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: 7.811 (scored by 166648166,648 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #8782
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #665
Members: 294,128
Favorites: 1,277

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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


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


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May 10, 2013
smileyboyrocks (All reviews)
Much like the creator of this little gold nugget, I'll be keeping this review short, but sweet.

Aside from Ryo, which I can't seem to find anywhere (if you happen to know a site, a link would be very helpful), I've seen all of the Anime Mirai 2013 films. All 4 are about half-an-hour long, so they're pretty concise with their story. Death Billiards is pretty good, but it feels a bit pretentious, shoving a little philosophical question down your throat but not really making you think that much. Arve Rezzle feels like the pilot to a full series, and as such offers very little closure, read more
Nov 2, 2014
Kimuraaaa (All reviews)
Little Witch Academia is a standout anime, even though so far there is only one part and it is about 25 minutes long at this stage I would definitely consider this a masterpiece.

Instead of writing an essay about this i'm going to create a list of Positives and Negatives, I know when you're just looking to see if an anime is worth watching you usually don't want to read all that much.


- A short story which leaves room for expansion yet ties up the major loose ends and sticks to a three act structure incredibly well.
- The characters are all very different from each other, read more
May 11, 2014
Nachteule (All reviews)
"Trigger saved anime." This is a phrase the anime community got to read a lot alongside Kill la Kill's airing until a little while. I'd go this far and say that Trigger DID save anime. But it had nothing to do with Kill la Kill. Read here why!

Actually, Little Witch Academia caught me by surprise. I didn't know Studio Trigger had something like that in stock and after I found out about this little gem I almost instantly decided to download it and oh boy was that a fine decision.

Reminder: This review will be spoiler free and I will refrain from going too deep into read more
Mar 30, 2013
pikacece (All reviews)
I just want to rate this special as a 10 to applaud the young animators on a job well done!
Your story goes like this a typical magical girl has aimed to become like her idol "Chariot" and this connects to the minds of our youth because you know we hold lots of dreams, ambitions, and imagination. So this special takes that and creates the opportunity to take this dream head on. Bits of comedy and adventure with a hint of wonder, i mean its about magical girls ;] The characters are all unique. Including the art, oh man the ART. The scenery if fabulous and read more

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