Witches are often seen as dark, brooding characters in horror movies and TV shows. But in the anime world, witches can be cute, funny, and downright adorable. If you’re a fan of witches, then you’re in for a treat!
We’ve put together a list of the 35 best witch anime, sure to get your heart racing and your spirits high. From classics like “Kiki’s Delivery Service” to newer shows like “Burn The Witch,” there’s something for everyone on this list. So cuddle up with some popcorn and get ready for a magical ride!
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- Flying Witch
- Soul Eater NOT!
- Brave Witches
- Hime-Chan’s Ribbon
- Mary And The Witch’s Flower
- Mahou No Princess Minky Momo
- Lapis Re: LiGHTs
- Umineko: When They Cry
- Magical Sisters Yoyo And Nene
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Eko Eko Azarak
- Little Witch Academia
- Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru No Ugoku Shiro)
- Burn The Witch
- Lalabel The Magical Girl
- Magical Angel Sweet Mint
- Tweeny Witches
- Magimoji Rurumo
- Strike Witches
- Bayonetta: Bloody Fate
- Maria The Virgin Witch
- Meg The Witch Girl
- Nurse Angel Ririka SOS
- Yamada-Kun And The Seven Witches
- Sugar Sugar Rune
- Ultra Maniac
- Black Clover
- Esper Mami
- Grimoire Of Zero
- Witch Hunter Robin
- Wandering Witch: The Journey Of Elaina
- Witch Craft Works
Chihiro Ishizuka wrote and illustrated the Japanese manga series Flying Witch. There were 10 tankobon volumes of the story, published by Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shonen Magazine by August 2012. From April to June 2016, J.C. Staff adapted the manga into an anime television show.
With 15 comes independence and leaving home to study witchcraft. So Makoto Kowata leaves her Yokohama home to seek knowledge and training. She travels with her black cat familiar, Chito, and herself to Aomori, a magical territory preferred by witches. They move in with Makoto’s second cousins, Kei and Chinatsu Kuramoto.
In addition to her quirky and unconventional witchcraft activities, Makoto is unlike any other adolescent. Makoto’s tranquil everyday existence is packed with the oddities of witchcraft that she shares with her friends and family.
Soul Eater NOT!
“Soul Eater NOT!” is an Atsushi Okubo manga series. It is a spinoff to the main series, Soul Eater. From April through July 2014, Bones’ anime adaptation aired on TV Tokyo.
Soul Eater NOT! is a one-year prequel to the original Soul Eater. The Death Weapon Meister Academy is where humans born with the ability to morph into weapons (Meisters) train to perfect their innate aptitude. Most of the primary protagonists are in the Especially Advantaged Talent class, learning to become justice fighters capable of defeating dangers to innocent lives—or possibly the entire globe.
Other DWMA kids are less gifted. Normally Overcome Targets focus on self-preservation and not harming others. Tsugumi Harudori, a fresh halberd-transforming student, meets Meisters Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn and is swiftly torn between the two. Their lives as regular students will be far from normal as they learn to use these powers.
A new fighter squadron is formed as humanity struggles against the Neuroi, a mystery extraterrestrial species with super-powered weaponry across Europe and Africa. The 502nd Joint Fighter Wing, widely known as the Brave Witches, scour the cold wastes of Orussia for alien invaders.
A Brave Witch is injured on her route to the squadron’s headquarters, preventing her from participating in any operations. So her sister, Hikari Karibuchi, steps up. Despite her lack of particular abilities or magical powers, she is determined to live up to her new friends’ expectations and earn the title of Witch.
The Magic Kingdom’s princess, Erika, has traveled to Earth to find a human girl who looks like her. Himeko Nonohara, a tomboy’s tomboy, is that girl. Erika must present Himeko, a mystical object she made to establish her worth as the heir. Himeko must evaluate this item, a hair ribbon that permits her to morph into whomever she sees. In the series, Himeko meets Daichi, the boy who uncovers her secret.
Magikano is a manga series by Takeaki Momose, adapted into an anime series by Seiji Kishi and Hideki Mitsui.
