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Release That Witch (放开那个女巫) is a Chinese Web Serial Novel written by Er Mu.

After 3 straight days working non-stop to meet a work deadline, Cheng Yan, a mechanical engineer and long-time Bookworm, has finally collapsed. However, when he awakes, Cheng Yan finds he's no longer himself, but stuck in the body of Roland Wimbledon, the 4th prince of a Kingdom called Graycastle. Further, "Roland" soon learns he inhabits a Medieval European Fantasy world full of monsters and witches. Now the new Roland and a witch he saves from execution, Anna, must use both magic and science to survive monster attacks, the plots of his other siblings to take the throne of Graycastle for themselves, and the machinations of The Church to capture or kill every witch alive. A PV for an animated series was released in June 2018.

Release That Witch contains examples of:

  • Adaptive Ability: The more witches use their magic, the more magical energy they can store within their bodies, and the more they comprehend the world around them and how their magic feeds into it, the more powerful their abilities become. For instance, after Anna understands how heat works at an atomic level, she gains the ability to form her "flames" into any shape she wants, including planes, lines and other geometric shapes.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The original Roland, generally considered an idiotic, cowardly piece of crap, is slowly revealed to have been horribly bullied by his older siblings as the story goes on, including being locked in the palace dungeon for instance. Similarly, he's said to have not wanted to discriminate against witches as a child, even confessing he wanted to marry a one.
  • All-Loving Hero: Discussed. Roland believes in giving equal rights to witches, commoners and serfs alike. Though he also notes these are for largely selfish purposes: Industrialization requires massive amounts of human capital, specialized skills and so forth. By bringing in more and more people and giving them the same incentives (improved quality of life, protection from foreign powers, etc.) to pursue industrialization, he's just doing what he has to to make sure his plans succeed.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The more powerful a monster becomes, the bigger it becomes. It gets to the point that most powerful monsters, like "Hell Beasts", tower above even city walls.
  • Animorphism: Maggie has the magic to turn into an oversized version of any bird she's ever seen. This eventually extends to include bird monsters as well.
  • Anti-Magic: God's Punishment Stones stop witches or monsters from invoking any magic other than rare self strengthening types in their range. It's because they're blank magic stones invoking a "no effect" magic that overpowers any other magic in range, and with the proper understanding or ability, even they can be overwritten.
  • Asshole Victim: If somebody suffers a gruesome death on-screen, or worse, there is no doubt that said victim had it coming.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Most armies that challenge Roland's forces have no understanding of their firearms, leading them to rush the "tiny" army of Roland only to run for their lives when they realize they have no way to get close while they're gunned down.
  • The Assimilator: The Church witch and 15th Pope Zero has the ability to force a single target and herself into a Mental World based on the target's memories. If someone is killed inside the world more than their willpower can take, they're then completely absorbed by the other party, body and soul. Zero has used this ability to absorb over 2000 people by the time we're introduced to her.
  • Awful Truth: 95% of the planet has been conquered by a magical race of Demons, who after 2 wars 1000 and 500 years ago have pushed humanity onto one final tiny sliver of land. Further, the time for the Demons to create a new installation that will allow them breathe in the remaining 5% of the planet is only 5-10 years away.
    • And there's also a third faction of eldritch Deep Ones that is currently fighting the demons on their turf, and both factions are fighting for an artifact in human territory that will destroy the opposing factions when activated by The Chosen One of their species.
  • The Beastmaster: The witch Honey has the ability to train animals to obey set commands. Roland eventually uses this to train dozens of birds to be letter carriers, creating the first form of high speed communication.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle: In order to survive and protect his lands, Roland has to go through his brother Timothy who has appointed himself king, then The Church trying to kill all the witches who Roland's made his allies and finally the Demons who are hell bent on wiping out humanity.
  • Bold Explorer: Lightning's father Thunder is regarded by the people of the Fjords as the greatest explorer, a title they value highly.
  • Bury Your Gays: Averted with Roland's siblings. Of the four of them, only Roland's youngest sister Tilly, who is in a relationship with her female protector Ashes, who survives, with the heterosexual Gerald, Timothy and Garcia all dying.
  • The Cake Is a Lie: The Church usually just murders any street rat / criminal they promise money to after the job is done, rather than actually paying them.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The "gold eyed witch" who Wendy reveals in her backstory helped her to escape from the Church orphanage that raised her eventually shows up again many chapters later as Ashes, the main enforcer of Roland's sister Tilly.
