Mar 31, 2018

Review: Flying Witch

Simple Pleasures of Being a Witch

The Flying Witch Volume 1, by Chihiro Ishizuka, follows the daily life of Makoto Kowata as she trains to become a witch. Makoto comes across as an innocent, wide-eyed girl. After finding out this was going to be more a slice-of-life than a plot-driven story, I had some reservations about completing reading the story. Her daffiness was almost too much to bear. Also, the manga reminded me very much of Hayao Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service. Kiki is also a witch and has a black cat familiar.



My attitude towards Makoto began to change as a result of two chapters. In one, Makoto has befriended a classmate, Nano. She takes Nano out with her into the fields to go mandrake hunting. She warns Nano to cover her ears. The panels illustrate how loud the mandrake is and shows everybody covering their ears, and Makoto then offers it as a token of friendship. The look on Nano’s face is priceless as she does not know what to make of this gift. I have to say this scene plays out with more humor in the anime, with the mandrake constantly twitching throughout the exchange.


Another chapter I really enjoyed was when Makoto wanted to practice gardening. She finds a plot of land and before she can begin planting notices a pheasant. She begins to start chasing the pheasant all over yard. Her reason for chasing it: “It had a look that said catch me if you can!” The expression on her face was one of joy. It’s hard to dislike a character that comes across as sweet and genuine.

I would recommend The Flying Witch series for those that like slice-of-life mangas. It is also very accessible for middle school children. The panels do not contain much dialogue. It leaves the page easy to read, and the language is simple.

I can’t say I would recommend this for adults. It’s not plot-heavy, and the main character has a singular goal. I did not feel motivated to grab the next volume, which I think is essential for multivolume stories.


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