Hello everybody and welcome to my next where I watch series. As you can see, today we will be looking at the 2017 series Little Witch Academia, produced by Studio Trigger for the world to see.
I shouldn't have to do much in the background, but just in case you don't know, back in 2013, then young animation team Studio Trigger, filled to the brim with former Gainax members, released an OVA under the Japanese Government backed program called "Young Animator Training Project," which was to help young animators get trained by industry vets.
To say that the OVA was a runaway hit would be underselling it. More specifically, it was a runaway hit in the West, where it gained a rather big following. As a result of this, Studio Trigger not only had plans to do a sequel, but started a Kickstarter for the second OVA, opened to the west, to help give the second OVA more time. The Kickstarter surpassed it's goal within a day, and thus, the second OVA was done, acting as a double episode, which followed up on the original. I admit to backing it because I enjoyed the first OVA that much.
Given all of the popularity involved, especially in the west, Studio Trigger decided to go with a full twenty-five episode run of the premise, which was scooped up by Netflix here in the states, so we had to wait until the show was completed before getting to watch it legally. Of course, I will be using it as the platform here, as well as going with the English dub, because I've watched the first four episodes already and found it to be quite good.
As for the OVAs themselves, I have no plans to do anything for them, but if you fine folks want me to take a look at them, I will when the series itself is done. And with all of that out of the way, let's kick right into the show about Anime witches and see if it holds up to the original premise.
-Our episode begins with twinkling stars. One of those starts then shots out a stream of light, becoming a bird flying through the sky. It comes down, going over the heads of a bunch of onlookers, all looking at this bird with joy. We focus on one little girl who is enamored by it. The bird then flies over to a stage before turning into a woman who is dressed up as a magician. With a huge smile, she welcomes them all to the world of magic. Huh, I didn't know this band was called "World of Magic."
-We get a panning shot of the mostly blue crowd, though some of the characters are shaded differently from the others. I'm sure that won't be important later. The one girl from before leans forward as Lady Mage asks them to extend their hand as she summons a staff in her hand, telling them all that their story is about to begin. How meta, given this is the first episode. Lady mage does a little spin, then unleashes a torrent of water on the audience. I didn't know the Blue Men Group were adding this to their act.
-The water soon fades away, but in its place comes streams of light. Actually, it looks like the audience is floating in space. Our attention returns to Lady Mage, who flies around on her wand like it's a skateboard, returning to the stage before a ball of light comes out from there, heading into the audience, then jumping out as a mermaid before turning into a bird like creature. Like a harpy, only not as mean. She then produces another light and becomes a centaur. The little girl from before is all excited for this, but then a light comes out for her, turning into the creature Lady Mage was before. It flies up, joined by various other lights of different creatures as Lady Mage returns to the stage. Man, technology sure has advance well for this kind of light show.
-Lady Mage enjoys the attention, but her attention returns to the area above the audience's heads. There, a strange, black, cube thing appears, before turning into a creature with a mouth that starts eating up all those other little lights. Like an evil version of Pac-man, and with the sound effects, to boot. Well, not quite, but close enough so that people get the reference. Well, I can't look at that game ever again.
-Evil Pac-Man soon turns into a gigantic, dragon-like creature that roars with rage, prompting Lady Mage into action. She throws out her hat, which turns into a bird, then rides it towards the evil creature. She recites the words "Noctu Orfei Aude Fraetor!", changing her staff into a bow, complete with energy arrow. The evil creature goes right for her, causing little girl to gasp in horror, but then Lady Mage yells out "Shiny Arc" and fires the energy arrow, hitting the creature in the mouth and causing it to explode in a brilliant green light. The crowd looks on it aw as little girl stares up at Lady Mage, looking rather majestic in her slaying. She then fires her arrow into the sky, producing a wormhole of sorts, then tells the audience to never forget to believe in yourself, as that is your magic. Sounds like something from a self-help book.
-And with that, the light, as well as Lady Mage, disappears, leaving behind small green sparks of light. One floats down to the little girl, who smiles. Yup, that was one impressive show, but that didn't seem very long, did it? I hope that was just the opening act, because I'd feel ripped off if I went there, even if the light show was very impressive.
