Witch Hat Atelier

Alt title: Tongari Boushi no Atelier

Vol: 11+; Ch: 68+
2016 - ?
4.329 out of 5 from 775 votes
Rank #238
Witch Hat Atelier

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 the gift for magic. She's resigned to her un-magical life, until a traveling magician passes through her village, and Coco learns what what everybody "knows" might not be the truth.

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Daughter of a seamtress in the countryside, young Coco is crushed when told she cannot be a witch. But that doesn't stop her from admiring the awe-inspiring works of witches. A mysterious person gives her a book containing sigils. One night, she studies them with dire consequences, and with them she is ushered into the world of magic she never thought she'd be part of.  🎇🍀🎇🍀🎇🍀🎇 Atelier is a French word, thus Atelier is pronounced  "a- te- yay." I made the mistake of pronouncing it as a-te-leer. 🙃 Me dumb. And for anyone who doesn't want to Google the word, an atelier is a workshop.  I wanted to make a traditional review for this, but so many others already have and expressed my views on this wonderful series already. So I want to be informational instead.  Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama is a beautifully drawn adventure into a world of magic. The laws of magic are grounded enough by clear rules to be believable. The motivations are understandable, and characters are relatable. Coco, our protagonist, is sweet, endearing, and inexperienced, but not dumb. Her teacher Qifrey (most likely pronounced Kif-ree) is charming, and is smart in practice, not just because he has specticles. The characters step out of their tropes and breathe new life into the genre.  It is one of those rare stories in which the detail, power of the story telling, and characters create an "atmosphere" while reading it. You fall into it.  The only thing keeping me from giving this a perfect 10/10, is the premise is not original.  And it's getting an anime adaption! I pray that the studio does not muck it up.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWQcGYeygz0

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