Posted on 5 August 2006 with categories: Anime Reviews, Good Witch of the West - Astraea Testament



This series also came out, along with the huge wave of new series at the beginning of the spring-2006-season. It’s a fantasy-series, embedded with lots of politics, drama and romance. With its 13 episodes, it’s a short series. Maybe a bit too short.

This series has two point at which it excels with some incredible quality: the story and the graphics. The graphics really are some of the best to be ever seen in anime. The character art really moves away from the standard-designs, in order to create something really unique. Each of the characters looks really beautiful. The hair has some very interesting shapes, and the CG is very nicely integrated with the regular drawings. It also becomes clear that the creators liked to play with lighting effects, which gives a really good atmosphere to the whole package.

The story also is incredibly well thought out. We’ve got a lot of different characters, all playing their own, distinct roles. The story’s got a lot of facets and elements. Characters have good reasons, and the setting is very creative. The story basically is a battle between three people for the position of the queen. As the story progresses, more elements keep getting added to the story, in order to turn it into a masterpiece.

Unfortunately, this anime also has bad points: the pacing and the storytelling. The story may be great, these two factor mess it up a bit. The fact remains that thirteen episodes is too little for this series. It would so have benefitted from six more episodes. Because it had to squish such a story in only 13 episodes, some elements did get lost. The fact also remains that quite a few time is spent on developing a love-triangle, which, in my opinion, only worked annoying. The last few episodes of the anime, however, these problems disappear and the anime is able to conclude in a very nicely paced ending.

Another thing this anime is very good at is creating tension. The music really helps in this. The anime features a very good soundtrack, which really works at times like these. The action scene also remain in the category of the better ones.

Overall, if you’re looking for a fantasy anime with a very good story, I’m certainly recommending this anime. Though this is not an anime you can afford to miss or forget even one second. If you do, the story will immediately make no more sense. Things just aren’t explained that well, and it would also be better to marathon this series, instead of watching one episode at a time. The anime remains great, though prepare for its flaws.

3 Responses

  1. Laura says:

    I love this anime, I jz finish watching it ^^

  2. Rednights says:

    Enjoyed also, really needs a second season.

  3. Yenny says:

    love this anime too~ the manga is even better.

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  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:40 AM)
    I’m not saying art HAS to give a solution, I just think that a solution is something art needs to give in this particular art period.
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:39 AM)
    @K-Off But see, that was my opinion as well until I began to realize that it wasn’t working. Art has entered a casual stage in the 21st century, where the fast, modern life has met art.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:36 AM)
    That really is something to think about friend and something for me to consider when I write.
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:35 AM)
    @Friend I see we disagree on the role of art. See, my opinion of art was that art is a trail Blazer. It doesn’t have to light the way, it just has to point in the direction the artist wants his viewers to go.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:34 AM)
    Not far off…
  • K-Off
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:33 AM)
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:32 AM)
    While I’m not saying every piece of art has to bring solutions to a problem, this is something I’ve yet to see in any, including my own, work regardless of medium. Just a personal criticism I’ve had of art as a whole since I was a teenage girl.
  • Friend
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:30 AM)
    The creative process does have it’s oversights, I find. For example, while individual ideas and tones are methods readily sought by artists and writers alike, constructive criticism is always left out by artists in general. If it’s social criticism, all they do is just point the blame.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:30 AM)
    Not sure if any other artists/writers experienced this..but I really really get into things, I mean I’ll make all this mad movements when writing sometimes I get up and dance around too blaring music into my ears =<
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Jul 23. 2014 05:26 AM)
    Come to think of it I could partially compare myself to Eiji from Bakuman in my mannerisms in some regards…

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