I have always described Yamada-kun & The Seven Witches as a feel-good show for the misfits and oucasts alike. There are a lot of anime about an unlikely group going doing unlikely group hijinks with an overarching romantic plotline (which usually goes nowhere) around it, but I´m convinced that none do it like Yamada-kun does, here is why.
Ryuu Yamada is the resident delinquent of his highschool – as a troublemaker and underachiever, he´s the complete opposite of Urara Shiraishi, a hardworking student who doesn´t have a lot of friends. One day, Yamada falls off the stairs and as consequence kisses Shiraishi, just to wake up and find out they´ve switched bodies. Together, they find out that the school has a total of seven witches, and so they decide to look for them.
Yamada-kun feels like an anime that should´ve come out in 2006. My reason for saying this is completely and utterly baseless and irrelevant, but hey, it has a nostalgic feeling that I couldn´t let go of – this is a good thing. If you´ve ever felt out of place or if you were once alone, Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches will warm your heart.
On the contrary of what the poster might tell you, Yamada-kun isn´t a harem, it has as many male characters as female, there´s one obvious important romance (which actually ends nicely, or at least better than every other highschool comedy ever.) and the fanservice is kept lowkey – if anything, I´d call Yamada-kun the “male” version of Ouran Highschool Host Club, except this doesn´t parody anything, nor is it as funny or smart, but they´re both about an unlikely group of misfits, and this is a premise that always gets my gears going, so maybe I´m biased.
However, even if you don´t like this show, I genuinely think that Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches is the best of its kind, because it has archetypes, but they never feel annoying, it has anime-y hijinks, but for some reason, they didn´t make me roll my eyes to oblivion over how damn stupid it is – if I haven´t made it clear yet, I really, really love Yamada-kun & the Seven Witches in all its mediums; manga, drama, and now, anime.
And it´s weird. It´s weird because I usually don´t go for these types of shows, but with its selling point being “anime where there´s a lot of kissing” in a medium where kissing is put on a holy virgin pedestal, I just had to give it a shot, and thank God I did. I´ll miss it, I really will.
Final Verdict – 8.5 Probably not for everyone, but if you´re thirsty for an anime about highschool hijinks, this is your best bet – in my top 3 of the season because I´m a sucker for misfit feel-good shows. Yeah.