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Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 1

(とんがり帽子のアトリエ [Tongari bōshi no Atelier] #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  7,746 ratings  ·  1,043 reviews
A TOUCH OF MAGIC 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 a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch…until the day she meets Qifrey ...more
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Kodansha Comics (first published January 23rd 2017)
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Ardith The age rating from the publisher is ages 10+. There is some artistic, non-sexual female nudity, if that is a concern for you. The content itself is c…moreThe age rating from the publisher is ages 10+. There is some artistic, non-sexual female nudity, if that is a concern for you. The content itself is clean in the first 2 books (which is as far as I've read so far).(less)
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Lois Bujold
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: manga readers and those who might like to try one
Recommended to Lois by: friend
Tried this on a rec from a manga-reading friend, in part for the artwork, which is just lovely. The slightly art-deco style reminds me somewhat of the elegant pre-WWII picture books still drifting around my house when I was a child -- Snip, Snap, and Snurr is a title that floats up, possibly slightly misremembered.

Base plot is not unusual, young girl discovers her magical powers, is drawn into adventures, adventure-thwarting parents variously got rid of. Dad predeceased the tale. Widowed mom was
¸¸.•*¨*•♫ Mrs. Buttercup •*¨*•♫♪
I can't remember the last time i read a manga in which the talent of the artist was so apparent. I really think Kamome Shirahama is one of the most talented mangaka I've ever read.


The story of this first volume is pretty simple: a girl wants to be a witch in a world where, she believes, people have to be born with magic powers, and she wasn't. Nothing extraordinary; nonetheless, the sheer ability of the artist with her pen is what made this book a work of art.


I love the two main characters, and
Dave Schaafsma
Thanks to the rave review from Lauren, and this has to be one of the best new manga I have read in the last couple years, the story of Coco, a girl who wants badly to be a witch. But as everyone knows, you have to be born a witch and can't just become one. Still, one day she finds a spell book, copies some spells and the magic gets a tad out of control. But (cute) Qifrey (another witch) takes her on as one of her apprentice to help her learn. Oh! So maybe there's a loophole witches maybe didn't ...more
Sam Quixote
Coco, the daughter of the village seamstress, dreams of being a witch. And she gets her chance at being one after a mysterious figure at a fair sells her a magic book and wand. Except she doesn’t know what she’s doing and accidentally transforms her mother into a statue! Luckily, a good witch – Qifrey – is nearby to save her from herself and decides to take her in as one of his students at his atelier. Coco must study magic to pass the Four Trials of the Librarians, gain access to the Tower of T ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, graphic
1st impression: Wow, these color plates are wonderful!
2nd impression: Oh, the black and white illustration is really good, too, although a bit too influenced by anime motion.
3rd impression: Fun fantasy plot...
4th impression: although the regular-kid-goes-to-magic-school, has mean antagonist roommate thing is kinda generic.
Final impression: well drawn, not as original as I hoped, interested in the larger arc and will continue reading.

(the backstory)
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, manga, 2018
Coco is me. I am coco.
This is way too cute and beautiful.
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
6 stars!

My favourite new manga series! I am IN LOVE! <3

Just by reading the blurb I knew Witch Hat Atelier was going to be a unique and fascinating manga which would leave me feeling utterly spellbound.

The story follows a girl named Coco who purchases a spell book from a mysterious figure and begins to copy the spells she finds in it. However, the magic she unleashes is potentially dangerous and a chance encounter with Qifrey (the witch) sees her being taken on as one of his apprentices to learn
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
I just read this digitally. I now have all six physical volumes ordered and making their way towards me. I'm a little upset with myself for not starting this sooner - yet at the same time, I am pretty darn excited that I have something to look forward to now.

Holy balls. I friggen love it. The art...the story...just the whole package, really.

Now if you'll excuse me...

*Goes and sits in front of the door until his order shows up*
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a beautifully presented manga, where the artwork was amazing. The artist involved is obviously very talented, and each page was a pleasure to read and look at.

The story itself is centered around a witch, and overall, the story is actually very simple, but the dramatic artwork brings it to life. The characters were interesting and likeable, and I think they all blended fairly well together.

I'd recommend this to anyone that can appreciate grand artwork when they see it.
Jen - The Tolkien Gal
Decided to read this series solely based on how badass this character's mode of transport is:

beldarut Tumblr posts -

I love it when disabled characters get a chance to exist in fantasy worlds. The "wheelchairs didn't exist" excuse is lame.

Update: I have finished this and am so excited to release my full review.
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
so lovely. the art was just the prettiest. the cast of characters was so vibrant and endearing, i loved all of them immediately. i adored the idea of just drawing magic, so creative and beautiful. i'll absolutely be reading more as soon as possible. ...more
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
Absolutely loved this! It's so cute and the artwork is gorgeous. Definitely going to continue this manga series 🥰 ...more
Olivia | Liv's Library
Officially stands as my favorite manga of all time!
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
This is such a good first volume! The art is phenomenal and it has some really fantastic world building, plus the added mystery of why all of this has been set in motion. I am completely ready to dig into the next one.
Rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★
Witch Hat Atelier vol. 1 is one of my favorite manga debuts of the year!! Its AMAZING (´▽`ʃƪ) 💕The beautiful writing, captivating illustrations, stories, & messages all came together so wonderfully

Coco lives in a world of magic, but can't weild it herself. But after magician Qifrey visits town and shares what he knows--she decides to give it a try (using a magical book of spells she was given as a kid). Now when her spell goes wrong, she becomes Qifrey's apprentice at his At
Rod Brown
Nice art and an intriguing mythology with drawing and calligraphy as the basis of witchcraft is pulled down a little by low-key pacing and pretty cliched set-up, as an unlikely candidate stumbles into becoming a clumsy magician's apprentice (Mickey Mouse) but has the potential to be the savior of the world (Neo) if only she can cope with the hazing from her grumpy roommate/fellow apprentice/nemesis (Dr. Strange/Baron Mordo).

