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Flying Witch – 07

「喫茶コンクルシオ」 (Kissa Konkurusio)
“Cafe Konkurushio”

What better way to start an episode than to pick on little ol’ Chito-san?

Chito-San

Besides the random moments and the occasional half episode, we don’t really get to see much of Chito. Something that I personally thought was a little strange with just how much importance most shows give to a witch’s familiar. Luckily, this week’s episode addressed this with one of the funniest skits I’ve seen. Under the assumption that Chito is a female cat, I nearly died after I realized just how hurt Chito was after Nao commented on her weight gain. Between making some of the best expressions I’ve ever seen a cat make to going that extra mile to prove just how annoyed she was by repeatedly smacking Nao’s forehead with her tail, the whole skit was a perfect combination of how to truly make something funny.

And the best part was that the skit wasn’t done after all that! Extending the joke a little further, I nearly died when I saw Chito’s completely dead expression through the bus ride to the mountains. Combined with Nao’s continued barrage of accidental insults and you had some pure comedic gold.

Adult Tastes and Problems

If I had to pick one thing to determine whether or not an episode of Flying Witch would be good or great, it would have to be the amount of original Chinatsu moments in an episode. And this episode definitely delivered in that department. Focusing on the tastes of a young kid this time, I really enjoyed the way they portrayed Chinatsu as she tried to show just how grown up she could be. Something about the way they showed her nervous hesitation as she tried to force down some wild herbs was a great reminder that she’s still just a kid who has a lot to experience still.

As a great counterexample to that, I thought it was pretty funny that the ghost server in the café was a prime example of an adult who still had some kiddy tendencies. Last I checked, working as a server in a café required some ability to talk to people and I personally don’t know how I’d feel about having a sever communicate with me strictly through written notes – especially if they could talk and just chose not to because of something as silly as “being too shy”. Which, after Chinatsu’s wild herb eating scene, felt like a great comparison between growing and not growing up.

Looking Ahead

Man, if you couldn’t tell, I really enjoyed this week’s episode. With just the right amount of everything and a little bit of magic sprinkled in all the right places, what more could you really ask for? Well, I guess you could always ask for more Chinatsu, but still!

In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week! As a heads up, the post will probably be out late since I’ll be up in Northern California for some personal things. See you later!

 

May 23, 2016 at 4:17 pm
19 comments »
  • May 23, 2016 at 5:26 pmHao

    Their herb picking location looks like a perfect place the setup a witches workshop.

    • May 24, 2016 at 1:48 amTakaii

      After seeing this:

      http://randomc.net/image/Flying%20Witch/Flying%20Witch%20-%2007%20-%20Large%2018.jpg

      I wouldn’t mind eating some freshly prepared wild herbs. I think the furthest I’ve gone to eating anything close to it were marinated leaves that my grandma grew behind her house haha.

      • May 24, 2016 at 2:43 amSMinstrel

        As a regular consumer of that herb, I can attest: It taste great!

        It can cause cancer on a fairly high rate, though.

    • May 24, 2016 at 5:14 amSaburau

      That place would be not that far away from Kumamiko’s village too. Just tens of miles away I guess.

      At least the bear doesn’t speak.

  • May 23, 2016 at 5:32 pmmac65

    I’ve read parts of the manga, and this Anime adaptation is great!
    Even though I’ve read this chapter, hearing the tail whack Nao across
    the forehead added so much! I didn’t read about the café, but who’ve
    thought Makoto would play a trick on the ghost waitress and embarrass
    her so!

    This show is so relaxing, but not boring, to watch! Love it!

    Ah… Northern California. Big Sur, Big Basin — how I miss those places!
    Hope is a peasant trip!

    • May 24, 2016 at 1:47 amTakaii

      Thank you! It’s more of a somber trip, but I hope I can find some things to do too.

  • May 23, 2016 at 6:27 pmSMinstrel

    I loved how comedy in this anime isn’t done in an intentionally exaggerated way. Had it been any other anime, Chito would be clawing at her face now.

