Flying Witch, volume 1 by Chihiro Ishizuka
Translated by Melissa Tanaka
Published by Vertical Comics, ©2017
Originally Published in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine, Kodansha Ltd., ©2013-
Stars: ★★ / 5
Flying Witch is a slice-of-life shounen manga about a 15-year-old witch, Makoto Kowata, who has left her home (with her black cat familiar); as is the “right-of-passage” custom to become a fully-fledged witch (think Kiki’s Delivery Service). I loved the characters in this series – they are so fun, quirky and just like-able. I particularly love the way the characters react to Kowata upon learning she is a witch and even more so, Kowata’s naivety in adjusting to her new surroundings. I think a lot of people will really love this cute, calm, and cheerful slice-of-life manga.
BUT… there are some major issues with it for me.