My take on The Wanderers:
I really enjoyed the series. Unlike The Magnificent World, Wanderers
is 7 tapes. The characters were a little better formed, as they
had more time to do it in. We got a background view of Priestess's,
and how their hierarchy is done. Though if you were used to TMW
like I was, this series can rub you a little wrong, in the fact
that Ifurita is basically an air head until the last two episodes.
In Wanderers we got to explore more things, like the Priestess's,
also Mr. Fujisawa went on a date. They only flashed on that briefly
in EH2. It may have been an entire episode, but it gives background
into both Miz and Fujisawa. Another thing is all the side adventures
the group does, like the search for the Snow of Legend, and the
beast stalking a village. They didn't HAVE to have these things
in the series, but it solidified the characters, the world, and
the sense of togetherness.
I also loved the new character clothes/designs. It took awhile
for Shayla and Afura's new clothes to grow on me, but I do like
them. BTW, am I alone in noticing Nanami's bike pants say SLUTT?
Nice touch ^_^ The young Rune is very nice, not only does it add
a romantic angle that TMW couldn't (Because the Rune in TMW was
older, and thus off limits). Although Rune's parents die, they too
make an appearance in her dreams and flashbacks as well, which is
nice, since you sort of get to know them as well that way. The only
problem I really have is with Ifurita. She's basically a ball of
fluff! A total scatterbrain until the last 2 episodes. I can understand
that it may have had something to do with how she woke up, but at
the same time, you'd think the Demon God Ifurita would remember
what the word evil meant! Ahh well, I still liked her, she really
did add something to the series, and made me laugh. I don't think
the serious Ifurita of TMW and EH2 would have fit in in this series.
All in all The Wanderers is more comedic than TMW/EH2, and generally
just more light hearted as well. The series was long enough to enjoy
character depth, as well as being short enough not to be boring.
Don't expect this series to be a replica or near replica of TMW,
it stands on it's own.