Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches anime cover art featuring the titular characters
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Cover Art

Overview

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is yet another harem anime. What a time to be alive. This one however, has a catch.

At the high school Yamada attends, he learns that there are seven witches who have powers which are activated by kisses. Each of these witch powers has something to do with what the particular girl wishes. For example, the female lead, Shiraishi, wishes she could be someone else so she can switch bodies with whoever she kisses.

Apparently when all seven of the witches are gathered together for a ceremony one wish can be granted. I don’t remember why Yamada became interested in this ceremony (I think it has something to do with wishing away the witches’ powers), but his goal becomes gathering all the witches in the school.

However, this isn’t as easy as it sounds because some of the girls don’t realize their powers such as in Shiraishi’s case, and others want to keep their powers a secret.


Characters

The only characters I’ll be going through in this section are the two main characters. The other characters generally have things going on with them behind the scenes so to avoid spoiling anything on accident I’ll just skip over them.

Ryuu Yamada is the protagonist as the title suggests. He’s a trouble-maker in school and is known for not being the best student. However, what he lacks in academia, he makes up for in his ability to make friends.

Urara Shiraishi is the female lead and also the first witch encountered in the anime. She’s the opposite of Yamada in that she is the smartest girl in school, but because of that she doesn’t really have any friends. In fact, she gets bullied by the other girls at school.

One day the two of them crashed into each other and fell down a staircase, resulting in an accidental kiss. When they came to, they discovered that they had switched bodies. At first this is seen as a disaster, but over time they discover that they can actually help each other out by using this power.

Shiraishi can do well on Yamada’s schoolwork for him, and Yamada can make friends for Shiraishi.

Shiraishi punches Yamada in the face while Rin looks on, stunned
Shiraishi punching Yamada

Conclusion

While I liked Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, it’s not without its faults and so I can only give it a 6/10. Sure, it’s a type of harem anime so there’s that, but in this case I thought that genre worked because it was a major plot point of the anime.

I tend to like shorter anime a lot of the time because the way I see it, they don’t go on for long enough to be ruined. However, in this case I think this anime would have worked better as a 24 episode series rather than the 12 episodes it got.

I would have liked to see more of Yamada and Shiraishi working together to solve things rather than doing their own things separately which is what I remember happening often. I also think the series would have benefited from going a bit more in-depth with some of the powers of the other witches.

The OP for Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches can be found here.

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