「王立セレステリア」 (Ooritsu Seresuteria)
Something I like about Majo no Tabitabi is that you never know whether we will be getting a depressing or wholesome episode.
There wasn’t much drama to dissect this week, because we received an extremely wholesome episode as a reprieve to heal us from two weeks of depression. After being chased by a bunch of students for an entire day, Elaina reunites with Fran at the Royal Celesteria – a peaceful city of magic with a school that looks inspired by Hogwarts. Fran set an assignment for the students to capture Elaina in what could be described as a mock game – a task which they fail.
Nevertheless, Elaina chooses to serve as a guest lecturer – allowing her to spend some more time with Fran and the students. She helps out female students who are struggling with magic. And fights off horny male students, swatting away their attempts at expressing affection. But as a traveler, she was always going to move on. Even though her life at the Royal Celesteria was comfortable, she chooses to continue chasing her dreams without any trace of hesitation.
If there was one point of fascination, this episode implies that Nike is actually Elaina’s mother, on top of the fact that Fran was once her student. I actually suspected this near the start – because it was a plausible explanation for why a powerful witch like Fran would easily acquiesce to such a random request. Nevertheless, I would prefer if this relation (of having a powerful witch for a mother) had no proper influence on Elaina’s future journeys. She is her own character who is striving to be independently free-spirited, and I would hate to see any excessive Deus Ex Machina develop in this story that would give her an easy out from difficult scenarios.
Anyway, that was about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!