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Flying Witch – 03

「畑講座と魔術講座」 (Hata Kouza to Majutsu Kouza)
“Lessons in Farming and Magic”

While it was a little light on content, this week’s episode did a decent job at keeping the story moving forward.

How Does a Witch Train?

Seeing how Makoto’s original reason for leaving Yokohama for the boonies was to train and learn the ways of being a proper witch, it makes sense that we’d eventually have to see her train, right? But who honestly thought it’d start off with something as simple as preparing a field to grow her own vegetables? Then again, I guess you could take one of two opinions on this one. Coming from the positive side, it makes sense that someone should be as self-sufficient as possible. Especially a witch who probably needs all kinds of fresh ingredients for whatever crazy spells or potions she’s trying to concoct. On the other hand, what good is having all these things in the modern age? With convenience stores and groceries aplenty, wouldn’t it make more sense to put all that energy into actually learning some proper witch things?

Then again, I guess it was pretty entertaining watching everyone chase a pheasant around for a while. Just, I don’t know if it was enough to make up for the first half of the episode.

How Does a Witch Train? Part Two

And as if the show understood what it did to us during the first half, we got a huge change during the second half with Akane (Makoto’s Older Sister suddenly showing up and busting out some real magic. And I’ll give it to you that the magic was pretty plain compared to some of the things I’m assuming witches can do (teleportation seems like a pretty big one that I wish they showed us!) – but at least we got something right!?

Looking Ahead

With three episodes behind us, I think it’s a pretty good time to give my general opinion about this one. Personally, I think this show is moving a tad slow but there are more than enough things to make up for it. If anything, I wish the show would stop waving the hopes of seeing some cool magic at us since it’s such a big let down when there isn’t any kind of payoff by the end.

In any case, I think the characters are where the true value of this show comes from and they haven’t disappointed yet. From the monotonous Kei to the adorable (and the real reason why we’re watching) Chinatsu, all the way to the rowdy Nao and the airheaded Makoto, there’s just something I love about all of them and their interactions with each other.

Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week. Ciao!

 

April 24, 2016 at 6:09 pm
21 comments »
  • April 24, 2016 at 6:18 pmKarmafan

    I think this series (just my opinion as I have not read the manga) is more a slice of life series that just happens to have a lil’ bit of magic in it to drive the story along. I would not expect to see a whole heck of a lot of magic, battles, or other such events.

    I am enjoying it just fine with them introducing the characters and world building so far.

    • April 24, 2016 at 6:20 pmKarmafan

      Forgot to mention… Is Chinatsu a witch too?

      • April 24, 2016 at 7:11 pmHanabira.Kage

        No.

        Source: Makoto in episode 2

      • April 24, 2016 at 7:26 pmSaburau

        Show Spoiler ▼

    • April 24, 2016 at 7:58 pmnet-diver

      You never know about the battles. Today she learned how to summon a MURDER of crows and I was curious if a birdemic would begin.

      I’m glad she is learning more about plants. Last episode I was kinda of disappointed in her knowledge of plants since witches at usually queens of herbalism..

  • April 24, 2016 at 6:22 pmKindle

    First half of the episode is basically me. I grew up in the sticks and chasing chickens/roaming in the backyard is what I considered productive other than finishing my homework.

  • April 24, 2016 at 6:40 pmMicheleuno

    Is pretty slow, but it’s hearth warming. The character are neat, and the voice of Kei is so “non shonnen-like” that i love it.
    Is not a fun show, but is damn enjoyable.

  • April 24, 2016 at 7:17 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    Definitely a show to just kick back and relax to watch. A short time to just forget about your worries and stress.

  • April 24, 2016 at 8:23 pmWanderer

    I wish the show would stop waving the hopes of seeing some cool magic at us since it’s such a big let down when there isn’t any kind of payoff by the end.

    You really shouldn’t hold your breath for anything flashy. This isn’t that kind of show. I mean there’s magic and stuff, sure, and we’ll see more of it, but you shouldn’t be waiting for anyone to call down lightning or cast Starlight Breaker or whatever. Makoto’s just living, not training to be a battlemage or whatever.

    • April 24, 2016 at 8:44 pmdaikama

      @Wanderer: Agree. This is SOL + a little magic rather than the other way around.

  • April 24, 2016 at 8:57 pmdaikama

    This is definitely PURE SoL and the epitome of a relaxing watch. That being said, even for SOL standards not much goes on – at least so far. Having tested the manga, I knew not to expect flashy magic and stuff. Still, I agree with Takaii that there are times when I wish a little more went on even if no magic was involved.

    Without question, IMO Chinatsu is THE star of the show. That’s not to say the others are bad, but she’s easily my favorite character.

  • April 24, 2016 at 11:26 pmTarage

    What’s interesting is the order in which they are animating chapters. Episode 1 was chapters 1 and 2. Episode 2 was chapters 5 and 7. Episode 3 was chapters 3 and 5. They still haven’t animated chapter 4 yet.

    • April 25, 2016 at 3:16 ammac65

      Yeah, and the adaptation is pretty faithful to the Manga.

  • April 25, 2016 at 12:24 amrunner

    I think Chinatsu’s parents (and maybe Kei too) should have a proper “stranger danger” lesson with her sometime soon before she gets too comfortable with stranger in weird costume.

    • April 25, 2016 at 3:19 pmWanderer

      She reacted appropriately to the courier of spring last time. Having a witch in the house is just screwing up her normal responses.

  • April 25, 2016 at 12:04 pmvincent

    but takaii they did show us teleportaion. just not how to do it ^_^.

  • April 25, 2016 at 7:22 pmSynic

    It really feels like she’s just a girl that’s adapting to the simple-life. Her sister tells us that she’s the “type of witch who doesn’t rely on magic” so it would seem very odd to have a lot of spells going around. The build-up to some super cool spell would seem out of character for someone who insists from episode one that aside from being a witch, she’s just a normal girl. Which is why i’m LOVING this show.

    Comments on how chill this show is aside,
    http://randomc.net/image/Flying%20Witch/Flying%20Witch%20-%2003%20-%20Large%2032.jpg
    i genuinely laughed because of the absurdity of the situation. She’s not dumb, it’s not that she made some sort of error, but the fact that she used her own hair and expected the same result was incredible. Again, her existence as a witch is incredibly subtle, yet to the people around her this is cause for a huge amount of the unexpected.

    The characters are driving this show for me. They could all just sit in the family room and be themselves for 20 minutes and i’d still love it. The way they act with each other, the way the dialogue flows, everything about the characters has been well thought out (or maybe not at all) and for me, it’s perfect. Anyway, i’m patiently waiting for next week.

  • April 26, 2016 at 5:42 ama2colin

    My bet is that Chinatsu turns out to be a latent witch by the end.

  • April 26, 2016 at 4:51 pmHi

    They worte the “Bird” part in hebrow wrong

    It miss a letter, though you can say it sometimes without it~

  • April 26, 2016 at 11:53 pmZen

    Would Akane’s white hair summon doves? (lol)

  • April 27, 2016 at 1:02 amSaburau

    Maybe Akane tricked Makoto into using her hair to see how much mana she has right now.