English: Witch Buster
Published: 2006 to ?
Authors: Jung-man, CHO (Story & Art)
Score: 8.101 (scored by 5558 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top manga page.
Popular Tagsadventure comedy shounen
May 1, 2013
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!
Apr 22, 2010
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
Nov 6, 2010
But then it's obvious that this story is distinct. You've got the hunters who hunt....witches. (In that aspect, it seems a bit like Soul Eater.) They're all part of the WH organization opposed to the witches that are bent on world domination. That means we get to see fights, weapons, explosions, holy water, missions, headquarters, scary supervisors, etc, etc.
This is a manga that's "fun." Even though it seems run-of-the-mill, there's something about it that makes you want to keep reading it. There's a lot of interesting characters, and we learn about each of them in turn. And find out clues about Tasha's past.
Events are often told in a non linear way. That was probably the thing that detracted from the story for me. We jump around the story timeline a lot, so it's a bit hard to know what's happening "right now." We keep jumping in to scenes right as something is happening, with no prior explanation. Have we jumped to the future? The past? Someone's old memories? It creates anticipation, because you're waiting for the scene to be explained, but it's a bit brain-twisting.
The art is very good. It has a nice, slick, thick, rounded yet energetic style. (And even though it's shounen, the guys are really hot.) And all the witches are bishoujos.
There's a lot about it that feels typical. The good organization against the evil one. The over-used exorcist theme. But that doesn't make it less enjoyable. Not something I would read when I want a meaty, one-of-a-kind story, but something I'd read for fun of it. read more
May 7, 2008
The art style is average. Well made, but, again, nothing to write home about.
In conclusion, I am intrigued by this series and wish to learn more.
Jun 2, 2011
story-9 It's interesting but it can bounce around a bit leaving you a bit irritated
Art-8 the art ranges from lotsa solid black to intensify the mood to light comedical sketches that make you laugh
character-10 the characters are great and each one is unique and has their own flaws. Possibly my favorite part of the manhwa.
enjoyment-10 i love the series enough for it to be my first review, is funny, great characters, unique fighting styles, great fights, and more
overall-10 i wish it was a Manga, since I hear it's rare for a Manhwa to get an anime AND IT NEEDS ONE read more
Aug 22, 2009
Apr 1, 2013
At first, I only read shoujo, school life, romance, drama... I never get interested in reading actions, adventures, fantasy... I don't know how I was convinced to read this kind of manga which I think it's only for boys, because it's action, adventure, full of fights, and whatsoever...
But somehow I really liked it, but not only like but also love it. It turned out to be my favorite. I like the outfits of the witch hunters and mostly the outfits of the witches. I like the art at a rate of 100%.
I'm amazed about the concept of the story, even though the summary is common: That the witches declared war against humanity...bla bla bla... But as it goes along, it's becoming better and better. When I found out about this manga, it was already 80+ chapters. And so I think of not reading it. But I really got bored and encourage myself to read it for nothin'. Hahaha, and now it's my favorite. I hope ya guys who's planning to read this. You definitely need to read this, and don't hesitate. I'm telling you, I like the character of Tasha(protagonist). I like him! >u< And his line: "The swindler has been swindled" Hahaha n.n
What I really wish is....it's so good but why can't they make it animated. I hope it won't remain as a manga/manhwa only but I want it to be anime also. read more
May 1, 2012
Nov 16, 2012
The pros are that it starts out with an interesting premise, characters, and this is backed by an impressive art style. The cons are that the story is to abrupt in it's transitions between a dramatic to comedic tone. The second is that the characters are TOO deeply flawed and they never try to overcome them. The third and final con is that the central theme of the story is that Possession is good, which in my opinion is a bad message.
Feb 18, 2013
overall i really like this manhwa and think allot of people would like it if there into shounen manga.