Manga: Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

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"Long ago - well, not really, but shush - there lived a boy named Yamada. Yamada was what you would call a problem child. All the students at his school were afraid of him. Then one day... Something happened and Yamada was never the same."

Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo (山田くんと7人の魔女), or Yamada and the 7 Witches is a shounen supernatural romantic comedy manga with elements of ecchi and gender-bending by Miki Yoshikawa, the creator of Flunk Punk Rumble (who was an assistant to Hiro Mashima, explaining why the artstyle bears some resemblance to Fairy Tail), currently being serialised in Weekly Shōnen Magazine.

Ryuu Yamada is a second-year student at Suzaku High. Ryuu is always late for school, naps in class and gets abysmal grades. The beautiful Urara Shiraishi, on the other hand, is Suzaku High's brightest student. One day, without explanation, their bodies are swapped! Ryuu ends up in Urara's body, and Urara in Ryuu's. Thus begins Yamada's journey into the world of Witches and Suzaku High's mysteries.

A Live-Action TV show began airing on August 10th, 2013. Now also in animated form, though only as a promotional video for the manga. One million views for this promo video has led to the production of an actual anime. The first OVA came out on December 17th, 2014, and a second OVA as well as a regular anime series are scheduled for spring 2015.

While still fairly obscure in Western anime/manga fandom - though it is a Cult Classic in some circles on the internet - the series has actually become reasonably popular in Japan, with the manga selling well enough to cause demand for/interest in all the aforementioned adaptations.

The manga and adaptations provide examples of:

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: Nene, believing she's going to get her memory wiped out again, tries to give one to Yamada. At the same moment, he obliviously decides he's too cool to let her finish.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: The council president is actually aware of the Witches in the school and keeps them in line, and two of the Witches actually are on the Council. Moreover, according to Tamaki, the power the Council holds is absolute. If you're nominated for a place inside this Council, you can't refuse. And Rika the Seventh Witch serves as their enforcer, erasing memories as needed.
  • Accidental Kiss: Actually important in the first few chapters for puzzling out the mechanics of swapping bodies.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The live-action show goes in its own direction for the Seven Witches plot after the introductory episodes, and it Overtook the Manga by ending first.
  • Adult Fear: The series' Darkest Hour comes when Yamada's friends lose all their memories of him and start treating him like a stranger. It's not the unrealistic Laser-Guided Amnesia that's supposed to be the scary thing here - no, the scary thing is the (unfortunately) more realistic scenario of a person who has good friends and - as Yamada himself expresses it - "lives the high life", but suddenly becomes all alone and feels how painful loneliness is. A bit of Fridge Horror comes in from realizing that Yamada actually lived this way for almost a year before the start of the series.
  • Adults Are Useless: The only adults seen in the series are some of the teachers, but they don't seem to hold that much power as the student council is more or less governing the school. The students always solve their conflicts by themselves, never asking any adult for help (except for when they needed a teacher who had the key to the old Supernatural Studies clubroom), so it's not known how much the teachers could do if they actually got involved in the plot. Otherwise, the series suffers from a case of Invisible Parents.
  • All Men Are Perverts: While most are, Yamada is never shown using the swap or charm powers in perverted means.
    • All Women Are Lustful: The girls generally aren't much better than the guys except that they tend to be a bit more covert about their pervy thoughts.
  • A Protagonist Is Ryu: Ryuu (or Ryu) Yamada.
  • Arc Welding: The series is never entirely episodic as even the early arcs feature Character Development, call-backs, and recurring plot elements, but it's only around the culture festival and especially after Rika's introduction that the threads start to tie together, and it becomes apparent that this wasn't just a "Witch of the Week" kind of series, but actually had an elaborate overarching plot thought out since the start, in which every character has their own role to play.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Yamada asks Rika the Seventh Witch why did the President order Asuka to switch bodies with Urara if he had absolute faith in Rika and her abilities? Why didn't he even tell her about this plot? Could he not trust her? The normally controlled questioned gets flustered.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The opposition movement's arguments for removing the current student council from office are the following:
    • "The baseball team has suffered consecutive losses due to the student council cutting club funds."
    • "The percentile for English has dropped because the student council is not pushing the teachers to work harder."
    • "Yamada sucks."
  • Art Evolution: There hasn't been a marked change yet, but there are differences between the art now and in earlier chapters:
    • The female characters look a bit more feminine now compared to the start. This goes for both their faces and their bodies: Their faces are more "cutesy", and their bodies are more shapely (note how Shiraishi could look flat-chested in certain panels/from certain perspectives even though she is relatively busty, and how the girls' legs sometimes looked awfully thin compared to their hips).
    • Characters are drawn with Oddly Visible Eyebrows now which they weren't at the start.
    • The light area of the characters' irises is drawn much bigger which give them a more realistic, but less "shiny" look.
    • The male characters' faces are also more Bishonen-like than they used to be, especially due to bigger eyes and irises. On the other hand, their bodies look less gangly than they used to, and their legs just seem to become shorter and shorter compared to their bodies.
  • Artifact Title: During 90 chapters, Yamada is dealing with 7 witches. It could have ended that way but after the ritual that erased the original witch powers, seven new witches arised then it is revealed in chapter 110 that another set of "new" witches had their powers before the ritual which means they are not the new seven witches. This means that there at least fourteen witches at the school, plus the previous seven, plus, as it's been hinted 7 witch-killers including Yamada, making the title completely obsolete.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite her cold demeanor, Shiraishi really does care about Yamada and truly trust him, to the point when she does not even bother to ask him why he wants to swap into her body. This is further demonstrated when she demanded to include him in her camping group or said that she enjoyed school now because of him. Yamada himself admits that he is in love with her.
  • Bait and Switch: In chapter 127 when Yamada angrily confronts Shiraishi and Tsubaki. At first it seemed like he was jealous of them spending time together, but in truth he was angry because Itou was under a Witch's power and warning them to be careful.
    • When Kurosaki and Arisugawa were still student council newcomers, it was Arisugawa who was suspected, by Rika, of being a witch since she is a girl, while Kurosaki escapes Rika's radar, but guess which one of them actually becomes a witch? Yup, Kurosaki.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: The characters don't have visible nipples, and there are a couple of nude shots of the girls that seem to suggest that they're also rather Barbie doll-like between their legs. However, as there are several jokes related to gender differences and sex, they obviously do have genitals - we're just not allowed to see them.
  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: Shiraishi's trio of friends have their last appearance when they badmouth Odagiri in the girls' bathroom... only for Odagiri to appear from a stall. Not that she cares much - she simply insults them back and leaves (without washing her hands).
  • Beach Episode: Chapter 25 and 26.
  • Better Than a Bare Bulb: There is a lot of lampshading in the series, most of it coming from Yamada when he plays the Only Sane Man.
  • Big Bad: Yamazaki, the student council president is shaping up to be this.
    • The Dragon: Asuka who, by chapter 81, has swapped body with Urara in order to held her as a hostage.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Most of the on-screen kisses are drawn like this, despite usually having entirely pragmatic purposes. Because of that, the first romantic kiss between Yamada and Shiraishi (when they become a couple) averts it and is as cutely awkward as some people's first kiss in Real Life can be, with their teeth colliding and all. On the other hand, the kiss between Leona and Yamazaki at the end of the former's flashback is a straight example since it both has the romantic intentions and the "epic" feel/look.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Because of having lived in another country, Sarushima thinks in Surprisingly Good English, so any Japanese reader without at least some knowledge of English language wouldn't have been able to tell what she's thinking in chapter 107 - a funny little Call Back to the first time Yamada met her.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Meiko is a very timid, shy girl on the outside. But once she communicates her thoughts through telepathy, you get a more clear view at her Sergeant Rock personality.
  • Bi the Way: Miyamura has no problem flirting with Yamada or hitting on all the girls. Especially when under Yamada's love power, which Nene points out doesn't change people that much when it's used on them.
    • Furthermore, during this 7th Witch arc, Miyamura had no problems "experimenting with Yamada" after the latter kissed him.
    • Sarushima just likes kissing. She doesn't really care who she does it with.
  • Bland-Name Product: Happens several times with the food and drinks the characters are consuming. Usually you have to look closely into the background to see the altered brand name, but one more obvious and hilarious example is in chapter 94 when Shiraishi brings Yamada snacks and coffee of a brand called "Starsocks". The logo has the Starbucks mermaid replaced with a sock with a star on top. Itou also uses a computer of the brand "Mec".
    • On one cover page, Shiraishi reads a book titled The Catcher in the Soy by "D.J. Cider".
    • Shiraishi's friends eat snacks called "Mokky". Depending on how much English Yoshikawa knows, it could be an intentional jab at bland-name products. When Odagiri's favorite snack is established to be Pocky, it starts being called by its actual brand name, though.
  • Blatant Lies: Itou trying to convince the Supernatural Club of her psychic abilities (by physically bending a spoon) or her possessions (a photo of a UFO fake on a string and a rock).
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • Sarushima and Noa's power respectively. Seeing futures that were meant to happen and traumatic past isn't the best thing.
    • Rika's is NOT happy to have her power as no one will be able to remember anything about her at all.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: When Yamada plays tsukkomi some of the boke behaviours he is up against are sometimes enough to make his eyes bulge. Occasionally Yamada's apparent idiocy makes him the boke.
  • Book Dumb: Yamada, to a T. He's far from the best student and has trouble grasping complicated concepts, but he's surprisingly observant and intuitive.
  • Book Ends: Sarushima's arc (if you don't count the two-chapter prologue when Yamada and Miyamura visit her) starts and ends with Odagiri barging into the clubroom, bragging that she knows a lot about Sarushima's ability (even though she's actually got far less intel than the club), accidentally flashing her underwear, and slapping Yamada for seeing it.
  • Brass Balls: Odagiri asks Yamada to grow a pair of balls when he considers giving up on Shiraishi.