  • The Chosen One: The ancient witches believed in each age one person is chosen to lead the people in a "Battle of Divine Wills" and commune with the gods In the current age, it was at first Zero, and then Roland after he turned her assimilator abilities against her.
  • The Church: The Church, the main religious institution within the setting which supports the elimination of monsters, witches and all other magical things. They're eventually revealed to be the remnants of an ancient witch organization devoted to fighting the Demons out in the Wild Wilderness, who created anti-witch propaganda to help in the capture and sacrifice of witches, due to their blood being necessary for a magical Super Soldier program.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Roland's "old friend", Magic Hands Yorko, is a notorious ladies man who has seduced dozens of noble ladies. This is mainly because he cares more about gaining their affections than the women's Jerkass husbands. He also generally shows himself to be well meaning, even if his first priority is seducing beautiful women, after Roland has him "promoted" to the ambassador of a foreign country.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Temperature controlling witches get this as Required Secondary Powers. The flame controlling Anna for instance can stand in the middle of super-heated liquid hot iron without even breaking out into a sweat, and the cold controlling Agatha can stand out in the middle of a blizzard or cover herself in layers of ice cold enough to create liquid nitrogen without suffering from hypothermia or frozen limbs.
  • David vs. Goliath: Roland starts out in a small mining village of only 2000 people, where he eventually has to start challenging regional lords, countries and multi-country spanning religions with hundreds of thousands or millions of subjects a piece.
  • Dawn of an Era: Roland defeating The Church, and endeavoring to promote industrialization and democracy all point to a brighter future for humanity. He also does this to witches, creating a society where they are accepted and not persecuted.
  • Decapitated Army: Since the God's Punishment Army are basically brainless killing machines, without a commander, they'll just stand around doing nothing. The Church employs various methods to try and hide their commanders as a result.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: After being defeated by Roland, Zero ends up serving as his "roommate" and ally in the Mental World he eventually gets access to.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: The witch Lotus has the ability to control the Earth around her, reshaping it into houses, walls, or any other shape she can imagine. She can't alter its fundamental properties though, so materials with low cohesion like sand will still fall apart easily no matter how hard she forces them together.
  • Divide and Conquer: During the First Battle of Divine Will, the demons had the humans turn on their witch allies by promising to spare them if they did this. The humans agreed, but the promises were all hollow, leading to humanity's ultimate defeat.
  • Dream World: Roland eventually gains the ability to enter an illusory world that is a recreation of the contemporary Earth he came from whenever he goes to sleep after consuming Zero by turning her magical assimilator ability against her. All the souls Zero consumed, and an innocent child version of Zero herself, also reside in this world with him, though they all no longer remember their past lives and act like they've always lived in this modern dream world.
    • It's later revealed that the demons also have access to their own version of Dream World, but only the more powerful members can use it, or risk losing their individuality and their souls. They use it to get information or communicate with other demons.
  • Elite Army: Roland's First Army are extremely disciplined, technologically advanced and literate for that era that many characters in the series are baffled that these people were once farmers, miners and hunters.
  • The Engineer: Roland was a mechanical engineer by trade in his former life, and he uses his knowledge of the field and other random knowledge from years of studying various subjects for fun to help him design guns, engines, factories, and so forth.
  • Fantastic Racism: Witches are persecuted by the Church as emissaries of The Devil for having magical abilities. It's actually a complete sham; the Church just needed an excuse to murder witches whenever they want as part of their magical Super Soldier program.
    • Humans are on the receiving end of this from the Demons, who call humans insects and look down upon them for being inferior beings and not even their main enemy in the war.
  • Feel No Pain: God's Punishment Army soldiers are impervious to pain, making them able to fight even after suffering horrible injuries like broken limbs. They can't feel anything, which slowly drives many of the witches who use their bodies to fight the Demons insane.
  • Flight: Lightning has the magic ability to float and fly through the air. Maggie has the ability to turn herself into any bird or bird like creature.
  • Food as Bribe: After Roland creates ice cream sandwiches, it usually becomes one of the rewards for doing any particularly dangerous or annoying work inside his inner circle.
