Mar 25, 2017
"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.
Reviewer’s Rating: 10
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