  • Break the Cutie: Yamada gets hit by this hard after meeting the 7th Witch. Instead of losing his memories, everyone's memories of him gets replaced. He's alienated by his former friends as he is nothing but a stranger to them now. He asked Shiraishi out, only for her to reject him because she claimed she loves someone else. Itou claimed that she was in love with some other club member because they committed acts that Yamada actually did (like accidentally kissing Shiraishi while falling down the stairs or catching bathroom peepers). And after all those months of cultivating a loving relationship with her too. Then again, this is Itou we're talking about who also claimed she might be in love with Itou.
    • Even before that, there is his backstory with Ushio. Your best friend jumps into a fight, making you feel obliged to do the same only for him to turn around and lie that you were the only one fighting, resulting in a suspension from school and turning you into the school's outcast?
  • Breather Episode:
    • Otsuka's arc doesn't quite have the emotional drama of the previous arc focusing on Odagiri and Ushio (it's almost pure comedy), and neither does it have the high stakes of the next arc focusing on Sarushima (the only obstacle is a make-up exam, and Otsuka isn't one of the antagonistic witches). It's fitting since it is a summer holiday trip, during which the cast wants to relax and have fun.
    • Chapters 119 and 120 serve as breather chapters between the winter trip and the start of the second witch war. These are the only chapters in the series with no mention or use of the witch powers at all - they are simply cute Slice of Life stories revolving around the characters celebrating various aspects of New Year.
  • Brought Down to Normal: When Yamada completes the Witch Ceremony this was his desire. He wished not for the memories to be turned but the Witch Powers to be gone from the school. However it's later revealed that, those powers were replaced with slightly similar ones.
  • Butt Monkey: Yamada. The other characters act as comic relief as well, but Yamada seems to get most of the slapstick, the harshest jokes and the blame directed at him.
  • Buxom Is Better: Shiraishi is very beautiful, perfect, and as Miyamura noted, has E-Cup breasts.
    • If the latest beach picture can be used as a reference then this applies to Nene, Maria and Rika as well.
    • Also Miyamura's new Vice President, Arisugawa.
  • Call Back:
    • When Yamada reads Sarushima's mind, she thinks "I want him to clean my room" - which is the the thing she made him do when the two of them first met many chapters back.
  • The Cameo: Daichi Shinagawa and Seiya Chiba, of Yoshikawa's previous manga, Flunk Punk Rumble, make a brief appearance as adult teachers in the first chapter.
    • They also appear in the manga PV along with Hana and Rinka, but still high school-aged.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Rika's arc is darker than the arcs before, due to the several factors. All the glory Yamada managed to accumulate during the former arcs disappears in an instant, as his old friends forget everything about him, and he is all alone again. Yamada's old friends in the Supernatural Studies Club are drifting away from each other due to Yamada not acting as the link of the group more, which affects especially Shiraishi. Several characters' (Leona, Rika, and Yamazaki) Dark And Troubled Pasts are delved into, and we see the effect the Wistful Amnesia has on Shiraishi and Yamazaki. There are possibly more Tear Jerker moments and Hope Spots in this arc than in all of the 65 chapters before. Fortunately, it all ends well, and the series goes back to its usual light-hearted mood in the next arc.
    • The second witch war also gradually drifts this way. The first part with Nancy's witches is mostly harmless and comical, but the winter trip arc gives us some ominous clues to the new villains, and things slowly become worse. The Supernatural Studies Club members drift away from each other again (and Yamada loses Shiraishi again), new and more dangerous witch powers are introduced, the villain group is larger and seems more sinister than before (despite being an asshole about it, Yamazaki was just doing his job as a president), the whole school is in revolt, and light gets shed on Yamada's mysterious past... The series as a whole is still comedic, but the implications and serious moments are darker than before.
  • Character Development: Not just a tool for characterization but actually a plot important point. Yamada's influence and help encouraged the Witches to change for the better. With their memories of him gone, all the Character Development made has been lost, with the Witches going back to their old, and, for four of them, wicked ways.. It does a toll on Tamaki when he realizes that, helping him to grow too.
  • Charm Person: The power of Nene Odagiri, who makes anyone she kisses fall in love with her. She then uses them to her advantage. Turns against her when Yamada uses the same power on her.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Yamada's yakisoba bread doll Shoba is seen a couple of times in his room in Rika's arc, and it later plays in integral role in him getting to know Kotori since he figures that the best way to get close to her is to play with dolls with her.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Mikoto Asuka debuts before most of the characters and appears from time to time as part of the Student Council, but she's not revealed to be a witch or even named until much, much later.
    • Nene Odagiri is a less extreme one. Though she's immediately named at her debut also as part of the Student Council it still takes some chapters before she's revealed as a witch.
    • Subverted with Kiku Sonoyama. She is the teacher that appears on the summer camp with the key for the clubroom, but she plays no other role than providing the key. Some time later, all evidences point towards her being the seventh witch. But no, Yamazaki soon reveals that she isn't, and she hasn't been seen since.
  • Chick Magnet: Miyamura is a "straight" example, even if he's not in the slightest interested by the girls who squee over him, preferring to sexually harass Yamada instead. He certainly doesn't mind a shot of panties though.
  • Cliff Hanger: There are several good ones, but one that stands out for the suspense and the outrage it has created among the fanbase is the end of chapter 153: Himekawa is about to reveal the exact nature of her significant relationship to Yamada, and Shiraishi has returned to school, arriving at their doorstep, and she has presumably been told by Miyamura that Yamada and Himekawa have become very close while she was away...
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Subverted often with Shiraishi. Whenever she seems like she's a bit upset about Yamada's interaction with other girls, it's actually her being concerned about other things, such as people finding out about his secret power. Or at least that's what she wants him to think. It is played straight in Chapter 60, when she pouts over him choosing to partner with Itou instead of her.
    • Rika the seventh witch, was revealed to be this towards Yamazaki when he was just a normal student but close to Leona, Miyamura's sister. So she set him up by telling him she was the seventh witch to ensure he would forget about Leona with her memory wiping powers.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Yamada has no idea when chicks are into him. Isn't that right Odagiri? This is lampshaded by Tamaki.
  • Comic-Book Time: The narration states that the story starts "not too long ago", so since the first chapter came out early 2012, the in-universe year is probably 2010 or 2011. Yet, when the Supernatural Studies Club visits Itou after New Year, she has a PlayStation 4, despite that only around eight months have passed since the start of the story, making it January 2012 as the latest possible time. On the other hand, that would explain why Tsubaki is so surprised that Itou has one...
  • Commonality Connection: Subverted. Rika Saionji thought that was the case with Yamada because he wasn't wearing underwear when they met (Long Story).
  • Competence Zone: It's not that noticeable since practically all characters in the series are within a narrow age range (16 to 18) anyway, but for some reason, the majority of witches and allies are second year students like Yamada himself.
  • Compressed Adaptation: The TV anime is slated for just 12 episodes. The opening shows all seven witches already, so it appears the first half of the manga, around 90 chapters, will be adapted in that short a frame. The first episode already skips over or simplifies events that lead to early bonding scenes for Yamada and Shiraishi.
  • Connected All Along: Leona with Yamazaki and Rika. Also Ushio and Kotori, though it hasn't been explained yet how they know each other.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Honestly, what are the chances of Yamada and Shiraishi accidentally kissing each other in that way?
  • Cool Big Sis: Miyamura's older sister Leona. When she drops her shields, she shows she has a great depth of feeling but is also scared of the 7th Witch. When she realizes her brother was victim to her, she agrees to help Yamada fix everything.
    • Yamada's sister thinks Nene is this.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Ushio does NOT like it when Nene kisses other people. Even if she's just doing it to cast her spell.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Some of the Witches are unhappy with their abilities. The most obvious example is Maria who wants to get rid of her ability. The reasoning being is that her power takes the fun out of her life and it's impractical to have a relationship with someone if her power activates every time she kisses.
  • Cute and Psycho: Mikoto Asuka after Yamada uses Nene's power on her. She wasn't exactly sane before but the trope was played Up to Eleven during that time.
    Yamada: Sh-She's not just crazy... she belong in an asylum!
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: The Japanese chess club seem to know of the School Club Front trope, and as such they don't only pretend to play Japanese chess - they actually do play the game a lot of the time, and some of them are likely very good at it. It's just that playing chess isn't the only purpose with their club, but because they do have mundane club activities, it's much harder for the student council and other enemies to catch them doing some of the more sinister things.
  • Date Peepers: Tamaki and Odagiri spy on Yamada and Shiraishi when the latter two go to the bookstore the first time.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Chapter 113: Arisugawa
    • Chapter 114: Shiraishi
    • Chapter 115-118 (the winter trip): Shiraishi, Odagiri and Ushio
    • Chapter 119: Shiraishi and Tatsumi
    • Chapter 120: The whole Supernatural Studies Club, including Itou and Tsubaki
    • Chapter 121: Tamaki and Odagiri
    • Chapter 122: Kurosaki and Arisugawa
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shiraishi starts out this way, but eases up a lot later.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Or at least a shaky, reluctant one at that.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Shiraishi. Nene as well. And Noa.
  • Delinquents: Yamada and Ushio.
    • Kurosaki gives off this vibe also.
    • In fact, all major male characters except for Yamazaki give off a slight delinquent vibe when they are introduced (though it disappears in the case of at least Tamaki and Miyamura). It's quite obviously an Author Appeal with how the series has no traditional Nice Guys.
  • Demoted to Extra: Incredibly, after the original witch powers disappear, and a new student council is formed, almost all of the original main cast lose their place in the main cast, with only Yamada, Miyamura and Odagiri staying prominent. Even Shiraishi, who was nothing less than the female protagonist, has seemingly been demoted to just "the hero's girlfriend" which Yamada hangs out with and thinks of now and then, but otherwise isn't seen much. Tsubaki and Itou have almost disappeared into the background. Of course, this is only a short way into the second part of the story, so it can still change.
