Little Witch Academia was announced as a television series for Netflix a few months ago. The series began running on January 8, 2017 in Japan and will be streaming on Netflix. Little Witch Academia will feature 25 episodes, will be directed by Yoh Yoshinari, and animated by Studio Trigger. LWA the series is based on the two short films that were previously released, Little Witch Academia (2013) and Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade (2015).
The first episode of the series, A New Beginning, retells the beginning of the original movie. Atsuko “Akko” Kagari, is a non-magical girl, she is inspired by Shiny Chariot’s performance to become a witch. She decides to enroll at Luna Nova Magical Academy, where Shiny Chariot went to study. She is mocked by other students due to her lack of magical abilities. Atsuko gets a magical broom ride to the school from new student Lotte Yanson.
However, after falling off the broom and colliding with Sucy Manbavaran, Atsuko and Lotte land into the forbidden Arcturus Forest. While in the forest, Sucy, decides to take advantage and lure a cockatrice for it’s poisonous feathers. She uses Lotte and Atsuko as bait, once she pucks the feather from the cockatrice, it turns it attention towards her. Atsuko locates the shiny Chariot’s wand, the Shiny Rod, as the cockatrice continues to pursue them, one of the teachers from Luna Nova, Ursula arrive.
She tells Atsuko the magic words necessary to use the Shiny Rod and they teleport to Luna Nova. Atsuko, Lotte and Sucy learn that they will be roommates for the next three years. LWA continues to be a very enjoyable series, balancing the magical action with humor. While the animation isn’t as great as the movies, the decline in quality is minor. I’m excited for this series.