Hobgoblin: Majo to Futari

Vol: 1; Ch: 12
2011 - 2015
3.789 out of 5 from 31 votes
Rank #13,087
Hobgoblin: Majo to Futari

Within a forest, there exists a fairy of the hearth named Pauline. She lives together with Baba, an old witch that often yells at her for something or other. One day, a kingdom seeks to unravel the mystery of the 'curse' afflicting their princess, and then...

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The lack of a straight man. Just silliness presented with a straight face. Or that's how the first several chapters are at least. Starting with chapter six, an actual plotline with intrigue and tension and poetic justice is presented. This does shift the tone of the story a little bit--from being a lighthearted comedy to being a drama, though still pretty fluffy. The explanation for Baba Yaga's gruffness seems a bit weak, but overall it was still well presented. In this story, there are two "masters of the house" who live in the forest and are creepy in differing ways. The one mainly focused on is the witch Baba Yaga, who has a insatiable appetite and a cruel and unforgiving attitude. Pauline is Baba Yaga's servant helper and Imogene serves the other person (who I believe remains unnamed). Both Pauline and Imogene are fairies of the hearth, or hobgoblins, though outwardly they appear to just be human children. I will mention that my mental picture of hobgoblins has been mostly influenced by D&D and modern fantasy stories, so I was a little surprised to learn that the term initially was used to describe fairies who would do simple chores around the house (in secret, I believe) while also perhaps being responsible for small pranks. Which is basically what these hobgoblins do, minus the secrecy and pranks. The "of the hearth" aspect is also expanded upon a bit, showing these fairies to have a form of immortality if they died afire and showing them being able to travel from flame to flame and to be summoned through hearth fires.

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