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Top 50 Best Witch Anime [Recommended List To Watch]

Ektaa NaikEktaa-Posted March 26, 2021



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Shrouded in mystery with funny spells and potions, cauldrons filled with boiling funky liquids, pointy hats, and a broomstick.

 

That should be enough to give you a hint of the list we’re going to explore in our series of the Top ’50s.

 

They have existed in fairy tales, satires and are tantamount to vicious and evil beings.

 

Though they are usually viewed in a disturbing light, witches and witchcraft have superseded our imagination of creating whimsical characters and their world.

 

Let’s take a look at how anime has celebrated these delinquents yet adorable witches in our recommendation of the Top 50 Witch Anime.

 

 

50. SEN / Soul Eater Not!

 

SEN / Soul Eater NOT!

 

If you think this anime is anything like Soul Eater then you’ll be highly disappointed, because it's NOThing like it.

 

Tsugumi Harudori looks like a seemingly normal girl on the outside, but she in fact a walking talking weapon.

 

Tsugumi gets transferred to the Death Weapon Meister Academy, where humans can transform into weapons.

 

There, they learn to wield those weapons efficiently.

 

This Slice of Life Moe series is a decent light watch for when you want to keep your brain aside and watch only for the heck of relaxing.

 

Despite having a slow start to it keeps its pace the show is seemingly enjoyable.

 

But if you liked the shounen series this spin-off will not be your cup of tea.

 

 

49. Aya to Majo / Earwig and the Witch

 

Aya to Majo / Earwig and the Witch.

 

Now, you do not expect to see a Ghibli studio title so high up in the list but this 2020 release by Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki is not exactly a fan favorite.

 

Though being an anime movie, it received severe backlash due to its CGI- animation style and uninteresting plot.

 

Earwig an orphan gets everything and anything she wants at the St.

 

Morwald’s Orphanage. However, trouble starts, when Bella Yaga and Mandrake arrive taking her away to their mysterious home filled with ‘witchy’ elements.

 

Earwig being the fearless one decides on showing the two witches who the boss is.

 

The movie may be classified as an anime but it is far from the anime style we are used to which is probably why the fans did not take a liking to the show.

 

The story progresses really well and the music is great too! The series has a MAL score of 5.73 and an IMDB rating of 5.7.

 

 

48. Magical Doremi

 

Majo Minarai wo Sagashite / Magical DoRemi Movie.

 

Inspired by Ojamajo Doremi, Majo Minarai Wo Sagashite is the story of three different women, whose paths are intertwined due to a magical gem.

 

The gem brings these women together and they embark on a magical journey throughout Japan.

 

Let’s put it straight, it is a Magical DoReMi fanservice movie.

 

This coming-of-age title is either take you on a trip or make you take a U-turn.

 

It has an IMDB rating of 6.2.

 

 

47. Pandane to Tamago-Hime

 

Pandane to Tamago-hime / Mr. Dough and the Egg Princess

 

Pandane to Tamago-Hime is the story of a trapped little Egg Princess by a witch known as Baba Yaga who lives in the forest.

 

The princess is made to do all the hard chores of the mill by Baba Yaga.

 

The Egg Princess is a little sick and tired of her life but cannot do much.

 

One night, while on her usual chore round, the princess witnesses a mound of dough coming to life due to the witch’s spell.

 

The two now exchange the horrors the witch confines on them and they decide to run away from the mill, but how?

 

In case that doesn’t sound whimsical enough for you to watch it.

 

This 12-minute little movie is written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and released by Studio Ghibli.

 

A true Ghibli fan knows this title but if you want to explore more of Miyazaki’s works, definitely give this one a watch.

 

 

46. Majimoji Rurumo / Magimoji Rurumo

 

Majimoji Rurumo / Magimoji Rurumo.

 

Kota Shibaki, a high school pervert gets his hands on a particular book that’s said to possess powers to summon witches.

 

Being the careless boy that he is, Kota decides on playing along with the joke and ends up summoning Rurumo Maji Mojiruka.

 

She tells him that he has two days to live but after she gets to know him, she decides otherwise.

 

We follow the lovely relationship of Kota and Rurumo helping each other through their peculiar tasks which will help her become a witch and him simply stay alive.

 

The series doesn’t follow the usual harem tropes but it does have some fanservice moments.

 

And even though everything may seem a little too usual, the storytelling of this series is totally unusual.

 

 

45. Rozario to Banpaia / Rosario + Vampire

 

Rozario to Banpaia / Rosario + Vampire.

 

When Tsukune Aono gets enrolled into an unlikely school known as the Yokai Academy, where youkai’s disguised as humans also roam the hallways.

 

Tsukune is able to hide his real identity since the students are expected to put up a human front during school hours.

 

But when Tsukune runs into Moka Akashiya who is a vampire herself as he tries to escape the school in order to survive.

 

Things begin to get a little difficult for him after Moka is able to sniff his blood even from afar.

 

However, Tsukune is able to control Moka by removing the rosary off of her turning her into a gentle and kind young woman.

 

The series is entertaining that is only if you are an ecchi and love getting some fanservice.

 

Being a spooky series though, it does pack some action given the fact that most of the characters are ghosts.

 

All that being said, Rosario + Vampire has a solid IMDB rating of a 7.

 

 

44. Brave Witches

 

Brave Witches.

 

Ah, the list gets interesting so are the titles!

 

As humanity is fighting the war against the Neuroi, a second task force has been formed known as the 502nd Joint Fighter Wing, a.k.a. Brave Witches.

 

Based on Orussia, Hikari and her team battle it out against these brutal alien forces.

 

Brave witches focus on duty and friendship and a little bit of fanservice as well.

 

The magical witches fighting it out for the common good of the world is a treat to watch.

 

If you love watching girls fighting in burly and well-designed aircraft and guns, give this one a go and you will not be disappointed.

 

The series also has a prequel and sequel known as Strike Witches, which is equally great!

 

The series has a MAL score of 6.81 and an IMDB rating of 5.5.

 

 

43. Shuumatsu no Izetta / Izetta: The Last Witch

 

Shuumatsu no Izetta / Izetta: The Last Witch.

 

The Imperial nation of Germania launches a sudden attack on its neighboring nation engulfing the whole of Europe into a whirlpool of war.

 

The small town of Elystadt sees the influx of Germanian soldiers entering their picturesque town.

 

Izetta is a resident of this beautiful little place and is a descendant of the witch race in town.

 

She and her grandmother have been hiding their powers from the humans and living on the streets.

 

In a time of crisis when the daughter of the ruler of the Principality of Elystadt, Fine, gets kidnapped by the soldiers.

 

Izetta becomes the last surviving witch in the Elystadt army fighting against the enemy forces to save the princess.

 

This series mixes witches and war almost efficiently. Izetta and Fine may be young but are portrayed as strong and taking hard decisions in times of crisis.

 

The animation style is fresh and the landscapes created are truly beautiful. The series has 12 episodes and it aired between Oct 2016 to Dec 2016.

 

It has a MAL score of 6.76 and an IMDB rating of 6.7.

 

 

42. Mahou No Princess Minky Momo

 

Mahou No Princess Minky Momo / Magical Princess Minky Momo

 

Time for the classics to roll in. Momo a little witch who lives in a land distant from Earth known as Fenarinarsa.

 

Momo has been sent to Earth as the people have started losing faith in their dreams and it is up to Momo to help them regain their trust in their dreams.

 

Momo along with her friends helps the people of Earth achieve their dreams no matter what!

 

Oh, so dreamy! The series aired from March 1982 to May 1983 with a total of 63 episodes and a 23-minute run time.

 

Magical Princess Minky Momo has a MAL score of 6.73 and a popularity ranking at #6192.

 

 

41. Nurse Angel Ririka SOS

 

Nurse Angel Ririka SOS.

 

10-year-old Ririka Moriya along with the help of her friends Seiya and Kanon, have to save earth from the dark powers of The Evil Forces of the Dark Joker.

 

They must find the illusory Flower of Life that will aid them in helping defeat the evil Dark Joker.

 

In the era of Sailor Moon reigning as the magical girl queen in Japan and in the western countries, Nurse Angel Ririka SOS too became a popular magical girl during the same time.

 

It has the typical 90’s era-style anime which is great for all the anime fans who love a little bit of nostalgia.

 

The series has 35 episodes that were released in July 1995 and ran until Mar 1996.

 

It’s a light-hearted fun show that you can watch with some popcorn and sugary goods.

 

 

40. Eko Eko Azarak

 

Eko Eko Azarak.

 

Probably one of the only titles on the list that can be classified as horror.

 

A high school girl, Kuroi Misa gets a request by a high-class Japanese hotel owner with an odd request.

 

He reveals that the customers of his hotel were committing suicide by hanging themselves in the garden of the hotel.

 

Misa learns that the garden was earlier an execution ground and the atmosphere was filled with negative and vile spirits.

 

Misa asks the owner a fee of 10 million yen to be paid since she can only expel the dark spirits using black magic, that could go either way.

 

If you cannot digest animated horror don’t try this title but if you are adventurous, yeah go for it!

 

 

39. Majokko Tsukune-chan

 

Majokko Tsukune-chan.

 

Tsukune chan is a witch who wants to do good for those around her.

 

But she has a weird sense of justice and sometimes she cannot see that her magical skills don’t actually help them.

 

This trope of the show makes it a fun light watch keeping the viewers entertained.

 

The art style of the anime is somewhat chibi or cartoonish. It makes for an enjoyable watch with all the random stuff going on in anime.

 

This OVA series a total of 6 episodes with a runtime of 13 minutes per episode and it released in 2005 ending in 2006.

 

It has a MAL score of 6.64 and a popularity ranking at #8332.

 

 

38. Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

 

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

 

When Bayonetta awakens from her 20-year slumber, the only thing she could remember about herself was that she’s a witch and fighting angels is what they do.

 

Together with the help of a weaponsmith called Rodin, Bayonetta begins to unravel pieces of her past to unlock her present.

 

The movie is based on a videogame by the name of Bayonetta.

 

What’s really cool about Bayonetta is that her hair serves as a magical summoning circle and her twin weapons i.e., four pistols.

 

She is a confident and headstrong woman who knows what she wants and will go to any limits to achieve her end goal.

 

It has great no-fuss fight scenes and it does kind of take a while to expand the plot but the movie makes for a decent watch.

