The adventures of the Ashen Witch continue in the second volume of Jougi Shiraishi’s Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina. As usual, she travels from place to place, meeting all sorts of people. She even reunites with a couple of familiar faces along the way.
A runaway princess, a zombie nation, a divine cat, and lots and lots of bread. These are just a few of the many highlights that colour the travels of our young witch. Each place she visits is a new story waiting to be told, rife with encounters that are anything but typical – and rarely ending the way anyone expects. Such is the magic of wandering, you see. You never know quite where you’ll end up. A tale can take a turn at any moment and become something else entirely…
As with the first volume of Wandering Witch, each chapter in this light novel is pretty much a self-contained story. They vary in length, but of course the common theme that unites them is that Elaina is the main character. These are the stories of her travels, after all.
There are a couple of occasions where a character introduced in a previous chapter makes an appearance, but it is pretty simple to take each chapter on its own regardless.
Elaina’s adventures are all very interesting; which is good, because there wouldn’t be much to say if they were not. At the beginning of this volume, there are a few colour of illustrations of characters that Elaina meets. It is probably safe to say that the characters depicted there (by Azure, of course) are involved in the stories that probably have the most impact.
Particularly the young beastkin girl, Elise. That was quite the emotional rollercoaster, and a prime example of things not being as they initially appear. I sincerely hope that her tale is one that makes it into the upcoming anime adaptation, because it is a very memorable one.
Then again, the chapter involving Princess Chocolat and Rosamia certainly leaves an impact, though for very different reasons. That involves the princess fleeing from her country and a scary person. This also falls into the category of things not being what they seem – a recurring theme for this particular volume.
As far as reunions go, a certain young witch is very pleased to be reunited with Elaina. A certain young witch who is not afraid to make her affections known. Elaina doesn’t seem all that interested, though, which is unfortunate. Maybe it will just take some time.
Elaina’s journey is filled with all sorts of interesting characters and places, and that makes for a compelling read. Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina is such an enjoyable read. Elaina being a fun character is part of it, but also the side characters and the locales she visit are all key to what makes this light novel series work so well.