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…
If any fans of the original Little Witch Academia film or fans of its sequel The Enchanted Parade are reading this review and are worried about this TV adaptation holding up to the standard of its progenitors, allow me to lay your fears to rest. Little Witch Academia TV is GREAT. It is a worthy successor in every way to the movies that generated so much interest, but at the same time no knowledge of the two films is necessary to enjoy this new TV anime. The show is fun, light, and heartwarming, and I will confidently recommend it to anyone who is even slightly interested.
Art: Exemplary of what anime can be. Every frame is beautifully hand drawn in a way that looks both meticulous and full of love of the craft.
Sound: Good but unremarkable, although the OP is cute and the ED is gorgeously drawn.
Story: Harry Potter in an all-girls school. Some unlikely misfit friends come together in a school for witches, and learn who they are and what they can do along the way. The tone is light, the challenges they face are believable within the world, and the story is driven by real-seeming characters with genuine interactions.
Characters: Unequivocally the high point of the show, even more so than the stellar art. The side characters are all great in their own right, but the main three are really the best that Little Witch Academia has to offer. Main character Akko is a perfect blend of annoying and endearing, and she sucks at magic just enough to act as an audience surrogate without being irritating about it. She is also a curious mix of plucky idiot and self-centered asshole in a way that really shouldn't work but somehow does anyway. Lotte, the most reserved member of the main cast, is the perfect balance of chill to Akko's complete lack thereof. Her presence really grounds the cast as a whole, as she is the most "normal" character of the bunch. Sucy, the third of the main characters and hands down my favorite, is a joy to watch. She is cynical, sarcastic, borderline evil, and a perfect wild card to pull the group into and out of danger with her dangerous potions and even more dangerous lack of safety standards. All in all, a great group of characters on which to focus our story.
This show is great. Watching it makes me feel good, which is really all I want in a lighthearted anime like this. It is funny, serious, and heartwarming by turns, and is always presented in a way that makes me want to be a part of the world it depicts. Fans of Harry Potter, fans of the preceding two films, and anime fans in general should not miss this show, and I would not be surprised if it turns out to be overall one of the best shows of 2017.read more
Little Witch Academy is way too over rated. 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. If we didn't had legendary OVA then this series would be considered avarage at best.. read more
After the great reception of the original Little Witch Academia OVA and some time later, the Little Witch Academia movie, we are finally greated with a full length, 25 episode, tv show, and boy if it isn't a great time.
Keep in mind that I've yet only seen 5 episodes of the 25 planned ones my opinions and thoughts on the show might change, and if so I will also update this review if seen necessary.
Story: 7 (Good)
If anything, the story of Little Witch Academia feels like a Harry Potter fanfic/spin-off, and that's not at all a bad thing. The way this show handles its plot progession and phasing is greatly reminiscent of how its been done in previous Ganiax/Trigger produced shows such as Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill, as in at first glance the stakes seem tiny and insignificant but as the show progresses, the stakes get increasingly more and more meaningfull and intense. If previous shows by these people are anytihng to go of, the characters will eventually go to space to fight for the survival of mankind. Although I have a slight hunch that this show won't go down that road and that the story will take a bit of a back seat to the chacters. Also, I feel like that it'll borrow many elements from the slice of life genre such as not having a single big overarching story, but rather a bunch of small arcs spanning one to three episodes at most. Only time will tell if my hunch is correct.
Art: 9 (Fantastic)
With the show being made by studio Trigger, it should come as no suprise to anyone that the show will look absolutely stunning. The animation is smooth and extremely detailed in its movements. It has also been consistent in its quality throughout the 5 episodes. The artstyle is extremely vibrant and it feels very "looney toons" but that is once again not a bad likeness since it really manages to give off the lighthearted tone that the show is obviously going for.
Sound: 7 (Good)
While everything from the sound design to voice acting to soundtrack is both good and of high quality, it's nothing revolutionary. The show has yet to feature a track that really stands out and sticks to me like Until My Body is Dry from Kill La Kill or Libera Me From Hell from Gurren Lagann, but since it's a Trigger show I do fully expect there to be one that will stand out to me in the coming episodes. The soundtrack and sound design dow however do a really good job of setting the correct tone of the show like the animation did aswell.
Characters: 8 (Great)
The characters are nothing if not absolutely loveable. While they are yet to get any great amount of character development above the character tropes and cliché that they're based off of. I'm sure I wont be let down. The girls in our main trio are very varied and they reflect each other greatly. This makes for some great dynamics between them. The main "antagonist" is also quite interesting and she has thus far gotten almost as much development as our main heroine. I also found it quite amusing how the show showed us some tiny hints of who she is even before introducing us to her.
Emjoyment: 8 (Great)
Trigger/Gainax shows often get branded as "brainless dumb fun" and in some cases I have to agree with that statement, but I do believe that this show won't fall into that category of shows. I have really enjoyed my time witht this show this far and I hope that it keep up.
Overall: 8 (Great)
Overall, I find this show not only extremely amusing and entertaining, but it's also brimming with charm and soul. With loveable characters, fantastic visuals and a fitting soundtrack this show is most definitely a great way to spend your time.
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, funny 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.read more