Here is the article I promised on magic in anime, which will especially focus on Flying Witch. My arguements proceed from several premises, developed from Catholic theology and my years reading fantasy fiction, which I shall list here:
All occult magic–i.e. not the kind resorting to deception or sleight of hand–in the real world is evil.
Magic in the real world is evil because it involves the diabolic.
To encourage or to support magic or the occult is always wrong.
In fiction, there can exist types of magic not associated with the diabolic because the rules of fictional world and settings are not those of the real world.
The decision to approve or condemn a fictional work’s portrayal of magic depends upon its similarity to the occult and whether it presents the magic as positive or negative.
Here is the second part of my mid-season review. Looking at what’s written below, the general mood seems to be one of criticism, except for Kiznaiver, anyway. With that note, let’s get into my thoughts on Mayoiga, Kiznaiver, Haifuri, and Flying Witch.
5) Mayoiga (aka The Lost Village)
At this point, I’m sticking around merely to see the end of the show. I had hopes of these characters overcoming their fears and behaving rationally, but no dice. At last, we have discovered that a village adjoins Nanaki village beyond the tunnel and that the monsters are both produced by our characters fears and truly are able to interact with the real world. Our heroes must overcome their fears lest their phobias cause them more than mental harm, but can they?