The Wandering Witch Season 2 anime will have Elaina continuing to journey across the world into many new countries. But when will Majo no Tabitabi Season 2 come out?
For the first season, the Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina anime was produced by animation studio C2C, which is best known for working with Satelight on the M3 anime, Aquarion Logos, and WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?
By themselves, the studio adapted the Harukana Receive manga into an anime in 2018, the Hitoribocchi no Marumaru Seikatsu manga in 2019, and the Shachibato game in early 2020.
The first season of the Wandering Witch anime was helmed by director Toshiyuki Kubooka, who is best known for the Berserk movie trilogy and directing Harukana Receive.
Artist Takeshi Oda is the character designer (artist Azuru is credited with the original design). Kazumasa Nishio handled the concept designs.
The Wandering Witch Season 2 OP (opening) theme song music and ED (ending) have not yet been announced.
For the first season, the OP was “Literature” by Reina Ueda, while the ED was “Gray Saga (Haiiro no Saga)” by ChouCho.
The first season was streaming on FUNimation Now, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Netflix Japan (but not Netflix U.S.).
The first season’s finale, Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Episode 12, was released on December 18, 2020.
Updated December 8, 2020: Added Wandering Witch Volume 17 release date.
Updated December 5, 2020: Added FUNimation’s Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina English dub info.
This article provides everything that is known about Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Season 2 (Wandering Witch Season 2/Majo no Tabitabi Season 2) and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news, rumors, and analysis. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.
FUNimation’s Wandering Witch English dub announced
Initially, a FUNimation Wandering Witch English dub was not announced for fall 2020. Instead, FUNimation’s fall 2020 schedule simply listed the anime as a Simulcast with only English subtitles.
On December 4, 2020, FUNimation officially announced the Wandering Witch dub, which began streaming on FUNimation the same day.
The English dub cast includes Amber Lee Connors as Elaina, Jad Saxton as Fran, Morgan Laure as Elain’s Mom, and Aaron Campbell as Elaina’s Dad.
Majo no Tabitabi Season 2 release date predictions
As of the last update, Studio C2C, Kadokawa, or any company related to the anime production has not officially confirmed the Wandering Witch: The journey of Elaina Season 2 release date. Nor has the production of a Majo no Tabitabi Season 2 sequel been announced.
Once the news is officially confirmed, this article will be updated with the relevant information.
In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when, or if, the Wandering Witch Season 2 premiere date will occur in the future.
The final scene of Episode 12 that introduced Wandering Witch’s Amnesia definitely seemed to be teasing a second season since it had Elaina saying they’d be traveling together in the future.
The first Wandering Witch Blu-Ray/DVD box set released on January 27, 2021. Volume 1 sold 4,112 copies in the first week in Japan. But by December 21, 2020, the provisional sales on preorders had already reached over 5,000 copies, which is more than double of popular anime that have been renewed in the past.
The disc volume sales will give us an idea of how popular the TV series is in Japan, although international streaming revenue has become the biggest factor for success in recent years.
So far, the reviews have been solid from both critics and audiences. The anime’s first season seems to be popular enough on the FUNimation Now streaming platform, which is important since streaming revenue is the biggest factor determining whether an anime production committee will eventually greenlight a second season for production.
In 2021, Studio C2C will be working on the Tsukimichi: Moonlight Fantasy anime, which is based on an adventure fantasy light novel series. The studio is known for releasing two anime projects a year.
The Wandering Witch anime probably has not been greenlit for a second season in advance. Since anime productions are scheduled years in advance, if Studio C2C produces the second season, it will likely be several years before it premieres.
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina manga/light novels compared to the anime
The anime’s story is based on the Majo no Tabitabi light novel series by author Jougi Shiraishi and illustrator Azure. It started life in 2014 as an Amazon eBook only to be picked up by GA Novel and printed as a light novel series starting in April 2016.
As of December 2020, the book series was up to Volume 15 in Japan. The Wandering Witch Volume 16 release date is scheduled for March 12, 2021, while Volume 17 is July 16, 2021.
Yen Press is publishing the official English Wandering Witch light novel series in North America. By January 19, 2021, the English translation will be up to Volume 4
Starting in November 2018, the story began being adapted into the Wandering Witch manga series by artist Itsuki Nanao. But it’s only up to Volume 2 as of December 2019.
