It is time for another TV vs Blu-ray article, this time checking out Witch Craft Works, animated by J.C.Staff. It is always interesting to see what the animation studios change for their “directors cut” of the series, since they have time to reproduce scenes of the anime. They may redraw scenes, add new ones, include flashier effects or just make it less sucky. Most of the time they are minor improvements.
All the images below are from the 2nd and 3rd Blu-ray volumes of Witch Craft Works, which contain episodes 3-4 and 5-6 respectively. So let’s see what changes the studio have made between the TV and Blu-ray release.
Spoilers for episodes 3, 4, 5 and 6 for Witch Craft Works.
Click on the images for the full resolution. The images on the left are the TV version and the images on the right are from the Blu-ray release
Witch Craft Works is a manga series from Ryuu Mizunagi that serialized in 2011 in Kodansha’s good! Afternoon magazine. To date there has been a total of 6 volumes released. The most recent volumes have all reached the top 30 on Oricon’s weekly top selling manga, during the first week of release. An anime adaptation of Witch Craft Works aired earlier this year. It was animated by J.C. Staff (Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, Toradora!) and is written and directed by Tsutomu Mizushima (Another, xxxHOLiC).
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
Takamiya Honoka is a regular student whose only problem seems to be that he sits next to Kagari Ayaka, the school’s #1 beauty. They have never spoken to each other before and any small interaction between them immediately results in her fanclub beating him. Yet when a falling part of the school’s building is about to send him to the afterlife, it’s Kagari that comes to his rescue. Only… she’s dressed as a witch, carrying him in her arms and floating on a broom?! Kagari tells him it is her mission to protect him and that now she can finally protect him openly rather than undercover.
All the images are from the second and third Blu-ray volumes of Witch Craft Works. The second volume and third volume are available from Amazon Japan for a total of ¥5,594 (~ $55.94 USD), which contains two episodes each. Volumes 4, 5 and 6 will be released later this year.
You can visit the anime’s website here: http://www.witch-cw-anime.jp/