“Are athletes athletes from the moment they’re born?
What about astronauts or idols?
These things aren’t decided at birth. So then… what about witches?”
Alternative Titles: Atelier of Witch Hat, Tongari Booshi No Atorie, とんがり帽子のアトリエ
Author: Kamome Shirahama
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Genres: Fantasy, Magic, Seinen
“Coco, a girl living in a small village, had been dreaming of becoming a magician since little. But people who don’t know how to use magic since birth are unable to become magicians, or witness the moment magic occurs.
But one day, Coco accidentally saw Qifrey, a magician that was visiting the village casting a spell. This is a magical story that had fallen upon a girl, weaved by despair and hope.”
Witch Hat Atelier is a hidden masterpiece that brings you into a distant fairy tale-esque world crafted with stunning illustrations and lore. Kamome does a brilliant job in designing and building the characters, story and concepts of the fantasy world of Witch Hat Atelier. The characters have their separate personalities and display realistic emotions which allow the characters the continually develop and become alive. The concepts of the world and the magic systems are not dumped onto the reader but gradually explained accompanied by illustrations similar to a bestiary book.
Overall, Witch Hat Atelier is a unique story that is in the top of our list that is worth picking up and reading. The beautifully crafted world leads the reader and the protagonist, Coco, into a mystical journey with themes of darkness and discovery.
Learn more about Atelier of Witch Hat on Kodansha Comics’ Official Website