I've tried finding the kanji by radical here using 广 but I can't find a match for the first and I'm not sure at all what the second is.

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    @everyone Did we decide these character recognition questions were off-topic?
    – user1478
    Feb 26, 2018 at 18:53
  • When you're reading, your brain actually uses the surrounding linguistic and non-linguistic context to determine which words are most likely, so when you ask questions like this, if you can include some context it can help people recognize what's written.
    – user1478
    Feb 26, 2018 at 19:15
  • The version of site policy in my head says character recognition requests are OK for characters (usually handwriting or calligraphy) which are hard to recognize, so that using the standard tools such as search by radical are hard to apply.
    – Earthliŋ
    Feb 26, 2018 at 19:20

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Looks like 魔女{まじょ} 'witch' to me.

My electronic dictionary shows a few forms for 魔 that might help a little:

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See how in each successive version the strokes become more connected, and there are fewer strokes total? The character in your image isn't the same as these, but similarly the strokes are more connected and the total number is somewhat reduced.

I think that the 林 portion is simplified with the last two strokes of each 木 together as one stroke, and then strokes 15 and 16 are connected (you can barely see stroke 16 but it's there where the pen curls back around and crosses itself). Strokes 20 and 21 can possibly be considered to be part of the last stroke, although it looks like they're entirely gone.

In 女, the top of the second stroke sometimes crosses the third horizontal stroke:

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(image taken from the 常用漢字表)

Anyway, when I look at it my brain sees 魔女{まじょ}. My brain wants it to be the imperative form of a verb with せ, but if there is a verb like that I've failed to read it :-)

  • That's certainly 魔女 but looks to be written either poorly or in haste...
    – psosuna
    Feb 28, 2018 at 22:03

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