Manga: Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches
aka: Yamada-kun To7-nin No Majo
Yamada and friends.
"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 (who has been 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. Now also in animated form,
though only as a promotional video for the manga.
This manga provides 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. Moreover, according to Tamaki, the power it 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 soon goes in its own direction.
- All Men Are Perverts: While most are, Yamada is never shown using the swap or charm powers in perverted means.
- A Protagonist Is Ryu: Ryuu (or Ryu) Yamada.
- 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.
- 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 later that he is in love with her.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy
- Beach Episode: Chapter 25 and 26.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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's noted, has E-Cup breast.
- If the latest beach picture can be used as a reference then this applies to Nene, Maria and Rika as well.
- The Cameo: Daichi Shinagawa and Seiya Chiba, of Yoshikawa's previous manga, Flunk Punk Rumble, make a brief appearance in the first chapter.
- They also appear in the manga PV along with Hana and Rinka.
- 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.
- 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.
- Clingy Jealous Girl:
- Subverted often with Shirashi. 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.
- 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: Asuka Mikoto 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Emotionless Girl: Shiraishi seems to be this on the outside, but she's more emotional than most people would think.
- Flashback Nightmare: The power of Noa, which lets people see the traumatic events in someone's past after they fall asleep.
- The Four Gods: The school is 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.
- 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.
- Gender Bender: The first switch is with Shirashi, Yamada's female classmate who sits next to him. As they are joined by more students they all start trying out the body swapping.
- 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 Shirashi 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.
- Geometric Magic: The ceremony with the seven witches involves them standing in a circle equidistant from each other and the castor in the center.
- Going Commando: Rika Saionji states that she wear any since the day she forgot to put some on.
- Heel Realization: Upon seeing Lenora, 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.
- 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 Shirashi 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Intelligence Equals Isolation: Shirashi 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.
- It Only Works Once: Rika Saionji's amnesia power only works on a person once. No one, not even Rika, knew this until she failed to alter Nene's memories a second time.
- 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.
- 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..
- 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.
- Lemony Narrator: The margin notes look informative at first glance, but they are fond of dishing out superfluous information. And making fun of Yamada.
- 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.
- Love Triangle: Yamazaki, Lenora, and Rika once the memories come back. Miyamura is disturbed.
- 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.
- Meganekko: Meiko
- Ms. Fanservice: Nene, although it's always unintentional.
- 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.
- Muggle Best Friend: Miyamura and Itou (and later Tsubaki) have no powers, regardless the club members grow very close.
- 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.
- 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 Shirashi 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.
- Oblivious to Love: Yamada is kind of dense about the matter, as his focus is only on Shirashi, he doesn't realize if other girls are infatuated with him.
- OOC Is Serious Business:
- All the students started freaking out immediately when they noticed Yamada was studying seriously.
- Miyakura 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 Shirashi 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.
- Perception Filter: The power of Asuka Mikoto until Tamaki took it from her, which makes anyone that gets kissed be incapable of seeing that person. This enable her to swap body with Shiraishi and kidnap her per president's command.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Revenge: Miyamura's a transfer student who went to Suzaku to hunt down the Seventh Witch who messed with his sister.
- Reset Button: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sacred First Kiss: Interestingly averted. Both Shirashi 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.
- 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 Shirashi'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.
- 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- Staircase Tumble: In the very first chapter, which results in Shirashi 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: Shirashi's facial expression rarely changes. Even when she body swaps for the first time, she isn't alarmed about it at all.
- 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.
- Torture Technician: Asuka Mikoto is one. You better don't mess with the President.
- The Seven Mysteries: Suzaku High has their own set, and one of them is the mystery of the Witches.
- Terrible Artist: Yamada
- Unperson: The "Witch Killers", Yamada and Tamaki, now suffers from this, courtesy of the 7th Witch who can mindwipe people at will, except them. It only work once on Witches though.
- 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.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: Sometimes done with towels or swimsuits, when body swapping is active.
- 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. Yamada now gets the attention of the Student Council President.
- When She Smiles: Almost all of the antagonistic Witches give this to Yamada after some conflict-resolution occurs.
- Shiraishi also fits this bill.
- Will They or Won't They?: Yamada and Shiraishi.
- 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.
- 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 (the only one to fit a trope)
- In contrast, Shiraishi is blonde as is Rika Saionji.
- Youthful Freckles: Rika Saionji