Special Review

Birthday Special Review

Say what made you get into anime in the first place? For me it was the wonderment of watching something like nothing else I had seen before. FullMetal Alchemist 2003, Read or Die (both OVA and TV series) and even Neon Genesis Evangelion drew me into anime/manga over a decade in part due to this. Though for a time, between the summers of 2011 and 2013 I didn’t really keep up with new stuff (1-2 shows at most). But in the summer of 2013 I did get back into the game, my interest reinvigorated. Some of those shows include Girls und Panzer and From the New World, but there is one feature that I take particular note of, especially as it’s my birthday today. Without further ado, here it is:

“Believing is Magic”

Little Witch Academia (2013 short film)

Studio: Trigger

Director: Yoh Yasunori

Writer: Masahiko Otsuka

LWA

While this came out in March 2013 in Japan, I first viewed back in Summer 2013 under suggestion of Foggle an internet colleague of mine. I went into it a bit blindly, not totally familiar with who was making and what studio was producing.

But anyway, Little Witch Academia takes place in a fun fantasy world with actual magic. Akko, a young girl and main character, gets impressed with magic when going to a show for a popular magical girl, Shiny Chariot. Flash forward some years later and Akko is a student at Luna Nova magical academy and she has 2 friends, the megane Lotte and potions expert Sucy. She deals with the typical first day of school, be it the rich snobby bully Diana, doing broom riding for the first time or I don’t know dealing with a FREAKING MAZE DUNGEON and its SURPRISE DRAGON.

What I like about Little Witch Academia is its simplicity. It is pure, fluffy, light hearted fun from start to finish. Looking back at it, it’s a breath of fresh air in many respects. Sure its simplistic but full of heart. It is also very vibrant and energetic no doubt a passion project for all those involved. The animation is top notch work, even for such a short run time and while it is a self-contained story it does leave enough room for potentially further stories with these characters and setting. The music by Michiru Oshima, really great, I am a sucker/fan of grand orchestral music scores. Finally,

Yoh Yasunori is a great new director and wish he does more stuff in the future.

Now for some background: Little Witch Academia was part of the Anime Mirai 2013, series of govt funded productions that Japan does yearly. This short is an early production from Studio Trigger, formed from ex-Gainax staffers in Fall 2011 led by Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Otsuka. Given what Gainax has done onto do since then is any indication, that might have been for the best. After Little Witch Academia, Studio Trigger followed it up with the fantastic Kill la Kill then some other stuff since then. A second OVA is due out in October and I am looking forward to it.

Overall, Little Witch Academia is a great little short film that you should all check out if you haven’t already. It is available on Crunchyroll and other websites as well.

Yeah a little short review this birthday special but it fits. July for me is a bit light, but I will posting a review on OG-Man’s main Yurination blog for the second weekend in July. Here’s a hint: Yuri aliens, that is all. Also I will be posting up something regarding my Summer 2015 anime that I am planning on doing weekly episodics on. More details to come soon on that. .

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