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Liselotte & Witch's Forest, Vol. 1

(Liselotte & the Witch's Forest #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  421 ratings  ·  65 reviews
Despite being completely hopeless at endeavors like farming and cooking, Liselotte, a young lady of noble birth and guardian to twins Alto and Anna, picks up and moves to a remote land. At the easternmost reaches of her new home lies a forest where it's said witches roam. When Lise one day finds herself at the receiving end of an attack by one such witch, she's saved by th ...more
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Published July 26th 2016 by Yen Press (first published April 20th 2012)
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Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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Liselotte is a young woman of noble birth who moves to a remote part of the land with two servant children, Alto and Anna. Nearby is a forest, said to be the home of witches. When one attacks her she is rescued by a young man named Engetsu, who reminds her of someone from her past. When Yomi a witches' familiar joins them the mystery deepens...

Natsuki Takaya is the mangaka genius behind the world wide favorite Fruits Bask
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

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Liselotte & Witch's Forest is a fantasy version of Takaya-sensei's seemingly usual fair: character-driven goofiness with something darker and sadder lurking beneath the surface.

This manga focuses on the titular character, Liselotte, as she lives her life in exile "east of the east of the east." She's in the boonies, living with her two servants and is later joined by Engetsu, a strange man who reminds her of someone from her past. In this world, there are witches, and they seem to reside not
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea what’s going on but I love it
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Okay! I'm on board! Everyone is cute and backstory is hinted at! Also scary WITCHES.
Laura D
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
3.5 Takaya's art is as nice and cute as ever. The first volume has enough to make me keep reading but nothing that keeps me on the edge of my seat
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Natsuki Takaya never gives her game away, which is why I trust this series to bring me lots of laughter and tears. That being said, I have some reservations about the translation, not in terms of accuracy but rather because of its lack of a voice. I've noticed the recent YenPress editions of Fruits Basket suffer from the same flaw. Personally, I think literal translation can be a problem where it sacrifices the tone of the characters, and the Tokyopop translation had me rolling over laughing whe ...more
J'ai bien aimé ce premier tome. Difficile néanmoins de me prononcer plus, trop d'éléments nous sont encore cachés, les premières révélations ne sont pas incroyables et elles ajoutent encore plus de mystère à l'ensemble. Liselotte, l'héroïne, me semble trop gentille, mais en même temps on dirait qu'elle cache un caractère affirmé, j'attends donc de voir comment elle va être dans les prochains tomes. Les autres personnages doivent eux aussi en montrer plus, je ne sais pas trop quoi penser d'eux, m ...more
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Regsly by: Cppineapple
I've always liked Natsuki Takaya's art, even if her manga isn't super detailed and the main character, Liselotte, looks a lot like Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket. She keeps it simple, but there's always something likeable about the characters.
The plot however... For now I am just curious about Liselotte's backstory, the twins tale too, if they have one, and I'm not really reeled in with the witches or with Engetsu. As a matter of fact, the whole "we (may) have met before" trope has kind of worn
Oct 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
I really loved the characters in Fruits Basket, so I was super excited to see that Takaya had a new series. I wasn't aware that it was on hiatus, however, (and has been since 2013) so that makes me a little cautious about starting it and getting in to the characters only to have to take a long (perhaps forever) break from the story.

It's coming out fairly slowly in English, however, and I decided to give it a go anyway. The first volume is really just set up, and not a whole lot happens plot or
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Cute art. Not sure where the story's going, but there seems to be quite a lot there.
And here I was thinking that I would only like one manga by Natsuki Takaya, her most popular, 'Fruits Basket'.

'Liselotte & Witch's Forest, Vol. 1' is surprisingly nice, gentle, wholesome and simple, but not un-challenging. The characters are interesting and the mystery surrounding the setting and slow-burning plot is intriguing.

Liselotte is a young woman living in exile near a forest with two child servants, twins Alto and Anna. There are rumours of dangerous witches and familiars lurking i
Aug 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It felt quite muddled, and didn't get to the point (or the plot) soon enough; just wandered around with this chipper, cluelessly-positive-yet-hiding-sad-dark-feelings Polyanna-type girl exiled to an isolated rural cottage (howcome? We'll get to that later. Maybe. Sort of.) with two young servants. She doesn't know how to do anything, but cheerfully wants to do everything (*groan*), while her boy-servant doesn't want her to do anything and her girl-servant just kind of drifts around being cute an ...more
A. L.
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
*3.5 stars

Besides as a comparison to Fruits Basket, I didn't have much of an expectation getting into this book.
In my opinion, Takaya's art has improved in many areas; as is seen in this volume.
While I'm not entirely sure if I should be pleasantly surprised or not, this book was actually pretty cute.
I mean, sure. Odd things happen and there's at least one plot hole (why did they trust the familiar that cursed them to get medicine instead of poison?), but the slice of life side of the story (w
Jul 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga
The art is nice, there's promise of all sorts of darkness & backstory... but overall it just felt underwhelming and kinda boring.

