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Little Witch Academia - Anime Review
In a time when magic is real but on the decline amid society, Atsuko Kagari or "Akko", is a cheerful girl who idolizes a witch named Shiny Chariot. She enters Luna Nova, a magical academy which happens to be the same one that her idol Shiny chariot attended when she was young, to accomplish her dream of becoming a witch like her idol. On her way to school Akko meets Lotte Yanson and mischievous Sucy Manbavaran and the three become friends and even end up sharing a bedroom on campus. Akko soon discovers that she is at a serious disadvantage compared to the other students because she doesn't come from a magical family and if required to learn the magical curriculum form scratch. Having accidentally found an item that once belonged to her idol Shiny Chariot, Akko must discover how to activate and properly use the mysterious Shiny Rod as she hopes it might lead to finding out what has truly happened to her vanished idol.
Little Witch Academia is a fantastic anime full of well developed characters, a fantastic plot, and will keep your attention as you anxiously await the next episode so you can see what new adventures Akko and her friends get up to in their quest to learn magic at the Luna Nova Academy. This show is brand new but also feels like a blast from the past as it has the feeling of a show that may have made it's way onto Cartoon Network or Toonami had it been around at that time. It also has a very visually appealing art style with vibrant colors and beautiful effects.
Akko is a girl with a dream to become just like her idol Shiny Chariot, she will stop at nothing to be like her idol and hopefully meet her one day. Shiny Chariot disappeared from the public eye years ago and no one knows where she is but that won't stop Akko from trying to pursue her dream of being like her idol even as class mates tease her for idolizing someone whose magic was used purely for entertainment and is seen as old fashioned in current times. None of this will stop Akko from realizing her dream and pushing on through her adventures to be the best witch she can be and becomes like her idol, who's a lot closer than she thinks.
This anime has great pacing and it's 25 episodes total in the first season and not counting the movies so the story isn't rushed at all and there is still time for some side adventures that always end up being beneficial to their main objective so there isn't much, if any, filler in this anime either. Fan service is low and almost doesn't exist, there are a few reoccurring themes we see in a lot of anime but not so many that you'd become bored of it.
All in all Little Witch Academia is a breath of fresh air for the winter 2017 season, we're seeing a lot of slice of life, cute girls doing cute things, and Fan service style anime this season and this is, thankfully, quite different from the other anime we're seeing and it's a nice change of pace. The rating is PG-13 but I'd consider this anime a good one for children of any age as there isn't really any suggestive content, a little violence, but no gore or anything like that. Plus it's easily watchable on Netflix.
Alternative title: リトルウィッチアカデミア (Japanese)
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Action, Magic, School
Duration: 24 mins per episode
Premiered: Winter 2017 from Jan. 9, 2017 to Jun. 26, 2017.
Internet Streaming: Netflix
Characters - Staff
Laura Post and Lucien Dodge
Atsuko "Akko" Kagari