Ayumi Mamiya is a witch condemned to lose her powers. Haruo Yoshikawa is a normal guy, but his three sisters are magical and keep him protected from magic. The only way Ayumi can save herself is to awaken Haruo’s dormant powers.
Mary And The Witch’s Flower
Mary And The Witch’s Flower is a 2017 Japanese fantasy anime film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and produced by Studio Ponoc founder Yoshiaki Nishimura. Studio Ponoc’s debut film is based on Mary Stewart’s 1971 novel, The Little Broomstick.
Mary Smith is a clumsy redhead who can’t do anything right. Mary is lonely and bored after moving in with her great aunt Charlotte until she discovers a cat that changes color every time she sees it. Curiosity takes her into the adjacent woods. Mary is taken deep into the forest to a meadow with dead trees and brown grass, where the only life is a cluster of unusual blue flowers. It turns out the unusual species is named “Fly-by-Night” and is sought after by witches for its great magical potency.
Mary is brought back into the woods by the weird cat, but on this occasion, to an old broomstick hidden by a twisted tree. Fly-by-Night begins to glow as she clumsily squashes it against the broomstick. On her way to Endor College for Witches, she is mistaken for a freshman. So Mary must learn to take care of herself in this magical new world where nothing is as it seems.
Mahou No Princess Minky Momo
Ashi Productions’ Mahou No Princess Minky Momo is a Japanese magical girl anime franchise. The original series aired on TV Tokyo from 1982 to 1983, and it spawned three OVAs between 1985 and 1987.
Momo is the princess of Fenarinarsa, a kingdom of dreams that is becoming increasingly distant from Earth. She has been sent to assist the Earth in regaining trust in its dreams. Her companions, Sindbook, Mocha, and Pipiru, as well as her magic wand that transforms her into an adult, come to her aid. She is ready and prepared to assist anyone who needs it in order to make their dream a reality, no matter what occurs.
Lapis Re: LiGHTs
KLab and Kadokawa Corporation produced the Japanese multimedia franchise “Lapis Re:LiGHTs.” Hajime Asano wrote the scenario, while U35 designed the characters. It contains an Android and iOS smartphone game, a manga adaption by Hirochi and Shingo Nagai, novels, music releases, and live events. From July to September 2020, Yokohama Animation Laboratory’s anime television series aired.
Tiara, a princess from the realm of Waleland, travels to Mamkestell to study at a prominent academy for individuals who perform magic, such as herself. After passing a test to verify her eligibility, Tiara reunites with her childhood friend Rosetta, who is also a student there. Tiara then joins and meets Rosetta’s group, which includes the athletic Lavie, the dependable Ashley, and the bookish Lynette, all of whom she instantly befriends.
Students at this university are assigned to one of three groups based on their test scores: group Noir is the highest, followed by Rouge and Lapis. Tiara’s group is ranked Lapis, and failing while ranked Lapis will result in banishment. Seeing their precarious predicament, Tiara urges everyone to take their actions more seriously.
Tiara also has another reason for excelling at the academy: she wants to be more like her elder sister, who is a very talented vocalist. However, in order to reach the desired stage, she will have to battle numerous problems alongside her companions as she continues her wonderful trip.
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Umineko: When They Cry
Umineko no Naku Koro Ni is the third installment in 07th Expansion’s hugely popular When They Cry series. It is set on the island of Rokkenjima, which is owned by the immensely affluent Ushiromiya family. As is usual, each year, the entire family gathers on the island for a meeting to review each person’s current financial status. Because of the family head’s bad health, the question of the family head’s inheritance and how it will be dispersed comes up this year.
On the other hand, the family is unaware that the distribution of his fortune is the least of Ushiromiya Kinzou’s (family head) concerns at this year’s family conference. Kinzou yearns to meet his life’s true love, the Golden Witch, Beatrice, one final time after his lifelong friend and physician informs him that his end is near. Kinzou, who has spent most of his later life absorbed in black magic, organizes a ceremony to resurrect his beloved upon his family’s arrival in Rokkenjima. Soon after, a strong storm traps the family on the island, and a series of unexplained killings begin, compelling the island’s eighteen residents to fight for their lives in a deadly battle between imagination and reality.
