Manga Review: Burn the Witch

The above trailer is for the movie. This is a review for the manga.

Details: What started with a one shot turned into an additional four issue miniseries. More information can be found at https://mangaplus.shueisha.co.jp/titles/100113

Score: 7/10

Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach, one of the most popular anime in the last twenty years, is back with another series. It started off as a few issues to promote the movie, but it seems that rumors are circulating that Kubo will turn this into a full fledged series. Whether he does so or not, this post will review just the five issues that have been released so far.

Burn the Witch actually takes place in the same fictional universe as Bleach, though that is where the connections mostly end. The story takes place in London. For hundreds of years, dragons have plagued the land and a society of humans possessing magic have risen to combat and control the dragon population. Our protagonists are two young ladies who are part of this organization that regulates dragons and we follow their adventures in this new, magical world.

The first thing you notice is the art style. That Bleach art style is back in full swing. If there’s anything Kubo excels at it is character design. This guy would be a very talented streetwear designer if he wanted to. There a lot of very aesthetically pleasing, yet contemporary styles going on here and they help make the characters visually distinct.

The story itself isn’t amazing, but it’s not bad either. I think the story is just a vehicle to digest the visuals. Moreover, this comic was likely meant as a promo for the movie, which is the main course of this new franchise. The comic was meant to just give you a taste of this world and to let the animation of the movie fully flesh it out. We’ll see.

Overall, this was too short of a comic to really form any strong opinions about. It was nice to see Kubo’s art style some more and I am looking forward to more issues as well as the movie. At the very least, you should give this a read just to digest a little snack of the art style Kubo is so well known for.

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