Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 3 Review – Quick Summary
In Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 3, “The Girl as Pretty as a Flower / Bottled Happiness,” we get two vignettes in one episode. In the first, Elaina encounters a beautiful red-haired woman sitting alone in a field of flowers. She asked Elaina to deliver a bouquet of those flowers to anyone in the next town. The townspeople’s reactions were unexpected. In the second, a young man flags down Elaina and talks to her about the bottle in which he has captured random happiness. He intends to share it with the young woman he’s in love with. What Elaina discovers of their circumstances, and guesses about their consequences, is forbidding.
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 3
At first, I thought she was being sarcastic. But now I don’t think so. I think she was trying to figure out what Emil expected from her. Capture from the Hulu stream.
Emil guided Elaina back to town. From a distance, he pointed out his home to her. Given that he’s the son of the village chief, he was really proud of how big it was. Materials things like that don’t impress Elaina, and she showed it.
Emil, as much in surprise as slightly hurt feelings, suggested that she didn’t seem interested.
In an earnest voice, she asked if it would have been better for her to pretend to be amazed. She even went stereotypical girly, got bit eyes, and acted like she was impressed that he was rich.
The display was so fake that he said, “Uh, right, never mind” (12:01).
They continued their previous conversation as if nothing had happened.
Best in Show Moment for Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 3
Setup: What Constitutes Negligence?
I’m glad the series gave us the first two episodes to get a good feel for who Elaina was. This episode put the young witch into two situations that were every bit as serious and disturbing as some of the original Grimm’s Fairy Tales. You know, like the original Red Riding Hood, where the wolf eats Red?
I’m going to focus on the first story, where Elaina takes the pretty bouquet of flowers from the young woman in the field. Elaina agrees to deliver them to anyone in the next city. What could possibly be the harm in that? They’re lovely flowers. The young woman is happy and expansive. What reason did Elaina had to refuse or even be suspicious?
Aside from a few subtle hints, if I hadn’t’ve read that this episode went dark, I wouldn’t have suspected much was wrong. Capture from the Hulu stream.
She found out as soon as she got to the city. The younger guard recognized the cloak wrapping the flowers as his sister’s. She’d been missing and presumed consumed by the flowers. Yes, consume! The older guard explained that they were poisonous to anyone who wasn’t a witch. He immediately burned the flowers, but only after Elaina had retrieved them from the younger guard. He seemed strangely attached to them.
Whether because the flowers had enchanted him, or he had gone in search of his sister, Elaina found the younger guard the next day. He was kneeling beside the remains of his sister. The plants had eaten her, and only her hair (or something like it) remained. The vines wrapped themselves around his limbs and drew him in. Elaina looked on in silence.
Delivery: What Constitutes Wisdom?
If this had been My Hero Academia, Izuku Midoriya would have gone on a rampage to save the guard and destroy the field of evil flowers. No doubt he would have to reach deep within to find the strength to beat the Boss Flower. Those are fun stories to watch. We get to see the action; we get to see everyone happy in the end.
Except that’s not how life works. The Brothers Grimm knew that. So does Jougi Shiraishi, this series’ original writer. Elaina learned a terrible lesson the previous day: Doing something as innocent and apparently harmless as delivering flowers turned out to be lethal.
As the young man went on about how he wanted to show everyone how his sister had become “pretty as a flower” (08:06), Elaina backed away. As bees buzzed around the flowered crown where his sister’s hair had been, Elaina flew silently away.
A field like that doesn’t spring up naturally. I’d love to know where it came from and why. Capture from the Hulu stream.
Should she have intervened? We know Elaina is powerful, but we know nothing of the flower’s magic. Maybe she couldn’t save him. Should she destroy the field of flowers? What if they were a magical barrier against something even worse? What if the field was the result of an evil power that wouldn’t take kindly to interference? We don’t know. That ambiguity is what makes the story so memorable.
Did you notice that at the beginning of the episode, she had flown through the trees so she could better see everything? Now, as she left the field, she flew over the tree tops. She’d had enough details for awhile.
What did you think of Nino’s plight? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 3: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Majo no Tabitabi – Episode 3 discussion
- RABUJOI: Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina – 03 – A Flower’s Fangs and the Cruelty of Kindness
- Random Curiosity: Majo no Tabitabi – 03
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
- Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 4: The Princess without Subjects
- Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 5: Royal Celesteria
- Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 6: The Land of Truth Tellers
- Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 7: The Wall Etched by Travelers / The Grape-Stomping Girl
- Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 8: The Ripper