-We get our title card, Little Witch Academia, which is also spoken because... reasons. We then cut to a bright blue sky before focusing in on a young lady, staring up as if remembering some fond memory. She appears to have arrived from a trip, given her suitcase and backpack, and is happy to finally be here. She's in the place where Shiny Chariot learned to use magic. That would be the Lady Mage from the prologue. We see that our newcomer has only just arrived as she's in front of a station, but she does a little spin, given how happy she is, but gets dizzy from it. Yeah, might want to turn that down a few notches.
-With that, she grabs her bag and loudly announces that it's time to become a witch! We follow our heroine through the town, which looks like a rather picturesque England town. We see her happily greet random people before stopping to a little old lady on a bench, asking for the bus to Luna Nova Witchcraft Academy. Because, you know, it's the same school that Shiny Chariot attended. We don't see many reactions aside from people not knowing where to point her. You know, it sounds like this kind of school would be kept secret, so why would anybody know where it is?
-Our heroine talks to a couple of young boys asking for the bus station to Luna Nova, but they tell her that there is no station in town and there never has been. After getting that disappointed information, we see her sitting on a bench in front of some ruins, looking all dejected. She takes out a map, which does indicate a bus stop here, but says the instructions are very confusing. We follow the path to a tree building called Leyline Terminal, which will lead to the academy. As she complains about not being able to find anything, she lowers the map and finds her destination. She double checks the map multiple times to confirm, then excitedly heads for the station. Things are looking up after all!
-As our heroine runs, she keeps her eye on the station, but not in front of her as she runs right smack into another person, falling face first on the ground. Ouch, that has to hurt. Her items all fall to the wayside, as well. She gets up and apologizes, but finds a map has falling in front of her. It just so happens to be the same map as hers. Our heroine looks up to the strange, who has a rather goth appearance going for her, and picks up her boom. Must be a sweeper.
-Still, our Heroine happily presents the map to her, asking if she is a new student at Luna Nova? She doesn't wait to get an answer, though, as she tells the Goth Girl that she was a little apprehensive about going to Luna Nova by herself, then introduces herself as Akko. She's dreamed of being a witch ever since she saw Shiny Chariot when she was six years old. Though she immediately believes that it was destiny, then asks Goth Girl if she has heard of her, taking out a trading card of Lady Mage's picture. Needs more random lights and familiars, to be honest.
-Akko is going a mile a minute, though, as she goes on about the card and how it's very rare and how it's her favorite. She mentions how Chariot is well know in the magic world, but she's rather shocked to have never met any of her fans in person. Akko suspects that people think Chariot belongs to a bygone era, but she thinks that makes her one a kind, but she still thinks she's cool. As for Goth Girl, she's not really paying attention to anything but this chicken doll on the ground. She takes out a vial and poor a bit on the stuffed chicken, bringing it to life. Akko is very impressed with it, then attempts to hug the stuffed chicken but gets a beak in her eye for her trouble. What, did the liquid also make the thing very hard?
-Akko clutches her eye in pain as stuffed chicken continues to poke at her, then yells at Goth Girl for being mean, but she's walked away now. Not appreciating this, Akko gathers up the rest of her stuff and catches up to Goth Girl. I note that stuffed chicken has decided to accept Akko and is now riding on top of her head. So, kind of like a cat, right? Or maybe it likes getting a free ride like this.
-Akko catches up to Goth Girl and keeps going, asking for her name and if Puppet Magic is her thing. Not waiting for an answer, Akko goes on to say that she tried to do it herself but couldn't get it right, then saying that she didn't get the basics covered. This is why she went to this school, because Shiny Chariot went here, but also to hone her craft. That's when Goth Girl stops on a bridge, causing Akko to stop as well. She gets a little nervous, but then Goth Girl holds out her hand. Akko takes this as a sign of greeting and takes her hand, only to find her arms wrapped up with snakes. This causes Akko to reel back in terror, falling off the bridge and into the water below. Something tells me that Goth Girl doesn't like you, Akko. Can't imagine why. Oh, and it turns out the magic goes away when drenched in water. Given Goth Girl was using a vial of liquid before, I wonder if it's washing off the liquid that gives these things life.
