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[[caption-width-right:350:''We won't choose between just "dead" or just "alive". We've chosen freedom.'']]

->''"Taco, taco, tacos, delicious tacos!"''

''El Cazador De La Bruja'' (which means ''The Witch's Hunter'' in Spanish, NOT ''The Witch Hunter'') tells the story of Ellis, a young girl who finds herself [[SternChase chased by bounty hunters]], the most skilled of whom is Nadie. Luckily, Nadie is not about to kill her, but instead sets herself up as Ellis' bodyguard on her journey to find out more about her MysteriousPast.

Ellis has some mystifying powers, such as setting things on fire or freezing them; throwing people around with force fields; and inhuman strength, which allows her to [[InASingleBound jump several meters in one go]]. Unfortunately, she doesn't have complete control over those powers yet. Ellis is also haunted by memories of the killing of her former foster parent, whom she calls "the professor". Did she actually kill him? What is the role of the organization that sends one bounty hunter after another to obtain her? Who is the creepy guy who keeps stalking her all the time? And what is Nadie's role in this web of intrigue?

The series is produced by Bee Train and is the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'', which in turn is the SpiritualSuccessor to ''Anime/{{Noir}}''. Together, the series form Bee Train's "{{girls with guns}}"-trilogy, with noticeable plot similarities. ''El Cazador de la Bruja'' is generally lighter in tone than the other two series and shares neither their ambiguous endings nor their particular focus on female [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]] action.

The relationship between the two female leads is also much less ambivalent and clearly develops a [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendShip romantic slant]]. Fans who loved the dark, puzzling plot twists in the two first series might be disappointed by the comparative straightforwardness of ''El Cazador de la Bruja'', since it focuses on the relationship between the main characters.

The series should best be seen as a story of two people who find themselves and each other against a backdrop of the Mexican desert, crazy (and ineffective) bounty hunters, and of course, tacos.

Not to be confused with the short-lived Creator/CrossGen Comics pirate title, ''ComicBook/ElCazador''.
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!!Tropes:
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Averted, Nadie is very attractive in the manga, gifted with a mature and womanly figure; while in the anime, her attractiveness is toned down, giving her a nearly flat chest and is constantly commented on being manish and unattractive despite actually being quite cute.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Unusually, by ''another'' girl.
* AmazonBrigade: The team of female TheMenInBlack led by Blue Eyes.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Nadie could be Hispanic or Amerindian or just really tan, and has blue eyes.
* AncientConspiracy: The Witch Coven.
* AngelUnaware: In the middle of Mexico/South of Mexico, there is an inn run by an old man; who apparently is really the Hopi Fertility Deity Kokopelli. He takes the form of a white author who died 3 years prior to the plot.
* AnimeAccentAbsence: Despite taking place mostly in Mexico and South America, there are rarely any accents.
** Partially averted in the dub where some accents get used and even some lines of Spanish in the first episode to establish the world of the play.
* ApologisesALot: Iris.
* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler: Ellis and L.A.]]
* AxCrazy: L.A.
* BadassAndChildDuo: It has two: one is the main couple, Nadie and Ellis (at least until the latter learns to use her magic effectively); the other is Ricardo and Lirio, whose similarities to ''LoneWolfAndCub'' are lampshaded early on. First is a same gendered pairing, the second is a pure example.
* BadassNormal: Nadie and Ricardo.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The opening and ending both count. Nadie and Ellis never visit any floating land, no masked man ever follows them around and there is never a cat with a sniper rifle.
* BareYourMidriff: Nadie.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ellis was already considered this, but in episode 16 [[spoiler:she consciously beats the crap out of L.A.]]!
* BigBad: Rosenberg.
* BigFancyHouse: In several episodes.
* BilingualBonus: Apart from the frequent occurrence of Spanish in the dub, "Nadie" is [[MeaningfulName Spanish for "Nobody"]].
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Nadie's favorite way of disarming opponents.
* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:Rosenberg]] in Episode 25.
* [[spoiler:BloodSplatteredInnocents: Ellis.]]
