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Once upon a time, on the coast of a tiny European country, there was an enormous cloud of toxic fumes. In this cloud lived a young girl named Ravina. And she is about to be unleashed on the human world! A bewitching and beautiful tale of an orphan girl who was raised by crows in a trash heap. One day, a dying witch gifts her with a mysterious magic wand and her life change Once upon a time, on the coast of a tiny European country, there was an enormous cloud of toxic fumes. In this cloud lived a young girl named Ravina. And she is about to be unleashed on the human world! A bewitching and beautiful tale of an orphan girl who was raised by crows in a trash heap. One day, a dying witch gifts her with a mysterious magic wand and her life changes forever! Now, the human world is hers to play with... Or will this land of fear and corruption prove too much for the fledgling witch? In a time of witch hunts, Ravina must have her wits about her! Soon to be the subject of a highly-anticipated art exhibition in Los Angeles!"


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Once upon a time, on the coast of a tiny European country, there was an enormous cloud of toxic fumes. In this cloud lived a young girl named Ravina. And she is about to be unleashed on the human world! A bewitching and beautiful tale of an orphan girl who was raised by crows in a trash heap. One day, a dying witch gifts her with a mysterious magic wand and her life change Once upon a time, on the coast of a tiny European country, there was an enormous cloud of toxic fumes. In this cloud lived a young girl named Ravina. And she is about to be unleashed on the human world! A bewitching and beautiful tale of an orphan girl who was raised by crows in a trash heap. One day, a dying witch gifts her with a mysterious magic wand and her life changes forever! Now, the human world is hers to play with... Or will this land of fear and corruption prove too much for the fledgling witch? In a time of witch hunts, Ravina must have her wits about her! Soon to be the subject of a highly-anticipated art exhibition in Los Angeles!"

30 review for Ravina the Witch?

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    A girl grows up in a giant trash dump, speaking the language of the crows. Finally, another human appears on the scene, an old woman who has been tortured to the point of death on suspicion of being a witch. Ravina cares for her, but cannot save her or understand the message the old woman tries to pass along. Later Ravina is captured/adopted by humans and learns their ways, but by then she has forgotten the old woman's words. Until a grateful cross-dresser (view spoiler)[who thought everyone was o A girl grows up in a giant trash dump, speaking the language of the crows. Finally, another human appears on the scene, an old woman who has been tortured to the point of death on suspicion of being a witch. Ravina cares for her, but cannot save her or understand the message the old woman tries to pass along. Later Ravina is captured/adopted by humans and learns their ways, but by then she has forgotten the old woman's words. Until a grateful cross-dresser (view spoiler)[who thought everyone was ostracizing him for wearing frilly dresses, until Ravina clued him that he was using too much perfume (hide spoiler)] introduces her to the pleasures of extreme inebriation. (This is not DTs; there is a giant owl doing a crossword.) Stuff keeps happening, because humans are a bunch of assholes who have to mess things up instead of just getting along. Read it for yourself.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Josh Firer

    I enjoyed reading this one. It reads like a fairy tale picture book for adults. The illustrations are beautiful and the general style is unique.

  3. 5 out of 5

    honeybean

    <3 <3 Perfection. The story of a girl who lives in an enormous garbage dump with crows and gets a magical wand. The illustrations are stunning, the story is cute, adult, and funny. Adore this <3

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Olson

    The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. GORGEOUS. This also reads like a fairy tale in a way, and I loved that. But yeah, the illustrations sold this on me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Loz

