Yamada-kun is unraveling the mystery of the seven witches.
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo is like a modern day retelling of an era where witches were common and influenced the daily life’s of others. It’s like a more media friendly retelling of the witch hunt with a romantic sauce pored over it.
One a faithful day Yamada discovers he has the ability to switch bodies. His first partner in crime is lonely classmate Shiraishi. Despite her appealing looks, she struggles to get by with her peers. Soon after both discover there are more witches and the search for all seven begins.
This formula is repeated over the course of the show and loses some of its novelty. The witches may be unique in their abilities, but they don’t innovate enough to keep the show as fresh. Given, some witches can really pull heartstrings as they bring with them an air of nostalgia and sympathy.
Yamada and Shiraishi really get along well and are the main plot drivers for the witch plot as well as the romance theme in the series. The chemistry is strong and really shines at times when the focus is shifted towards their romantic interactions.
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo cleverly uses the different witches to bring forth a divers set of characters to explore how each of them copes with their own problems. Every one of them has their own way of dealing with the struggles of high school. From being excluded and alienated, to struggling to fit in.
At first glance this doesn’t necessarily looks like a major element, but along the way the interactions between Yamada and the witches reveals portions of the cast that grow Yamada into an empathizing peer. The seven different characters make the show accessible for the viewer from different perspectives.
The visuals aren’t really next level and the soundtrack doesn’t do much either. The studio hasn’t really put in the extra effort to make the show stand out, along with its rather refreshing plot.
Some of the character design feel a bit old fashioned and non creative. But every show has its own style, but it was a bit of a miss for me.
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo explored its characters through natural storytelling. Nonetheless did the show lose some of its charm over the episodes. The characters brought diversity, but the crux of the show became repetitive. Along with its average look and feel the show didn’t stand out. It could’ve explored more of the romance theme, the moments when the show really shun. I rate the series a, coincidental, 7 out of 10.