Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 2 Review – Quick Summary
In Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 2, “The Land of Mages,” Elaina made her first stop in the Land of Mages. At first, she was elated to find that the entire city had been designed around the needs of mages. Since witches were at the pinnacle of the mage hierarchy, she was treated very kindly wherever she went. That changed when Saya crashed her broom into Elaina. Though no one was hurt, Elaina realized she’d lost her brooch, the symbol of her office. Now her status was in doubt, and she couldn’t find a place to stay! Will she be able to find her brooch? Just how does a witch go about replacing a lost brooch? And why is Saya so desperate for Elaina to tutor her to pass the apprentice witch exam?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 2
I’m not used to seeing self-confidence portrayed in such a positive light! But I like it. Capture from the Hulu stream.
I’m really excited to see Elaina’s positive self image and self confidence. It’s exactly the kind of thing I want to see in these uncertain times — it’s a reminder of what healthy looks like.
Elaina was cruising along on her broom. She reflected on how there were mages, and then there were witches at the top of the power and prestige scale. Filled with a sense of accomplishment, she thought, “Who is this beautiful girl wearing a brooch that signals her status as a witch, whose ashen hair flutters in the wind, shining so much with beauty and talent that even the sun’s eyes squint involuntarily? That’s right, it’s me!”
Her expression was just happy — no arrogance or hubris. In that instant, she was just happy with who she was. I could use more positive moments like this is my own life!
Best in Show Moment for Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 2
No anger, no histrionics. Elaina just asked for her brooch back. Her poise is just fantastic! Capture from the Hulu stream.
Setup: What Happened to Elaina’s Brooch?
My favorite moment in this episodes comes at the end of a gentle mystery: What happened to Elaina’s brooch after her impact with Saya?
I got a little hint when Saya first asked Elaina to help her prepare for the exam. Elaina said (11:00), “Well, I can teach you until I find my brooch, at least.” That struck me as an odd way to put it. It sounded as if as long as the brooch was missing, Elaina wasn’t going anywhere. In other words, it sounded like a plot point! Not in a bad way, though. It felt like the writer was dropping a hint while wearing a little smile.
I kind of imagined the writer wearing a smile like that when they dropped the hint about the brooch! Capture from the Hulu stream.
The next hint came as Elaina was once again looking for her brooch. She she noticed a shop keeper looking at her. Elaina introduced herself and asked if the “lovely lady” had seen anything. The woman complained that her memory had been failing. I am so impressed with Elaina’s poise and presence of mind: she immediately knew what the lady was saying. In a conversational tone, Elaina offered a gold coin that she’d “found,” and it miraculously helped the woman get her memory back! Elaina was just so graceful about it!
We didn’t know what Elaina had learned from the woman until a little later, but one thing was for certain: Elaina was a bit miffed.
Delivery: Elaina, Winning with Poise
That night, a very bold Saya asked if she could sleep with Elaina. It was an innocent request, but by this time, I had figured out that Saya had taken the brooch. That strong suspicion cast a dramatic shadow over the scene.
I still didn’t know Elaina well enough to know how she’d handle this. Would she be furious? Use her superior power to do something very painful to Saya? This show, more than any other I can think of in the last few years, had me on pins and needles about this simple reaction, and I think that says a lot about the craftsmanship that went into Elaina’s character.
The same Elaina who showed such refined self confidence in my favorite quote (above), the same Elaina who gracefully handed the shop keeper a gold coin, reacted now with aplomb and restraint. She simply asked for her brooch back.
The animation in this series is so effective! Just look at how anguished Saya looks after Elaina confronted her! Capture from the Hulu stream.
Saya was mortified. Instead of berating her, Elaina carefully explained how she had figured it out. You can tell a lot about a character by how they react to being manipulated. What came after, including Saya’s tearful confession and how Elaina responded, were really strong scenes that deserved attention. But it was this moment, the moment that capped the mystery, that I thought was striking because it showed just how in control Elaina was.
There is one huge problem, though. Now my expectations for the show are even higher!
What did you think of the level of detail, including the elevated shop entrances for witches on brooms? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 2: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Majo no Tabitabi – Episode 2 discussion
- RABUJOI: Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina – 02 – You’ll Never Fly Alone
- Random Curiosity: Majo no Tabitabi – 02
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 1: Elaina, The Apprentice Witch
- Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 2: The Land of Mages
- Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 3: The Girl as Pretty as a Flower / Bottled Happiness,