Little Witch Academy is a fantastic coming-of-age story that combines elements of action, adventure, and friendship through a magical girl setting. Featuring an entire cast of witches studying at an academy of magic, the franchise bears similarities in its themes and premise to soul eater and Harry Potter. But its innocent nature and playful tone make the series nostalgic for watching Saturday morning cartoons as a kid.
While originally billed as a 26-minute short, Little Witch Academy quickly garnered a lot of attention in Japan and overseas for its beautiful animation, entertaining characters, and colorful premise, which ultimately led to it being the franchise fans know today. Here’s how to watch and read this charming tale filled with witches and spells.
The plot of Little Witch Academia
Created by Yoh Yoshinari, Little Witch Academy follows Atsuko “Akko” Kagari, an optimistic and energetic teenager from a non-magical background. As a child, Akko is hypnotized by Shiny Chariot, a renowned witch whose goal of making people smile with her magic resonates deeply as Akko herself then strives to do the same.
Shiny Chariot isn’t as popular or renowned these days, having retired years ago with its signature illusion magic considered “childish” by many. Yet she remains Akko’s role model as the protagonist enrolls in Luna Nova Magical Academy, a prestigious school for aspiring witches, in hopes of spreading Shiny Chariot’s ideals to the world.
Soon, she meets the kind and sweet Lotte Jansson and the calm and sarcastic Sucy Manbavaran, who support Akko and join her adventures. However, Akko’s lack of interest in studies and his incompetence in magic prove to be an obstacle to his journey. To achieve her goal, she must work harder than her peers – but the world of magic hasn’t been placed on a pedestal for a long time. On the contrary, the public thinks that magic and witchcraft become obsolete over the years.
Where to watch the Little Witch Academia anime
Studio Trigger has animated every iteration of the series. The original short titled Little Witch Academy aired in March 2013 and follows Akko’s impulsive decision to prove himself to his teachers and peers. The second short film, Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, aired in October 2015 and is approximately 53 minutes long. It follows Akko, Lotte and Sucy who, after a series of shenanigans, must successfully organize the academy’s annual parade or face expulsion.
Due to the popularity of the first two films, a 25-episode series premiered in 2017 titled Little Witch Academy (TV). This release acts as a reboot and further explores its characters in unique ways and features a longer narrative. Neither film is available for streaming, but all 25 episodes the anime is available to enjoy on Netflix.
Where to read the Little Witch Academia manga and light novel
the Little Witch Academy franchise has two manga series. One is written by Yoh Yoshinari and ran from January 2017 to September 2018, accumulating three volumes. It can be read online on Bookwalker, while physical copies can be purchased on Amazon or at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and other local retailers.
The second manga, titled Little Witch Academia: Midnight Crown, is written by Yuka Fujiwara and acts as a spin-off of the original story with one volume. Unfortunately, it is hard to find and is currently not available outside of Japan.
Additionally, a light novel titled Little Witch Academia: The Absurd Witch and Fairyland was written by Momo Tachibana and published in April 2017. With a single volume, it can be read on Bookwalker or purchased through Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and most other local retailers that sell light novels and manga .
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