Aya to Majo

Earwig and the Witch

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Alternative Titles

English: Earwig and the Witch
Japanese: アーヤと魔女


Type: Special
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 30, 2020
Producers: NHK, NHK Enterprises
Licensors: GKIDS
Studios: Studio Ghibli
Source: Novel
Genres: MagicMagic
Duration: 1 hr. 22 min.
Rating: PG - Children


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Not every orphan would love living at St. Morwald's Home for Children, but Earwig does. She gets whatever she wants, whenever she wants it, and it's been that way since she was dropped on the orphanage doorstep as a baby. But all that changes the day Bella Yaga and the Mandrake come to St. Morwald's, disguised as foster parents.

Earwig is whisked off to their mysterious house full of invisible rooms, potions, and spell books, with magic around every corner. Most children would run in terror from a house like that... but not Earwig. Using her own cleverness—with a lot of help from a talking cat—she decides to show the witch who's boss.

(Source: HarperCollins Publishers)


This TV Special is based on Diana Wynne Jones' children's novel Earwig and the Witch, and is the animation studio's first full-length 3DCG project.

It was aired on NHK G on December 30, 2020 and received movie screening on April 29, 2021.

Characters & Voice Actors


Hirasawa, Kokoro


Hamada, Gaku


Toyokawa, Etsushi

Yaga, Bella

Terashima, Shinobu



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Ending Theme

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

Jan 17, 2021
Keitaro004 (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 16, 2021
Sahil_K_Chandio (All reviews)
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 read more
Jan 16, 2021
MakingAList (All reviews)
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 read more
Feb 1, 2021
Luubie (All reviews)
Do you know Studio Ghibli? He is one of the best known names when it comes to animation, filmography and respectable staff. It is a studio that has gained notoriety with many important films for the industry and has fans all over the world. Children, youth, adults and the elderly ... Everyone who accompanies animes at some point is faced with some of his feature films produced. And of course, this is more than just merit. It was an achievement, the popularity of making animations in film format, something little seen before its creation. Today, Ghibli is known as the "best studio" by many people. read more

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Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Aya to Majo Episode 1 Discussion
tsubasalover - Dec 30, 2020
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Jun 23, 3:50 PM
Is this coming to Netflix?
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