Magical Sisters Yoyo And Nene
Using magic, Yoyo and Nene work as “Noroiya” (cursers) in a fantasy realm. One day, a large tree arises in the middle of a forest, and tall buildings that appear to be from another world (our world) become entangled in it. Yoyo is brought to our world when the two sisters travel there to investigate. Yoyo then comes across two children who are taken aback by her abrupt presence and flee back home. At home, though, they discover their parents have transformed into monsters.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki are ordinary middle school girls with ordinary lives, but everything changes when they meet Kyuubey, a cat-like magical familiar, and Homura Akemi, a new transfer student.
Kyuubey makes an offer: he will grant any of their wishes in exchange for their becoming magical girls with enough power to realize their fantasies. Homura Akemi, a magical girl herself, advises them not to accept the deal, claiming that not everything is as it appears.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica is a story of hope, sadness, and friendship that deals with the trials of being a magical girl and the price one must pay to make a dream come true.
Kiki’s Delivery Service
Hayao Miyazaki wrote, produced, and directed Kiki’s Delivery Service, based on Eiko Kadono’s 1985 novel. Studio Ghibli animated it for Tokuma Shoten, Yamato Transport, and Nippon Television Network, and Toei released it.
Kiki, a 13-year-old girl who happens to be a witch-in-training, must spend a year alone in a distant village to complete her apprenticeship. Kiki departs from her home and pals on her broomstick with her black cat Jiji.
Kiki struggles to adapt to Koriko, a beach town, and finds herself homeless until she meets Osono, who offers her boarding in exchange for delivering for her tiny bakery. On her way to freedom, Kiki starts her own broomstick courier service. In her quest to fit in with the locals, Kiki gains interesting new experiences and learns the true meaning of responsibility.
Eko Eko Azarak
Kuroi Misa, a high school student with necromancy experience, is hired by the frightened owner of a luxury hotel. The reason for this is that a succession of suicides by guests has occurred in the garden, which was originally a place of execution. She offers to use her expertise in the black arts in exchange for a 10 million yen charge.
Little Witch Academia
Little Witch Academia is an anime series produced by Trigger. The original short film was directed by Yoshinari and written by Masahiko Otsuka.
Shiny Chariot, the world-famous witch, is a role model for young witches everywhere. In fact, just mentioning Chariot now makes a witch a child in the eyes of the girls. Despite her respect for Chariot, Atsuko Kagari enrolls in Luna Nova Magical Academy, wanting to one day be as captivating as her idol.
The witch academy isn’t all fun and games for Atsuko: tedious lessons, harsh teachers, and pupils who mock Chariot abound. With her lack of magic skills, she’s considered a disobedient student. That is, until she is given a chance to show herself to her friends and tutors. Now she must stop a raging dragon before it destroys the entire institution.
Howl’s Moving Castle (Hauru No Ugoku Shiro)
Smoke rising from the tangled piece of building, hissing steam and cracking joints. The wonderful wizard Howl lives in that castle. Word has it that he is a womanizer in Sophie Hatter’s small town. Sophie, the plain daughter of a hatmaker, is pleased with working hard in the shop.
Sophie’s ordinary existence becomes interesting when she gets entangled in a bizarre scenario, and the mysterious wizard emerges to save her. Sadly, this brief encounter causes the vain and angry Witch of the Waste to curse the maiden, turning her into an old woman.
A frightening adventure awaits Sophie in Howl’s living castle, as a violent war tears their kingdom apart.
Burn The Witch
Historically, dragons have been responsible for 72 percent of all deaths in London, despite the fact that the bulk of the population is unaware of their existence. While most people are unaware, certain people have stood up to these beasts.
Only residents of Reverse London, who dwell on London’s hidden “reverse” side, can view the dragons. Even so, only a chosen few become qualified enough to make direct contact with them as witches or wizards.
The story’s protagonists are the witches, Noel Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole. They work as protection agents for Wing Bind: a dragon conservation and management group. Their duty is to protect and control the dragons on behalf of the people of London.
Lalabel The Magical Girl
Toei Animation’s “Lalabel The Magical Girl” is a magical girl anime series. It aired on TV Asahi from February 15, 1980, until February 27, 1981.