  • Do Well, but Not Perfect: The first time Yamada asked Shiraishi to take some exams in his place, she scored just one point below perfect just to show off.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The scene when Yamada has to tell Shiraishi that he cannot go on a birthday date with her looks like he's about to tell her in a very awkward way that he will break up with her and/or has cheated on her. There's a lot of stuttering, lines like "it's a long story" and "I think you already know", and both of them (especially Yamada) look like they're on the verge of tears. Of course, the real reason is harmless: Yamada forgot he had to go on the student council's winter trip the same day as the date.
  • Drunk on the Dark Side:
    • The new Mind Control witch is suffering from this. She swore she would end her control over her teammates once the one game was over but hasn't yet. And now is getting to the point she is ordering another student to do her homework and shutting up another who yelled at her for making someone do her work.
    • The new Mind Reading witch subverts this. She may use her power to peak into people's minds but she isn't lost to it. However, when Yamada copied it, he was. He nearly lost himself to the power until the witch went to the Memory Erasing witch to talk some sense into him. He does listen to them and realizes how bad he nearly got.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Yamada initially thinks that kissing Sarushima while she is asleep would be crossing the line, but Miyamura convinces him to do it since he would have to kiss her anyway in order to find out if she's a witch - so he might as well make it easy to himself. Yamada complies, but not without a bit of bad conscience.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The Supernatural Studies Club. The first four members (Tsubaki isn't known for sure, though he's not shown hanging out with anyone but the club members) had no friends and their own unique problems when they joined. The same goes for most of the witches and the rest of the cast: It almost seems like it's a requirement that you have no or very few real friends and a troubled/different life if you want to befriend Yamada. The club and the new student council double as ragtag bunches of misfits.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: As the image caption shows, the original splash-page illustration showed some characters who have yet to show up after over 100 chapters, unless they were early designs for ones who did appear later.
  • Easily Forgiven: To cite Miyamura, Yamazaki was the "smarmiest bastard he ever met" and apparently injured people to end up a club. During his time as the President and Yamada's main antagonist, he enforces ruthless policies, wiping minds on the go and allowing Asuka to lock Yamada down and torture him. It's never mentioned again and once the arc was over, he became an ally, giving some data and insight. One has to wonder the influence Leona actually had on him. Or if he was corrupted afterwards.
  • Emotionless Girl: Shiraishi seems to be this on the outside, but she's more emotional than most people would think.
  • Empathic Environment: It's raining shortly before and during the ceremony, but when it's over, and the wish is fulfilled, Rays from Heaven descend. Also, during the seeming (but untrue) relevation that the seventh witch is a teacher, a strong wind blows. A more comic example is how a gust of wind during Yamada and Rika's rather silly first meeting proves to him that yes, she is indeed Going Commando.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Nene finds herself attracted to Shiraishi in Chapter 116. She theorized that it was perhaps because she was in Yamada's body and therefore inherited his emotions. Or perhaps because Shiraishi acts differently towards Yamada.
  • Everybody is Single: The only named characters to be in a relationship are Yamada and Shiraishi. Even among insignificant, nameless characters, everybody seems to be single, the only exception being a lot of young couples which are seen when Yamada (in Shiraishi's body) and Tsubaki accidentally end up on a lovers' alley on their "date".
  • Everyone Is Bi: Most characters have no qualms kissing someone of the same sex. Miyamura likes Yamada to begin with, which is kicked into overdrive when he is under the influence of Nene's powers. Yamada is fine with kissing himself, or random guys at the cultural festival. A few characters are explicitly straight or at least prefer the opposite sex more, but they are the exception and not the rule. A lot of this is for pragmatic reasons, however, as kissing is the way to utilize their witch powers.
  • Evil Counterpart: The Japanese Chess Club to the Supernatural Studies Club. Both get a stoic, silent and intelligent female President, a hot-blooded delinquent who drive the plot, a man running for presidency of the council who set the goals, a tall and powerful Big Guy who can easily bash Yamada and The Chick. The only difference comes in the form of a Sixth Ranger who has yet to show what is his role.
  • Fantastically Indifferent: Everyone is pretty chill on the Witches power despite the supernatural element in an everyday setting. You would believe at least one guy would alert the medias but nothing happens, nobody freaks out, and the mystery stays contained inside the school. As an example, see Itou deciding, upon discovering she got a new body, to practice some martial moves and deal with delinquents.
  • Five-Bad Band: The Japanese chess club is a fairly traditional example:
    • Big Bad: Ushio who is apparently the one behind it all and the one with the greatest ambition (starting a witch ceremony).
    • The Dragon: Asuka, reoccupying her old right-hand woman role she used to have in Yamazaki's student council.
    • Evil Genius: Yuri who is smarter, more rational and more level-headed than the two other rookie members (as well as their partner Ichijo).
    • The Brute: Hagiwara who has an aggressive thug vibe and seems eager to pick fights.
    • Dark Chick: Yasojima, the bimbo of the group who seems somewhat less menacing than the others.
  • Five-Man Band: The Supernatural Club starring:
    • The Leader: Yamada, copying power and being the best asset.
    • The Lancer: Shiraishi, the President.
    • The Big Guy: Tsubaki, stronger than Yamada and Miyamura together.
    • The Smart Guy: Miyamura, in charge of plans.
    • The Chick: Itou, mostly because she's useless and a woman whose main tasks are whining and complaining over Yamada.
  • Flashback Nightmare: The power of Noa, which lets people see the traumatic events in someone's past after they fall asleep.
  • The Force Is Strong with This One: It's strongly implied that the witches and witch-killers exude some sort of energy or aura that makes you able to tell them from normal people. One of the seven witch's special abilities is to track other witches, presumably by tracking this "energy", but it seems like you can learn to track witches and witch-killers even without this ability, as Yamazaki was able to tell from the get-go that Yamada and Tamaki were witch-killers, and Ushio discovered his newfound powers very quickly.
  • Foreign Language Title: The German translation of the series is also called "Yamada-kun & the 7 Witches" in English instead of the more logical "Yamada-kun und die Sieben Hexen".
  • Foreshadowing: Miyamura easily spots the thread and makes Yamada reveal his and Shiraishi's secret. Much later it's revealed that the whole reason why he transfered himself to Suzaku High in the first place is because he knew about the Witch powers. Another hint is that when Yamada tells the other club members about the witches the first time, Miyamura - unlike Shiraishi and Itou - doesn't express surprise about their existence, but instead acts interested in one of the specific powers.
    • Tamaki wonders if - since Yamada has the copy power, and he himself has the cut (steal) power - there might be someone with a paste power. That someone is himself. Entirely logical, of course, since you can't paste anything without having cut or copied it first.
  • The Four Gods: The school and surrounding neighborhood are named after Suzaku, the Vermillion Bird. The narration in the first few chapters reveals there are also Seiryu, Byakko, and Genbu high schools. In fact, Miyamura transferred from Seiryu high.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: What kicked off the plot. It was thought to be Yamada's power, but turned out to be Shiraishi's instead.
    • Same with the President Yamazaki, he easily recognizes Yamada and Miyamura in female bodies, but later it's established that the Council is privy to the witches' existence.
  • Friendless Background: Yamada, Shiraishi and Itou all qualify. It's not unlikely that Miyamura qualifies, too - even though he has always been much more popular than the aforementioned three, he didn't seem to have actual friends as much as he had tons of fangirls and tried to suck up to Yamazaki.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Used in-universe when the club throws a "welcome back" party for Yamada. There is no alcohol involved since they are in school after all, so instead Tsubaki tries to make to make Yamada down a glass of coke as if it was a glass of strong booze.
  • Funny Background Event: Of The Comically Serious type. In the chapter where Itou joins the Supernatural Studies Club, she tries to impress the club by showing off her "supernatural" possessions (which are just things like normal rocks, spoons etc.). Yamada and Miyamura listen to her and have several funny reaction shots to her Blatant Lies, while Shiraishi doesn't join in. Then, in one panel, she appears in the background, reading a book and looking as somber as ever. Apparently, Itou's antics were so stupid that the serious Shiraishi didn't even bother to react, just retracting to the background instead.
  • Furo Scene: The winter trip has a short one, involving the male student council members (the girls bathed in the hot springs instead), though there is one girl with them as Odagiri has swapped bodies with Yamada without telling anyone. It leads to a hilarious moment when she gets completely flushed from seeing Miyamura full-frontal naked, and Miyamura simply thinks that Yamada is getting red because the water is too hot.
  • Gender Bender: The first switch is with Shiraishi, Yamada's female classmate who sits next to him. As they are joined by more students they all start trying out the body swapping. The series is mistakenly put under the "Gender Bender" genre on many manga reader sites because of the significance Yamada and Shiraishi's swaps have in the early part of the series. If you read on, you'll find that the body-swapping gets less and less important later on, and it's practically gone from the story nowadays since Shiraishi doesn't have the power anymore.
    • First Law of Gender-Bending: Averted. Gender Bending, or more precisely "Freaky Friday" Flip, is mostly a mean to an end and it gets the most usage only because it's the Witch power most readily available to the main cast and a relatively harmless way to protect them from other Witch powers as two of them can't affect the same target at once.
    • Second Law of Gender Bending: Also averted. Characters don't markedly enjoy Gender Bending more than they want to take another's place or vice versa. E.g. Yamada asking Shiraishi to take an exam for him or him using her body to outwit someone else.
    • Third Law of Gender Bending: The hat trick. Personalities remain unaffected and the characters have troubles to behave in a "gender appropriate" manner, Yamada being the most shining example.
  • Generic Cuteness: In line with the Only Six Faces trope. Miyamura is supposedly very handsome, while Yamada is implied to be plain or even a bit ugly - at least it isn't his appearance that makes the girls fall for him. But they both have the same face and body, except for Miyamura being maybe an inch taller. The same with Shiraishi and Itou: Itou is stated to be pretty, but not out of the ordinary. Shiraishi is seen by many as the school's most beautiful girl. They also have the same face and similar bodies (though Shiraishi has bigger breasts than Itou so at least there's that difference).
