As the snow melts and the flowers begin to bloom, Spring makes its way through the town of Aomori. As per tradition, witches at the age of 15 must go out into the world as adults, but before Makoto Kowata can get the full treatment she has to finish her high school education first while staying with her relatives, the Kuramoto’s.
Flying Witch is one of many series beginning this Spring season, but it’s already stolen my heart as my favorite for this season. What really attracted me to this series before even watching it was the art style. The character designs at first seemed really simplistic, but despite the simplicity the way that the characters’ emotions were conveyed through their expressions really reached out to me.
The background art was a big eye opener for me as well. Makoto mentions in the episode that witches have an affinity towards nature, and you can tell that the staff wanted to emphasize that trait by putting as much detail into the scenery.
As far as main characters go, Makoto is as air-heady as they come. She’s bad with directions, she easily let out the secret of the witches’ existence to a new and unknowing friend, and she hands out mandrakes like they’re Christmas pudding. It’s that air-headedness that really draws out great reactions from the characters, specifically Chinatsu and Nao. The comedy is well delivered by really light circumstantial “gags” and you can’t help but laugh and feel happy with the characters.
Is this series a coming of age story, high school comedy, or a fantasy series with a focus on magic? Probably all of the above. I’m not expecting a drawn out plot considering how the first episode presented itself, and each episode or two may have self-contained stories pertaining to how the characters live and grow in that small town of Aomori. With a show like this, it’s really what you need to kick back, feel good, and smile.
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