Posted by psgels 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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  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 11:31 AM)
    Since Titanic and sea movies were mentioned, feck Titanic, night to remember is where its at. Far more sophisticated =P
    I’ve seen Redford in all the presidents men too, great actor.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 11:05 AM)
    @Emma: I like Robert Redford but actually haven’t seen that movie yet, I like sea movies, I’ll probably check it out. Rereading Alita from the beginning at the moment.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 10:58 AM)
    subjective relativism is an easy shield to hide behind whenever the inherent value of something is being discussed, either that or a nihilistic position of nothing having any real value at all; it’s just too easy.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 10:55 AM)
    *Game of thrones
    @Bam: Will give that a look. The all is lost/old man and the sea comparison I got from some old review I read.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 10:54 AM)
    @Emma: yeah people’s opinions are individually valid and what-not but some matters are better left to the elites and the outliers, as the public has the tendency to be undeniably stupid at times.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 10:52 AM)
    @Emma: the Anthony Quinn’s The Old Man and the Sea is an awesome adaptation which I liked just as much as the book.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 10:07 AM)
    Hang on, average Joes opinion is just as important, thats what gets the book sold in the first place.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 10:03 AM)
    I have heard someone call Fate/zero his came of thrones and another say Shiki was the anime worlds salems lot. I’d go as far as to say I actually like Shiki as much as Salems lot.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 10:01 AM)
    All is lost is a good film to look into if you liked old man at the sea.
    I liked Titanic when it originally came out but made fun of it seeing it again when I got older. Thankful then I’ve probably never listened to Taylor Swift. Regarding the thing its also worth mentioning that Carpenter pretty much built on the film aswell.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Dec 26. 2014 08:09 AM)
    Now as a counter point HakoMari was decently enjoyable and relatively grounded, and even things like Hagure Yuusha no Estetica or Psycho Love Comedy were fun for shits and giggles, so it’s not like they can’t be cool, or dare I say it- good; it’s just that they bind themselves by a specific demographic. It is nowhere written in stone that LNs are only for the Shonen group, so why limit creativity? Cuz most people I know that financially support LN’s are in fact adults.

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