Flying Witch is a manga series by Chihiro Ishizuka. I read the first volume last year and am finally finishing the series since since my library has every copy. I’ll be positing reviews of three volumes at a time. You can check out my reviews of Volume #1-3 here.
“Makoto makes her way to a fabric shop in town in order to sew a new robe, and ends up crafting a surprise for Chinatsu, too. Makoto combines her mundane studies with a bit of witchcraft and makes a freaky treat. On the way home from a late-night meeting with her mentor, Makoto runs into Inukai. They head to the beach and meet an adorably mysterious creature that immediately makes itself at home…”
-Synopsis from back cover
This volume continues the whimsical antics of Makoto’s adventures at school and during witch training. During a cooking class with Kei and Nao, she surprises both of them by making special witch cookies that are unlike anything they expected. Nao is more put-off by them than Kei, who continues to be cool as a cucumber at all times. Akane joins Makoto, Kei, and Chinatsu when they go to help pick apples in the orchard where Makoto has an unfortunate encounter with some bees. The most interesting chapter was To Catch a Rabbit on a Spring Day, in which Makoto runs into Inukai one night and they decide to go to the beach. This volume also included references to a few Japanese folklores such as The Grateful Crane. I love the new characters added in this volume, including Makoto’s mentor, Akira, and the beach bunny of course!
“Makoto gets her first official job request from a Society Witch, and while the job seems mundane at first, a bit of immature magic makes for an unexpected situation. Makoto uses the payment from the job to buy a magical item that reveals the invisible. Chinatsu’s gift from Beachy starts to wreak havoc, until it’s reduced to a form that lets her use a spell…”
-Synopsis from back cover
My favorite chapter in this one was Chapter 29: Flying Puddles. I’m quickly discovering that Akira is one of my favorite characters in this series, because every time she shows up we get to learn more about the magical world. This time she is introducing Makoto to how witches are paid for their work, and different magical items she can buy afterward. I hope we get to see more of these magical items in future volumes! In addition to the above mentioned adventures, we also get a chapter with Chito being mischievous that was quite cute! This one ended on a little cliffhanger as well, regarding Chinatsu and the next steps for her desire to become a witch.
“Everyone gather to grill giblets to celebrate Chinatsu’s first bit of witchcraft. The familiars are lured to school with the promise of a tasty lunch…which draws the attention of an upperclassman witch. Makoto is tasked with solving a case where people get spirited away, but the solution turns out to be very down-to-earth…”
-Synopsis from back of the book
This volume introduces several more new characters to Makoto’s world, including the Harbinger of summer (who looks human at first), Sayo, the upperclassman witch at Makoto’s school, and a new magical creature who is having a big impact on Aomori. I’m intrigued to see what other witch’s work Akira assigns to both Makoto and Sayo. Chapter 35: The Repeating City was probably my favorite in this volume. I hope we get to see more of Sayo’s shamanic work in future volumes!