Atsuko Kagari is an ordinary girl who joins the renowned witch academy for witch girls, Luna Nova Academy. When she was younger, she went to Magical Festa, a magic show hosted by a witch named Shiny Chariot. Atsuko was so mesmerized and inspired by Shiny Chariot's performance that she dreamed to someday be a "cool" witch like her. This young and impressionable Atsuko takes Shiny Chariot's words as her own motto: "Never forget, a believing heart is your magic.“ As part of a class, Atsuko and her classmates go into a labyrinth under the Tower of Luna Nova. There, a sealed ancient dragon was unleashed by one of her classmates. Atsuko tries to stop the dragon, but…
A small preamble - in my opinion "Little Witch Academia" already deserves praise for being an anime deviating from the norm, a piece of art that indicates hope for the revitalization of the whole anime industry. And even more so, if we keep in mind that the original story (short film) was released 2013 as part of the 'Young Animator Training Project's Anime Mirai' project, its second movie was entirely realized due to crowd funding, both attempting to showcase an exceptional, magical fairy tale of a young girl, striving to become a great witch.
Right from the start, the viewer is instantly drawn into a
world of traditional fantasy and folklore, where magic is not just a simple word, but an essential part of life and the entire world (building).
Story - "Little Witch Academia" follows a trio of girls, Akko and her friends, Lotte and Sucy, as they experience many magical adventures together. Akko has a big dream, therefore she decided to enroll in the 'Luna Nova Magical Academy' to become a great witch like her idol Shiny Chariot, whom most people in Luna Nova Academy consider a fraud. The story follows the daily struggle of the trio, whereas Akko has to deal with even more difficulties due to her non-magical background as a first generation witch from Japan. Still, that never stops her from being energetic and cheerful, while overcoming the hardships of a witch (pupil) with her two besties.
The art is by no means bad, I'd rather say the monster and character design is eye-catching in a good way, especially with respect to the portrayal of the environment and beautiful background scenery. And even if one minds the slight 'simplicity' of the art every now and then, you should come to acknowledge that it perfectly fits the fantasy style of the anime in its entirety, expressing its own charm.
Another positive fact is that the anime completely manages without the heavy use and usual inclusion of romance, or other common themes - to gloss over a lack of creativeness and imagination - which we have already seen hundreds of times, over and over again. So if you're one of those people who are already tired of always seeing the same story-telling and generic stereotypes, you'll really come to love and appreciate "Little Witch Academia"'s unique way of telling an interesting adventure, including lively and versatile characters that are more than just simple decorations, which are often entirely overshadowed by the protagonist in other anime.
Little Witch Academia unveils that every journey begins with a single step in the right direction, to realize one's own dreams and hopes, in one of the most heartwarming, funniest and enjoyable ways that you have ever seen - a truly rare gem. Furthermore, the anime delivers exactly what it promises, a light-hearted adventure in a fantasy world.
To cut a long story short, naturally, I'll refrain from giving a serious rating at this point of time, but if I have to express a vague direction I'd score the anime with a decent -8- at the moment, that scoring is also in regard to the prior movies as a justified basis, it will be changed appropriately in the end.
Little Witch Academy is way too overrated. OVA and movies were good but this series is just weak compared to those.. plot is slow and filled with plotholes., most characters have only 1 aspect that describes them and episode endings and reveals are all very pretictable and cliche.
Also, episodes lack proper build up for their reveals (f.e in 5th episode attack of dragons came from where, main dragon being harmless buisnessman came from no where, school being in debt and owning money to dragon came from no where, debt being scam came from no where, Diana knowing ancient dragonese came from no where.. pretty
much whole episode came out of blue). Lack of build up means that viewer can't really guess where story is heading and thus can't fully experience story of this series. After seeing 1 or 2 episodes of random surprises, this gimmick can't really carry story forward.
Secondly, because it is episodic series then that means that stories are usually self contained and thus solving plotholes should be done before the episode or during the episode. Otherwise we already have moved to different storyarc and plothole solving of previous arc after it has already resolved feels out of place. Currently there is almost no overarching storyline where time of solving plotholes doesn't matter. Unlike Mob Psycho 100 there doesn't seem to be bigger arc toward what episodic series is building it's story and thus story of this series seems to be quite weak.
If we didn't had legendary OVA then this series would be considered avarage at best. 6th episode was more logical storyline than in previous episodes and because of that this series might get better in later episodes.. although start of this series is still way too weak.
(DISCLAIMER: Please do mind my English and I do apologize, thank you.)
Little Witch Academia is one of the great example of magical anime which led us to remind what it really like, although I got hesitated from the interest of the plot summary. Speaking of, what I understand was that the fans were saying the plot is slow but rather than this. I still really enjoy it and usually had good laugh.