-Still, while fuming with anger over Goth Girl, Akko goes going towards the station, but she chews out Goth Girl for being so mean. Soon enough, she reaches the station and finds three other girls there, all dressed in Luna Nova uniforms. The three girls are just chatting up, then mention that one of the new students isn't from a witch family. How shocking! Akko hears this, though, and quickly comes to a halt. Geez, I wonder if they're talking about her? One of the girls goes on about how too many commoners have been let in recently, with another saying that Luna Nova isn't doing well financially, so they need to let commoners in to keep the school open. Akko, I suspect you won't be making many friends in this school. Just a hunch.
-The trio go on to think that the new girl (Akko) can't even ride a broom. The girls start mocking this unknown person as Akko turns away from them, hoping to not be noticed. Unfortunately, she's discovered, so she introduces herself as Atsuko Kagari. And it looks like Akko is already known to be the new student. She's very uncomfortable with these girls as she makes small talk, hoping the buss will come soon. The girls question this, but then start laughing at her. One points their broom at her, then gives the magic line "Tia Freyre", causing the brooms to light up briefly. You're not going to shoot her with a broom stick, are you?
-The trio tell Akko that this is a broom stop. They get on their brooms, strike a pose, and say that this is the only way to get to Luna Nova. They leave one after the other, telling Akko different things, like how magic energy has been going through this leyline for generations, and that riding this energy takes them right to Luna Nova. They call it the magic highway as they enter the terminal, telling Akko that all they said is basic witch knowledge. And this is why you can't trust those magic guides on the internet.
-Akko follows them inside and sees them enter into a familiar looking green tunnel on the roof. They mention, mostly to themselves, that if you miss orientation you're banned from Luna Nova forever. Well, that sounds bad. Good thing you can fly, right Akko? ...right?
-No, doesn't look like she can. Akko looks rather dejected, wondering what she should do, but she isn't going to let a little thing like "unable to fly on a broom" stop her. She begins to climb up the vines, but one snaps on her, causing her to fall to the ground. She's about ready to cry when she hears some noise in the distance. She turns to see another girl in a Luna Nova uniform coming up the hill, out of breath, and worried about being late. She then trips over one of the wooden steps, knocking all of her things done. She complains about getting all these souvenirs from her mother and Yanne gave her, but as she starts collecting her things, Akko comes over to help. I guess Akko is just one of those types who can't help but want to help people out.
-As Glasses Girl enters the station and is about to give the magic line, she sees Akko giving her a rather knowing, but also sad, look. She asks Akko if she's not coming, as well, since orientation is starting soon. Akko then does her best to give a sad expression as Glasses Girl asks if she's new. Akko nods, leading Glasses Girl to state that Luna Nova is strict with their rules, and if they're late, their automatically expelled. Unfortunately for Akko, she doesn't have a broom, and even if she did, she wouldn't know how to ride on. Did those self-help books tell you noting about these sort of things?
-Glasses Girl attempts to leave anyway, but poor, sad Akko gives her tears, prompting her to offer our heroine a ride. She's never had a passenger before, but Glasses Girl thinks she could do it anyway. Akko is overjoyed by this and gives Glasses Girl a hug, thanking her for restoring her faith in witches. She introduces herself to Glasses girl, who introduces herself as Lotte (pronounced Low-tay). After getting all of their stuff on the broom, Lotte gives the magic command and the girls slowly lift up into the sky. Akko is very impressed by this, but it looks to be a bit rough. And soon enough, the girls enter into the wormhole heading for Luna Nova.
-Inside the wormhole, Akko is freaking out rather badly about all of this and would like off now, but Lotte tells her that it's a little late for that. They soon hit some turbulence, causing some of the items to go flying into the tunnel. Inside the tunnel, Goth Girl is there, reading a book which tells her that a witch who is not properly trained cannot enter the legendary Forest of Arcturus. However, she doesn't notice the items flying by her until one hits her on the head. When she looks up, a strangely familiar looking stuffed chicken smacks her in the face. Clearly, this is revenge for the indignity it suffered earlier.