  • Gambit Pileup: The Church is trying to take over all of the four kingdoms by destabilizing them, Roland and his siblings are each coming up with various plans to take control of their own regions of the lands, various witch organizations are trying to secretly find their own places to live free from persecution, the Demons are getting ready to invade the remaining Human lands, and monsters are evolving to a point where they're becoming a threat to everyone.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Many magic powers most consider "worthless" end up having massive applications after being put towards Roland's industrial revolution.
    • For instance, Soraya's "magic paint" ability eventually evolves to allow her to create "covering" compounds of various types rather than just colors, which Roland uses to replace the entire plastics and rubber industry, leading to the creation of bike tires, hydrogen balloons, an entire heating and plumbing system, and more thanks to a single ability.
    • Roland leverages his eventual Dream World ability into a Photographic Memory and functionally turning himself into The Sleepless, who can continue planning all the specifics of his One-Man Industrial Revolution even in his sleep.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Discussed. After learning the Awful Truth of their world, Roland tells Nightingale the general myth of the elves, a race that is pushed into isolation due to the proliferation of a larger, more technologically advanced one and how it illustrates the need of humanity to push technological advancement and industrialization as fast as possible to avoid ending up in the same situation with the Demons.
  • Hopeless War: Implied in the ruins found by Roland near the Ironsand City, suggesting that there will always be a Battle of Divine Will regardless of who wins the war.
  • Hot Witch: Witches are superior in beauty in contrast to normal females in the series. The more powerful the witch, the more beautiful she is, as the Transcendents especially Alice are considered divinely beautiful.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Andrea has the ability to control the power and trajectory of a projectile with magic, making her able to hit just about 100% of the time where she likes, and cause even greater damage the closer she gets to a target.
  • It Amused Me: After living for over 200 years, a lot of Zero's motivation for doing anything, including waging war against Roland and his advanced technology, is just getting the chance to do something new.
  • Keystone Army: The Demons require the red mist generated by a magical obelisk to even breathe, so destroying one will instantly make all the Demons within a region suffocate.
  • Kill 'em All: Of the 40+ members of the original Witch Cooperation Association story-line, exactly 6 survive to the end, one of which actually had a name before that point.
  • Last Fertile Region: The Four Kingdoms and the Fjords the story take place in are the only part of the planet that hasn't been taken over by the Demons, and the last place where Humans still survive.
  • Living Lie Detector: Nightingale's mist world magic lets her visibly see when people actually believe what they're saying or are purposefully lying. This doesn't help her detect exploitations of Exact Words or falsehoods that the speaker honestly believes themselves though.
  • Magikarp Power: Many magic powers with limited applications end up being quite powerful as they "evolve". For instance, Maggie's ability to turn into birds ends up making her quite deadly once she realizes she can use it to turn into massive deadly bird monsters as well.
  • Magitek:
    • Downplayed through most of the story. Rather than creating technology powered by magic, Roland employs the magical abilities of the various witches he allies with to help in the creation mundane real world technology like firearms, steam engines, bikes, central heating, plumbing systems and so on.
    • Eventually played straight with Ancient witches and the current Demons, who developed actual magic based technology, like Powers as Programs magic stones.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: Many witches gain unnatural hair colors like green, blue, bright red, and so on, and/or eye colors like gold, silver, red, etc.
  • Medieval Stasis: Roland's world is still stuck in a feudal state for centuries on end because the demons keep destroying human civilization every 500 years or so.
  • Mental World: Zero's magical assimilation ability allows her to pull herself and her target into an imaginary world based on her target's memories. Roland eventually gets his own mental world based on his memories after defeating Zero and absorbing her instead, though it takes on a more Dream World quality as he can only access it in his sleep.
  • Mind Hive: Zero's mind continues to contain the souls of the 2000+ other beings she's consumed using her magic ability. It's noted to have made her somewhat mentally unstable. Roland similarly gains access to all these souls and Zero's too after turning Zero's magic against her and consuming her, though they manifest through a Mental World he can only access in his sleep.
  • No Name Given: The guide/guard Yorko meets while trying to free a witch from an Auction of Evil in the Kingdom of Dawn is only known as "No 76" for several arcs.
