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Tongari Boushi no Atelier  
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In a wonderfully created fantasy world, Coco is a young normal country seamstress who has always been fanatic about magic and dreams of using it. However, it is said that magic can only be used by witches. One day, Coco secretly witnesses a traveling witch, Quifrey, doing magic by drawing it. Equipped with this bit of knowledge, Coco, using an old magic book and pen she had gotten from a mysterious brimmed hat witch when she was little, tries drawing her own magic. This results with her turning her home and mother to stone. In order to rescue her mother, Coco must become a witch so she may gain access to a witch's library where she hopes to find a counter spell. Quifrey who is already instructing three other girls in magic, agrees to let Coco become his fourth witch apprentice. The story will follow Coco's apprenticeship as she discovers the secret world of magic, encounters dangers, and learn the mysteries involving the forbidden group of brimmed hat witches who have taken an unknown interest in her.

Note: Nominated for the 11th Manga Taishou Award in 2018.


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Associated Names
Atelier of Witch Hat
Atelier of Witch Hat: Das Geheimnis der Hexen
L'atelier des sorciers
Tongari Booshi no Atorie
Tongari Boushi no Atorie
Tongari Bōshi no Atelier
Tongari Bōshi no Atorie
Tongariboushi no Atelier
Witch Hat Atelier

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4 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (109 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.97 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 18th 2019, 12:21pm PST



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Morning Two (Kodansha)

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English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (March 2019; Print)

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impressive worldbuilding and art   
Rating: N/A
by buxu449
November 24th, 2018, 7:32pm
this one really stands out as a japanese manga... because it doesnt look like one.

Mostly it doesnt feel manga to me, it has lots of influences from american and european comics, the art style reminds alot to creators of old like sergi toppi, actually even the way the story is paced and crafted its just like the european and amercian style of some works from 100 years ago, i dont know if the author got these influences or grew up with western works but i would say, it seems so.

said that it still has some things that remember manga, like in the cuteness and such.

Good things:

- the art, its just stunning, not just the details, but the compositions and its design, its both stunning and smartly done, and its actually what really makes me wana keep reading

- the worldbuilding, its very interesting to see all the things the author show that can be done with magic and how the characters use the magic to interact with their environment, there is an eye for physics and careful thought you dont always see in 1 week manga updates.

the story, it has its strong points, they speak about life as creators and the struggles this little whichs go through, and the challenges of what it means to study a difficult craft and be in an environent wwith people you dont always have a good time with, there is psycological depth here and there


Bad things

- the art, ironically, the art its also a drawback, the quality is way too constant and monotous, almost like robotic at some point of how good it is, its stunning yeah, but at the same time the quality stops to surprise you and becomes way too stiff.

- the characters, their not exactly amazing... their kinda dull actually, mostly a bunch of kids who are like cotton candy with their problems, and a teacher who is very kind and good, he seems to have a secret and dark past... that i have the feeling its not gonna surprise me...

- the story, all feels very traditional, very monotonous, almost like the author likes old fashioned stories and makes a point to stick to the tradition, maybe if you never read a comic about magic youll love it, for me its just more of the same and way too correct, so correct it hurts the brain.
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6/10 for art and explanations   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Seregosa
October 24th, 2018, 5:21am
The only thing truly exceptional about this is the art and explanations. It's actually ridiculous and amazing at the same time that someone would go through such lengths to draw a manga. It's indeed like an artbook, for better or worse, with so many small details. The explanations are also very thorough, we get to understand everything the mc comes to understand, how magic works and every process of it. It's pretty rare, but honestly it can be a bit unnecessary as well, so it's not always something good when done to such great lengths.

This manga just didn't appeal to me for various reasons. The first is the art. The second is the explanations. The third is the characters and the fourth is the flawed logic of the whole thing. The art feels lifeless and dead as a result of giving it too many details. It doesn't feel vibrant, it gives me more of a feeling where I'm looking at pretty pictures in an artbook than an actual story. It's nice to look at but makes it very hard to immerself oneself.

The explanations are nice, but it's often overdone, going beyond what is necessesary or reasonable. I don't want to know every little detail about witchcraft from the basics, after all, I'm not here to learn witchcraft, I'm here to read a story. While this makes it engaging in a way and lets you immerse yourself into this fantasy witch world, it does so in a way I don't appreciate as I find it kinda tedious and boring at times when things are explained in such excruciating detail about the witch powers, methods and rules. Maybe if you gave me this in a audio book format to listen to while doing something else such as working, it might hit home much, much better.

The characters here are kinda dull for my tastes. Some of them feel alive, but at the same time doesn't. I also don't like that kid who essentially endangered the mc's life without permission for no other reason than "I don't like you because you didn't grow up with magic as you're not even as skilled as me". The lack of punishment and weight of it all from the teacher made it even worse, it's as if it didn't matter at all, instead it's somehow the mc's fault that she didn't know better. That he even left a kid to test/teach an absolute newbie as he went on her merry way to get some stuff made it even worse, is he retarded?

