This information may be well-known to readers. Hi, I’m a Witch, and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion Thanks to Cross Infinite World’s 2-volume light novel series. The manga adaptation is now available in the West thanks to Yen Press. But does it make sense? Let’s find out!
Rose is the Good Witch of the Lake. She sells her home remedies to anyone who needs them. One day she’s visited by Sir Harij, a knight on whom she’s secretly had a crush for years and who has come looking for a love potion!
Rose attempts to dissuade Harij by telling him that love potion are out of stock and expensive. However, Harij won’t be put off and tells Rose he’ll do whatever it takes to get his hands on the potion, so she’s left with no choice but to give in and send him off to gather materials.
Rose is not allowed to gather the materials at once, so Harij must visit Rose several times throughout the process. Rose is hoping that by stalling on completing the potion, she’ll be able to earn a place in Harij’s heart, even if that’s unlikely to turn into a romance, given, she assumes, he has his eye on someone else, due to his request.
Rose has felt these feelings for Harij for four year now. This is based on one encounter when he stood up for Rose while others were shaming the Good Witch of the Lake. But at the time, the two never spoke to one another, so as far as Harij’s concerned, his first meeting with her is when he comes to her with his request. But as he spends more time coming and going from her home, Harij can’t help but grow increasingly concerned about the young witch.
Rose lives on her own, alone, on a tiny island at the bottom of a forest lake since her grandmother died. Rose’s tiny home is overcrowded and crowded. There is no place to eat or sit down, as there are too many books and potion materials. And if that isn’t bad enough, Rose seems to sustain herself on (often wilted) lettuce alone! Rose spends more time with Harij than Rose does, and he is more concerned about her well-being and quality of life. This makes us hopeful that their romance will blossom.
I confess I have already read the original light novels, so I know exactly where this story goes but that didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the manga one bit. Kamada (artist) brought this manga to life.Dahlia in Bloom), the art is as cute as you’d expect from a romance manga. Rose and Harij both make attractive characters. The comics are filled with humor and a mix of romantically charged and comical sections.
Although there is a lot of dialogue, it can sometimes overpower the pages. Kamada usually draws smaller panels. But overall I feel the artist has achieved a nice balance. We’ve not really lost anything in the transition from light novel to manga and I’d argue the art goes a long way to making this one even more attractive to readers than the original was. As we observe their interactions, it makes Rose and Harij more likeable characters.
As mentioned previously Hi, I’m a Witch, and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion Volume 1 comes to the West thanks to Yen Press and has been translated by Alethea Nibley & Athena Nibley, with lettering by Rachel J. Pierce. The translation is clear and the terms and names are similar to those in the light novels. The manga is ongoing in Japan with 2 volumes (3 in September), but Volume 2 currently doesn’t have an English release date so we will likely be waiting a while to continue with this one.
All in all Hi, I’m a Witch, and My Crush Wants Me to Make a Love Potion Volume 1 is a sweet, romantic story that will appeal to both those new to the series and those who are familiar with the original light novels. Particularly worth checking out if you’re looking for a series about young adults rather than high-schoolers!