Fragglepuss Anime Review 186: Little Witch Academia (Series)

Little Witch Academia (Series)

Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Magic, Fantasy, School, Fish out of Water, Witches

First Aired: Winter 2017, 25 episodes

Summary: Atsuko Kagari is a cheerful girl with high aspirations of becoming a witch and following the path of her idol, Shiny Chariot. Magic life begins with a series of mishaps and adventure on Kagari’s trip to the academy as she befriends Lotte Yanson and Sucy Manbavaran, who become roommates on campus. Atsuko quickly learns she must work harder than the other students to become a proper witch since she came from a non-magical family and has no history of spell casting. Lucky for her, Atsuko has an upbeat demeanor and a passionate attitude to do whatever it takes to accomplish her dream!

The homage to Harry Potter is strong in this one. The idea of traveling to an all magic school to learn nothing but spellcasting pretty much gives it away. There’s an episode on broom racing and the importance of respecting the broom. The initial trip to the academy is reminiscent of the constant trouble Harry would have getting to Hogwarts. Besides all that the series is a lot of fun to watch. The eccentric characters with unique personalities were enough to keep my interest throughout the season. The animation wasn’t the best I have ever seen, but I enjoyed the soft color choices. It is an easy watch, something you can sit down for a single episode or binge a dozen.

You might enjoy this if: You love Harry Potter and have always wanted to see an anime spin on it. It’s fun to see the anime spin they put on the witching world.

You might not like it if: You’re a Harry Potter fan that will critique Little Witch Academia the whole time because of the similarities.

Similar Series: Kiki’s Delivery Service, My Hero Academia, The Familiar of Zero, Nichijou – My Ordinary Life

Note to the Viewer: Keep an eye out for Little Witch Academia: The Magic of Time and the Seven Wonders, a Playstation 4 release coming at the end of the year. Bonus Note: Both Akko and Sucy from Little Witch Academia make an appearance in Space Patrol Luluco, Akko in episode 13 and Sucy in episode 8.

AMV – Stick Together by Koto

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