Flying Witch stayed its easy breezy self this week, though I really liked how frontloading the humor in a constrained setting allowed the second half to feel that much more relaxed and rewarding. Nao also got to shine for once, which was nice. Her inability to perform complex cooking tasks like “cook an onion” and “hold on to a ball of meat” felt very relatable to my largely sandwich-based lifestyle. Hang in there, Nao. You don’t want to end up like me.
You can check out my full review over at ANN, or my notes below.
Makoto and Nao at school again!
Cooking class, and Nao sucks at cooking
Nao being stressed out about this is fun, and it lets Kei and Makoto take the “old farm people” roles again
Not even realizing what ingredients you’re supposed to use
Nao making cooking far more exciting than it’s supposed to be
Nao being super bad at cooking is pretty generally adorable
Reacting to both the ingredients and her own hands with fear and suspicion
Good light punchline to her juggling the patties
Chinatsu excited about getting to hang out with Akane, the cool older sister. Chinatsu remains a completely believable kid
This half feels like a welcome breath of fresh air after the confined first half. Moving from school to enjoying the wind and the sun – it’s a smart structural juxtaposition
They’re “thinning” the apple trees
Akane laughing at Makoto when she hits her head and then smacking her own head is a very Akane series of actions
The dad accent joke doesn’t really translate, though learning about thinning apple trees is interesting
“Can ninjas become witches?”
Really like this intimate shot of Kei handing her the bee