Little Witch Academia

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Nicknames's avatar By on Jan 13, 2016

Back in 2010 the Young Animator Training Project (now known as Anime Mirai) started and a lot of anime of different degrees of quality were featured there. Some of them were average (Ryo, Arve Rezzle) while some others were good (Wasurenagumo, Chronus). Among those good shows were two of them that not only were great but also became so popular that they got a sequel made. Little Witch Academia was one of them (the other was Death Billiards) but, does this show deserve the popularity it has? Keep reading to find the answer.

Little Witch Academia is about a young girl who was a big fan of Shiny Chariot, a witch that used her powers to entertain people, and decided to enroll in a magic school to follow her steps. There she learns that learning magic is not precisely fun and, on top of that, Shiny Chariot is looked down by the rest of the witches because magic is serious business.

At first glance this looks like what would somebody expect from a Pixar movie, even the characters are based on the typical stereotypes you usually find in their movies. Aside of some minor characters there's the main heroine, her friends, the alpha b*tch and her girl posse. Luckily the execution was good so this ended up being more of a minor complain than an actual issue. Of course you can't do much in 30 minutes so there were some stuff that was left undeveloped.

Of course things were done better in the animation and sound department. It was very fluid and the characters were well designed and, like the scenery and the backgrounds, everything was done with vibrant colours. Regarding the sounds, the background music not only is good but also fits the tone of the series really well and the sound effects were well done. Also the voice acting was top-notch.

So, what's my final veredict? This show is definitely worth the praise. While it has some flaws and it's not perfect it's quite enjoyable for both kids and adults. If you're wondering whether to watch it or not, go ahead and do it. It's worth it.

7/10 story
8.5/10 animation
8/10 sound
6/10 characters
8/10 overall
4L3x's avatar By on Jul 11, 2015

Little Witch Academia es un corto animado, el cual fue mostrado en el Anime Mirai 2013. Dicho corto fue dirigido y creado por Yoh Yoshinari quien tiene en su curriculum proyectos de altísima calidad tanto argumental como visual, por citar algunos: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, FLCL, etc…

La trama va de una niña no bruja que en un show de magia se ve encantada con la bruja que realiza dicho espectáculo, al crecer y con la edad suficiente para atender un colegio, esta termina estudiando en un colegio exclusivamente para brujas, con la misión de aprender aquello que tanto le impresiono y poder convertirse en aquella bruja que admira. El corto claramente se ve que ha recibido mucha influencia del mundo creado por J.K. Rowling, pues nos encontraremos en una academia únicamente de magia, esta vez solo dedicada a las mujeres, sus uniformes son parecidos a los de las novelas del joven mago, el moverse en grupos de tres personas era algo muy propio de Harry Potter tambien, inclusive tendremos una villana/colega que recuerda por momentos a Draco Malfoy. ¿Es esto malo? Para nada, Yoh ha tomado simplemente inspiración del mago y de ahí a creado su propio mundo. EL arte es fenomenal, si les gusto series tales como Gurre Lagan, Kill la Kill o Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, este corto no los va a defraudar, tanto la creación de su mundo, como las  características de sus personajes están muy bien cuidadas y logradas.

Su animación es buena, al menos para cubrir los 26 minutos de duración que tiene este corto, manejando una buena paleta de colores pastel, como destaqué anteriormente el diseño artístico es impecable tanto su mundo como sus personajes. Su música es decente, no carece de tonadas o sonidos fuera de tono, sin embargo su aparición no es de mucho peso y no ejerce fuerza en la trama.

Por su arte, el tema a tratar (En especial si son fans de Harry Potter), por sus hermosos colores, y trama sencilla pero entretenida, el corto grita ser visto. Como si fuera poco el corto llamo tanto la atención que obtuvo apoyo vía Kickstarter para la creación de una película del mismo, la cual ya estreno.

