Thoughts on A Witch’s Love at the End of the World Volume 1

A Witch’s Love at the End of the World is a yuri manga written and illustrated by Kujira. It is set at an academy for witches, where top student Alice finds herself falling for newcomer and inept witch, Mari.
Yen Press licensed the manga for an English release. This first volume contains chapters one through to four.

A Witch's Love at the End of the World Volume 1

Front cover of the first volume of A Witch’s Love at the End of the World, featuring Alice Keating and Mari Muguruma

In a world where sorcery rules from the shadows, young women adept in magical arts train at a mysterious academy. These budding witches diligently study, driven by generations of resentment after witch hunts decimated their kind long ago. Star student Alice has always strived to live up to the great expectations placed upon her, but her world is turned upside down when Mari, an inept recruit, enters the school… and her heart!

I am quite partial to stories that involve a magic school of some kind, and A Witch’s Love at the End of the World is just one more to add to that ever-growing collection. Unlike most other magic academies, though, this particular one is ran with the thought of the witches getting revenge on humans first and foremost.
After all, this story does take place after witchkind had been forced to endure humanity’s witch hunts. That resulted in them retreating to the shadows, but their power became desirable and shaped the way in which the world shaped.

I do wonder if revenge on humanity is truly the end goal of the school. Most of the young students in attendance seem to believe so, but I get the feeling it may not be so simple. There is one student who thinks that everyone should just get along, though: Mari Muguruma.
A newcomer to the school, at first glance, it seems like she possesses no magic whatsoever. Turns out to not quite be the case, but she has a reason for holding it back.

However, it is top student Alice Keating who discovers Mari’s hidden powers. What she doesn’t expect to discover, though, are feelings for Mari. Supposedly witches lose their powers when they fall in love.
Sounds like witches got the short end of the stick, to me. After all, falling in love isn’t exactly something someone can consciously choose to do or not. Regardless of the result, Alice realises in this first volume what it is exactly she feels for Mari. Thing is, she also has her eye on Mari’s hidden power.

Alice becoming more and more open and close with Mari does not go down with a particular student. Seems like Alice is quite popular within the school, though that does prove to be a bit of a problem for Mari. And then Alice gets dragged into said problem, which I imagine only makes the guilty party feel even guiltier.

I like what I’ve read of this first volume of A Witch’s Love at the End of the World. Perhaps Alice will allow herself to get closer to Mari, despite the apparent price. An intriguing start, I look forward to seeing where the story will go next.

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