Little Witch Academia

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Synonyms: Wakate Animator Ikusei Project, 2012 Young Animator Training Project, Anime Mirai 2012, LWA
Japanese: リトルウィッチアカデミア


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 2, 2013
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Trigger
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Theme: SchoolSchool
Duration: 26 min.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.801 (scored by 173542173,542 users)
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Ranked: #9492
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #750
Members: 308,657
Favorites: 1,327

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For young witches everywhere, the world-renowned witch Shiny Chariot reigns as the most revered and celebrated role model. But as the girls age, so do their opinions of her—now just the mention of Chariot would get a witch labeled a child. However, undeterred in her blind admiration for Chariot, ordinary girl Atsuko Kagari enrolls into Luna Nova Magical Academy, hoping to someday become just as mesmerizing as her idol.

However, the witch academy isn't all the fun and games Atsuko thought it would be: boring lectures, strict teachers, and students who mock Chariot plague the campus. Coupled with her own ineptness in magic, she's seen as little more than a rebel student. But when a chance finally presents itself to prove herself to her peers and teachers, she takes it, and now it's up to her to stop a rampaging dragon before it flattens the entire academy.

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Little Witch Academia is one of the four anime works that each received 38 million yen (about US$480,000) from the "2012 Young Animator Training Project." Just like in 2010 and 2011, the animation labor group received 214.5 million yen (US$2.65 million) from the Japanese government's Agency for Cultural Affairs, and it distributed most of those funds to studios who train young animators on-the-job.

Positive response to the movie led Studio Trigger to run a Kickstarter funding a sequel, which surpassed its funding goal.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Yoshinari, You
Director, Original Creator, Key Animation, Animation Director, Character Design
Imaishi, Hiroyuki


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Apr 10, 2020
This is a little gem of studio Trigger, and I'mhappy they've adapted into a 25 episode anime.

Where Little Witch Academia shines is it animation. Everything is done so smooth and atheistic pleasing to look at. There's movement, the spells look nice and polished, there's action. It's just nice to see such well animated movements, much like Kill la Kill. In the first minute where you get blown away by the witch show, you keep in the "woooow" state.

This short film has good humor and actually packs a lot of moments into 25 minutes. The flow and pacing is very smooth and well made. It doesn't ...
Aug 4, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Finally decided to pick up this short film. It boasts great animation and good sound, but it's really rushed. Imagine having to watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone condensed into the length of a half-hour TV show, that's what it's like. But it shows promise, and thankfully it gets expanded upon with an hour-long movie and an anime series (which I will definitely have to check out). But as a stand-alone piece of media, it's biggest flaw is the super rushed pacing, plus the whole loser vs stuck-up popular girl cliché, which I think is really overdone in these kinds of anime.
Mar 14, 2021
I mean,
it looks good.
Like really good.

But the characters are flat and annoying, the plot barren, the world is derivative and uninspired

I managed to stay awake through it all, somehow. But thats not really praise. It feels like a pilot for an actual show (which it basically is) but if this pilot was shown to me I can't honestly say I'd green light it.

Sure there is quite a few cute scenes and the characters clearly have some decent dynamics worked out, maybe the comedy is lost in translation.

Then again everyone else likes it so maybe I'm just a weird outlier? I really don't have a lot ...

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