El Cazador de la Bruja (Season One)

Bounties, Brujas, and Besties!

What did you watch and why? This was my latest pick for my A to Z Anime Challenge, completing the letter E. I had not heard of El Cazador de la Bruja in any capacity before jumping in. It’s also the longest series I’ve watched in the challenge coming in at twenty-six episodes.

What’s it about? Nadie is a bounty hunter and she’s closing in on the big one, a young girl with no memory of her past, but she’s not the only one. Ellis’ quiet and simple life is thrown into turmoil when the bounty hunters close in. Desperate to claim the bounty, some are prepared to do whatever it takes.

Luckily for Ellis, Nadie has been hired in a different capacity. All she has to do is keep Ellis alive and out of the hands of the other bounty hunters. Even with no clue to her past, Ellis has an overwhelming desire to travel south and since Nadie has to keep her safe, she agrees to take her.

With bounty hunters closing in on every turn, Nadie discovers that there is much more to Ellis’ past than she could ever have imagined. A government organisation seeks to use Ellis as a weapon, where as a sinister shadowy group are torn between saving Ellis and protecting their secrets.

What hooked you? The first thing that grabs your attention in this series is the music. It’s fantastic. There are times when the pace changes in the blink of an eye and the tempo of the music picks up. On top of that, there is a very interesting story that continually teases you with tiny nuggets of information but then poses more fantastic questions. Then there is the relationship between Nadie and Ellis, which really is the heart and soul of El Cazador de la Bruja. This series is excellent.

What was your favourite scene? This is actually an entire episode but it was fantastic. With the government organisation getting bolder, the sinister shadowy group has decided to get rid of Ellis once and for all, so they send in the ninjas. I kid you not. This series takes part in what is presumably Mexico, so it was quite the surprise. A welcome surprise nonetheless.

So, Nadie and Ellis are on the run and they bump into some local wannabe hero who’s fitted out an RV as if it were an armoured tank. He offers to help, unaware that Nadie is a gun carrying bounty hunter and Ellis has her own special abilities. They take to the road, relentlessly pursued by ninjas with guns.

Nadie’s contact within the shadowy group tells them that she’ll be able to stop the order to kill Ellis once the sun comes up. They’ve just got to stay alive until then. It sounds crazy, but it was excellent viewing and with the aforementioned music, it leaves you totally breathless.

What was your least favourite scene? It’s funny. You’d think with twenty-six episodes there should be a least favourite moment that would stand out, but I’m really struggling. At times, it was a slow burn, leaving Nadie and Ellis stuck in some random town where they’ll need to use their smarts to get by.

Oddly, it didn’t matter whether that’s outrunning another bounty hunter or just trying to get enough money to eat, even those episodes were enthralling. This was when the relationship between Nadie and Ellis really shone and it’s great watching them grow closer as the series progresses.

Who was your favourite character? I’m going to say Nadie and I don’t even have to think about it. She was so cool. Her back story is fascinating and seeing it revealed as they go was just as entertaining as Ellis’. She watches over Ellis fiercely, prepared to kill anyone that tries to get in their way, even dropping in her signature saying before shooting – ‘If you have any last words, say them now.’

Who was your least favourite character? For this one, I’m going to say L.A. Sure, Rosenberg was the main villain, but L.A. just seemed to annoy me more. Maybe that was part of what made him a good villain. That boy was loco!

Which character needs more screen time? I don’t think anyone really needed more time. The balance of Nadie and Ellis with the secondary characters seemed to work really well. They all developed and progressed nicely, adding lots of interesting depth to the series.

Is it similar to any other anime you’ve seen? This series first released in 2007 so the animation style is unlike most stuff you’ll see today, but that isn’t a bad thing either. I really enjoyed the look and feel, combined with the incredible soundtrack and wonderful story. There isn’t anything that instantly fits, although Black Lagoon possibly has some similarities.

Would you like another season? After all that, you’d think I would say yes, but I actually don’t. It all wrapped up nicely, completing their quest, and even giving the characters closure and one last chance to show us how close they are. Sure, they drove off into the sunset on new adventures, but sometimes that’s all we need to know. Somewhere out there Ellis is singing about tacos and Nadie is rolling her eyes!

What elements of the story inspire you? I thought this was a really cool mashup of cultures. It appeared to take place in Mexico although it’s never confirmed. Spanish is used fairly frequently by the characters and of course, the title translates to ‘The Witch Hunter’, but it’s an anime so there was a lot of Japanese influences in there too. There’s a lot that could be done borrowing different elements from different regions of the world and trying to pull them together.

Other reviews in the series

AnimerciseTwenty-six episodes… this is going to be a big boost to my numbers.

Episode Count: 26 (152)

Push-ups – 260 (990)

Sit-ups – 260 (990)

Squats – 260 (960)

6 Comments

  1. Never heard of this one! I don’t even remember seeing it when searching for an E anime, although now that I look again I see it.

    • Lynn Sheridan

      It was excellent. There are 26 episodes so it is a slow burner, but it picks up the pace as it progresses and the story becomes more developed. I can’t recommend it enough.

  2. David Boone (moonhawk81)

    Sounds like something I need to pick up. Thanks!

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Definitely. The story is great and the production is fantastic. One of my favourites of the year for sure, possibly moving into my top ten all time…

  3. Ooooh, I’ve had this on my to-watch list for a while, actually. I’m glad to hear that it’s worth watching! It’s done by the same studio as Noir, which is a similar girls-with-guns type show that I really enjoyed. Noir also has a SUPER good soundtrack, so maybe you’d be into it if you liked this one!

    • Lynn Sheridan

      Thanks, I will definitely check out Noir. If it’s anything like this one, I know I’ll enjoy it.

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