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  • Art Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: C
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: Infinity Studios LLC
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 1-59697-081-2
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Left to Right

Witch Class Vol. #01

By Megan Lavey     January 31, 2005
Release Date: January 15, 2005


Witch Class Vol.#01
© Infinity Studios LLC


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Lee Ru
Translated by:Je-wa Jeong
Adapted by:

What They Say
The Review

The Review
Packaging:
Slightly smaller than the tall B6s that we are used to, Witch Class is presented in a left to right format. On the front cover is an image of Dorothy holding a crystal ball that is absolutely gorgeous. The mixture of pinks, greens and blues work well with Dorothy's complextion and the blueish tint her hair takes on here. Surrounding the image is a very busy border that is a major detraction. The sun and moon take up the left and right side while daisies and hearts line the top and bottom. The logo is written a quasi-cursive font in a shade of pink that clashes with Dorothy's clothing. The result here is a cover that is too busy and takes away from the lovely manhwa art underneath it. The back features a cute shot of Dorothy doing a trick with the crystal ball while Lilly fumes in the background. There's a character introduction at the end of the book that's worth taking a look at and ads for other various Infinity Studios series.

Artwork
Lee Ru's work is a cross between what I've come to expect from Japanese shoujo works and what I've seen from Korean works. The designs are very nice and pleasing to the eyes, though the eyes on some of the characters are so big that they resemble owl eyes. Backgrounds are sparse and often sacrificed to focus in on a character's facial expression or clothing. That's where a lot of detail comes in. The layout is pretty clean and easy to follow, but is somewhat scatterbrained (like Dorothy tends to be.)

Text/SFX:
I noticed no grammatical errors or typos throughout the book. SFX are overlaid in a manner that doesn't scream that it isn't part of the original artwork. The translation sounds really good and Ru does note in her own notes that the characters are suppose to have English-sounding names.

Content (may contain spoilers):
Dorothy is a junior high school student who lives in a rural town named Weary. Like many middle school students in shoujo works, Dorothy winds up missing the school bus and must run to make it to school. On her way, she encounters a strange boy wearing the school uniform cutting through the woods. Dorothy decides to take the shortcut as well and winds up meeting a witch, Lilly, who is making Weary her new home.

Lilly takes Dorothy on as her apprentice and Dorothy discovers that the boy she saw was Lilly's nephew, Jean. In her first act as an apprentice, Dorothy accidentally puts a werewolf curse on Jean, which causes the two to jump off to a rocky start. Meanwhile, Dorothy's friend Remi discovers that Dorothy is an apprentice and wants to become a witch as well.

As Dorothy searches for a way to break the curse on Jean, he reveals that it was Dorothy who originally urged him and Lilly to come to Weary - and the two have a shared past that even Dorothy has forgotten about.

The book is capped off by a Valentine's Day side story featuring Dorothy and Remi's quest to make chocolates for the holiday. Remi wants to give a chocolate heart with a spell in it to a boy she likes, but the result is...well with Remi, the result is anything but successful!

Comments
Witch Class is a pretty cute series that has no real sense of purpose at first. There's the curse on Jean, but other than that it seems to meander along until the final chapter - when you start to wonder about Dorothy's initial contact with Jean when she was a little girl and why she doesn't remember it. Dorothy starts off the series as incredibly dense, but manages to mature some over the course of the book. But it's easy to reach the end of your patience when it comes to her. It's a good little series to pick up to get a feel for manhwa and magical shoujo series in general. It's also one that would work well with younger readers.

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