English: Witch Buster
Published: 2006 to ?
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adventure comedy shounen
SynopsisWitches suddenly declare war against humans, causing two-thirds of the world to fall apart. They summon monsters called "Supporters" and devastate human residences... but why?
Survivors gather people with the power to combat the witches and called them Witch Hunters! Tasha Godspell is one of the strongest nicknamed "The Marksman" along with his "Jack-O-Lantern" looking Supporter. He fights the witches but cannot really bring himself to hate them...
After 86 chapters I can tell that the author has fetish with sparkling sunglasses and weird hats. Period.
Joke aside, oh oh OH Witch Hunter, what a slow-paced manwha but surely you have grabbed my interest. Must you have patience getting into this manwha, lest you end up hatin’ it for not tellin’ you nothin’ at ol’. (damn is there really the need to differentiate between manga and manwha?)
Long long time ago there were human, and there were witches.
They lived happily together, if not for a new formed religion.
Snared at stakes, burnt were these witches.
This is witch hunt, led by human of power and might.
Oh ohh proud human, they are the Witch Hunters!
And of course human lost, that was the setting of this story. Sorry for that dramatic introduction as well, felt like doing it (teeheee). Witch Hunter centered around a human witch hunter named Alan Wal.. I mean Tasha Godspell. Tasha is a black class (second highest class) Witch Hunter (abbr. WH) who is in search of his sister, Aria whom was turned into a witch, and apparently killed Tasha’s master. Story so far mainly revolve him being caught in between the concocted plan by great witch, the North, WH central headquarter (which is infiltrated by South’s personnels) and lone wolf, the East.
Witches are once normal females who heeds to the whisper of a hat. “Do you wish for power?” Such is how they become one, and there can only be females who can become witches (duuuuh?). Therefore, only females/witches can generate mana and their hat is their mana storage; their hats are far more important than their lives. One trait of being a witch is having a supporter, which can be in any form (Elmar’s Thirving – a sword, East’s Sutr – a giant, Monica’s Parvati – a third eye on her forehead). It seems acquisition of these supporter are not always immediately after one becoming a witch, eg. East – 1500 years and Monica – immediately after becoming one.
Mana is poison and drug. All but witches could withstand the use and channeling mana through their body, doing so otherwise would drive one to madness and get drunk in power, however of course that’d be boring. As the manga/manwha rules stated otherwise- our MC is one of the exception! Tasha is able to channel mana, initially with the help of his gloves, later being able to generate mana after a seal broken placed on him by his dearest master, Edea Florence. What fate awaits Tasha and his supporter, Halloween/Mordred, who is in fact a mysterious girl and not a pumpkin? Will Tasha be able to control his mana, being only one of the two males ever having to learn to do so?
Witch Hunter is a perfect example of a story that is bandaged with ideas and development. What I mean to say is that the story is only thought up when it is time to deliver, it is obvious (even the mangaka himself stated so – Bairong’s arc). In a way the story hence becoming inconsistent, and there are disconnections between story development. What the story truly lack is foreshadowing of events, if the author is to make it better. There are many instances where the author simply throw in a characters out of nowhere in the middle of a story or a fight, that or an event just occur with no foreshadowing. Take for example a well done manga in this respect would be, say Attack on Titan, there are images, conversations that connects to the unknown.
One strong point of Witch Hunter however is its many yet unknown info. That intrigues the reader’s interest into continuing the manwha. But it is depressing because after 7 years of publication, all that increases is the sheer amount of questions and unknowns that are yet to be disclosed, or maybe that is author’s way to attract readers, or maybe to prolong the lifespan. Many things were stated as facts and were never been bothered to have explanation to be done, maybe not until much much later. Some of these question marks are for example, who exactly is Edea Florence, death of Edea and its connection to Aria, North, Ryuhwan, the significance of Halloween being Mordred, why bother doing fights between Vihyungrang and East only to have him gone from the picture for so long, why the hell would the author bother to put Guinevere into the story only to have her spout “Ah” um twice?. . . . . . . these, I am sure are questions some of the readers may come to think of. So far, the only thing I can say was concluded is Emperor Yue (originally Xing) arc in Bairong, who wasn’t even a main character, and took up 13 chapters (1 year materials).