  • Genre Roulette: The series is a High School Comedy all the way through, but otherwise it rotates between a whole lot of side-genres: Urban Fantasy, Romantic Comedy, Mystery Fiction, Ecchi, Paranormal Investigation, and Teen Drama among others.
  • Geometric Magic: The ceremony with the seven witches involves them standing in a circle equidistant from each other and the castor in the center. Somewhat subverted in that the seven witches only need to form a circle while holding hands. Rika guesses that some previous generation drew the circle for extra style points.
  • Girly Run: Done by Shiraishi in Yamada's body as seen in the PV.
  • Going Commando: Rika Saionji states that she wear any since the day she forgot to put some on.
    • Yamada does it involuntarily just before meeting Rika because he has swapped bodies with Shiraishi who takes his boxers off in the morning as she apparently believes that it is better to go commando than to wear the same pair of underwear for more than a day.
  • Gonk: The make-up exam teacher who looks more like a dog/seal with a bob cut than a human.
  • Good Witch Versus Bad Witch: One of the dynamics in the second witch war since there are now two witch groups existing alongside each other. Nancy's witch group, the female witches, are the Good Witches and are all on Yamada's side, helping him to initiate a ceremony. Takuma's witch group, the male witches, are the Bad Witches as several of them are on Ushio's side to help him initiate a ceremony. It's seen in their general personalities: All of Nancy's witches are friendly, the worst of them being Nancy herself who can be somewhat ill-tempered, but is still good-hearted. Of Takuma's witches, two of them are villains, Takuma himself is a Wild Card currently working with the villains, and the only heroic one is still a bit of a jerk.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: The seventh witch was in love with Yamazaki, but himself was in love with Leona, to the point he became President to protect her club. Unable to woo him, she decided (in a sense) to Murder the Hypotenuse by wiping all memories of her, making him forget why he became President, snowballing in the whole fiasco we know of. It's likely nothing would have happened if it wasn't for her jealousy.
  • Gut Punch: For the first witch war; when Yamada finds out that the amnesia power didn't work as formerly thought, and instead of him forgetting about the witches, his friends have forgotten everything about him.
  • Hair Decorations: Shiraishi can always be recognized on the black, X-shaped hair pins she wears in her hair above her ears.
  • Hammer Space: Miyamura and Noa comically pull out toy guns, swords and chained flails from out of nowhere when they and Yamada are about to ambush Ushio.
  • Heel Realization: Upon seeing Leona, Yamazaki felt a surge of emotions he couldn't understand and realized his memories were erased and so wanted Yamada to perform the ceremony to recover all the memories.
  • Hoist By Their Own Petard:
    • Nene's plans fall apart when her power is used against her.
    • The President having everyone's memory erased of Yamada ends up coming back to bite him as the Witches abuse their power and go back to their old ways.
  • Hot Springs Episode: While not whole chapters, there is a scene with the characters bathing in a hot spring almost every time the main cast goes on a trip, usually resulting in Yamada getting a good view of some naked female bodies.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: It took the characters a lot of time, creativity, experimentation and plain luck to learn how the Witch/Witch Hunter powers work. For example, only after Yamada copies another Witch power, him and Shiraishi figured out that she was a Witch the whole time. Not even the Student Council seems to know every quirk about the Witch powers.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Frequent and lampshaded accordingly. Usually Yamada is the victim.
    • One time Yamada gets to be the one to remark on the hypocrisy of Nene making fun of Midori because of her big boobs by pointing out that it's not like she's small herself. That shut Nene up, though not for the reason Yamada thinks it did.
  • I Didn't Mean To Turn You On: Yamada unintentionally does this to Noa when he asks her about the Witch Killer.
  • I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Once her memories are restored by kissing Yamada, Nene realizes she's in love with him. Yamazaki realizes this as well and makes her an offer to be with Yamada if she stops helping him gather the witches. She confesses to Tamaki that she told Yamazaki to stuff it because she knows that Yamada is in love with Shiraishi and she'd rather enjoy what time they have together than be a nuisance to him. True to that, she doesn't try to stop him when all the memories have returned.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Or at least an embarrassed Tamaki is implied to be this when Yamada offers him a chance to join the Supernatural Club after they find a way to restore everyone's memories.
  • Imagine Spot: Itou, frequently.
  • Imagine Spotting: Par for the course - you can probably use one hand to count the imagine spots that aren't commented on by other characters. Lampshaded in chapter 91; Yamada imagines Shiraishi undressing on a bed and soon after desperately asks Tamaki not to look at others' imagination, after which he forcibly wipes the imagine spot away.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Because the main protagonist is a guy, and some of the other prominent characters are male, the male characters get just as much screen-time as the female ones, so the gender distribution may seem less skewed than it is, but it's actually pretty skewed. There are only two male witch-killers, but seven female witches. Even among the characters without powers, there are still more girls.
    • Seems to be averted as of the second part: While the enhanced witches are all girls, the reborn witches are all boys, and some of the original female witches (Otsuka, Sarushima, Noa, and Rika) are more or less out of the picture now.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Shiraishi was a loner and bullied by other girls before she met Yamada.
    • Part of it might have had to do with her academic excellence or it could have also been her stoic personality. It's never clearly established why she was being bullied.
  • Invisible Parents: Parents are very rarely seen and rarely mentioned except for some offhand lines here and there. When a character's home is shown, the parents are usually absent no matter the time of the day. When more than one character is needed to be at the home for plot-related reasons, it tends to be a sibling.
  • It Only Works Once: Rika Saionji's amnesia power only works on a witch once. No one, not even Rika, knew this until she failed to alter Nene's memories a second time.
  • Japanese School Club:
    • Miyamura revives the Supernatural Studies Club with Yamada and Shiraishi so they can switch bodies in private. They get more members later on. They discover that a previous batch wrote notes about the witches, and they have yet to recover all of it.
    • The Archery Club headed by Karen Kimishima. Much of one arc takes place in its clubroom, though ultimately she wasn't a witch.
    • Meiko Otsuka and her two friends comprise an Anime/Manga Club and make doujinshi.
    • Asuka and Ushio were last seen in the Chess Club, implied to be planning something.
  • Jerkass: Nene Odagiri started out as this, but she starts changing. Noa and her friends aren't the nicest of people, but they do care about each other.
    • Same can be said for Ushio, but all of those actions were out of his love for Nene.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yamada may be a delinquent, but he'll go out of his way to help people in trouble. Even if said people antagonized him.
    • Honestly, this trope applies to most characters in the series - it's only a selected few who are outright nice or outright jerks. Shiraishi, Miyamura, Itou, Tsubaki, Odagiri, Ushio, Tamaki, Leona and several of the witches have acted really unpleasant at times, but they've come back to show that they all have good hearts underneath. Yamada may very well have become the nicest (or at least most well-intentioned) of the main cast as long as he doesn't get carried away in the heat of the moment.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Nene never really faces any punishment for hypnotizing several people into being her obedient love slaves. Most likely because she never demanded too much from them and, as herself discovered when Yamada accidentally uses her own power on her, life is a lot more interesting for people in love.
    • Ushio doesn't really face much punishment for framing Yamada as the sole perpetrator of the street fight in their backstory. He refuses to apologize for it as well. Although the reasons as to why he did it are implied to be more complicated than he lets on.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • The power of Rika Saionji, which removes the memories of anything connected to the Witches from the targets mind if they know the last Witch's name. Even her own memories of her own life.
    • Later revealed Yamazaki, the student Council President, suffered from this as well. He was Leona's friend who lost all memories of her.
    • Later revealed that while the physical memories can be erased and altered by Rika's power, she cannot affect a person's genuine emotions.
  • Last Name Basis: Everyone rarely refers to anyone besides their last name. There are some aversions, though; Shiraishi and Itou refer to each other by first name, and most characters refer to Ushio, Noa, Kotori and Leona by their first names (in case of the latter, it's probably just to avoid confusion since her brother is referred to by last name). Generally, Itou and Sarushima use first names to/about girls and last names to/about boys.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In chapter 96, when Yamada and Shiraishi go into a sappy, romantic mode and kiss each other again and again, Kurosaki suddenly appears and tells them this isn't a girls' manga where they can "play kissy-face". He just about manages to stay within the fourth wall because it isn't made clear if he knows that they are characters in a Shōnen manga instead, or if he thinks that their world is reality.
  • Legacy Character: According to Noa, the Witch powers are this. There is always a person who will have one of the Witch powers. If one Witch leaves the school, the powers will be passed onto another person. Noa herself got the power because the president ordered Tamaki to steal the power from her predecessor at the start of the year before the story begin. Also when Yamada wished for the Witch powers to go away only transferred to somebody else. The seventh witch is a variation since she can choose herself who her successor will be while the other powers are located more randomly.
    • The reborn witches show that even though the basic witch powers are the same from person to person, the specifics vary each time a power is passed on. For example, Noa and her successor Kurosaki can both see the past. But while Noa sees it in the form of a dream when she's sleeping, Kurosaki's mind directly travels back to the past and can interact with it.
  • Lemony Narrator: The margin notes look informative at first glance, but they are fond of dishing out superfluous information. And making fun of Yamada.
  • Lens Flare Censor: Used to obscure Odagiri's nipples and Miyamura's crotch during the bath scenes of the winter trip.
  • Lighter and Softer: While the original manga is still light and soft, the live-action drama is even more so and can be rather sickly-sweet. It leaves out many of the dramatic moments and subplots (for example, in the manga, Leona and Rika are two very broken individuals with troubled backgrounds, but in the drama they're just another pair of schoolgirls (and are even friends), lacking any mean bone in their bodies). The result is pure feel-good comedy instead of the Dramedy tone the manga leans closer towards.
  • Lightning Glare: Between Noa and Miyamura when they fight over who had the most romantic kiss with Yamada.
  • Lingerie Scene: The series usually just goes with panty shots, but there are some lingerie scenes here and there, mostly when Yamada ends up in a girl's body, but also when Leona changes to her school uniform, when Arisugawa misunderstands Yamada's plan and thinks she doesn't have to just pretend to strip, and Shiraishi in a couple of Imagine Spots.
