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Witch Craft Works  
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The main character, 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 crossed words before, and even a small interaction between them results in her fan club beating him. Yet when a falling part of the school's building is about to send him to the afterlife, it was her that came to his rescue. Except, she was dressed as a witch, using a princess carry to hold him in her arms as she floated on a broom. She continues to protect him using her fire magic until the attempt on his life ends. She tells him it is her mission to protect him, and that now she can finally protect him openly (she used different means to protect him "undercover").

Why was Takamiya attacked, who asked Kagari to protect him, why does she refer to him as "my princess" and what is her fan club going to do to him now that she will be close to him openly?


Related Series
Kill Wizard (Prequel)

Associated Names
Witchcraft Works

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Latest Release(s)
v.11 c.54 by /a/nonymous (17d ago)
v.11 c.53 by /a/nonymous (49d ago)
v.10 c.52 by /a/nonymous (80d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
9 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 27

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (589 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.93 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 23rd 2016, 1:40pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
good! Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Vertical (9 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #570 increased(+166)
Monthly Pos #661 decreased(-93)
3 Month Pos #541 decreased(-38)
6 Month Pos #605 decreased(-19)

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On 4360 reading lists
On 1155 wish lists
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Witchcraft Works Gets Anime 1057 days, 18 hours, 10 minutes ago
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Witchcraft works! O RLY?   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jasperv
May 18th, 2012, 7:08am
well don't take this manga seriously and expect too much of it
but it has funny moments and twists and avert some clichés and tropes
so what if witchcraft is sufficently advanced science? and it works too ?
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too average   
Rating: N/A
by whitespade
March 18th, 2012, 6:00pm
granted i only read 3 chapters...but those 3 are just too average i cant stand it! theres nothing that keep me interested, no the character, the plot, the art....i couldnt even hate it, it is just damn boring and safe. i think this is okay for people that read manga sparingly but for manga addict, this just wont do.
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idea is an old one, but execution is well done   
Rating: 7.4 / 10.0
by infinity9001
February 21st, 2012, 1:30pm
The gender reversal isn't a new idea, but neither is it one that's well executed in other mangas. Too often does the weak male have few redeeming qualities, and too often is the strong girl hopelessly lovestruck. Takamiya, our male protagonist, may be physically weak, but he's not a douche bag like other male leads; he's thoughtful, kind, and caring. He realizes his deficiencies and rather than wallowing in depression, he tries to proactively make up for them. Kagari, on the other hand, may seem like a stereotypical silent and strong character, but she's much more than that. They make a really great pair.

Also, the art and humor are really well done. I totally cracked up when Kagari called Takamiya "my princess", and I love Takamiya's reactions to the things Kagari does. All in all, a nice read that's done well with an idea that's often executed horribly.

... Last updated on February 21st, 2012, 1:31pm
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should get an anime   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by remi39
November 18th, 2011, 6:20am
i really like it and i think it would be perfect as an anime. i'm looking forward to reading more and i'll keep wishing for a possible anime adaptation no matter how much of a longshot that may be at the moment
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Fun Manga w/ Interesting Characters   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by AMetroid
November 13th, 2011, 11:03pm
The male lead isn't strong, but all things considered I think is portrayed acting in a manner that an average guy might act.
The female lead hasn't been really fleshed-out yet. Making her stoic with so many outstanding characteristics and no real defects dose make her less interesting. However there are some hints that the author may be going the rout of slowly introducing a more complex character, rather then one that can be described in 2-3 words.
The other supporting characters haven't been given much time yet, but they all look to add some rather interesting flavor to the series.

I really like the art style in depicting the magic and it's design.

Rating: 4 of 5 (as of ch11)
A rather fun manga so far. With some further development, and if the magic doesn't feel too Deus ex Machina, then I can see this being a 5 star manga.

... Last updated on November 13th, 2011, 11:04pm
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A really good manga about Witches& Witchcraft!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by tc-man
September 8th, 2011, 6:14pm
This is one of the few mangas I read about witches. Interesting ideas, nice character design, likeable characters and this manga has some good and detailed art. I read the first 9 chapters, and I think the character development of the male protagonist is pretty good (i.e. in just 9 chapters, although I am expecting much better development in future chapters) and the chemistry between the male and female protagonists is really good; they are pretty cute too when they are together. One "drawback" is that this manga is getting slow releases in Japan (I heard that it's a bi-monthly release? But the mangaka gets more time to work on this magnificient manga). This manga gets from me a temp score of 9 out of 10 (in the hope that there will be a deeper story/plot so it could mature into an awesome manga).

