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とんがり帽子のアトリエ

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Author: 白浜 鴎
Page count: 208
Natively: Level 26

Summary

Japanese

小さな村の少女・ココは、昔から魔法使いにあこがれを抱いていた。だが、生まれた時から魔法を使えない人は魔法使いになれないし、魔法をかける瞬間を見てはならない……。そのため、魔法使いになる夢は諦めていた。だが、ある日、村を訪れた魔法使い・キーフリーが魔法を使うところを見てしまい……。これは少女に訪れた、絶望と希望の物語。

English

(Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version))Coco, a young girl from a small village, has always longed to be a wizard. However, a person who cannot use magic from birth cannot become a wizard and must not be seen at the moment of casting a spell … Therefore, she had given up her dream of becoming a wizard. But one day, she saw a wizard, Keefley, who visited her village and saw her use magic … This is a story of despair and hope for a young girl.

Availability

Physical:
amazon.co.jp
CD Japan
Amazon US
Honto
Rakuten
Ebook:
Bookwalker
Ebook Japan
Renta!

Personal Opinion

Beautiful art and interesting story, I haven’t tried it myself but I hear this book is popular! In 2020, the series won the Harvey Award for the Best Manga category as well as the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • The series has 12 books (I believe it is ongoing) and an anime has been announced

Cons

  • Maybe not very challenging for the IBC, but the pace can be adjusted accordingly (though I spotted some handwritten text, I’m sure this will be fun deciphering)

Pictures

First Three Pages of Chapter One


Additional Pages



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