6/10 story
8/10 animation
6/10 sound
7/10 characters
7/10 overall
Gzerble's avatar By on Feb 16, 2015

OK, it's family friendly fun. The premise has been beaten to death in all forms of art. And yet, Little Witch Academia is so earnest and fun that it is absolutely fantastic. From the clever and distinct character designs (like a cartoon of Hogwarts), the brilliant backgrounds, the uplifiting cinematic music, multiple character arcs, and a bunch of jokes ranging from slapstick to situational via nerd and literary references, this is some top notch stuff.

Have no doubt, Little Witch Academia is cheesy, and invades Pixar territory with the plot style. It sets itself up to compete with the entire world of animation, and not only that, in the particularly fierce and high budget section of child friendly movies. You know what? Call me impressed.

The story is perhaps the weakest point of Little Witch Academia. It isn't anything special. The plot is very basic, naively sticking to the most general formula out there. It borrows plenty from Harry Potter; a muggle born witch not knowing the culture and sucking at flying on brooms, a trio led by super-snob as the school rivals, two best friends so they can match up, history of magic being a snoozefest, the "evil" good guy using potions... I could keep going on for ages. It also borrows from various other works. I'd actually really hate it if it wasn't so damn enjoyable.

The animation is top notch with a unique style that is on the border of anime and the cartoon network from a style point. The movement is glorious in its flow, not sticking to realism but rather revelling in the format to emote with body language so much more than adding more details to the character design. The care for the facial expressions is magnificent, giving us a range of personality in every interaction. As I mentioned, the backgrounds are downright glorious. And through it all, there is a vision of how it should be done, and they stick with it from start to end.

The sound is perhaps the weakest point, since I am comparing it to the best of Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks and not only anime. While the voice acting is superb, the soundtrack is a bit on the obvious side. It is overall a great fit for such a short piece, giving us tension when needed, and is uplifting and grand as well. Overall, it is a strong showing.

From a character perspective, the fact that they managed two complete character arcs while this being a world-creation/plot driven piece is one amazing accomplishment. Little Witch Academia manages to have a few memorable characters, and even manage to make them have some depth. There are the stereotypical characters, but luckily, the focus is more on their interactions when they're flat and depth is added when they're important to the plot.

I cannot recommend Little Witch Academia to just anyone. I will recommend it to everyone. This is half an hour your life will be better for spending.

6/10 story
10/10 animation
8/10 sound
10/10 characters
9.4/10 overall
LadyPsychic's avatar By on Jan 9, 2016

Story

While the story may not be all that unique, it is told in a well paced and charming way.  It is fairly simple but quite entertaining, and it's overall a satisfying experience.

Animation

Put simply, the animation is awesome.  Not only is the animation very smooth, but it also has a certain special charm about it.

Sound

The background music is really cinematic and well done.

Characters

Dispite the fact that this anime is only 25 mins. long, you do get attached to the characters.  This is probably the characters are quite charming.  You also can't help but root for the main character to do well and prove herself.

Overall

This is a cute little show that will probably appeal to most people of all ages.  It may not have the deepest or most complicated story, but it has plenty of charm and is very entertaining.  It also helps that it has excellent production values.

8.5/10 story
10/10 animation
9.5/10 sound
9/10 characters
9.2/10 overall
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JJR1971's avatar By on Dec 26, 2015

Go see this on Netflix, they have the English dub!  Heard all kinds of high praise for this show when it first came out.  It was a successful kickstarter project made good.  I had no idea there was any plans to dub it into English until one day it showed up on Netflix.  Features the voice talents of Erica Mendez (Kill La Kill, SAO II) and Stephanie Sheh (Naruto, Eureka Seven), among many others.

It is the story of a little girl who idolizes a witch who is also a celebrity performer; when she gets older and attends high school, she still harbors this love and gets teased and ridiculed for admitting it aloud.

This is a heart warming little adventure anime about holding on to your dreams and believing in yourself.  It's full of action and daring and adventure, all in one self-contained episode.

9/10 story
9/10 animation
9/10 sound
9/10 characters
9/10 overall
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