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With the release of Hogwarts Legacy fast approaching, you might want to set the stage by immersing yourself deeply in sorcery, whether in-game, through series, or anime. Between our personal preferences and the opinions of MyAnimeList, here is a list of 10 anime already available or to come to give your daily life a little magic.
Anime already available
In the world of shōnen, every big name has chosen their favorite angle. The ninjas for narutothe Hunters for HunterxHunter, the exorcists for Jujutsu Kaisenthe shinigami for Bleach … As for witchcraft, one could have chosen Fairy Tailwhich honors mages, but the atmosphere is far removed from the adventures of Harry Potter. BlackCloveron the other hand, has everything of a shonen version of the writings of JK Rowling. Broadcast since October 2017, it takes us in the footsteps of Asta, a young orphan who wishes to become the most powerful magician in the kingdom (called Emperor-Mage). Unfortunately, he doesn’t possess any remarkable predisposition, unlike his friend Yuno who clearly has an innate talent for magic. But everything will change the day the young boy crosses paths with an old grimoire with a five-leaf clover. Note that a movie, Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard Kingis scheduled for March 31, 2023.
- Available on Crunchyroll
Makoto is a well-rounded young apprentice witch. Only problem: she is a bit dizzy and really atypical. Suffice to say that the acclimatization does not look easy for the young girl. Makoto has indeed left Yokohama to go to high school in northeastern Japan, in Aomori more precisely, where his cousins Kei and Chinatsu live. It’s a tradition among witches: at 15, they have to leave home to go to school. Thus immersed in the middle of an almost magical nature, Makoto tells us about his daily life, between serenity, learning and the most crazy encounters. Flying Witch is an anime feel good full of magic that is eaten quickly (only one season of 12 episodes).
- Available on Crunchyroll
Izetta: The Last Witch
Izetta: The Last Witch (Where Shūmatsu no Izetta) immerses us in a world similar to the Europe of the Second World War, all sprinkled with a bit of magic. We follow the story of Izetta, the last survivor of a clan of witches. Their particularity? The ability to magically manipulate any object they touch. It is in a strange capsule that the princess of the principality of Eylstadt, Finé, will find Izetta. This is how this witch will wake up and save the princess for the first time. From there, she will swear loyalty to the latter and ensure her protection and that of her country, threatened by the imperialist desires of Germania.
- Available on Crunchyroll
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
How to talk about witchcraft and anime without mentioning at least one magical girl? You all know at least one example of magical girl, these works featuring little girls endowed with magical powers like Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura or Magical Doremi. And today, our sights fell on the acclaimed Puella Magi Madoka Magica. This anime released in 2011 tells us the adventures of Madoka Kaname, a 13-year-old girl whose life changes completely when she meets Kyubey. The latter offers her to become a Puella Magi but for that she must sign a life contract. And who says she is a Puella Magi also says she takes significant risks to rid the planet of the demonic creatures that inhabit it. What will be his choice? We let you discover it.
Ankama, don’t you know? Dofus, Wakfu, Mutafukaz maybe, but also Radiant. In this French shōnen, you follow the adventures of Seth, a naughty young apprentice sorcerer who has a knack for getting himself into trouble. His goal is to rid the planet of terrible nemeses. His village, Pompe Hills, was indeed attacked by these creatures, and he is one of the only survivors. Thanks to the teachings of his tutor Alma, Seth will set off on the trail of the Radiant, the supposed nest of the Nemesis. But this task is not easy. Especially since the inquisition, an organization opposed to wizards, is behind his back and will not hesitate to put a spoke in his wheels. Can Seth annihilate the Nemesis and reconcile wizards and humans? Radiant will tell us.
- Available on Crunchyroll and Netflix
The Ancient Magus Bride
We change the atmosphere and we leave the childish lines for a drawing closer to the style of a Violet Evergarden. Moreover, we are initially not facing a witch, but a wizard, who responds to the name of Elias Ainsworth. The latter paid dearly to afford a young teenager, Chise, sold as a lot at an auction. And if the latter is worth its weight in gold, it is because it is a Slay Vega, a person capable of naturally attracting magical force to themselves. Elias has two plans for her: to make her his apprentice but also his wife. Between learning magic and building an almost normal family, The Ancient Magus Bride offers us an adventure as moving as it is bewitching. Note that for our greatest pleasure a season 2 will land in April 2023.
- Available on Crunchyroll
Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina
Want to travel and getaways? Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina is made for you. As indicated by his name, this anime traces the adventures of Elaina, a witch nicknamed the ash witch who decided to travel the world in order to discover new populations and fantastic beasts. It was by reading the travels of the witch Niké that she decided to follow in his footsteps and learn magic. Determined, she studied hard and even became the youngest person to take the witch exam. She even struggled to find an apprenticeship, because she was considered too strong, just that. Luckily, Fran, Nike’s former apprentice, took her under her wing.
witch hunter robin
We change perspective with witch hunter robin which takes us to the heart of the Solomon organization, responsible for hunting witches. It is divided into various local subsidiaries. In Japan, it’s the STN-J and the least we can say is that they have their own way of working. Where the other members of Solomon kill the witches, those of STN-J use technology to find all the bloodlines of witches and stop the appearance of powers in the youngest thanks to the Orbo liquid. But the arrival of a little news sent to replace a member of the team killed will come to turn everything upside down. Witch Hunter Robin offers us another vision of witchcraft and that is why this 2002 anime, which is difficult to find today, deserved its place in our selection.
Releases of 2023
If we had to quickly summarize Mashle, we could say that it is a mixture between Harry Potter, One Punch Man and My Hero Academia. We follow the adventures of Mash Burnedead, a young man who lives in a world of wizards. Only problem: he has no magic powers. Him, his thing is bodybuilding. But in a world where magic is everywhere, that’s not accepted. Worse still, the absence of magical power can be punished by outright killing. Mash has no other choice: he must enter Easton’s magic academy and become the new Divine Chosen. Fortunately, he can rely on his physical abilities to survive in this school worthy of Hogwarts. The anime is scheduled for 2023.
The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World
The Iceblade Sorcerer Shall Rule the World (also known as Hyouken no Majutsushi ga Sekai wo Suberu) tells the Ray White story. Don’t be fooled by his childish look, he is a great soldier, one of the best even. He indeed saved his country from destruction and thus obtained the title of Iceblade Magician, the hero known to all. But he dreams of simplicity. Incognito, he will therefore enroll in the Arnold Academy to live the life of a student of lambda magic. However, nothing can be simple when Ray is around. The young man will indeed find himself in the middle of a conspiracy within the school and could well be forced to take up arms again and face his past. The broadcast of the anime will begin on January 6, 2023. With us, it will happen on Crunchyroll.
The wizard’s workshop
We would have liked to add to this list the very good The wizard’s workshop, an anime of which is in the works. However, we don’t have the release date yet. The manga being very good and the scenario similar to that of Harry Potter in certain aspects, we thought it deserved a little parenthesis. So here is his story:
Coco has always been fascinated by magic. Alas, only wizards can practice this art and the chosen ones are chosen from birth. One day, Kieffrey, a wizard, arrives in the girl’s village. By spying on him, Coco then understands the true nature of magic and remembers a book of magic and an inkwell that she bought from a mysterious stranger when she was a child. She then exercises in secret. But, in her ignorance, Coco commits a tragic act! From then on, she becomes the disciple of Kieffrey and will discover a world of which she did not suspect the existence!
But also animated films like…
- burn the witch
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
- The Howl’s Moving Castle
- Little Witch Academy
- The Klutzy Witch