The Good Witch of the West


The Good Witch of the West
The Good Witch of the West
西の善き魔女
(Nishi no Yoki Majo)
Genre Drama, Fantasy
Light novel
Written by Noriko Ogiwara
Published by C-Novels
English publisher United States Tokyopop
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Comic Blade
Original run 20042007
Volumes 8
Manga
Written by Noriko Ogiwara
Illustrated by Haruhiko Momokawa
Published by Mag Garden
English publisher United States Tokyopop
Demographic Shōnen,Shōjo
Magazine Comic Blade
Original run July 9, 2004 – ongoing
Volumes 6
TV anime
Directed by Katsuichi Nakayama
Studio Hal Film Maker
Network KBS Kyoto, TV Kanagawa, BS Asahi, Tokyo MX TV
Original run April 7, 2006June 30, 2006
Episodes 13
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The Good Witch of the West (西の善き魔女 Nishi no Yoki Majo?) is a series of fantasy light novels by Noriko Ogiwara. The series has been adapted into both a manga series and a thirteen episode television anime series broadcast in Japan in 2006. The story revolves around a fifteen-year-old commoner who discovers that she is really a princess.

The manga and novels have been licensed for English language releases in North America by Tokyopop.

Contents

Plot

Firiel Dee is given her mother's necklace by her childhood friend, Rumpelstiltskin(Rune). The necklace was meant as a birthday gift from her remote father, the astrologer Gideon Dee. All fifteen year olds are welcome to attend a public ball at the royal Roland castle in honor of the Queen's Birthday, and Firiel decides to wear her new necklace to the celebration. When it is recognized as a missing talisman of the royal family, this leads to the revelation that Firiel is the daughter of royalty and automatically in competition to become the next Queen.

Characters

Firiel Dee (フィリエル·ディー Firieru Dii?)
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa
The main protagonist, Firiel is taken care of by Mr. and Mrs. Holy because her father never leaves the tower, the lab in which he and Rune study. She becomes recognized as one of the candidates for the Queen's position and finds out her mother was a famed member of the royal family.
Roux Liskin (Rumpelsti Ltskin) (ルー·ルツキン Rū Rutsukin?)
Voiced by: Hiromi Hirata
Firiel's childhood friend as well as her father's student and assistant. He protects Firiel throughout the series and is obviously enamored by her. In the start of the series, Firiel looks at him more like a little brother, though they later develop a serious relationship. His past is troubled and shrouded in darkness as he later tells Firiel that he cannot be with her for that reason because to him she "shines like the sun itself".
Adel Roland (アデイル·ロウランド Adeiru Rōrando?)
Voiced by: Chiwa Saito
A candidate for the Queen's position and a princess of the Roland family who becomes one of Firiel's friends. She is a fantasy author whose stories often include yaoi pairings inspired by Roux and her brother Eusis.
Leandra Cheviat
Leandra is a candidate for the Queen's position and a princess of the Cheviat family. She is also the headmistress of a school for girls so that she can maintain her high status and reputation. She is the archnemisis of both Firiel and Adel, as she sees them as threats to herself and her position. She tries to seduce and blackmail Roux, but is unsuccessful.Though she may seem like a bad person, she is in fact loyal to her country.
Ravenna
Firiel meets Ravenna at the school for privileged girls. Ravenna is the leader of the group that controls the school. She is Leandra's right-hand man. She is one of the best sword fighters in the school.
Ingraine
Ingraine attends the same school as Firiel, where her sword fighting skills are rivaled only by Ravenna's. She agrees to train Firiel for her duel with Ravenna to avenge her friend Roselitte, who she believes was killed by one of the girls in Ravenna's faction. Later in the series, she is seen fighting dragons side by side with Eusis, for whom she has developed a romantic attachment.
Gideon Dee (ギディオン·ディー Gidion Dii?)
Firiel's father is a scientist and researcher who took Roux in as a student. Firiel thinks that he cares more about his Roux than her. It is revealed that he helped Duchess Edilin escape from the palace and married her.
Tabitha Holy (タビサ·ホーリー Tabisa Hōrii?)
Voiced by: Yoshino Ohtori
Mrs. Holy takes care of Firiel before she lives in the palace; she appears throughout the series and helps Firiel.
Bo Holy (ボゥ·ホーリー Bō Hōrii?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka
Mr. Holy took care of Firiel along with his wife. He dies trying to save Firiel and Roux from members of the Snake Rod.
Marie
Marie is Firiel's friend from the village who often calls her "fairy girl" because of Firiel's fancifal nature. She becomes close friends with Adel as they both try to persuade Firiel to marry Eusis.
Eusis Roland (ユーシス·ロウランド Yūshisu Rōrando?)
Voiced by: Kishô Taniyama
Eusis is Adel's older brother, who also protects Firiel in the series. Eusis is considered to be Roux's rival for Firiel's affection. He proposes to Firiel on several occasions and eventually is rejected.
Lot Chrisbard (ロット·クリスバード Rotto Kurisubādo?)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida
Eusis's close friend. He often teases Eusis about his growing feelings for Firiel.He is cunning and manipulative.
Bard
Voiced by: Teruaki Ogawa
A mysterious minstrel with magical powers and close guardian to the queen of Gulair.
Edilin (エディリーン Ediriin?)
Edilin is Firiel's mother. She was a duchess of high standing in the royal court and a candidate to become the next queen of Astrea. She disappeared along with her touchstone, a very valuable neckless now in Firiel's possession. Adel and Eusis recognize the necklace from a picture on the wall of their father's study. She is seen in flashback to have been very similar to Firel- a smart, somewhat rebellious young woman who was willing to throw away everything for love. After running away, she changed her name to Yuna (a feminine alter-name for Astrea which means "my one and only").

