Tweeny Witches (or Mahou Shoujo-tai Arisu for Japano-philes) involves female lead Arisu being whisked away to a magical world where witches make use of sprites to maintain the magic of their realm. In spite of her human origins, Arisu finds that she too can make use of magic in the realm and becomes acquainted with witch apprentices, Eva and Sheila, as she learns more of the world's workings.
At a glance, Tweeny Witches sports nothing groundbreaking in regards to its premise and characters. The focus on a magical world with witches is inspired from Western lore and the series is rather predictable in its plot developments with Arisu's trio tasked with retrieving the sprites they lost, gradually learning to bond with one another, and eventually coming across an enemy threat to the witch's realm. All the characters have their specific character types they fall under with Arisu the genki gal, Sheila the tsundere, and Eva having confidence issues. However, the series does do a competent job at fleshing out their characters and exploring more about the witch's realm and its workings with how they regard magic and any mingling they have with humans and male magic-users called warlocks. The chemistry between the three also makes for the more enjoyable, and sometimes funny, elements of the series. In spite of each episode to the series being only at eight minutes a piece, Tweeny Witches makes effective use of its time with character exploration and world-building.
If there's a major issue I do have with Tweeny Witches though, it comes from the show's forced efforts to push its moral. It seemed like Tweeny Witches may have been made in mind for a younger audience as it idealistically pushes the idea that one's wishes can come true if you wish hard enough for them. This is regularly forced down the viewer's throats by Arisu who has an idealistic bent in regards to her belief in magic being for the good of everyone and not harming others, this clashing with the more jaded outlook that the witches have in regards to its use. Still, this doesn't stop the series from seeming to conveniently work things in Arisu's favor at a number of points in the series to push its moral, even at the price of engaging storytelling for those not among the show's apparently young demographic.
Visuals for the series are a bit of a mixed bag. While sporting some creative settings and some Western-inspired character designs that stick out from the typical anime style, the series is rife in a good number of animation shortcuts to get around more elaborate animated sequences such as broom-flying scenes or any magical shenanigans occurring. Also, character designs can usually degrade in quality at points, this becoming noticeable during some later episodes in the series.
Still in spite of not offering anything groundbreaking, Tweeny Witches still made for solid entertainment in exploring the developments of Arisu and her friends within the world of witches, even if it gets a bit too heavy-handed at times with pushing its idealistic message.
Rating: 7 of 10
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