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  1. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    Ah... Good Witch of the West... How I've missed you. This was a really good series that was overshadowed by many other more popular series when it came out. It was pushed to the side as another "Fairy tale fantasy" and many dismissed it, but it's worth the second look. Basically, the story centers around Firiel, a country bumpkin who lives with kindly neighbors while her dad spends all his time as a researcher in a tower, and Rune, a boy rescued from gypsies and apprenticed to Firiel's father. Bot Ah... Good Witch of the West... How I've missed you. This was a really good series that was overshadowed by many other more popular series when it came out. It was pushed to the side as another "Fairy tale fantasy" and many dismissed it, but it's worth the second look. Basically, the story centers around Firiel, a country bumpkin who lives with kindly neighbors while her dad spends all his time as a researcher in a tower, and Rune, a boy rescued from gypsies and apprenticed to Firiel's father. Both are in for a serious shock when their past catches up to them! The story has a fairy tale-like feel to it, which makes it feel deceptively familiar. You think you know what's going to happen with a formulaic start, and then the story takes a turn in a way you'd never expect. It does this consistently, making it impossible to guess what will happen next. For those who like fairy tales and surprises, this is the story for you. My only complaint is that it's a little too fast-paced in spots, but that could be because this is the third time I've read it...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Starbubbles

    I wanted this to be so much more. I truly did, but I couldn't even get through this volume. I had a tough time trying to piece together what on earth was even happening. It was enigmatic unnecessarily. Even if Tokyopop wasn't going under, this one would still incomplete. I wanted this to be so much more. I truly did, but I couldn't even get through this volume. I had a tough time trying to piece together what on earth was even happening. It was enigmatic unnecessarily. Even if Tokyopop wasn't going under, this one would still incomplete.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anthonia

    Great book that tell a wonderful story full of corruption, freedom, heretics and people who wish to keep order. A great start of a manga series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katerina Potsi

    At first I made fun of the story and waited to be meh, but it surprised me. I found Firiel relatable because she had a cake and she forgets the position she currently is. Okay that was a joke but overall, I liked how 'dark' everything went and definitely gonna read the next one. Oh and I found the transitions to some parts of the story to be weird, like.. how did they get there?! But again, I enjoyed it. At first I made fun of the story and waited to be meh, but it surprised me. I found Firiel relatable because she had a cake and she forgets the position she currently is. Okay that was a joke but overall, I liked how 'dark' everything went and definitely gonna read the next one. Oh and I found the transitions to some parts of the story to be weird, like.. how did they get there?! But again, I enjoyed it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Yuiko

    Loved it but felt it could have been better

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina Wannet

    lovely manga about a peasant girl that really a royal princess is. A book about caring, hardship, friendship and fear

  7. 5 out of 5

    Margaryta

    After reading the novels of this series, I decided to pick up the manga just so that I could now see how the artist had interpreted the characters. I was not disappointed. This series is SOOO addicting that even though I believe this is my first manga series i read fully, I still love it more and more. Damn Tokyopop though won't translate the final volume and all the novels! That just makes me upset that this happens and readers like me who are devouring this series a million times over can't fu After reading the novels of this series, I decided to pick up the manga just so that I could now see how the artist had interpreted the characters. I was not disappointed. This series is SOOO addicting that even though I believe this is my first manga series i read fully, I still love it more and more. Damn Tokyopop though won't translate the final volume and all the novels! That just makes me upset that this happens and readers like me who are devouring this series a million times over can't fully enjoy it without problems. The art is very good, and the story is by far soo interesting and original that I just find it my utmost favourite manga series I have ever read. The more I reread it the more I learn to love and appreciate it because truly, it is not only worth reading but rereading many more times. Now, I'm only going to review the first book so I'll cram into here everything regarding the rest of the series. The plot line is very good, however very rushed (the manga doesn't really apply because I don't see a lot of gaps where there could have been more details). The anime is only 12 episodes, which is heck short for a manga like this, so I wish they would have put more effort into it and made it longer. That would hae definately payed off for true fans of this series who love this series and wish to live into every single detail. The actual ending is really good, better than what I had seen in other mangs so that was something fresh and interesting. However the only downthing that I found was that Firiel didn't agree to become Queen. I mean, I had actually though Firiel was capable of beating all those spoiled nobles down into the ground and coming out on top, but honestly, now that I put more thought into it Firiel is just such a sweet and innocent girl that I feel she would be best living off alone with Rune and enjoying nature while learning more from Rune about everything in that world. I just can't express my love for this series - I feel it deserves more than 5 stars because I can't help but feel like I'm LIVING in the story and in the book. If there would be a second series for this manga and anime, man would I be first in line to find out more about it! A definate read for fantasy lovers - THIS is what a fantasy novel should be: easily imaggined; a perfect, fuzzy warm feeling you get when you're reading it; a real-like main girl character that doesn't just fall down the stairs on top of a guy or bend down for the girl to get a better view of her chest; a TO-DIE-FOR main plotline that just makes the reader wanting more; creatures and places like you could only dream of; and, the most important......HOT GUYS!!! I mean, come on, Rune was hot and sooo adorable! Especially without his glasses. My undying love goes to this series and author - Momokawa-san, you were a true genious to come up with this tale and give pure fantasy lovers like me something to love for the rest of my life.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lil' Violet

