Journal With Witch, Put This on Your Radar

Article at a glance:

  • “Journal with Witch” employs fantasy elements as metaphors for real-life struggles, offering a deeply relatable narrative despite its misleading title.
  • Produced by Shuka and directed by Miyuko Ooshiro, known for their work on “Durarara!!”, the anime adaptation faces the challenge of translating dialogue-heavy, slice-of-life content into an engaging visual format.
  • The story centers around a 35-year-old novelist, Makio, and her 15-year-old niece, Asa, navigating grief and familial dynamics. The adaptation’s success hinges on capturing the nuanced emotions and interpersonal dynamics of the source material.

Try saying “Journal With Witch” really fast for like 10 times lol. It is harder to say properly than it might seem. That is not what we’re here to talk about though. So first off, the name of the series is pretty misleading. It has nothing to do with witches, All the “fantasy” stuff in this manga is used as a metaphor for the current events and mental state of the characters. The story of the manga itself is very much grounded in reality and it is one of the most relatable stories I have read in a while. And I didn’t even go through such complications growing up lol.

So welcome back to another edition of Put This on Your Radar. The series where I talk about upcoming anime that caught my eye. I discovered this manga last week or so and I was planning on doing a recommendation article for it this week. But looks like that won’t be needed since this happened. So yes, today we are talking about Journal with Witch. Let’s get started!

What do we know about Journal with Witch?

The anime will be based on the manga of the same name by Yamashita Tomoko. The manga was serialized in the Feel Young magazine from June 2017 to June 2023. It is 11 volumes or 56 chapters long. As for the anime, it will be made by a studio called Shuka. They have worked on a few seasons of Natsume Yuujinchou and stuff like 91 Days. A fairly under-the-radar studio. It will be directed by Miyuko Ooshiro, known for their work on the Durara anime. We also got a teaser visual and PV for the anime when it was revealed earlier today by Pony Canyon.

The story follows a 35-year-old novelist, Makio. Makio never really had a good relationship with her sister because she constantly berated her. So when Makio heard that her sister died in an accident, along with he husband, Makio wasn’t exactly sad. She eventually runs into her 15-year-old niece, Asa. When no other relative takes Asa in, Makio does it. She reassures Asa, telling her that everything she is feeling right now is natural and asking her to start writing a diary as a way to cope. The story follows this duo trying to live together.

That is all the news for now, you can check out the PV here, and let’s move on to

My Thoughts

Adapting this manga is going to be a challenge, that is for sure. Because the manga is mostly just conversations. It is very heavy on the slice-of-life things. The metaphors I earlier mentioned serve as a reflection of those. So when you are reading a manga, that is fine. But it will be a bit difficult to make things like that interesting in an anime form. Still, I am looking forward to this anime and I hope it turns out well.

That is all for now!

Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. I am off to play Hellblade for the first time. See ya!

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