Ryuu Yamada is known as a delinquent in his high school; he has been bored of classes after one year of attending school. One day, he accidentally falls from a flight of stairs onto Urara Shiraishi, the ace student of the school. Yamada wakes up to find that he has swapped bodies with her! The two try to reverse the change and discover that kissing triggers the body swap. On the suggestion of student council vice-president Toranosuke Miyamura, they revive the Supernatural Studies Club. The club encounters other "witches" with different powers that are activated with a kiss!
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo has been published in English as Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches by Kodansha Comics USA since March 31, 2015 and is being simulpub by Crunchyroll since January 8, 2014 to 170 countries. The series has also been published in Italian by Star Comics since March 22, 2014.
"Yamada-kun and the seven witches" was one of the first mangas I ever read back in the day, and because of it, I was mostly up to date and waiting for chapters weekly just became a chore along the way. Three to four years have passed since then and I recently found out that it was finished. Out of a recommendation from a friend I decided to pick it up again from the start and finish it until the end.
All I can say about this manga is that it really understands how high school stories should be done. When I was first reading it,
my main problems of the series is that it felt like it was going to fall into the endless trap of being a generic slice of life gag story that relied on the gimmick of the "Witches".
Instead, this "gimmick" was used to bring out some of the aspects I yearn for in manga such as, immense character development, and bringing out a story of a life I can look back to with bittersweet memories. In other mangas, high school life seems more of just a convenient setting for easy situations. However, in this manga, high school felt like it was a story of change, and making relationships with people you will still remember 11 years into the future. To conclude, Yamada-kun and the seven witches is about a delinquent who enrolls into a high school that will change his life. But after reading this manga, I feel like this synopsis doesn't do the manga any justice:
Yamada-kun and the seven witches is about a delinquent who changed the lives of others. The story brings upon the casual comedy, intricate romantic and bromantic relationships to create a dramatic yet fulfilling ride through an extraordinary take on a coming of age story set in high school. After a satisfying conclusion to a series that has been nurtured for five years, I almost teared up a bit after realizing that there would be no more. Thank you Yamada, it was fun to be with you along your stupid antics along the years you spent in this manga.
I look forward to the day I take the time to reread this series again!
P.S. I wrote all of this right after finishing the manga. Most of the things I said may be glorified and I can't say for sure if you should trust me or not. Looking back at the manga, I do not regret any second of reading it because of the enjoyment it brings and I think this is enough of a motive to make this manga recommendation.
I'm not overly fond of shonen harem series, but they can be tolerable, and shonen stuff is typically better when helmed by a female author. "Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo" is a fairly enjoyable shonen series, although it's by no means perfect. There are a few big plot holes that get waved over in the final rush to clear up all the mysteries, and the series loses focus past the first arc(s) by creating unnecessarily convoluted melodrama while retaining predictable outcomes.
That said, I did enjoy the series. The art was reasonably well done, and the characters were lots of fun (particularly Urara and Miyamura), although
plenty of them are either totally dropped from the plot or are reduced to one-dimensionality. Although readers who stretch this manga out over a very extended period of time are less likely to notice this, anyone who reads it quickly will be sure to see these flaws.
I wasn't particularly interested in solving the "mystery" of the supernatural elements of the series. They're fun without question, but were better served as an excuse for character interactions, especially early on. The development between total opposites Urara and Yamada was especially good because of this, but once things settle into full-on Harem mode after the initial arc it kind of gets dull.
One thing that I considered a bit weak was the ecchi. I'm never much of an ecchi fan (preferring actual erotic, sexual, and romantic content as opposed to fan service), but I was hopeful that the series would strike a better balance than it ended up doing. In the initial arc there are moments of great chemistry between Yamada and Urara, and lots of genuinely erotic moments that come up naturally over the course of their relationship. Unlike many shonen female leads, Urara is 100% in control of her sexuality and when this is displayed fully the series strikes gold. Considering there are both shonen and shojo series that handle sexual relationships in a much more natural and realistic way I don't think that my criticisms are asking too much. Sacrificing romance and healthy sexuality in favour of fan service is always disastrous to the narrative, and "Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo" definitely lacks both romantic and sexual payoff despite all the erotic buildup (largely in the first arc, and occasionally past that).
