「二人の師匠」 (Futari no Shishou)
“The Two Teachers”
For me personally, definitely one of the better episodes of Majo no Tabitabi. Does it have anything to do with how little Elaina featured? Maybe…
Nike’s Two Apprentices
Since they live in a small world, turns out that the witches who taught Saya and Elaina are extremely close friends – Fran and Sheila. It also turns out they didn’t always get along so well, which prompts a flashback to the days where they served as apprentices under Nike. By this point, I think it’s pretty obvious that Nike is Elaina’s mother. Which explains how Elaina’s parents were able to enlist her as a mentor in the first place.
Anyhow, they get off to a really awful start and positively hate each other’s guts. Sheila’s abrasive and fiery nature rubs Fran the wrong way. Not one to be outdone, Fran endeavors to at every possible turn. Eventually, at the Magic Association’s request, they’re tasked to bring down a gang of thugs in the coastal town of Qunorts who’ve somehow acquired magical items – allowing them to run rampant with no opposition. To increase the stakes, Nike makes it clear that failure will lead to expulsion. The two apprentice witches immediately see this as an opportunity to throw each other under the bus – sabotaging each other’s efforts, in what should have been a fairly easy effort to round up the gang members. Instead, they’re both apprehended and incapacitated by the gang that’s been causing trouble.
Finally, they realise that there’s no point fighting that hard when they shared a common goal. So they work together to break out of their confines, take down the gang and have them locked up. Unfortunately, they forgot about the red box in the basement. Judging from how the episode wrapped up, that might be next episode’s story for when Elaina visit the coastal town of Qunorts.
Truth be told, I probably would have preferred a series which focused on Nike or Sheila. They seem like much more interesting characters. I should mention that I don’t mind narcissistic or sociopathic characters. But Elaina’s rather one dimensional in that regard. Although you can see shades of it in Elaina’s mother, Nike seems a lot friendlier and willing to interfere with matters while maintaining a smile as her poker face. But it is what it is. Elaina is our protagonist. So that’s the only way I can judge this series. Even if there are some tantalizing what ifs.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!