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Review: Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Blu-Ray Set

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It all started from a kiss

Every anime season despite watching between five and six anime, you already know that you’re always missing a hidden gem, in my case that is Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. It’s been on my watch list for so long, but I just forgot about it. Thankfully FUNimation released the Blu-ray set, so I finally got to watch it.

This anime is about a delinquent kid named Ryu Yamada, who is in a bad mood after being scolded again by the teacher. As if his day couldn’t get any worse, he falls down the top of the stairs with honor student, Urara Shiraishi. After coming to, he realized that he switched bodies with her, all from an accidental kiss. During the beginning of the series, it’s believed that Yamada has the power of changing bodies with a kiss. However, as the story develops, Ryu and Urara discover that it is her power to switch bodies while Ryu’s power is to copy the ability to the witch he kissed. As the story develops, we are introduced to new witches and new conflicts.  

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (Bluray)
Studio: Liden Films
Licensed By: FUNimation
Released: January 9, 2018 (NA)
MSRP: $64.99

While the concept of the anime is kind of cute, the story itself leaves much to be desired. Each witch’s unique power has been inherited by former generations within the school and it is said that they gained those special powers by their desires. Whoever gathered all the seven witches will be able to make their "wildest dream" come true, which kind of reminded me of Dragon Ball, solely based on seven and making a wish. Most of the story revolves around gathering the seven witches, in which Yamada wants to use to erase the witches’ powers so they can have normal lives, especially Shiraishi, who he grew to love. Despite the main conflict of the story not being too strong, it was very cute to watch, and funny at times, even.

Because it was my first time watching it, I watched the entire series in Japanese, but I did watch two episodes dubbed, which was okay. Being too used to the original Japanese audio, I felt like some of the English voices didn’t fit the characters. As for the series’ soundtrack, it wasn’t really too memorable, but it was very fitting. Additionally, there’s no option at all for subtitles when using the English track, while the Japanese version has English subs courtesy of Crunchyroll. As for the extras, the typical textless opening and ending songs, as well as trailers is to be expected.

As much as I enjoyed this series, I can’t really recommend people to go out of their way to get this Blu-Ray, unless you have already watched and loved the series. If you have yet to watch it, I would definitely recommend the series regardless, but you should watch on Crunchyroll or VRV. This set alone doesn’t have much to recommend the purchase unless you want to watch it offline. 

 


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Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches reviewed by Christian Chiok

6.5

ALL RIGHT

Slightly above average or simply inoffensive. Fans of the genre should enjoy it a bit, but a fair few will be left unfulfilled.
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