    Super weird. Like. Really weird. But my kind of. Beautiful art. Great production value, seriously the paper stock is stellar. Again, very weird.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    I could get lost in Mizuno's artwork for days on end. It's this wonderfully hypnotic cute-erotic blend that seems to bask in a bad Euro-Japanese acid trip. This slim volume tells the story of Ravina, a young girl raised by crows in a landfill. She gains magical powers by easing the pain of a naked old woman, gets "rescued" by a wealthy gentleman whose spanking fetish she tires of, and runs off only to end up in a drinking contest with a king. Her work reads like a dark, adult fairy tale undercut I could get lost in Mizuno's artwork for days on end. It's this wonderfully hypnotic cute-erotic blend that seems to bask in a bad Euro-Japanese acid trip. This slim volume tells the story of Ravina, a young girl raised by crows in a landfill. She gains magical powers by easing the pain of a naked old woman, gets "rescued" by a wealthy gentleman whose spanking fetish she tires of, and runs off only to end up in a drinking contest with a king. Her work reads like a dark, adult fairy tale undercut by light, whimsical art.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bridgett

    This has beautiful artwork that is a blend of erotic, cute, and almost fractal. Seriously, the artwork is gorgeous! The story that accompanies it recalls fairy tales, with a series of mostly unrelated adventures undertaken by a beautiful young woman. There are definite threads of feminism in this work and as much as I appreciated that, I wasn’t much impressed with the story itself. Also, FYI - this is most definitely geared towards older teens and adults, NOT children.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelso Kappel

    Although the art is eye catching, the story of Ravina couldn’t be blander. This being my first Junko Mizuno book, I was expecting a lot. What I got was a story too adult for children and written too young for adults. It’s a fine line to successfully traverse between the two but in this case, I was underwhelmed. I can’t imagine who this is for as it deals with macabre subject matter but is written like a children’s book. This is not for me and I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone I know of. Maybe Although the art is eye catching, the story of Ravina couldn’t be blander. This being my first Junko Mizuno book, I was expecting a lot. What I got was a story too adult for children and written too young for adults. It’s a fine line to successfully traverse between the two but in this case, I was underwhelmed. I can’t imagine who this is for as it deals with macabre subject matter but is written like a children’s book. This is not for me and I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone I know of. Maybe if you’re a collector of oddities and enjoy strange graphic novels?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    The art is amazing. I flipped through the pages three times just to appreciate it (and I'll probably look at all the pages some more before I return it to the library). Then I googled Junko Mizuno so I could appreciate more of her art. The art is amazing. I flipped through the pages three times just to appreciate it (and I'll probably look at all the pages some more before I return it to the library). Then I googled Junko Mizuno so I could appreciate more of her art.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn

    I was originally drawn to this because of the beautiful art on the cover, but the story inside was very different from what I was expecting. It was magical and dark like an original Grimms fairy tale and I really enjoyed it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    zuzqaa

    beautiful book, almost fairy tale, with a little twist. really pretty.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Definitely beautiful even if it's not quite my thing. I did like the subversive undertones to it. Definitely beautiful even if it's not quite my thing. I did like the subversive undertones to it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cori Reed

    This was beautiful but also one of the most "WTF?" worthy books I've ever read. This was beautiful but also one of the most "WTF?" worthy books I've ever read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    MaRubin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So I recently read this book called Ravina the Witch by Junko Mizuno while browsing through the shelves at the library. It looked interesting, just like the kind of book that would draw me in. I don't know why but I've always had this thing for these weird, dark and twisted but at the same time kind of adorable and wonderous stories (frankly, just things in general with that same kind of vibe). It's sort of a picture book, meaning that the pages and majority of the book is illustrated with this So I recently read this book called Ravina the Witch by Junko Mizuno while browsing through the shelves at the library. It looked interesting, just like the kind of book that would draw me in. I don't know why but I've always had this thing for these weird, dark and twisted but at the same time kind of adorable and wonderous stories (frankly, just things in general with that same kind of vibe). It's sort of a picture book, meaning that the pages and majority of the book is illustrated with this really cute, adorable art. The story itself is about this girl called Ravina who for some reason lives all alone in a big dump. Well, she's not completely alone. She has the black crows that live there as well. But apart from that. she's basically all alone, which she's totally fine with. However, the story really starts when she encounters an old troubled lady. Ravina helps her out and in return, the old lady, who's actually a witch, gives her her magic wand. The lady eventually dies and Ravina becomes sad, but then, all these people suddenly start coming to the dump, wanting to use the land for themselves. All of a sudden Ravina gets swept away by people and brought to civilisation. We, as the readers, get to discover that this world is actually kind of awful, full of perverted old men, disease and just pure unjustice as we go along with the story. But for some reason, Ravina doesn't seem to quite get it. In her eyes, the world seems fairly innocent. Of course, she can see the bad but she doesn't necessarily sees them as evil, it's more like: "this is wrong!" And she tries to help the people she encounters along her journey as she discovers this new world. The cute art along with the darker themes of the story really clashes together but for some weird reason, I really like it. I think it sort of strengthens the idea of Ravina's innocent perspective upon the world compared to what it really is. So if you're like me and really like this type of dark but cute fairytale, you should totally read this short but beautifully illustrated story (which is definetely not for children despite the cute artstyle).

