Post Reply Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
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37 / M / San Francisco
Posted 6/10/15 , edited 6/10/15
By: cardboard_shark

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches has a lot in common with its main character: it’s kind of dumb, occasionally rude, but very easy to like nonetheless. It’s the kind of fun, goofy comedy that works its way into your heart even as you sputter and laugh at the cast’s antics. A strong group of characters and some very good comedic timing make it a fine example of how to do high school comedy right.

The series stars Yamada, a teenage delinquent with a bad attitude and a worse reputation. His usual routine of skipping class is interrupted when he somehow switches bodies with Shiraishi, a beautiful but antisocial honor student. The two of them may be polar opposites, but they agree to work together to figure out this mysterious ability. As Yamada and Shiraishi delve deeper into their school’s supernatural history, they find out that they have in more in common than they first thought.

As gimmicks go, the ability to switch bodies with a kiss ends up working surprisingly well. As Yamada jumps from person to person, the voice actors are faced with the challenge of playing just about every character in the series. It’s a lot of fun to watch the mayhem ensue, but this show’s biggest comedic strengths are in the details. It’s the little jokes between the main characters that keep the laughs coming, and that banter also goes a long way towards endearing the cast to the audience. When subtlety doesn’t suit a situation, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is also able to make big, broad humor work. Some of Yamada’s exaggerated facial expressions are downright hilarious, and the writing knows exactly how far it can take a joke before it’s time to move on. If you’re looking for a show that can deliver boatloads of humor every week, look no further.

As funny as this series is, it’s not the comedy that keeps me coming back to it. What impresses me most about Yamada-kun is the care and attention that it pours into its cast of lovable oddballs. Whether they’re arguing or pledging to support one another, Yamada and Shiraishi have excellent chemistry. The “opposites attract” premise is nothing new, but it’s carried out very well here. Supporting characters like Miyamura and Ito all have just a bit more depth than one might expect from a comedy series, and the show handles moments of light drama quite nicely. The story occasionally suffers from uneven pacing, but there’s a compelling theme of finding a place to belong beneath all the supernatural antics. It may play the fool, but this show is smarter than it first appears.

As an adaptation of a long-running manga series, Yamada-kun has an awful lot of story to cover. The good news is that it captures the charm of the original work while adding a welcome splash of color. The writing has played it fairly close to the source material thus far, and the changes it does make are generally useful enough to be easily justified. Newcomers will have an easy time jumping in, and fans of the original will appreciate a return to the days when there weren’t zillions of characters and powers to keep track of.

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is a clever little comedy with more brains and heart than most would expect. Rather than rewriting the rules of the genre, it simply does a good job across the board. It’s a guilty pleasure without the guilt, and is worth watching if you’re looking for a fun antidote to this season’s more serious titles.
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Posted 6/12/15 , edited 6/13/15
Posted 7/28/15 , edited 7/28/15
I personally recommend reading over watching.
The show was cute but cut out a lot from the original story.
(causing it to lose a lot of the charm the manga has in my opinion)
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26 / M / Bloomington, Indiana
Posted 7/30/15 , edited 7/31/15
The manga has me hooked. The anime is nice, but seriously the manga is great.
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