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Anime Spotlight: Flying Witch

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There were many different kinds of shows I watched during the summer season this year. Some were super over-the-top hilarious, some were intense action shows, some were sexy harems. Then there’s Flying Witch, which was just my sit down, put my feet up and just enjoy the show without thinking about storylines, character arcs or anything else that requires a memory. Just watch and smile and that’s exactly what I did throughout all 12 episodes of Flying Witch.

The plot (or lack thereof) is pretty straightforward. Makoto is a young teenage witch who at the age of 15 has left home as a sort of pilgrimage to train and become a fully-fledged witch. However, unlike some cases where they go alone, her family has her live in a small village town with relatives, her aunt, uncle and two cousins. That’s pretty much it for plot, the show never really goes into an actual storyline, it’s as slice of life as you can get, albeit with the added twist of witchcraft and a few unique mystical and magical sights. There’s episodes just devoted to Makoto farming or trimming apple trees, or picking herbs in the forest, it’s just a basic slice of life style show. Yes, there are fortune tellers, a secret witch cafe and a flying whale, but the show is slice of life through and through.

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When I advertise this anime to people, I talk about it like a calmer anime version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. It’s not a one-liner ridden show like the American sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart, but the setting reminds me so much of that show that I can’t help but mention it. Though this show spends far more time away from high school than Sabrina ever did.

Makoto as a main character is a fantastic girl, albeit her sense of direction being as horrendous as it is. She comes of very much like a country girl, she very sweet and respectful and absolutely adores everything outdoors. But anime has a loving habit of flawing their characters, so again her sense of direction is extremely bad (which for a country girl seems impossible to have) and she a bit clumsy. She also has a habit of having that dunce cap face when she’s confused, though everyone in the anime seems to have a dumb face, so it’s all evened out. But like all the other characters in this show, there isn’t a time where you don’t like the girl, there’s no disdain or hatred for anyone on this show. Everyone’s very likable, most are very relatable.

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The supporting cast are also fantastic as well, just adding on top of everything. Obviously if you read my Character Spotlight yesterday on Chinatsu, you already know how I feel about her, the most adorable child character I’ve ever watched in anime. Akane, Makoto’s sister is the easy runaway of them all aside from Chinatsu, she’s very entertaining, very pretty and there’s never a dull moment when she’s on screen, whether she’s out cold drunk or being super weird around Kei, thinking Nao (childhood friend and classmate) is his girlfriend and wanting to mess around with both of them. Speaking of Nao, she’s a great counter to Makoto as her classmate, being the one constantly weirded out by all the witch stuff Makoto was totally not supposed to show her in the first place. The mandrake she tries to give Nao becomes a running joke throughout the anime. But most of all, my favourite supporting character is actually Hana, the ghost waitress of the witch cafe we find later in the show, because her completely shyness mixed with being a ghost yields some hilarious results.

Lastly, everything else outside of the show’s plot and characters are also beautiful. The design of the backgrounds and characters are all very beautiful, especially the backgrounds, holy hell are there some pretty sights to see throughout the series. But most of all, the facial expressions of the characters are absolutely hilarious. Whether it’s fear, disgust, joy, confusion or any other expression, the show does a fantastic job of making it look so ridiculous over-the-top, that it’s absolutely hysterical.

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This is not a show that will provoke intellectual discussions, it will not having badass scenes, tear-jerkers, or anything of the sort. This is a show that you just sit down, relax and enjoy, nothing more and nothing less. I found this to be a fantastic show to watch after viewing something super intense and emotional like Kiznaiver, helping me settle down. I suggest if you haven’t watched this show yet and are interested in taking a look at it, use this show as a break in between stuff. I wouldn’t rush through all 12 episodes, you’re not going to forget anything, because there’s not much to forget. So yeah, for an in-between episodes show, this is a fantastic watch.

Character Spotlight: Chinatsu Kuramoto

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I absolutely adored Flying Witch last season. It was the show that I went to when I wanted to just wind down, kick back and relax as I watched a nice, calm and fun anime. The show is full of great characters, adorable personalities. But no one in that show remotely eclipses the most adorable child character I’ve seen in an anime: Chinatsu-chan!

Chinatsu Kuramoto, younger sister of Kei and the cousin of main character Makoto. Nine years old and she rules the screen whenever she’s on there, quite possibly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in anime. When we’re first exposed to Chinatsu, she’s very much your average young girl, she’s very shy at first and then once she’s gotten comfortable around you, she’s just a giant ball of adorable energy. If she’s smiling, there isn’t anyone on the screen with her that is as happy as she is and it is absolutely infectious.

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Throughout the course of the anime, while the show never really delves into anything of a sad note, whenever the show has a quiet moment, or at the very least a moment where you’re not smiling as you’re watching, Chinatsu-chan is the one who breaks that streak and sends you back into an infectious smile with her pure innocence and happiness. And it’s not even limited to when she’s being a cute little girl and waving her arms about as she’s super happy about something, you still smile like crazy when she’s making her silly dumb faces when she’s faced with disgusting vegetables, or her over-the-top freaked out faces when the Harbinger of Spring shows up for the first time. Whenever she’s on screen, no matter what she’s doing, you can’t help but smile when she does it.

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But what really makes Chinatsu so notable is that she has such a staying power for a character that isn’t really part of the main cast, though I suppose that can be arguable. But as a child, she’s more like a background character amongst the other older characters like Makoto, Kei, Akane and others. I find that her role isn’t to be the center of attention, but to enhance everything going on around her through her reactions and expressions. When something silly is happening on screen, her reactions to what’s going on enhances the comedy of it. When something adorable is going on, her reactions enhance how adorable it is, after all how can you not think something’s cute when a nine year-old gives it her stamp of approval?

She has a sort of story arc through the show, though it’s not really character development per se, as no one in the show really goes through that in the entire series, the show is more just a “here’s a bunch of characters, here’s a setting, here’s them doing stuff.” kind of show, there’s no huge character arcs or plot twists or anything like that, it’s just a series of normal events and the odd witch-related event and their reactions to it. But as the series goes along, Chinatsu plays with the idea of becoming a witch herself, the same way we as kids wanted to become astronauts, or athletes, or firefighters. And like everything else she does, it’s freaking adorable watching her innocent mind go through the motions of wanting and trying to learn witchcraft, even though it’s near impossible for someone not born into a family of witches.

As if Akane could say no to mentoring this cutie
As if Akane could say no to mentoring this cutie

There’s not a whole lot more I can say about Chinatsu-chan that goes beyond “She’s so freaking cute!!!”. So instead of boring you further with the same sentences over and over again, I figured I’d end the article instead with a gallery of images that just show you why Chinatsu is exactly that. Freaking cute.

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