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Review: Mary and The Witch's Flower

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A Charming Story about Witches

I’ve been looking forward to Mary and the Witch’s Flower ever since it was announced. Although it’s not by Studio Ghibli like I originally thought, it’s by Studio Ponoc which consist of with several animators formerly from Ghibli, which definitely explains the beautiful animation. Mary and the Witch’s Flower is based on the novel The Little Broomstick by Mary Stewart and directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi. We’re introduced to Mary, who is a bored, lonely, curious child who often gets shunted aside by the grown-ups and mocked by Peter, the only other young person in the rustic village of Red Manor.

Mary and The Witch's Flower
Studio: Studio Ponoc
Licensed By: Fathom Events
Released: January 18th, 2018 (NA)

In a nutshell, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is another anime that can appease those who want to see Harry Potter fans wanting to see it in anime form (aside from Zero no Tsukaima and Little Witch Academia). Not only that but Mary also reminded me of Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service, which is one of Miyazaki’s work. You can definitely see the influence, especially since Yonebayashi worked as an animator on several of Miyazaki’s works.

To add more weight to the Harry Potter references, Doctor Dee is dubbed by Jim Broadbent, who is known for portraying Professor Horace Slughorn in the Harry Potter film series. It’s a nice touch of familiarity, especially for a movie that those remind us of it. I wished I had the chance to watch the movie both subbed and dubbed but the times for both were too close I chose to watch the movie with subs.

Not much can be said about the animation – it’s by people who previously were part of Studio Ghibli so it’s to be expected that it’s going to be amazing. Additionally, the composition by Takatsugu Muramatsu who previously on When Marnie Was There’s soundtrack was amazing as well.  Can’t really comment on how good the dub is since I watched the movie subbed but seeing as Disney really had nothing to do with this, it’s probably a lot better than any of the Studio Ghibli dubbed movies.

Overall the movie was very cute, charming, and entertaining. Fans of Studio Ghibli, Harry Potter, anime, or just overall good animation and soundtrack should definitely watch the movie. I just wish that the movie didn’t only have one showing date so I didn’t have to sit in the front row. Hopefully Fathom Events does an encore of it, considering how great and successful the movie was. 

[This review is based on a commercial screening attended by the reviewer]


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Mary and The Witch's Flower reviewed by Christian Chiok

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SUPERB

A hallmark of excellence. There may be flaws, but they are negligible and won't cause massive damage.
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