It seems that I hate the story, but it’s quite the opposite. All that I can say is Witch Hunter is definitely interesting, it has rapid development which sadly doesn’t move the story much. But at this point (86 chapters) it seems to me the introduction of casts are finally in place, I am hoping to see more from this manwha. So those of you willing to follow a story like this, be prepared to have patience! I'm guessing this one will last for another 10 years.
The art style of Witch Hunter is best described as clean and tidy. Every panels are just fine with clearly expressed emotions and poses. It’s really easy to follow each panels (and BTW the manwha reads left > right, just misc. info to you). A very distinctive feature is the author’s tendency to draw chibi characters bickering at each other, well, a joke elements that give a few laugh.
To criticize it however I’d say some of the story element lacks design, but that’s definitely not a big deal. I’m referring to Tasha’s gun, colt and desert eagle which, well, just look like a gun. It’s unfathomable to me how a gun look so simple could have blasted out impacts bigger than its barrel. But well, like I mention, it’s no biggie. On the other hand, prepare to see much better design on most witches, exotic dresses, and weird hats. Did I mention that the author loves boob?
I really wish to give more points into this department. But I couldn’t.
As mentioned before, the story seeming only finished its introduction of all casts a while ago, a big casts at that. For this reason, and as of now, the characters aren’t very well developed yet. There a lot to say about each characters however, interesting, unique and more importantly we’d like to see more of them in future development. We’d like to see how Tasha is going to become stronger now, we’d like to see his arsenal of guns other than colt and desert eagle, why is he so obsessed with money and where exactly did those money go (despite being so crazy about earning money, he hadn’t used it on himself), what is going to happen to him and Halloween whom he may have something for, the past of Tasha with his master and his infatuation to her, there are a lot and a lot and a lot that will develop from now on, or at least that is what I am thinking.
Other main chars probably include, from the WH side, Xing and Taras, buddies of Tasha (or maybe not quite). Xing the WH who uses fists and chi, and Taras who utilize mother-earth manipulation: the likes of ground spikes, earth walls, etc.. Others are, girls like Monica, Ran, Linda, three of whom apparently shows some affection to Tasha, Cougar, Words, the two WH who are rivals of Tasha, and may have something in store for future massive development. There are a lot more but you gotta read to know!
From the witch’s side we have the four great witches, apparently all glamorously sexy babes (or at least East used to be). Witches are the main power that moves the story, almost all conflicts in the story occurs due to witch’s invasion and behind all these are plot meticulously planned by North and South. They are the antagonists who are at this point, still mysterious and the extent of their power are yet to be known. Another thing I’d point out here is that, being a witch doesn’t mean they are bad guy (or witches?). It wasn’t clearly explained, but apparently witches who does not agree with harming humans, could join WH instead.
There are always title that one could enjoy despite some flaws. Witch Hunter is exactly one of those kind. The main thing I like about Witch Hunter is its light mood that are sometimes funny, sometimes engaging (battles), always making you craving for more since there will always be something new in store for you. That but I don’t quite enjoy story that doesn’t move much, and I find that Bairong arc is a bit forced onto the story, these two reason minus 2 marks. Otherwise, the large casts and alluring witches, the background story of each characters being slowly revealed, the under-the-table plots, it’s something everyone can enjoy.
