“I ordered a magic learning kit online but I had no idea what to do with it. I don’t really understand the basics all that well . . . “
-Akko Kagari, Little Witch Academia, Episode 1
“This is such a nice town. It’s so relaxing and time just feels slower.”
-Makoto Kowata to Chinatsu Kuramoto, Flying Witch, Episode 1
“It’s such an ancient pitch.
But one I wouldn’t switch,
‘Cause there’s no nicer witch than you.”
-Frank Sinatra, “Witchcraft”
It’s always easy to write about something emotionally resonant, something socially relevant, something that wishes to make a specific point. Regardless of whether these types of series actually succeed, I’ve always found that they leave me with something to say, be it complimentary or not.
More difficult is writing about something that’s consistently good — something that, at every level, delivers exactly what it promises in a charming and pretty package. I rarely write about series that simply please me because there’s often not much more to say aside from, “This is really good. Go watch it.”
Keeping my own writing inadequacies in mind, I’m going to make an attempt at writing about the most delightful series of this past spring: Flying Witch.