I also can't get behind the mc's happy-go-lucky attitude. You essentially killed your own mother and everyone else in the house, albeit by mistake, yet you get over it that quickly and have no negative feelings against magic after that experience? Come on. I get that she believes she can reverse it if she becomes skilled enough, but there's so many unsure parts that should cause worry and at the very least you shouldn't just jump into learning magic with eyes glimmering instantly. She's also way too naive, but I can understand that from her age, I never really liked child mcs in the first place, well, at least not those who act like children(let's be honest, almost no "children" in anime/manga/novels truly act like children, not even a bit except perhaps being a bit immature and acting without thinking, which is just as normal in adults), it's very hard or impossible to relate to, especially when you're an adult male that has no urge whatsoever to become a parent, ever.

Now we come to the flaws in the plot overall. I just don't feel like this setting is even remotely realistic, at least not enough for a manga that clearly prides itself on trying to be realistic both in art and writing(as realistic as you can get in a fantasy world). So, magic is actually usable by everyone and everything as long as they have some ink and paper and knows a few symbols, be it males or males, I don't doubt that even animals can use it if they somehow develop the ability to draw, the mc managed to draw produce magic after imitating some symbols messily and tracing a magic spell in a book. Yet no one knows that this is the case even though everyone in the world knew this a while ago since it was extremely widespread and used in wars and everything else, even now it's not like the common populace are devoid of magic, nope, there's magic everywhere you look, be it magic drawings, constructs, ponds etc, that people wouldn't somehow find out is impossible. Sure, mass specific memory erasure magic, maybe that's what happened? Not that it seems witches in this story are capable of something like that. Also, it's not as if wars would stop just because normal people couldn't use magic anymore, especially not since normal people can clearly use magic with the help of the many witches, there are also "enemy" witches which would help anyway, so stupid. Then we come to the laws of this magic world. It seems that it's absolutely prohibited to use any magic on a witch's body. Like, tattooing in a magic circle which can help greatly. That seems really stupid, especially in a medieval world like this, the author should just say that messing with life is prohibited instead, like resurrecting the dead, that's much more realistic. Well, maybe there's an explanation later on for that, I didn't last for more than roughly two volumes before I decided that it was too much of a pain to keep on reading.

In the first place, the very motivations of the magic teacher is flawed. He's going to keep her there and teache her to be a witch becuase she's the only lead? What only lead? Surely there must be other leads since they know of these mysterious "evil" witches. Even if not, I don't see how a helpless, naive girl that has no magic knowledge would act as a proper lead, she doesn't even have the book anymore because, for some reason, the magic teacher came at the very last millisecond and couldn't do anything but grasp her? Really, if he wanted leads, he would grasp the book, not her. There's also no reason for him coming so late that he can't even grasp the book which would take about half a second more, they managed to get out fairly easily, why would she risk her life for an unknown girl anyway? Sure, the girl might remember some of the contents of the book, but I don't see how she's useful beyond that. It's not as if he, the magic teacher, even planned on teaching her before well after he grasped her. I get headaches from stuff like this.

So, this manga has very pretty art and thorough explanations, but it lacks in pretty much every other department. I couldn't enjoy it at all because I simply didn't like the mood(it felt a bit gloomy and dull) of this thing or how it flowed, neither did I get fond of any of the characters. If the things I dislike sounds like pros rather than cons to you, you could always give it a try. I can easily see why some people would love this with all their heart and it is also apparent in the comments. I could especially think that if you're really into witchcraft and want a relatively realistic and good depiction of it all and the journey to become a witch, you will love this. I never had that hobby though, I'm more of a wizard/warrior guy, hahaha. Using your body or a staff as a medium along with spells or thoughts is just much more interesting than drawing things with ink.

... Last updated on October 24th, 2018, 5:24am
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Wonderful art, but some annoying characters.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
October 18th, 2018, 1:37pm
The art is phenomenal, and the magic is simultaneously magical and somewhat rule-based. But some of the side characters are unbelievable annoying. By chapter 8, multiple characters seem to exist only to victim-blame Coco.

For instance:
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Agathe, one of Coco's fellow disciples, makes Coco take a trial that could kill her, just because she thinks Coco hasn't earned her role as a disciple. And for this, Agathe isn't even punished.

That said, this becomes less of a problem later on, which gives some of the more interesting characters a chance to shine.

... Last updated on October 19th, 2018, 1:26am
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Oddly boring   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by CCheshire
July 18th, 2018, 7:30pm
It started out fine but the longer I read the more bored I became of the story. It takes a lot to ruin magic so this is unique exp. The characters feel stock and 1D along with less than engaging plot means I dropped the series after a few ch. The art is lovely though.
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One of the best manga I ever read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by corpseboy
July 12th, 2018, 2:38am
This is clearly one of my all-time favorites. I just love the beautifully told story of Coco who wants to become a real witch at whatever the cost. There's emotional depth, mystery, humor, adventure and everything in between. The unique universe the mangaka came up with really has tons of potential. And the artwork is of extremely outstanding quality and quite magical in itself. Whenever I turn one of the pages, I'm blown away by how much detail there is in every single panel - you can easily tell that the mangaka loves their craft. Definitely read it or you're going to miss out on one of the most precious experiences in your manga life.

