me, there's no other explanation.


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The scales are tipped to Fran's side.


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You can test me any time, Fran-sensei!!!


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Definitely 3DCG water effects in the background. Seeing how conspicuous it is, maybe the backgrounds actually are all hand drawn.


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She is SO my type!


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Damn that was an awesome fight scene. I'll probably webm it later.


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I-it's my first time… I mean it's performance anxiety you know… I'll be better next time, I promise!


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It broke.


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She. Is. SO. MY. TYPE.


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What a nice young lady.


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Elaina has it rough.


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There was a shot earlier that was really representative of what I said in >>1096 and I'll probably write a tl;dr rant at the end of this about it. For some reason, this shot makes me feel the same.


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Don't play coy with me after all you've put me through!


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Really, Fran-sensei eats every shot she's in.


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Another set of beautiful shots.


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So she's Gandalf if Gandalf was a cute girl?


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What the fuck


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This can't be happening.


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Elaina's mom seems the type who is a retired witch or something like that.


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And a time skip.

Pretty good first episode.


Don't tell me it's gonna be time travel shenanigans AGAIN


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The webm.

I wasn't expecting something like this from this anime.


Japanese witches are just girl merlins. They need to do more animal sacrificing and devil summoning.


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dumb witch doesn't know how to use her arms


Gay witches.


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Woops a bit late but yeah, it was fucken good.


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Noooo they made her cry


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Damn what a perverted friendly lady


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Things are happening way too quickly


So this show is independent single episodes? Like kino no tabi style stuff?


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It should be, but they already messed with the original flow of the story so who knows. In the light novels each chapter was a new story about a new place or person. There are a few running side plots like the muscles man. So far the anime has only done Elaina's witch training (which was a flashback later in the first book) and the Saya in the city of mages chapter. Both of those chapters were relatively long compared to others in the first LN. Hopefully they do split episodes instead of dragging out or trying to combine some of the shorter ones, I really like how episodic the books were.


What a big hat


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Hats are an important part of witches!


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Jesus fucking christ what on earth


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Holy shit this show gets dark
The witch doesn't do anything either lmao she just passes by


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There is nothing to gain by helping


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Yeah, the first two episodes sold me on this anime but the stories are all grimdark and/or preachy. I'm especially not liking this formula of Elaina telling a story that either relates (traveler showing images to his wife) or is a depersonalization of the story she's living (this episode and the story about "a certain princess"). On one hand it sounds exactly like a self-important teenager trying to sound deep but on the other hand I'm not seeing the author being clever enough to have done that on purpose. Doubly so because it's cheap and works in the anime's detriment.

The anime would improve by leaps and bounds if during story moments we heard Elaina's thoughts on whatever she's experiencing as if she was writing on a diary or if she actually fully narrated a story with whimsical references like "and who was this witch whose beauty flying over the mountain makes anyone sigh? It was me, of course". Instead we're watching her watching things. She's traveling but we don't see any logic to it. The first town was a given but how about after that? She heard a rumor and went to check it out? Did someone tell her such and such place is great this time of the year? Did she read in Nike's journal about a town and goes to see how things have changed? Does she just pick a location completely at random with not even a proper justification (follow a river until hitting a town)? Does she even have a map or is cataloguing/mapping her course? There's little travel, scarce writing, no cartography to be seen and we don't get to know her opinions or even what she thinks about what's going on. No room for character development or telling a story.

I'm giving this two more episodes on account of the first two being pretty nice, but right now majo no tabitabi is veering into a "shallow pretentious trash" rating.


I want to believe what's happening is Elaina sticking up to the promises she made to her mom but there's better ways of portraying her motivations. I agree that having no narration focusing on Elaina's thoughts and feelings hurts the show.


It's weird because it's not as if they're averse to monologue, but they're using the monologues in precisely the wrong ways. We don't need monologues about her old stories or whatever, we need monologues about how she feels about all the things she sees. It's like as soon as the first episode is over Elaine becomes a static PoV character, but then what's the point of developing her in the first place?

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