Prepare yourself to enter an unseen world where living means experiencing with your whole being, body and mind. Prepare yourself to take a dip into the world of Witches…
A wildly imaginative trek into the deepest realms of human beliefs and the mysteries of the universe. Daisuke Igarashi’s amazing pen can recreate anything he can imagine on paper, resulting in beautifully chaotic, maddeningly detailed scrawls of pure wonder. A true celebration of the human imagination.
When deep emotions come to the head, the witch that dwells in the heart awakens – the gorgeous and literary illusory tales begin.
Majo won the Excellence Prize in the Manga Division at Japan Media Arts Festival in 2004.
Majo consists of two volumes and it’s essentially an anthology of one-shots, with the exception of the omake of the first volume that plays the link between the two volumes. This manga hasn’t won an award without reason and it doesn’t take long to realize why. From the firsts pages the reader treads on mysterious grounds, words cast their spells and the art weaves the atmosphere of the setting. You rarely see art that detailed and even more rarely you encounter splash pages which engulf you and transfer you to far away places. Your hair will raise and chills will run down your spine due to the strange perspectives and alien creatures. You can hear and smell and feel through these ‘magical’ lines on paper. And of course, Igarashi’s storytelling is compelling and engaging – he knows how to interlace the natural with the supernatural seamlessly. Real places and scientific facts mingle with fiction in an exciting journey to other worlds and dimensions.
Each volume tells two main stories and one smaller. The first volume has a more horror-ish air to it than the second, but both talk about witches:
a malicious witch who is the product of jealousy,
a primitive witch who controls the spirits,
a witch that prophecizes and who was is a spirit herself,
a benevolent witch who lives alone and knows to read the book of nature,
a manipulative witch who schemes in order to grant her wish
and an old witch who stores things in… peculiar places and wanders on a strange beach.
SPINDLE has an oriental aroma with some cosmopolitan notes and that’s to be expected when the setting is Istanbul, Turkey, the place where East meets West, secrets are whispered and gods lie dormant and in peace next to each other. A foreign girl grows up with grudge in her heart born from rejection and wants to take revenge, while another girl holds her spindle, listens to the messages sent to her and travels from the vast valleys to the city to carry out her mission. Delusions of power and blindness to the limits of one’s self; death and things irreplaceable; the world within the words and the one beyond them; this is the essence of what began and ended in a bazaar…