I'll definitely pick up the next volume when it comes into the library.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, manga

Très bonne relecture, j'ai hâte de lire la suite !

Really good reread!

I really like the setting, the universe, and Coco really makes me laugh! I love the magic system, the hierarchy, and the characters surrounding Coco. I also like the mystery that settles there, and it's quite a torture to end this volume on (view spoiler)

Can't wait to read the sequel!
3.5 stars. Interesting ideas at work in this story. There is a cool way to make magic, a magical apprenticeship, a shadowy figure seemingly at odds with the regular witch establishment, and a really great protagonist in Coco, witch wannabe and assistant to a dressmaker. There are mysteries, rivalries, burgeoning friendships....I can see why some might compare it to Harry Potter, though I don’t think it is an apt comparison.
Witch Hat Atelier volume one is fun, fast, and the artwork is beautiful.
this was SO lovely! Coco is such an interesting little character, and the amount of love she has for magic is just so adorable! I simply cannot wait to pick up the second volume and learn more about this world!
Helena (helinabooks)
this was so cute!!! but it looks like it's going to turn really dark at some point and I'm ready ...more
This manga series is a favorite of my daughter’s, and she thought I might like it, too. She was right.

The story starts off as the standard young adult fantasy: young person stumbles into magic, makes some mistakes, is picked up by mentor figure and taken off to school to learn magic. Whether this story turns to clichè or will be an enjoyable fresh take depends on the execution. Witch Hat Atelier pulls this off with lots of charm.

The story keeps the interest, but the best feature of this series
Michael Finocchiaro
I got this one as another attempt to chide my son who loves manga to read in English. It is sort of your typical younger style of drawing with westernized characters, almost entirely pre-pubescent children and a blond protagonist, Coco. The story is relatively pedestrian: girl fascinated by magic but has no powers, girl meets magician (tall, handsome, cool sunglasses, great hat and cape). Catastrophic event occurs possibly killing Coco’s mother. Coco discovers a magic secret. She is whisked away ...more
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Mary Catelli
A manga work

A little girl is living with her widowed mother and dreaming of being a witch -- even though she knows that witches are born that way.

One day, because customers arrived in a pegasus carriage and her mother is helping them, she helps a strange man and tells him of the day a woman in the city had sold her a picture book about magic. Shortly thereafter, he's revealed as a witch, Qifery, and he works some magic, and so she learns the secret is to draw the spells.

She uses the book, and di
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another sweet manga review 🙂

I follow this awesome user on twitter by the name of who talks about a lot of cool mangas that he reads. He posted about this one a few days ago and it looked enchanting by the pictures he provided and I just knew that I had to read it.

To my utter delight and surprise the first volume is available on Kindle Unlimited! It was fate, kismet, destined to be. And now the review of a witch, magic, and cursed spell books.

Coco is a simple g
Carolyn Klassen
Loved this first volume! Definitely gives me Studio Ghibli vibes as well as Diana Wynne Jones, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Naomi Novik elements. Can't wait to keep reading in this series. ...more
Ina Korsgaard Hervig
I'm usually not that into manga but this one has witches in it. Very cute, lovely art. ...more
usagi ☆ミ
Every last bit of hype is deserved for this one. So so good
Rajkumar Pagey
This book at first glance reminds us of The Worst Witch and a bit of 'chosen one' spice being hinted.

A typical story of a new-comer in a witch school. The story has been told hundreds of times before, but that's what you get from picking up a book with a Witch in the title. You were bound to land on one of the stereotypes.

But why I loved this book, was the magic system. Till now, it is really well defined. And even better, it is a drawn magic system. I love drawn magic systems! The Warded Man
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
This manga is perfection. Very solid writing and translation, and the art is beautiful beyond words. Fun characters, whimsical yet grounded magic system, creative panel layouts, and just the right amount of comfy. Looks like the tone is gonna change next volume, so I'm excited to see what happens and how the mangaka handles the darker themes she's hinted at. ...more
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とんがり帽子のアトリエ [Tongari bōshi no Atelier] (10 books)
  • Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 2
  • とんがり帽子のアトリエ 3 [Tongari bōshi no Atelier 3]
  • とんがり帽子のアトリエ 4 [Tongari Boushi no Atelier 4] (Witch Hat Atelier, #4)
  • とんがり帽子のアトリエ 5 [Tongari Boushi no Atelier 5] (Witch Hat Atelier, #5)
  • Witch Hat Atelier, Vol. 6
  • とんがり帽子のアトリエ 7 [Tongari Bōshi no Atelier 7]
  • とんがり帽子のアトリエ 8 [Tongari Bōshi no Atelier 8]
  • とんがり帽子のアトリエ 9 [Tongari Boushi no Atelier 9] (Witch Hat Atelier, #9)
  • とんがり帽子のアトリエ 10 [Tongari Boushi no Atelier 10] (Witch Hat Atelier, #10)

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