It is Tib the black cat who leads Mary to the strange flower in the woods. When she discovers a little broomstick shortly afterwards, she is astonished to feel it jump into action. Before she can gather her wits, it is whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and into the grounds of Endor College, where: "All Examinations Coached for by A Competent Staff of Fully-Qualified Witches."
Here she discovers evidence of a terrible experiment in transformation—deformed and mutant animals imprisoned in cages. In the moment after her broomstick takes off, she realizes that Tib has been captured. Returning to the College the following day, she manages to free the animals, but not before the Head of the college, Miss Mumblechuuk, and her colleague, Doctor D, have seen her. Mary manages to flee...but the evil pair is in hot pursuit!
Just saw メアリと魔女の花, "Mary and the Witch's Flower". I thought it was a good movie, very good for a studio's first movie, but it leaves me feeling that there could have been a lot more. I also have some major questions. The biggest one is, you are at a magic school, and you showed all of these students... where are they when all this stuff goes down? It's like they are there for the opening, then they are gone. Other than that, it was a beautiful movie visually, and the story was interesting. I would suggest going to see it. I'll buy the blu-ray when
it comes out, it I don't think I'll see this movie in theaters more than once.
Writing my short review after watching this movie in theaters. Well, to be frank, this is just an above average movie.
Now let's start with the story. The story is what you get in every Ghibli movie ever. There's absolutely nothing special about it. If you are a fan of Ghibli movie, then you might feel nostalgic watching this movie because it combines a lot of elements that made you like Ghibli's movie, but it stopped there, they did nothing new with those concepts. If you haven't watched any Ghibli movie before, then I bet this movie will give you a lot of Harry Potter vibes,
or if you have watched Little Witch Academia, then this kinda packed a similar setting with it.
The characters are fairy decent too. You have your main character who thought that she wasn't worth anything until she went to this magical land and found out that she has the greatest magic power there because of the help of a random plant she found at the middle of nowhere. Our "love interest", I put the "" because it really isn't confirmed but it was hinted, is just your typical love interest in every kids movie ever. Nothing special. So are the main villains, they are just cardboard cutouts you can find in other movies, doing all the things the did because of their own need.
However, what makes this movie so much more bearable is the art and animation. The art looks gorgeous. Each scene is well drawn and if your expectations aren't too high, the art will easily satisfy you. The animation too is fluid. If you are a huge Ghibli fan, then I bet this part won't disappoint you. This level of art and animation is extremely praise-able for a studio's first project.
The music is heartwarming, well-placed and suit the entire mood of the movie well. I have no complaints on this area. It didn't particularly stood out to me, but when watching the movie, I found no issue with the music.
Overall, Mary to Majo no Hana/Mary and the Witch's Flower is an above average movie, but at the same time is also an excellent movie for a studio's first anime. I will recommend this movie if you like Ghibli movie and want to get the same feeling in some other movie this year or to those who wants a movie like Little Witch Academia.
It's really sad when you know your favorite studio anime have already separately from each other, AND yet Studio Ghibli vs. Studio Ponoc.
Of course, this Mary and the Witch’s Flower is created by Studio Ponoc. As you can see their artsyle it doesn't any different with Ghibli Studio and all the worldbuilding in this movie, they're also learned by Studio Ghibli. So you could call this movie's rip-off from Kiki's Delivery Service and Little Witch Academia.
I admit that I'm truly enjoyed this movie even though I kinda sad about those studio condition (Ghibli & Ponoc), it seem they're become sibling rivalry.
Thanks Hiromasa Yonebayashi because you could manage this movie very well and "Mary and the Witch’s Flower" is totally decent movie.
If you love fantasy movie or you're fanboy & fangirl of Studio Ghibli. Try watching this rip-off movie.