... Last updated on September 9th, 2011, 2:05pm
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Scanlations also released by 4chan   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Naeko
June 6th, 2011, 7:34am
This series has a slight Alice in Wonderland feel to me with the way certain protagonists have exaggerated behavioural styles and the antagonists have fanciful incomplete approaches to taking on Ayaka. Hopefully Honoka will begin to justify his presence as the only male character with any appreciable time in the story. So far, he's been a wooden character only doing things needed by the plot as opposed to having the character drive the plot. He needs to be more than well-armed driftwood floating wherever the currents take him on the sea of fate.

Scanlations in english have also been released for Witch Craft Works on the /a/ subforum of 4chan as a community effort by whoever is in the /a/ subforum and is interested at that time. Translated releases on the forum are accompanied by the archived translated release on mediafire DDL. Chapter 05 was released Jan 27, 2011. Chapter 07 was released on May 28, 2011. Chapter 08 was released on June 03, 2011. Chapter 09 was released on July 13, 2011 with a simultaneous mediafire DDL.

... Last updated on July 13th, 2011, 4:47pm
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Pitiful male lead   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Fathom
May 19th, 2011, 4:31pm
I always find it amusing to some degree w/ the gender switches roles. In this case, the heroine, Kagari, is a towering Amazonian woman who is smart and pretty much perfect, except that she doesn’t talk much and would rather just coldly get rid of any nuisances like burning her enemies alive. She will also often carry Takamiya in her arms princess style.

Takimya’s personality isn’t quite cowardly, but he tries to not to get involved w/ the most popular girl in the school because of the bullies. However, once he finds about who Kagari is, he does seek knowledge to help her in her fights. I do feel for the guy though, because Kagari refuses to tell him why all the witches are after him and why she is protecting him the first place. What is the “white stuff” that the witches want from him? In some ways, this is one of the things I don’t like about this series. We’re left in the dark about this as the reader so the plot is nothing but about a bunch of either sexy looking or cute looking witches fighting each other. Hmm, kind of like “Sekirei”.

The artwork is ok. The disparity in the sizes of the heroine and the guy is a little disconcerting. I’ve read series w/ tall heroines and cute petite heroes. But this hero is just the standard looking guy, w/ an emotionless Amazonian that has no qualms about torturing the enemy for information.

Honestly, I’m not sure if I like the series yet, so I’ll wait until a couple of more chapters and see if the questions get answered.
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reply to SSJR2   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by gunzen
April 16th, 2011, 4:03pm
The series has already been on for a year in Kodansha's Good Afternoon Magazine. Keeping in mind that Witch Craft Works is released 6 times a year, or once every two months, I think we can safely conclude that this series penned by Mizunagi Ryuu-sensei is pretty much, going to continue. There are 7 confirmed releases in Japan already. This means that, if there ever was a 1 year or 6 issue trial, then that trial has been successfully overcome.

As to what makes Witch Craft Works the way it is, I wouldn't know. It has an undefinable element. Well, whatever it is, it managed to capture my interest, and a lot of other people's as well.

I wouldn't go so far as to call it unique. Maybe its just the attitude of Kagari. Her face is inscrutable. She's so deadpan, yet she delivers jokes with a straight face, sometimes even in a derogatory manner at Takamiya's expense. She makes fun of his weaknesses in her own way, but she does it all with that same, expressionless face. You'd think that her face was made out of marble cause it simply has no expression, not even when her "princess" is in danger.

Anyway, I liked this series so much that I begged Animexis to allow me to work it.

lol I'm good at begging

... Last updated on April 16th, 2011, 5:38pm
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Too early to tell   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sparticus_37
February 24th, 2011, 12:00am
Story interesting so far. hopefully the author continues to develop the backstory between Takamiya & Kagari. in terms of action its kinda like "weak protagonist who becomes strong but gets protected by secondary characters". This could turn into a harem situation with all the witches that go to their school. There is no solid long term goal for the protagonist so this may turn into a short seriaization

Art: 7.9
Characters: 7
Plot: 7.8
Interset level: 8

Overall: 8.2
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