Lalabel is a mythical girl who comes to Earth to stop an evil wizard from taking various magical goods or items. She has a kitty as a pet and a magic wand as a magical girl. She happens to land on the doorstep of the Tachibana couple and spends her time in the human world with them. She enrolls in the local school and begins to learn about the various aspects of the human world.
Magical Angel Sweet Mint
Mint is a little girl who is also the princess of the world of dreams and magic. Her world’s natural ecosystem reflects the hopes and dreams of the people on Earth. It is now in jeopardy as people lose faith in their dreams and allow darkness to infiltrate their hearts. Mint’s world’s ecosystem is beginning to wither and die.
On her 12th birthday, during a spectacular party with her father, the King, and her mother, she agrees to travel to the world of humans to try to maintain people’s hopes and dreams and demonstrate that she possesses the traits required of a wise ruler. Her father arranges for her to reside with his sister, Mint’s aunt Herb, who owns the “Happiness Shop” on Earth.
“Tweeny Witches” is a television anime and original video animation (OVA) series from Japan. The series, directed by Yoshiharu Ashino and written by Shinji Obara, is produced by Studio 4°C.
Arusu is a believer in magic. She thinks wholeheartedly that magic is possible and that it may be utilized for good actions and pleasant games. But then she finds herself in another dimension, ruled by a mysterious elite of witches—witches who don’t appear to be in it for the fun. They’re hard at work catching sprites, the world’s native magical beings, and enslaving them. When Arusu realizes that her new circumstances aren’t a dream, she sets out to make things better.
Kouta Shibaki, a perfectly normal heterosexual high school student, is mistakenly labeled the school pervert. Girls avoiding Kouta like the plague, this is the young man’s greatest fear! He finds a strange book in the school library that can summon witches. Until an apprentice witch named Rurumo Maji Mojiruka appears before him, Kouta decides to play along with the farce of a book. In gratitude for his soul being saved, Kouta ends up aiding Rurumo with some general witchery jobs.
As Rurumo tries to persuade Kouta to spend 666 mystical wish-granting tickets in her efforts to become a fully-fledged witch, she is ignorant that each wish she grants reduces Kouta’s life. Kouta, aided by Rurumo’s familiar Chiro, must choose between saving Rurumo or himself.
Humanity was on the brink of extinction in 1939. A strange alien race known as the Neuroi invaded Earth, devouring the world, obliterating countries and defeating human armies. For this reason, the world’s powers banded together. The Striker Unit was created to combat Neuroi technology. The Witches, equipped with the Striker Unit, were humanity’s last line of defense. They attacked the Neuroi with their newly improved magical talents and destructive weaponry that no human could handle.
In 1944, Yoshika Miyafuji, a young teen, joins the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, the “Strike Witches.” Can Miyafuji learn to work with her fellow Strike Witches without formal training? Can she stop humanity from the Neuroi invasion?
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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate
Gonzo’s 2013 anime film “Bayonetta: Bloody Fate” is based on PlatinumGames’ 2009 video game Bayonetta. Fuminori Kizaki directed, and Mitsutaka Hirota wrote the screenplay.
As an Umbra Witch, Bayonetta hunts down the forces of Heaven day and night to recover her memories after waking up in a coffin at the bottom of a lake 20 years ago. She is accompanied by the mysterious bartender and weapon-smith Rodin, and the intrepid journalist Luka Redgrave, who believes she is connected to his father’s death and will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. Her mission takes a promising turn when she meets Cereza, but an Umbra Witch named Jeanne stands in her way, working for the very forces she should be resisting.
Action-packed anime flick Bayonetta: Bloody Fate investigates the connections between characters and attempts to unravel a plot that suddenly engulfs them all.
Maria The Virgin Witch
Maria is a powerful teenage witch who lives in medieval France with her two familiars during the Hundred Years’ War versus England. As the war continues on and innocent people get caught up in its devastation, Maria grows tired of the condition and starts using her magic to try to avert more fighting in the hopes of preserving peace. However, her continuous intervention quickly draws the notice of the heavens, and the archangel Michael is dispatched to keep her from interfering in human matters.
