Flying Witch by Chihiro Ishizuka (Volume #7-9)

Flying Witch is a manga series by Chihiro Ishizuka. I’ll be positing reviews of three volumes at a time. You can check out my reviews of Volume #4-6 here.

Volume 7

Cover image from StoryGraph

Synopsis

“Makoto and her cousins head out to the yomiya, a night festival. There they run into the Harbinger of Summer who tends to oversleep. To apologize for causing it to snow on their house, the Harbinger offers them a treasured delicacy from the other side. Makoto has been raising mandrakes in the garden, but something has gone awry! Akira takes Makoto to a hot springs where a reporter tries to get a scoop about witchcraft. Akane goes to great lengths to cure Inukai, but she might not be ready to change back…!”

-Synopsis from back cover

Review

It seemed like so much happened in this volume! Akane searches for ingredients for a potion to cure Inukai and has to travel far and wide to locate the very specific ingredients. However, because so many people now know Inukai in her animal form, she is reluctant to commit to changing back to fully human right away. Makoto’s aunt takes her to a market where Makoto buys lots of dried foods to use for her enchantments. The last chapter in which a reporter is attempting to interview Makoto and Akira was probably my favorite of this volume. Everything that can go wrong does when a human attempts to learn anything about witches. Thanks to the rabbit rule, that reporter didn’t stand a chance.

Volume 8

Cover image from StoryGraph

Synopsis

“Makoto and her family journey to the peaceful region of Shimokita, where a mysterious figure called “enigma” can supposedly help Makoto find out which element she can control. The cousins chow down on sea urchin and have fun at the beach, completely unaware that her element might defy all expectations…”

-Synopsis from back cover

Review

This volume is definitely one of my favorites from the series. It starts with Makoto and the gang traveling to Shimokita to meet the wizard who is going to help Makoto discover her elemental affinity as a witch. It turns out that her affinity is incredibly unique, one that only one in twenty thousand witches has! In later chapters, Akane teachers Makoto and Chinatsu about foundational magic which they will both need in order to perform stronger enchantments one day. Akane continues to be one of my favorite characters because she is always dropping in from some faraway country at the perfect (and sometimes not perfect) time to help Makoto with something. The final chapter stars Kei, which was welcome because I feel like he hasn’t gotten much of a storyline on his own yet. I loved every chapter of this volume!

Volume 9

Cover image from StoryGraph

Synopsis

“Makoto and her companions experience summer celebrations of all sorts, from the spectacular lantern flows of Aomori’s most famous festival to an otherworldly procession dedicated to exotic beasts. Along the way, they’ll conquer mountainous desserts, reunite with an old friend, and make potentially groundbreaking discoveries in magic.”

-Synopsis from back cover

Review

These later volumes of Flying Witch are seriously so good, and this one is officially my favorite! Makoto and the gang visit the festival that was mentioned at the end of the last volume, and Kazuna shows Makoto and Chinatsu a secret festival taking place the same night in a parallel universe. I loved the artwork depicting the festival but I wish it had been in color! (I was inspired to research the Aomori Neputa Festival and was able to see real photos of the parade and floats, which all looked incredible; I highly recommend looking it up to get a better sense of the festival!). Other happenings include Beachy’s return with a special request for Chinatsu, and we also get to see more of Hina and the samurai who is settling into his life in this world.

I look forward to Volume 10!

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