 

 

37. Lapis Re: LiGHTs

 

Lapis Re: LiGHTs

 

Tiara is a young witch apprentice who enrolls in a prestigious academy for those who want to excel at magic.

 

Along with her friend Rosetta and her friends at the academy, she decides to join their idol group known as “LIGHTs”.

 

Each of the five girls adds their distinct qualities to the group fighting for their survival in a stringent school due to their poor grades.

 

In the 12 episodic series, you can see that a lot of care and thought has been put into it.

 

If you love idol performances, cute girly characters, and decent music, Lapis Re: LIGHTs is the title for you.

 

The series has a MAL score of 6.63 and an IMDB rating of 6.5.

 

 

36. Mahou No Yousei Persia / Magical Fairy Persia

 

Mahou No Yousei Persia / Magical Fairy Persia.

 

Persia grows up on the lush plains of Serengeti Africa. Her Mama and Papa decide on shifting back to Japan along with her.

 

On her trip to Japan, she finds herself in the ‘Lovely Dream’ where fairies exist.

 

Persia then meets with the Queen of the land who informs her that this dreamland was in fact freezing and she would need to collect Love Energy in order to thaw this kingdom.

 

She is then given a headband that allows her to become a teenager and summon a wand as well helping her use magic and find the Love energy.

 

A total of 48 episodes were released between 1984 to 1985 with a 24-minute run time.

 

It’s a great classic anime to watch with a MAL score of 6.61.

 

 

35. Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!!

 

Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!! / Here Comes the Black Witch!!

 

Kurotori Chiyoko, a lover of the occult, tries to summon a Cupid after trying to fulfill a love fortune-telling request by her friends.

 

But instead of Cupid, Kurotori ends up summoning the witch Gyubid.

 

He claims to be the hottest witch instructor who trains her to become a witch whilst also keeping up with her school studies.

 

It’s a cute little series that doesn’t really fall in the fanservice category but it keeps the pace of the series fresh despite having 60 episodes!

 

 

34. Esper Mami

 

ESPer Mami.

 

Mami Sakura is an Esper who can sense people’s trouble and also help them out.

 

She seems like a normal junior school girl at the outset of it all but she also posses’ supernatural powers.

 

Using a teleportation gun, Mami is able to teleport herself to the place of need and help those in trouble.

 

With the help of Mr. Takahata, her friend and confidant she is able to solve conspicuous situations.

 

The story is pretty much a no-brainer, it has no conflicts and she keeps disappearing on her parents most of the time.

 

Yet it makes it on our list with a MAL score of 6.44 and an IMDB rating of 6.8.

 

 

33. I’m Standing on a Million Lives

 

man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatteiru / I’m Standing on a Million Lives.

 

Imagine you’re playing an RPG video where you don’t get to choose the character you want to play with and then get a random character of a Farmer?

 

That’s exactly what happens with Yotsuya when he along with two of his classmates.

 

Shindou Iu and Hakozaki Kusue get transported into a world occupied by mythological creatures.

 

An individual is known as the Game Master then grants them limited-time quests, they need to complete in order to return to reality.

 

Shindou and Hakozaki turn into a Magician and a Warrior while Yotsuya is missing out on all the action.

 

We follow them on this epic 12 episodic journeys. The series has a MAL score of 6.44 and an IMDB rating of 6.4.

 

 

32. Mahou Tsukai Sally

 

Mahou Tsukai Sally

 

This title is considered as one of the first Mahou shoujo anime.

 

This vintage story of sally who is the heir of the magical realm dreaming of visiting the human world and leading a normal life.

 

Upon interacting with the new human friends, she makes in this world who are unaware of Sally’s powers.

 

Now attached to her new friends, she decides on staying in this world helping her add new skills beyond the world of magic.

 

This series that ran from 1966 to 1968 has a total of 109 episodes with half an hour of runtime.

 

The series has a great comedic and an emotional angle as well. The series has a MAL score of 6.39.

 

 

31. Magikano

 

Magikano

 

Imagine if you wake up one day head to school and your crush wants you.

 

That’s pretty much the premise of Magikano. Haruo an ordinary boy at school happens to have three magical sisters who keep their powers hidden from him for his safety.

 

When a transfer student Ayumi begins to seek his attention, Haruo is perplexed.

 

What he doesn’t know is that Ayumi is in fact a witch with a curse to lose her powers soon and can only be saved if one particular boy breaks this spell.

 

The series has great humor, a little harem, and great storytelling that will keep you entertained.

 

This series has a MAL score of 6.37 and a popularity ranking at #6570 and also an IMDB rating of 6.

 

 

30. Mahou no Angel Sweet Mint / Magical Angel Sweet Mint

 

Mahou no Angel Sweet Mint / Magical Angel Sweet Mint.

 

Another classic magic shoujo anime about a girl who happens to be a princess of the dream and magic world.

 

Just like another title from this list, Mint has to save earth from people losing faith in their dreams as her world is starting to wither.

 

Mint along with her parents travels to earth in order to protect people’s dreams.

 

Magical Angel Sweet Mint makes for a great family watch or even a light watch after a bad day.

 

The series aired in 1990 until 1991 before the Sailor Moon era and has 47 episodes to its name. it has a MAL score of 6.34.

