Majo no Tabitabi

Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

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Japanese: 魔女の旅々
English: Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
German: Elainas Reise
French: Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2020 to Dec 18, 2020
Premiered: Fall 2020
Broadcast: Fridays at 21:00 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: C2C
Genres: AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.561 (scored by 186511186,511 users)
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Ranked: #16382
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #569
Members: 404,222
Favorites: 3,907

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Preliminary Spoiler
Dec 18, 2020
"Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination."

Fiction often tells us a similar tale: one of the hero saving the day, where happiness is a commodity given as a reward for good and just deeds. In the case of Majo no Tabitabi, which follows Elaina's solitary journey throughout the vast skies and endless seas, this rule of fiction is approached in a more skeptical manner. Good intentions may be rewarded, but it is not always so.

Unlike most anime, Majo no Tabitabi doesn't portray karma as an infallible law from which we can never escape. Sometimes the characters will strive to resolve an issue ...
Oct 23, 2020
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

This is one of the shows I have bookmarked for this year. It is so sweet I do have a glucose monitor to use if I start to feel wonky.

Storyline: This story follows a cheeky, young witch named Elaina as she sets off on a fantastical journey across the world after being inspired by her favorite book. As with any classic fantasy tale, she’ll meet plenty of folks along the way, from the strange to the bizarre, including giants, townsfolk and even other witches! As she explores the world, her views on her own journey will take shape! ...
Dec 18, 2020
A journey always begins with the very first step and that’s truer than ever for a young girl named Elaina. With a fantasy setting built by the creative mind of Jougi Shirashi, we are treated one of the must-see shows of this year.

Despite the light novel popularity, we didn’t get an anime adaptation airing until 2020. What’s slightly more concerning is that the anime itself is contained within a 1-cour of 12 episodes, and it raises the question if it’s enough to show its true colors. Thankfully, I can say with easy confidence that Majo no Taitabi (Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina) does indeed ...
Oct 23, 2020
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
I'm honestly in love with this show, while sure it isn't perfect, but it's certainly one to watch for this season, and here is why!

This honestly reminds me of Kino's journey. It's a fun show with it's premise. Making each and every episode different and unique in it's own way. Which I honestly think is brilliant. It not only allows you to explore the world in more details, but also add an element of surprise each and every week so far. With it's story following our witch protagonist, as she goes from location to location, engaging in different kinds of story. It's really fun and ...
Oct 23, 2020
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
This show is pretty darn awful. Spoilers... but nothing that important, as the show itself makes all too clear.

Determined girl devotes herself to the study of magic so she can become a witch and travel the world. Only, we don't get to see her train, or devote herself, or observe the trials she faces, except when her foreigner witch teachers beats her up out of nowhere to teach her humility.

But that's not what the show is about! It's about her travels afterwards! How she visits people across the world and touches their lives!

Only she doesn't. She's a passive observer to ...
Oct 23, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
I'm not entirely sure why I watched four episodes of this show. Everything, from the original light novel cover to the studio (C2C) and production team, made me think nothing but “oh, it's just another mediocre LN adaptation” and prefer to choose more entertaining shows from this season instead. However, power of MAL hype is strong, and hot discussions about the third episode attracted my attention. New Kino no Tabi? A show where protagonist is not the purest person in the whole world and can make decisions that fall in the morally grey territory? Not your typical LN adaptation? Ok, ok, I gave it a ...
Oct 24, 2020
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
I hate the anime. I would understand the no destination part, but so far it feels like there's no story. The story isn't about a witch, it's about the witch's travels. It feels like it's just a story about what the world she lives in is like. The anime might as well get rid of the heroine and just get a narrator to explain all the places she goes to.

The MC's name is Elaine, but what does she do other than travel and write? Does she like documenting? Is her purpose to document history? Or is it just for her parents to let her know ...
Dec 18, 2020
Every season as of late, I can’t help but find myself on the lookout for fantasy stories to sink my teeth into. Oversaturated as the genre may be, sometimes, only sometimes, among all the manufactured shlock you’re likely to find a single gem rising above. Gems in which the fantasy setting is often merely used as a backdrop for a greater purpose, while also fully exploring it without getting caught up in the numerous tired tropes.

You can see why the promotional poster alone of Majo no Tabitabi sucked me in.

Majo no Tabitabi started out strong. Not held back by lazy tropes, complemented with sometimes breathtaking ...
Dec 18, 2020
Mixed Feelings
If you went into this show expecting all sunshine and rainbows, you would be sorely mistaken. This is not your typical lighthearted fun adventure. Elaina’s journey is bittersweet and oftentimes filled with some truly dark and depressing moments.

The story centers around Elaina, a talented witch who happens to be a rare prodigy. She is coined the Ashen witch based on her long ashen colored hair. Being so young, she embarks on an adventure traveling from place to place encountering many people along the way who all have their own issues. There are many other shows this premise draws similarities to such as Kino’s Journey and ...
Dec 21, 2020
Warning: This review might not be very well articulated, as a side effect of this anime itself not being very well articulated.

Through the course of Majo no Tabitabi's airing time, I saw horrendous fighting and arguing in this community over whether it was a masterpiece or a shitshow. People were arguing left and right about Elaina's moral compass and I've been here from day one to see it. I'm of the opinion that Tabitabi is, indeed, a shitshow; but not quite for the reasons most people seem to think it is.