Media

Novel

There are eight novels out for Nishi no Yoki Majo released from September 25, 1997 to May 25, 2003.[1][2] The last three novels are side stories. The series was authored by Noriko Ogiwara. It was published by Chuokoron-Shinsha.[1] It was licensed for English language release in North America by Tokyopop.[3]

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 Sera Fiirudo no Shōjo (セラフィールドの少女) September 25, 1997[1]
ISBN 978-4-12-500491-9

ISBN 978-1427800459
2 Himitsu no Hanazono (秘密の花園) November 25, 1997[4]
ISBN 978-4-12-500503-6

ISBN 978-1427800466
3 Bara no Namae (薔薇の名前) April 25, 1998[5]
ISBN 978-4-12-500526-5
4 Sekai no Kanata no Mori (世界のかなたの森) November 25, 1998[6]
ISBN 978-4-12-500568-0
5 Gin no Tori Purachina no Tori (銀の鳥プラチナの鳥) May 25, 1999[7]
ISBN 978-4-12-500591-5
6 Yami no Hidarite (闇の左手) January 1, 2000[8]
ISBN 978-4-12-500635-0
7 Kin no Ito Tsumugeba (金の糸紡げば) September 25, 2000[9]
ISBN 978-4-12-500673-3
8 Mahiru no Hoshi Meisou (真昼の星迷走) May 25, 2003[2]
ISBN 978-4-12-500805-1

Manga

Anime

An anime adaptation of The Good Witch of the West, directed by Katsuichi Nakayama and animated by Hal Film Maker,[10] was aired in Japan between April 7, 2006 and June 30, 2006 containing thirteen episodes.[11] The anime was aired on KBS Kyoto, AT-X, BS Asahi, Gunma TV, Tokyo MX, and TVK.[12] The regular and limited edition of the DVDs were released from July 7, 2006 to January 25, 2007 on the same day, totaling a set of 7.[13]

The series uses two pieces of theme music. "Starry Waltz", performed by Kukui is used for the opening theme of all episodes.[14][unreliable source?] "Kanata" (彼方?), sung by Mariaria, is used for the ending theme.[14]

