Now that the latest arc in Witchcraft Works has wrapped up, things have started to slow down in a big way. Where the previous volumes have been increasingly action packed, Witchcraft Works Volume 7 takes things down a notch back to where things are normal again, or at least as normal as they can be in a town full of witches at war. It’s almost disappointing, despite the fact that Witchcraft Works isn’t really a series centered around battles.
If anything, Witchcraft Works volume 7 serves as a reminder to that fact, as things start to feel a little more mundane. And while there are a few good moments here and there, this might be the most uneventful volume yet, at least as far as the story is concerned. Yes, comedy is the backbone of the series, and yes, the magic is still there — but at the end of the day, I just couldn’t help but feeling that the story wasn’t really going anywhere this time, which is solidified by a proclamation that the next arc would begin with Volume 8.
Of course, there is plenty going on this time around between Honoka and his sister, but it doesn’t necessarily feel like anything substantial. The humor is great as always, but I found myself longing to find out more about the situation that Honoka has found himself it. Witchcraft Works Volume 7 doesn’t really do that, and as a result ends up feeling a bit like filler. Rather than focusing on Honoka, majority of this volume deals with the rest of the cast. While that’s okay sometimes, it’s important to remember what’s going on.
Still, one bad volume isn’t enough to deter me. I do look forward to the next arc, I just hope that it can find more middle ground. Because let’s be honest, this is a story about Honoka and Ayaka. The other characters, while amusing enough, shouldn’t take too much away from that. But who knows, maybe I’m just used to the action by this point. Either way, Witchcraft Works Volume 7 just didn’t do much for me.
Publisher: Vertical Comics
Translation: Ko Ransom
Production: Risa Cho, Melissa DeJesus
Release Date: 10/13/15
Disclaimer: A copy of Witchcraft Works Volume 7 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.