The fans had noticed that Little Witch Academia is similar/like Harry Potter BUT I personally do not accepted the word 'Like', I can say it reminds you of/similar Harry Potter instead. And compared
to Little Witch Academia and Harry Potter, they are VERY DIFFERENT. I don't want to say it too much and I really want to move on.
(I will not contain to spoiled the whole episodes because it's really necessary for me to discuss and impossible.)
Story: 8 (Very Good)
As far as the story is gonna be accurate but I can tell that Harry Potter has different plot which I honestly don't want to spoiled it, I know everyone have seen it and I just want to leave it. Speaking of, our main character, Atsuko Kagari who is an ordinary girl who joins the renowned witch academy for witch girls, Luna Nova Academy. When she was younger, she went to Magical Festa, a magic show hosted by a witch named Shiny Chariot. Just to bear in mind that the plot can be slow while you're watching the first episode but you'll get used to it.
Art/Animaton: 9 (Great)
I honestly getting enjoyed with the animation and the art is beautiful, but the animation was smooth at the same time and to compare from Kill La Kill. Trigger has done excellent job as we all know it was very stressful work, I hope it will get better soon enough.
Character: 9 (Great)
Like I said about the main character, Atsuko Kagari (aka Akko). Akko is actually annoying but not as much as she is, she is always getting too excited to go Luna Nova Academy when she wanted to learn how to use magic spell but it isn't fun to watch her just keep repeating the spell but it's funny though. Second main character, Yansson Lotte. Although she is worried about Akko just for the fact that she couldn't use magic spell carefully but at the same time, Lotte's magical specialty involves summoning and communicating with fairies and spirits residing in old, well-used items. Third main character, Manbavaran Sucy. Honestly, her last name is really weird but it can be hard to pronounce it at this point. Rather than that, I like the way she tricked everyone and although I hope we might get to see more of it but sadly we just need to wait. At last, Diana Cavendish. Now the source it said's: "The top student of Luna Nova who is greatly admired by her classmates and teachers alike. Hailing from Great Britain as daughter of a noble family of witches, she has a serious and arrogant nature and oftentimes clashes with Akko, whom she holds in disdain for her admiration of Shiny Chariot. Despite this, Diana is secretly a childhood fan herself. She is also responsible for a few of the magical disasters that occur at the school, and usually works alongside Akko to correct them, developing a grudging respect for her persistence." Although I get really unpleasant about her but now I'm just chilling down a bit, it doesn't mean I don't like her and I can't tell she has those kinda foreshadowing but it's not how it is.
Enjoyment: 8 (Very Good)
Unfortunately, I got bored so easily just because I couldn't keep the edge of my seat but still. At least I didn't drop it and twenty-five episodes is gonna struggle the whole fans to keep watching it.
Honestly, Little Witch Academia is mindful of beautiful imagination but it's usually fun to watch at the same time and it's entertaining. Although it's possible when twenty five episodes wouldn't handle the whole fans, it would affect the industry at this rate. I would say it's averagely recommend to watch if you are interested those genres.
This is my first review, I hope it's helpful! This review was written after 6 episodes have aired, on 2/18/2017. I will update this review as my thoughts on the series develop more thoroughly.
TL;DR: The show so far has been pretty good so far, and I think people should give the show a chance. It's been episodic so far, so if you are a fan of episodic anime and cute witches, you will probably enjoy this. If you aren't a fan of episodic anime, I definitely recommend you give the format a chance. I don't think Trigger will let you down come the end of
the series, for more details read my full review.
I think it is a little early to be giving this show any sort of long-term judgements. I think those with negative reviews should wait and see if the series gets better, and I think those with overly positive views should not be blind to the problems apparent so far with LWA. The viewer is given little to know where the plot is going, and depending on how the series deals with this and changes in the future, my opinion of this aspect could change. Right now, I think it detracts from the story, but maybe it won't when viewed as a whole. The animation isn't anything crazy, but in my opinion, it has a great art style, appealing aesthetic, and character design. The sound so far has not been exceptionally memorable, but the soundtrack definitely fits the feel of the series. I just feel like it's not very memorable because it's the exact kind of music you would expect from this kind of series. Besides the plot kind of going in not apparent direction, I'm overall really enjoying this series, and I think anyone can really enjoy this series if they can get used to the largely episodic format the series has taken on so far. I'm personally a fan of episodic anime (The Tatami Galaxy, Cowboy Bebop, Gintama, etc.), and I think if you are someone that is okay with the episodic format, you have the ability to really enjoy LWA. So far all of the episodes have given us fun adventures into the world of Luna Nova, and I think most of the episode plots have gone in really interesting and entertaining directions. Personally, I was hoping for something not as episodic from Trigger, like how they did with Kill la Kill, but I still have hopes that Little Witch Academia will get better and better as the season goes on.