You see, the problem with Majo no Tabitabi is that it thinks it's so smart. ...
Dec 2, 2020
Preliminary (5/12 eps)
Kino no Tabi meets Kiki's Delivery Service – what could possibly go wrong?

After acquiring a status of a witch, Elaina leaves her hometown to travel around the world. On her journey, Elaina is about to experience bright and dark sides of the world and society. The story is episodic with almost no connecting plot line, and every episode is supposed to bring some kind of question about human nature.

I like both road movies and moral dilemmas very much but unfortunately I can’t bring myself to enjoy this show. Among other problems, like shallow plot and questionable moral messages, the protagonist is the biggest one – ...
Oct 23, 2020
Preliminary (4/12 eps)
Watching The Journey of Elaina feels like reading a storybook. It is about Elaina, a traveler from a faraway distant land, and her journey as she travels to lots of different places and encounters new people. The show seemed like a happy go lucky anime at first, surprisingly it has a darker tone. It shows how harsh reality and the truth could be as Elaina journeys around the world. It is like the fairy tale you read as a child however not all fairy tales have happy endings.

When Elaina encounters problems along the way. She may seem not to care but she does. She ...
Nov 18, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (7/12 eps)
The first episode was absolutely amazing and definitely peaked my interest in watching this anime without any research on it. It was beautifully animated and stunningly well written.

unfortunately however that is where it all goes downhill, after the first episode the story becomes boring and very much a monster of the week style of show. The animation quality seems to have had half the budget after the first episode and looses the beauty that it had.

I recommend to anyone to watch the first episode and that is a solid 8/10 for me, but after that episode the show is at best a 5/10.
Oct 31, 2020
Preliminary (5/12 eps)
This is Kino's travels (or the many other travel anime) mixed in with a kawaii magic girl main character. If you don't like either genre, you won't like this show. There is no world-building, because there is no world (aside from the magical girl trope). It's episodic and each story self-contained. A collection of disparate folktales with a magic girl inserted in there as an observer. There's a reason why Disney can only really adapt a handful of old fairy tales to create our fondest childhood memories (and big blockbuster success). Because there are really only a handful of coherent ones with positive messages. The ...
Feb 27, 2023
Wondering Witch Elaina, “Every journey begins with a single step. We just have to have patience.”

The story isn't all adventuring to fun nations; it gets dark from time to time. The story shows that the world isn't always a bright place, especially since magic isn't always used for good, and there are wars going on...

Elaina's character display is a realistic portrayal of personality that isn't being shown on some anime nowadays. If you notice every little detail, and character interactions, you'll start to feel that some of this is not being shown on some typical anime that you've already watched. If you are the ...
Nov 29, 2020
Preliminary (9/12 eps)
A story about a painfully unaware, narcissistic witch (w interchangeable with b) who travels around the world.
Why is it bad? The writers are as obvlivious to her narcisstic nature as the main character - this unintentional element turns an elseway mediocre narrative sour. Making it painful to watch, not in the way of being "gory", "dark" or "psychological" - but more like having to spend time with some douchebag relative / friend of a friend who you'd rather just keep our of your life permantently.

In short. The MC is incredibly unlikeable, and the intro sums up the show.

The fact that this show has ...
Dec 18, 2020
"When I grow up, I'm going to go on an adventure just like Nikéh did!" - A young, growing silver-haired "Ashen Witch" named Elaina.

To be completely honest, this show is one of (if not) the hardest reviews I've ever written, and for very promiscuous reasons. From the "similar-but-different Kino's Journey" vibes, to the many controversies of "fanservice" and the in-between stories of light-heartedness and deep, plunging darkness, Majo no Tabitabi (or Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina) is definitely something that's a stand-out in the Fall season alone for the lore of fantasy, with a cinch of the classic adventurous spirit of young-and-upcoming newbies just ...
Dec 18, 2020
Fiction is all about perspective, and what can be taken from a piece of art will depend on the person viewing it. This is an incredibly generic opening statement that can be plastered onto any review for anything in existence, but such a primal notion is paramount to The Journey of Elaina. It’s a series that lives and dies by your appreciation of the main character, or lack thereof. It’s a collection of vignettes that can either move you, or have you mumbling “What the hell was the point of that?” at the end of twenty-two minutes.

“Who’s that hot witch who’s also a bad bitch? ...
Aug 1, 2023
Much like Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica this show doesn't pull any punches. You haven't seen Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica? ok well add that to your list too. Majo no Tabitabi is lighter and more upbeat in general but still gets very dark in parts. You may expect a slice of life with generic characters but instead get something far more nuanced then we expect from typical anime these days.

Sometimes bad things happen. Sometimes you can help, and sometimes you can't. Sometimes you make things worse. Sometimes you can say "That problem is not my problem" (a logical stance never ...
Dec 20, 2020

Brother, what the fuck did I just watch. I'm finishing ep 12 by questioning the reason for the existence of this anime. Why does this poha exist? Why did I watch this shit? As I keep wondering why I watched this until the end, I realize that it was just a huge waste of time that I had besides discovering myself as a bit of a masochist, since this poha is so bad that it made my brain hurt.
Anyway, the protagonist sucks and, if she didn't exist, the anime might be much better. Ep 12 meaningless, and even though some people say it makes sense, ...