Maria is confronted by the divine entity, and he prevents her from using her powers, pronouncing a ruling that her magic will be gone if she loses her virginity. Despite being dubbed a heretic, Maria refuses to listen to Michael’s warning and continues to disturb the conflict between the two nations. But, as the Church plots to deprive the witch of her power and put an end to Maria’s intervention once and for all, her peacemaking may come to an end.
Meg The Witch Girl
The popular magical girl anime series “Meg The Witch Girl” was developed by Tomô Inoue and Makiho Narita, while Toei Animation produced the 72-episode anime series between 1974 and 1975.
In her early adolescence, Megu is sent to Earth and is adopted by Mammi Kanzaki, a former witch who abandoned her royal ambitions to marry a mortal. Mammi tricks her husband and their two children, Rabi and Apo, into thinking Megu has always been the family’s eldest child. Under Mammi’s instruction, Megu learns to control both her skills and her urges in order to establish her worthiness for the throne. This theme of rites of passage is carried throughout the series.
Nurse Angel Ririka SOS
After destroying the beautiful world of Queen Earth, the Evil Forces of Dark Joker are moving in on our planet. Moriya Ririka, ten years old, must now change into the Nurse Angel and locate the mysterious Flower of Life, the only means to fight the evil powers, with the help of her childhood friend Seiya and the enigmatic Kanon. The Flower of Life, which once bloomed all over the world, has appeared in places no one expected it to appear. And Ririka must make the most difficult decision of her life in order to obtain it and finally free the cosmos of evil.
Kimihiro Watanuki has the capacity to see spirits and other supernatural things, which he finds extremely annoying. On his walk home one day, he is compelled to explore a strange dwelling while being haunted by spirits. There, he meets Yuuko, a mystery woman who promises to be able to cure him of his ability to see and attract the vexing creatures—for a price. She demands that he work at her “shop,” which grants people’s desires, and thus Watanuki’s adventures through strange and beautiful occurrences begin.
Yamada-Kun And The Seven Witches
Ryuu Yamada wants to start anew in high school and be a productive student. That’s why he chose Suzaku High, where no one knew about his violent delinquency. The second-year has seen Ryuu revert to his old ways—lazy, with horrible grades, and always fighting.
One day, Ryuu meets Urara Shiraishi, a lovely honors student, after another office visit. A misstep has them both tumbling down the steps, kissing! They learn they can switch bodies with a kiss, which is both convenient and problematic.
Toranosuke Miyamura, a student council officer and sole member of the Supernatural Studies Club, recruits them. The party soon discovers the tale of the Seven Witches of Suzaku High, seven female students who may have diverse powers unleashed by a kiss. The Supernatural Studies Club’s initial mission is to identify all witches.
Sugar Sugar Rune
Sugar Sugar Rune” is a magical girl manga series created by Moyoco Anno. From March 2004 through September 2007, Kodansha released the series in eight volumes. In 2005, Studio Pierrot developed Sugar Sugar Rune anime, which aired on TV Tokyo from July 2, 2005, until June 24, 2006.
The future queen is chosen by sending two young witches to the Human World to compete for the affections of boys. The winner is the queen who has collected the most.
Vanilla Mieux and Chocolat Meilleure, the daughters of the reigning queen and her previous rival, are this generation’s Queen Candidates (respectively). Their two animal familiars, Blanca the mouse and Duke, the frog, help them along the way.
But the girls have much more to worry about than winning school hearts. Pierre, the cool, enigmatic middle school guy who resembles the evil king Glace, appears to be after Chocolat. Now stuck in their own new aims, the two witches must strive to keep their friendship alive.
Ayu Tateishi, a popular second-year middle school student, never believed in miracles. She was fine with maintaining her cool, calm, and collected demeanor to impress her crush, Tetsushi Kaji. Nina Sakura, a transfer student who turns out to be a witch, interrupts Ayu’s carefree youth. Ayu, the only person who knows Nina’s power to cast spells using a mini-computer, must assist Nina find the five Holy Stones to marry the Magic Kingdom’s prince.