 

 

29. Mahou Shoujo Lalabel / Lalabel the Magical Girl

 

Mahou Shoujo Lalabel / Lalabel the Magical Girl.

 

Ah, the early anime days when the stories were simple and made for light watches mainly.

 

Mahou Shoujo Lalabel is one such anime that follows the story of a magical girl called Lalabel who comes to Earth to stop a horrifying wizard from stealing magical items from this realm.

 

As she has to make a pit stop here, she lives with a Tachibana couple and even begins to attend school there learning about daily human life.

 

Watch this title strictly if you can watch classic anime titles only, you probably won’t like it otherwise.

 

 

28. Majokko Megu-chan / Meg the Witch Girl

 

Majokko Megu-chan / Meg the Witch Girl.

 

Probably one of the oldest anime titles on this list, Majokko Megu-chan released back in 1974 and completed its 72 episodic runs in 1975.

 

Megu is adopted by Mammi, a former witch who gave up her royal powers to marry a human.

 

Mammi has two children with her husband, Rabi, and Apo who think Megu is their eldest sister.

 

Mammi teaches all of them to control their abilities in order to become the successor of the crown.

 

It makes for an interesting watch even though it was released what feels like eons ago.

 

The characters are all fun and interesting and what’s great about these classic titles is that they don’t play much into complexities and keep it tight and simple.

 

 

27. Yadamon

 

Yadamon.

 

Not to be confused the Pokemon world, Yadamon is a completely different universe.

 

Yadamon is a notorious little girl who gets banished from her home by her mother who is a witch, after causing havoc in the Witch Forest.

 

She gets sent to the human world not only to be taught a lesson but also because her mother has an obsession with human magazines.

 

It gets difficult for the Queen to keep an eye on her in this new world because Yadamon keeps falling asleep everywhere.

 

Yadamon’s curiosity in the human world leads her to lots of misadventures making it difficult for her to survive.

 

Even with the help of a guardian. The was released in 1992 with 170 episodes ending in 1993.

 

It has a MAL score of 6.14 and a popularity ranking at #10576.

 

 

26. Ritoru Witchi Akademia / Little Witch Academia

 

Ritoru Witchi Akademia / Little Witch Academia

 

Little Witch Academia was rated as one of the best anime to be released in 2010.

 

Created and Directed by Yoh Yashinari and Written by Masahiko Otsuka, became a hugely successful title in English-speaking countries and is moderately well received in Japan.

 

Atsuko joins Luna Nova Magical Academy in an endeavor to become a great witch like the much revered, Shiny Chariot.

 

The academy is no cakewalk for Atsuko due to her crude magic skills and to add to that are the boring lectures and students mocking her idol.

 

Even so, an opportunity presents itself where Atsuko manages to prove her mettle to her peers and the faculty and graduate proudly despite not having a lineage in witchcraft.

 

Atsuko’s journey is depicted as a pleasant one with mysterious aspects keeping the audiences intrigued.

 

The anime series aired between Jan 2017 to Jun 2017 and has 25 episodes and a feature film was aired as well.

 

A Season 2 for the series was in the works but the creators later fell apart to continue working on other projects.

 

The series has a solid IMDB rating of 7.9 and a MAL score of 7.89.

 

If the likes of Harry Potter is your jam then give this title a watch!

 

 

25. Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches

 

Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo / Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches.

 

Now we all know how eccentric certain anime stories can be, this title has to be on the list of The Most Weird but Great Anime Series ever created.

 

Ryuu Yamada-Kun wanted to leave his rough past behind and lead a productive life at Suzaku High.

 

Soon bored in his second year there, Yamada’s past catches up with him and he becomes the lazy careless lout that he was.

 

But get this, on his way back from yet another office visit, he encounters the beautiful honors student, Urara Shiraishi.

 

Now, this is where things get weird, Yamada-Kun and Urara accidentally trip and tumble down the stairs and end up accidentally kissing which results in the two of them BODYSWAPPING!

 

Suzaku High’s legend says that there were seven witches who activated their powers with a kiss!

 

The best part about this is that the witches don’t even know they possess these powers, how is that possible?

 

Now it’s up to Yamada-Kun and Urara along with the others to unearth the identities of all the seven witches.

 

The series may seem like a fanservice anime, but don’t’ mistake it for it. Despite being an odd story flow, it has some great writing with ecchi elements.

 

This one could be a hit or a miss for many. It has a MAL score of 7.64 and an IMDB rating of 7.3!

 

 

24. Ojamajo Doremi

 

Ojamajo Doremi Series. / Useless Witch Doremi Series / Magical Doremi.

 

Ojamjao Doremi follows the story of Doremi Harukaze, a human girl who comes across the Mahodo in the fictional Japanese town of Misora.

 

There Doremi discovers that the shop owner is actually a witch! Now the legend of Misora is that witches of the town avoid human contact due to a curse.

 

A curse from ancient times that turns the humans who find out the witch’s identity into magical witch frogs.

 

This is what happens to Doremi, now equipped with magic, she must pass all the tests in order to help the owner turn back into her normal self.

 

Doremi is later joined by her friends and sister as well in this new world of witchcraft.

 

The series is exceptionally well made with a strong emotional quotient encapsulating topics, humor, and relevant emotions as well.

 

The art-style is very late 90’s and but improves as the series progresses over the years.

