As before, I’m excited I have had the chance and took the time to once again dive back into Flying Witch Volume 3 by Chihiro Ishizuka. The series is such a pleasure to read, delivering what it promises, an enjoyable and wholesome journey from start to finish. Following Makoto and friends helps alleviate the creeping seasonal depression as the Earth drifts further away from the Sun. Put another way, Flying Witch is a fun reading experience which brings me into a gratifying calmness filled with numerous smiles.
At this point in the manga, we have become a bit more familiar with the world of Makoto. I will admit, before reading through this volume, I had to take a look back at Volume 2. The plot gives an understanding that there are other witches and magical phenomena in the world. Volume 3 expands on that notion more while still focusing on those occurrences being Makoto and her friend’s experiences. Those every day adventures that become magical when you are with the best of friends. The charm of Flying Witch shines even more as the group explores unknown, yet familiar locations or go out of the way to find a once in a lifetime sight.
I can try to explain further but do not want to end up spoiling those moments. Aside from the group going on adventures, another welcoming quality for the manga is in the neighborly interactions that occur almost in every chapter. Getting to meet those people around you that share similar walks of life or grandiose one-time experiences reminds me to always be receptive of others. You really never know who you will walk into or whom your acquaintances will introduce you to.
However, I may not be the best at the descriptions for how joyful the series actually is. The feeling is something that cannot be translated to words. Nor the awkward moments that can turn your frown upside down. I will say that whenever I am able to join back into this magical world, I find myself curling up under my blanket in a pleasant warmth. It may not be the funniest book I’ve read but the quick pacing, simple art, and easy to read aspects build a refreshing chemistry to any reader.
Author/Illustrator: Chihiro Ishizuka
Publisher: Vertical Comics
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Disclaimer, a copy of Flying Witch volume 3 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.