* BlushSticker: Particularly Lorio, but seen on other innocent young children, including Hispanics.
* BodyguardCrush: Mutual, although [[spoiler:instigated by Ellis]].
* BorrowedCatchphrase: Nadie uses Ellis' "Yes, sir" on two occasions. [[spoiler:Ellis says Nadie's PreAsskickingOneLiner right before shooting Rosenberg.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: L.A. on several occasions, most notably in episode 24.
* BrandX: Amigo Tacos.
* BrokeEpisode
* CatchPhrase:
** Ellis: "Yes, sir!"
** Nadie: "[[PreAssKickingOneLiner If you have any last words, say them now.]]"
*** Less often (in English/Spanish, so it's meant to be notable): "Pardon?"/"¿Perdón?"
** Ricardo: "[[SeeYouInHell Let's have a drink in hell, amigo!]]" (In the dub version: "I'll buy you a drink in hell, amigo.")
* CatGirl: Sort of -- a few characters put on cat ears in episode 11, including ''L.A and Ricardo''.
* CatSmile: Joaquin in the last episode.
* CheerfulChild: Lirio.
* TheChessmaster: Rosenberg.
* ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler: Ellis for Nadie. Particularly noticeable in episode 19, when she mentally dubs a couple's conversation over the conversation between Nadie and Ricardo.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: Ellis is somewhere between this and an AmbiguousDisorder.
* CodeName: L.A. FridgeBrilliance implies that "Ellis" is actually an acronym for "L.S."
** In which case, [[FridgeHorror what happened to L.B. through L.R.]]?
* CompanionCube: [[FanNickname Squenchy]], the lizard from episode 3.
* {{Crossdresser}}s: Two transvestite bounty hunters.
* CuteMute: Lirio. She pretty much communicates with giggles and little noises. She does say "Kitty!" in ep 22, referring to a [[MegaNeko cougar]].
* CuteWitch: Ellis, somewhat subverted.
* DeadStarWalking: Professor Schneider, voiced by Creator/ShinichiroMiki.
* DeathIsCheap: Episode 25.
* DistantFinale
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: When Ellis uses her powers, she starts breathing heavily, and her expression and demeanor are rather... suggestive. It doesn't help at all the first time she does this that [[StalkerWithACrush L.A.]] is watching her, also breathing heavily with the same expression, and the camera keeps switching between them.
* DoingInTheWizard: Inverted. [[spoiler:Ellis is the product of genetic engineering, but her powers seem to be genuinely supernatural.]]
** Not to mention episodes involving [[spoiler: a woman who can read the memories of others, the harvest spirit Kokopelli, and it is probable that the old fortune teller in the first episode was the real deal.]]
* DoubleEntendre: Having very sexy girls and women for the SexSells in order to sell tacos!
* TheDragon: L.A.
* DramaticWind: Jody in episode 21.
* {{Dramedy}}: ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' and ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' are ultra-serious; ''El Cazador'' is pretty much a platonic ideal of anime {{Dramedy}}.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: L.A. to Ellis twice. He even records it!
* EmotionlessGirl: Ellis isn't ''quite'' this; she feels emotions (however understated), but doesn't readily identify them.
* {{Expy}}: Sort of -- Jody shares common traits with Chloe from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' and Limelda from ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'', like [[Creator/AyaHisakawa being voiced by the same seiyuu...]]
** ... Can we talk about how LA's obsession with Ellis is [[Anime/{{Noir}} Chloe's relationship with Kirika]] turned UpToEleven?
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Ellis.
* TheFaceless: The Witch Coven chairwoman for most of the series.
* FacelessGoons: And triceraninjas!
* {{Fanservice}}: Sufficiently more of it than in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' and ''Anime/{{Madlax}}''; driven to extreme in the manga adaptation, to the point where it's not funny anymore.
* FingerSuckHealing
* {{Flashback}}: Up to and including a WholeEpisodeFlashback.