... Last updated on July 12th, 2018, 2:39am
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One of the best magic related mangas out there   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Xtrathx
July 8th, 2018, 3:43pm
I don't even remember how i stumbled across this series, but I'm so glad i did, the art is breathtaking, the characters are really likable specially the protagonist that quickly became someone i wanted to see succeed. But by far the best of the manga is the magic system, in mangas where magic is the main focus the magic is either too simplistic and with no clear rules or it's super complicated but it's boring to learn every single little detail, this manga is on the complicated site but because everything is done by drawings, it's not that hard to understand once you get familiarized with the principal symbols and it makes you want to learn along the way with the protagonist how every type of drawings works.

Now this series is not perfect, it's just starting so it could always get boring along the way, but as of now there's no evidence that's going to happen and the main problem is that as of the moment I am writing this review there's no one translating it, the manga is going to get an official release and I'm going to get it once it comes out, but waiting for the volumes to release is always a pain in the ass.

But anyway, i can see this manga rising to my favorite list on the near future. Anyone who loves manga where magic is the main focus should read it.

... Last updated on September 7th, 2018, 2:19pm
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An artbook in manga form   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by NazarethSTG
June 19th, 2018, 9:54am
Witch Hat Atelier joins the wave of amazing seinen manga done by female mangaka. Created by one of the finest Japanese artists of the moment, every page feels like it comes out from a black and white artbook. And while the technique and detail in display is amazing, what is truly breath-taking is the paneling: in every chapter Shirahama Kamome manages to find novel ways to use the panels, giving it a look like nothing else on the market right now.

And, thankfully, the story and characters are up to the task, too. The world is intricate and detailed, with magic with clearly explained rules and mechanics that make it look like an actual craft or science of this world; magic is cast by drawing glyphs, and drawing them incorrectly can mess it up, or certain modifications in the glyph may augment or alter its functioning.

There's a sort of bureaucracy that regulates the usage of magic and decides who can and cannot cast spells, and going against it can end up with the culprit having his/her memories erased. This is said to be in place to prevent magic from being used as weapons, which caused wars before, but something else seems to be going on.

If you are eager to read a great and fresh fantasy manga that tries to attempt new angles, look no further. Witch Hat Atelier is one of the best you can find.
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Excellent fantasy, heavy roots in tradition, & a strange kind of magic. JUST READ IT   
Rating: N/A
by Swifft
October 15th, 2017, 6:33pm
This manga is about a world of magic where magic is able to be used by anyone, but that fact is kept secret. Magic only needs special ink to be performed; draw a glyph with that ink, and voila, magic. Our main character learns this fact by a strange hand of fate, and is shakily propelled into the world of magical apprenticeship. It's GREAT. Has very strong, very memorable characters and a very intriguing story. And that ART. Good GOD. Wrote a long review on the series you can read below. Damn, great manga.

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I want more   
Rating: N/A
by hackenbush
June 28th, 2017, 10:58pm
This one I find really intriguing so far. It has good world building and the magic system is fairly well thought out. The beautiful designs of the creatures, land, and buildings makes it easy for me to accept it's fantasy world. The front story follows a young wannabe-witch girl who accidentally dabbles in unknown dangerous magic. As a results, she turns her mother and home to crystal, along with the magic book she used. In order to find a way to free her mother, the girl must become a witch and gain access to a Witches-only library to find the spell she used and hopefully it's counter-spell. She is taken in as an apprentice by the Warlock (calling a guy a witch seems wrong to me) who saved her from being crystallized with her home. The story will seem to mainly follow the girl and the Warlock's three other apprentice girls as they learn to become Witches.

Then there is the background story that's going on, which still remains unclear. I think the Warlock has some dislike towards the Witches' hierarchy and so lives away from them. Then there's some stuff on an opposing fracture of Witches that the Warlock is hunting, who seem to be trying to mess things up with the practice of magic, and for some reason the main girl is mixed up in all of it.

As for the characters, they are alright so far. There's nothing about them that makes them stand and makes me root for them. They are just there for the story. This is probably this manga's weakest point. However, none of them annoy me, so that's always a plus in my book. This is only based on 4 chapters so there is plenty of room for character development.

Overall, beautiful drawings, interesting story, good magic system, and it leaves me wanting to read more.
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wonderful gem of a manga   
Rating: N/A
by Rin_Uzuki
February 8th, 2017, 1:21pm
Beautiful art, great pacing, and inventive items and spells. I'm hooked! This series is a real joy to translate, and I hope a lot of people can enjoy it. Fingers crossed that it'll be officially licensed for the English-language market!

... Last updated on April 22nd, 2017, 6:25pm
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