Witches declare war against people, decimating two thirds of the civilized world. They summon monsters called Supporters and devastate human residences... but why?
The surviving humans gather those with extraordinary powers into an organization dubbed 'Witch Hunter'. Aided by a Jack O Lantern-esque supporter, Tasha Godspell is one of the strongest Witch Hunters around. True to his moniker, The Magic Marksman, Tasha crushes Witches with devastating accuracy — yet he cannot come to hate them...
Ascended Extra: The author notes that Tarras was originally supposed to be a 'no-name extra'. He changed his mind partway through the first volume, and Tarras has been the Ego to our Power Trio since then. There are constant jabs made at him both in story and in omake, mocking the fact he is basicly still an extra.
A Love to Dismember: Used as a joke in an omake. Two witches suspect Lancelot is a necrophile when Tasha's severed arm falls out of his cloak.
All Myths Are True: Let's see... We've got characters of Arthurian legends running around, a Chinese dragon, the Greek Moirae, the Hindu goddesses Parvati and Prithvi, an old Korean kingdom in the sky, the Norse god Surtr and a few more references to Norse mythology with Cooga's emblem and attacks and, of course, witches.
All There in the Manual: Some volumes include character profiles, which detail everything about the featured characters from height and weight to the author's personal thoughts, as well as Q&A sections giving lots of information about the world and the WH organisation.
Almighty Janitor:Visul is more powerful than a squad of elite assassins or a regular A-Class.
Anachronism Stew: If it's set during the witch-craze, it's likely to be 1400's-1600's, and yes, that means guns and plate-armour. Then again, when one of said guns is a Desert Eagle..The steam train is a little harder to explain...
Art Evolution: While maintaining the same proportions, the characters are drawn with somewhat sharper angles towards the sixth volume. Cho himself noted a change in art style on his blog. One Korean blogger put up a chart of Tasha's face as drawn over the course of several volumes.
Asskicking Equals Authority: The WH are ranked by strength, with big leaps in power from one rank to the one directly above: D-Class just do paperwork, C-Class are the Red Shirt Army, and S-Classes Eunryuu, Vihyungran and Tania scare the crap out of the A-Class. Also, the Four Great Witches title is decidedly NOT for show, considering that the highly powered down East can PWN SS-class Vihyungran without too much trouble in addition to being able to scare off Varete and doing this in the process.
Author Appeal: To the point the author's editor supposedly warned him against putting too much of his 'personal tastes' into the comic and by 'personal tastes' we mean large breasts. Not that pettanko fans would go disappointed either.)
Break the Cutie: Becoming a witch didn't do much good for Aria. She is torn between her wish of being with Tasha and the hard facts that what she has done and what she is make it impossible for her to return. It is implied that the corruption from magic power both initiates and prevents this, as the lack of mana resulted in Aria's old personality resurfacing, utterly broken and woobifying her. The exhilaration and mania coming from the power keeps the witches relatively sane. Kinda throws a different light on the witches being kept in Alcatraz.
Yue, Well, Xing got broke hard. He loved his people and yet within a year, someone was trying to kill him. He made peace with his assassin, and over two years were falling in love...and then she gets assassinated.
Call Back: When Tasha sees Tania using her Flower of Earth, destroying the scenery trying to beat Lancelot, he remarks that it's just like "burning down the house just to catch a flea". Later, Tarras, her brother, uses the same technique against a witch, destroying a few houses in the process, and Visul uses that exact same line against him.
Cool Shades: Xing's entire collection of eyewear. He's even got spares in his coat! Lee wears similar ones (which they remark upon in an omake, wondering where the other found such cool glasses), Ryuhwan has magical goggles, and Poine wears aviator/bug goggles.
Crack Fic: A plethora in Korean (and perhaps French.) Vihyunrang/Ryuhwan Slash Fic is second only in crack-ness to a Witch Hunter cooking contest fic.
Demoted to Extra: Poor Monica's made less than five appearances since her arc ended.
