Halloween has come and gone, but a lot of us still look back at all the good times we had dressing up as our favorite characters. For hundreds of years, there has always been one costume that has stood out amongst them all, and that is the witch. Witches possess the ability to call upon spirits, and cast magical spells to thwart off enemies. They also have the ability to sit atop a broomstick and fly majestically in the air, without much effort. Not all witches fly on broomsticks however, as some prefer to weild weapons using special spells or mantras. This is why we have decided to bring you an article on bringing you the best of both worlds. Let us hop right in!
10. Yamada-kun to Nananin no Majo [Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches]
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 12 2015 – June 28, 2015
Flying into the tenth spot on our top ten witch anime is Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. The story stars Yamada, a trouble maker in high school who often finds school to be a bore. In an awkward incident, Yamada falls down a flight of stairs, landing on top of Shiraishi, locking lips. After waking up from the fall, he realizes that he swapped bodies with Shiraishi. The two come to a realization that it was in fact the kiss that swapped their bodies, and the only way to reverse it was to kiss. Soon after, a club within the school opens, with witches who have magical powers, which are activated by a kiss.
This witch comedy anime is a great choice because, it shows off the more light hearted side of witchcraft. Yamada stumbles upon this mysterious club full of attractive witches, which leads to a variety of antics and ecchi spells that are sure to make you laugh. Witch harem is certainly a rare occurrence to come by, and so it felt right to place this on the list because of its outlandish behavior, paired with magical spells to entertain you.
9. Little Witch Academia
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: March 2, 2013
Casting its way onto our top ten list is Little Witch Academia. This wonderful story will surely brighten your day, as it is filled with an array of comedy, and enough fantasy to keep your imagination flowing. Atsuko is just your ordinary girl who falls in love with a famous witch named Shiny Chariot. Her admiration for the famed lady compelled her to join the witch academia, in hopes to becoming as popular as her idol. Despite not having any magic casting experience, her dedication to mastering the art of witchcraft is what keeps her going.
The reason Atsuko makes it onto our witch list is because the show really captures the true essence of spell casting and crafting. She shows a deep passion for the art, which eventually leads to her being able to cast spells on her own alongside her friends. Atsuko also uses the spells she learns in a positive way, sharing her ideas with her close friends. This demonstrates friendship despite the negative connotations that come with witchcraft. This is a wonderful heart warming anime for anyone to watch!
8. Witch Craft Works
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 5, 2014 – March 23, 2014
Making its way into the eighth spot our top ten witch anime is Witch Craft Works. Quirky student Takamiya has had a crush on his classmate Ayaka for some time, and neither have spoken despite sitting next to each other. Things turn serious when Takamiya suddenly comes face to face with the grim reaper, as a part of the school building is about to send him to the next dimension. Before he could even blink, Ayaka comes flying to his rescue, only not as a student but as a witch. The truth is finally revealed to Takamiya, with Ayaka stating that it is her mission to protect him at all times.
Ayaka is the all time classic rendition of what a witch truly represents. Her image consists of an overly large pointed hat, along with the broom witches are known for. Ayaka's goal is to use her magic powers to protect Takamiya, since other more powerful witches are after them. It shows a nice relationship between two people who, despite their differences can build a great bond and overcome to the obstacles in front of them. It's a mixture of good and evil in this anime, with a nice blend of trickery and finesse in the art of witchcraft. This is a must watch for those who enjoy a little taste of everything.
7. Umineko: When They Cry
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: July 2, 2009 – December 24, 2009
With a darker feel to the art of witch craft, Umineko: When They Cry makes its way to number seven on our witch anime list. Continuing the popular franchise, When They Cry is the third season which further explains the story around Battler. Every year, the Ushiromiya family gather on the island of Rokkenjima to discuss financial matters regarding inheritance. Matters start to turn sour when the head of the family Kinzo, confesses that his life is fading and that his wish is to meet his true love Beatrice, who is the golden witch. Kinzo has had a fascination for the dark arts for years and demands that the family conduct a ceremony to revive Beatrice. Things turn ugly fast when suddenly, a typhoon hits the very island they're on, trapping all of them without much assistance to rescue them. Mysterious murders begin to pop up and so now the family must fight for their lives.
Umineko truly displays the darker side of witchcraft, using mind manipulation to inflict pain and suffering on others. While the other witches on our list use potions and other magic spells, Umineko use psychological witchcraft to commit murders throughout the series. This is what creates the excitement throughout the show, because you're always wondering how the next person will be killed. This is a great watch for those who enjoy mystery.
6. Witch Hunter Robin
- Episodes: 11
- Aired: July 2, 2002 – December 24, 2002
We are flying closer to the end of our top ten, but we couldn't help but throw Witch Hunter Robin into the witch mix. Robin is a 15 year old craft specialist who came to Japan from Italy, to work for the STN- Japan Division. She was to replace a member who was killed in battle, and so it became her mission to capture witches alive to further discover why they became witches in the first place. In a world full of betrayl, Robin is on a journey to not only uncover the mysteries of the existence of witches, but to uncover the dark pasts of her own life leading up to Japan. She comes across a male individual named Amon, who she becomes attracted to, and the two work together to chase conspiracies. Amon shares somewhat of a similar dark past to Robin, and so her mission is to dig into his life to find more answers.
