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
**(Updated as of Episode 7)**
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 7 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. Although it's worth to note that Little Witch Academia is drastically slower in its phasing in comparision to other similar shows. 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. It's good to see that we're finally getting some actual development of some of our characters as of episode 7. It was getting both tiering and disturbing to see such a likeable character such as Akko fail so spectacularly. The girls in our main trio are each very distinct and they reflect each other greatly. This makes for some great chamistry between them as friends. The main "antagonist" is also quite an interesting character and she has thus far gotten almost as much development as our protagonist, not that that says a whole lot.
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. I have really enjoyed my time witth Little Witch Academia this far and I hope that it keeps 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 must watch this season.
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
(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.read more
-I'm sorry for any type of mistake, English isn't my native landuage-
There's some kind of Magic in Little Witch Academia.
When some people find it simple, uninteresing or boring, I have great time getting amazed by incredible art style, beautiful music and watching one girl who's running for her dreams.
Akko story, which revolves around her dream of becoming as her idol but don't have any magic talent, is so hearth-warming and relatable, that it's hard to don't sympatish with Her and rest oh her friends. Because, same Lotte and soon propably Sucy have great showed characters. Mainly Lotte so far, who has her own look at the world and want's practicly the same things as Akko, but in kind of difrent way. We won't see any type of breaking patterns or complex story, but in an anime for kids, is it actually something really bad?
It all happens in Luna Nova and arounds, which is one of the most interesing locations i've seen in anime.It has it's own long magical story and at the same time really reminds of our own schools and Academics.
It all is surrounded by Outstanding art style and great music. TRIGGER got used us to amazing graphic, but this series is propably their best looking tv series. Animation is smooth, special effects look beautiful, backgrounds are colorful and character projects are really kind for an eye. Orchestral and climatic OST is great at describing what do we saw. Generally it fits really good, but i don't think I'd listen to it in free time.
Summarizing: Little Witch Academia is TRIGGER best feel's good show. It's light tone mixed with story about running for your dreams makes it one of the most enjoyable shows i've seen in a while.read more
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.read more
First of all the series does not continue from the first two films, it retells them and expands, adding extra scenes between events already seen in the movies to build up the world and characters and hopefully go beyond the ending of Parade, the second movie. Considering the films had to condense a lot the series allows more freedom to explore and not rush us, the audience, through things. It builds up the relationships/friendships more, like seeing how Akko, Sucy and Lotte meet and how Akko got into the Academy and her background (ie: why she sucks at magic: she's not a born witch, unlike all the others while the movies make seem like she just is a bit behind in development)
All the characters are still the same with Akko being our guide/eyes into the world of LWA. We actually see more development from each of the main girls including Diana, the rival. We see the build up of friendship outside of the school rather than "this is a group of friends" as introduced in the movies. Each girl still has her distinct personality and talents, which are explored more. Character development is always a good thing, especially relationships. Even the girls, Amanda and the other two, who first only appeared in the second movie (who apparently been around since the first but went unseen), are seen prominently in the series in the background as well as active roles, building up their relationship with the main trio unlike suddenly being introduced in the second movie.
~Akko: A Japanese girl who saw the witch performer Shiny Chariot when she was younger and wishes to be a witch like her idol. However she comes from a non-witch lineage which puts her at a disadvantage since she doesn't know the fundamentals witches learn growing up and her magic potential sometimes comes out in spurts. She does not give up easily and is a bit of a chatter box who hates being looked down upon and is excited to learn magic, not studying.
~Sucy: A witch who hails from an implied Filipino background who is a lover of all things poisonous. She can come across as creepy and a bit obsessive when it comes to her noxious brews and research. At first she was off put by Akko's chattiness but since they're roommates she learns to tune her out or humor her or even use her as her test subject.
~Lotte: A young witch who's been attending the Academy longer than her two roommates. Rather patient, studious and well meaning, Lotte is supportive of her friends even if Akko can get into some trouble.
~Diana: An esteemed witch from a long line of witches who is the top student in knowledge and magic practice. She can be a bit of a refined show off, though not like the movie-version of herself who is a bit more snooty and direct rival to Akko through her dismissiveness. We see more dimension to her in the series. However she is willing to put her haughtiness aside for the good of all as she means well to be true to magic and its knowledge. She is poised and mostly gives facts bluntly without personal attack while her groupies do the sassing for her but Diana is honest and not excessive; when she realizes she was wrong about Akko and the Rod not being a fake, she tries to tell what happened but everyone believes that Diana the prodigy is the only one who could worked such great magic. There is obvious 'redemption' to her character in how she acts, as she is simply trying to do her best to make her family proud with the best of her abilities by going above and beyond, but the main cast think she's prideful, snooty and overly worshiped.
The story starts off with the beginning of the first movie and then moves to events that took place before Akko enrolled at the school or rather was TRYING to, to past the entry ceremony involving events seen in the movies as well as new ones due to some change in events. It starts off with Akko entering as a freshman for first term while Lotte has already been attending for a while, and Sucy enters the same time as Akko. As with the movies it shows for Akko to discover the power she has inside herself and to not stop believing and trying to do her best. Teamwork with her friends is also emphasized through the trials of life as a witch and a student between trying to master spells and encountering actual challenges and dangers. Humor and drama balances the flow of the episodes nicely. It also ties Akko's connection with Shiny Chariot much more, namely the Shiny Rod which in the movie was mysteriously at school despite Chariot's apparent disgrace as a true witch and being only an entertainer yet being the owner the powerful staff. It also establishes the fact the story takes place in our world, Akko being from Japan and Sucy implied being from the Philippines (her broom type and her last name). The tv series might reveal what happened to Chariot and where she is now, as she disappeared 10 years ago and Akko discovers her Rod in a forest. The main focus is Akko's adventures trying to learn magic and her mishaps and adventures at school and out of school, but also her goal to find Chariot and be a witch just like her.
The art style and quality is the same as the two movies. There is more showcasing of the world and magic that is in LWA. The creature designs are still memorable and fitting to the art style and the girls are still distinctive in their personal wear as well their school uniforms. The environments are rather enjoyable from the town, to leyline tower to forest to the school and more. Very enjoyable.
The tv series looks promising so far. The feel from the first two movies is not missed at all, it feels natural and well tied in with the expansion from events already seen in the movies. The new scenes are well done, including the diverting from the original film though it might get back to that point sometime via new connecting scenes (how the Rod ended up in the tower in the movie or is Akko going to hold onto it for the whole series, hence some change in events?) More development of characters, more exploration of the world, more Little Witch Academia's art, characters, and story for everyone! Watching the first episode alone is worth it if you've already seen the movies, but there are more adventures to be had!read more