Anime Club: Little Witch Academia

LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIA

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CREATED BY: Yoh Yoshinari

NO. OF EPISODES: 1 Film

GENRE: Fantasy

YEAR: 2013

COUNTRY: Jaoan

image-w1280Akko Kagari enrolls into Luna Nova Magical Academy, a school for young witches, after being inspired at a young age by a witch named Shiny Chariot, and often spends her days hanging with her classmates, Lotte Yanson and Sucy Manbavaran. However, she has trouble paying attention in class, doesn’t know how to ride her broom, and is often looked down upon for admiring Chariot, who many believe gives the wrong impression about witches. One day, as a teacher instructs the class to explore a dungeon and retrieve rare treasures, Akko finds the Shiny Rod that belonged to Chariot. Meanwhile, the top student, Diana Cavendish, inadvertently breaks a seal on a dragon that grows more powerful by absorbing magic. Noticing the Shiny Rod still has power after all these years, the teacher sends Akko and her friends to reach the Sorcerer’s Stone, the source of the academy’s power, before the dragon can devour it and become invincible. Arriving at the stone, the Shiny Rod absorbs some of its power, allowing Akko to fight against the dragon. Put into a desperate situation, Akko hears Chariot’s words coming from somewhere, that a believing heart is magic, and with renewed conviction she uses the full power of the Shiny Rod to destroy the dragon.

Who is ready for some adorable little witches? Little Witch Academia is a beautiful story about these witches just aspiring to become the best witches possible…And it looks great doing it. The animation is gorgeous and by far the best part of the film, and that is saying quite a bit. The creation team behind Little Witch Academia does a fantastic job shoving so much content into a mere 26 minutes.
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Alright everyone, I finally watched it. What did I think of Little Witch Academia? Honestly, it was just okay. Magical girl anime have never really been my taste, as you can tell by the sheer lack of them on this site. Anyway, I don’t really have any overall qualms with the piece, except for a few of the characters. I would like to see a series (even though it should be coming out this year) mainly to develop the supporting cast. I wasn’t thrilled with how they were portrayed.

PROS:

  • Solid animation.
  • Likable main cast.
  • Decent score.
  • Right amount of comedy.

CONS:

  • Magical girl anime.
  • Too short, needs series asap.

SCORE: 7.5 / 10 

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Brandon Stuhr

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