- STAR RATING: Five stars
PAGE LENGTH: 208 pages
- DATE PUBLISHED: April 2nd 2019
- PUBLISHER: Kodansha Comics
WHAT SERIES? Witch Hat Atelier
- WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Vol 1, lol
- HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? Going off my very limited research, I believe there will be 11.
- CONTENT WARNINGS: Death of parent, Bullying, Grief
- IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: I have no recommendations yet in the world of manga!
In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch…until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she’s never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody “knows” might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem…
Witch Hat Atelier is the first manga I’ve ever read! It came highly recommended to me, so I jumped right in. It took me all of 30 seconds to get the hang of reading it — backwards to me — but there were a few pages were I did get confused. BUT THAT’S NEITHER HERE NOR THERE.
Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1 is SUCH a delightful little story. It’s about children, but it’s not childish. Hopefully, you understand the distinction there. There’s no real violence, and no real harm comes to anyone. It’s about discovery, about learning, and above all, about the love of magic. As someone who grew up absolutely wishing with all my might that Hogwarts was real and that I’d get to go, well, I identified with Coco a great deal. She’s a sweet, sweet little girl, and I can’t wait to see where her lessons take her.
NOW onto the REAL reason I picked Witch Hat Atelier up — the art itself. Holy crap – it is absolutely breathtakingly gorgeous. Even on the ‘regular’ frames. It’s all beautiful. And the spreads? Oh my god. There was more than one in this volume where I had to stop and really appreciate it for more than a couple of minutes. It’s so pretty. The way the artist does hair, especially? And draping fabric? Gah. Gorgeous.
So all-in-all this was a fantastic first manga for me. Five stars!
Oh and — the first volume (this one!) is available on KU right now!