Despite the score, this manhwa is a bit special in it's own regard, and I like to be fairly critical whenever reviewing. This way, I don't completely rip a series just cause and I don't feed the fandom if there is one. I always end in the middle, sometimes anyway. I RECOMMEND TO READ THIS IF YOU ARE INTO HEAVY DRAMA AND ACTION. Getting past that shpeal, Witch Hunt is a fairly average manhwa for the wrong reason.
The story comes off as generic at first, but it's a little bit deeper than what the viewer reads on the surface level. It's clear as daylight that this manhwa suffers IMMENSELY with absolutely TERRIBLE pacing in the first 20 chapters. I'm talking going from meeting someone at a party and getting straight to it afterwards. The pacing is so bad that it may come off as an incoherent piece of fiction, but it really isn't. Obviously the bad start will throw off new viewers, but I urge readers of this review to bare with it, as the story picks up around chapter 20, and quite fast as well. The protagonist and heroine have weird chemistry and it feels somewhat pretentious at first, but they get fleshed out about halfway into it and bit by bit, everything falls into place regarding their relationship. Whoa, I said relationship, THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE (yet). The story gets pretty interesting, particularly because of the main conflict, which involves one of the main characters past. It's not something you see everyday nor is the problem solved in a generic way. Nail biting cliffhangers, although it suffers from a bad storytelling sequence.
Characters are different. Admittedly, the slow start made me want to "drop" this immediately, but I liked the character design so I stuck with it just to do it. Never would I have thought that I would find decent characters within such an uninspiring start. The main protagonist and heroine meet early and it's really open as to what they are and why the way they are the way they are. It was really confusing when I read it, but when the truth comes out, everything seems to make sense and give them a lot of depth and meaning. The relationship between the MC's is pretty awkward though. The antagonist(s) are interesting too as they directly tie in with one of the main characters. Several chapters are dedicated to their relationship and the reader probably will feel empathy for one side, if not all. Not too psychological, but that element is there and it creates for some decent drama.
Animation is pretty cool. I like the character designs, its not something I've seen, especially the main heroine. Also there is an obsession with a red head in manhwas. The action scenes are quite confusing, but none the less are detailed enough to get the point across. I recommend taking a 2nd look at the action panels because they are really hard to grasp at first glance. If the SFX noises were properly translated and put in the right places then it wouldn't be a problem but alas its what we get.
Overall, not too bad of a read. Despite the slow start, it comes out being quite a thrill and each chapter leading into the next with purpose. Ultimately, pacing is its biggest issue as it starts horrendously, and even then it still feels like there are things missing within the plot. Lots of depth in these characters, as well the supernatural beings in general. Admittedly, you can probably read the first 5 chapters and skip to chapter 20 without fretting too much. That's a problem in itself, but I do want to get a decent word out for this Manhwa, which honestly surprised me because it looked really uninspiring. This whole thing might be satire of witch trials but what do I know?
EDIT: as of chapter 86, this manhwa has gone down the drain in what seldom quality it had and has fallen into mediocrity. I won't change my score for the whole thing seemingly as it is unfair to the review, but score doesn't really gauge opinions and thoughts. Be wary of this title, as its very little writing and more art work than anything. CHAPTER 86 IMO, WAS THE LAST STRAW
Another Edit (completed): Ending was too rushed, very bittersweet in a neutral way, don't know whether to feel positive or negative about it. Leaning towards negative because the last 10 chapters were purely action and little narrative. Made the ending that should've touched the audience's heart, made me feel like it was just the author realizing his/her mistake and ending it abruptly. Overall, not a great read at all, but somewhat tolerable. read more