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Witchcraft Works, Vol. 3

It’s still Thursday so it still counts as a midweek manga review! Apologies for the tardiness though. Very slow news week, but I still managed to find a few items of interest this week…

And now, onto the featured review of Witchcraft Works, Vol. 3!

Witchcraft Works, Vol. 3Witchcraft Works, Vol. 3
by Ryu Mizunagi
Vertical Comics, 190 pgs
Rating: Not Rated

From Ryu Mizunagi comes Witchcraft Works, Vol. 3 and the ongoing tale of Honoka Takaamiya, an ordinary high schooler until he finds himself dragged into a conflict involving many of his co-students who happen to be witches! Honoka’s life is further complicated as he learns that within him lies a powerful and mysterious witch known as Evermillion, making him a target for everyone!

Every now and then you come across a manga that leaves you scratching your head. Not because it’s thought provoking and not because it’s confusing, just because it fails to make any kind of real impression on you. Witchcraft Works, Vol. 3 is one of the manga.

Things kick off with a magical battle already involving a witch named Medusa and a whole lot of property destruction. That’s about the most exciting and interesting thing in this entire book. From there we descend into scenes discussing Honoka and the mysterious White Witch, Evermillion who is somehow locked inside of him. Her presence causes Honoka to become an object of desire for various witches and witch factions. Evermillion, incidentally, is sometimes referred to as the White Stuff. So yes… you have a bunch of magically powered girls battling over a high school student for the White Stuff inside of him. It doesn’t get any better from there folks. Complicating issues for Honoka is his weird relationship with Ayaka Kagari, who happens to be the most important and second most powerful figure in his high school, and his sister who appears to be harboring more than sisterly love for Honoka. Unfortunately for Witchcraft Works these complications and mysteries don’t come off as engaging or intriguing, and instead come off as kinda creepy and boring. Honoka’s personality is virtually nonexistent, and Kagari displays the emotional range of a plank, meaning that neither of the leads is terribly interesting or engaging.A Page from Witchcraft Works, Vol. 3

The artwork isn’t bad, in fact the color pages at the beginning are really beautiful, but sadly the interior art alternates between ok and a bit of a mess. A shot of Honoka’s sister flying through town on what appears to be some kind of origami’d bi-plane blends in with it’s backgrounds due to heavy use of patterns and thin line work, ruining what probably was meant to be a rather cool shot. Similar things happen once or twice with the overly lacey and ornate clothing the witches wear in combat. When the characters are just talking, plotting or hanging out though, Ryu Mizunagi’s artwork becomes fairly solid and easy to follow.

Maybe jumping into Witchcraft Works with the third volume wasn’t the hottest idea, but after reading this volume and looking into the series some more, I get the feeling it wouldn’t matter where I started, I’d still dislike it. What humor is present generally fails and the main characters are just downright bland. I’m not sure who the audience is for Witchcraft Works, Vol. 3, but I know I’m not among them.

Witchcraft Works, Vol. 3 is available now from Vertical Comics. Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  1. June 12, 2015 at 5:25 pm

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