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Prepare to be Bewitched! Makoto Kowata, a novice witch, packs up her belongings (including her black cat familiar) and moves in with her distant cousins in rural Aomori Prefecture, in the far north reaches of Japan, to complete her training and become a full-fledged witch....

Title : Flying Witch, Vol. 1
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ISBN : 9781945054099
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Flying Witch, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Mehsi
    2019-01-17 12:42

    Yesterday while browsing one of the many anime/manga newssites I frequent, I saw the news that this manga would be getting an anime adaptation soon. Of course I was curious, the art looked really cute, and the story sounded really fun. So today I decided to check it out.So what did I think of this manga? It was pretty fun, though I had expected more comedy and more action, and also more magic. For now I think the best is to call this a very easygoing slice of life about a young witch girl moving in to live with her relatives and her being amazed at a lot of things. (She is from another part of the country, so a lot of stuff is new.) And also about her learning to be a witch. So, just a warning to all, if you expect a manga about a girl doing all kinds of magical stuff and has adventures, then turn away and find another one. This isn't the one for you then.It took me a while to settle into the story and get used to the girl. She is quite the ditz, getting lost everywhere, doing random stuff that startles people, but she is also a kind girl who is happy and who tries her best to become a witch. Throughout the manga we get several "lessons", for instance in the first one she needs a new broom, but we also have chapters about her familiar (a cute cat named Shade), or about her going to make her own veggie garden (and the hilarious stuff that happen there). It is a really relaxing and calm manga, great for people who just need to get away from everything.The art is pretty decent, while the characters are a bit plain, the backgrounds really make up for it. The art also reminds me a bit of Azumanga Daioh/Yotsuba and Minami-ke, not the same authors, but it does look quite a bit alike. Which isn't bad, I love Azumanga/Yotsuba and Minami-ke's style. :)Would I recommend this volume? Yes, I would. It is a fun, relaxing manga, perfect if you just need to get away from the hecticness of real life.Review first posted at

  • Allie
    2019-02-07 18:48

    Struggled between 3 and 4 stars. If I borrowed it from the library I probably would've given it 4 stars, but since I shelled out coin for this, I'm inclined to say 3. It wasn't exciting, but it was... hm, cute enough, but uneventful. I think I'll go ahead and buy the next one though, just hoping it'll pick up a bit.

  • Meriana
    2019-02-14 12:48

    "Jadi penyihir di jaman sekarang tidak bisa diharapkan. Jadi bagaimanapun caranya, aku harus bisa lulus SMA. Jumlah penyihir lumayan banyak. Tapi belakangan ini banyak yang berhenti jadi penyihir dan memilih hidup sebagai perempuan biasa."Side dish yang sangat enak. Komik ini membuktikan bahwa cerita bertema penyihir nggak harus dibawakan dengan "DHUARR DHERR DORR". Tapi bisa juga dengan damai & ringan. Setting pedesaannya benar-benar ditinjolkan dengan baik dan mampu disesuaikan dengan karakter penyihir modern.Awalnya sempat mengira bahwa ceritanya bakal agak jayus waktu tahu karakter utamanya buta arah. Tapi yaa, pembawaan buta arah ini bisa dimanfaatkan dengan baik dengan hadirnya Chito, si kucing hitam yg manis (=^w^=)Materi sihir yg ditampilkan ada yg lumayan umum seperti Mandrake, teleportasi, & terbang pake sapu pasukan kuning. Tapi ada juga yg bagus seperti munculnya peri musim semi (yg, demi burung hantu berenang, sangat menyeramkan itu) dan pemanggilan gagak^..^Dari segi art, keren. Segi meong meong, mantap.Sekali lagi, side dish yg enak. 3.25 stars, rounded to 3. Tunggu vol.2nya kalo mau kasik 4 stars.

  • Selena
    2019-01-22 15:59

    Flying Witch is a slow-roll situational comedy slice-of-life. It takes what would otherwise be a surreal premise (a girl living with her relatives who is learning to be a witch) and makes it seem perfectly ordinary. It's straightforward, and I like that.You won't find yourself laughing out loud, but this will make you smile and maybe snicker a bit. It's a good read, and you'll probably enjoy it if you're in the mood for something light and lighthearted.

  • Sesana
    2019-02-08 16:42

    Surprisingly light on magic for a series about a young witch coming into her own. Instead, it's more a quiet, slice of life series with a touch of magic, and I really enjoyed it.

  • Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
    2019-01-22 15:48

    3 starsSince Poppy had her ligament surgery, I have been having a very hard time concentrating on anything. I have spent hours playing Mystery Match and Crafty Candy because they require little thought. Just match the blocks and you're good to go. When that got boring, I turned to my mountain of neglected manga and pulled out a few random volumes to read while waiting for her stitches and her bones to heal.The first book I read was Flying Witch. Somehow I completely missed the publication announcement for this one, so I curious to see what it was all about. I have enjoyed several Vertical releases, and since the production values are always high, I was delighted when this hit my mailbox. It was actually perfect for my current state of mind; not too taxing, peppered with pleasant characters, and somewhat amusing. It's also bland and probably won't stay with me long, but I would definitely read more of the series.Makoto is a teenage witch. At 15, she is considered an adult in the witch community, and she's sent out into the world to hone her skills and learn some life lessons. Because she is kind of a ditz and has the directional skills of a sponge, she is sent to her aunt and uncle's house in the boonies. There, together with her cousins Kei and Chinatsu, along with her familiar, Chito, a black cat, she makes new friends and has adventures, all in episodic chapters.Makoto has a lot to learn. First, she's got to learn how to keep a secret. She's not supposed to advertise that she's a witch in training, or that there actually are witches, but she fails miserably at keeping this quiet. Then, she's got to get do something about her lack of directions. She gets turned around in the house, so I don't see how this girl is ever going to pilot a broom to school and back again. At least she is good natured and somewhat harmless, so at least she is making new friends, some of which aren't even human!The art, while functional, is unremarkable. The cats and Makoto's older sister have the most visual personality, but the rest of the art just works to move the story from point A to point B. The translation is well done, and I think the cover is very cute.Overall, Flying Witch did not have me jumping for joy, but I found it a pleasant diversion none-the-less.

  • Guguk
    2019-01-16 12:43

    Untuk vol.1-nya (^..^)Gambar : 4.5 bintang...sangat mempesonaah~ Tipe gambar yang aku suka (^ ^)Kekurangannya cuma kucingnya kurang gendut ଲ(ⓛ ω ⓛ)ଲ //wooi~Cerita : 3 bintang...damai dan cukup menyenangkan, tanpa membuat tertarik lebih lanjut... orz... atau mungkin belum? ^ ^;)>__________Setelah vol.5 .... ceritanya makin santai-santai-nikmat~ Enak dibaca sambil setengah tidur ❤Bintangnya ditambah ^^

  • Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
    2019-02-03 20:53

    I posted a twitter thread (complete with gifs from the anime) about what I enjoyed about the first 3 volumes of this series. I'll repost the text here:I love the details that make the story more believable in its setting. 1) A 15 year old witch sent to live with relatives instead of alone. 2) Her cousin ditches her to hang out with his friends. 3) The little cousin shuts the door immediately when she doesn’t recognize a stranger. I’m surprised by how much characterization is present a slice of life and seemingly simple series. Each character is well-developed. The emotional reactions/facial expressions of the characters make the scenes and the comedy.It does “slice of life” well. “Nothing” is happening, and yet there is world-building and a magic system, it’s interesting, and there is a feeling of progress.Lastly, and my favorite, there is continuity! Things from one episode show up in another!It’s not a series I’d expect to like (it’s made by a man for a male audience) but because of the elements I listed, I like it so far!

  • Tom Ewing
    2019-01-20 21:01

    Very gentle, low-action manga about a young witch who moves in with her country relatives to finish her training. The emphasis - in this volume at least - is far more on country life than on witchcraft, as our heroine's repertoire of spells really doesn't go much beyond a bit of broomstick action. Simple artwork with plenty of space completes the agreeable vibe. Very indebted to Ghibli, and terribly slight, but charming enough to earn a low-key recommendation, especially as it turns up on sale regularly.

  • Donna
    2019-01-23 13:58

    Makoto and her familiar, a black cat, move to a rural Japanese town to be with distant family as she learns magic.The artwork, particularly of the animals, is adorable. I'm just beginning to read manga and what I've discovered is that occasionally (as in this volume) really not much happens in the story. And for this one, that's ok. It's warm, and calming, and like a stuffed animal. I'll be reading the next one in the series.

  • Cynthia Nicola
    2019-01-16 18:53

    Quite a peaceful read. Not a lot of drama just a glimpse into the life of young girl who is studying to become a witch. I really enjoyed it. Fast read.** I would have been scared of the harbinger too!**

  • Faith Lackey
    2019-01-21 15:01

    Sweet, light and fluffy... Just what I needed. :)

  • Lanora TM
    2019-02-04 15:56


  • Heather Love
    2019-02-02 13:59

    A sweet, soft book that is a delight to read.

  • Sandra
    2019-01-25 18:03

    Very cute.