 

The TV series aired from 1999 to 2002 with 201 episodes. It also has 13 OVA’s and 2 films to accompany the TV series.

 

With a MAL score of 7.59, Ojamajo Doremi is a definitely one of kind series on our list.

 

 

23. Majo no Tabitabi / Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina

 

Majo no Tabitabi / Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina.

 

Majo no Tabitabi or The Witch’s Journey by Jougi Shiraishi is a light novel series.

 

Based on the same series, we follow the journey of Elaina, whose dream is to travel the world and become a witch like Nike.

 

Elaina studies hard and reads every book possible to become the best out there but gets rejected due to her extraordinary talents until she finds the Stardust Witch.

 

Elaina receives the title of the ‘Ashen Witch’ and now sets on her journey conquering the world meeting different faces and places.

 

It is a beautifully conceptualized series with an unpredictable storyline.

 

Some do find the ignorance of the protagonist to those around her narcissistic while some find the character simply following her heart.

 

The story isn’t completely flawed but what’s great is that Elaina is an observer of the world.

 

The series is merely documenting her journey of self-growth taking her far and wide.

 

The series is fairly new on the scene with a total of 12 episodes that ran from October to December 2020.

 

It has an IMDB rating of a solid 7 and a 7.56.

 

 

22. Flying Witch

 

Flying Witch

 

This Spring anime release from 2016, may give you a peek into Kiki’s life as a teenager (from Kiki’s Delivery Service).

 

This feel-good anime revolves around the life of a 15-year-old Makoto Kuramoto.

 

She leaves Yokohama for the bountiful Aomori along with her little black cat, Chito to pursue her normal teenage life along with her relatives who live there.

 

But Makoto isn’t your usual teenager, she is a witch in training.

 

As we move through the lush landscapes along with Makoto, we see her struggle with her training due to her limited skills.

 

Along with her cousins, she makes the most out of each day to reach her ultimate goal!

 

The series is so soothing to the eyes, even the poster looks so calming.

 

The series is not complicated or full of action but it respects the slice of life genre really well.

 

Now that is something not many may want, given the title has the word ‘witch’ in it.

 

It could be a treat to watch for some who are looking for a light watch but those who want action and complex plots, look away right now!

 

There are a total of 12 episodes to watch and the manga is still ongoing.

 

It has an IMDB rating of 7.2 and a MAL score of 7.53.

 

 

21. Magical Sisters Yoyo and Nene

 

Majokko Shimai no Yoyo to Nene / Magical Sisters Yoyo and Nene.

 

Yoyo and Nene are two witch sisters who are experts in curses and reversing cursing. They live in the Magical Kingdom which consists of magical beings.

 

One fine day a huge tree suddenly sprouts from the ground bringing along with some building from Earth entangled within it.

 

The Kingdom is shaken and tries to make of this new development, the girls too promptly head to investigate the tree.

 

While investigating the new find, Yoyo gets absorbed into modern-day Japan through an elevator.

 

Unable to comprehend the situation, Yoyo tries to help 3 children whose parents have turned into gelatinous creatures after the event.

 

The movie has some great anime art-style with wonderful landscapes and great character designs.

 

The trailer is so well-cut that you’d want to immerse yourself in their world almost immediately.

 

The movie is adapted from the manga, Noroi-ya Shimai. The movie which was released back in 2013 has received a mixed bag of reviews.

 

 

20. Hime-chan’s Ribbon

 

Hime-chan no Ribbon / Hime-chan’s Ribbon.

 

Another classic title on the list is Hime-chan no Ribbon.

 

The plot of the story is very simple, Nonohara Himeko, a complete tomboy, encounters a beautiful Princess Erika of the Magical World who is a witch herself.

 

She gifts her a magical ribbon that allows Himeko to temporarily transform into any person in this world.

 

The motive for her was to help those in need. But as it is with mortal items, Himeko begins to face difficulties when she isn’t able to solve people’s problems.

 

What’s great about the show? Despite the title, the show isn’t completely focused just on the ribbon on her head.

 

It explores relationships and how Himeko decides to change according to the other characters around her.

 

The characterization of the Himeko isn’t gimmicky and the creators have kept it very believable given the year that it was released.

 

At that time, everyone wanted squeaky-voiced and cute-eyed anime girls.

 

The anime as a whole is sharp, and the animation style is a great example of the transition from the 80’s to the 90’s art style.

 

The series wasn’t really picked up in the overseas market but it was a great success in Japan.

 

It has a MAL score of 7.45 and an IMDB score of 6.4!

 

 

19. Sugar Sugar Rune

 

Sugar Sugar Rune

 

We otakus know just how much the Japanese love documenting and animating food.

 

Taking inspiration from the same, Sugar Sugar Rune is a story of witch best friends who set out on a contest to become the Queen of the Witch World.

 

The task given is to collect as many human hearts as possible and the one with the most hearts becomes the winner.

 

The show is girly and makes a decent light watch. However, some fans who have read the manga do have some issues with this version of the show.

 

It takes forever to reach the plot of the show but if you want to watch a girly and de-stressing show, then try this title.

 

The series was released in 2005 and continued with 51 episodes until 2006. Phew! It has a MAL score of 7.44 and a popularity ranking of #2962.

 

 

18. Zero no Tsukaima / The Familiar of Zero

 

Zero no Tsukaima / The Familiar of Zero.

