Little Witch Academia (TV)

Little Witch Academia

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: リトルウィッチアカデミア
English: Little Witch Academia
German: Little Witch Academia
Spanish: Little Witch Academia
French: L'école des petites sorcières
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Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 9, 2017 to Jun 26, 2017
Premiered: Winter 2017
Broadcast: Mondays at 00:00 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Trigger
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Theme: SchoolSchool
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 7.821 (scored by 292839292,839 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #8642
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #314
Members: 595,921
Favorites: 7,096

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Preliminary Spoiler
Jun 25, 2017
"Just you watch! I'm gonna become an amazing witch one day and make the whole world gasp in surprise!"

Akko Kagari Little Witch Academia (TV) 2017 (Episode 5)

Out of all anime that came out in winter 2017, Little Witch Academia (TV) caught my interest and it's the only show from that season that had to potential to great not counting squeals.
I have previously seen the short movies for Little Witch Academia and I really liked a lot. However, I won't be mentioning or comparing the TVs with the short movies because I want to review the TV series by its own identity.
Now after all that is ...
Jun 28, 2017
Disclaimer: the following review/analysis is oriented towards those who finished the series, and as such, there will be spoilers.


Little Witch Academia is Yoh Yoshinari's precious child, who is one of the most important and iconic animators this industry has. It's at the same time, a love letter to it, with clear intent, wanting to be a message of hope to everyone looking to be part of it eventually. Unfortunately, he is an animator, not a writer (though he most likely wasn't alone in this), and said intentions are not backed up by the execution of the piece once examined under the cold eye of the ...
Feb 27, 2017
Preliminary (6/25 eps)
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 (for example in 5th episode attack of dragons came out of nowhere, main dragon being harmless buisnessman came out of nowhere, school being in debt and owning money to dragon came out of nowhere, debt being scam came out of nowhere, Diana knowing ancient dragonese came out of ...
Jun 25, 2017
Watching Little Witch Academia is like looking back into a portal to my youth. A time when Cartoon Network ruled the world! While I was born at the tail end of the nineties, and thus didn't experience what many people consider to be the golden age for the network, I did grow up watching re-runs of many of the shows that established the network and what made it so infamous during the early 2000s. Shows like Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter's Laboratory and a plethora of others quickly became my favourite cartoons, and I still love them to this day, looking back on each ...
Feb 13, 2017
Preliminary (6/25 eps)
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 ...
Jun 25, 2017
A magical world in Little Witch Academia is one I can describe as imaginatively beautiful. Beauty is expressed there not just by world fiction but by the context of its creativity. I don’t mean just the world either but the show itself is filled with characters, themes, and storytelling that make you want to go back and watch it all over again.

Little Witch Academia is perhaps unique with the fact that it’s an adaptation of a successful film. The first film originated in 2012 as part of the Young Animator Training Project and spawned a sequel titled Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade. Now, ...
May 1, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (17/25 eps)
The magic is gone.

That may seem like a cutesy little Gene Shalit-esque pun to start off the review, but I mean it with all sincerity: the magic and charm of the original OVAs has, for the most part, vanished from its television adaptation. And as someone who adored the hell out of those OVAs, that's a goddamned shame.

This show has a clear two-half structure: the first was primarily character based, featuring episodic adventures to establish and flesh out the cast, while the second introduces the plot in full force. Now, some were unsatisfied with that first half, but I was willing to go along for ...
Feb 17, 2017
Preliminary (6/25 eps)
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, 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 ...
Jun 25, 2017
Before I being, let me say this. I am very grateful to Tattun the producer, for visiting 4chan during the time LWA aired. Many fans, myself included, had the opportunity to ask him a bunch of questions, and learn a few interesting things about the story and characters. So in the unlikely chance you’re reading this, Thank you buddy!

Little Witch Academia’ (depending on viewers’ opinion) can be summed up as either “a charming, adventurous title; full of unique characters, interesting storylines, and filled with fun & entertainment.” On the other hand, it can be summed up as a disappointing, overly self-referential, lackluster title; ...
Jun 25, 2017
Warning: There may be some spoilers here, I tried to clear all of them out of the way so there shouldn't be any. However, I don't know what one would or would not consider as a spoiler in corner cases.

Little Witch Academia is a show that wanted to have its cake and eat it too. It tried to do so much from Western Animation tropes and fluffy episodic episodes to a serious plot with the ramifications of the magic world up in the air. However that attempt to do so much is it's downfall as it ends up failing at each thing it tried. While ...
Jun 25, 2017
"Believing is your Magic" ~ Little Witch Academia (2017)

TL;DR: at the very end

Has Trigger saved Anime one more time? what does mean to save Anime?
meanwhile other anime studios makes their generic money maker without taking any risk, there goes Trigger risking it all and making Jewels and Masterpieces that goes beyond your imagination, see? there is no need to use generic settings and overused troupes just to get gold from a goldmine. there is another big gold mine called "imagination" and this is how Little Witch Academia from Trigger, saves the anime one more time! want to know more? then bring up some popcorn and ...
Jun 25, 2017
A believing heart is your magic – with Little Witch Academia, Trigger furnishes something so enchantingly brilliant in its simplicity and heartfelt resonance, executes every detail with the utmost bliss, and ultimatley drowns the viewer in a recurring feeling of wonder; unto the conclusion that a believing heart can amount to nothing more and nothing less than that certain thing we all hope for but can't quite materialize.