  • One-Man Industrial Revolution: Played with. Most of the scientific inventions come straight out of Roland's head, including concrete, steam engines, hot air balloons, smokeless gunpowder, electric lighting, and more. And even concepts already discovered in the setting, like black powder or sulfuric acid creation, are only moved to industrial scale production thanks to Roland.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Most witches stop using their given names and use nicknames instead, given many were ostracized by society for years. For instance, Nightingale's given name is Veronica Gilen, but given her family used and betrayed her, she prefers everyone just call her Nightingale now. Echo was similarly Drow Silvermoon, but stopped using her given name after her entire family was wiped out by other clans.
  • Opposites Attract: Ashes and Tilly seem utterly different at first glance. One has physical strength magic and the other mental increased intelligence magic, their hair colors and most of their clothing are black and white respectively, one grew up an orphan an the other a princess. And yet despite all this, the two of them still ended up in a relationship that's been going on seemingly for years before we meet them in the story proper.
  • Organic Technology: Demons use monsters and monster parts to make magic stones, Siege Engines, air tanks, and so on. Magical stone deposits also require the blood of magical beings like Demons, hybrid monsters or witches to cut.
  • Our Souls Are Different: Souls seem to exist in this setting separate of the body, as Cheng Yan gets transferred into the body of Roland Wimbledon upon the former's death by poisoning in chapter 1. The eventual leader of the Church, Zero, has the ability to absorb the soul of any enemy she overpowers mentally, and the remnants of the ancient witches are revealed to developed the technology to transfer their souls into the Soulless Shells of God's Punishment Army Soldiers.
  • Photographic Memory:
    • The witch Scroll can perfectly recall everything that has ever occured in her life. Every event, every image, and every piece of text, and temporarily recreate them in the forms of magical "books". In one chapter she notes she has often felt Blessed with Suck because of this, as the more traumatic parts of her life can still be instantly remembered as if they just happened.
    • The Mental World Roland eventually gains gives him this indirectly, as it's filled with recreations of all his experiences and those of the 2000+ people Zero had consumed in her life, even the ones he can't quite remember anymore. This allows him to perfectly recall the periodic table of elements, that he could previously only half remember, by opening an appropriate chemistry book in his dreamscape.
  • Playing with Fire: Anna's magic ability is control over fire. Her body is completely unharmed by any type of high temperature, and she can create and eventually control the exact temperature and shape of her flames as her abilities evolve.
  • Powers as Programs: Magic stones exist that have specific abilities any witch can use as long as they inject magic power into them, even if they're completely different from their own unique ability, such as momentary Super Strength, Flight or Shock and Awe The technology was created by the Demons using magical stone processing Organic Technology monsters.
  • Professional Killer: Before her escape to join the Witch Cooperation Association, Nightingale was used as an assassin by her Jerk Ass uncle.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Roland has his previous self's one "friend", Magic Hands Yorko, "promoted" to being the ambassador of a foreign country, basically so he'll be incapable of causing any political scandals while Roland stabilizes the situation in his own country.
  • Salt the Earth: Roland's enemies, particularly Timothy loyalists, when they realize they can't possibly win a straight-up fight, or even a guerrilla war, decide to torch the cities they rule rather than let Roland conquer them, even if it's ultimately self-destructive, just to spite him.
    • The demons do this unintentionally when they pump "red mist" into the soil. Although they do this purely to establish a site where their troops can live, it makes the soil barren and toxic for just about everything else.
  • Scam Religion: The witch hunting Church in the story is actually using trained witches of their own known as "The Purified" and was created by witches, as a means to capture and sacrifice any witch deemed to have lost the Superpower Lottery to make more magical Super Soldiers for the coming The End of the World as We Know It.
  • Shapeshifter Baggage: Downplayed. When Maggie tries to turn into birds smaller than her human self, she retains part of her excess mass, making her turn into an over-sized pigeon for instance.
  • Shout-Out: Release That Witch has a number of references to works by other creators.
    • Roland asks Lightning if her name's Ezreal, a blond haired flying character from League of Legends, when they first meet.
    • Roland frequently mentions Bear Grylls in his mind for anything related to survival in the wild, mostly to Lightning's exploration.
    • Roland eventually gives Nightingale a white robe to wear, saying its the best costume for an assassin to blend in, in a reference to the Assassin's Creed series.
    • Zero has the exact same name and appearance as the main character of Drakengard 3. The author even confirmed she was based on the Drakengard character.
    • The first game Roland introduces to the Witch Union is Gwent from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.
    • In Zero's Mental World, Roland attempts to create a Iron Man armor to fight, only to realize he can only generate weapons that he understands the actual mechanics of.
