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Little Witch Academia (TV)

Alternative Titles

English: Little Witch Academia
Japanese: リトルウィッチアカデミア


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
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 8.091 (scored by 121,960 users)
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Ranked: #4552
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #287
Members: 286,704
Favorites: 4,372


Aside from having "Academia" in their names, one notable similarity I noticed is how events are ordered. First, we have the main character enter an academy they have always been dreaming of entering. Next, they show us their school lives as they struggle through classes because of lacking something other students have. And then the plot starts and we see villain characters and how they are handled by the cast. 
report Recommended by Kijdenvoot
-Colorful and well animated graphics -Light and funny comedy -Slice of Life with fine plot -Magical and Fantasy Setting -Amazing OP & ED -Peaceful and calm OST 
report Recommended by gingerbrad
Both by TRIGGER, storyboarded by Hiroyuki Imaishi and animated by You Yamashiro. Has striking similarities in animation, editing, as well as general art direction and both shares TRIGGER's wit, quick cuts, and clever humor. Both involves an underdog story with a female lead centered in an academy specialized in the peculiar (school uniform ability enforcement and witchcraft/wizardry) in which the main villain/conflict becomes apparent starting the latter half of the season. 
report Recommended by DimDito
Little witch academia is the truly the fulfillment of the spirit of kiki's delivery service into a full tv series. The main parallel is that both have a young female protagonist who are striving to become witches. The difference is that the tone and style. Kiki follows the convention of ghibli's, which is a beautiful presentation with a sweet and laid back story. While little witch academia wholly subscribes to the gainax/trigger convention which is bombastic action, slick animation and a particular comedy.  
report Recommended by OnceTwice
Both shows share similar themes of love, friendship, and overcoming obstacles. They both also have happy-go-lucky female leads who wish to bring happiness to everyone after being inspired by a performance from their childhood. 
report Recommended by Kuro-chan
The very late half of the show is pretty similar to Madoka. Both contain dark themes for the magical girl genre (Though Madoka is darker) and have the main characters go in despair as they lose something that is very important. Both get less dark for the ending and have some yuri subtext. 
report Recommended by Hydreigonfan01
They both have very stylized and "good" animation, depending on your outlook. They both are episodic anime, with a few episodes sprinkled in to advance the main conflict, which has been hard to pin down as to what that is. Both have their own sort of actions scenes, with LWA's being the magic exhibitions and Pokemon S&M's being the pokemon battles.(Also lol S&M) They both appeal to children, and as such have characters and references that reflect this target audience.(That won't stop a few older people from enjoying it though) My final and weakest point is that they are both very much mixed bags as far  read more 
report Recommended by any13th
Akko and Simon have very similar character arcs. Both shows focus on believing in yourself for power. Magic is very similar to fighting spirit. Little Witch Academia contains references to Gurren Lagann. Some shared staff between both shows since Trigger is made up of former Gainax employees. 
report Recommended by djguthrie5
Happy feelings, friendship, cute art and magical girls. A happy anime to enjoy with the whole family good for kids while still super enjoyable for adults. Cardcaptor Sakura goes deeper in to its world than Little Witch Academia, and in my personal opinion I found both worlds to be extremely interesting and exciting yet not quite the same which makes them different enough to feel unique but similar enough to bring up the same emotions. There was no episode of LWA and CCS that didn't manage to put a stupid smile on my face, both are very charming. The animation for both anime is flawless and  read more 
report Recommended by No_4
While differing on style and presentation, both shows revolve around the study of creative disciplines (either theatre or magic) in specialized schools that encourage competition. Both feature an underdog protagonist and a perfectionistic rival, with the two of them being inspired by a performance seen during childhood. Both are ultimately allegorical works, as their battle or adventure oriented plots represent the struggles in competition and refinement that are characteristic of the artistic field. 
report Recommended by Sarubadooru
Both of them are shoujo animes, in which the protagonist (girl) studies/lives in a school for people with powers. Both of them are very lighthearted and sweet, and make you feel happy and calm. Besides this, in both, the main girl is not very good with her power (the worst of the class), and makes people around her laugh. With time, both animes start to get more serious. 
report Recommended by xiliqs
Both anime revolve around young girls with magic powers that visit a witch school. The character interactions and overall tone of the stories feel similar and both are very heartwarming. Both remind me of a shoujo version of Harry Potter. If you were wondering what it would be like if Mary enrolled at and stayed in the witching academy, you will love Little Witch Academia. 
report Recommended by senpaichandesu
In my opinion the two animes have a similar feel. The story is a little bit different, but if you enjoyed Little Witch Academy, then you will like Sugar Sugar Rune. Both are animes about witches and magic, also the main characters have similar personalities. Totally recommended.  
report Recommended by ChocolatMars
Very similar in setting and style. Both are about clumsy young witch apprentices that love anything concerning magic. 
report Recommended by _INTER_
• Both have protagonists who want to be powerful, like their idols and enter an academy; • Boku no Hero has hero academy, while Little Witch has witch academy; • Both are childish but are creative and fun; • Both have "no-power" protagonists, but they get one during the anime.  
report Recommended by Zardyllas
Both are about female characters at a magic academy school in a fantasy world. Both also feature beautiful background music and gorgeous animation. 
report Recommended by FTWOBR2000
-Both have witch's -Both have a witch who is bad at magic but have big powers -Both have a normal human at a school of witch's -Both have a lot of magic and spell's 
report Recommended by Sailor_Cherry
This show has the same studio as LWA. There is a full episode on which they get to have a crossover with LWA 
report Recommended by Erzish
lovely history, cute protagonist... u need more? 
report Recommended by Katzupo