Witch Hunter Robin is such an awesome anime because of how much versatility is used pertaining to dark magic. The many witches that Robin encounter have the power to mind control, use telekinesis, and various spells to dispose of enemies. Robin also has the ability to use her own mastery of the arts, but more so to immobilize them to capture. This show is a perfect fit for any witch fan.
5. Rental Magica
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 8, 2007- March 24, 2008
Itsuki has now taken over his father's family business ever since his mysterious disappearance. The magician dispatch service has become Itsuki's responsibility, which employs magicians and other supernatural beings to help those in need of assistance. Due to his lack of business experience and cowardly ways, he must learn enough leadership to deal with his employees and enemies who threaten his business.
Rental Magica uses more magic spells in the more helpful fashion, since Itsuki's business is all about employing magicians to protect. So while the art of witchcraft is used predominantly within the series, much of it is used to ensure the safety and well being of the citizens. There are times however, where magic is used as a way to corrupt others, but in the end it was incorporated to guard the family business from being destroyed. This fantasy, supernatural anime will surely impress those who are into the more protective arts of witchcraft!
4. Soul Eater Not!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 9, 2014 – July 2, 2014
If you've watched the Soul Eater series, this is a side story of the original. This story focuses on Tsugumi, along with his friends Meme and Anya. The three decide to take part in the normally overcome target (NOT) class to learn how to harness their powers more consistently when trouble arrives. Maka, who is their other colleague takes part in the especially advanced talent (EAT) which specializes in more battle oriented magic.
Soul Eater Not! is a comedy that is full of ecchi and supernatural powers. The reason why it makes our top ten witch list is because of the array of powers each character possesses. Meme and Anya focus their magic powers to ensure they stay out of trouble, for example Anya making clumsy mistakes, or when something ecchi takes place. Maka on the other hand, use her spells to protect herself and battle evil monsters much like a warlock would do. It's a great mix of dark and light which is similar to that of a priest and mage.
3. Junketsu no Maria
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 11, 2015 – March 29, 2015
Junketsu no Maria follows the story of Maria, on her life of being the most powerful witch during the hundred year's war in Medieval France. This blonde haired, blue eyed girl is your stereotypical witch with a unique broomstick in the shape of a pitchfork. She is not one to use her magic for evil however, as she despises anything to do with war. Maria uses her magical prowess to help prevent any catastrophe that tries to endanger the world around her. Due to the dangers of using magic openly, an angel named Ezekiel was hired to watch over her. Despite all of this, she still continues to wield her magic spells. She builds a relationship with Joseph, but was warned by Archangel Michael that, once she loses her virginity she loses all of her magic. Knowing this, Ezekiel ensures to protect her magic at all costs. It's a heartfelt tale of a typical witch out to prove to everyone that she is not evil, and that she is out to end war.
Junketsu no Maria makes it onto our top three because she truly embodies the life of a witch. Her appearance is very fitting, but without the pointed hat to complete the look. While her powers are not used in any way to harm the lives of others, her spell casting and mantras define that of a witch who is out to protect. Her goal oriented mind keeps her fighting, and protecting the ones she cares about. The church continues to chase after her, in hopes to kill her, but her use of spells to protect society make it hard to convict her as being dangerous. It's a fun and lighthearted take on the tale of witchcraft, along with a romantic relationship that blossoms between characters.
2. Madoka Magica
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 7, 2011- April 22, 2011
Madoka Magica makes its way onto the number two spot on our witch list. It stars three ordinary girls who live an ordinary school life, until magical cat Kyubey makes his way into their lives. He offers them a proposition that they can all make a wish in exchange for magical powers. One of their friends Homura, already wields magic powers, and urges them not to do it. However, these girls had a passion and so they decided to embark on a journey full of ups and downs pertaining to their relationships.
Madoka Magica shows how three girls and their friends deal with making life changing decisions, which show hope and despair in many ways than one. Each girl becomes equipped with their own magic skill which allows them to perform certain types of witchcraft. For example, Kyoko has the ability to cast spells through her ring which come from the burning desire inside of her. All of the girls use their witchcraft abilities in different ways, but in the end they use it to help protect their friends and family. Madoka Magica has a multitude of magic to keep you entertained for the entire series, so we definitely suggest tuning in for more!
1. Kiki's Delivery Service
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: July 29, 1989
Last on our list of witch anime is the ever popular Kiki's Delivery Service. Kiki is a young girl who is on her journey to becoming a witch. Kiki and her cat Jiji travel together by broomstick, on a search for adventure. Landing in a far away city from her original hometown, she sets up a delivery service which sparks a new beginning in her life.
Kiki deserves the number one spot since she is the epitome of your classic witch. She flies on a broomstick along with a cat to help her along the way. What differs in her character is how free spirited she is in comparison to the typical witch. Her personality is full of jubilance and sparkling with energy. She sets up her delivery service to further build her independence and experience, which helps her to discover new opportunities in her life. The powers she uses are for good, embracing the tradition of her family. We think you'll love this anime because of her heartwarming and outspoken persona, along with the very classic feel of witch craft.
Witches will forever live on throughout history, whether good or bad. Whether you enjoy the lighthearted potion crafting tales, or the more darker spell casting activities, there will always be something available for you. We hope you enjoyed our top ten list of witch anime. Make sure to leave a comment about your own witch suggestions down below.
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