(Note: This post was written in October of 2017. I thought I would re-share it with all of you since my following has gone up. I also added number 6 to this list because Mary and the Witches Flower finally came out not too long ago. I am currently working on getting some interviews set up with other content creators so I can bring back Featured Creator Friday! I’m really looking forward to sharing these interviews very very soon. Get excited and stay tuned my pandas!)
We are just days away from Halloween and I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED I DON’T THINK I CAN KEEP MY PANTS ON!!! Well…I am not really wearing pants right now since I am still in my pajamas…but that’s besides the point. Today will probably be the last post I make before Halloween. I am going down to see my family tomorrow and won’t be back till either late Monday or Tuesday morning. So I hope you guys will be satisfied with today’s content!
We are getting witchy!
Today I am going to go over my favorite anime series that contain…you guessed it…WITCHES! I figured this was an appropriate theme for our Halloween festivities. Also I already did a list of horror/thriller anime earlier this month…so I wanted to spice things up a bit and do something different! You can check that post out here if you are needing recommendations for this weekend to get you in a spooky or creepy mood: https://kawaiipaperpandas.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-i-would-make-a-skeleton-joke-but-you-wouldnt-find-it-very-humerus/
1. Flying Witch
“In the witches’ tradition, when a practitioner turns 15, they must become independent and leave their home to study witchcraft. Makoto Kowata is one such apprentice witch who leaves her parents’ home in Yokohama in pursuit of knowledge and training. Along with her companion Chito, a black cat familiar, they embark on a journey to Aomori, a region favored by witches due to its abundance of nature and affinity with magic. They begin their new life by living with Makoto’s second cousins, Kei Kuramoto and his little sister Chinatsu.
While Makoto may seem to be attending high school like any other teenager, her whimsical and eccentric involvement with witchcraft sets her apart from others her age. From her encounter with an anthropomorphic dog fortune teller to the peculiar magic training she receives from her older sister Akane, Makoto’s peaceful everyday life is filled with the idiosyncrasies of witchcraft that she shares with her friends and family.”
2. Junketsu no Maria (Maria the Virgin Witch)
“Maria is a powerful young witch living with her two familiars in medieval France during the Hundred Years’ War against England. As the war rages on and the innocent get caught in its destruction, Maria becomes fed up with the situation and begins using her magic to try and prevent further conflict in hopes of maintaining peace. However, her constant intervention soon attracts the attention of the heavens, and the archangel Michael is sent to keep her from meddling in human affairs. The divine being confronts Maria, and he forbids her from using her powers, issuing a decree that her magic will be taken if she loses her virginity. Though she is now labeled a heretic, Maria adamantly refuses to heed Michael’s warning and continues to disrupt the war between the two nations. But as the Church begins plotting to take away the witch’s power and put a stop to Maria’s interference once and for all, her peacemaking may soon come to an end.”
3. Shuumatsu no Izetta (Izetta: The Last Witch)
“In 1939 C.E., the imperialist nation of Germania invaded a neighboring country. All at once, that war spread throughout Europe, and the era was dragged into a spiral of a great war.
Then, in 1940, Germania’s attack turned towards the Principality of Elystadt, a small Alpine country abundant with beautiful water and greenery.”
4. Kiki’s Delivery Service
“Kiki, a 13-year-old witch-in-training, must spend a year living on her own in a distant town in order to become a full-fledged witch. Leaving her family and friends, Kiki undertakes this tradition when she flies out into the open world atop her broomstick with her black cat Jiji.
As she settles down in the coastal town of Koriko, Kiki struggles to adapt and ends up wandering the streets with no place to stay—until she encounters Osono, who offers Kiki boarding in exchange for making deliveries for her small bakery. Before long, Kiki decides to open her own courier service by broomstick, beginning her journey to independence. In attempting to find her place among the townsfolk, Kiki brings with her exciting new experiences and comes to understand the true meaning of responsibility.”
5. Little Witch Academia
“In a time when magic is on the decline amid society, Atsuko Kagari is a cheerful girl who enters Luna Nova Academy in order to accomplish her dream of becoming a witch like her idol, Shiny Chariot. Shiny Chariot is a famous witch who disappeared from public view many years ago. On her way to school, Kagari meets the kind Lotte Yanson and the mischevious Sucy Manbavaran and the three become friends as they share a bedroom in campus. At the academy, Atsuko soon discovers she is in serious disadvantage compared to the other girls since she doesn`t come from a magical family and is required to learn the magical curriculum from scratch. Having found an item that once belonged to Chariot, Atsuko must discover how to activate and properly use the mysterious Shiny Rod as she hopes it might lead to finding out what has truly happened to her vanished idol.”
6. Mary and the Witches Flower
“It is Tib the black cat who leads Mary to the strange flower in the woods. When she discovers a little broomstick shortly afterwards, she is astonished to feel it jump into action. Before she can gather her wits, it is whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and into the grounds of Endor College, where: “All Examinations Coached for by A Competent Staff of Fully-Qualified Witches.”
Here she discovers evidence of a terrible experiment in transformation—deformed and mutant animals imprisoned in cages. In the moment after her broomstick takes off, she realizes that Tib has been captured. Returning to the College the following day, she manages to free the animals, but not before the Head of the college, Miss Mumblechuuk, and her colleague, Doctor D, have seen her. Mary manages to flee…but the evil pair is in hot pursuit!”
There are several more witchy anime out there but I haven’t seen them yet! I have seen a few episodes of Soul Eater and Soul Eater Not! so I would recommend those if you are looking to get into the festive spirit. I have also heard good things about Yamada-kun to Nananin no Majo (Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches), Madoka Magica, and Witch Craft Works. Maybe I should check these ones out sometime soon!
Any other witchy anime you guys would recommend that didn’t make this list? I always enjoy hearing what you all have to say! Let me know in the comments section below. I will catch you guys back here for my next post. Cheers! 😀
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