Majo no Tabitabi, or as it is called in English, Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina, is the story of a young girl, Elaina, who has always dreamed of becoming a witch. Crossing many hurdles throughout the years, she is finally able to become a witch and begins on an exciting yet dark journey, affecting the lives of those around her along the way.
The Journey of Elaina was released in the fall of 2020 and has a solid rating of 7.55 on MyAnimeList, and a 7.1 on IMDb. It’s based on the light novel written by Jougi Shiraishi and illustrated by Azure. If you’re looking for an anime that explores a fantasy world and has a side of darkness that investigates the emotions of the various characters, this is the perfect list for you. Here are the best animes similar to Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina.
- Episodes: 13
- Studios: A.C.G.T.
- Genres: Action, Adventure, Slice of Life
- Aired: Apr 8, 2003, to Jul 8, 2003
We follow the adventures of Kino, a fifteen-year-old, and his talking motorcycle, Hermes. They travel many regions and observe the fascinating and often peculiar customs and ways of living in the world. Like The Journey of Elaina, the protagonists don’t travel with the goal of changing the lives of people to make them “better.” They simply observe the incidents, whether pleasant or dark and move on.
The exciting journey of this uncanny couple is set with only one rule- they must not stay in any place for more than three days. With the lands they visit, they always have a new experience and a new lesson. The anime has also been adapted in 2017 by Studio Lerche.
9. I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: Revoroot
- Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life
- Aired: Apr 10, 2021, to Jun 26, 2021
Azusa has worked a corporate job for many years and abruptly passes after severe exhaustion. After dying, she meets a Goddess who grants her immortality and peaceful life in another world. In this exciting world with many creatures and adventures, Azusa…lives a mundane life. She follows the same cycle of tending to her fields, protecting a village, and killing a few slimes every day for 300 years. However, her life takes an exciting turn when she finally hits the maximum limit of level increase by killing slimes. That is, she reaches level 99.
While she tries to hide her abilities, she isn’t entirely successful, as many people come to hear of her powers and reach her doorstep. Some to challenge her, and some to ask for her assistance. But as Azusa begins to step out of her comfort zone, she realizes there is so much more to do in life than she first thought! This isekai also follows the journey of a witch as her mundane life is set to chaos.
8. To Your Eternity
- Episodes: 20
- Studios: Brain’s Base
- Genres: Adventure, Drama, Supernatural
- Aired: Apr 12, 2021, to Aug 30, 2021
To Your Eternity is the story of a mysterious orb sent from far away to observe Earth. The orb, known simply as “It,” is capable of changing form. It can take on the shape of any object that reflects on its surface. It first becomes a rock and then changes shape to a moss. Finally, it reflects a wolf and takes its form, obtaining consciousness for the very first time.
With an unclear destination in mind, It walks on until it comes across the wolf’s master. The master, a lonely boy, waiting for other members of his tribe to return from a place of paradise, abundant with food, is lonely. The pair decide to travel in search of the paradise, and we follow the journey of this duo as they explore the world and learn about themselves in the process.
- Episodes: 13
- Studios: Kyoto Animation
- Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Fantasy
- Aired: Jan 11, 2018, to Apr 5, 2018
Here’s an emotional anime similar to The Journey of Elaina. Violet was created during The Great War with the purpose to decimate her enemies. But after the war is over and her purpose has been served, Violet struggles to understand her purpose in life. All she remembers are the last words that her General, a man named Gilbert, had spoken to her- “I love you.” To understand the meaning of his words, she takes up a job as an Auto Memory Doll, tasked with converting people’s feelings and emotions into words. And so begins her journey. Along the way, she will influence many people’s lives while getting into an adventure that will shape her future.
- Episodes: 26
- Studios: Artland
- Genres: Adventure, Slice of Life, Mystery, Historical, Supernatural, Fantasy, Seinen
- Aired: Oct 23, 2005, to Jun 19, 2006
In this anime, we follow Ginko, a man in search of the meaning of life. He believes that the answer to his questions will be found once he solves the mysteries of creatures known as “Mushi.” Mushi is the most basic form of life, capable of imitating natural things like plants, diseases, or phenomena like rainbows. They aren’t living but simply “exist.” Very little is known about them because a majority of humans are unaware of their existence.
“Mushishi” is the term used for those people that investigate the Mushi and try to study them, and Ginko is also one of them. He chases the rumors of sightings of the Mushi to gain an understanding of the workings of this world and the position of humanity in the hierarchy of life.
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: AIC ASTA
- Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
- Aired: Jul 2, 2012, to Sep 17, 2012
This anime is set in a post-apocalyptical world where the human population has regressed due to the declining birth rates. The Earth is dominated by small elf-like creatures called Fairies. They are fascinated by sweet foods like candies and will do anything to attain them. Occasionally, the fairies’ pursuit of candies will lead to various problems for humans.
Journey along with the protagonist, a young girl chosen to be the United Nations representative between the land of humans and the fairies. She must maintain order and make sure that the two species can live in harmony.
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: White Fox
- Genres: Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life
- Aired: Oct 6, 2017, to Dec 22, 2017
Being the last humans on Earth after a mysterious apocalypse, the only two surviving humans, Chito and Yuuri, travel the dark world, dreaming about the old times. Their days are filled with excitement as they adventure through the bleak remains of this world. If you’re looking for an adventurous and wholesome anime that also has a dark and melancholic plot like The Journey of Elaina, be sure to watch Girls’ Last Tour.
3. Super Cub
This innovative anime follows the story of a girl named Koguma. She doesn’t have any interests or hobbies, parents or friends, and leads a reclusive, monotonous life. However, everything changes when she decides to switch her granny bike with a Super Cub (a bike from Honda).
The adventures she has on the bike, and the friends she makes give her an all-new experience of life and help her grow.
2. Somali and the Forest Spirit
- Episodes: 12
- Studios: Satelight, HORNETS
- Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Slice of Life
- Aired: Jan 10, 2020, to Mar 27, 2020
In Somali and the Forest Spirit, we’re taken to a world filled with mythical creatures. In this world, humans are the outcasts. They’re hunted by the other creatures and treated as delicacies.
When Golem, a wandering protector of nature, wanders across the land, he comes across a human girl child. Even though she is alone, she is filled to the brim with enthusiasm. Impressed by her, Golem decides to take her in. We follow their adventures as they travel the wonderful lands of this world.
- Episodes: 1- (1 hr 59 min)
- Studios: Studio Ghibli
- Genres: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
- Released: Nov 20, 2004
Sophie lives in a small town and is the daughter of a hatmaker. She works hard in her father’s shop and doesn’t expect much from the future. She often listens to tales of a wizard named Howl, who has powerful magical abilities and travels in a spectacular floating castle.
Sophie’s life takes a drastic turn when she is caught up in a dangerous situation and saved by the mysterious wizard. Moreover, she comes against the vengeful Witch of the Waste, who curses Sophie, turning her into an old woman. In order to get back her body, Sophie must begin a journey along with Howl, a dangerous adventure that will completely change the town girl’s life. Howl’s Moving Castle is a well-known Studio Ghibli anime that was even nominated for the Academy Awards.
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation
- Little Witch Academia
- Burn the Witch
- Spice and Wolf
- Grimoire of Zero
- Ascendance of a Bookworm
- The Ancient Magus’ Bride