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    I'll admit I had never heard of this book when I grabbed it from the library but the cover and title sealed my fate. For such a small book, it sure packed a punch and while the story was odd to say the least, the artwork was truly beautiful and made it completely worth the read. In this graphic novel, Ravina is an abandoned girl living in a garbage dump and being raised by crows. One day, when the dump is being cleaned up for redevelopment, Ravina is found and is adopted by a rich old man. Let's I'll admit I had never heard of this book when I grabbed it from the library but the cover and title sealed my fate. For such a small book, it sure packed a punch and while the story was odd to say the least, the artwork was truly beautiful and made it completely worth the read. In this graphic novel, Ravina is an abandoned girl living in a garbage dump and being raised by crows. One day, when the dump is being cleaned up for redevelopment, Ravina is found and is adopted by a rich old man. Let's just say the story takes a turn and she ends up running away because her main job is to spank him and his friends every day and she quickly becomes bored. Did I lose you? This book might because it just gets weirder from here. Ravina encounters some more crazy characters along her journey and there might be some deep underlying meaning here but I couldn't find it. As I mentioned, I give "Ravina the Witch" 3/5 but need to clarify. The artwork was definitely a 5/5/ but the story and extremely short length (48 pages) were a 2/5. Yes, I know that doesn't average 3/5 but sue Goodreads, not me (insert half star rating rant here). If you see this from the library, I don't think you'd be out anything by giving it a chance. I would not recommend purchasing it unless you just like to collect nice graphic artwork books. In my honest opinion, it's simply not that good of a story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Reni