    The good witch of the west wind review Art: The art is both amazing and plain very much a mix of shonen and shojo with pretty looking girls and hot guys but something else to. Amazing art work and Haruhiko Momokawa is an amazing artist B Characters: Firiel, rune. Firiel is a bella/katniss she is a dopy kind of a girl with no real personality loving and caring no idea of her identity she then becomes more determent by the end of the story much like katniss in some ways a little. Rune is the profe The good witch of the west wind review Art: The art is both amazing and plain very much a mix of shonen and shojo with pretty looking girls and hot guys but something else to. Amazing art work and Haruhiko Momokawa is an amazing artist B Characters: Firiel, rune. Firiel is a bella/katniss she is a dopy kind of a girl with no real personality loving and caring no idea of her identity she then becomes more determent by the end of the story much like katniss in some ways a little. Rune is the professors assistant boy. While you do develop a slight attachment to the characters it is hard to say why since we get little knowledge of them this however is the fault of the story not the characters. Over all the characters are OK nothing new but not that bad either. B Story: The story is one hot mess and a chore to get though if it were not so confusing it wouldn't have been bad. The story starts off at what is to believed to be a flash back but it isn't clear we are then clumsy introduced to out MC Firiel who is supposedly a farm girl, her parents, the professor (her real father what?) and rune none of whom are really introduced we know very little about them. Firiel then goes to a ball and mentions a fairy tale which no one knows of because they are not allowed or something.... whatever some weird things happen at the ball which could have ben exciting except the wording felt like reading Shakespeare it felt like the ball in romeo and Juliet all over again except while that was enjoyable this was cringe worthy. The story continues like this it plops you in the middle of this world with these characters but explains nothing at all we are given our good guys and our bad guys, magic, a plot to over take the queen of the country this should have been exciting and fast past action and intrigue. Instead we are left with lots of questions like who are these people? Why do they believe in this star queen like a Goddess? The story is dull and rocky and a chore to get though D Cover: The cover is beautiful almost CLAMP like In hues of red and gold with Firiel on the front bound by chains with and amulet on it in a cream/light red dress looking wishful? The cover is stunning and eye catching and would make anyone take a second look A Rating: T for teen Company: Tokyopop (out of business) My rating : 3 of 5 This was a chore to get though although I did aw at the end it was so confusing had me saying what to many times I had no idea what was going on

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Young Firiel lives in her own close-to-perfect world. Raised in the highlands on a farm by friends of her father's, they almost became her loving parents. They nurtured and raised her as their own. with the warmth of a loving family she grew to be a beautiful twenty-two year old maiden with red hair that can be as fierce as a fire, but as golden as the sunlight. Firiel would often try to visit her father who was always locked away in his tower, lost in his studies, but end up spending time with Young Firiel lives in her own close-to-perfect world. Raised in the highlands on a farm by friends of her father's, they almost became her loving parents. They nurtured and raised her as their own. with the warmth of a loving family she grew to be a beautiful twenty-two year old maiden with red hair that can be as fierce as a fire, but as golden as the sunlight. Firiel would often try to visit her father who was always locked away in his tower, lost in his studies, but end up spending time with her father's apprentice, Rune, instead. Her and Rune became almost like brother and sister, but she was always jealous that he seemed much closer to her father than she was ever allowed to be. On the night of the Count's Ball, Firiel's father has Rune pass down her mother's heirloom-- a beautiful necklace with the royal sapphire in it. Even though she was warned by Rune not to wear it to the Ball, Firiel does it anyway and is found out to be the possible daughter of the former heir to the throne of Astraea! Despite the title, this story seems to be much more of a twist on Cinderella, rather than Oz. But it sure is a far twist is there ever was one (excluding Pretear, that one is even farther from what it's supposed to be adapted from)! More than any other manga/anime/book/television show or even movie... this manga, so far, reminds me quite a bit of Magical X Miracle by Yuzu Mizutani. It also reminds me of a bit of Pretear too though... Ahh, all three are so adorable though! <3 I hope to own all of them one day. After I finish this manga adaption of TGWotW, I will start reading the novels or watch the anime. I'll do all of it eventually, anyhow. I wonder which will be the very best?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Gonzales

