OP: 「シャンランラン feat.96猫」 (Shanranran feat.96 Neko) by miwa
「6年振りの不思議」 (Rokunenfuri no Fushigi)
“Mystery After Six Years”
Even with a lot of hype riding behind it, I can whole heartily say that Flying Witch managed to meet my expectations.
Kowata Makoto and Company
As the titular character that’s been plastered on all the promotional artwork, Makoto managed to live up to everything I’d hope she’d be. Mind you, I came in with some prior knowledge since I took care of previewing this show for the Spring Preview and even with that in my mind, everything about her (and the rest of the characters) translated perfectly from manga to anime.
Her carefree attitude, her non-existent sense of direction, and even that bubbly attitude of hers that I could have only seen and heard in my head was brought perfectly into reality. But it didn’t stop there – everyone else managed to seamlessly make the transition as well! From Kei and his newbie voice actor putting just the perfect (ie: none) amount of enthusiasm into things to Chinatsu being just as adorable as I remembered her from the manga, it literally felt like I won the anime lottery. Something that just doesn’t seem to happen all that often for me and I can really appreciate it when it does.
While I didn’t dive too deep into the source material since I didn’t want to spoil myself, I loved that the biggest jokes from the first few chapters made it in safe and sound. Starting with the revelation that Makoto is a witch, the faces that Chinatsu and Nao made were just spot on at conveying the same reaction I had when I realized what was going on. I mean, how often do you see someone just start levitating after they pick up a broom?
The second and less impressive joke was the screaming mandrake. And even though I say less impressive, it was nonetheless pretty funny overall. That ugly thing with its horrible scream and creepy face created the best kind of awkward between Makoto and Nao. It’s like, how do you deal with someone whose mind if so far gone in one direction that you feel like there’s nothing you can do? And if we’re all behind honest, I doubt any of us would have had a better answer than Nao in that situation.
Overall, I think Flying Witch did a fantastic job with its first episode. Through a combination of laughs and surprises, there was never a dull moment to be found. Something that only works in this genre when you have a great cast of characters that manage to seamlessly bounce off of each other (that or they make just the right kind of awkward). With that said, it’s important to remember that this is a slice-of-life and that you should keep your expectations within reason.
TL;DR If you’re looking for a fun and funny slice-of-life that feels a little like Kiki’s Delivery Service mashed together with a little bit of Nichijou, there’s no going wrong with Flying Witch!