 

S&M and Moe fans look no further, Zero no Tsukaima is the anime for you.

 

Louise Francoise Le Blanc de la Valliere is a narcissistic mage belonging to royalty.

 

However, when she joins Tristain Academy, life gets difficult for her.

 

The other students now start calling her “Louise the Zero”.

 

Quite literally even resulting in a catastrophic explosion because she can’t get her spells right and use magic correctly.

 

But out the smoke appears her familiar, Saito Hiraga.

 

But things begin to look on the upside for Louise when a mysterious mark appears on his hand relating to a powerful mage himself.

 

The series is an ecchi anime as Louise is a tsundere while the other characters have slapstick elements to them.

 

This title makes for a great light watch where nothing too serious takes place.

 

 

17. Witch Hunter Robin

 

Witch Hunter Robin.

 

Now this one is definitely recommended, you NEED to watch this show only for the sheer amazing characters, amazing storyline, and butt-kicking girls in scary occult.

 

It has the perfect mixture of creepiness, supernatural world, and excitement. In modern-day Japan, using magic has become a common affair.

 

A technique known as CRAFT used by those who can wield supernatural powers is well known.

 

But those who use CRAFT for evil purposes are deemed as witches.

 

Robin, a witch hunter, who is a part of the STNJ, has to track down all the evil witches who pose as a threat to Japan.

 

Pretty simple story but the execution of the series is amazing. It may seem a little slow-paced but the plot is intriguing with revelations blowing your mind.

 

The series has a MAL score of 7.27 and a popularity ranking at #1479.

 

 

16. Mary and the Witch’s Flower

 

Meari to Majo no Hana / Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

 

Based on the book by Mary Stewart from 1971, The Little Broomstick, and also Studio Ponoc’s first feature film, Meari to Majo no Hana.

 

It explores the story of a young girl Mary who is accompanied by a cute little cat, Tib, to a strange flower deep into the forest.

 

This strange flower known as the ‘Fly-by-Night’ is the most sought-after flower by witches giving them magical powers.

 

Walking further ahead, she finds a unique broomstick that begins to glow and lifts her up to the sky!

 

Up to the magical grounds of Endor College, a training ground for witches.

 

The movie is a delight to watch as the director of the movie, Hiromasa Yonebayashi, creates whimsy animation we know of from Studio Ghibli.

 

Many consider the animation style and story similar to that of The Secret World of Arrietty, which Yonebayashi was a part of himself.

 

For a first-time studio to create such an amazing movie, you know there’s more amazing anime coming from them.

 

The movie has a MAL score of 7.28 and an IMDB rating of 6.8.

 

 

15. Ultramaniac – Magical Girl / Ultra Maniac

 

Ultramaniac – Magical Girl / Ultra Maniac.

 

A clumsy witch in line to becoming the Princess of Magic Kingdom. Nina Sakura has to compete with her best friend in order to win the competition.

 

They both set out to planet Earth to Holy Five Stones.

 

There she meets with Ayu Tateishi who becomes aware of her being a witch but keeps her friendship intact with Nina.

 

Although competing with her best friend, Nina manages to make new friends along with Ayu and also finds all the five stones.

 

The crux is that Nina is struggling to master magic while Ayu tries to manage the words of her heart. 

 

This juxtaposition of two characters makes it an interesting watch!

 

There are a total of 26 episodes and were released in 2003. It has a MAL score of 7.18 and an IMDB score of 7.5.

 

 

14. Burn the Witch

 

Burn the Witch.

 

From the creators of Bleach, comes ‘Burn the Witch’, a story of the witch duo Noel Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole.

 

The story is set in London where a Reverse London exists as well.

 

The people of the city are unaware of the fact that the cause for the mysterious deaths is the invisible beings and dragons that haunt the city.

 

But there is a group of beings with magical powers who stand up against these magical creatures, the Wing Bind.

 

These protection agents save the people from unknown terror for the sole purpose of dragon conservation and management.

 

This series was released on Crunchyroll as a 3-part movie episodic series in October 2020.

 

Some consider this to be the downfall of the series but most fans have compared it to the whimsical world of shounen anime that Bleach took them to.

 

It has a MAL score of 7.17 and a popularity ranking at #1109.

 

 

13. Junketsu no Maria / Maria the Virgin Witch

 

Junketsu no Maria / Maria the Virgin Witch.

 

An adaption of the three volumed manga of the same name, Junketsu no Maria.

 

During the Hundred Year’s War in the middle ages between England and France, a formidable witch by the name of Maria emerged.

 

Maria is sick of the war around her and even stirs up some trouble from time to time.

 

When the Archangel Michael intervenes in her disruptions, he forbids her from using her magical powers putting a condition on her that she will lose her magical powers if she loses her virginity.

 

Disregarding the decree completely, Maria continues with her actions as the Church begins to plot against Maria.

 

This 12 episodic series that was launched in 2015, talks about a teenage girl dealing with her sexuality and dealing with the perils of the warring society.

 

The series can be a little dark at times but also has a lighter approach to it to keep it funny.

 

It’s a hit or a miss with most fans.

 

 

12. Umineko: When They Cry

 

Umineko no Naku Koro ni / Umineko: When They Cry

 

From the popular "When They Cry" series comes Umineko No Naku Koro ni, a drama, mystery psychological, and supernatural anime show.

