Meari to majo no hana (original title)
Directors: Hiromasa Yonebayashi, Giles New
Writers: Mary Stewart (based on the novel “The Little Broomstick” by) (as Mearî Suchuâtô), Riko Sakaguchi (screenplay by)
Stars: Hana Sugisaki, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Yûki Amami, Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Ewen Bremner
This animated feature is beautiful but lacks a little bit of punch story wise. Centered around the title character, Mary is a young, fiery redhead girl that stumbles upon the Fly-by-Night flower which when “popped” gives its bearer temporary magical powers. After finding a lone broomstick in the woods and releasing said magic upon the handle, she’s whisked off to a school for witches where, due to her being a child of red hair, she excels at complex level witchcraft. In time, mysteries unravel surrounding herself and the teachers especially, of the school and its up to Mary to solve and save the day. By no means is this a horrible view but it is relatively forgettable in the end.