While I was enamored with the plotbash that was High School Fleet, a series I was following in two or three episodes at a time managed to make my days off a little brighter. Flying Witch fulfils this year’s Mikakunin de Shinkoukei for me. Though rather than food porn, we are greeted with the utterly delectable scenery porn of Aomori prefecture.
Flying Witch is that rare slice of life, in that it doesn’t have romantic subplots or is based off a long running 4koma series. Based off a manga series written by Chihiro Ishizuka, it follows the daily life, trials, and tribulations of the up-coming witch Makoto Kowata.
Sent to live with her cousins, the series revolves around her as well as Chinatsu Kuramoto, the eager young girl who would be wary of Makoto before accepting her and being enamored with the magical world, eventually becoming Akane’s apprentice (Makoto’s older sister).
Each episode is pre-package slices of sweetness, as Makoto slowly finds her way as a witch, Chinatsu is further shown the wonder lurking beneath the beautiful prefecture she calls home, while Kei (Chinatsu’s older brother) merely looks on unfazed by most of it.
We also see Akane’s various adventures, from inadvertently turning a fellow witch into a cursed dog-human (Inukai), to drinking a lot and draining the colour from Ha Long Bay, to taking Makoto and Chinatsu to visit a camouflaged flying stone whale. Others do get involved, from Anzu and her mother who owns a café that caters to the supernatural (and to which Akane owes a 59,000 Yen (roughly 500+USD) tab), to Kei’s friend Nao, to Kei and Chinatsu’s family. And this doesn’t include the witches familiars who gains some background in their own right.
Such a great and relaxing story is written with just a bit of whimsy to really let the whole thing move along without much need for an overarching plot, and relies instead on the characters. It’s as if Kiki’s Delivery Service gained a series.
Now, others have gone and appraised this series, either in an episodic format or in one retrospective. Mine is just a droplet in the bucket of praise this series seems to be garnering from those who have seen it. I have been accused of liking almost everything that has come across my plate, and I don’t blame those folks. My tastes are fickle and I don’t just write about a series that I’m not gonna like. There are examples for sure of me giving up series barely into the Three Episode Rule phase because I just didn’t jive with it, or sending what folks close to me would think I would obviously watch and surprise them when I vote to binge watch it at the end of the series (looking at you Macross Delta).
Flying Witch though to me is entering the ‘timeless’ category. When I need a series to let my worries wash away, I can count on Flying Witch to let me sink into my bed and just curl up with a warm cup of tea.