* ForTheEvulz: [[spoiler:Rosenberg arranged the whole stupid road trip through Central America so that Ellis and Nadie would get close enough that when he killed Nadie the grief would trigger the final awakening of Ellis' powers: just as the shredding of her favorite teddy bear initiated her first breakthrough and the murder of Dr. Schneider triggered her second.]]
** [[spoiler:He's a {{Yandere}}. A pedophiliac yandere in charge of the CIA...]]
** [[spoiler:Blue-Eyes suggests that he's seeking revenge for his father who was DrivenToSuicide by the government after seeking the witches' power. He flat out denies this, though. Although it's hard to tell if he's being honest or not.]]
*** [[spoiler:Note that Blue-Eye's grief at Nadie and Ellis's apparent deaths trigger her own latent witch powers. Maybe Rosenberg was on to something.]]
* GenericCuteness: Nadie is apparently mildly unattractive, or at least very plain judging by the reactions she gets from most men. Even the [[ReallyGetsAround playboy mariachi]] only flirted with her to get money. The way she's drawn, though, the worst you could say about her is that she's a bit skinny for an Amazon.
* TheGlassesComeOff: Blue Eyes ten episodes in (she also lets her hair loose), and the look stays for the rest of the series. [[LampshadeHanging Rosenberg says that she looks hotter without them.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot[=/=]TakeOurWordForIt: L.A. gets mocked by some bar patrons in episode 7. He makes a SlasherSmile, and then the scene cuts to some minutes later, with the police at the scene trying to radio in "someone good with puzzles" so they can find out how many victims there were.
* GratuitousSpanish: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since it is set in Latin America.
* GroinAttack: In ep 20, when Ellis sets L.A.'s crotch on fire with her powers (Ouch!).
* TheGunslinger: Nadie.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: being [[spoiler:the only surviving specimens in an experiment to clone Witches]], L.A. and Ellis look very similar to each other.
* HappilyMarried: Antonio & Margarita, for the most part.
* HealingFactor: Sort of -- Ellis can only remove foreign objects from the body without harm. She can do absolutely nothing to the wounds caused by them, let alone to any kind of illness.
* HeelFaceTurn: Blue Eyes. Episode 21 is pretty much dedicated to this.
* HiddenDepths: Antonio: mild-manner taco stand manager, [[spoiler: former contract killer]].
* HiddenEyes: Ellis in episode 16.
* HotForStudent: Ellis and Professor Schneider.
* HotSpringsEpisode: In the ''Mexican Desert'', no less! in Episode 15. Justified, in that it's a spa with an ''onsen'' theme.
* HowWeGotHere: A few episodes are set up like this.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Ellis and L.A.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Ellis in episode 23.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: With the sole exception of "Maple Leaf", every episode begins with "A Woman" or "A Man" and then an adjective phrase to describe them.
* InASingleBound: Ellis and L.A.
* {{Invocation}}: In the last episodes.
* JitterCam: A subtle example in episode 16 as L.A. walks towards the camera.
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Lirio.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:L.A. and Rosenberg; though in the final episode they fake us out with Jody's assistant.]]
* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Their Kind]]: The witches dying out.
* LimitedWardrobe: Semi-justified, given they're fugitives.
* LimpAndLivid: L.A.
* {{Lolicon}}: Ortega's interest in Ellis in episode 12. Hell, ''anyone'' who has interest in Ellis tends to border on this. L.A. manages to avert this since he's the same age as her.
* LovelyAngels
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: L.A., although his love for Ellis [[spoiler:has been imprinted in his mind]].
* MacGuffin: Witch powers.
* MagicSkirt: Ellis.
* TheMenInBlack: In the OP only, there is one guarding a brainwashing facility for Rosenberg, but given he's wearing a sombrero and smoking a pipe, that sorta takes away the mystique. He's only in one episode, and doesn't do anything. Blue Eyes does utilize a couple of WIB henchladies though.
* {{Meganekko}}: Jody Hayward, a.k.a. "Blue Eyes".
* {{Meido}}: Ellis and Nadie don maid outfits twice.
