The art style of this manga is very clean with the style lending its self well to this kind of manga. The action scenes come alive frame by frame with any explosions or flames looking like the page will go up at any minute. The Artist does a great job with showing the emotions of the characters without them being too wild when they don’t need to be. You can almost hear what the character is thinking without even looking at their thought bubble. The characters are drawn well but not overly sexualized like they can be in other manga. Magika Swordsman and Summoner I am looking at you. And lastly the good flow of the pages helps to keep you turning pages to see what happens next.
For this new manga review we have Witchcraft Works by author Ryū Mizunagi. This manga is a fantasy battle manga that takes the world of witches and wizards and throws a completely new spin on it. The series is currently being published both Digitally and in paperback forms by Kodansha Comics (Digital) and Vertical Comics (Paperback). A 12 episode anime adaption of the manga has already been made and was very true to the original work.
Takamiya Honoka is a regular student whose only problem seems to be that he sits next to Kagari Ayaka, the school’s #1 beauty. They have never spoken to each other before and any small interaction between them immediately results in her fanclub beating him. Yet when a falling part of the school’s building is about to send him to the afterlife, it’s Kagari that comes to his rescue. Only… she’s dressed as a witch, carrying him in her arms and floating on a broom?! Kagari tells him it is her mission to protect him and that now she can finally protect him openly rather than undercover.
This series has many characters that will come and go chapter by chapter volume by volume but the two main characters are Ayaka Kagari and Honoka Takamiya. These two are the ones that will in almost every chapter of the series.
Ayaka is a very powerful witch that as you learn has many secrets that she keeps very much to herself. This character is drawn very well even if she doesn’t show many emotions on her face. She is quite beautiful like most of the girls in the series but what draws you to her is her expressionless personality. It is this that trait of hers makes the moments where she does show emotion in some way (Not always with her face) so much better and makes the character that much deeper.
Honoka is the type of character that you can’t help but feel sorry for and want to face palm at sometimes. He shows far more emotions then Ayaka does even in bad situations but he always tries to keep a positive attitude and be the level headed person among the chaos that is going on around him. The interaction between these two characters makes for some of the best moments in the series.
The other characters the story willintroduce across series will range from the Honoka’s broconv of a sister to Ayaka’s ice witch childhood friend and many others with their own very differing personalities. Each character feels very flushed out even if they are not going to be in many chapters. Even the bad guys you can’t help but root for some times in the story.
The story follows a typical arc style with a good flowing story with characters that are only in one arc are brought back for a cameo in a later volume and doesn’t feel out of place as their cameo takes place in the context of the current arc. The author has created a wonderful world where they can tell the stories of the main characters but have enough story to tell side stories of the side characters as well.
Some of the negatives that I have found for this series is that the main character Honaka can get a little annoying with what a bumbling fool he can be but his earnestness does start to grow on you and he becomes less of a fool as the volumes go on. The series also needs more backstory and world building to help explain some of the different things happen in the series. So many things take place or are talked about that you start to wonder if you had missed something in a previous volume or something.
This is a very good series with action, drama, and humor all in one package. The characters are all very well thought out with none of them seeming like they are just there just to be there and don’t add something to the story or world. If you liked the Trinity Seven series or the Irregular student at magic High you will enjoy this series.