Flying Witch and it’s Animals
Flying Witch is really one of my favorite anime out of the Spring season. It has all the things I’m fond of-slice of life, iyashikei and other small things, but one aspect I really like is it’s treatment of animals.
I’m not going to lie and claim that Flying Witch is the only one show that accomplished this (I seem to recall Gin no Saji being pretty good in this regard too), but nonetheless Flying Witch is just damn good at showing us that the animals have their own lives-they have their own color, they have their own personality; the animals have enough focus to show that they are their own characters, their own entity, which isn’t something I can confidently say for most other shows, where they just “have animals for the sake of having animals” and as a result, are more faded into the background.
Episode 5 in particular, really shows what Flying Witch is really capable of with it’s animals. Nearly half of the episode is literally carried by Chito-san, Flying Witch’s resident black cat as the show took us on a little rural neighborhood adventure from his perspective. It’s also brilliant because during that segment, there’s hardly any dialogues or interactions. It’s truly slice of life in it’s purest form… cat-version.
I have to applaud J.C. Staff for their stupendous work in Flying Witch too. I forgot just how good J.C. Staff can be when they want to. I mean, the last J.C. Staff show I remember watching was Prison School, and I didn’t care much for it’s visuals. J.C. Staff’s work in Flying Witch is really amazing though, but one thing I have the highest praise of is definitely the cinematography. Especially during some of the animal-centric scenes; the framing, composition and cuts all perfectly focus on the animal’s perspective-again, Episode 5 being the best example.
J.C. Staff just seem have a good idea what the manga is trying to portray, and it’s treatment of animals is something the studio adapted perfectly. In fact, I don’t think this is the first time J.C. Staff accomplished this so well, I remember Azumanga Daioh was also pretty good with it’s treatment of animals. Unfortunately, that’s all I can recall from other anime because as you noticed, the works from J.C. Staff is just too diverse (again, this is coming from a studio who worked on a show like Prison School too).
Then again, they were also pretty good with tigers in Toradora, and dogs in Zero no Tsukaima… wait, what the hell am I saying?
But anyway, the animals, and especially Chito-san are damn good. Chito-san especially is like the main protagonist of the animal side in the show. In fact, he is so quirky if someone asks me about my favorite character in the show, I would answer it’s Chito-san without a doubt. It applies for character to character; but a favorite character to me generally has to satisfy either two categories-personality or story, which is not something I can say for Flying Witch’s cast, because a cat ended up being quirky than most of the characters in it. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing though, Flying Witch is an iyashikei first and foremost, and iyashikei mostly appeals to people through it’s world rather than it’s characters. As a world-driven iyashikei, Flying Witch is truly top-notch, and it’s not like the characters are bad anyway — they are down-to-earth, and act like what real people would, which is already quite a positive aspect for a slice of life anime like this, just… they won’t be in any favorite character lists anytime soon.
I digress. Anyway, Flying Witch is a slice of life that did a lot of small things right, and one of those things is it’s treatment of animals. It’s good at showing us that the animals, not just the human characters, have a life of their own. The animals, even the completely fictional ones, really appear alive as a result, no thanks also to J.C. Staff’s incredible cinematography and animation.
What do you think of Flying Witch?