Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade is the Kickstarter-funded sequel to the acclaimed “Little Witch Academia“, released in 2013. This sequel has proven to be a worthy heir to its predecessor. Created by the famed Studio Trigger*, the story continues to follow the story from the previous movie. We follow the main protagonist Akko Kagari, her classmates the nerdy Lotte Yanson and the gothic Sucy Mambavaran.
They continue their magical education at Luna Nova Magical Academy and appear to be performing inadequately. They create a monstrosity out of “brownie and a poisonous mushroom”, resulting in the unfortunate poisoning of their classmates. They are punished (again) for their poor behavior and are tasked with organizing this year’s “Witch Festival”. They are joined by three fellow troublemakers, thief Amanda O’Neill, Constanze Braunschweig Albrechtsberger manufacturer and seller of illegal high-tech devices and Jasmineka Antonenko food thief.
Akko decides that she will take charge and change the narrative of the tradition festival, showing witches in a positive light. Akko shows that she is immature and self-centered. She ignore’s the opinions of her friends and alienates them in the process. Feel down and out after a series of setbacks Akko becomes inspired by her idol Chariot. She heads to the library and begins to study magic in preparation of the festival. Akko invites her friends to join her, she along with Amanda use a rod to steal some magic for the festival.
During the festival, things start off well. However, several of the towns boys harras them and steal their magical rod. The stolen rod’s magic awakens a sleeping giant that attacks the townspeople. Ursula, the teacher of Akko uses her magic to distract the townspeople and include the attack into the festival itself. Together the witches come together to subdue the giant and improve the perception of the Witches.
Overall, Little Witch Academia takes what made the previous movie in the series so exceptional, and expands on the world and the characters. Studio Trigger continues to impress with their animation style that made other series like Kill La Kill, Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt stand out Animes. The fluid nature of the animation with the muted color gives a lively feel. While the story was predictable and the characters were formulaic, LWA remains a standard for good anime.
- LWA’s plot and characters are predictable, but this doesn’t hinder the enjoyment of the story.
- The animation quality of the series remains spectacular.
- The world of LWA is expanded.
- The series alludes to the “history” of witches being persecuted. I think this series could have expanded on this aspect of the universe, instead it was glossing over it.
- The rules of magic haven’t been explained. The series doesn’t leave the viewer completely ignorant, but depth would be appreciated.
- Only a movie, not a full series. I probably being a little ungrateful here, but if there is an anime that needs a series it’s LWA.
The Verdict: 4.9/5
*Several of the founding members of Studio Trigger worked with Gainax.