    • May 24, 2016 at 1:46 amTakaii

      Chito doesn’t even need to be violent — she knows just how much and how far to go 8^)

  • May 23, 2016 at 8:49 pmWanderer

    As a great counterexample to that, I thought it was pretty funny that the ghost server in the café was a prime example of an adult who still had some kiddy tendencies. Last I checked, working as a server in a café required some ability to talk to people and I personally don’t know how I’d feel about having a sever communicate with me strictly through written notes – especially if they could talk and just chose not to because of something as silly as “being too shy”.

    That isn’t generally considered a problem for several reasons. One, that cafe severs a fairly large group of regular customers, all of whom are used to the ghost, and she is used to them. She has less trouble interacting with people she’s familiar with, and they’re comfortable with her eccentricities. Two, the daughter of the household also works in the cafe when she’s home, and has no trouble taking over most of the waitress work to free up the ghost to handle the kitchen, where she feels happiest. And three, this is a magical cafe, so the people and beings who come here are themselves at least somewhat involved in the world of magic and will be expecting unusual behavior.

    Anyway, I really love the cafe chapters in the manga. This isn’t over, so hopefully they continue it properly next week without jumping to something else. The rest of the family needs to be introduced, including my second-favorite character (ranked right after Chinatsu).

    Seeing Chito repeatedly whack Nao with her tail was hilarious for me, because my cats have done that. Not riding on our shoulders, but seeming to go out of their way to smack someone with their tails. I’ve never quite been sure if it’s been on purpose or not.

    • May 24, 2016 at 1:46 amTakaii

      I can sympathize with her, don’t get me wrong. But in a cafe/restaurant situation, it’s the servers who will make or break you (I think at the time I was writing with a super big business impression stuck in my brain haha). Also, she looks 10x better when she’s not invisible and 100x better when she’s not hiding behind that mask LOL.

      I’m really excited to see who this surprise character is since I’ve seen people mention it in the comments. #impatientlywaits

  • May 23, 2016 at 11:39 pmZhinvu

    Big reveal in this episode. I didn’t realize all this time Chito was a female familiar. Gotta say too that’s a classy cafe they have in their area.

    • May 24, 2016 at 1:44 amTakaii

      I wasn’t sure either until I heard Nao say Oba-chan haha.

    • May 24, 2016 at 5:35 amsky_nite

      I would thought Chito was a guy given the compliment she gave to Nao the first time they met! (Translated by Makoto of course!) Chito-senpai does sound nicer though.. Maybe I’ll name my cat that if I ever have one! Hahaa

    • May 24, 2016 at 8:22 amWorldwidedepp

      must be an female, or why the cat would do an great “rucked” because of her weight? :) there are some things you never tell an female, and thats her Age and weight :)

  • May 24, 2016 at 5:52 amNamaewoinai

    Hmph…so the Witch Cat (Chito) is about 17 (Human) years old eh…HAH HAH Take that Naval Cat

    And The Other Girl (Nao) loves Frogs well, that what the other guy (Kei) said!

    So that Abandoned House it’s actually a…Cafe…hah, Still at least to be accompanied by a witch that is…

    • May 24, 2016 at 8:23 amWorldwidedepp

      perhaps the Cafe is more for her (the Ghost) to have something to do, or she really you bore to death :) hahaha… okay…

  • May 24, 2016 at 1:56 pmAoihoshikage

    I’ve always enjoyed slice-of-life, iyashikei Anime and I must say, Flying Witch is hitting all the right notes. Flying Witch has definitely up shot up there on my list of slice-of-life Animes and it’s only episode 7. I found the little jokes and situational comedy timed just right (Nao and frogs, spell that causes sadness/laughter, giving out a mandrake as a sign of friendship, etc). Accompanied by beautiful art, lovable characters, and relaxing music, this show is like a piece of heaven (with friendly witches of course).

    By the way, is it just me or does the witch/ghost cafe look like it’s modeled after a real cafe? I feel like I saw a Nihon Kissaten (Japanese Cafe) documentary on NHK World TV last year that showcased cafes that in houses. The cafe in this episode looked exactly like one of the cafes in the documentary…I guess I shouldn’t be surprised given that many studios base scenes on real places in Japan, but it’s one of those I know I’ve seen it but can’t find on Google…

    In any case, really looking forward to the next episode!