I realized I was in for a treat as the first episode ended and I was already wholeheartedly immersed in the characters and lore, which is a fleetingly rare way to feel one episode into such an admittedly ...
Mar 14, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (10/25 eps)
Those who watched the movie shorts of Little Witch Academia and expect to get the TV series to expand upon them would be sadly disappointed. The series does not seem to have a canonical connection to the previous movie shorts but rather starts fresh so you're not missing out on anything.

In the series we follow the main character Atsuko Kagari's (Akko) daily mischief with her friends and roommates Sucy and Lotte. Akko is a normal girl, not born a witch thus isn't naturally able to use magic without properly taught. Akko dreams of becoming a great witch like her idol Shiny Chariot. This is a ...
Jun 25, 2017
1966: Mitseteru Yokoyama, inspired by the Japanese popularity of the US sitcom ‘Bewitched’, created a little Anime called ‘Sally the Witch’ about a young girl from a magical kingdom who came to earth and used her magic to help with the troubles of the world. This now sadly obscure title would go on to be highly influential in leading to the creation of the ‘Cute Witch’ genre, which would go on to be a subgenre for a much larger genre, the ‘Magical Girl’ genre.
1969: ‘Secrets of Akko-chan’ would expand upon the Magical Girl genre by introducing elements such as shapeshifting, and instead of involving a ...
Jun 25, 2017
Little Witch Academia is a story about a girl, Akko, who dreams to be the greatest witch, inspired by her idol, Shiny Chariot. In order to accomplish her dreams, she enrols in Luna Nova, an wizard academy to where her idol went and one of the most prestigios.

Story: Trigger follows its Kill la Kill formula with a first part that's mostly episodic, rarely moving the plot forwards, and with a basic objective the MC has to follow. KlK, nonetheless, executed it better. LWA tried to build around its characters with some very successful episodes and other somewhat boring, "fillerish". However, when the second part kicks ...
Mar 29, 2017
Preliminary (4/25 eps)
The series is quite different than the original short film, the plot settings and animation team might be still the same but character and character development is absolutely piss poor.
You think this ambitious young girl Akko who aims to be a witch will struggle through hardships and become a wise powerful girl but after 3 episodes I can tell you she is absolutely detestable.
She's like your typical bias fangirl that just wants to be exactly like her idol, dress and do what her idol did, absolutely no respect towards people and even to her close friends and those who are nice to her.
She's merely been ...
Apr 15, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (13/25 eps)
As a fan of the original OVAs I really, really wanted to like this series. Unfortunately, every week brings another disappointment. I greatly enjoyed the first episode, the broom race episode and the episode centered around Sucy, but beyond those I struggled not to feel massively let down.


Every episode seems like a run-on sentence, with no finesse to speak of. In one episode, dragons steal the sorcerer's stone, they try to get it back, the dragons are robots being controlled by an actual dragon who's an investor that the academy owes money to, Diana shows up and is conveniently the only person who can ...
May 28, 2017
Preliminary (20/25 eps)
A totally fresh experience in terms of characters more complex than typical archetypes and a story with emotional payoff and strong theming, animated in a unique style that took me a little time to get used to.

What really cheeses my onions with a lot of stories is the immature good versus evil paradigm, which is completely absent in Little Witch Academia. There are no villains, only character conflicts based on ideals and traits.

I am very glad to see magic in a TV show be used for something other than killing. Rather than the show focusing on magic as a means to fight people, it is ...
Jun 13, 2019
This is a no-spoiler review. I rate shows a little differently - I group sound and art into a quality score, which only affects a show's overall rating if the quality is particularly good or bad.

As I've started to write reviews, I wanted to write about what is currently my favorite anime of all time, and what I believe is truly an underrated masterpiece. Little Witch Academia is the story of Akko, a fledgling magic user who desires to become a witch like her idol and inspiration, Shiny Chariot. On her journey, Akko makes a lot of friends, learns a lot of lessons, and saves ...
Oct 6, 2019
Once in a while, changing the pace is important so as to not get tired of the same thing again and again. Imagine eating the same type of food for the rest of your life. That would be horrendous! In any case, my point is, after watching an immense amount of romance anime. I've begun to develop the feeling of tiresome towards it. So I had no choice but to gather up my will and try something other than romance. Which is, Little Witch Academia. An anime that I thought was simply one of the ridiculous anime where cute girls do cute things. Shockingly, I ...