Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Alt title: Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo

Vol: 28; Ch: 243
2012 - 2017
4.283 out of 5 from 2,324 votes
Rank #1,594
Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Class troublemaker Ryu Yamada is already having a bad day when he stumbles down a staircase along with star student Urara Shiraishi. When he wakes up, he realizes they have switched bodies—and that Ryu has the power to trade places with anyone just by kissing them! After figuring out the workings behind this new and amazing ability, Ryu and Urara take full advantage of the situation to improve their lives. But with such an oddly amazing power, just how long will Ryu and Urara be able to keep their secret under wraps?

Source: Kodansha

Extra story: The Devil's Classroom (volume 9)

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Yakoz
7

Yamada doesn't like school: he doesn't like studying and he can't make any friends because he's seen as a delinquent by everybody, so they tend to avoid him. One day he is having a bad one and, if things couldn't get worse, he falls down from the stairs together with Urara Shiraishi, one of the best (if not the best) female student of the school and their lips touch! Nobody's really hurt but.. they switched bodies?! Now Yamada is in Urara's body and vice-versa! How could that happen? This is how this rom-com called Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches starts. Discover all the mysteries that Suzaku High School hides, enjoy the adventure! Plus/minus considerations: STORY: the story starts really well, being not only unique and refreshing, but also entertaining and funny. As you can expect from the title, Suzaku High School hides some secrets about not just one, but seven witches that we know nothing about. Let's say that the situation gets out of hand quickly, opening doors for the recurrent gags: basically the comedic side of this manga. I really liked the whole deal: characters, story and art style. What ruined it for me then? Repetitiveness. We can divide this manga in 3 arcs: the first one is great, the other two are copies of the first one with minor changes and addition of new characters. It feels like, given that this manga was doing really well in popularity and sells, Kodansha decided to extend the project for another couple of years, dropping in quality. (+) ART: the art style is likeable, above average and gets better the more the manga goes. (++) CHARACTERS: I'll try to say it without revealing spoilers: the characters from the first arc are all great and fit perfectly; some of the characters from the second arc are also good; the rest is just mediocre at best, especially in the third arc. The best part about those characters is to see how they react when they witness and experience the body swapping, just great. I don't believe there's a growth in any character outside Yamada and Urara (the real main couple): these two are the only characters that really mature throughout the whole story, the other guys just help in some situations (that's what friends do) and contribute to mantain the plot alive. (++) Overall I was really happy when Yamada-kun started, becuase it really was something special and it saddens me that it loses quality gradually. But as I said already, second and third arc ruined a bit for me because I believe the story should've ended after the first arc. Since the story continued, I must rate everything and this is why my ratings dropped. If you like rom-coms this is a must try: you might like it, you might not like it, but I definitely suggest trying it.

Epimondas
7

This was a pretty good and fairly original story concept.  The first manga does an excellent job to pull you in and grab your attention.  Urara is one of the prettiest girls in school and cutest and would make a strong contender for one of the top ones ever.  She is however more than a tad overly logical, dispassionate, distant, cerebral, and lacks a certain feminine charm like personality. Yamada is barely more than a thug though one who like Bruce Banner in Hulk, often finds himself helping people despite his abrasive personality and punk reputation.  Where the manga starts to lose itself is after the story arc with the seventh witch.  After this not one set but multiple sets begin showing up.  The stories then start to feel a bit drab and formulaic with no end in sight where you had one before you get to that point.  I can not help but get the distince impression adding more manga chapters after that critical end point was solely to make more money and had little or nothing to do with the story, creativity, or author's original vision.  The story does little or nothing to alter that impression either.  Things feel a bit slowed down and muted even disinteresting after that seventh witch arc appears and passes.  I paused but may return and pick up on it later.  It loses a bit of it's teeth but I still have hope that it may improve and get that sharp edge it had before.  Aside from that, the story up until and the end of the 7th witch arc are pretty good and keep a certain kind of connected purposeful feel to it through out.  Yamada comes off as a kind of outsider witch who is not affected by the same sorts of things that affects the regular witches.  Shinichi shares this ability to an extent as well but seems a bit less able to affect those around him either with his more meek less active personality or his less useful powers. Yamada can and will wear down on you as his personality never seems to change all that much nor does it feel like he grows in a very constructive way or well at least not at a respectable rate. You might feel a bit let down how slow it is if it is even there at all.  He does help others but his situation never seems to improve much and more often actually tends to get worse.  In some ways this is actually similar to the anime Erased.  You will not exactly know what I mean until you at least get to the 7th witch story arc if not finish it.

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