Anime Review — エル・カザド El Cazador de la Bruja / “The Witch Hunter” — 01

OP: “Hikari no Yukue” by sav­age genius
ED: “romanesque” by Fic­tion­Junc­tion YUUKA

OP Pic­tures:


The intro­duc­tion shows us a girl stained with blood, with a dead body in front of her and talks about a scen­tists called Maxwell and his reject­ed the­o­ries of manip­u­lat­ing mol­e­cules (“Maxwell’s Demon”).

A robed woman puts her head down on a table look­ing exhaust­ed. A wait­er come up to her and tells her that she has a phone call. Lat­er, walk­ing on the road, she tries to hitch­hike a ride, but fails. When she final­ly got to a town, which appears to be a Mex­i­can town, she spots a girl that was shop­ping and starts to fol­low her. She is even­tu­al­ly lead to where the girl lives, and it is revealed that she leaves with an old for­tune teller (to whom she calls “Grand­ma”).

The scenes shifts to show a mys­te­ri­ous man and a lit­tle girl walk­ing into a bar, order­ing a beer and a milk. Then, a man went in and went to some of the oth­er men sit­ting at the tables and whis­pered to them about some­thing. As they ran out, some oth­er men ran out too (appar­ent­ly, the bar was full of boun­ty hunters). Some­where in town, the same girl who the robed woman was fol­low­ing was out­side busk­ing with card tricks. After she was fin­ished, she put a wood­en box on the table inform­ing her audi­ence to put some mon­ey inside. The audi­ence, how­ev­er, laughed and walked away. About to leave, she saw some coins in the box. It was the robed woman from before who put them in. She expect­ed a thank you, but the girl did­n’t real­ly care as she could­n’t even buy bread with such a small ammount of mon­ey. The robed woman askes if her name is “Ellis” and shows her a pic­ture, but the girl deni­esthat iden­ti­ty, either due to mem­o­ry loss or to hide her identity.

Then all of a sud­den, the boun­ty hunters from before showed up to take Ellis’s head for boun­ty, but the robed woman is able to fend them off, both of them escap­ing with her hav­ing a small wound. The scene shifts for a lit­tle bit to show a man in a city, on the phone while throw­ing darts at a pic­ture of Ellis (some of the things in the office seem to have the words “Project Leviathan”). He gets a phone call from a woman named Hay­ward (who wears a mys­te­ri­ous pen­dant) and tries to ask him for some­thing, but before she could the man hangs up on her telling her he is a busy man.

The scene shifts back to the for­tune teller’s house. While the robed woman is get­ting her for­tune told, the old lady talks about Ellis. She says she’s a strange one, but she’s a good girl. Ellis appar­ent­ly wants to head south in search of some­thing, but can’t leave the old lady alone. The old lady says that she’s bet­ter off with the robed lady and that she should pro­tect her. Out­side, Ellis sees two the the boun­ty hunters from before look­ing around the house. The robed woman took Ellis on top of a build­ing to hide, and the scene shows us two… hap­py men being search by the police… and their hap­pi­ness mak­ing them look like they’re get­ting slapped in the ass­es… (Oh my…). Any­way, Ellis decides not to go back to the house in order to pro­tect the old lady from get­ting killed. The caped woman final­ly intro­duces her­self — her name is Nadi, whose also a boun­ty hunter and says it was very nice to meet her. How­ev­er, Ellis does­n’t give a “Nice to meet you too” but instead gives a “Every­one is after me because I’m a mur­der­er…”. Sud­den­ly, a big explo­sion comes from the for­tune tellers house and Ellis rush­es over there with Nadi try­ing to follow.

Ellis finds the house demol­ished with one of the two boun­ty hunters from before stand­ing in front, then the oth­er com­ing up from behind and point­ing a gun at her — telling her to do what they say if she does­n’t want to die. Then, Nadi comes up from behind the gun-point­er with a firearm of her own, telling her to do what she says if he does­n’t want to die. Being a cow­ard, he obeys and gets kicked in the sal­ad bar. There was a stand-off between Nadi and the remain­ing boun­ty hunter. All of a sud­den, Ellis seems to have used some mag­i­cal pow­er to heat up the gun so that the boun­ty hunter drops it, and makes it shoot him in the eye. 

