Courtesy of: Yamatogawa
Collaborative work by Oliver, Pervert1, Sadley, Tivums, Merlin12 and Weirdomancer
What you’re in for:
-I Came Lookin' For Booty
-We Should Be Lovers!
Number of Pages: 218
The Moneyshot: Take your pick. There are a good handful.
Finale: Great End
Gotta say, Witchcraft was an interesting doujin to read over, mostly due to how long the damn thing was. At an astounding 218 pages, Yamatogawa crafted one hell of a story, almost entirely based on sex.
This whole story kicks off with our protagonist, Kaoru getting harassed by a bunch of school bullies and it’s only after fleeing like the coward he is that he finds himself in a fortune teller’s shop. After explaining his predicament, the fortune teller Kyoko offers a hypnotic suggestion therapy treatment for him to make a man out of him which word for word involves her saying, “We’ll have to create an empty-minded state through physical means…like when you’ve just received a big mental shock. We could induce a faint through physical impact… well, the easiest way is that relaxed state after ejaculation.” After a fun scene of foreplay, she hypnotizes him and almost on cue, the bullies return, with just enough time for Kaoru to beat the shit out of them, then proceed to fuck the shit out of Kyoko, only to wake up from the hypnosis in the middle of the act some five rounds later.
Further “experimentation” and research is done to poor Kaoru over the course of the doujin as two other girls, Sara (a bronze skinned beauty who will make another appearance in Yamatogawa’s Power Play [at least by name]) and Megumi (a fashion idol working with the yakuza) are brought into the picture where they all share in the fun much to Kaoru’s expense and attitudes about “sharing” him eventually change as the book progresses.
When it comes down to evaluating Witchcraft, I’d have to say that Yamatogawa’s art is really impressive and the quality doesn’t let up over the course of the story which does make me wonder, if he reflected his artistic capabilities elsewhere… would we have more beautifully designed animes? This is nothing more than a speculative, hypothetical thought but I personally think it would be refreshing to see his art style seen in an anime; even though it seems pretty frivolous. The art captivated me and the way everything was presented made me want more from not just this particular title to see where things go as it has a relatively open ended conclusion, but from the artist himself.
Dialogue was handled quite well, and thanks to the staff listed above with their translations, the whole narrative felt believable in the sense that it didn’t feel like the standard fap fiction. It didn’t feel clichéd or as though anything was forced and the story itself was something that had me reading for a good hour or so.
The whole story, aside from adding touches of mysticism and magic, was rather quite vanilla. Nothing extreme, no fetishes, nothing to make it stand out other than one guy getting it on with a bunch of different women who eventually become friends through him. Unless you count homunculi “toys” (which don’t show up until the end anyway) being anything strange, then Witchcraft is a great read and I’d say a good starter for those who are interested in seeing what this category of smut can provide.
Personal Rating: 9/10
Reviewed by: Kurou