Animanga Reviews
Little Witch Academia (リトルウィッチアカデミア) is a magical girl OAV created by Trigger and directed Yoh Yoshinari. Animated by a relatively unknown studio, Trigger, this is a beautiful and heartwarming short full of witty humor and great characters. The story follows Akko Kagari, a young witch student who is a rabid fan of a magic performer, Shiny Chariot, who most think is a fraud. After getting lost in labyrinth, a snotty girl, Diana, releases a legendary, magic-eating dragon which Akko and her friends, Lotte and Sucy, have to fight before it destroys their magic academy. It is really charming how Akko fails to fly her broom, and this plot device is not just a gimmick, as it is used throughout the short as effective comic relief. Since it’s short I won’t elaborate more on the plot, but for a relatively short film, the plot is both coherent and well executed. More importantly, however, the animation quality is unbelievable, with both the characters’ motions and the battle scenes having superb visual moments. There was every cliché from a tsundere to a happy-go-lucky and hapless female protagonist, but somehow it works delightfully and is perfect for such a magically charged short. It’s not profound or thought provoking, nor is it particularly new, but it is eye candy and a joy to watch. Plus it can be easily be found officially on YouTube with English subtitles! If you’re looking for a fantastic time killer, Little Witch Academia is there: free, entertaining, and charming.
Score: 8/10 - Wispy Witches
Reviewed by Clain

Little Witch Academia (リトルウィッチアカデミア) is a magical girl OAV created by Trigger and directed Yoh Yoshinari. Animated by a relatively unknown studio, Trigger, this is a beautiful and heartwarming short full of witty humor and great characters. The story follows Akko Kagari, a young witch student who is a rabid fan of a magic performer, Shiny Chariot, who most think is a fraud. After getting lost in labyrinth, a snotty girl, Diana, releases a legendary, magic-eating dragon which Akko and her friends, Lotte and Sucy, have to fight before it destroys their magic academy. It is really charming how Akko fails to fly her broom, and this plot device is not just a gimmick, as it is used throughout the short as effective comic relief. Since it’s short I won’t elaborate more on the plot, but for a relatively short film, the plot is both coherent and well executed. More importantly, however, the animation quality is unbelievable, with both the characters’ motions and the battle scenes having superb visual moments. There was every cliché from a tsundere to a happy-go-lucky and hapless female protagonist, but somehow it works delightfully and is perfect for such a magically charged short. It’s not profound or thought provoking, nor is it particularly new, but it is eye candy and a joy to watch. Plus it can be easily be found officially on YouTube with English subtitles! If you’re looking for a fantastic time killer, Little Witch Academia is there: free, entertaining, and charming.

Score: 8/10 - Wispy Witches

Reviewed by Clain

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