Anime Recommendation of the Month: Witchcraft Works

April’s recommendation is the anime, Witchcraft Works.

Genre: Romance/Fantasy/Comedy

Number of episodes: 12

Rating: PG-13

Language: Japanese with English Subs (currently there is no dub available)

Brief Synopsis: “Takamiya Honoka is just an average student who just so happens to sit next to Kagari Ayaka, the “Princess” of the school, and has never said a word to her. However, one day when Takamiya’s life is put in danger, Kagari arrives to his rescue dressed as a witch. It is revealed that Kagari is what is known as a Workshop Witch within the city and Takamiya is under her protection and shall henceforth protect him from any danger that ensues…” – Crunchyroll

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Spoiler-free Commentary

I discovered this anime by a crazy random happenstance last summer as I was browsing for something to watch. The description (provided above) seemed mildly interesting and it didn’t have seventy bajillion episodes to it, so I thought to myself, “why not?”

What I love about this show is that it is a total trope reversal! Tropes are common stereotypes you find in TV land such as how people are always extremely dumb in horror movies (See TV Tropes for more!  Quick warning, you could get lost on that site forever!).

The specific trope I’m referencing with Witchcraft Works is the one where a guy constantly has to rescue the girl because she is a helpless damsel in distress and can’t possibly save herself (see Kagome in InuYasha, Mario and Princess Peach in various Mario games, I could go on and on but I won’t). What’s different about this show is Takamiya, the male lead, is actually the damsel in distress! Kagari has to save him quite a bit in the show and this gender reversal is quite refreshing!

There’s also a lot of comedy and really cool action scenes with lots of magic going on as you’d expect with a show with “witchcraft” in its name; it definitely doesn’t disappoint. The romantic nature of the show is very sweet as well with Kagari showing her affection in rather unusual ways.

I highly recommend Witchcraft Works to anyone who is looking for something a bit different but with minimal time commitment. At only 12 episodes, you can watch the entire series in about 4-5 hours!

If you like romance with lots magic and action happening this is definitely the show for you! It is available to watch for free online on Crunchyroll.

The library also has plenty of anime available on both DVD and Blu-ray located on the second floor. Check it out!


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