Mika and Protagonist Press are just as busy as ever in the fourth volume of Mochinchi and Yasuhiro Miyama’s A Witch’s Printing Office manga. There’s a lot on their plates, and double-booking a venue only makes things worse.
This volume contains chapters nineteen through to twenty-five.
Protagonist Press is as busy as ever, thanks in part of Mika’s hugely successful Magic Market bookselling event – from magic-decrying warriors to tiny, meddling fairies, people from all works of life are dipping their toes into the wonderful world of magical tomes. Despite the ever-growing size of Magiket’s crowd, the Prep Committee has the chaos well under control… until its faithful venue is suddenly double-booked, dumping Mika into a whole new crisis!
There’s a lot of fun stuff going on in this volume of A Witch’s Printing Office, beginning with a flashback to how Mika first met Claire, and her desperation to learn magic.
Plenty of new characters are also introduced, including a fairy and a tribe of warriors who snub magic. Among that tribe is an old rival of Kiriko’s. There is much amusement when Kiriko discovers that Amanna wants to be Mika’s next client.
The fairy, named Pera, and Amanna, are both great characters. They only appear in one chapter each in this volume, but I’m hoping we get to see them again in the future. Amanna and her tribe do seem pretty likely to crop up again, considering their new roles by the end of her particular chapter.
Magiket is also improved further in this volume. With lots of visitors falling ill due to dehydration, malnutrition or other factors, Hera takes it upon herself to set up a first aid station. A lack of supplies means that Mika has to get pretty creative about helping those out in need.
Then we come on to the chapters inspired by a real life event: the Magiket and Battle Olympia double-booking incident. In the real world, Comiket had to modify its schedule to accommodate the 2020 Summer Olympics, originally scheduled between May and August 2020. Both events were booked to use the Tokyo Big Sight location.
But well, we all know how that turned out…
Still, those particular chapters prove to be enjoyable regardless. A tournament arc is effectively worked into the story, and a certain someone finds themselves an unwilling participant. Mika may not have any combat experience, but that whole sequence of events is hilarious.
A Witch’s Printing Office is such a joyous read. It has great humour, and there’s a whole lot of fun to be found within the pages. Still got my fingers crossed for an anime adaptation some day.