Image: Anime announcement promo
The 11th compiled volume of Kamome Shirahama’s Witch Hat Atelier manga hits shelves in Japan on October 21, so it’s time to take a look at the latest numbers for the series. According to Shirahama’s own announcement, the Witch Hat Atelier manga now has over 4.5 million copies in circulation—including volumes printed physically and sold digitally—around the world.
Shirahama shared a celebratory illustration with the news.
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The Witch Hat Atelier manga first launched in the pages of Kodansha’s Morning two magazine back in July 2016, and an anime adaptation is currently in the works.
Kodansha publishes the Witch Hat Atelier manga in English and sums up the story like so:
A beautifully-illustrated story about a girl who longs for magic in her life and learns that, on the inside, she already is what she wishes she could be. Reminiscent of Studio Ghibli, this lushly drawn story was voted one of the Top 10 manga of the year in 2018 by the Japanese manga industry. In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: she wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch … until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she’s never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody “knows” might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem …