297th G-View: Flying Witch

Since the show centers around a large female cast with only a few recurring male characters it fits the criteria of an anime I would review on this blog. Let us take a look at Flying Witch.

Flying Witch Cover

Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Magic, Supernatural

Themes: Witches

Number of episodes: 12 + several specials (Flying Witch Petit)

G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: 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.

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Makoto and Chinatsu chilling.

Flying Witch can be best described as the following, a “chillaxed” show similar to the likes of the Aria series, Hidamari Sketch (HS is a Girls Club and Iyashikei hybrid) and Yama no Susume to name a few examples of the “iyashikei” Slice of Life subgenre that has some “whoa” moments. More on those in a bit. Sometimes the witches also perform neat little magic tricks with often funny results. As an “Iyashikei” show Flying Witch is not about the cast going on cracker jack adventures or being super crazy like in a Girls Club show. It is meant to help people relax their minds as they calmly sit back and watch a lovable cast doing whatever they feel like doing in a non-hostile environment. Basically escapism for people who need something other than action-packed or violent fictional media to help them relax. It is something that I feel only anime/manga have managed to do well because I tried watching an English show where not much happens and had to rely on the conversations being interesting or amusing to hold my attention whereas in “Iyashikei” media the combination of serene/colorful backgrounds, calming music and fun characters give me plenty to be entertained by despite there not being a grand end goal. There are some exceptions like YnS that do have an end goal but nothing on a grand scale is what I am trying to say.

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An example of a “Whoa” moment.

I mentioned there being “whoa” moments on this show. These are those little supernatural things that pop up out of nowhere to get a “whoa” reaction, a “I did not see that coming” rather than a “HOLY BLEEP WHAT THE BLEEP WAS THAT!?”. Most of the episodes have one or sometimes two “whoa” moments that all fulfill the supernatural quota.

Along with those moments there is more content besides the gang doing stuff and sometimes doing neat magic tricks. The city of Aomori also has some lore that is occasionally shared with viewers since this is a city where witches and other supernatural things are not uncommon to the citizens. Continuing on the supernatural the gang sometimes visit cooky places, for example a hidden coffee shop like place with an interesting waitress and then there is one of my favorite location visited in episode 11. That was awesome. Viewers also learn some neat tivia like the history of hotcakes in Japan and the difference between hotcakes and pancakes.

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I already talked about the animation quality and sound both being but let us briefly go over them again. Some viewers called Flying Witch’s animation “KyoAni like”. That tells readers right there that the characters and location look great but that is a given since the show takes place in the countryside and most anime I have seen set in this location are great to look at. The soundtrack also does a great job helping me relax my muscles.

Let us briefly talk about the five main characters.

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Makoto. Fun protagonist.

I have to mention something I found funny about Makoto. Despite the anime being named Flying Witch, Makoto herself rarely flies on her broom. At least whenever she does it is important so it is all good. I just found that funny. Other than that Makoto’s a nice protagonist.

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Chinatsu, one of anime/manga’s best imouto.

Chinatsu is a girl I can only describe as one anime/manga’s best imouto EVAH! Is it my bias? Yes but what of it? She entertained me THAT much with her willingness to learn, actual childlike innocence in a child rather than an older girl, which is rare in anime/manga lolis. The fact she is not very bratty at all is also appreciated. Just a curious girl who wants to learn as much as possible.

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Best girl, Akane. Makoto’s older sister.

Sexiest, funniest, most fun and best character. These traits all go to Akane. A free spirited veteran witch who has much to teach when she is the mood to do so. When she is not she is either being the live of the party or looking extra hot while taking her many naps since she travels and drinks a lot. She also maybe has a ship. Said ship has its supporters so maybe it is not that farfetched pairing them together..

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Nao after meeting Makoto for the first time.

I like Nao for one simple reason, whenever she is on screen I cannot help but feel sad for her. Not out of pity but amusement. It is like she lives a good life but exudes sadness whenever she is on screen and it is hilarious.

Lastly there is Kei, Chinatsu’s older brother and Makoto’s cousin. He is one cool dude but I have one little gripe: Every time girls mock him because he is great at cooking and gardening. I know it is not meant to be insulting and that Kei does not mind but c’mon. Oh well. What can you do. Other than that he has other amusing quirks.

Overall Flying Witch is a show whose purpose is to help people who do not need violent escapism wind down after a hard/stressful day. The “whoa” moments, neat magic tricks, likable characters and relaxing presentation add some more spice to an already tasty meal. Not for viewers who have very little patience or viewers who dislike Slice of Life shows.

PS: Kei and Chinatsu’s mom is hot.

About OG-Man

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27 Responses to 297th G-View: Flying Witch

  1. DrAnimaniac says:

    A very chill cast with great characters. A very pleasant show indeed.

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  2. Dimagnus_gia says:

    Jajajajajaj, yo también pensé lo mismo de la tía de Makoto, es una señora sexy y alivianada. Y bueno, Akaneeee :):):):):):), ví éste anime sólo por ella y por que tenía esperanzas de que la shipearan más con su amiga, a la que accidentalmente convirtió en perro jajajajaja. No es la gran serie, pero es muy ligera, de esas que uno debe ver para tranquilizar el alma después de ver títulos dramáticos y violentos….(aún no te supero Kannazuki No Miko, ni a tí Simoun…snif!).