Episode list

# Episode title Original air date[12]
1 "Edeline's Necklace"
"Ediriin no Kubikazari" (エディリーンの首飾り) 
April 7, 2006
 
2 "The Land of Children"
"Koyagitachi no Yukue" (子ヤギたちの行方) 
April 14, 2006
 
3 "The Secret Garden"
"Himitsu no Hanazono" (秘密の花園) 
April 21, 2006
 
4 "The Darkness of the Garden"
"Hanazono no Kurayami" (花園の暗闇) 
April 28, 2006
 
5 "Secretly Maneuvering Flowers"
"An'yaku Suru Hanabana" (暗躍する花々) 
May 5, 2006
 
6 "The Court Waltz"
"Kyūtei Enbukyoku" (宮廷円舞曲) 
May 12, 2006
 
7 "Pavane for the Late Princess"
"Naki Ōjo no Tame no Kujakumai" (亡き王女のための孔雀舞) 
May 19, 2006
 
8 "Fantasia and Fugue"
"Gensōkyoku to Tonsoukyoku" (幻想曲と遁走曲) 
May 26, 2006
 
9 "Forest Beyond the World"
"Sekai no Kanata no Mori" (世界のかなたの森) 
June 2, 2006
 
10 "Invisible Love"
"Mienai Ai" (見えない愛) 
June 9, 2006
 
11 "The Minstrel's Road"
"Ginyūshijin no Michi" (吟遊詩人の道) 
June 16, 2006
 
12 "Midday Star"
"Mahiru no Hoshi" (真昼の星) 
June 23, 2006
 
13 "Words"
"Kotoba" (ことば) 
June 30, 2006
 

Soundtrack

The original soundtrack for the anime adaptation, composed by Masumi Itō, was released in Japan by Geneon Entertainment on July 26, 2006. It contained 39 tracks.[11][15]

References

  1. ^ a b c "西の善き魔女1 セラフィールドの少女" (in Japanese). Chuokoron-Shinsha. http://www.c-novels.com/books/1997-09-25-1397.html. Retrieved 2009-03-20. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "西の善き魔女 外伝3 真昼の星迷走" (in Japanese). Chuokoron-Shinsha. http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4122046270/. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  3. ^ "西の善き魔女1 セラフィールドの少女" (in Japanese). Chuokoron-Shinsha. http://www.tokyopop.com/product/1678. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  4. ^ "西の善き魔女2 秘密の花園" (in Japanese). Chuokoron-Shinsha. http://www.c-novels.com/books/1997-11-25-1399.html. Retrieved 2009-03-20. [dead link]
  5. ^ "西の善き魔女3 薔薇の名前" (in Japanese). Chuokoron-Shinsha. http://www.c-novels.com/books/1998-04-25-1407.html. Retrieved 2009-03-20. [dead link]
  6. ^ "西の善き魔女4 世界のかなたの森" (in Japanese). Chuokoron-Shinsha. http://www.c-novels.com/books/1998-11-25-1414.html. Retrieved 2009-03-20. [dead link]
  7. ^ "西の善き魔女5 闇の左手" (in Japanese). Chuokoron-Shinsha. http://www.c-novels.com/books/1999-05-25-1420.html. Retrieved 2009-03-20. [dead link]
  8. ^ "西の善き魔女 外伝1 金の糸紡げば" (in Japanese). Chuokoron-Shinsha. http://www.c-novels.com/books/2000-01-25-1432.html. Retrieved 2009-03-20. [dead link]
  9. ^ "西の善き魔女 外伝2 銀の鳥プラチナの鳥" (in Japanese). Chuokoron-Shinsha. http://www.c-novels.com/books/2000-09-25-1437.html. Retrieved 2009-03-20. [dead link]
  10. ^ "7 new anime series announced." Anime News Network. December 29, 2005. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  11. ^ a b "西の善き魔女 Astrea Testament(2006): 作品情報" (in Japanese). Stingray. http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=324799#1. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  12. ^ a b "西の善き魔女 Astraea Testament" (in Japanese). Syobi. http://cal.syoboi.jp/tid/819/time. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  13. ^ "西の善き魔女 Astrea Testament(2006): ソフト(14)" (in Japanese). Stingray. http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=324799#4. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  14. ^ a b "西の善き魔女 Astrea Testament(2006): サウド" (in Japanese). Stingray. http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=324799#6. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  15. ^ "TVアニメ「西の善き魔女」オリジナルサウンドトラック" (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B000FUU0UA/. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 

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