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Anime Movie Review: Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade

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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. The story continues to follow the story from the previous movie. Akko Kagari, the nerdy Lotte Yanson and the gothic Sucy Manbavaran, 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”, poisoning their classmates. They are punished (again) for their poor behavior and are tasked with organizing this year’s “Witch Festival”. Joined by thief Amanda O’Neill, Constanze Braunschweig Albrechtsberger manufacturer and seller of illegal high-tech devices and Jasminka Antonenko food thief.

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Akko takes Charge

Akko decides that she will take charge and change the narrative of the tradition festival, showing witches in a positive light. She shows that she is immature and self-centered. She ignores 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 harass 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.

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Predictable but well done

Overall, Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade 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 Anime. The fluid nature of the animation with the muted color gives a lively feel. The series alludes to the “history” of witches being persecuted.

I think it should have expanded on this aspect of the universe, instead it was glossing over it. Finally, the rules of magic haven’t been explained. The series doesn’t leave the viewer completely ignorant of the magic system, but adding more depth would have been appreciated. While the story was predictable and the characters were formulaic, LWA remains a standard for good anime.

Little Witch Academia Episode 1 Review


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Little Witch Academia Episode 2: Recap and Review

Akko and the Shiny Rod

The second episode of the Little Witch Academia begins with Akko dreaming herself using The Shiny Rod. She awakes, exited to the fact that she has the Shiny Rod and is attending the Luna Nova, witch academy. She still doesn’t have any knowledge of how to utilizes the Shiny Rod.

Unsurprisingly, Akko and Sucy find the lessons at Luna Nova to be boring. The first-class studies the “luna alphabet,” “a traditional writing system that was used by ancient witches.” It’s considered a form of “phonemic orthography.” When the Professor if “anybody can read what’s written on the board,” Diana Cavendish raises her hand. She impresses the Professor who states that “for as long as I have been a teacher, you are the first person able to read this.”

Diana is the smartest
Diana is the smartest

The next class is the potion class, which Sucy seems to enjoy. The following class explains the some have a theory that the Pythagoras “laid the foundations of sorcery and divination.” Akko and Sucy are also bored in this class, Diana once again shows that she is smarter than everyone when she corrects the Professor. At lunch, Akko complains that school isn’t how she thought it was. Diana and Akko clash over their opinions of Chariot. Of course, Akko fails to make the statue move with the Shiny Rod, but Diana manages to do it herself.

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The Jennifer Memorial Tree

The professors gather around the Jennifer Memorial tree, they are concerned with it’s seeming weakened state. They assume that it’s dying due to old age, Diana arrives and explains that the tree of life was left behind by the great witch Jennifer. Diana attempts to revitalize the tree with magic. She aims to provide the tree with nourishment using the spell, Louperial Ral. However, the spell causes the eggs of the Pappiliodya to begin hatching.

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Diana, Akko, and the others assume that they are pest and Diana begins killing them. Akko releases that they aren’t pests and step in to save them. She releases that they are “papilliodya chrysalises,” the Papilliodya “only emerge once every hundred-twenty years,” according to Akko. The Shiny Rod begins to glow and Akko uses the Papilliodya spell, Diana helps her with the pronunciation. The Papilliodya are released and they fly through the air.

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This episode was interesting mostly for how the characters were presented. The typical templates were established, Diana the pretty, know it all mean girl. Lotte the good, nerdy friend, Sucy is sarcastic, talented but ultimately dismissive. Finally, there’s Akko, starry-eyed and inspired, she doesn’t pay attention to anything in class but does have some magic knowledge. However, Diana was more surprising, as she wasn’t really as mean of a character. She’s not too full of her self but is more capable than the others.

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