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    • OG-Man says:

      Esa señora que si es una nena junto a Akane y Inugami. Makoto tambien tiene curvas atractivas.

      No tiene que ser un gran serie para ser disfrutable.

      Simoun y Kannazuki…momentos duros en ambos anime.

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  3. ArcaJ says:

    Chinatsu wins Best Imouto of 2016! Also best Kid Character Ever! She’s precocious, without being annoying. She gets into mischief without being malicious. When she gets used to the weird beings who show up at the house, she genuinely welcomes them into her life.

    Yes, I do ship Akane with Inukai. I get the idea that they wouldn’t mind.

    Shy ghost waitress? Why isn’t this more popular?

    I thought Makoto’s horrible sense of direction would get tiresome, but ou can see her growing and learning throughout the series. I love that she puts her all into whatever task she tries. Plus, she always wears tights, so I’m genetically predisposed to identify with her. (had to wear them ALL THE TIME as a kid.) One of the best things about Flying Witch is, I could have a great tea party with the entire cast.

    Just don’t let Akane cook anything.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Chinatsu’s smile should always be protected.

      I guess it could work. Just didn’t much to work with.

      They didn’t use it as a running gag. I imagine that’s why.

      It would be fun to chill with everyone on the cast.

      As hot and skilled as Akane is, there are some things she is best left not doing.

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  4. FantasyGirlKanna says:

    You’re right about this being a relaxing show, that’s why I watch this after Hai Furi 😛 I always get excited for the next episode of Hai Furi each week and watching Flying Witch is a good way to calm myself down 🙂

    My most favorite character in this show is Akane; hot, carefree, famous and has a sense of humor. It was really funny when she mistook Nao as Kei’s girlfriend 😀 I wish I could see more of her magic, since she’s a very powerful witch. I actually ship her with Inukai 😛

    Makoto’s so cute she gets lost and gets people’s names wrong 😛 and that episode where she offers that wiggling mandrake to Nao as if it’s no big deal was really hilarious. That’s time I started shipping these two. It’s not much but they often have some alone time together, those times were simple but cute.

    I’m really hoping for a second season since Akane and Makoto’s conversation in the last part seemed like there is going to be one. (I hope)

    PS: Yup Kei and Chinatsu’s mom is hot. It doesn’t look like she’s a mom actually 😛

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    • OG-Man says:

      Since several other yuri fans also ship them I edited the review to validate the ship being highly likely.

      Makoto X Nao is less likely than Akane X Inukai.

      A second season would be wonderful.

      Mothers retaining their beauty past their late 30s to early 40s is not unusual.

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      • Star Light says:

        According to the manga, the second season is very possible (if I won’t say it will be came true). BTW, I like Makoto x Nao with Akane x Chinatsu, Inukai will have a new character in the later story for her to ship. (She is Makoto’s master or advisor)

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    • Star Light says:

      Oh yeah, I like Akane too, especially her careless trait.

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  5. Star Light says:

    This is one of very rare animes that I like without yuri-ish. Of course that I can find for my self some ships, but let not talk about it in this series. The reason I love it is peaceful, just like Non Non Biyori but with magic, the Flying Witch has created a haven for me, a supernatural with peaceful life fan. I think this series can keep moving forever. (Material for this story is really a lot, you see)

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  6. K says:

    Flying Witch described in a word: Cooooozy. I wouldn’t mind if we got to watch more of Makoto and co’s daily lives. I learned some things from this show as well.

    There’s still more to the year but I don’t think I’ll see a kid sibling character as good as Chinatsu. She was totally adorable.

    Another description to add to Akane’s list; Grade A prankster.

    Of all the familiars introduced, I liked Akane’s familiar, Kenny, the best. I just loved how his face was drawn. Episode 11 then revealed that he was a history professor, which made him even cooler.

    The supernatural elements felt right at home in this world and I liked how everyone usually just rolled with it. I know they have different themes and they’re different genres and all but the Witch’s World reminds me of Harry Potter’s Magic World in that they exist alongside the Normal World, except in Flying Witch, the existence of magic is not really a secret and it’s not such a big deal if the “Muggles” found out about it.

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    • OG-Man says:

      More Flying Witch would be nice.

      Chinatsu will be a hard younger sister to top.

      True that.

      Kenny Omega!

      A fine mesh between the supernatural and the “regular”.

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  7. John Hayabusa says:

    This was indeed a fun comfy anime.

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  8. The fact that this anime has a very cozy feel to it entices me. One of the many things I missed this winter that I plan to check out. Your coverage of it only seals the deal, so thank you. 😀

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  9. Reblogged this on haveyouexperiencedshitsurakuen and commented:

    The fact that this anime has a very cozy feel to it entices me. One of the many things I missed this winter that I plan to check out. Your coverage of it only seals the deal, so thank you.😀

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  12. uiopiu says:

    makoto’s cat is female.

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  14. In vol 6 of the manga Flying Witch there are hints of a Nao and Makoto romance.

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