Ellis comes into what was left of the house to see the old lady on the ground. The old lady was very hap­py to see Ellis again and says she must remem­ber to thank God for it. She gives her a mys­te­ri­ous stone, telling her to let it be her guide. Her last words are Wiñay Mar­ka, which means “Eter­nal Place”.

The scene shifts to the same man who was on the phone before, watch­ing a record­ing of Ellis manip­u­lat­ing the mol­e­cules in the gun (OMGZ I FIGURED OUT HER POWER!!!!!!! it was hard :O), starts clap­ping, a starts to have a toast to… “Project Leviathan”.

Blah blah blah ran­dom scenes that show the mys­te­ri­ous man and lit­tle girl rid­ing the bus out of town.

Ellis tells Nadi that if she fol­lowed her, she’ll die. How­ev­er, Nadi says that she promised “her Grand­ma” that she’ll take care of “her girl that knows noth­ing of the world”. Some bounter hunters come (which appear to be the… hap­py men from before), but they escape and hijack the hap­py men’s car (what a hap­py car it must be…). And thus, the two of them met.

End­ing Pic­tures:

Thoughts: Anoth­er install­ment of Bee­Train’s “Girls with Guns”. I per­son­al­ly haven’t watched much of Noir or Mad­lax, so there’s real­ly not much to com­pare, so none of that here. Even though I enjoyed the first episode of this series, I have just one major gripe:

Bee­Train’s recy­cled plots, same ani­ma­tion that does­n’t break itself apart from oth­er Bee­Train series and pac­ing.

Alot of Bee­Train’s ani­me, from what I’ve seen, involve some sort of pro­tag­o­nist that tries to fig­ure him/herself out or to find out who they real­ly are and their past. That’s just an exam­ple of how some of Bee­Train’s plots are get­ting recy­cled and get­ting stale. This sto­ry seems to be the same only with a dif­fer­ent twist… And using the same col­or pal­lettes over and over again makes all their recent pro­duc­tions look the same (sure, in my opin­ion, I think it looks nice, but c’mon!), and that real­ly does­n’t make you want to oogle at how “unique” a series’ ani­ma­tion is when, tech­ni­cal­ly, it does­n’t have any. The pac­ing in this series’ first episode was okay, faster than Bee­Train’s usu­al slow pac­ing (And even though I love slow paced shows which does give alot of time and room for char­ac­ter devel­ope­ment and sto­ry devel­ope­ment, using it this much is overkill, and some­times makes it as if noth­ing has happened).

Any­way, the char­ac­ter designs look a lit­tle typ­i­cal for Bee­Train, but the actu­al char­ac­ters may want you to check out this ani­me. Ellis’s mys­te­ri­ous char­ac­ter, despite how cliched it’s get­ting in Bee­Train’s case, although they han­dled it dif­fer­ent­ly in this series which puts a lit­tle unique­ness to the char­ac­ter and sucks you in, mak­ing you want to find out for your­self who the heck she real­ly is. Nadi’s char­ac­ter isn’t all that inter­est­ing, though judg­ing from oth­er peo­ple’s opin­ion on the next episode, her char­ac­ter gets a lit­tle more respectable. And the sup­posed sup­port­ing char­ac­ter don;t do much in this first episode.

The inter­est­ing plot, how­ev­er, will keep me watch­ing. This ani­me has a plot that inter­ests me and its not fair to judge only by the first episode (which does estab­lish­es the plot quite nice­ly). And despite her overuse in Bee­Train’s recent works, Kajiu­ra Yuk­i’s music still rocks.

I know I’m being a lit­tle hard on Bee­Train, but talk­ing about overuse and clich­es aside, I do love their sto­ries and their ani­ma­tion (some left much to be desired…).

This series… will be blogged but not blogged that much.

One thought on “Anime Review — エル・カザド El Cazador de la Bruja / “The Witch Hunter” — 01

  1. I agree with you on your lit­tle Bee­Train rant, even though I love alot of their ani­me as well.As you said, the first episode of El Cazador de la Bru­ja estab­lished the plot pret­ty well, so I’m going to stick with it too.

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