Determinator: Tasha. Getting beaten to the point where it is physically impossible to move and having his arm which supplies him with magical energy cut off does not stop him from continuing to fight Lancelot. Or from using his magic-fueled gun.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: This leads to a witch's downfall in Chapter 9 when she tries to convince Monica, now a witch herself, to help her escape. She forgets to take into account that she just spent the last month or so killing villagers including Monica's best friend. Monica tells her to piss off.
Evil Twin: Xing's got/is one, depending on how you look at it. Two of them, in fact.
Exactly What I Aimed At: Tasha pulls this off very nicely in chapter 12: Ryuhwan has proved very good at dodging bullets, but notices that Tasha completely missed one particular shot, and looks back to see the bullet has hit his supporter... and gone through its head to hit Tasha's real target: one of Halloween's seals.
Face-Heel Turn: Tasha's trying to end Aria's. As of chapter 58, the real Xing has had one. What is with that family?
Happiness in Slavery: The Contract of a Supporter's Golden Rule of Loyalty makes them have emotions resembling love for their masters. Ryu Hwan points out that once Tasha breaks the final seal all the emotions it robs her of will come to the surface and Tasha's own feelings for her will have been the only ones that were real and it will hurt.
Subverted in that Halloween is content with the false emotions and feels that way with or without them as she feels entitled to him.
How We Got Here: Used often, the most mindbreaking example being vol 5, which treated us to a sudden three-chapters long flashback and immediately followed by a flash-forward showing Tasha with his arm ripped off. Then vol 6 picked back up to before the flashback started, and the next three volumes or so show us the long way to getting Tasha in this predicament.
Informed Ability: Both subverted and, erm, inverted, due to No Export for You. Visul is revealed to be actually stronger than a Black Class in #52, which was a surprise to most readers... but actually it had been mentioned in the extra character file a few volumes in advance. And #57 makes it straight it again as for all her reveal, she needed a Black Class to save her... which he does with almost embarrassing ease.
The Blackstar Brothers are A-class hunters. The only time they get to do some Kung Fu action they get utterly destroyed.
It Runs in the Family: You thought Tarras was bad? Check out Tanya. There's also a case of taking Sibling Rivalry too far in the Bailong family, but that's almost Family Curse territory... there's a good chance having 50+ voices in your head makes you a little loopy.
One of Us: JMC is a master of Memetic Mutation. Three Times Faster, Objection!, Gaijin Yonkoma...
Panty Shot: Oddly enough, far from as many as you'd expect with the sheer amounts of sexy females in skirts, but still a few - so far, always Visul. Seems her skirt is the only non-magic one.
The amount of panty shots increased dramatically in volume 11 - again mostly Visul, but Myun got a couple, as well.
Pastimes Prove Personality: Subverted, in that the characters' Informed Attribute hobbies seem mismatched with their personalities. For example, the egotistical Tarras is a loving gardener who names his plants and Cooga is a big follower of fashion who makes his own hats.
Physical God: The fourth Witches had shown to be beyond mortal comprehension in power, being armies unto themselves. Hell, East posses Surtr, The king of the Jötunn, Primordial of all living flames and deicide extraordinary as her support, for crying out loud.
Slasher Smile: Aria, Cooga, Lee, Tyrfing, Rose and South are all prone to those. Tasha also often has more comical ones, and more seriously when he removes his limiter and upgrades to S-Class. He sports one as well during his recent battle with Lancelot. And of course, it's Halloween's default expression until the seal is broken, but then Ryuhwan's is there to pick up the slack. (After all, what would WH be without a grinning pumpkin ?)
Slash Fic: With the amount of Les Yay (and, to a lesser degree, Ho Yay) in this series, this is inevitable. There are already a few Xing/Tasha fics floating around, though they're written by French and other ESL fans.
Spell My Name with an S: Until the first three profile pages were scanlated, most of the English fandom misspelled Tasha's surname, Tarras' first name, and Xing's full name.