My final complaint has to do with the ending. I absolutely hate the style of ending used in "Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo." Not because it failed to give me what I wanted (aside from some nitpicks surrounding secondary characters and certain details it was satisfactory plot-wise), but because there's a time skip, and structurally it took me out of the moment. The ending is pretty common to shonen mangas however, so if you aren't the type that minds these things then be at ease. Overall the manga is quite strong, and I recommend it to people who are into shonen manga and like romance, but don't want it to be the most dominant or sole element of the storytelling. If, however, you're coming in looking for a romance with other concerns and narrative diversions then "Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo" might be of slightly less appeal.
I finished Yamada Kun, a manga that from the beginning surprised me with an interesting story that worked by means of a kiss, At the end of the 90 chapters that took in the anime I see that stories of some characters were not counted with depth, After continuing what I no longer saw in the anime, it seems great but in my opinion it turned sometimes a bit repetitive, but the funny moments, was what I really loved about this. Of course, to the deepest part of the story that happens after Yamada's ceremony, which made me excited to know why the witches existed
and what secrets the school council had at school. I was thrilled when I reached the climax of the story, My heart was going to 1000
For the reason I mentioned, there were parts that for my taste I felt repetitive in history. It started with good potential, but there were times when they dropped the story, but when that happened BOOM! They discovered something else that left me with the doubt and that motivated me to continue reading. Some chapters felt heavy, not because I had too much text, if I did not have the idea that it would happen, that's why I give that score for the story
As not to love the main characters, each of them has something that makes them special, especially Shiraishi, a girl so understandable, incredible (for what happens before reaching the last two chapters), Yamada a boy who gave everything Of himself to the end. Miyamura along with Itou they were the ones that put the fun definitely to the history. Odagiri then had its charm (personality) but it was not so special to me.
And so Tamaki, the support he gave to Yamada even though he looks like a character with bad propositions.
Design 9.5 / 10
The expressions of their faces at fun times were the best, when they were in trouble and their traits were easy to read and feel what happened to them.
My General Opinion 9.5 / 10 I give this story, I would recommend it to anyone who likes manga / anime, a story that does not leave questions unanswered, it may be confusing because oneself poses some answers without argument, but they respond Alone as you read on. A good start charming and fun, but as you read more becomes much more interesting. Leave a final more than satisfied. Of course I have to put 10 in MAL because it does not have a range of 9.1 to 9.9 xD, I Enjoy this incredible work of Miki Yoshikawa, until I left one or another tear maybe of happiness already in the final stretch
PD. My English is still not very good for writing and I had to help a little with the translator xD
Yamada - kun to 7 nin no majo is a story about a delinquent named Ryuu Yamada and how his life changes when he meets this 7 witches.
I gave the story a perfect rating because of its unique plot, even though some may say that its the same with other romance mangas but the idea of adding fantasy to the story is making it more interesting. Imagine a life where you meet 7 witches , it makes your life more interesting right?
I love the art but there are some parts that i dont like. (based on my own observation)
Well, this is
the first time I encounter a MC that is a deliquent in a romance slice of life comedy manga. but what i love most about the characters is that they have their own aura where as a reader, you can actually feel their presence everytiime their characters will appear.
10/10 no doubt, I absolutely enjoyed reading this manga. especially everytime they kiss *spoiler* yamada and the male characters will be kissing. it makes the story fun. and as the story progresses the characters will unfold mysteries that will change their life forever.
To be honest, I knew about this manga after i watched the Anime. well it did not prevent me from reading from chapter 1 to 246 and all those hours reading the manga was worth it specially when the story is already on its final chapters. I would definitely recommend this manga to everybody.