The translation tries hard with different fonts styles but the words themselves read ...just... these weird disjointed awkward lines everywhere! Phrase from one chara or this other chara's thought or some kinda flashback narration?? The bubbles placement combined with fairly typical shojo artstyle of "barely backgrounds, plenty of screentone filler" doesn't help!

Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute, if a bit generic, shoujo manga. The protagonist Liselotte is a cheerful girl with a sad past-- she is living in the remote wilderness having been exiled from a life of wealth and nobility-- but she stays almost stubbornly positive despite that. Her companions are a set of twins who live with her as her servants, but it's in typical shoujo manga fashion where they have a more friendly and caring relationship. The cuteness of the twins' character designs and their funny and adorable interact ...more
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Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this volume. I have read a lot of Natsuki Takaya's work at this point and by now I can say I am a fan of hers. I wasn't sure about starting this series but I saw it at my local library and decided to pick up the five volumes because why not? Liselotte is very similar to both Tohru and Sakuya from Fruits Basket and Twinkle Stars (Both by Takaya as well) and so I guess she is a fan of writing sweet characters with a bit of a past with suffering. Still, this seems like a cute little serie ...more
Beth Kakuma-Depew
There's many layers I found annoying in this slow sweet Shojo story - the most obvious was the precious delicateness of the Blonde Princess - a flat character that bored me to death. But what's the deal with her two child servants? I liked the friendship Anna has for her Lady, but why is her brother so protective? Does he have a crush on her? And also, - why does she have child servants? Is that not creepy? The stock broody hero character is just meh, but that's to be expected.

Am I just over an
Marina Angeline
Liselotte and her two child-servants are living in a remote land, when Liselotte is attacked by a witch and rescued by a mysterious stranger. This story uses light humour and quirky conversations to keep it a light and easy read. There are many unresolved and unexplained characters and events that make me want to read volume 2.

I found the sequence and flow a bit confusing, but all-in-all it only took me about 1 hour to read, so re-reading and stumbling in parts wasn't a problem.
Rod Brown
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is very cute and gentle, to the point of being bland. My main complaint though is the word balloons. They float all over the place, sometimes covering the faces of characters, and are often difficult to trace back to the start of the sentence being spoken or even the character speaking them. Maybe they are being deliberately employed to obscure the fact that nothing much is going on here.

Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved fruits basket so I wanted to try out her other series.

I was confused as to what was going in the first part of the book, but the familiar gave me some back story that explained a lot and still left me with questions.

The mysterious En (as liselotte calls him) is the most intriguing character of all the ones I met so far. I want to know what's up with him.

It was an pretty good read. About 3.8 stars for me.
3 Stars

Was browsing casually at the library and saw this and thought it looked like a fun read. Also, I'm a huge fan of Fruits Basket, so I felt this was going to be great.

Whilst it was fun and interesting, the story felt rushed in parts, but I'm certainly planning to read on!
*searches library for other volumes*
Just Hind
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned
It was okay... a bit immature for my taste, and I think there is instalove in it. I'm also not that interested in the story. Yet, I think I'll continue- cause, the first volume is usually meaningless. It get's better... hopefully. I'm kind of curious about this witch stuff.
Elizabeth Licata
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This promises to be a charming series
Grace Mullins
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A cute widdle manga. Love it when I find ones like it. ❤
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wanted to like this because of Fruits Basket but I was so bored reading it.
Love her art style... Been hooked to Natsuki since Fruits Basket! And will continue to read her stories!
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
ça pourrait être sympa mais j'ai l'impression qu'il ne s'est rien passé dans le tome 1 (à part deux-trois niaiseries)... J'espère que les histoires de sorcières sont plus présentes dans la suite
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Natsuki Takaya (高屋 奈月 Takaya Natsuki, real name Naka Hatake) is the penname of a Japanese manga artist best-known for creating the series Fruits Basket. She was born on July 7, 1973; (Tanabata). Takaya is left-handed and once revealed that she wanted to be a mangaka since first grade, when her sister started drawing.

She was born in Shizuoka, Japan, but was raised in Tokyo, where she made her debu

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