Witch Hat Atelier, Manga Recommendation of the Week!

Key Points for Manga Recommendation – Witch Hat Atelier:

  • Witch Hat Atelier follows Coco’s journey into the world of magic, blending mystery and adventure as she becomes an apprentice under enigmatic witch, Qifrey.
  • The manga excels in character development, with Coco’s growth intertwined with her interactions with fellow apprentices like Riche and Tetia, adding depth and warmth to the story.
  • Shirahama Kamone’s intricate art style complements the fantasy genre perfectly, enhancing the immersive experience of Witch Hat Atelier’s richly crafted world and its magical intricacies.

If you are like, you are probably missing Frieren a lot by this time. But don’t want to read the manga because you want to save the material for the inevitable Season 2. Well, if it is a different but similar manga you are looking for, I have got you covered. Witch Hat Atelier might not be as good as Frieren but it still has its own charm and it is quite different as well. The only reason I am even comparing the two is because I think people who enjoyed Frieren will like this manga too.

So welcome back to another edition of our manga recommendation series. This week we are talking about Witch Hat Atelier. I stumbled onto this series recently and I quite like it. So let’s talk about it today!

Check out the manga on Amazon!

Introduction

Witch Hat Atelier is written and illustrated by Shirahama Kamone. It has been serialized in the Morning Two magazine since July 2016 and is still ongoing. Currently, it has 13 volumes available, the 14th volume should be released later this year. It has a small spin-off manga but that is not necessary to read, the spin-off is more for fun. The manga also has a confirmed anime adaptation in production although no further details about it have been revealed yet.

Plot

The plot of this manga is pretty straightforward. A girl, Coco has always been fascinated with magic and the witches who use magic. She wants to become a witch too but their secrets are closely guarded. One day, she spies on a witch, Qifrey, and learns that a common picture book she owns is secretly a book about magic. So she goes home, tries it out, and of course, gets into trouble. The witch she spied on, Qifrey rescues her and agrees to take Coco as one of his apprentices.

As I said, it is a simple story. It is about catching a group of heretics called Brimmed Caps who have delved into forbidden knowledge and have spread various magical items among civilians. And it is about Coco learning magic and learning to get along with her fellow apprentices. It is simple but the series has some really good world-building to support the plot and that is what makes this manga stand out along with the characters. Speaking of

Characters

This manga has a lot of colorful characters. Qifrey himself is a very interesting character and he is an enigma of sorts, feels like no matter how much you learn about him, there is still something hidden. And then there are his other students like RIche, Tetia, etc. They bounce off well with Coco. Some of them don’t like Coco at first but over time they warm up to her. Coco has a character arc baked into the plot as she grows more accustomed to her new life and I appreciate that.

Art

The art style fits the fantasy genre of the series really well. I love how detailed everything is and the character designs manage to stand out. I appreciate when you can discern what a person is like from their design and this manga does that quite well.

Summing Up

Here’s why you should read Witch Hat Atelier:

  • Decent plot
  • Good world-building
  • Great characters
  • Good art

That is all for now! Let me know what you guys think in the comments. With that said, I will take my leave here.

Also, check out this week’s anime recommendation here!

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