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Flying Witch is one of the best slice of life series this season. Following Makoto Kowata, a witch in training as she comes to the country, this relaxing series is constantly prepared to show off its charm. With a cast of magical characters being constantly introduced, the jokes never gets old as it employs its impeccable comedic timing. The anime here are all ones that give off a similar atmosphere to Flying Witch and will make you laugh in the same way.
Similar Anime to Flying Witch
1. Majo no Takkyuubin (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
- Episodes: Film
- Aired: July 1989
Kiki’s Delivery Service is perhaps the closest you can get to what Flying Witch is hear to achieve. Both featuring witches trying to fit into the real world, they share a profound sense of charm as reality becomes magical before our eyes. Both protagonists are sent off on their own to become better witches and better people, although Kiki’s Delivery Service is more interested in the idea of independence in this coming-of-age story.
As a classic from Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, if you haven’t watched it already, you should be ashamed. I’m surprised you can show your face in public, having not seen this movie. It’s a wonderful simple tale with absolutely beautiful spectacle as Kiki flies through the city in search of her place in the world. As a family experience, she is a joy to watch with her old-fashioned politeness and hilarious naivety. I’ve heard many claims that it’s the best Miyazaki film and whilst I don’t agree myself, I can certainly understand why.
Kiki’s Delivery Service - Official English Trailer
2. Non Non Biyori
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct. 2013 - Dec. 2013
It’s always wonderful when we get a series that I can compare to Non Non Biyori. As one of the most delightful slice of life series out there, anything within the same ballpark as this show is worthy of high praise, something Flying Witch should be receiving by the truckload. The “let’s move to the country” story isn’t hugely rare, but those that attempt it usually end up hitting the nail on the head in their approach to slice of life series.
In the same way that Makoto introduces magic to Aomori, the world of Non Non Biyori is already shown as magical through the eyes of the children that explore it. With a similar comedic timing, Non Non Biyori revels in its slow pace, taking the time to allow us to see the world of country life as something foreign, yet comforting. Like Flying Witch, it has a warmth to it that you just won’t find in other locations.
[PV] "Non Non Biyori" animated decision! Promotional video
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2012 - Sept. 2012
Much like Non Non Biyori, Barakamon also takes place out in the country, far from everyday conveniences. However, in this case, the setting has the narrative goal of helping cartographer, Sei Handa find inspiration for his work. Just like travelling to the country helps Makoto with her witch training, Handa finds a new love for art with the help of the neighbourhood kid, Naru.
In many ways, Naru is similar to Flying Witch’s Chinatsu in that they are hilariously hyperactive, optimistic and most importantly, constantly awestruck. There’s never any cynicism coming from Naru. If you caught a big fish, you can guarantee she’s going to be the most excited out of anyone to see it get reeled in. And it’s that sort of optimism that we don’t get to see in reality and thankfully Barakamon works to substitute in a little slice of happiness into our sad depressing lives.
Any Anime Like Flying Witch?
4. Hanasaku Iroha
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2011 - Sept. 2011
As one of the most iconic shows under the P.A. Works show brand, Hanasaku Iroha represents everything that makes the studio’s output great. With an incredibly similar style of comedy within a similar setting, it’s the perfect show to jump straight onto when Flying Witch hits its inevitable conclusion. It may not have the magical element that drives Flying Witch’s narrative, but the character dynamics at play and the protagonist are just as lovable.
As we join Ohana on her trip to her grandmother’s hot spring inn, she’s a compelling and interesting enough character for us to genuinely hate anyone who does her wrong whilst loving those that give her a chance in this unfamiliar environment. With art by Kazuki Higashiji, one of the best art directors in the business, Hanasaku Iroha’s world never stops being compelling as every environment draws us in. It’s a series that is beautiful in every sense of the word as Ohana works to dispel any malice and bring the staff of the Kissuiso Inn together.
Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow ~ Vol 1 - Official Trailer
5. Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2016 - Currently Airing
If you’re enjoying Flying Witch (Why else would you be looking at this list), then you may be looking for other simulcasts to keep you going through the week. Tanaka-kun is Listless shares the same pace of comedy, giving jokes time to breath with a strong emphasis on physical comedy that’s not slapstick. Most importantly, it’s relaxing. Just as I watch Flying Witch just before I go to sleep, I do the same for Tanaka-kun as each episode completes its story, leaving us with a satisfying conclusion each time.
Like most of us back in high school, Tanaka can’t stay awake in class. However, instead of him being yelled at by a teacher, his classmates and friends just accept it as a part of who he is, with his best friend Oota carrying him from class to class whilst he sleeps. It’s charming, hilarious and relaxing all at the same time, especially when the rest of the cast start to get introduced, turning it into far more than just a one joke show.
TV anime "Tanaka-kun is always languor-up" PV
6. Little Witch Academia
- Episodes: Short Film
- Aired: March 2013
Would you look at that? Another series about a witch in training! Whilst Flying Witch and Little Witch Academia have similar character premises, the way they’re delivered is entirely unique stylistically and narratively. With many of the picks on this list being relaxing comedies, this is one for those that are just looking for something with magic and comedy. Because there’s nothing relaxing about Little Witch Academia, employing the hyperactive cartoonish comedy that we expect from the Studio Trigger animation team.
With our energetic witch-in-training, Akko at the helm, this short twenty minute film takes us on adventure as she tries to prove that she has what it takes and uphold the name of her hero, Shiny Chariot, a magical performer. This journey takes her on an adventure deep into the school’s dungeons and into the sky to fight a dragon, showing up the school bully. There’s not a single second of Little Witch Academia that isn’t heartwrenchingly lovable and you’d be doing yourself a disservice by deciding not to watch it.
Anime Mirai 2013 Little Witch Academia trailer second edition! !
So there are six shows that you’ll fall in love with in between episodes of Flying Witch. These are all exceptional slice of life or comedy series and it’s great to see Flying Witch stack up to these critically acclaimed series. Let us know how you’re enjoying Flying Witch and what you’d recommend in the comments below.