* MindControlEyes: L.A. in episode 24, and Ellis whenever she unconsciously manifests her powers. [[spoiler:Her eyes still change even after she gains full control of her powers]].
* MsFanservice: Blue Eyes.
** Nadie in the manga, she has a much more mature figure in comparison to the anime, with large breasts, flared hips, and thin waist.
* MoralityPet: Lirio to Ricardo. Not that he's a bad guy.
* MoodWhiplash: "Maple Leaf"
* MundaneUtility: Ellis, episode 26.
* MythologyGag: In episode 4, Ellis brandishes a fork as a "weapon". In ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', [[spoiler: Kirika killed Chloe with a fork.]]
* [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou Nadie Is About To Shoot You]]
* NamesToKnowInAnime:
** Ellis: Creator/AiShimizu and MaxeyWhitehead
** Nadie: Creator/ShizukaIto
** Jody: Creator/AyaHisakawa
** Ricardo: Creator/FumihikoTachiki
** Lirio: Creator/MarinaInoue and Creator/MonicaRial
** L.A.: Creator/MamoruMiyano...the dub manages to be rather notable as well by casting Jamie [=McGonnigal=], normally a New York VA and nowadays known for Barry and Trip in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' and Omi in ''WeissKreuz''.
** Schneider: Creator/ShinichiroMiki
** Melissa: Creator/MegumiToyoguchi and Creator/BrinaPalencia
* OddNameOut: "Maple Leaf", again.
* OminousLatinChanting: Not Latin, but still ominous.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Through most of the series, Jody is only known as "Blue Eyes".
* OnlyOneName: Primary heroines, no less; also L.A., Lirio, and Ricardo.
* OpeningNarration: Done by Blue Eyes in the latter half of the series.
** Also on the first episode.
* {{Otaku}}: Ortega, episode 12 -- military variety.
* [[spoiler:[[OurHeroIsDead Our Heroines Are Dead]]: Nadie is forced to shoot Ellis in the penultimate episode, then dies shortly afterwards. It doesn't last long.]]
* PhlebotinumRebel: Ellis; L.A. at several points in the story.
* PlayingWithFire: One manifestation of Ellis' powers.
** AnIcePerson: She freezes a road in ep 17.
* ProductPlacement: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/000obh5.jpg this Pemex fuel station,]] where Pemex is Mexico's national oil company. The public phones also look pretty much exactly as Telmex's phones, though this might be SceneryPorn more than anything else, since it would be nearly impossible to depict Mexico without Pemex stations or Telmex phones.
* PsychoticSmirk: Rosenberg.
* RazorFloss: L.A.
* RidingIntoTheSunset
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: [[spoiler:Nadie even turns down a guy to run off with Ellis once more]]. In fact, Ellis's [[spoiler:[[ClingyJealousGirl rather suggestive at times]]]] behaviour might indicate there's [[OfficialCouple more to it]].
* RoofHopping: Ellis jumps inhumanly high, leaping up balconies in ep 17. Jumping from one to the one directly above it shouldn't be possible. [[spoiler: In her case, [[AWizardDidIt A witch did it]].]]
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Rosenberg. The nameless bounty hunter in episode 9 also qualifies.
* ShipperOnDeck: By the end of the series, Ricardo is shipping Ellis/Nadie.
* {{Shotacon}}: Seriously, that scene in episode 10 with [[spoiler:Rosenberg whispering to LA.'s ears while the latter was naked]]... Then that strange hug in episode 24. Just seeing the attitude which with Rosenberg treats L.A. doesn't seem to make it too hard to believe that L.A. is, you know, not very virgin.
* ShoutOut: Most notably, to ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' and ''Anime/{{Madlax}}''; see [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=7509&page=22 ANN.]]
* ShownTheirWork: The portrayal of Latin America is generally good, at least tonally ringing true despite the artistic license taken in some particulars.
* SleepCute: In ep 15, Ellis and Lirio.
* SlasherSmile: L.A.
