I thought that entering into a new arc would present some interesting moments in Witchcraft Works volume 8, but I was severely mistaken. One of my gripes with the last volume of the series was that the story seemed to have slowed down a bit. With a message introducing the next arc, you’d think we’d be in for something special here, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case. It seems to me that this particular arc is more about exposition of the characters, and while that’s fine every now and then, I really hope to see a worthy payoff at the end.

The jealousy between Honoka and his sister continue into Witchcraft Works volume 8, driving the comedy to a new level, but for me the highlights this time around revolved around the exposition of the characters and the story. There’s a lot to unpack here. Obviously, I want to try to avoid spoilers as much as possible as I usually do, but this time around I think I’m going to include some because the events of this volume seem to be pretty important as far as the overarching story is concerned. So yes, from this point forward there will be some spoilers. If you’re reading this review and you wish to avoid spoilers, I’d suggest skipping to the bottom for a conclusion.

First of all, the biggest reveal in this volume is probably that the characters have a lot of history together. For the most part, that seems to be the families of Honoka and Ayaka. As it turns out, the Takamiya and Kagari families seem to have a pretty strong history together. Based on what we’ve seen so far up to this point, that doesn’t come as much of a surprise. There have been plenty of hints that the families are acquainted somehow, but this volume really gives us an idea as to how. What it leaves out is the why, though I’d hope to see that explained at some point in the near future.

In between that exposition is when the scenes when Honoka and his family happen. As I mentioned previously, there’s a big emphasis on his sister and her friends. One of her friends even gets an entire chapter dedicated to how they met, though at this point it’s unclear as to whether or not she’ll play an important role of the story. Up until this point, she’s largely served as a background character, but that might change moving forward.

Witchcraft Works volume 8 might be a continuation of the slow streak the series has been experiencing, but it brings a lot to the table in terms of exposition as well. You learn a lot more about the relationship between the Takamiya and Kagari families, though it does bring up some interesting questions about where that will lead. Regardless, I think the volume serves as another good chapter in the series. While some recurring gags in particular are starting to tire (particularly the relationship between Honoka and his sister), it doesn’t feel grating.

9781941220962Writer/Illustrator: Ryu Mizunagi

Publisher: Vertical

Translation: Ko Ransom

Production: Risa Cho, Melissa DeJesus

Release Date: 12/8/15

MSRP: $12.95

Disclaimer: A copy of Witchcraft Works Volume 7 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.

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Adam Capps is the editor of video games at BentoByte. He spends his days playing video games and his nights writing about them. He's also an avid fan of anime, manga and music.

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