 

Ushiromiya Kinzou, the head of the wealthy Ushiromiya family is approaching his deathbed as informed by his caretaker and physician.

 

He then summons the rest of his family to arrive at the family-owned island of Rokkenjima.

 

However, Kinzou’s dying wish is to reunite with his long-lost love the Golden Witch, Beatrice.

 

Having studied and used dark magic for most of his lifetime, he is able to instigate a ceremony to bring her to this realm just in time before his family arrives.

 

But a typhoon traps the entire family in the estate on the island and suddenly some of the family members are mysteriously murdered.

 

At the very onset, the plot seems very intriguing but if you were to read the reviews, it says otherwise.

 

Another hit or miss with the fans but if you want to keep up with the series then do watch this title.

 

Agree or disagree?

 

 

11. Mahoutsukai Pretty Cure! / Maho Girls Precure!

 

Mahoutsukai Pretty Cure! / Maho Girls Precure!

 

An adventurous teenager, Mirai Asahina, and her talking teddy bear Mofurun encounter a witch, Riko, who falls off her broomstick.

 

The two of them have the same pendant as Rika explains that she’s come to the human realm to find something.

 

But then Batty an evil witch appears and demands the Link Stone Emerald.

 

In order to save each other after Batty unleashes his monster at them, Mirai, Riko, and Mofurun say the magic words and thus transform into the legends.

 

The Precure universe sure is a magical one, this one is exaggerated magic at its best.

 

The sceneries are great and some even enjoy the light-heartedness of this Precure series.

 

It has an IMDB rating of 7.6 and a MAL score of 7.09.

 

 

10. Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho / Grimoire of Zero

 

Zero kara Hajimeru Mahou no Sho / Grimoire of Zero.

 

Zero is a light-hearted witch who travels the world with her half-beast half-human protector whom she refers to as “Mercenary”.

 

Zero is in search of the book known as ‘The Book of Zero’ which hides the secrets of how to destroy the world while the mercenary is only looking to go back to his human form.

 

We follow these two poles opposite characters on a journey with individualistic motives that tie together towards the end.

 

Despite, being the most anticipated series for 2017, the series like the past few titles has mixed reviews.

 

With a MAL score of 7.09 and popularity ranking at #744 including the IMDB rating of a solid 7, clearly, they supersede the disappointed fans of the show.

 

 

9. Mahou Shoujo -Tai Arusu / Tweeny Witches

 

Mahou Shoujo -tai Arusu / Tweeny Witches.

 

Arusu’s beliefs on magic take a complete turn when she gets thrown into mysterious another world.

 

Here a group of elite witches’ rule but it’s not all fun and game in this world.

 

Now coming out of her shock, Arusu realizes that she needs to act according to her now changed surroundings.

 

What’s interesting to note here is that there were 40 episodes released with a 9-minute duration.

 

But having said that, the show’s pace is fast and exciting and builds the world and character arcs for the viewers pretty well.

 

Making this a memorable experience to watch, the series ranks at a solid MAL score of 7.09 and an IMDB rating of 7.1.

 

 

8. Witchikurafuto Wakusu / Witch Craft Works

 

Witchikurafuto Wakusu / Witch Craft Works.

 

An adaption of one of the bestselling manga in 2012 and 2013, Witch Craft Works is the story of Honoka Takamiya.

 

An ordinary student who is best to his own but the presence of the idol Ayaka Kagari pesters him.

 

One day a building gets flung towards him and Ayaka appears in front of him.

 

Honoka then learns that she was in fact a witch and is sent to protect him from the evil forces out to get him.

 

It’s a sub-harem title but has some great fight scenes. It is action-packed coupled with comedy can be pretty fun to watch.

 

It makes for a great light watch nonetheless.

 

 

7. Rentaru Magika / Rental Magica

 

Rentaru Magika / Rental Magica.

 

The series revolves around Iba Itsuki, 2nd President of Astral.

 

A company that caters to the magical needs of those who need the service to combat evil spirits, rogue mages, and demons.

 

Astral was run by Itsuki’s father but he had to take over the business unwillingly after his father’s disappearance.

 

Itsuki now has to play the role of a leader and build the company to be the topmost whilst also dealing with his wacky employees and beat the rival company( Goetia comprising of rogue members).

 

With a total of 24 episodes released from 2007 until 2008. The series follows a non-linear format meaning that the first episode occurs much later in the series.

 

So, it relies heavily on the exposition of the world which it does beautifully and realistically.

 

It’s unlike any other magic anime that you may have come across and it’s something you definitely need to watch at least once!

 

Rental Magic has a MAL score of 7.05 and an IMDB score of 6.4.

 

 

6. Black Clover

 

Black Clover.

 

Black Clover is one of the best fantasy anime out there right now. The series which started in 2017 will be ending this year in March.

 

Asta dreams of becoming the ‘Wizard King’ – the title given to the most powerful mage in the kingdom.

 

But in order to become the best, Asta must first learn to wield magic and also beat his friend Yuno, who is exceptionally talented in using magic.

 

After training hard, Yuno receives a grimoire with a four-leaf clover but Asta receives nothing.

 

Yuno then becomes the target of Lebuty who is after the powers of the clover.