Hence an 8. Witch Hunter is definitely one with some flaws to it, mainly due to its incoherent plot development (stories sometimes jump around too much leaving you with more questions). Another thing would probably be a big mystery never answered on how WH are using their abilities, since most of them shouldn’t be able to generate mana. There are also fights that sometimes you may find slow and stupid (for example, move behind an opponent and say: HAHA I GOT YOUR BACK WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO NOW? COME ON DO SOMETHING, COME ON DO SOMETHING, PUSH ME AWAY WHY DONCHA’ (it happens so many times)... well it doesn’t make much sense but I guess it’s just a manwha). Despite this, it has a lot of potentials packed into it. Anyone with patience (and I mean a lot here) to follow this manga to its end, which is something I’m looking forward to seeing as well, may give this manwha a try. I recommend you to do so.
Thank you for reading! Again I hoped this may help to shed some light on you who are reluctant in picking this one up, well, Good Reading!
-- [ Witch Hunter (WH) ] --
One liner: "Amazing artwork. Great narration and impressive story. Unfortunately, there is not much character development yet. A manwha that's definitely worth checking out"
- [ Story - 8 ] -
Witch Hunter revolves around witches that suddenly declared war on humans, and Witch Hunters, agents that are suppress witches. Witches are normally women that can use magic spells and invoke creatures known as Supporters in battle. The main character is Tasha Godspell and he (surprisingly) has a Supporter, Halloween.
From the line above, you could tell me: "Hey, it's just another shounen! Good hero battles evil bad guys!". You would be right. However, it is not like most other shounens in that the main character is not extremely strong from the start itself. In fact, in the first 10-15 chapters itself, this fact is clearly demonstrated. As opposed to a manga like Bleach where the good guy gets beaten, immediately discovers a superpower and pwns the evil guy, Tasha uses no super powers. He just uses a gun. His Supporter too, despite being powerful, is not overly powerful, and can get beaten down pretty badly too.
All this to say, the power balance in WH is well established and well-balanced. There are no immediate power-ups and no "good guys always win" kind of scenarios. This is something I particularly like. I've seen it in Berserk, and now I see it in WH.
Another point to note is that the story's narration is different from other manga/manhwa I've read. It uses flash-forwards and flashbacks. You may start a chapter with a battle scene and your characters down, and ask yourself, "did I just skip chapters?". But no, it's just that you've not yet saw the flashback that comes later in the chapter. This style of narration is interesting in my opinion. It's like getting spoilers at the start of a chapter, then going back to how the story actually progressed to where it currently is.
Overall, the story is interesting. Somewhat shounen-like in that "good guys battle bad guys" but it's much better balanced than your generic shounen.
P.s. I extremely appreciated that the story does not involve a "high-school girl" or a "high-school guy" as tons of manga seem to be about these days.
- [ Art - 9 ] -
AWESOME! I cannot say just how much I love the art in WH. It's detailed both detailed and clear at the same time. The witches are pretty and their clothes are well detailed. There has been effort dedicated to make pretty backgrounds, specially for interior scenes. The characters themselves are very detailed. Just see the clothes on Tasha or the Witches. All that must take a lot of time to draw. There is no sacrificing art quality in WH.
I cannot say the art is as good as the class-leader Berserk (imho), but it definitely beats most other manga and manhwa I have read. The art is comparable to Soul Eater, but being more "serious-looking" than Soul Eater.
Overall, great art. If you like artwork, do check out WH.
- [ Characters - 7 ] -
That's one of the dark points of WH. While reading this section, keep in mind that I've read only around 28 chapters at the time of reading.
My major complaint is the lack of character development. After 28 chapters, we still don't know a lot about the main character. Where is he from? How did he become a WH? Where did he train? Who was his mentor? OK, we know who his mentor was, but not much is said about that person. The same can be said for witches. Where did they come from? Why did they declare war? What are they? How do they have powers? You get the idea.
The same applies to the other Witch Hunters. We know virtually nothing about them. In the recent chapters, we have discovered a lot about a side character. We know where he is from, what caused him to adopt his fight style, etc... So there is hope for character development in the future.
I can only say, "let's wait and see".