  • Literally Falling In Love: Happens between Yamada and Shiraishi just before the moment that more or less confirms to the readers (but not in-universe yet) that their love for each other is mutual. Doubles with Suggestive Collision.
  • Loss of Identity: Rika Saionji, it is revealed, lacks any real personal memories out of her duties serving the Senior Council President.
  • Love Confession:
    • Noa gives a surprisingly casual one to Yamada.
    • Yamada gives one to Shiraishi but due to the Laser-Guided Amnesia. She turns him down.
    • Yamada tries again in chapter 90 after Shiraishi recovers her memories. This time, They Do. For additional Awww value, she confirms that the reason why she rejected him before was because at the time she knew she was in love with someone even she couldn't remember who that person was.
  • Love Triangle: Yamazaki, Lenora, and Rika once the memories come back. Miyamura is disturbed.
  • Loving a Shadow: Meiko falls in love with Shiraishi in Yamada's body. Yamada has to explain the Witches to her to show that the person she has feelings for doesn't really exist.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Sometimes played straight, sometimes subverted. Yoshikawa clearly tries to establish some fixed rules for the witch powers (and the characters try to find them), but at times, her short-term memory about the story seems to be a bit lacking, and she forgets certain specifics, as well as whose witch power is used on who. The overall rules for the witch powers are generally consistent (you can only be under one power at a time, witches cannot use their powers on each other etc.), but the some of the individual powers, especially the precognition ability and the seventh witch's powers, tend to change a bit whenever it's more convenient for the plot.
  • Magic Kiss: How the Witches are able to use their powers.
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman : Averted with Yamada, played somewhat straight with Miyamura. Also, unlike most examples of the trope, it's usually played straight when a girl is in a boy's body for the first time - it's a Running Gag that the girl looks at the boy's (usually Yamada's) junk and comments it in some way.
  • Meganekko: Meiko.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Shiraishi Urara means Lovely White Stone.
    • Yamada's given name means Dragon. Miyamura's given name has the kanji of Tiger. Dragon and Tiger. The Hero and The Lancer?
    • Inverted in case of Miyabi however. Miyabi means graceful but she's Tom Boy to Urara's girly girl.
    • Takigawa means Waterfall River. Noa has blue hair and blue eyes. Her power to see the past is like water, an irreversible flow. The name Noa is homophone with Noah.
    • The pinyin used in Rika's name means flower of truth.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Nene, although it's always unintentional.
  • Mood Whiplash: Rika's arc regularly inserts wackiness into even the most grim moments, but also makes some comedic scenes suddenly take a turn for the worse. The rest of the series is a downplayed example as it stays lighthearted all the time, but still doesn't shy away from randomly adding drama to comedy (and vice versa), just the same way as mangas like Fairy Tail and One Piece do it.
  • Muggle Best Friend: Miyamura and Itou (and later Tsubaki) have no powers, regardless the club members grow very close.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: More like genuine female intuition than a supernatural power, but in chapter 90 Nene was able to perceive the moment when Yamada and Shiraishi hooked up.
  • Mysterious Animal Senses: Shiraishi's cat is able to tell that Yamada in Shiraishi's body is not the real Shiraishi, as mentioned by a side note and shown by how it becomes really aggressive and starts hissing.
  • Necessary Evil: Since she started having feelings about Yamada, Shiraishi has held this view about Yamada kissing people. Since he is immune to the powers, it logically makes sense but she hates it. Especially after she became his girlfriend.
    • After Shiraishi was Brought Down to Normal but other Witches were revealed and Yamada had to seek them out again, he was also bothered about kissing the Witches since he'd place her under a spell if they kissed, but he figured that they'll just have to kiss twice to cancel it out.
  • Never Trust a Title:
    • The chapter titles are just lines or onomatopoeias from their respective chapters taken out of context, and in 95 % of the cases they tell nothing about what happens in the chapter. (And even when they do, their meaning is often only clear after you've read the chapter)
    • Series title is a subversion after a long build-up. While it invites a plot of some sort of witches' activity around Yamada-kun, for 3 out of 12 anime episodes, the only one doing supernatural things is Yamada himself, the "witch" word is never mentioned. Those pointy hats seen on and off a number of characters in the series opening work as an artistic nod to pretense-of-a-School Club Yamada ends up in.
  • New Year Has Come: Chapter 119 is about the main celebration in the Yamada family on New Years' Eve, and chapter 120 is about the Supernatural Studies Club visiting a shrine one of the following days and later hanging out in Itou's apartment.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Yamada thought that the witches' powers will be gone for good. However, Yamazaki informs them that the powers themselves cannot be erased and consequently new seven witches will be selected.
  • Nice to the Waiter: The reason Miyamura made Arisugawa and Kurosaki the vice-presidents of the student council - even though he considered them incompetent - was that they didn't treat Yamada, the secretary (and the school's most unpopular student to boot), any different than they treated Miyamura and the other interviewers. In fact, this was one of the main reasons Yamada was appointed secretary - to see which students who didn't treat him unfairly, in order to make sure that the new student council members wouldn't be impartial.
  • Nobody Here But Us Birds: Subverted hilariously in chapter 95, where Yamada tried to use this trope to avoid getting mistaken for a pervert (once again) during a Furo Scene:
    Arisugawa: Huh? What was that? Is someone there...?
    Yamada: (hiding behind a rock) Meow... Meow...!!
    Arisugawa: Oh, phew! It's just a dog.
    Yamada: (jumping out of cover) That was a cat!!
  • No Ontological Inertia: Yamada hoped this would be the case when he wished for all the Witch Powers to vanish. And he was right as the memories of the ones affected by the seventh witch were returned.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Averted in the Crunchyroll translation which often splits Shiraishi's name in two lines in speech bubbles - "Shira-ishi" - even if there is room for it in one line. Fans tend to pronounce her name "Shee-rye-shee", when it's really more like "Shee-rah-ee-shee" (because her name is the words "shira" (white) and "ishi" (stone) put together) - so it might be to connote the actual pronunciation.
  • No Sell: Witches' powers don't work on Yamada. However if a Witch kisses him, the power he just copied from them will instead be used on them.
  • No Title: Chapter 140 for some reason doesn't have a title. Not that it makes much of a difference in a series where most of the chapter titles are nonsensical anyway (see Never Trust a Title).
  • Not Brainwashed: Played with. Yamada's old friend Ushio Igarashi is under the influence of Nene's Witch power, but he knows that he's under her power and accepts it.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: Yamada sometimes switches with Shiraishi so she can do his tests and homework. He uses the telepathy power in order for him, Meiko, and her friends to finish their schoolwork early in summer school.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: After over eighty chapters, major changes to the status quo arise after all seven witches are gathered for a ritual in the same place: Yamada wishes the Witch powers would go away, but this leads to the appearance of brand new ones in different people. The subplots about the antagonistic Student Council end with Yamada and friends getting control of the Council, with Miyamura as the new President and some new blood. Yamada and Shiraishi go steady.
  • Oblivious to Love:
    • Yamada is kind of dense about the matter, as his focus is only on Shiraishi, he doesn't realize if other girls are infatuated with him.
    • Nene is also oblivious to Tamaki's crush on her.
  • Oddly Visible Eyebrows: Averted for the first many chapters. The trope starts being used when Rika - whose eyebrows are covered by her bangs - needs to convey feelings. It soon starts being used on other characters with bangs, and it doesn't take long before all characters' eyebrows are Oddly Visible in every single panel.
  • Official Couple: It took long enough for it to actually happen, and they still have their ups and downs, but it's become abundantly clear at this point that no power on Earth can sink the ship that is Yamada/Shiraishi.
  • Off Model: There is often a noteworthy art-style difference between the characters (which are presumably drawn by Yoshikawa herself) and the backgrounds/inanimate objects (which seem to be drawn by her assistants). The latter are drawn with softer, thinner lines and look more photorealistic - but also somewhat less dynamic - than the characters.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted as there are two characters named Aiko - one-note character Aiko Gagada and the somewhat more significant Aiko Chikushi. It may or may not be intentional as they are both fortunetellers - but while Gagada is a fraud, Chikushi is a real witch who has an actual precognition power.
  • Only Sane Man: Yamada himself. Except for a few of his more Hot-Blooded moments, he actually seems to be the character with the most common sense and the most Meta Guy reactions, even if he isn't the smartest person out there.
  • Only Six Faces: There may be subtle differences here and there, like some characters have slightly bigger eyes or rounder heads, but in general you would have a very hard time differentiating most characters' faces if their signature hairstyles were switched around. This goes for the guys as well as the girls.
    • This adds some odd subtext to the revelation that Nancy is someone from Yamada's past, though he doesn't remember her - due to the art style, she looks exactly like Shiraishi when she lets her hair down.
  • OOC Is Serious Business:
    • All the students started freaking out immediately when they noticed Yamada was studying seriously.
    • Miyamura after his memories are wiped of Yamada being his friend, sees his now Hair-Trigger Temper sister asks Yamada in, doesn't object when Nene and Tamaki barge in, and hears his sister laugh for the first time in a long time. He finds it disturbing but enough of a reason to trust Yamada.
  • Opposites Attract: Yamada and Urara are as opposite as they can get as one is a Book Dumb emotion-driven fighter and the other is a stoic and brilliant student, but they both love each other.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: An inversion. Seeing Shiraishi doing a Roundhouse Kick made Miyamura realize it was actually Yamada in Shiraishi's body.
  • Panty Shot: These tend to happen when Yamada is in a female body and pulls off a kick. Kimishima does one when she flips Yamada. The narration helpfully advises girls not to flip people while wearing skirts to avoid this. Saionji willingly does the other witches and Tamaki during the time stop portion of the ceremony.
  • Perception Filter: The power of Mikoto Asuka until Tamaki took it from her, which makes anyone that gets kissed be incapable of seeing that person.
