With a name like “Good Witch of the West,” I thought this anime was probably going to be an Oz gaiden or something… It turns out that Nishi no Yoki Majo is actually a fairy tale romance anime. I had read some pretty good reviews for this anime, so I decided to take give it a try.
Nishi no Yoki Majo tells the story of a girl named Firiel Dee. She lives on a farm with some old people and feeds ducks, apparently. She’s also obsessed with fairy tales. For some reason, it seems like the government is censoring knowledge, including kids’ stories.
Firiel has just become old enough to go to a ball, so she does. While there, she dances with some guy (yawn). Additionally, the royalty spots some hot jewlery on her, and interrogates accordingly. This is where she finds out that her mom was a princess! Dun dun dunnn!!!
Some ninjas show up and destroy Firiel’s live as she knows it. It wasn’t really that great anyway, though…
I guess the rest of the anime will explain the whole Firiel being a princess thing. The story seems like your typical fairy tale: girl lives in poverty, girl finds out she’s a princess, girl gets attacked by ninjas, y’know…
Character designs are pretty excellent. Firiel is way cute, but she also knows when to lay the smack down! Hagu-chan makes a cameo in this episode, too! There’s also the nerd, Roux Ltskin, as Firiel’s potential love interest(?). Those prince dudes are total bishies, though I think they might be more interested in each other.
The animation looks good, and it seems this anime has a pretty large budget. The backdrops look really cool, and the night sky was particularly nice looking. I noticed some crazy bad CG in the beginning, but they didn’t use it all that much. I think overall the art fits the mood and style of this anime.
The OP isn’t really special, but it fits the fairy tale setting of this anime. The ED is done by the same person who did the Peto Peto-san OP and ED. Her voice is really unique, and it adds an extra something to the song. The ED makes me really sleepy, but it’s cool.
The first half of this anime was really, really boring. I guess farm activities and ballroom dancing don’t really interest me. The second half picked up with the book burning ninjas, though. To be honest, I’m not sold on this anime yet. Firiel might be a princess, but she’s no time traveling space esper… I might check out another episode of this anime just to see where it goes, but for now, I’d say it’s a little too simple for my tastes.