It’s been awhile since we had a good Let’s Talk Anime. As such, I figured to usher this series back in, it would deserve a very special anime that I have yet to touch upon on our website. Little Witch Academia is a short anime OVA that was made by the phenomenal, Studio Trigger. Words cannot express how fond of the two OVA’s that Trigger has made with this anime and with Netflix having earned the streaming rights to the upcoming anime series, I am over the moon with joy and bliss. The series follows a young Witch by the name, Akko Kagari, who happens to enroll in a special academy that caters to teaching various Witches from all around the globe on how to hone their craft and to better themselves as productive members of society in the hopes that it can change the perception of witches worldwide. During her stay she befriends various other witches, each with extravagant tastes, powers and personalities. It’s a recipe for adventure, mischief and fun.
What makes Little Witch Academia so phenomenally special to me, is the art. It’s so detailed, so painstakingly drawn with a love that I could only compare to Hayao Miyazaki’s work. This anime absolutely drips in careful detail and yet it manages to pull in Studio Trigger’s unique character style. Evey detail feels aged and a perfect fit for everything that this anime stands to be. The setting, while modern, still holds dearly to the older and rustic days of years bygone through the beautiful sets and set pieces. Everything about the art just screams in a feverish passion and have been a labour of love for the artists I am sure. The end result is that of pure enjoyment from a fan’s perspective and of that from someone who actually worked on it. Studio Trigger enjoyed this so much that they actually went to Kickstarter to help fund a second OVA! That’s solid dedication and frankly a reason why I am in love with the studio.
Beyond the superb animation is some superb voice acting and music. The orchestral numbers that are present in the anime are some of my favorite and they are very hard to beat. I wish I could link you all to some official sources of music, but you will just need to take my word on this! The voice acting itself is also on a whole other level and is unlike anything I have seen outside of Spirited Away or the likes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Every character has a tonal personality that just works well with their design, although credit has to go to the fantastic work that the voice cast is able to bring to their characters. The voices are an essential part of this anime that I can say helps it stand out among the rest. Which is why it is so painful that this anime never got an anime adaptation until now!
With this adaption coming in 2017, Netflix looks to be in control of one of the most anticipated titles from Studio Trigger; possibly even for the year. What makes it so sought after and wanted varies to each person that has seen the OVA’s. For myself, it is the art, music and voice work. I love the world of Little Witch Academia so much. It is a world that is so full of color and beauty that I have a hard time not finding myself rewatching the same OVA’s over and over again. It’s beautifully charming and that is hands down, one of its best selling points to go off of; not to mention it recently was featured in the anime short, Space Patrol Luluco. Granted my opinions are my own, but I highly encourage picking this little gem up before the 2017 year. Will it become a bandwagon series? Will it be that hipster series that only particular individuals, like yours truly, knows of? Time is the only foe in the way of this eventual release and as such I am eager to see what the next iteration of Little Witch Academia will look like. I can only hope that it will manage to retain its charm throughout.
The latest OVA premiered July 3rd of last year and the first OVA was two years prior to that one. As such, we have been without a Little Witch Academia series for quite a while now! The second entry was simply titled: Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade. It featured a cast of new characters that joined up with a few returning faces from the first 30 minute OVA. This second one has a run time of one hour.
Little Witch Academia can be viewed in full on Netflix! If you have seen this OVA series, feel free to let us know your opinions on the series down below or on our Twitter page. If you have yet to watch the series, please feel free to do so. It is a charming series that I hope you can find enjoyable!