 

In an attempt to save Yuno, Asta manages to unleash his inner rage and receives the coveted five-leaf clover known as the ‘Black Clover’.

 

Having defeated Lebuty now, the two take on a journey to becoming the Wizard King.

 

Now you may think it’s not completely about witches so why so high on the list?

 

But the characters on the series all ride on broomsticks and there’s an entire arc of the Forest of Witches.

 

The series however encapsulates everything witchy and wizardly. The series has a solid IMDB rating of 8.1 and a MAL score of 7.4.

 

 

5. Strike Witches

 

Strike Witches

 

The prequel to Brave Witches, Strike Witches covers the year when the world was on the brink of destruction.

 

A mysterious alien race, the Neuroi begin their earth invasion. In order to run them out, humanity develops a weapon known as the ‘Striker Unit’.

 

Young Witches from all over the world are brought together to wield this magical weapon to form an elite task force known as the ‘501st Joint Fighter Wing’ also known as the ‘Strike Witches’.

 

What’s worthy to note here is that each of the witches in the series is based on a real-life ace pilot from WW2.

 

The story is not as serious as it sounds, it actually tells the events taking place in a very entertaining manner without dulling the mood of the series.

 

It’s a great sci-fi series and is a great example of the Mecha-Musume genre. All in all, it’s an amazingly researched, well-structured series.

 

Now, this might not also be everyone’s pick to watch but it provides fine insight into every growing alternate history of the world.

 

 

4. Hauru no Ugoku Shiro

 

Hauru no Ugoku Shiro / Howl’s Moving Castle.

 

Oh, this one’s a classic. Right off the bat, if you haven’t watched this Ghibli movie, you definitely should, right now!!

 

We all know Miyazaki’s obsession with everything magical, and this one is nothing short of it.

 

The film’s story is somewhat based on a 1986 novel by Diana Wynne Jones.

 

Set in the 20th-century fictional kingdom where magic and technology go hand in hand, Sophie a young girl is turned into a witch by an old woman who curses her.

 

Sophie has a chance encounter with a wizard by the name of Howl and ends up helping him in fighting the resistance.

 

It is visually stunning, imaginative, elaborate, and intricate, especially the design of that aircraft.

 

The movie appeals to Western audiences due to the style of characterization making it accessible for audiences outside of Japan to connect with a Ghibli movie.

 

 

3. Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica

 

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica / Puella Magi Madoka Magica / Madoka Magica.

 

Standing at #9 on MAL’s Best Anime of the Decade 2010, Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a thrilling and magical anime series!

 

This anime is a critically acclaimed series known for its compounded narrative, themes, and visuals.

 

It is also a multiple award-winning series. Madoka Kaname, a 14-year-old girl comes across a magical little cat known as Kyubey.

 

Madoka and her friend Sayaka Miki are given the opportunity to make a deal with the magical creature to gain magical powers.

 

However, Homura Akemi discourages them to go forth with the contract as having magical powers has its downsides as well.

 

Madoka Magica doesn’t play on the usual “magical girl” tropes but attempts to break apart from it.

 

The show’s mood ranges from fun and girly to dark and gritty almost seamlessly.

 

The girls have to fight out evil witches in this apocalyptic setting who drive people to commit suicide.

 

The series is multi-faceted and is a definite must-watch from this list. To add to it, the series has a stunning MAL score of 8.37 and an IMDB rating of 8.3.

 

 

2. Kiki’s Delivery Service

 

Majo no Takkyuubin / Kiki’s Delivery Service.

 

Ah, of course, it had to be the Ghibli title reaching the top of our list.

 

Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of the most popular, highest-grossing, and financially successful movies from 1989.

 

The movie is about a trainee witch named Kiki and her little black cat Jiji.

 

Once 13, as a traditional witch, need to leave home and find their own niche to become a witch and hone her skills.

 

Kiki and Jiji settle down in a charming little seaside town, where Kiki establishes her own little service of delivering baked goods to the residents of the town.

 

Kiki starts to interact with the people of the town and begins to realize how some of them are just pure negative.

 

It begins to affect the only skills that she has managed to hone which is flying the broomstick.

 

She even can’t communicate with Jiji anymore. We follow this exciting and beautifully rendered story of Kiki and her life as she aims for her dreams.

 

It’s a beautiful and subtle story with characters dealt with great intricacies. One of the few Ghibli movies that leave a lasting impact on the viewer.

 

 

1. XxxHolic

 

xxxHolic

 

Kimihiro Watanuki is a young boy with the ability to see evil spirits who are somehow attracted to him.

 

He meets a powerful witch, Yuko Ichihara who has a wish-granting shop of her own.

 

Kimihiro asks her to get rid of his powers.

 

Yuko agrees but only one condition, Kimihiro needs to work with her where he discovers the store is nothing like he imagined it to be.

 

The series also has a crossover with Clamp’s other title Tsubasa Reservoir which is equally loved.

 

This series is honestly a hit or miss with a lot due to its distinctive art style and creepy characters.

 

The plot of the series makes you rethink your perspective on fate and the purpose of life.

 

This anime series stands on the top of our list due to its popularity and niche storyline, which could go either way.

 

The series is close to a perfect MAL score of 8.1 and an IMDB rating of 7.7.