- [ Enjoyment - 8 ] -
Personally, I like WH. I find it light and entertaining. The action is good. The story is interesting. The art is amazing. What more can I ask of. I like the pace too, neither too slow, neither too fast. There are sections which are really light in the manhwa with lots of jokes, humor and the like. The fight scenes are numerous and well made too. There is some violence, so it's not made for the younger readers but mainly older teenagers and above.
Another thing I like is that you don't really know what to expect with WH. You can be in the middle of a fight, and the next chapter starts with the characters all laughing on their way to HQ. Then in the middle of the chapter you understand what happened. Sometimes, it is in the next chapter that the fight concludes. Moreover, you cannot know in advance what will happen. For example, in One Piece, you could say, "Ah Luffy is going there next, and will do that". But you cannot do the same for WH. I enjoy this unpredictability.
- [ Overall - 8 ] -
If you want a good manhwa to read, check out WH. It has an intelligent, well-balanced plot-line as compared to all those "just fighting" shounens out there. I'm looking at you, Veritas. It has interesting characters, humor and above all great artwork.
I recommend checking out WH and add it to your reading schedule. You will not be displeased. read more
The weaponry in both series are similar in that they are varied among users and have different degrees of use.
Both have similar :
- main characters
- organisation that protects mankind
- foes with unnatural abilities and powers
Aside from the fact that Tasha Godspell screams Allen Walker, these two shounen series share a similar feel in a sense that both contain a considerable amount of badassery, humor, and an interesting gothic storyline.
To be honest, the reason why I picked up Witch Hunter was because the main character, Tasha Godspell, reminded me of Allen so much. I later learned that he was in fact designed after him.
Witch Hunter, like D.Gray-Man, focuses on an organization that aims to get rid of an evil. The character designs are very similar as are the ideas of unique weaponry for each person. While reading the series, you feel like you are reading another version of D.Gray-Man, only with a greedy, more selfish version of Allen Walker.
Naive yet fiercely loyal and moral boy is fighting against "evil," yet can't truly bring himself to hate this "evil," as he soon comes to find that there is good and bad no matter which side he is fighting for, and that it all ultimately boils down to the fact that we are all still human.
Expect to find good development of side characters, shonen-esque art, classic (though sometimes a bit mary-sue) fights, and struggles to become stronger for one's friends.
The main character of "Witch Hunter" (Tasha Godspell) is in certain ways similar to the main character of "D.Gray-man" (Allen Walker).
Both Allen and Tasha are swindlers and they are whited haired. They both work for a certain organisation, Allen for the "Dark order" (Established in order to hunt down demons) and Tasha for "WH" (Witch Hunters). Allen does not seem to hate the demons so he only tries to free their souls and Tasha, unlike most other witch hunters never kills a witch because he dislikes the idea of murdering them.
In later chapters in D.Gray-man it would appear the "Dark order" is using the powers of demons for assistance and the "WH" organisation has some witches working for them from the very first chapters. I can easily say that who ever likes "Witch Hunter" will without a doubt enjoy reading "D.Gray-man" and the other way around.
The context of both series are highly similar. Both feature organisations that are in conflict against witches. There are also strong horror references throughout the two.
It's an action/adventure/fantasy/comedy/shounen. If you like theses things all rolled up into one, then I think you may like this. It's your typical shounen, but it's still worth a look at.
The concept behind Soul Eater and Witch Hunter has a similar theme involving an organization of people with special talents along with their partners. Such, expect some character dynamics and relationships being explored throughout both series.
There is action for both series in which the world functions quite different when compared to our own in terms of battles/wars. Rather than having advanced technologies though, their settings plays on a more fantasy theme.
Comedy is also present throughout both series accompanied by humorous dialogues in the form of character interactions.
Both involve the concept of witches, but witch hunter is more of superpower'd humans vs witches while soul eater is shinigamis vs witches. They both have multiple protagonists and show their own perspective in each chapter. Also Death the kid in soul eater resembles Tasha in witch hunter , as they both use guns and have "partners".
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