    It's been a while since my last manga review )and I am shamefully behind in my regular reading), so I thought it was about time for another. The Good Witch of the West is a fantasy drama manga about a young woman living a modest life in the countryside. However, her world is turned completely upside down after she attends a ball at a palace and discovers that she is an heir to extraordinary power. I really enjoyed The Good Witch of the West. It got off to a bit of a slow start, but that's usually It's been a while since my last manga review )and I am shamefully behind in my regular reading), so I thought it was about time for another. The Good Witch of the West is a fantasy drama manga about a young woman living a modest life in the countryside. However, her world is turned completely upside down after she attends a ball at a palace and discovers that she is an heir to extraordinary power. I really enjoyed The Good Witch of the West. It got off to a bit of a slow start, but that's usually how it is when I read manga; takes me a few pages to get into the right 'flow' (reading right-to-left instead of left-to-right can take some getting used to!) But it didn't take long for this one to capture my interest. It's probably the most well-constructed story of any of the manga I've read so far. Of course, it's still pretty over-the-top (as you would rightly expect), but the writer has done the majority very tastefully, even including a good few artsy metaphors which help to enhance the elegance of the story. Altogether, The Good Witch of the West is a fantastic manga. If you love some great artwork, an absorbing storyline with a difference, or just enjoy the fantasy genre, then give this a try.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I liked this. At times I found the art a little hard to follow, but part of that could just be me being out of practice reading right to left. Still, so far I like the story, and the art is pretty. I liked the little references to fairy tales, and I hope that continues throughout. Firiel's mother gave her a book of fairy tales, so the stories have meaning to her. Also, I thought Rune was adorable, and I hope nothing bad happened to him! I'm glad I already have the second volume. It's nothing spec I liked this. At times I found the art a little hard to follow, but part of that could just be me being out of practice reading right to left. Still, so far I like the story, and the art is pretty. I liked the little references to fairy tales, and I hope that continues throughout. Firiel's mother gave her a book of fairy tales, so the stories have meaning to her. Also, I thought Rune was adorable, and I hope nothing bad happened to him! I'm glad I already have the second volume. It's nothing spectacular, but it's a cute story so far, and I will continue to read it. Note: It's really annoying how the story and art of the this particular manga is totally middle school appropriate, but the ads in the back are not, so I couldn't in good conscience recommend this book to a middle school library. Even though the bulk of it's totally appropriate. TokyoPop - don't put "Older Teen" rated ads in the back of young teen or all ages books, ok?? Thanks.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tiger

    This series starts off pretty slow at first but it redeems itself by the middle of the first book. A young girl (turns out she has royal blood) grows up in a small quiet peasant town. She goes to a ball at the dukes castle where it is discovered that she has a royal heritage. And that is where all the similarities to the story of Cinderella end. Her whole life is turned upside down after that night and danger is coming in from every side. It really starts to take off more by the second book as her This series starts off pretty slow at first but it redeems itself by the middle of the first book. A young girl (turns out she has royal blood) grows up in a small quiet peasant town. She goes to a ball at the dukes castle where it is discovered that she has a royal heritage. And that is where all the similarities to the story of Cinderella end. Her whole life is turned upside down after that night and danger is coming in from every side. It really starts to take off more by the second book as her life takes more complicated turns. A graphic novel more for girls than boys it has plenty of action plot and girl power to keep your attention. (And I am also waiting to see the fourth book of this series.)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Firiel lives in the remote highlands of Sera Field where she is raised by Bo and Tabitha. Her father Professor Dee lives in a tower doing mathematical and astronomical research with an apprentice named Rune. Rune was found traveling with gypsies doing math tricks when he was a child. Firiel's Mom died when she was only 2 years old. Her Mother left her a necklace which turns from red to blue when it touches someone who is eligible to become Queen. Firiel wears it for the first time to a ball when Firiel lives in the remote highlands of Sera Field where she is raised by Bo and Tabitha. Her father Professor Dee lives in a tower doing mathematical and astronomical research with an apprentice named Rune. Rune was found traveling with gypsies doing math tricks when he was a child. Firiel's Mom died when she was only 2 years old. Her Mother left her a necklace which turns from red to blue when it touches someone who is eligible to become Queen. Firiel wears it for the first time to a ball when she is fifteen, and it sets off a cascade of events. There was probably a reason she was raised secretly in the country. Now her father must flee the country leaving her and Rune to hide.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mr

    a girl named firiel with no acknowledge of being the granddaughter of thestar queenand later founds out that. her dad had left ,master bo died and madam tabitha missing the only person with her is rune but in order to save firiel from the kiddnapers he let himself be captured. she's all alone now. johanna ma 180 pages a girl named firiel with no acknowledge of being the granddaughter of thestar queenand later founds out that. her dad had left ,master bo died and madam tabitha missing the only person with her is rune but in order to save firiel from the kiddnapers he let himself be captured. she's all alone now. johanna ma 180 pages

