Flying Witch (2016) Bad at Witchcraft, but the Soundtrack is Perfect | Anime Review



This feel-good, Slice of Life, anime about a teen witch who has just moved to the countryside, is sure to please anyone looking for something serene. 


Makoto Kowata is fifteen.  Traditionally, at 15 years old, a witch leaves their home to begin their professional career.  But in this modernizing world, being a witch is no longer the most reliable business.  


And Makoto isn't very good at the craft.



A a solution, Makkoto moves to her relatives house in a rural town where she can both begin her witch training among nature, and finish high school.


Makoto is a fun slice of life anime protagonist. She's worry-free, kind, slightly ditzy, and has a terrible sense of direction.


Luckily, her relatives, a black cat named Chito, and her older sister Akane, are around to help her out with her witchy skills.



This Series is a True Slice of Life


This show is slooooooow.


It's episodic, with plot lines usually wrapping up by the end of each episode. 


We get some comedy when the witches casually bring their craft into the mundane world. And also when Makokto is confused by country living.


Many of the supernatural occurrences have a humorous element to them.  For instance, the scene where Makoto presents her new friend with a Mandrake to show her gratitude and the friends doesn't want anything to do with it.



This Series is Tranquil 


There's lot's of cooking and eating.


There's an entire episode where the characters follow a cat around town.


Since the relatives Makoto stays with live on and operate a farm, there are many scenes which have to do with being out in nature.  



Whether they are weeding a plot of land for Makoto to begin growing her own vegetables, or they are out in a forest picking herbs, the characters constantly express their appreciation for the nature that is all around them.


Also, there are multiple scenes in which at least one character can be seen napping in the background.   



This Series is Family Oriented


The characters range from the young elementary school girl Chinatsu, to the teenagers Kei, Makoto, and Nao, to Makotos older sister Akane, and then there's the parents.  The entire family does many of the activities together. 


So a fun watch for all ages!


I Loved the Soundtrack


The music is so beautiful.  It's simple, and happy, sometimes even juvenile sounding, but it has such a charming, calming effect.


I felt instantly relaxed while watching.  


Rating: 4/5 ⭐️


The season ends with the witchcraft potential really expanding. Theres a visit to a magical cafe and the discovery of an ancient flying wale. Both hint there is a large world of witchcraft still out there for Mikoto to find.



I hope we will get another season of this one. In the meanwhile we can keep up with the story through manga. But I do think it shines better in anime form with the tranquil colors and soundtrack.


Thanks for reading!

Amanda


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