Square Enix is publishing the physical edition of the English Wandering Witch manga in North America. It will be up to Volume 2 by December 8, 2020.
The Wandering Witch anime resembles the Kino’s Journey anime in many ways, including how the story’s narrative structure imparts morality tales based on a traveler visiting different fictional countries. Kino’s Journey also tends to provide dark plot twists when countries seem good on the surface.
Arguably, the Wandering Witch anime is about as close to Kino’s Journey Season 2 that we’ll ever get from a thematic standpoint.
Another similarity is how the books were adapted. The Kino’s Journey light novels are numerous, numbering 22 in total as of July 2019, so the anime studio focused on adapting only fan-favorite chapters.
It seems that Studio C2C mostly followed a similar approach, although the director said in an interview that he enjoyed focusing on reoccurring characters. Some of the chapters were condensed by skipping minor details that don’t affect the overall plot.
The tonal shift in Episode 3 was probably wrenching for anime-only audiences who were not ready for the books’ dark themes.
The death of the flower girl was noticeably toned down compared to the manga’s graphic depiction or the light novel book’s grim description. Nino’s fate was more directly stated in the manga/books, whereas the anime implied that she might commit suicide.
Episode 4 also ended with Princess Mirarose spiraling into madness. In the books, Elaina has a short, amicable conversation with the princess. She speaks of savoring her vengeance, and Elaina hurriedly says goodbye and takes her leave from the fallen land.
The manga was also much darker since it showed Mirarose holding her father’s severed head by its hair.
In regards to pacing, one notable standout is the way Episode 1 was adapted. Originally, the book opened with Elaina visiting the Land of Mages, which was the focus of Episode 2. Elaina’s backstory was a series of flashbacks that interspersed the first book, whereas the anime rearranged everything into a linear timeline for the sake of the anime’s introductory episode.
Otherwise, Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina episodes are named after the chapters they adapt, so it’s easy to figure out which books they come from. Here’s a guide:
- Wandering Witch Episode 1: Volume 1: Chapters(s) 9, 13/Manga Chapter 4
- Wandering Witch Episode 2: Volume 1: Chapter(s) 1/Manga Chapter 1
- Wandering Witch Episode 3: Volume 1: Chapter(s) 2, 6/Manga Chapter 2
- Wandering Witch Episode 4: Volume 1: Chapter(s) 12
- Wandering Witch Episode 5: Volume 1: Chapter(s) 14
- Wandering Witch Episode 6: Volume 2: Chapter(s) 8
- Wandering Witch Episode 7: Volume 3: Chapter(s) 12, 4
- Wandering Witch Episode 8: Volume 3: Chapter(s) 13
- Wandering Witch Episode 9: Volume 3: Chapter(s) 11
- Wandering Witch Episode 10: Volume 5: Chapter(s) 4
- Wandering Witch Episode 11: Volume 5: Chapter(s) 11
- Wandering Witch Episode 12: Volume 3: Chapter(s) 14
Ending Episode 12 with the “A Story About All Kinds of Ashen Witches” chapter is a good stopping point from a thematic perspective.
The good news is that there is plenty of source material for creating Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Season 2. The bad news is that the manga is far behind the books and the anime.
Since the anime skipped so many chapters, English-only anime fans who wish to read more (or ahead) are encouraged to start the books or manga from the beginning.
If you’re worried that the stories will be too dark, keep in mind that most of the chapters are slice-of-life stories that are funny and wholesome. Still, each book usually contains several tragic stories, with at least one being very dark.
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina Season 2 anime spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)
Considering how most chapters are self-contained stories, and it’s impossible to predict which chapters will be adapted, this news article will forego the usual spoilers.
But considering how Episode 12 ended, it’s very likely that the second season could begin by adapting Volume 4, which was skipped by the first season.
The last time we watched Wandering Witch, Elaina had bumped into Amnesia and accidentally switched diaries. Amnesia loses her memories every time she wakes up from her sleep, which is why her diary is so important since it’s the only way she can remember important things.
Amnesia is a knight who simply wants to go home, but first, she needs to piece her memories back together. Amnesia will be a reoccurring character who travels with Elaina as she has adventures like biting into a poisonous apple, meeting a clumsy spy, rendezvousing with a flying dragon, finding a sunken city, exploring a frozen town, and more.
Unfortunately, that means anime fans will have to wait until the Wandering Witch Season 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!
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