  • Plot Hole: Unfortunately, the series has a fair amount of them:
    • Despite that the series uses a few chapters on defining Sarushima's power and its rules clearly (you only see a short glimpse of your future, you can only see a future involving yourself, you see your future from the kissee's point of view, and you cannot change the future unless you use another witch power in your attempt to do so), it is subject to more inconsistencies than the other powers, especially in later arcs. Among others:
      • When Yamada acted as a fortuneteller at the culture festival, how did he see Ushio receiving an indirect kiss from Odagiri? The indirect kiss was Odagiri taking a bite out of a yakisoba bread and then giving the bread to him, but Yamada wasn't present at that scene.
      • The sad future in which Shiraishi becomes unlucky because she is made student council secretary: Sarushima appears in the vision, but since Yamada gets the vision from kissing her, she shouldn't be visible at it's from her point of view. Also, this vision is way too long to be considered a "short glimpse".
    • Leona was able to stay one year out of school and not be bothered when Sarushima had to come back after several months or be excluded. The discrepancy was never explained.
    • The charm power is explained to take time before becoming effective then Asuka was smitten immediately after she was kissed.
    • When Yamada used the charm power on the amnesiac Miyamura in order to be invited to his house, it shouldn't have worked since Miyamura was still under invisibility power at the time. Of course, it is very much possible that Tamaki lifted the spell off-screen because he had lost the president race and didn't need to use dirty tricks anymore, but it isn't explained in-universe at all.
    • Similarly to the above, it's sometimes forgotten whose power is used on who:
      • One of Otsuka's friends, Tsurukawa, and Kimishima are later established to be in the same class as Kotori who has used her power on every single one of her classmates. And yet, Tsurukawa is obviously under Otsuka's power (until she loses it), and Kimishima wasn't under any power at the culture festival since Yamada was able to tell her future in the fortune-teller stand - the only explanation being that Kotori discovered her power very recently.
      • Make sense a bit when you realized why Nancy needs Yamada to identify her power in the first place.
      • Odagiri and Ushio's last conversation indicates that she never lifted her spell off of him until that moment, but he's seemingly not affected by it at the culture festival for the same reason as Kimishima.
  • Power Copying: What Yamada's power turns out to be. Effectively this makes him the only person who can use their powers on a Witch. All the other rules of powers still apply.
  • Power Incontinence: Some of the witch powers have this as a drawback.
    • The Charm victims will end up being loving stalkers to the witch.
    • The body switch witch must switch when kissing someone, regardless of personal desires.
    • The two Seers must see flashes of either the future or past when they kiss.
    • The telepathy witch cannot stop thoughts from coming in or going out.
  • Power Parasite: The power of Tamaki, which steals the power of any Witch he kisses. It lasts until another girl is kissed, then the power is replaced and returns to the one the power belonged to. Leona suggested Tamaki to return his current power to Asuka and take away Rika's power.
  • Powers as Programs: Magic is apparently very easily copied, but on the other hand there doesn't appear to be any way of storing it. Unfortunately for Yamada he doesn't think this through and ends up overwriting the love power, leaving him unable to reverse the love effect on Miyamura and Miyabi until he can get to Nene and copy her power again. He is not pleased when he realises this.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Yamada is usually surprisingly responsible. However, this doesn't stop the other characters imagining what Yamada could do with the power, nor does it stop Itou and Miyamura from acting like complete perverts when under certain powers. It's safe to say that Yoshikawa, as the author, has considered the implications of the powers.
  • Power Walk: When the student council walks through the school halls to confront the Japanese chess club.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The first OVA, bundled with the latest manga volume, is more of an animated showcase of the manga pre-status quo shakeup than a "proper" adaptation. It's a Slice of Life gag story focusing on Supernatural Club hijinks instead of the search for the Witches, and it begins with most characters already established with minimal introductions since the readers are probably expected to know them already. All of the original Seven Witches appear but most of them are not explicitly said to be Witches.
  • Psychic Powers: What the powers of the Witches are. In order of appearance: "Freaky Friday" Flip, Charm Person, Telepathy, Seers, Flashback Nightmare, Perception Filter, and Laser-Guided Amnesia.
    • And now there are new powers the first of which is Mind Control.
  • Put on a Bus: Ushio has been evicted quite quickly and unceremoniously once Nene stopped running for presidency. She's now paired with Tamaki and considering their new status as clerk and treasurer of the council, it isn't going to end soon. Their much better chemistry also helps.
    • The Bus Came Back: He pops up later in chapter 93 and teams up with Asuka.
    • Commuting on a Bus: He reappeared once later on. And he caught the same dead eyes than Asuka when she was impersonating Shiraishi on his way in. Add a good dash of Green-Eyed Monster and it's likely he's going to return as an antagonist, even if Yamada didn't think anything of it.
  • Real Men Hate Affection: As a rule, averted. Yamada and Miyamura - and sometimes others - have shown being fully able to talk about their feelings with each other. Yamada can be a little uncomfortable, but generally not more than he is when he's talking about his feelings with a girl. The guys in this series generally don't mind being physical with each other either - of course, this is inevitable when people use their powers by kissing, but seeing two boys hug each other isn't a rare occurrence either.
  • Red Herring: Before all seven witches were accounted for, other semi-prominent female characters could be considered this - like Karen Kimishima, the archery team captain who appears occasionally.
    • Since four of the five original student council members turn out to be very important down the line despite that they may seem insignificant at first, you'd be forgiven if you thought that the fifth member, Inose (the girl with the pigtails and the hoodie), would be equally important. She even has more lines than the other members in their introductory chapter. But no, she never plays any role and hasn't been seen for such a long time that she may have left the series for good. She was probably just there to act as the normal student among two witches, a ruthless manipulator and a revengeful guy who wants to hunt down the seventh witch.
  • Relationship Upgrade: Yamada and Shiraishi in chapter 90.
  • Repeating so the Audience Can Hear: The series is an offender of this to an almost ridiculous degree when it comes to exposition. Almost every chapter, the story cuts to a scene where a character repeats the exposition another character just told them. An example is when Yamada decides to swap bodies with Tsubaki to prevent the school fire. The next scene opens with Itou/Miyamura saying "so you want to swap bodies with Kentaro Tsubaki?!" instead of Yamada himself saying it.
  • Revenge: Miyamura's a transfer student who went to Suzaku to hunt down the Seventh Witch who messed with his sister.
  • Reset Button: Rika, The Seventh Witch hits it by deleting everyone's memories of Yamada from Chapter 1 until now, reversing the Witches' character development and resulting in them blatantly misusing their powers again.
  • The Reveal:
    • Leona, Miyamura's sister, realizes Tamaki just doesn't strip the power from a witch, he could give it back to a witch or new person.
    • Leona also reveals not only was she in the original Supernatural Studies Club, Yamazaki was in it too and his original goal to be Student Council President was to keep the club alive. And then Rika joined, and out of jealousy, set Yamazaki up to erase his memories so she would have him.
    • Miyamura learns and tells Yamada the new telepath witch and command witch had their powers long before Yamada erased the original witches' powers. As they don't know for sure how many witches there really are, they decide to just stop looking for them..
    • Chapter 151 turns one integral part of the series on its head: We were, through 150 chapters, lead to believe that Yamada led a lonely high school life before the start of the series other than a short-lived friendship with Ushio. But no, he was actually close to Sora Himekawa, one of the witches, back in the days. They have just forgotten about each other because their memories were wiped.
  • Rivals Team Up:
    • Miyamura, Nene, and Tamaki in order to be chosen as a candidate for School President.
    • Nene organizes the other three witches to capture Asuka.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: The witches are often seen wearing ribboned witch hats and sometimes robes or medieval dresses in imagery to indicate that they are witches. In the actual story, the witches (with the exception of Rika and Nancy who are a gothic lolita and a punker respectively) dress like normal people since they are (mostly) normal people with contemporary fashion senses.
  • Roundhouse Kick: Yamada likes pulling these off. Possibly they're useful for him when in a girls' bodies, but they're so distinctive they can give away his identity.
  • Rube Goldberg Device: When Yamada is off talking to Sora Himekawa, Miyamura and Noa build a device of this type that involves making a baseball travel up a staircase and back down on a pair of scissors that cut a line which makes a "welcome back" banner fold out. Going by their song, they were inspired by Pythagora Switch.
  • Rule of Cool: For some reason, all witches and witch-killers are wearing their uniform jacket at the ceremony even though Yamada and Rika are the only ones who usually wear it indoors. It's never explained so the likely reason is that they look more stylish that way contrary to if they were just wearing plain sweaters - and since it's the climax of the first witch war, it doesn't hurt to look stylish.
  • Rule of Funny: Yoshikawa states in an interview that she did some research on gender differences and how body swaps would possibly work in Real Life before actually writing a body-swap situation. Yet, she has also admitted that she ignores her research when she thinks lack of realism will make a situation much funnier.
  • Sacred First Kiss: Interestingly averted. Both Shiraishi and Yamada say that the event that starts off the manga was their first kiss for both of them... But perhaps inevitably most characters in the manga take a more flexible view to kissing. As Miyamura points out, it's a small price to pay for being able to use Witch powers.
    • Played straight in Chapter 65. Shiraishi clearly treasured the fact that she was Yamada's first kiss. She wanted to stay close to him because she didn't want to risk handing that position to anybody else after he was supposed to lose his memories about it.
  • Scenery Censor: Happens in the first OVA when Yamada (in Shiraishi's body) tries to look at a naked Itou in the girls' bath. Of course lampshaded:
    Yamada: (looks at Itou's breasts) Why did that branch have to be there? (looks further down) And why did that bottle of soap have to stand there?
  • Screw Destiny: This is basically Yamada's aim at one point. It's possible to change Saurshima's visions by using the power of another Witch. They attempt to use Shiraishi's to change the future where the old school building is burning down.
  • Seers: The Witch Maria Sarushima can see the future. Unfortunately her power only allows her to see what's destined to come to pass, unless another Witch's power is used.
