Elaina’s travels take her to a country with a magic academy in the fifth episode of Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina, and there she has an encounter with a familiar face.
This episode of Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina adapts chapter 14 of the first light novel, which is titled “Royal Celestelia”. Funimation opted for “Royal Celesteria”, because apparently they don’t care about consistency between their own and the light novel translations…
Anyways, the plot for this one involes Elaina arriving at a country with a magic academy, and discovering someone she knows very well teaches there. Elaina gets to do a bit of teaching for a bit, before she continues on with her travels.
Actually, another thing I want to mention about light novel vs. Funimation translation is the title of the book that inspired Elaina to become a traveller in the first place. In the light novel, it is The Adventures of Niche, whereas Funimation opts for The Adventures Nike. Since I’m discussing the anime, I’ll be consistent Funimation’s choice, even though I’m more used to the light novel translation.
Many viewers have no doubt picked up that Wandering Witch bounces back and forth between light and dark tones. This episode is a light one, with our intrepid traveller reuniting with her sensei. No deadly flowers, no revenge plots; just a wholesome episode where former student is reunited with her teacher.
Of course Elaina and Fran do some catching up after they’re reunited, and something Fran mentions ties into the beginning and end of this episode. Following that, Elaina lends Fran a hand.
In the light novel, Elaina only gives advice to the students. The timid girl does ask for advice, but Elaina doesn’t get as close to her as she does in the anime. Doesn’t detract from anything, and all the other students pretty much behave exactly as described in the light novel.
Here we have another difference between light novel and anime, and that is the flower petals. The anime has only pink petals, most likely to invoke the feeling of sakura. The light novel describes them as “Red, blue, yellow, pink, purple, and every colour you could imagine,” and also “the flower-petal rainbow”. Sure, just the pink looks pretty, but I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get the multicoloured experience.
Its also nice for Elaina to continue her whole “who is this witch? It’s me!” shtick going, since it was absent in the previous episode. The differences from the light novel are relatively minor things, but none of that detracts from this being a really enjoyable episode. The fun chase and the reunion with Fran were particular highlights.
Before I end, I’m going to make a disclaimer. The three shows I’m covering this season; Adachi and Shimamura, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear and Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina may all potentially go beyond the point that the English translated light novels are currently at. I’ll be sure to mention if and when they do, but I figure it’s a good idea to let people know that I may not always be able to provide a light novel vs. anime comparison – like with episode 4 of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear (though I should be able to get back on track with that one very soon).
All right, back to Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina. I’ve still got my fingers crossed for two chapters in particular to get adapted, and I’ll be sure to mention it if they do. As for this episode, it was a good one.