  • Jenna (Bookiemoji)
    2019-02-16 17:10

    Cute! Not much magic up to this point, but the quirky slice-of-life approach in telling this tale of a absentminded witch in training is very, very cute! Like Yotsuba meets Somedays Dreamer.

  • Honya
    2019-01-16 19:54

    I really wanted to love this manga. It looks really cute! And it is cute, but it's also . . . really average. There are aspects of it that should stand out, only nothing particularly does. I'll probably give this manga another volume or two just to see if it develops more over time, but so far, I'm not particularly impressed despite the fact that it is, in fact, cute.

  • TheOASG
    2019-01-26 20:56

    While not many people know, witches still exist in the world and Makoto Kowata is a witch from Yokohama who’s recently come of age. But the modern day is different that instead of having her make her way in the world completely alone at 15, Makoto is sent to the rural area of Aomori to live with relatives while she continues refine her magic. It’s a quiet place but somehow Makoto’s magic, from her mysterious messengers to her black cat familiar Chito, doesn’t feel out of place at all.Flying Witch has a different art style from the anime and this rather simple art gives the same story a bit of a different tone. The anime had a soft color style, enough gorgeous scenery pieces that it could honestly be called “an anime tourism series,” and a soft soundtrack to tie it all together.Chihiro Ishizuka’s original manga has very simple art. It’s not childish but the character’s faces are less detailed and the panels are filled with pure white backgrounds and very few tones. Even the font chosen for the lettering is a bit different than usual as it looks closer to handwriting than the usual font choices for manga. Altogether it gives the story a slightly more surreal, supernatural and almost creepy feeling at times — it’s no wonder that Makoto’s younger cousin Chinatsu is nervous and suspicious around her at first! In some ways this art makes the manga feel more like a slice of life tale, one of odd and whimsical characters and magic compared to the anime’s iyashikei (“healing”) approach.Regardless of the style, the story is still the same and humor still comes across clearly. The humor in Flying Witch varies between the supernatural, like the mandrake scene and moments focusing on Aomori’s country-ness (which isn’t the butt of jokes but rather the instigator, like Makoto’s reaction to seeing a pheasant). Makoto’s cat Chito is remarkably expressive for a realistic-looking, non-talking animal (although Makoto does interpret for her) and Makoto’s younger cousin Chinatsu often comes across as unintentionally funny as well, and is one of the best depictions of what a younger cousin or sibling is really like.Regardless of the version, Flying Witch is a sweet story about the simple wonders of both witchcraft and the countryside. It fills every interaction with a lot of heart and approaches every circumstance with a cheerful, if sometimes silly, attitude. I’m eager to continue revisiting this story in the second volume and beyond!- Helen

  • Karina
    2019-02-12 18:53

    Rating: 4.5 Stars: ★★★★ 1/2This manga was the cutest!! <3 (´▽`ʃƪ)From page 1 I could really sense the magic. Its a "quiet"-type of magic that I enjoy reading about and overall made this story a real treasure.I adored the characters and loved how, while it has magical elements stuck to a more "slice of life" approach.It had a slow pace to it, but it really worked with the tone of story. It really gives you the time to understand these characters, the magic that is infused throughout the story, and really take in the plot. The characters were all fantastic! I adored Makato, Nao, Chinatsu, Kei, basically everyone <3Makato finds herself moving in with her cousins as she continues her training to become a witch. Throughout the manga, there's tidbits of info that get revealed about the history and traditions of witches (the age they are recognized as adults, which regions of Japan they reside in, etc.)I adored the friendship that develops between Makato and Nao!~ I loved their friendship dynamis, but I do wish Nao was in the story a little bit more.The story heavily focuses on family and self-growth and I adored that. While its clear Makato may still have a lot to learn, it was great seeing her have family and friends along the way to join her on her journey.The plot itself goes in places I didn't really expect, but I loved that! It kept me intrigued in the story, world, characters, etc. Additionally there are some hints and surprises that have me so excited to read Volume 2!My only minor issue was that I did want more plot-wise.Flying Witch Volume 1 is a story that proves magic is everywhere around you. The characters, plot, and world are wonderfully developed and truly come to life from the very first page.

