Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (山田くんと７人の魔女)
Studio: Liden Films
Directed By: Tomoki Takuno
I watched Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches out of curiosity because I saw some hilarious gifs and screenshots of the show. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches isn’t something I would normally watch, but it was worthwhile.
Ryu Yamada, a delinquent at his high school, accidentally falls from a flight of stairs and on top of Urara Shiraishi, the top student. He wakes up in the nurse’s office only to discover that he swapped bodies with her. They tried several times to return to their original bodies, but it is only when they kiss that they discover the key to swapping bodies. With the encouragement of the student council vice-president, Toranosuke Miyamura, they revive the Supernatural Studies club and try to find the other six witches that have different powers activated by a kiss.
So when learning the origins of the witches’ powers, it usually happens to girls that have troubles and insecurities. For example, Shiraishi had trouble making friends due to her academic success. Yet, the power of body switching allows her to project a more social persona because she is able to be anyone by just kissing them. I think this reminds us of how we kind of wish away our problems in our minds because we think it would be better to not have to suffer or go through a struggle. However, obstacles are needed for individual growth; thus, Yamada could be seen as a person that helps these girls solve or handle their personal issues.
For a harem-ish anime, there is a decent amount of ecchi jokes and antics, but it isn’t overbearing or the center of the whole show. I admit though those boys love moments were quite amusing.
I kind of am hoping for a second season. I know that a lot more happens in the manga, and I also know that they have a live-action drama of the show. I should check it out.