Those who saw love live (only to those who saw love live) I recommend seeing little witch academy since both are animates where he talks about the ambition and emotion that is to follow the dreams with a cast of adorable characters that if you liked those of love live you will like more those of little witch academy, both play the same theme with different methods and styles but with content with similarities to each other. 
report Recommended by Kalacs
Both take place in a school in a fantasy setting and features a cheerful yet dimwitted MC who wants to achieve something great, with Akko wanting to become a great witch while Yusha wanting to become a hero. 
report Recommended by Kinoko-sama
Both of these shows feature two very beautiful, magical worlds !! The charm and expansive worlds that these shows offer are simply immeasurable !!!! 
report Recommended by saminthapanti
Let's follow the comic life of Hogwart's students. Little Witch Academia features a typical school life full of entertainment, and Zero no Tsukaima features an atypical school life full of "entertainment" :) 
report Recommended by NatoBoram
Hogwarts really inspired masterpieces recently. These follow the totally normal school life of a teacher or a group of students as they form bonds with the surrounding students in the most comic of ways. Not much to think about, everything is in the appreciation of the shows. 
report Recommended by NatoBoram
Atmospheric pieces with the same delicate attention to detail. A cheery mood, lighthearted tone shrouds both these slice-of-life-like stories of a group of girls, aided by school settings intimately brought to life. They are slow-paced, rather understated coming-of-age tales with a mysterious charm about them. For what they lack in big drama, they make up in a more distanced, mature style that in retrospect is just as valuable as any melodrama. Awesome shows. 
report Recommended by Amine_Fan
Both Akko and Phos are high-strung, clumsy young female protagonists who desperately want to find a way to fit in despite their handicaps compared to their peers. Both Akko and Phos also have a potential to go against the advice of those who are older/wiser and do what they want to do, which can lead to trouble, but also leads to them growing stronger as characters. 
report Recommended by CatSoul
These both are school comedies with sweet characters who are good people and you cheer for. The comedies both revolves around a single character flaw of the main characters, Akko is enthusiastic but lacks any talent, and as the title says Tanaka is alway listless. Though Little Witch Academia has a bit more of an over arching plot, they're both pretty episodic. Both shows are easy enjoyable watches, if you just want to relax or need cheering up.  
report Recommended by MariSan28
The two may seem like nothing alike and each was made quite a time from each other but when I watch little witch, I get reminded of and get the vibes of metropolis. The animation in metropolis is similar to little witch's and it would be in my eyes like a more serious version of little witch. Where metropolis is about tackling the the differences between classes of both people and robots, Little witch academia is how Akko deals with the bulling against her for not being a natural magic user. Both are enjoyable with their interesting characters, settings and plot that may not suit  read more 
report Recommended by luxray_lord
Similarities : The shows are identical, despite the fantasy x sci-fi difference - underdog main girl protagonist that improves as the plot goes on - dreams, friendship and self development as main themes - fantasy high school setting that is separate from "our world" - variety of characters making the main cast of characters - chill and comfy feel yet the show touches serious issues Differences: - Stellvia is set in sci-fi/space - Stellvia has drama elements unlike LWA - Stellvia has more and better developed cast of male characters - Stellvia has romance - Stellvia has better pacing and world development - Stellvia has outdated yet beautiful animation of technology and mechas - Stellvia gets more  read more 
report Recommended by AnimeElitist
About Human Girls learning how to be witches, (in Little witch academia it is only one human). Both are colorfull, funny and both have very good characters, animation and music. Ojamajo Doremi is mahou shoujo style. 
report Recommended by KPBouvier
Let's start with the part that in both series we have a girl that knows nothing (out of fiction) getting into a real magic school… And that's all, after watching just the first episode of Märchen… 
report Recommended by NoHeart
Both focus on the topic of witch craft with a bunch of humour thrown in as well. 
report Recommended by symbiotic
At its core, it's hard not to see Petite Princess Yucie as perhaps the prototype for Little Witch Academia. Both series are considerably lighter, more family-friendly fare for the studios they're made by, and feature a main group of young girls at an academy whose daily tasks often turn into adventures. Yucie and Akko are both clumsy but have strong hearts. Male characters also play small but plot-important roles in both series. Anyone who enjoyed one is likely to enjoy the other. 
report Recommended by CatSoul
Main character very similar. Not talented, clumsy but determined to achieve their goal. (Akko wants to become a great wizard like Chariot, Asta wants to become the leader of the emperors) Both series with fantasy universe where magic is common. Black Clover will show more fights while Little Witch Academia focuses on adventure. 
report Recommended by TuyNOM
Both series develop their characters to make the audience sympathise with them (Nico and Diana) and then put on a darker plot twist near the end of the story to know how messed up the situation/storyline is (The Kiznaiver system and Shiny Chariot's magic) And lastly, they're from the same studio (Trigger) 
report Recommended by uchimaki131
This recommendation is not based on similar narrative, characters or even themes, but on their settings. Little Witch Academia and The Irregular at Magic High School are series set in worlds where magic exists and students learn it at school, but introduces this subject from different perspectives. The Irregular at Magic High School creates a world based on an alternative history where magic is enhanced by modern technology. Little Witch Academia creates a world where magic has become diminished and a relic. The magic schools are completely different from each other, but are believable for their respective worlds 
report Recommended by lancelot200
Both Akko and Utena are striving for a world-changing power they don't fully understand in order to meet someone important to them they met in their childhood. In the case of Akko, it's Chariot. In the case of Utena, it's her prince. 
report Recommended by CatSoul
I found both of them similar for how easy and relaxing they are to watch - I'd feel so much less stressed after an episode of each! They also both have really lovable female protagonists and, although Little Witch Academia has more of an overarching plot, both spend a lot of time focusing on the relationships between the cast. 
report Recommended by TheMuseChaotic