* SmallTownBoredom: Rita in episode 5 wants to get out of her small town and go to the big cities. All of the other characters treat it as a ''[[DeliberateValuesDissonance culturally-specific mental illness]]''.
* SmashCut: Used in episode 21, to make the audience think L.A. has [[MoralEventHorizon murdered a young flower girl]]. The next scene shows that [[spoiler: she's just fine, and was happy that he bought all her flowers]].
* SneezeCut
* SouthOfTheBorder
* SoWhatDoWeDoNow: Episode 26.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: More, pronounce it correctly in the dub. Lirio, Lorio, Liriel, Lario, Loriel... what is your name, tiny, quiet child?
* SpicyLatina: Nadie.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Anime/{{Madlax}}''.
* StakingTheLovedOne: [[spoiler:Nadie has to kill Ellis to stop Dougie's plan. [[UnexplainedRecovery She gets better.]]]]
* StalkerWithACrush: L.A.
* SternChase
* TakeMyHand: Episode 19.
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Toyed with in various ways throughout the series.
** In episode 10, when a thug is holding Ellis hostage, Antonio thinks he has to go out and save her since he and his wife are the ones the thug's boss wants. At the same time, Nadie thinks she has to save her, since she and Ellis are so close. [[spoiler: By the time they finish arguing and agree to BOTH go rescue her, Ellis has [[RedundantRescue already knocked the guy out with a pair of maracas.]]]]
** Averted when Ellis briefly tries to run away, since she doesn't want to [[PhlebotinumRebel be part of Rosenberg's plot or hurt anyone she cares about with her powers.]] Blue Eyes tries to tell Nadie that Ellis has to work it out on her own, but Nadie gives her a ShutUpHannibal and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming refuses to let Ellis run off a second time.]]
** Played straight in episodes 24 and 25, both when [[spoiler: Ricardo goes to finish things with [[strike: Rambo]] L.A.]] and when [[spoiler: Ellis and Nadie decide to finish their journey before the others catch up.]]
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: Nadie is forced to kill Ellis, after killing her, she shoots herself and uses the last of her strength to crawl to Ellis and die beside her. It doesn't last long, though.]]
* TokenMiniMoe: Lirio.
* TookALevelInBadass: Ellis, [[spoiler:once she gains full control over her powers]].
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:Both Ellis and Nadie]] die in the penultimate episode. However, they only stay that way for about five minutes.
* TheUnreveal: Just as powerful as {{The Reveal}}s of ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' and ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' combined.
* VillainsOutShopping: Once Rosenberg gets to his lakeside villa, there are plenty of cuts to him just fishing or playing chess. Of course, these scenes are often still set to his evil-sounding theme music. It doesn't help that he eventually ends up looking at a picture of Ellis a lot.
* TheVoiceless: Lirio ([[spoiler:except for two instances at the end of the series]]). Despite this, she acts as a link between Nadie and Ellis and Ricardo, seeing as Ricardo isn't exactly the sociable type. Any interactions between them for much of the series is caused by their interactions with Lirio.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Antonio & Margarita in episode 10. A tubby taco stand worker married to one of the hottest women in the series. Apparently, he reminded her of a puppy she had as a girl.
* VillainousBreakdown: L.A. in ep 20, [[AxCrazy not that he was tightly wrapped]] in the first place.
* WhamEpisode: ''Maple Leaf''.
** Also "A Woman Who Conjures".
* WitchSpecies: Ellis and L.A. are synthetic, while [[spoiler:Jody[=/=]Blue Eyes]] is natural, but unpowered.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Nadie and Ricardo; [[spoiler:they won't, obviously.]]
** Nadie and Ellis [[spoiler:appear to get together in the end, though]].
** Pedro in the last episode seemed to like Nadie a bit. Joaquin, not so much.
* {{Yandere}}: L.A. and [[spoiler:Rosenberg]].
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Pink Hair]]: Lirio. It's quite out of place in a series where most characters have natural hair colors.
* YuriGenre: The manga is categorized in Yuri for genres, the anime is only very light shoujo-ai on the other hand.
* ZettaiRyouiki: Ellis.
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