No but I would knock that huge hat off her head.
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.
Don't tell me it's gonna be time travel
Japanese witches are just girl merlins. They need to do more animal sacrificing and devil summoning.
So this show is independent single episodes? Like kino no tabi style stuff?
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?