-Back with Akko and Lotte, Glasses Girl says that something is wrong with the controls, causing it to go haywire. She turns to the semi-conscious Akko and asks if she's carrying any salt. Apparently the leyline doesn't like it. It's bad for it's health. Akko brings out a jar and wonders if it's the cause. After being told that it's Pickled plums, Lotte tells Akko to throw it away. Akko is reluctant to do it, but another rough batch of turbulence causes her to change her mind. However, during that bout of turbulence, she loses her Shiny Chariot card. She reaches back for it in some vain attempt to get it, but as a result, she falls off the broom, causing Lotte to lose control. During her descent, Akko runs head first into Goth Girl, causing her to lose control, and soon enough, all three girls are sucked away into the vortex, never to be seen again. Well, that was a short series.
-As we fade out from the trio of newbie witches being sucked into who knows where, we return to an office, where a familiar looking white bird wakes up and screeches, catching the attention of the witch at the desk. She turns to the bird, named Alcol, and asks him what's wrong? The bird screeches towards the sky, prompting the witch to stand up and produce an artifact that illuminates the roof with various creatures, likely constellations, but focuses on one that is shining brightly underneath one. I imagine if I knew my astrology I'd probably know of these constellations better. She gets worried, though, because it's a signal for the Forest of Arcturus, which, as we know, is forbidden. They really need to put up better signs.
-We dissolve into the forest as a swirling vortex of clouds begins to fade away. Inside the forest we find Akko stuck in a tree that snaps, causing her to fall and land on something. The pain doesn't last long, though, as her Shiny Chariot card floats towards her. Hey, things are looking up for Akko after all. That's when she notices that she landed on somebody and wonders if she may have accidentally killed her. Nope, she isn't, but she's really upset with Akko. Hey, it's Goth Girl! Akko is a bit surprised that she's alive, but Goth Girl responds that it isn't easy to kill a witch. You know, you need those silver bullets to put them down for good. Or was that werewolves?
-A nearby cry prompts Akko to take a look and finds Lotte there. She goes to check on her traveling companion. She's fine, but her broom has seen better days. Goth Girl then points out that they've arrived at their destination. Akko has some trouble believing that, wondering where the orientation is if that's the case. Lotte, however, isn't entirely certain where they are, only that they're in some spooky forest with faces on the trees and hands for branches. Goth Girl, however, knows where they are. The Forest of Arcturus. Lotte quickly realizes that they're in the forbidden forest, but Akko, being completely new, has never heard of it. I'm starting to think that Akko didn't do much research on the school she was going to attend.
-Lotte uses this time to explain the forest to Akko. It's an ancient, legendary forest, a holy place protected by magic trees. According to legend, once lost, nobody gets out. Even witches would have a difficult time escaping. Akko realizes this isn't good, as that means they'll miss orientation. Nice to know where your priorities are, Akko. Goth Girl points out the other issue, about not being able to get out. Akko is less than amused by such things, but as she turns to face Goth Girl, she sees their stuff on the side and goes to collect it. Hey, maybe things won't be so bad after all. Look, even Akko's bag is on top of this weird looking, shining plant. Sure, it looks evil, but that doesn't mean it is evil.
-Turns out, the plant is evil and attacks Akko, prompting the girls to run away. Goth Girl says that it's a mandrake, which is a human-eating plant. Goth Girl takes the lead as the mandrake attacks the girls with tentacle vines, dropping down a small slope and escaping, though Akko took a nasty tumble as a result. While Lotte checks on her traveling companion, Goth Girl is busy looking at a rather large footprint, saying that it's hear. something tells me that is a bad thing. She then places a circle of rope on the ground and calls over the two girls to stand in the middle. When they do that, she says the words "Juras Haras Haras" and pours some liquid onto the ropes. They soon come to life and form into a ball, entrapping the two girls in a cage. Oh, something tells me this is going to end rather poorly.
-Akko asks what this is all about, but Goth Girl tells them to repeat a spell she says. Lotte asks if it will help them find their way, but Goth Girl just gives the spell "Kutchur Katela Flala." Akko tries it but flubs the words, making Goth Girl angry and telling her to say it using her diaphragm! Akko screams the spell, causing an echo, but nothing seems to happen at first. that is, until the ground shakes with loud stomping noises. When did this forest have a T-Rex?