  • Shannon
    2019-02-03 20:01

    Read #1Started on July 29, 2017Finished on July 29, 20172017 BookTube-A-Thon Read #6Ugh. SO DARN CUTE. ^_^I've had this on my wish list for a bit, but held off just because, based on the sample Amazon provided, it seemed like it would be an average read. While it was a very standard slice-of-life manga (with just the barest hint of magic), it's still charming as heck. The art is simple, but it does a good job setting each scene up. I found myself giggling at all the appropriate moments -- the dialogue between all of the characters was effortless and sweet. Tbh, I could totally see this easily being turned into an anime. I knocked of a star for the sake of its originality -- again, it's got a very similar feel to other slice-of-life manga. Can't wait to grab the next volume, though. I think if the mangaka takes the right approach, it will be something special.Side note: My reading experience was increased exponentially by the fact that the weather today was ABSOLUTELY GLORIOUS. I had intended to skip the read outside challenge for this year's BookTube-A-Thon, but miraculously, the typical southern heat I'm so used to in late July/August decided to take a day off! I'm incredibly grateful, since this story is so nature-centric! <3

  • Heather Harvey
    2019-02-13 12:55

    I came in expecting it to be like Kiki's Delivery Service or similar...And I was pleasantly surprised.It was nothing like that at all except some very small similar details like how witches go out on their own at age 15 or something but this is really a good and cute.The art: It is like most manga so in my opinion there is nothing that stands out or wows me but I still like it. Every detail is there and spot on.The Setting/story: In the country is where it is happening, yo! I like the small town atmosphere. Not much magic going on but I think it is to get to know the characters and the town a bit.The Characters: I love all the characters (especially the black cat :3) and how lovable they all are. Every new character you come across is great in someway and I have not come across a character that I did not like as of yet.All in all, this first volume is kinda of slow but I hope it builds up in later volumes.

  • Teragram
    2019-02-02 19:43

    A sweet, cute, slice-of-life about a young witch following a tradition of striking out on her own upon reaching adulthood... except in Makoto's case, her parents still want her to finish high school, so she moves in with her cousins in a rural area at the northern tip of Japan's main island. Makoto's a good girl, but she's more than a little absent-minded, but her cousins and the other people she meets take it in stride that she's a witch without really questioning the whys or hows.The art suits the story well, simple and mostly realistic, although the characters do lack expression somewhat. The worldbuilding is interesting, seeming to combine European traditions of witchcraft with traditional Japanese folklore.

  • Zila
    2019-02-01 15:10

    It's a quiet novel with a hometown type of feel, but it definitely doesn't lack color. I guess it embodies what would happen if you lived a quiet life and another person just living their life, who just so happened to be a witch, came to live with you. This book stresses that, after the initial shock, if there is one, it's no big deal.There's no boom, per se, however, there is a type of charm to this book, and I can tell that it was written with love and care for the plot and characters. I was just looking forward to more twists and turns that came with something so unusual joining something so mundane.That aside, I do like this book and may continue reading them with my pay. I've got a "Maybe something will change with growth" feeling about this book.

  • Tanya
    2019-02-08 20:06

    The Flying Witch is not a plot driven manga. It's more of a slice of life story. The story is about a girl named Makoto who is learning how to be a witch. There are vignettes detailing aspects of Makoto's life such as going to school, making new friends, and learning the art of witch craft. The manga has a lot of humorous moments, remind me a lot of Kiki's delivery service. This would be good for middle school children.

  • Jake
    2019-01-31 15:12

    This is definitely a slice of life series. Feels a lot like Keiki's delivery service, where not a ton happens except some cute light interactions.It is very light on dialogue, but I liked the art style a lot. I won't be continuing the series, but if you are interested in something with great art and some cute dialogue worth trying.

  • Chris Petruccio
    2019-01-31 17:56

    What I enjoyed about this Slice of Life manga is that while the character is a witch and magic plays a role, its not the focus of the story. Or rather it doesn't feel like the fact that she is a witch overpowers the narrative despite being mentioned fairly regularly. The characters are charming and it has some humorous reactions. I would keep reading this series.

  • Frances
    2019-01-27 17:04

    I find the start slow and similar to my experience of reading A Certain Magical Index. However, I really love the cute cat and just the simple ways that the art endears you to keep reading. I think I will continue with this manga :D

  • Toran Shaw
    2019-01-29 15:54

    I really enjoyed the anime series and the original manga is just as good. It's a really good supernatural series for someone who likes an easy to read slice-of-life manga to get their teeth into. This would certainly be one series I recommend to someone, who has never read a manga before!

  • Alory Shannon
    2019-01-22 18:52

    Very cute and relaxing slice-of-life with a slight fantasy twist!(My only real "critique" so far is, there's lots of cute/quirky ladies, but I'd like to see some more male characters--but then again, I tend to prefer a fairly balanced cast in my stories, so there's that.)

  • Lara
    2019-02-07 14:03

    Cute easy read but nothing special, not enough to draw me into the story. I liked the harbinger of spring though! Kinda reminded me of No-Face from Spirited Away