Who has the right to hold power? Despite the outward pitfalls of a magical education set, Kamome Shirahama’s Witch Hat Witch begins to ponder this question more fully in the third volume, building up the more complete theme in volume four and year. The first two episodes tell us that the story that Coco and the other children were taught – that only people born into witches can use magic – is a lie, a sentence. it was designed to prevent the power of the extremist hands from abusing it. But as in the classic conundrum, who is watching the watchdog? Who could say that the current wizards would be less dangerous than their ancestors and that their laws were somehow not arbitrary, or worse, designed to empower one or two specific individuals. can?
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It is not clear where the series lies for that question. The Moralis Knights aren’t all gung-ho like Easthes, and at least three adults – Qifrey, Olruggio and Alaira – don’t feel that Coco and the other kids should be blamed for whatever happens in the These three people mass. Equally clear it was teachers like Euini who defended everything; His mistreatment of Euini could easily push him in dangerous directions, just as Richeh’s fear of losing the things that make ‘her’ magic possible if Qifrey did not bring her in. Likewise, we could see an Agott who never learned to trust himself to go astray, although maybe in a different way more like Easthes than Brimmed Caps – and that could be dangerous too. Equally.
It could certainly take Qifrey in that direction, although in his case “power” is more equivalent to “knowledge”. He seems to have a very personal stake in the Beaver’s hunt (I suspect has something to do with the introduction of the twins in episode five), and how much of his focus remains to be seen. This is when we should begin to question Olruggio and his position as the Fireworker’s Watching Eye. He and Qifrey seem very close – additional documents in episode five say they trade in hat ornaments, seems meaningful in one way or another – but Olruggio is his Watching Eye because he’s a guide or because someone higher up knows something about Qifrey that worries them? Could Olruggio play a dual role in Qifrey’s position? He’s definitely very considerate of the apprentices despite claiming disinterest in them, which may once again make more sense than “well, I’m stuck here, can also interact. ”
With each episode of Witch Hat Atelier successfully building the world, its character and theme to give us an increasingly clear picture. The ideological battle between Brimmed and Pointed Caps is building up as Qifrey gives us more reason to question his own motives and Coco finds herself pulled between the two schools of thought. Luckily, her fellow apprentices are learning, too, and even if Agott is agreeable, it means Coco won’t be forced to stand alone anytime soon.