Often the result of the translators not getting mythological and/or cultural references. For instance, the Doberg family worships an Earth deity which has been referred to as "Fribity" in the French publication and "Prevhiti" in English scanlations. It just might actually be the Hindu goddess Prithvi. Aria's supporter is known as "Isis" (as in the Egyptian goddess) or "Aegis" (some sort of weapon/shield in Greek mythology), with the latter making more sense. (It should be noted that translating names from Korean isn't as easy as it looks... though apparently that doesn't explain how Prithvi was translated into Fribity.)
Stripperiffic: Whilst most costumes don't show all that much skin, the skin-tight nature of a lot of the witch's clothing leaves little to the imagination...
Subordinate Excuse: Strongly hinted at between Visul and Xing, that is, Yue. She's actually an absurdly good fighter and only stays a D-Class so that she can keep an eye on him. Chapter 52 shows she'll go to great lengths to keep Yue's secret, and chapter 54 shows she ruthlessly killed a dozen men to save Lee solely because Yue wanted Lee to survive.
Ametyn. Not only she took Virsul's attacks directly without getting a single scratch and brought her down with one finger, but even Calia, South's direct underling who crushed cooga during Camelot invasion, is wary of her. Even so she deems an absolute honor to be called Lee's servant and she is quite jealousof her position.
Trigger Happy: Tasha. Ryuhwan on a slightly lesser degree, but his first reaction to people sneaking up on him is still aiming his gun at them, then look surprised.
Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Tania initially calls Tasha "Miss Godspell", which Cooga of course finds hilarious. That's because only females are supposed to have a mana source in their body. The official French translation adds the sexual-orientation issue and even more hilarity by having Tania call Tasha a flirty (and feminine-only) word for "my cutie". Just a little later, Merlin drops one on Tasha by revealing he's in the same situation.
Vanhelsing Hate Crime: Discussed. The witch in Chapter 9 emphatically states this to try and convince Monica that WH will not let her live free. Rather refreshingly, WH is, as Tasha said, only in the job of hunting evil witches and is indeed largely staffed with witches willing to fight for, rather than against, humanity. However, there are a number of people that appear not to care too much about the distinctions, such as Cooga in the WH and Ryuhwan outside it (despite being taught by a witch himself).
Walking Shirtless Scene: While he doesn't go entirely shirtless, Xing's post-uniform upgrade outfit shows off his abs and biceps (and scar). Fanservice at its finest!
Web First: Only for the english release: As mentioned before, the story has been partially uploaded to Zoom Comics before the Omnibus came out.
Wham Chapter: West, Tasha and Ryuwhan's Master, appears inside Tasha's barrier in 104(128).
Wham Line: Volume 11 ends on Badass Emperor Xing, fresh as a rose, easily stopping the deathmatch between his two brothers... and grabbing Yue by the throat.
As it turns out, he's not entirely wrong. It seems the reason the rebellion happened anyway is because the kingdom and its officials thought Xing was Yue and rebelled because of it.
Actually, the rebellion happened because of their Father needing to lure the brothers back.
With Friends Like These...: Tasha routinely shoots his allies. Sometimes just with anaesthetic bullets. Xing gets that particular treatment so much that he's apparently got himself an antidote for the anaesthetics for the times when he gets to team up with Tasha.
Worf Effect: A staple of this series, which is used to show the fact of the matter is that none of the main characters, or even supporting characters are anywhere close to being the best of the best and that there are countless threats out there way more powerful then them.
Yandere: Wai halo thar, Aria! Visul just might be a lighter case in regards to Yue, though thus far she hasn't killed any nice guy.
Yaoi Fangirl: In one omake yonkoma, the author's assistant comments on a very Les Yay picture and suggests doing another one, but with guys. She then starts listing possible yaoi pairings, to the author's annoyance.
Yonkoma: Jung-Man Cho treats us to a funny one the end of every chapter.