Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

English Title: Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
Japanese Title: 魔女の旅々 — “Majo no Tabitabi”
Author: Jougi Shiraishi — “白石定規”
Illustrator: Azure — “あずーる”
Translator: Nicole Wilder
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Original Run: April 2016 – ongoing
English Run: January 2020 – ongoing
Japanese Publisher: GA Novel (Softbank Creative)
English Publisher: Yen On (Yen Press)
Volumes in Japanese: 14 (In Progress)
Volumes in English: 3 (In Progress)
Average Price Per Volume: Paperback $15 — Kindle $8 — Nook $8

Synopsis: Once upon a time, there was a witch named Elaina, who set off on a journey across the world. Along the way, she would meet all kinds of people, from a country full of witches to a giant in love with his own muscles-but with each meeting, Elaina would become a small part of their story, and her own world would get a little bit bigger.

Volume 1
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Released January 28, 2020 — ISBN-13: 978-1975332952

Volume 2
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Releasing June 23, 2020 — ISBN-13: 978-1975309565

Volume 3
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Releasing November 10, 2020 — ISBN-13: 9781975309589

Reviews of Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

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5 thoughts on “Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

  1. […] Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina, Vol. 1 is the introductory volume to the fantasy light novel series that takes the perspective of the titular witch as she aimlessly travels about her world (i.e. wanders). It takes the premise and anthology-like story structure from Kino’s Journey and adds the fantastical element of magic. While this may seem like a small change, it allows for a greater variety of scenarios. Unfortunately, I have only seen the anime for Kino’s Journey and will make no further comparisons in this review. Aspects of drama, adventure, and action are woven together by Jougi Shiraishi in a fantastical setting to create a unique experience. […]

  2. […] Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina, Vol. 1 is the introductory volume to the fantasy light novel series that takes the perspective of the titular witch as she aimlessly travels about her world (i.e. wanders). It takes the premise and anthology-like story structure from Kino’s Journey and adds the fantastical element of magic. While this may seem like a small change, it allows for a greater variety of scenarios. Unfortunately, I have only seen the anime for Kino’s Journey and will make no further comparisons in this review. Aspects of drama, adventure, and action are woven together by Jougi Shiraishi in a fantastical setting to create a unique experience. […]

  3. […] Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina, Vol. 2 is the next entry of the fantasy light novel series that follows the Ashen Witch, Elaina, on her seemingly aimless journey. This time around, added to her aforementioned love of bread and travelling is coffee and cats! Their fantastical world, seemingly unlike ours, hides many truths and tales. Her interactions with the many interesting characters uncover these secrets, unsettling and otherwise. Jougi Shiraishi mixes drama, adventure, and action in a fantastical cauldron and brews us a unique potion (in literary form). […]

  4. […] Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina, Vol. 3 is the newest volume of the fantasy-adventure series that follows the titular Ashen Witch on her travels. Along her journey, she’ll participate in magical investigations and mundane quests alike. Grape-throwing, odd furballs, and animate furniture are all encountered in this volume. And with Elaina’s experiences, we’ll learn that their fantastical world and its inhabitants may not be so different from ourselves. In this conglomeration of short stories, we find humour, tragedy, absurdities, and introspective messages. Jougi Shiraishi improves their concoction of drama, adventure, and action to give us a fantastical world to explore. And don’t forget Azure’s beautiful illustrations of all the (female) characters! […]

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