Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 4: The Queen of an Empty Country

The next stop on Elaina’s journey takes her to a ruined kingdom. You’d expect that there isn’t much to see there, but she does happen to encounter one survivor.

Elaina

Elaina arrives at a ruined kingdom

In this episode, Elaina arrives at a ruined kingdom. After some investigation, she meets a lone survivor named Mirarose. Mirarose reveals that there is a monster terrorising the kingdom, and that she intends to kill it. Elaina offers to help Mirarose out, though she refuses to fight the monster.

Mirarose

Mirarose

This episode adapts chapter 12 from the light novel, which is titled “The Queen of an Empty Country”. Funimation’s title for this episode is “The Princess Without Subjects”, which isn’t quite the same. I suppose both are technically correct depending on how you interpret it.

The Javalier

The monster that destroyed the kingdom, the Javalier

In case it hasn’t been made clear by this point, Elaina has a habit of kind of just letting things unfold around her. However, she does help Mirarose out in this episode, though that might have turned out to be kind of unnecessary…

Elaina wakes up

Elaina wakes up to the smell of freshly baked bread

Though perhaps Elaina only helps out to pay Mirarose back for somewhere to sleep and the food. Can’t really blame Elaina, though. Getting food in return for a little help sounds like a good deal to me.

Mirarose attacks

Mirarose shows off some incredibly impressive magic

When the time comes to confront the Javalier, that whole sequence looks incredible. Action scenes may not be all that common in this show, but wow, the animators certainly make sure that they look good when they do crop up.
Besides the incredible spellcasting, certain other things come to light and we once again delve into the darker side of Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina. Various details are kept vague, whereas the light novel is bit more upfront about said events. Still, I think the brief images we see give a pretty good picture of what happened.

Overall, a pretty enjoyable episode. I’d say this show is at the best adapting one chapter per episode. The previous adapted two chapters, though both were on the shorter side. A single story per episode feels better, or something along those lines.

On that note, there are a couple of chapters that I am really hoping we get to see adapted from the light novel. One is incredibly dark, and the other is on the more light hearted side. I’ll just have to wait and see if I get my wish.

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