-In the distance, high above the trees... a chicken head pops out. Uh... okay? Not what I was expecting. The chicken creature, however, is quite large, and gets right up close to the encaged Akko and Lotte. Akko meekly says hello, then asks what that last spell was for. Well, it actually wasn't a spell, just her telling the bird that it's stupid, and now it wants to eat them. Goth Girl then leaves them behind to deal with the cockatrice, which only exists in the Forest of Arcturus. Turns out, it has a lethal toxin in it's feathers, which is a rate item for poison collectors. So the girls will need to draw it's attention while she removes some feathers. Akko is rather upset that they're being used as decoys, but Goth Girl corrects them. They're sacrifices. Decoys mean that she actually expects them to live.
-And with that, Goth Girl leaves. She really knows how to hold a grudge, doesn't she? The cockatrice attacks, but Akko, quick on her feet, uses herself to move the ball cage away from the creature. Goth Girl then helpfully tells them that they should be careful the cockatrice doesn't breath on them. Otherwise, they'll turn to stone. And we get to see that first hand as the cockatrice attacks with its stone breath, missing the girls but getting the forest good.
-As Akko and Lotte run for their lives, Goth Girl is able to reach and grab a feather. She's rather happy about the grab, but then realizes another issue. She's attracted the attention of the cockatrice. She barely avoids the stone breath attacks, but as she's in the air she has an easier time avoiding it. Who are not having an easy time are Akko and Lotte, who are still trapped in their cage, unable to stop their momentum. They soon run into a tree that breaks apart of the cage, but the girls fall victim to physics and start rolling across the ground. Lotte nearly goes off a cliff, but Akko was able to grab onto a tree and grab her hand, saving her life. Good save, Akko.
-Of course, Akko still has her priorities of needing to make it to Orientation. However, there's a problem. Lotte busted up her knee and won't be able to walk well. Akko, however, refuses to leave her behind and won't give up. Her story is about to begin, after all. And suddenly, like magic, a green star appears from the ground as a new plant begins to grow. Akko continues, however, saying to extend their hand, for adventure awaits. She recalls the show she saw when she was younger, as the plant grows more.
-Akko feels her heart pounding and that her head is spinning, but darn it, she will become a witch! They soon reach the top of the hill, but there, waiting for them is a strangely familiar looking wand. Akko recognizes it immediately, but her attention is drawn away by the howl of the cockatrice. It's giving chase to Goth Girl, who continues to avoid the stone breath, but she appears to be panicking. Realizing the danger they're in, Akko tells Lotte to find a place to hide and takes hold of Shiny Chariot's wand. She then uses the phrase "Kutchur Katela Flala" to get the cockatice's attention, then insults it in english to follow her. Yeah, just entice the giant, man eating chicken. That's always a good thing.
-It works, though, with Akko leading the cockatrice on a merry chase in the forest. She comes to a stop, though, and as the creature attacks, she dives through it's legs to avoid it. Turns out, however, that this was part of Akko's plan, as she lured the cockatrice to the mandrake, which has tangled up the giant chicken in it's vines. Akko smiles that her plan works, but above her, Goth Girl is there, along with Lotte, telling her to hop on. Well, that's awfully nice of her, given that she just tried to kill Akko and Lotte just a few minutes ago.
-As the three girls make their way out, Goth Girl introduces herself as Sucy Manbavaran. Looks like this will be a smooth escape out of the forest. But it turns out, the cockatrice can fly, and it knows how to hold a grudge. Lotte points out that, with the three of them, they won't get enough speed to escape. Meanwhile, the witch from earlier has arrived and sees how terrible the situation is. Yeah, maybe you can help out to keep the kids from being eaten? That would be nice.
-The cockatrice shows that it has more than one talent and attacks the girls with a fire breath, because of course it can breath fire. Meanwhile, Blue-Haired Witch wonders how this happened to begin with, but maybe less talking and more helping, because the broom is on fire now. Akko takes out Shiny Chariot's wand, wondering what they should do, but Blue-Haired Witch recognizes it as the Shiny Rod. One more attack from the cockatrice destroys the broom, sending the girls falling to their deaths. Blue-Haired Witch chases after them, but knowing she can't reach them, tells Akko to recite the spell, telling her to use the magic. Yeah, she'll get right to that after she recovers from this fall.
-The prompting, though, causes the Shiny Rod to light up. Blue-Haired Witch then tells Akko the spell to use. Noctu Orfei Aude Fraetor! One of the gems on the wand turns from green to yellow as it changes forms into the bow. Akko fires the energy bolt into the forest, creating a portal that sucks in the three girls, leaving the cockatrice behind, never to be thought of again.