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    An interesting if somewhat cliché book. Of course, it's only the first book. And the story is by Noriko Ogiwara. Just for that I will keep reading. I was enthralled by 'Dragon Sword and Wind Child', so I trust the story will get better. I'm also interested in reading the novels off of which this manga was based. An interesting if somewhat cliché book. Of course, it's only the first book. And the story is by Noriko Ogiwara. Just for that I will keep reading. I was enthralled by 'Dragon Sword and Wind Child', so I trust the story will get better. I'm also interested in reading the novels off of which this manga was based.

  16. 4 out of 5

    mazohyst

    All of it was rather cute. I find it a bit annoying how the two fifteen-year-olds look like they're 10. Surely, I didn't look that young four months ago, did I? Other than that, the art was decently drawn. I'm not one for the style. A bit too cutesy for my taste. And the story was a bit cliche. The characters extremely stereotypical. All of it was rather cute. I find it a bit annoying how the two fifteen-year-olds look like they're 10. Surely, I didn't look that young four months ago, did I? Other than that, the art was decently drawn. I'm not one for the style. A bit too cutesy for my taste. And the story was a bit cliche. The characters extremely stereotypical.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Allanna

    A little hard to jump into (Could be because I'm on a little bit of a hurry to finish as many books as I can as fast I can .... before I go to camp for a few days). But it's cute. Interesting story line. I'm curious to see how it goes. A little hard to jump into (Could be because I'm on a little bit of a hurry to finish as many books as I can as fast I can .... before I go to camp for a few days). But it's cute. Interesting story line. I'm curious to see how it goes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A cute manga story about a girl who finds out her mother (who died when she was 2) was a daughter of the queen. I like these books because the girl is strong and willing to give up an easy life to pursue what she wants in her life. There are a lot of references to different fairy tales.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dorcas

    cute, but the action through the panel progression is a little choppy and does not flow very well at times. Just read the first volume but it looks to be doing something interesting with old fairy tales.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mely

    I hate the art and I hate the way Firiel is made even more like a typical young sweet cheerful shojo heroine. It's nice to get some information about characters that wasn't revealed in the first two books, but that I assume gets revealed in later ones. I hate the art and I hate the way Firiel is made even more like a typical young sweet cheerful shojo heroine. It's nice to get some information about characters that wasn't revealed in the first two books, but that I assume gets revealed in later ones.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I did not like this book at all. I am new to manga so I'm checking out many volume 1s and this is the worst so far. I didn't really like the illustration. The flow of word bubbles was confusing. The story didn't make any sense and wasn't that interesting. I won't continue these books. I did not like this book at all. I am new to manga so I'm checking out many volume 1s and this is the worst so far. I didn't really like the illustration. The flow of word bubbles was confusing. The story didn't make any sense and wasn't that interesting. I won't continue these books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆

    I wanted to like this book and this series but it just didn't do it for me. I'm not entirely sure why. I love the art and I can't honestly say the story was bad. *shrug* Just one of those things, I guess. I wanted to like this book and this series but it just didn't do it for me. I'm not entirely sure why. I love the art and I can't honestly say the story was bad. *shrug* Just one of those things, I guess.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (Sfogs)

    This series seems very promising! A really good read! This series seems very promising! A really good read!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    it was a little confusing but good

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    The story was difficult to follow and had too many fantasy/mystical elements flying around. Mediocre illustrations, too.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    check out my review at Toshokan Comix check out my review at Toshokan Comix

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Hmm. Definitely going to need to read the second volume before I can form an opinion.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rosie

    This series centers on a girl, and the Star Queen Throne. The girl goes through trials that prove her personality/what she believes in. Yadda, yadda, yadda.... total shoujo cliche......

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Loveable characters and soft graphics lend themselves to an intriguing plot and storyline. Looking foward to the next.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ichigo

    i read this like a long time ago and i din't get it at all until i read it again for the 4th time O_o i read this like a long time ago and i din't get it at all until i read it again for the 4th time O_o

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