Legend of the Golden Witch Vol. 1 is the first volume of Natsumi Kei's manga adaptation of the Legend of the Golden Witch arc. It is the first overall volume of the manga series.
Each year, the Ushiromiya family gathers at the secluded mansion of its patriarch, the elderly Kinzo. It has been six years since Battler joined his cousins at the annual event, but their happy reunion is overshadowed by worsening weather and an eerie premonition from his youngest cousin—not to mention their parents’ feud over the inheritance. Battler doesn’t hold much stock in dark omens, nor does he believe the tales of the witch rumored to have given his grandfather a fortune in gold…and who walks the halls of the mansion to this day… But when the eighteen family members and servants are trapped on the island by the raging typhoon, the grisly events that follow leave Battler shaken to his core. Is one of his relatives desperate enough to kill for the family fortune? Or is this the work of the Golden Witch?
PrologueEditA very brief recount made in Battler's point of view.
The stage is Rokkenjima of the Izu Islands. For the sake of their annual family reunion, the Ushiromiya family gathers at that place.
A reunion filled with six years of nostalgia. We talked about fun things to bury away the empty time. And it would have continued...
Until one letter was delivered that drove everything into chaos...
The legend of the Golden Witch passed down in Rokkenjima. The shadows of unrest start to drift in...
A new tragedy opens the curtains.
Chapter One: RokkenjimaEdit
The elderly head of the Ushiromiya family, Kinzo asks the attending physician Nanjo how long he still has left before he dies. Nanjo does not give an answer and Kinzo shouts that he should not die yet until he sees Beatrice's smile once more.
In October 4, 1986 at 10:00 AM the families of Eva, Rudolf and Rosa are headed to Rokkenjima by boat. The story is told in Battler's point of view and throughout the chapter introduces his cousins. As soon as the passengers arrived at Rokkenjima, Battler's cousin, Jessica makes fun of him for being unable to handle shaky transportation. Battler tried to grab her breasts who punches him in retaliation. His nine-year-old cousin Maria consoles him and Battler tells her that when she grows up he should feel her breasts. Again, Jessica punches Battler for his perverted behaviour. Jessica and and their cousin George tells Maria she should not keep such promises. Later on, Maria notices the shrine has gone missing. Battler suggests that the shrine either weathered down or a wave knocked it down. However the servant Kumasawa suggests that a giant lightning bolt destroyed the shrine and the event was considered to be bad luck by the local fishermen. At this point, Maria started to act strange and said that bad luck is coming. Battler thinks that she was probably talking about the upcoming typhoon announced by the news. Kumasawa then says that unlike the rest of the group, Maria is able to sense the supernatural and begins to talk about the witch of Rokkenjima, only to be told by Jessica to stop. Battler becomes uneasy about the topic, and so does Jessica and George, but Maria seemed to be excited. Meanwhile the meeting between the siblings have begun.
Chapter Two: Legend of the WitchEdit
Before the meeting between the siblings, at 10:30 AM, Battler notices that the seagulls aren't crying as the newly arrived guests approach the stairs. Maria has also began acting normal again. Maria asks Jessica where the seagulls could have gone, to which she answers that the seagulls might have met somewhere else. Battler jokes that maybe she roasted and ate them all. George corrects them and says that they must have sensed bad weather and returned back to their nests. George then asks Jessica about their grandfather's condition, to which she replies that he is doing fine and is lively as ever. George then says that maybe someone should take care of him, to which Jessica complains about their grandfather's anti-social behaviour and his hobby. As they reached the top of the stairs, everyone complimented on how beautiful the rose garden is. Maria then notices a withering rose which George marked by wrapping a candy wrapper around it. Jessica then calls out to the servant Kanon who was carrying sacks of fertilizers. Because Jessica called out to him, he got distracted and dropped the sacks drooped from the wheelbarrow. Battler helps him out and is introduced to the servant by Jessica. Battler tells Kanon that he shouldn't be too polite, since they are close in age, to which Kanon replies that he is only furniture. Kanon then continues his errands and Jessica tells Battler that he was just a bit shy. Then as the adults were about to go to the mansion, Battler was made to carry their baggages, much to his chagrin, but George decided to helped him and the cousins headed for the guest house. As this was happening, Kanon looks at Battler from afar with a melancholic look on his face, muttering "Even I...".