  • Series Fauxnale: Nope, chapter 90 isn't the last chapter of the story, but you can easily pretend it is and stop reading there since almost all plot points have been resolved. Unless you're interested in Ushio's not fully resolved character arc and you want to know who the girl in his and Yamada's flashback really was - then please read on.
  • Series Goal:
    • In the first part of the story: Find all seven witches and help them with any problems and sorrows they may have. After Rika, the seventh witch, appears, it's changed to "bring back the memories of everyone Yamada knew so that he can have his old friends back and ask Shiraishi out" (though the first goal is still partly in effect since Yamada and co. need Rika's friendship to achieve the second).
    • In the second part of the story it is: Get the seventh witch on the student council's side since she can help keeping track on the other witches. That goal is reached fairly quickly, at least until another seventh witch appears...
    • Chapter 154 makes it clear that the overall goal of the entire series is, even though it's not mentioned often, to find out why Yamada has the copy power.
  • Series Mascot: Shoba, the yakisoba bread fairy, is starting to become this as of the second part of the story (he only appears briefly in the background in the first part) when he has several funny appearances. Yoshikawa also draws him a lot in non-canon artwork on her Twitter account. Going that Yamada isn't the only one to have Shoba-related merchandise (Noa also has a keychain), he's probably a Mascot for yakisoba bread in-universe as well.
  • Serious Business: Yamada only wants to get the club some funding because it meant he could get a microwave in the club room.
  • The Seven Mysteries: Suzaku High has their own set, and one of them is the mystery of the Witches.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Shiraishi doesn't really have any problems with Yamada seeing her naked when he is in her body - she has even directly asked him to take a bath for her. However, going by the general inexperience she claims to have when it comes to relationships and boys (not to mention an early chapter when she displays a rather childish curiosity around the "weird thing" Yamada and Miyamura have between their legs), she may be an Innocent Fanservice Girl instead.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Yamada's new partners in the Light Music Club, Sid and Nancy (who's the new seventh witch), are an obvious one to Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Probably an intentional In-Universe example considering that at least "Nancy" is just a nickname.
    • When Yamada and Itou are searching for the seventh witch in chapter 60, the first girl they interview is a "stereotypical witch" named "Gagada Aiko".
    • Jin Kurosaki, one of the new Vice Presidents, is called an "Assassin" by Yamada in reference to his hoodie and demeanor.
    • When Yamada takes on the guise of the Masked DK as part of working off the 50,000 yen fee to kiss Aiko Chikushi a witch who inherited Sarushima's power and uses it both to make money and fight crime as the Masked JK his speech is very close to the one said by Kamen Rider Stronger.
    • The series' concept in general: There are seven witches, and if you find all seven, bring them together and perform a special ritual, your greatest wish will come true. What other shonen manga has a similar concept?
      • Made blatantly obvious in the live-action series, in which it is said that the ceremony can only be held once a year, and Rika obstructs it by wishing for panties.
    • Even one to Friends: Yamada and Shiraishi's very Insistent Terminology of how they're only "on a break".
  • Ship Tease: Most of the time Shiraishi smiles, it's when she's around Yamada.
    • Shiraishi refuses to kiss Miyamura, but has no problem kissing Yamada (and Itou). But it should be noted that she doesn't have any problem with him kissing other people.
    • Shiraishi also seems irked that Yamada chose Itou instead of her during a school investigation.
    • A lot in Chapter 65. Shiraishi was resolute to sticking close to Yamada despite the danger, because she was determined to kiss him right after he lost his memory because she wanted to be his first kiss again. She was determined that nobody would "swipe her spot."
    • While Shiraishi and Yamada are the main source of ship tease until They Do, they are certainly not the only ones. Yamada has had reasonable amounts of ship tease with every girl he's befriended, and even a couple of the guys. Of other characters, Odagiri and Tamaki actually get a substantial amount despite that Odagiri seems to be constantly lusting over Yamada. Itou also has some with Miyamura, and later with Tsubaki.
  • Sick Episode: Episode 3 of the anime has Shiraishi wanting to kiss Yamada rather willingly. He then finds out it's because she was sick, and didn't want to get the teachers sick when turning in some papers. At the end of the episode, she's gotten better, but Yamada caught her cold. It's based on chapter 10 of the manga which features the same plotline but also shows Yamada, Miyamura and Itou experimenting with the body-swap power while Yamada is in Shiraishi's cold-ridden body.
  • Sixth Ranger: The series quickly settles on the Supernatural Studies Club having four members. Quite a few chapters later, would-be accidental arsonist Tsubaki joins them after a subplot where they prevent the fire from happening.
  • Sliding Scale of Proactiveness: Pretty much every character in-the-know is almost ridiculously proactive and much of the plot happens because one's actions quickly ends crossing with another's plans.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: The whole Supernatural Club gets this vibe from Yamada and Takigawa Noa after the latter decides to stick a bit too close to him for a while. Mind you, Yamada constantly complains to her about it and he never once flirted back (knowingly, that's it), but it's just that his friends can tell he's being a lot nicer than they know he could be. Shiraishi correctly deduced that Yamada became very sympathetic of Noa after her power let him see a traumatic event from her past.
  • Skinship Grope: Poor Shiraishi cannot bathe with other girls without having them fondle her boobs... Except that Shiraishi herself has never been seen bathing - all the times, it has been Yamada in her body, which just made it even more uncomfortable.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Yamada, while not as brilliant as Shiraishi or Miyamura, can be very astute and keen on how to get close to some people. He is the only one noticing that Tsubasa Konno's power doesn't exactly match up with any of the old ones.
  • Something Completely Different: Chapter 119 and 120 deviate from the standard chapters as they are probably the only chapters that are entirely Slice of Life - no conflicts and no use (not even mention) of witch powers. The New Year hijinks are also the only activities in the series that neither take place at school or are related to school (such as clubhouse trips or trying to get a drop-out to come back to school).
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: None of the witches are actually evil, but each new witch causes a new problem that takes more effort and more chapters to solve than it took with the previous witch. Shiraishi's arc and problem was solved in one chapter. Odagiri's arc and problem in about five chapters. Otsuka's in about five chapters, too. Sarushima's in seven chapters. Noa's in about 10 chapters. Rika's in more than 20 chapters. The exception is Asuka and Tamaki whose arc is relatively short as the hunt for the seventh witch begins soon after.
  • Spanner in the Works: Yamada has played this a few times by being immune to the Witch's powers. He reversed Nene's love kiss on her without knowing it would affect her, and it prompted character development in her. With his quest to undo the massive erasing of memories of the student population because he learned the seventh Witch's name. Then by helping Nene get her memories back, and the discovery the seventh Witch's power only works once, the Student Council President will put all of his attention on Yamada.
  • Speak of the Devil: Anyone who finds out the Seventh Witch's name (with the exception of the President) will find themselves being forgotten by everyone else. Happens to Yamada and Tamaki.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Ryu(u) and Ito(u) in the scanlations and the official Crunchyroll translation. Also, the "7-nin" in the title is alternately rendered in full Japanese as "nananin" in the series logo.
  • Spoiler Opening: The opening of the anime shows all the key characters of the manga's first half, including the Seven Witches.
  • Staircase Tumble: In the very first chapter, which results in Shiraishi and Yamada switching bodies. Happens later on during Sarushima's arc, but thanks to it Yamada figured out other Witch powers can change the future.
  • Stepford Smiler: Several of the characters in the story are actually pretty broken inside, despite their outward appearance. Prominent examples are Noa and Miyamura.
  • The Stoic: Shiraishi's facial expression rarely changes. Even when she body swaps for the first time, she isn't alarmed about it at all.
    • Not So Stoic: Tamaki first appears as a male Shiraishi, with the same aloof personality and love for study books. But once he opens up to Yamada, he reveals a much goofier personality. Turns out he was aloof only because he was alone. And those books he's always seen with? They actually hide erotic light novels.
  • Story Arc: As of now, there are two arcs: The first one, called "the first witch war" in-universe, depicts the Supernatural Studies Club's quest to find and help all seven original witches while they cross ways with the antagonistic student council. The second and current one, logically called "the second witch war" in-universe, details the new student council's meetings with the two new group of witches and their fight against the Japanese chess club which tries to overthrow them. Both arcs can be considered "super-arcs" and be divided into smaller arcs, some of which are easier to classify than others. For example, Otsuka's arc is clearly chapter 25-32, Sarushima's arc is chapter 33-41, and Noa's arc is chapter 42-51.
  • Straight Gay: New guy Kurosaki may look like Yamada 2.0 at first glance but he's hinted to have a crush on Miyamura, and applied for the Student Council to be close to him. He's also unfazed by the other new Council member, the generously endowed, (deliberately) moe Arisugawa.
  • The Students Who Don't Do Anything: Downplayed. Most of the plot takes place on the school, the cast are shown attending classes a couple of times, and make-up exams affect the plot now and then, but otherwise they seem to have an awful lot of time for extracurricular activities, often spending what seems like hours on looking for witches and talking in the clubroom. It's even worse with the student council where the members often seem to spend the whole day in the office even though they should still be taking classes. In fact, it looks like the president never attends classes and just sits at his desk all day - though since he is the closest thing Suzaku has to a principal, he could be exempted from normal school classes.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: The characters experiment a whole lot with newly discovered witch powers for this reason. Going by the notebooks, all members of the Supernatural Studies Club throughout the years have had this modus operandi.
  • Suggestive Collision: When Shiraishi and Yamada literally fall in love, they practically end up in a clothed missionary position. Unlike the standard example, Shirashi doesn't mind and starts talking to Yamada, resulting in them staying in that position for a suspiciously long time.
    • Also happens between Yamada and Arisugawa some time later, made worse by that this time they're both naked. (Because they accidentally entered the hot springs at the same time, but still...)
  • Superpower Lottery: There is a notable difference on how harmless and/or useful the witch powers are: note 
    • The future and past sight powers are harmless, as they affect the kisser instead of the kissee. The future sight power is actually pretty much useless as you cannot change the future you see unless another witch power is in play.
