Izetta: The Last Witch

Alt title: Shuumatsu no Izetta

TV (12 eps)
2016
Fall 2016
3.572 out of 5 from 4,651 votes
Rank #3,424

The time is pre World War II that looks like Europe in an imaginary world. A large scale war abrupts and bloody battles are taking place through out the world. Eylstadt is a small country without a strong military force or natural resources. Finé who is the crown queen of Eylstadt decides to use a secret weapon against larger countries which was unheard of at that time to battle against larger countries. The secret weapon was using a witch named Izetta and her magical force to fight the war. Izetta is young (same age as Finé) and the last surviving witch with burning red hair.

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Beginning of the War

Episode 1

Beginning of the War

Scars and Gunfire

Episode 2

Scars and Gunfire

The Sword in the Heavens

Episode 3

The Sword in the Heavens

The Secret of the Witch

Episode 4

The Secret of the Witch

A False Miracle

Episode 5

A False Miracle

On a Quiet Day...

Episode 6

On a Quiet Day...

The Battle of Sognefjord

Episode 7

The Battle of Sognefjord

A Cruel Fairy Tale

Episode 8

A Cruel Fairy Tale

The Sellun Corridor Burns

Episode 9

The Sellun Corridor Burns

The Iron Hammer of the Witch

Episode 10

The Iron Hammer of the Witch

Izetta

Episode 12

Izetta

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haize78
4.5

I started watching this anime because of the lovely animation and what looked like an interesting setting. As a matter of fact, the first episode isn't too bad. But then it just isn't interesting. Really nothing special. Even boring at times. A dull and predictable story that didn't manage to draw me in. Clichèd and not developed characters who left no lasting impression and whom I couldn't relate to. So, I wouldn't really recommend it.  The story is kind of an alternative narration of WWII if witches and magical powers existed and the rulers of the countries at war could somehow convince them to use their powers as weapons of destruction. You've got the bad bad bad Germanian Empire set on achieving world domination and the small Elystadt - located in the Alps, more or less in the vicinity of the modern day Austria - governed by the lovable and righteous, altruistic noble and honorable young Archduchess Finè. While still a child, Finè meets a little red-haired girl, Izetta, who is probably the last of the witches. They develop a really deep bond of friendship and for this reason, when the Germanian Empire threatens to invade Elystadt, Izetta decides to help Finè defend her country and pledges to fight along her side. The storyline becomes more dramatic when a second legendary and very powerful witch makes her appearance, fighting obviously for the Germanian Empire. This is the story. You could probably say it's the story of a friendship and of the fight to create a world of peace against a cruel tyrant bent on world domination. But, once again, it's quite boring. And Izetta flying in the sky on a rifle or a machine gun (or whatever it is) instead of the more conventional broom, is a ludicrous sight. Finè's and Izetta's friendship story was surely meant to move the viewer, but it just lacks the ability to emotionally involve. Same goes for the characters. No development. Very little backstory. The only one whose past is narrated, is the witch Sophie; but - SPOILER ALERT - she's a clone, so I really don't get how the wicked Germanians can make all those new bodies for her while her personality and memories remain unaltered and intact. It's as if the creators put labels on each character (Izetta is the loving faithful and willing to die for friendship FRIEND, Sophie is just looking for VENGEANCE, the Germanians are plain EVIL, in Elystadt everyone is KIND and GOOD-HEARTED, etc etc) and stopped at that, as if it were sufficient to make good characters. Well, it most obviously is not. Overall, it isn't a bad anime. There's a story that is developed in the 12 episodes and then gets an ending. But I don't recommend it. Both the characters and the story lack depth. So watch if you really haven't got anything better lined up.

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