    • Roland obliquely gives the 40 man raid dungeons of World of Warcraft as an example of how regular people working together can overcome beings far more powerful than them.
  • Soulless Shell: The God's Punishment Army soldiers lose all their free will and intelligence, and just obey any order they are given by a designated superior It's to the point that the remnants of the ancient witches can transfer their souls into the Punishment soldiers' bodies to create a Super Soldier witch.
  • Spanner in the Works: Cheng Yan's transmigration and possession of Prince Roland's body leads to him disrupting several events that were already in motion.
    • He ended up foiling Timothy's attempt to seize the throne and rule the Kingdom of Graycastle unopposed.
    • He also helps disrupt Tilly's plan to make a new homeland for witches. This is a good thing, as the two working together can bring more prosperity than if they worked against each other.
    • He is a major contributor to the fall of The Church and The Reveal of their true mission to fight the Demons.
  • Sufficiently Analyzed Magic: Played with. Roland and others eventually suss out each witch's magic ability is entirely an expression of their understanding of it and it's relation to the natural world. So, the more a witch learns about scientific subjects like physics, chemistry, biology and so forth, the more they can control their magic to do previously impossible things.
  • Super Intelligence: The magic of Roland's younger sister Tilly Wimbledon just makes her hyper smart, able to learn massive amounts of new concepts in minutes and manage massive amounts of information. By the age of 20, she's apparently read every book in the royal library, and is rather excited to start learning Roland's otherworldly scientific knowledge mainly because it's something actually new for her.
  • Super Soldier: God's Punishment Army, a legion of superhuman warriors who have Super Strength, Feel No Pain, and obey orders absolutely.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: When Ashes awakened to her magical Super Strength ability, she gained slightly glowing yellow eyes.
  • Superpower Lottery: Regularly discussed. Many women can become witches, but their abilities all depend on their cognition of magical energy, making some able to use far more magic or have far more utilitarian abilities than others. Ancient witches considered "Extraordinary" witches that have self strengthing abilities like Super Strength or Super Intelligence the most powerful. Other groups meanwhile consider witches with combat abilities the best. Roland meanwhile considers any witch that can help in his ongoing One-Man Industrial Revolution the most valuable, as technology can empower witches and normal people alike.
  • Sterility Plague: Due to magic's tendency to mutate the body in various ways, any woman who becomes a witch loses their ability to reproduce with "regular" humans. This in turn makes the two "races" intrinsically dependent on each other, as witches can only be produced by humans and humans need the powers of witches (in one form or another) to help defend against magical monsters.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The warrior witch Ashes and Roland's sister Tilly. Ashes is a rough, muscular warrior who use a BFS and has the magic power of Super Strength, while Tilly is a small, well-mannered princess with the power of Super Intelligence. Despite their utter differences, the two are almost always with each other, to the point it's eventually revealed they're in a relationship.
  • Undying Loyalty: Many, if not all, of Roland's subordinates feel this way towards him because of all the benefits and trust he has entrusted to them. Some of them have even gone so far as to say that they would gladly sacrifice their lives for Roland, if the need ever arises. The same can be said for witches under Tilly's command, with many of them choosing to remain under Tilly's "Sleeping Spell" guild / corporation even after a permanent alliance with Roland.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: After her ability causes her to be absorbed by Roland, and she's freed from the effects of the thousands of souls she assimilated, the formerly sadistic leader of the church, Zero, shows herself to be a very innocent, friendly and caring child in the Dream World Roland gains from her.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Ashes and Andrea, Tilly's two best combat witches. The two are constantly teasing each other over who Tilly is more pleased with at the moment, their different personalities, their previous lives as a wanderer and a noble, and other minor things, while also working for the same leader and being excellent at fighting side by side.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: What stopped the Demons from wiping out humanity centuries ago. They require a "red mist" to even breathe, and the only way to create a red mist generator is to wait for the magic concentration to peak every 400 to 500 years or so. As such, they can be killed by damaging the red mist tanks they use to move outside red mist areas, and destroying one of their red mist generating obelisks will instantly turn them into a Keystone Army.
  • Wild Wilderness: Beyond the Impassable Mountain Range is all unexplored wild lands They're actually the former lands of mankind, that were left to rot as the Demons slowly pushed mankind further and further onto the edge of the continent.

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