    • The telepathy power is relatively harmless, too, as it is two-way, and you don't automatically read thoughts, but have to share them willingly (that said, it can still be used to annoy people as one cannot "hang up" a telepathic message).
    • The body-swap power can be incredibly useful, but it can also be incredibly risky, especially if you're giving your enemy room to manoeuvre in your body.
    • The charm power is very useful and dangerous, but also carries the huge downside that the people who fall in love with you may not want to leave you alone.
    • The amnesia power even more so, since the cost of inducing amnesia upon others is that everybody will forget about you.
    • The invisibility power is quite dangerous and has the least downsides - when you're invisible, and your victim doesn't know you're invisible before it is pointed out by other people, you can practically do what you want to them.
  • Take Off Your Clothes: The first prediction Sarushima gives is that Yamada will soon take off his clothes. She cannot predict why he will do it, just that he will. Yamada, being like other guys in this series, of course thinks this means some kind of sexual activity, but soon Sarushima's brother bumps into him and spills drinks all over his clothes, meaning that Yamada would only take off his clothes to put on a change of dry clothes.
  • Tareme Eyes: Of those who fit the personality we have Shiraishi, Otsuka, Sarushima, Arisugawa, Kotori, Seishuin, and Tatsumi. Itou and Rika switch between Tareme and Tsurime Eyes depending on their mood.
  • The Tease: Noa to Yamada. She dials this up when she starts to fall for him.
  • Telepathy: The power of Meiko Otsuka who creates a Psychic Link similar to a cell phone call and requires one to picture that person in their head to send messages to them.
  • Teens Are Short: Generally inverted. All recurring teachers are short, with the teenaged main characters towering over them. Probably to signify that in this world, Adults Are Useless, and it's actually the teenagers who run the school and drive the plot. Exceptions are some of the parents: Itou's mom is tall, and Yamada's mom seems to be of average height.
  • Terrible Artist: Yamada.
  • Their First Time: There is a bit of a (mostly comical) subplot on why Yamada and Shiraishi haven't had sex yet after becoming a couple. It hasn't been directly confirmed that they are virgins, but it's obvious from how they were estranged from other people before they met each other. A lot of the other characters ponder why nothing has happened, but when Yamada is so awkward that he gets nervous just by trying to hold Shiraishi's hand, there's probably a long way to go even if he does want it. The farthest they've come is Takuma ordering them to do it in the middle of the street, and Yamada's automatic reaction is unbelting his pants though he stops when he realizes what Takuma just said. The following interaction indicates that Shiraishi is ready, too, but nothing has happened since. And now that they're about to break up, they may have to start from scratch...
  • There Is Only One Bed: When Yamada stays the night at Itou who logically only has one bed in her room. Initially, they just automatically lie down together and even share the same blanket, but then Yamada has a delayed and very shocked realization that he's a guy (even though he's in Shiraishi's body), and she's a girl, so they shouldn't share a bed. Itou however insists that they share the bed, awkwardly forgetting that Yamada's not actually a girl. They end up sleeping in each their end of the bed (Itou puts up a line in the middle) and with separate blankets.
  • Time Stands Still: During a witch ceremony, from the time the ceremony officially starts, and until the wish is made, time will stand still for everyone except for the one making the wish and the seventh witch. Rika makes use it of this in her own way.
  • Too Dumb to Fool: Yamada gets this sometimes. Whenever somebody has a "wait a minute..." moment, it's usually Yamada.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Nene, thanks to a good dose of Love Redeems.
  • Torture Technician: Mikoto Asuka is one. You better don't mess with the President.
  • Two First Names: Mikoto Asuka. Mikoto is her first name but it's never used due to Last Name Basis.
  • Triang Relations: Two of them, both type 4: Shiraishi, Yamada and Nene; Leona, Yamazaki and Rika, with Rika and Nene as the Hopeless Suitor. Nene realized quite soon her love would remain unrequited and decided to back off, going for the I Want My Beloved to Be Happy route. Rika, not so much...
    • Type 7 is shaping up between Yamada, Shiraishi, and Himekawa. Yamada and Shiraishi are still a couple, but they are "on a break". In the meanwhile, Yamada has become close to Himekawa and may or may not have developed feelings for her (Miyamura thinks he has, but Yamada himself is confused), and she is obviously fond of him, too.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Of those who fit the personality we have Odagiri, Noa, Nancy, Leona, and Kimishima. Itou and Rika switch between Tsurime and Tareme Eyes depending on their mood.
  • Two Girls and a Guy: In the second part of the story, the remaining members of the Supernatural Studies Club are Shiraishi, Itou, and Tsubaki. Officially, Yamada and Miyamura are still members, but they never have time to show up anymore due to their student council work.
  • Two Girls to a Team: The Supernatural Studies Club has three male and two female members. In the first part of story, that is. As of chapter 91, Yamada and Miyamura unofficially leaves because they have become respectively student council secretary and president. However, now it's played straight in the student council which has six members, the two of them being Odagiri and Arisugawa.
  • Unperson: The "Witch Killers", Yamada and Tamaki, were this for a time, courtesy of the 7th Witch who can mindwipe people at will, except them. It only work once on Witches though.
  • The Unreveal: Chapter 153 ends with the implication that there will be a huge reveal about Yamada and Himekawa's shared past in the next chapter, told by Himekawa herself. But the next chapter opens with her accidentally tripping, falling into his arms. Suddenly, she finds the situation too awkward to tell anything and runs off instead.
  • Unwanted Harem: Almost all the Witches have been or are interested by Yamada. He couldn't care less since he only has Urara in mind.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Most friendships in the series have this to some degree, but Yamada and Itou exemplify it best. They spend most of their time bickering and insulting each other, but they are still good friends who are perfectly capable of enjoying each other's company. The bonus chapter shows it best. This is also how Yamada figured out that Itou was under a witch power in chapter 127. He knows she would never be so affectionate with him, but he also knows she supports him and his relationship to Shiraishi and would never lie just to drive them apart.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Sometimes done with towels or swimsuits, when body swapping is active.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Lampshaded. Yamada has shown to be a very good fighter in Shiraishi's and Itou's bodies even though they are smaller, weaker and more inexperienced than him. On the other hand, Itou loses miserably when she tries to fight in Yamada's more muscular and powerful body. Yamada points out that physical strength is not the factor that makes a good fighter - skills and spirit are.
  • Wham Line:
    • Chapter 57. "I love Shiraishi." - Yamada
  • Wham Episode
    • Chapter 60 & 61. The Seventh Witch has been at the school for over eight years - and no, she's not a teacher.
    • Chapter 66: The Seventh Witch has made her appearance, but she didn't erase Yamada's memory of Witches... she erased his friends' memories of him.
    • Chapter 75: Saionji attempts to use her memory-wiping power again... but she discovers It Only Works Once on witches. Yamada now gets the attention of the Student Council President.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Shiraishi's trio of friends hasn't been seen since chapter 20. She may have stopped hanging out with them because they only knew and admired her as the girl who stopped the peepers (which was really Yamada), while the Supernatural Studies Club members know and respect Shiraishi's actual personality... but then again, she did seem to enjoy their company as she stayed awake all night to talk with them on the field trip. It's not known for sure why they stopped appearing.
    • The old school building plays a role in several of the early arcs, especially Kimishima and Sarushima's arcs, but it hasn't been mentioned or seen ever since chapter 41 (neither has the new building that was supposed to replace it) which is a bit jarring for a location that was relatively important at the start.
    • Shiraishi's cat is only seen one time - the first time Yamada visits Shiraishi's house. At the following few visits, it doesn't seem to be around.
  • When She Smiles: Almost all of the antagonistic Witches give this to Yamada after some conflict-resolution occurs.
    • Shiraishi also fits this bill.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Leona's flashback takes up most of chapter 84 and the start of chapter 85.
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: It can be hard to believe in the story of the manga sometimes, between the Fantastically Indifferent people, the numerous Plot Holes or Asspulls and the Serial Escalation described under the Artifact Title trope. So many people related to witch powers should have got widely known a long time ago.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Yamada and Shiraishi. They Do
  • Wistful Amnesia: As Takigawa Noa tells Yamada after recovering her memories in chapter 78, to put it mildly.
    What… took you so long?
    There's been this… big, black hole in my heart. I was so confused. I couldn't understand why I would suddenly feel that way.
    • And given Shiraishi's tears after Yamada kissed Nene she feels this too.
    • Later revealed President Yamazaki had his memories erased by Rika so he would forget about Leona. When they meet again a year later, despite not knowing who she is, he finds himself crying.
  • World of Buxom: Not as extreme as in certain other mangas, but most girls in the series have relatively large breasts, with only Itou (average), Noa (small), and Kotori (flat) serving as the exceptions. However, since the school uniform sweaters give a case of Hidden Buxom, it's usually not too obvious, mostly becoming apparent when the characters are shown in their underwear/bikinis/naked.
  • Years Too Early: According to Odagiri, Arisugawa is 10 years too young to wear sexy lingerie. Cue Yamada finding out that Arisugawa's underwear is actually much more scanty than Odagiri's.
  • You Are Not Alone: Yamada tells Rika Saionji this. She confesses that when her power activated, people ignored her. She was truly invisible to anyone and everyone, save the Student Council President. He could speak with her, could be friends with her. It was the foundation of her trust for him. But when Yamada shakes that, he further counters Nene, Tamaki, and he now know about her, can be friends with her. She doesn't have to rely on the President to no longer be alone.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Based on the color pages and the animated promo — Yamada: dark blue, Itou: dark red/maroon, Miyamura: silver, Tsubaki: green, Nene: purple, Meiko: green, Noa: light blue, Maria: light pink)
    • In contrast, Shiraishi is blonde as is Rika Saionji.
  • Youthful Freckles: Rika Saionji.

Alternative Title(s):

Yamada And The Seven Witches