So yesterday I made a post in the What Series Are You Watching? thread about how I stumbled across this show, and that I'd follow up when I finished it. Well despite having nobody recommend this show to me and finding it entirely by chance, I ended up binging the entire 12-episode series in less than a day. (yeah, I liked it that much!)
Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (alternately titled Yamada-kun and the 7 Witches) is a high school anime that revolves around the life of Ryu Yamada as our protagonist. Yamada is a delinquent boy who is constantly getting into fights on school grounds, and has little to no care for his academic career. The first episode illustrates how he crosses paths with honor student Urara Shiroshi, a quiet girl who is well-liked by her teachers, but less so by her fellow students. Yamada happens to be angrily storming through the hallway when he catches up with Shiroshi at the staircase, only to slip on the top step and crash into her. He then wakes up in the school infirmary and realizes that he's somehow switched bodies with Shiroshi. The two end up having to work together to find out what caused the switch, but also assist each other in their personal lives utilizing their own individual strengths in the other's body. Eventually they learn to switch bodies at will, but also discover that there are other students in the school who secretly possess unique powers as well. To investigate this mystery, the two decide to use the school's Supernatural Studies Club to find these other "Witches" and learn about the origins of their magic.
This show has a lot of genres and qualities mixed into it. The premise is your typical high school anime, but there's also the supernatural twist of all the Witches' schemes. It's got a little bit of ecchi here and there, and the romances that unfold around the characters. (primarily with Yamada, but a few others as well) There's plenty of comedy thrown in, which I love, as it's one of the main reasons I continued watching. With Yamada being a bad-ass punk, you also get several action scenes that break out from the conflicts between him and other students. The story has a pretty good flow to it, with the main focus being finding out who the other witches are, (and what their powers are) but also digging into the mysteriously corrupt Student Council.
The artwork looks great, I love the realistic style mixed with the vibrant faces and hair of all the characters. The ecchi is pretty tame, so don't be expecting High School DxD boobs in every episode, but you still get a lot of sexy ladies flirting around. (and a few dudes if you're into that)
THE SCORE: ★★★★
So for a final review... I give Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Mojo a score of 4/5 stars. I can't remember the last time I've had a show hook me so quickly and suddenly, and I thoroughly enjoyed every episode unfold. I can't yet say what the rewatch value is, but I am going to take my best educated guess that it's not quite as good, simply because of the air of mystery being so central to the story. Nevertheless, I'm sure I will get around to seeing this again in the months to come, as I grew pretty attached to these characters for only being with them for a day.