    I've been a fan of Junko Mizuno since the first time I found Tumblr. The Internet would have you believe that her work can only be found with the aid of a passport and a tour guide. When I spotted this book at a local comic book store (Free Comic Book Day is always worthwhile), I knew that it was worth any cost. As my first real foray into the work of Junko Mizuno, Ravina the Witch did not disappoint. Ravina is a lone girl living in a dump with only the crows. When she meets and cares for an elde I've been a fan of Junko Mizuno since the first time I found Tumblr. The Internet would have you believe that her work can only be found with the aid of a passport and a tour guide. When I spotted this book at a local comic book store (Free Comic Book Day is always worthwhile), I knew that it was worth any cost. As my first real foray into the work of Junko Mizuno, Ravina the Witch did not disappoint. Ravina is a lone girl living in a dump with only the crows. When she meets and cares for an elderly witch, she finds her life irrevocably changed. That's as close to spoilers as you'll get from me. As a fan of the artist, this book only strengthened my admiration. The artwork is detailed and intricate, cheeky and a little irreverent. The story is short and a bit erratic, but it pairs beautifully with not only the illustrations but the entire style. I found myself predicting the ending while simultaneously wanting more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    Somewhere, on the coastline of a tiny country in Europe, there was an enormous garbage dump. It kept growing and growing thanks to the many garbage trucks that visited it every day. In this dump, there lived a thousand crows and one human girl. Her name was Ravina. I came across this beautiful graphic novel whilst pre-ordering a few bits and pieces from Forbidden Planet. It looked intriguing and was on sale so I popped in into my cart too. I'm very glad that I did. Initially it seems like a chi Somewhere, on the coastline of a tiny country in Europe, there was an enormous garbage dump. It kept growing and growing thanks to the many garbage trucks that visited it every day. In this dump, there lived a thousand crows and one human girl. Her name was Ravina. I came across this beautiful graphic novel whilst pre-ordering a few bits and pieces from Forbidden Planet. It looked intriguing and was on sale so I popped in into my cart too. I'm very glad that I did. Initially it seems like a children's picture book tale of a girl raised by crows but soon descends into a dark and twisted fairy tale, that is most certainly for adults. The story continues to be told in the style of a children's fairy tale, which I really liked as it was twisting the classic format. The artwork is beautiful and draws you into the story. A solid 4 stars!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Ravina, an orphan living in a landfill, receives a magic wand from a dying witch. This book is a total head trip! The artwork is absolutely amazing - stylized, mostly dark with color used as accents, cartoony, with lots of casual death and suffering thrown in. (Look - here's a dead body with maggots, but that's ok, no big deal!) Ravina's trip through the human world was entertaining and I never knew what was coming next. This book is definitely for adults - Ravina can only perform magic when she' Ravina, an orphan living in a landfill, receives a magic wand from a dying witch. This book is a total head trip! The artwork is absolutely amazing - stylized, mostly dark with color used as accents, cartoony, with lots of casual death and suffering thrown in. (Look - here's a dead body with maggots, but that's ok, no big deal!) Ravina's trip through the human world was entertaining and I never knew what was coming next. This book is definitely for adults - Ravina can only perform magic when she's drunk, she spends a bit "whipping gentlemen's behinds" until she gets tired of that. Overall, it's an amazing spectacle of art viewed through a Japanese manga artist's lens.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    When I saw a new Junko Mizuno book coming out I had to have it. I thought it would be a manga like a lot of her other works but this is a full color story book. Almost like a children's book, only one where the main character gets drunk a lot to use her magic and gets tortured for being a witch. I love Junko Mizuno's art which is some crazy hybrid of 80s toys, a tiny bit of anime, and the grotesque. Though this books is lighter on the grotesque than a lot of her other works. Still, full of wonde When I saw a new Junko Mizuno book coming out I had to have it. I thought it would be a manga like a lot of her other works but this is a full color story book. Almost like a children's book, only one where the main character gets drunk a lot to use her magic and gets tortured for being a witch. I love Junko Mizuno's art which is some crazy hybrid of 80s toys, a tiny bit of anime, and the grotesque. Though this books is lighter on the grotesque than a lot of her other works. Still, full of wonderful whimsical like no one else ever does.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Ravina lives in a garbage dump and is raised by crows. One day, when she is still a little girl, an old woman with needles stuck all over her comes to dump. Ravina helps her and she is given a magic wand for her kindness. When some men come to develop the land the dump is on some years later Ravina finds herself out in the world and it is weird. Wonderfully weird. The best part of this odd little tale is the artwork. Junko Mizuno's work is beautiful, dark and gorgeous and demands a second reading Ravina lives in a garbage dump and is raised by crows. One day, when she is still a little girl, an old woman with needles stuck all over her comes to dump. Ravina helps her and she is given a magic wand for her kindness. When some men come to develop the land the dump is on some years later Ravina finds herself out in the world and it is weird. Wonderfully weird. The best part of this odd little tale is the artwork. Junko Mizuno's work is beautiful, dark and gorgeous and demands a second reading if only to pay proper attention to every line.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kia

    I am currently on a Junko Mizuno kick after reading Pure Trance, and this is hands down the worst I've read so far. Boring with very little plot and I finished it feeling like I gained absolutely nothing from it. I enjoyed the muted colors and gold accents that were used throughout, and a seen about a man who liked to have his butt spanked. Other than that this entire book was lackluster. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, try Pure Trance instead. It's way beefier and the story is actually intri I am currently on a Junko Mizuno kick after reading Pure Trance, and this is hands down the worst I've read so far. Boring with very little plot and I finished it feeling like I gained absolutely nothing from it. I enjoyed the muted colors and gold accents that were used throughout, and a seen about a man who liked to have his butt spanked. Other than that this entire book was lackluster. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, try Pure Trance instead. It's way beefier and the story is actually intriguing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm

    Blended traditional fairy tale elements such as a king's contest and a chance encounter with a witch with odd twists like Ravina only being able to work magic with the witch's wand when drunk. Being put to work as a dominatrix by the wealthy man who rescues her from the trash dump was pretty original as well. A short, uncomplicated tale with passable quality artwork. I'd consider reading more by this author but this is the only title the local library has. Blended traditional fairy tale elements such as a king's contest and a chance encounter with a witch with odd twists like Ravina only being able to work magic with the witch's wand when drunk. Being put to work as a dominatrix by the wealthy man who rescues her from the trash dump was pretty original as well. A short, uncomplicated tale with passable quality artwork. I'd consider reading more by this author but this is the only title the local library has.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    3.5 stars Lovely illustrations; I would have loved to have been able to feel the textures! With the exception of a few scenes, this books could be suitable for teens. But due to nudity and sexual slavery (it doesn't get too deep into, but as an adult...)... it might be wise to check to see how suitable it is for your specific teens. great commentary on women and our "place" in society. 3.5 stars Lovely illustrations; I would have loved to have been able to feel the textures! With the exception of a few scenes, this books could be suitable for teens. But due to nudity and sexual slavery (it doesn't get too deep into, but as an adult...)... it might be wise to check to see how suitable it is for your specific teens. great commentary on women and our "place" in society.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Woowott

    God, Mizuno-sensei's art is glorious and weird, just like this nuts story. But that's not surprising. I was introduced to her art through the sadly dead hardcopy magazine Shoujo Beat, which I miss terribly. She did the zodiac illustrations for the magazine. Be prepared for weird storytime and weird, beautiful, adorable, messed-up art. God, Mizuno-sensei's art is glorious and weird, just like this nuts story. But that's not surprising. I was introduced to her art through the sadly dead hardcopy magazine Shoujo Beat, which I miss terribly. She did the zodiac illustrations for the magazine. Be prepared for weird storytime and weird, beautiful, adorable, messed-up art.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anne Wi

    I thought this book was funny and fantastical. However, I would not recommend it for those 12 and under due to Ravina "whipping the bare bottoms of men and they enjoy it." Also in order for her to use her powers she has to drink alcohol and get drunk. These themes may be objectionable to some parents. I do still think it's a good read though. I thought this book was funny and fantastical. However, I would not recommend it for those 12 and under due to Ravina "whipping the bare bottoms of men and they enjoy it." Also in order for her to use her powers she has to drink alcohol and get drunk. These themes may be objectionable to some parents. I do still think it's a good read though.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Drew

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Beautiful drawings. The storyline is an adult fairy tale, I enjoyed it. Didn’t care for the, albeit brief, S&M part of the story. It comes across as just gratuitous. Thankfully it’s a small part and early on in the story. I understand it’s meant to show how she’s taken advantage of by men. But, meh.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annathalia

    Dark fairy tales are such fun and Junko is one of the best artists for this theme. Her style is fitting to the bizarre nature of the story and her execution of the artwork is something you can gaze and study for a while.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Madison Vessels

    First, the art is Amazing!! I loved it. Very artistic, very well drawn. The story itself was strange, a little dark which matched well with the art, and an easy read. While its by no means my favorite, I loved the art and the story, while strange, was cute.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Wilson

    The art is gorgeous and magical, I could stare at it forever. The story is an adult fairy tail about a girl who lived in a junk yard then gets turned into a witch that goes around getting drunk and helping people. Funny, dirty, witchy and PERFECT.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Story is too short, lacks a coherent and flowing plot, and characters are bland, boring, and without depth of character. The only redeeming quality about this book is the art work, which is absolutely stunning!

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