Aya to Majo

Earwig and the Witch

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: アーヤと魔女
English: Earwig and the Witch
German: Aya and the Witch
Spanish: Earwig y la Bruja
French: Aya et la Sorcière
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Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 30, 2020
Producers: NHK, NHK Enterprises
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Duration: 1 hr. 22 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 5.481 (scored by 81768,176 users)
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Members: 14,238
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With large windows adorning its spick-and-span halls, St. Morwald's Home for Children serves as a warm refuge for displaced orphans. For 10-year-old Aya, she is perfectly content living without a normal family, especially since she has everyone at the orphanage wrapped around her finger. However, to her dismay, she is one day selected by a peculiar couple, Bella Yaga and the Mandrake.

Aya soon learns that she has, in fact, been adopted by a real witch who wanted her solely as an assistant and had not even considered being her foster mother. As if that was not enough, Aya is told the one rule she must obey at all times—never disturb the Mandrake. To win the hearts of this seemingly heartless witch and the grumpy Mandrake is no easy task; but unlike other children, Aya accepts this challenge without hesitation.

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Aya to Majo is based on Diana Wynne Jones' 2011 children's novel Earwig and the Witch. The film is the first full 3DCG animated feature done by Studio Ghibli.

The film was set to have its worldwide premiere at the 73rd Cannes Film Festival in May 2020, but the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the movie premiered at the Lumière Film Festival on October 18, 2020. The film debuted in Japan on NHK General TV on December 30, 2020, and in Japanese theaters on August 27, 2021. GKIDS released Aya to Majo on Blu-ray and DVD in North America on April 6, 2021.

A children's cookbook inspired by the food featured in the film titled Kodomo Ryouri Ehon Jiburi no Shokutaku Aya to Majo was released by Shufunotomo on April 28, 2021.

Characters & Voice Actors


Hirasawa, Kokoro


Toyokawa, Etsushi

Yaga, Bella

Terashima, Shinobu


Hamada, Gaku



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"tashi no Sekai Seifuku (あたしの世界征服)" by Sherina Munaf (シェリナ・ムナフ)

Jan 17, 2021
This movie is receiving a whole lot of backlash for the CGI-animation (it's a TV movie with a limited budget, guys, not a cinema release) and the "dissappointing" plot, but I thought the movie was fun. Not as good as other Ghibli movies, but still entertaining the whole way through.

The movie is basically about Aya (or Earwig) getting adopted by a witch, and the witch wants to use her as a slave. Earwig has to figure out how to escape or make things better for herself, or live in torment forever.

Earwig herself is very different compared to most Ghibli protagonists. Even though she's taken advantage ...
Jan 16, 2021
I already had low expectations from this movie since it was being directed by Goro Miyazaki and mainly because it abandoned the old incredible Ghibli art style but this movie was way worse then what I was expecting. The trailers had given me a bit of hope and I thought that maybe this movie might turn out to be decent but no!

Art(6/10): I was very disappointed and lowkey pissed when I saw they were not doing this movie in the original art style but I ended up thinking they did a pretty ok job with the CGI, it looks like the characters and some ...
Jan 16, 2021
I share the same sentiment as many others who've watched this movie: it was disappointing. But stay with me here, that doesn't mean it's not worth watching!
This movie is based off of an incomplete book that the author died before finishing. Why make a movie like that in the first place? I dunno... the film seems to remain around the same amount of incomplete as the source material, so there isn't much of a plot or main conflict. (There is a set-up for what the plot was supposed to be, but once you get half-way through the movie and there isn't any word on it ...

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Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Aya to Majo Episode 1 Discussion
tsubasalover - Dec 30, 2020
40 replies by xWisteria »»
Mar 23, 3:50 AM
Is this coming to Netflix?
MrYandereFan26 - Feb 5, 2021
2 replies by bluefire35 »»
Oct 14, 2021 3:29 AM
Why is duration 1 minute?
Zestiria - Jan 23, 2021
1 replies by Supercuecaaa »»
Jan 26, 2021 9:31 AM
New information about the movie
azertz99 - Jun 18, 2020
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Dec 27, 2020 9:22 PM