Little Witch Academia – an enchanting treat

Sh-Ron Almeida – Anchor Contributor

The Japanese animation studio “Trigger,” has made quite the name for itself over the past seven years. Ever since their smash hit, the relentlessly action packed “Kill La Kill,” the studio has been a force to be reckoned with. With their upcoming original movie “Promare” scheduled to be released in theaters later this year, the future of “Trigger” is looking up.

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That being said, my favorite series from them so far is “Little Witch Academia” which is a show about teenage girls attending a magical school to become witches. The main character, Atsuko Kagari, is determined to follow in the footsteps of her idol, a witch named Shiny Chariot. Out of all the bland, mediocre protagonists in recent years, I am pleased to say that Akko remarkably stands out as an endearing and charming girl with brains and heart. Other notable mentions who also piqued my interest were the mischievous, gothic Sucy and the tomboyish slacker Amanda.  

The show has everything from humor, to comedy, to drama, and even hints of romance and action. The series also delivers a positive message about pursuing your dreams, even when the odds are stacked against you. Akko has to learn to master magic spells through hard work, and the payoff is satisfying to see on screen.

I also appreciate that the show does not oversexualize the female cast. The creators of this show don’t have to rely on “beach episodes” or other eye candy shots just to grab a viewer’s attention. Instead, the visuals are very striking and beautifully animated as a whole. The characters are fun, diverse and vibrant in personality. It brought me back to the simpler times in anime, when “Dragon Ball Z” and “Sailor Moon” were all the rage in the 1990s.

For those of you who are hungry for a fantasy anime or have grown tired with a boring protagonist surrounded by a bunch of girls pining for him, “Little Witch Academia” is a show worth your time.

“Little Witch Academia” is currently streaming on Netflix, with subtitles and an English dub.