As Ayu works to retain her excellent reputation, and Nina struggles to keep her secret hidden from Hiroki Tsujiai, Tetsushi’s best friend and a manga enthusiast, their relationship suffers. The quest for the five Holy Stones draws allies and adversaries from the Magic Kingdom, dragging Ayu into a realm she never imagined imaginable.
Asta and Yuno were raised together and learned of the “Wizard King”—a title awarded to the greatest mage in the kingdom—and swore to compete for the post. But as they grew up, their dramatic differences became apparent. The difference between Asta and Yuno is that Yuno can utilize magic with incredible power and control, whereas Asta cannot.
Yuno obtains a beautiful Grimoire with a four-leaf clover, but Asta receives nothing. Soon after, Yuno is attacked by Lebuty, who wants Yuno’s Grimoire. Asta tries to fight Lebuty but loses. When he hears Yuno’s voice, he finds the strength to keep going. Asta obtains a five-leaf clover Grimoire, a “Black Clover,” giving him the power to defeat Lebuty. A few days later, the two buddies set out on their quest to become the Wizard King!
Mami Sakura was a typical junior high school student until she discovered she possessed magical abilities. She solves unusual incidents by using her powers and the assistance of her best friend, Mr. Takahata. When she detects a need for assistance, she activates the “Teleportation Gun” and takes herself to the location. She then uses her psychic abilities, such as telekinesis and telepathy, to save the planet from disaster.
Grimoire Of Zero
The “beastfallen” are cursed humans born with the looks and power of an animal. Humans and witches alike fear and detest their physical prowess and bestial disposition. So many beastfallen became sellswords, seeking witches for a living.
Despite the animosity between the races, a cheerful witch named Zero enlists a beastfallen named “Mercenary” to guard her. A teenage magician named Albus joins Zero on their quest for the Grimoire of Zero, a potent spell book that might be deadly in the wrong hands. He shows compassion and sympathy for both humans and witches during their voyage, and the odd partners grow closer.
Witch Hunter Robin
Witches are those who have supernatural abilities such as ESP, telekinesis, mind control, and so on. Robin, a 15-year-old craft user, travels from Italy to Japan to serve for STN Japan Division (STN-J) as a successor for one of STN-recently J’s deceased witch hunters. Unlike other STN divisions, STN-J attempts to capture witches alive to investigate how and why they became witches in the first place.
Wandering Witch: The Journey Of Elaina
A Japanese light novel series authored by Jougi Shiraishi and illustrated by Azure. Since April 2016, SB Creative’s GA Novel label has issued 18 volumes. Since November 2018, Square Enix’s online manga magazine Manga UP! has featured an adaptation with art by Itsuki Nanao. It’s in three tankobon volumes. The light novel was published by Yen Press and the manga by Square Enix. C2C aired an anime TV series from October to December 2020.
Elaina has always been interested in the stories in her favorite book, especially those about Nike, a famous witch who traveled the world extensively. Elaina wants to be a witch so she can feel the thrill of adventure, and she succeeds despite many obstacles.
Elaina, now a full-fledged witch, sets out on her long-awaited journey, meeting people and learning their stories. During this time, she fully explores the world, both light and dark, and begins her famous tale.
Witch Craft Works
Even though they rode the same bus every morning and sat next to one other in class, Honoka Takamiya saw Ayaka Kagari, the “Princess” of Tougetsu High School, as an unattainable idol. The swarm of pupils who worshiped the “Princess” were only an annoyance to Honoka, who was content with his sluggish, routine high school life.
Everything seemed regular until Honoka was ambushed out of nowhere by a mystery witch. Ayaka saves his life, exposing herself to be a fire witch on a clandestine mission to safeguard Honoka.
Honoka’s regular existence is turned upside down after that fateful day when he is thrust into a fight between the Workshop Witches, who want to defend the citizens, and the Tower Witches, who want to steal a power buried within him.
And there you have it, anime fans, 35 anime that involves powerful witches or magical girls that use or experience magic powers in their daily life. Did we miss your favorite witch anime, perhaps? Let us know in the comments which anime we missed and why it should be on this list. It doesn’t matter if they’re evil witches or a clumsy witch; let us know so we can watch it too.