Battler is amazed that a structure such as the guest house was built during the period he had no contact with the Ushiromiya family. He points out how Jessica, Maria and George had grown. He then asks George about marriage which flustered George. As Battler continues to ask George about the person he was going to marry, the servant Shannon arrived informing the cousins that lunch had been prepared. Battler is then told that Kanon was Shannon's younger brother. Battler was surprised at how mature Shannon had become attempts to grope her breasts. He was surprised at how Shannon was allowing him do as he pleased that he accidently touched her breast, to which Jessica punched him for his behaviour. Shannon was then told by the cousins that if Battler were to touch her breasts again, she should slap him. At first, she refused, telling that she has no right since she was furniture, but when told by George that it is an order, she complied. When the television show that Maria was watching had ended, a news broadcast informs them that a typhoon would arrive at the Kantou Region and would last from evening to night.
The cousins then followed Shannon to the Ushiromiya Mansion. Battler is excited, since he was told by Jessica that the one making the meals once worked at a hotel. As they walk in the corridor of the mansion, Battler notices the portrait. He asks who it was, since it was the first time he has seen it and was told by Maria that it was Beatrice. George adds that it was painted a year ago and Shannon told him that it was a portrait that Kinzo had asked a painter to create. Battler is then told that it was a portrait of Rokkenjima's witch, which made him feel uneasy.
Chapter Three: The Golden WitchEdit
During lunch Battler asks what Kinzo is doing, since he has not shown up yet. Meanwhile, Krauss knocks on Kinzo's door calling out to him that today is the day of the family conference, which annoyed Kinzo. He then asks for Genji to have him prepare the magical sake of wormwood. Krauss left to join the others for lunch announcing that Kinzo won't be joining them. Jessica remarks on how Kinzo is more devoted to the witch than his family. As she said this Battler remembers on how his father Rudolf would scare him about the legendary witch when he was still a child. He then tells himself that there is no way that witches exist. Hearing his remark, Maria begins throwing a tantrum on how Beatrice exists. George then calms her down. Krauss then begins to welcome Battler as he is the guest of honour, having returned to Rokkenjima after six years. Everyone then begins to have a conversation on how Battler has grown. Natsuhi also adds that Battler has inherited Kinzo's physique. When talking about his perverted behaviour on how it is similar to his father's, Maria says that she would let Battler feel her breasts when she grows up, much to Rosa's surprise and making Rudolf pull Battler's ears in a comical fashion. In the midst of the conversation, Kyrie brings up Battler's upcoming exams and asks him on how he is doing in his studies. Krauss also brings up the fact that Jessica also has upcoming exams and asks the same of her. Jessica then tells her father to shut up and Natsuhi tells her to correct her language. Jessica complains on how exam stories are boring.
Battler then asks who is the man sitting in the designated seat of Maria's father. Jessica tells him that he is Doctor Nanjo, Kinzo's attending physician. Battler shares food with Maria and comments on how good the food is. Battler is then introduced to Gohda, the chef who cooked the meals after hearing his comment. Then desert was brought to the family by Shannon. Battler and Rudolf began to sweet talk with her, with Jessica teasing Battler to how similar he is to his father, much to his dismay. Battler asks Shannon what is being served and Eva asks what the brand of the black tea was. Unable to answer their questions, Eva begins humiliating her to which Natsuhi gives Shannon the cue to leave. Kumasawa then surprises Battler answering his question. When Shannon left the dining hall, Kanon tells her not to be depressed and the ones to blame were Natsuhi and Eva for treating her like an enemy and Gohda for cooking the meals being served, having been responsible for indirectly humiliating her.
Chapter Four: The Golden InscriptionEdit
Chapter Five: The Hand from the WitchEdit