As of recently, I have been getting into some shows that are more…laidback, more easygoing and more of the mundane yet simple things in life rather than everything being all about stylish action. Actually, I wouldn’t call this mundane considering the one thing in here that makes it more interesting than how it’s intended to be.
Now, right here, this review you’re reading right now is a show from 2016….that is actually a very underrated show in my opinion now that I know that a little section of Ani-twitter and ani-bloggers would rank high on their lists from last year (or at least I thought that) but enough small talk. This is Flying Witch.
Aomori, Japan. In a land blessed by nature’s bountiful beauty, bizarre things begin to take place. Makoto Kowata, 15 years old, is a professional witch. She left Yokohama with Chito, her black cat, to live in the house of her relatives in Aomori. This is where she begins to train as a witch. Even though Makoto’s powers are still limited to just flying through the sky, she and her second cousins Kei and Chinatsu surely make the most out of each and every day.
Yeah, that’s pretty much the show there.
And since you already knew my verdict from the first paragraph, I actually like this show. Yes, there isn’t much of an overarching plot but it really doesn’t need it to be honest. This is quite…..therapeutic. As in, this is an iyashikei anime, meaning ‘healing’ and this is a pure definition of slice of life. A slice of your everyday normal life with your normal daily activities and it involves magic since there’s a witch involved. Yes, there’s magic involved but….how should I put this in layman’s terms? Remember the movie Ex Machina? The special effects/robots in there is used to tell a story rather than just show out its budget.
Flying Witch is like that. Yes, there’s magic but the element is blended in naturally and it’s an everyday thing with it. The overall atmosphere is like a warm-inviting hug that you get from a family member or best friend or anyone associated with you that you like.
Every character in the show is about as welcoming and kind as the show’s tone is. I really liked Makoto as the lead, she’s played as being nice and polite with a down-to-earth personality but can easily get lost somewhere. Then we have the cousin Kei, who I don’t have much words to describe how I feel about him but he’s cool and then there’s Chinatsu, Kei’s sister and Makoto’s other cousin who is very fascinated about the world of magic and wants to know more about it and I have to admit, it is quite bewitching of that and adds an extra amount of comfort. We do have other characters within the show like Akane, Makoto’s older sister aka the one with white hair and brown skin as in the very opposite of Makoto in appearance and personality but she is still a good character and often got some good moments of her, especially her being drunk. These scenes are quite funny and there’s some minor characters like Inukai, a witch that is half-dog and her tale of how she actually became that way was not the way most people would expect.
Animation-wise, you’re not going to expect much as in that department as this is mostly standard slice-of-life fare but I will say that the designs and art work are fantastic and I give kudos to J.C. Staff on the blending in the magical elements into the everyday life setting seamlessly, i.e. it’s not pulling a BRIGHT.
Music is just as gentle and atmospheric fitting into this world and both songs “Sharanran (feat. 96 Neko)” by miwa [opening] and “Nichijou no Mahou” by Makoto Kowata (Minami Shinoda) & Chinatsu Kuramoto (Eri Suzuki) [ending] openly express that warm and comfortable feeling. As for the English dub, I’m good with the performances from the majority of the cast like Stephanie Wittels (Makoto), Juliet Simmons (Chinatsu), and Christina Kelly (Akane) and overall, the dub is pretty good.
FINAL VERDICT: What else is to say about this show? This is a very relaxing, comfortable and healing show that I feel most people are going to pass on because there isn’t much of a plot here but it does its job better in being what it is than most anime with plots.
FLYING WITCH is available to own on Blu-ray/DVD via Sentai Filmworks. Streaming is available on Crunchyroll and HiDIVE.
And this is about it for reviews for 2017…..and we are at #185……..meaning that eventually…….I’m going to be at that magical number…..eheh.
But that’s for 2018.
I’m MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid and right now, I need to be comfy.