Burn the Witch: A Fascinating Tale with a Spell of Nostalgia


It may have had only three parts but it was enough to give fans a Nostalgic Experience, making its debut in July 2018 as a One-Shot Manga, then picked up for a four-chapter manga that ran from August to September (which will return for a second season.) Burn the Witch made its Anime Debut in Japanese Theaters and the streaming service, Crunchyroll on October 2nd.

Historically 72% of all the deaths in London are related to dragons, fantastical beings invisible to the majority of the people.

While unknown to most, some people have been standing up to these dragons.

Only inhabitants of Reverse London who live in the hidden “reverse” side of London can see the dragons. Even then, only a selected few become qualified enough as witches or wizards to make direct contact with them.

The protagonists of the story are witch duo Noel Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole. They are protection agents for Wing Bind (WB), an organization for dragon conservation and management. Their mission is to protect and manage the dragons within London on behalf of the people.

Tite Kubo is an Icon both in Manga and Anime, with Bleach being one of the Big Three in the current Shonen Genre; it went without saying that Kubo knew what fans wanted in either medium so he adds to the Bleach Universe with the introduction of the Western Branch of the Soul Society in Reverse London. Directed by Tatsuro Kawano and assisted by Yūji Shimizu, the duo have worked together in another Studio Colorido Film A Whisker Away, speaking of the studio, Colorido did an outstanding job on producing the animation for this Film/Series, the characters and dragons that Tite Kubo created are brought to life with great detail including smooth animation. The script was handled by Ryomura Chinatsu, Chinatsu follows what Kubo has introduced in his story including the partnership involving Noel Niihashi and Ninny Spangcole, from the banter, temperament, their ways to handle a situation right up to their fighting style is written and displayed well; The balance between expository story elements and action-adventure elements is perfect. While we get explanations for how Reverse London operates, we also get to see how it exists. We don’t simply learn about the issues around dragons through character commentary but instead get to see examples of the dangers they can cause but also of how they can be tamed and calmed.


Final Grade:

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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