-Inside the tunnel, balls of light speed past the three girls, but each holds a different picture in them. It goes by pretty quickly, but there are some I recognize, like the mandrake that tried to eat Akko from earlier. They soon reach one more image, that of a circle with three lines at the edge of it, before fading into white.
-When we return, we focus on a tower that has a glowing green light atop it, but as we pan down, we see a rather large building, likely Luna Nova, as a person welcomes the students to Luna Nova and hopes they all had a good holiday. This witch, likely the principal or headmaster, tells the students that the school has a long history and produced many great witches over the years. She tells them that, within these walls, they must devote their time to learn the arts with pride and grace, but remember to remain humble and be respectful. However, as she's about to begin the ceremony, the symbol in the middle of the main floor glows, and in a puff of smoke, our three girls arrive. After a long moment of awkward silence, Akko stands up, wand in hand, cheering in joy that she made it in time. Because we all know it isn't just enough to survive your deadly encounters, but to make it to your destination on time.
-As Akko is all about about this, Blue-Haired witch uses this distraction to get back in place among the other teachers. We then focus on the happy Akko, because nothing is going to bring her down now... except maybe being told that she's being expelled. As day turns to night, one of the teachers tells Akko that, despite her outburst from earlier, the principal still allowed her in under special consideration. This isn't done often, so count yourself lucky. The strict teacher here then takes Akko to her room, where she is greeted by her new roommates, Sucy and Lotte. Hey, at least it's people you already know, Akko. That's always a plus.
-Strict Teacher tells the three of them that they will all be given especially strict guidance for the next three years. Obviously, this means that they're already on notice. Probably not the first impression they want to make in their new school, but at least they're allowed in. So.. yay? After Strict Teacher leaves, the three girls smile to one another, with Akko introduces herself once more, giving a sweet smile. She isn't the only one smiling, though, for in a tower, the Blue-Haired Witch looks up at the moon in the sky, apparently happy about the Shiny Rod being found and used. At least, I'm assuming that's the case. Or maybe the girls survived. Take your pick.
-And thus begins what would become our opening. It starts with some starts twinkling in before they start spelling out the title of the series, Little Witch Academia,then giving the title in Japanese. As the credits start scrolling on the bottom, we start by getting a panning shot of Akko, dressed in her Luna Nova uniform, a broom in hand, looking out towards the school. We then cut to Shiny Chariot riding on her own broom, in an almost dream like scene, as starts fall behind her. They land near Akko, who reaches up to grab one, with starts in her own eyes.
-Akko then begins to run towards Shiny Chariot as Lotte and Sucy appear behind her, all smiles. We then get a shot of a web, before focusing in on a character behind it. It looks like Akko, but I can't be certain. We then cut to a creature, possibly a faire, floating above the Forest of Arcturus, dropping starts into it. We then cut to a young Akko, holding magical butterflies in her hands, who then start flying up to the sky, which then leads to Akko being lifted up by a whole swarm of them into the sky.
-As she tumbles in the air for a bit, Akko reaches down and grabs her broom as the butterflies explode into stars. We then see her flying amongst them as some other characters look on, including Blue-Haired Witch, three other Luna Nova students, some finely dressed young man, three other Luna Nova students looking on through a room, then with Sucy and Lotte flying with Akko in the sky, as the sun rises in the distance. End episode one.
The first episode of Little Witch Academia had an interesting task ahead of itself. The show had quite a bit of hype surrounding it, given how popular the OVAs were. So, depending on where things go, Studio Trigger has opted to tell a new story, one unrelated to the OVAs, though whether or not they get retold in the series is left to be seen.
Aside from the introduction of Shiny Chariot, we get to see how Akko got to Luna Nova and that she's basically a self-trained witch, but not a very good one, but the looks of things. We also see how her friendship with Sucy and Lotte started, which is the classic "forged by fire" story. The episode also shows off a lot of talents and personalities of our three heroines. Akko is dumb when it comes to match, but is good with coming up with a plan on the fly and has heroic tendencies to her. She may appear selfish at first, but she will refuse to leave anybody behind. Lotte, as a result, comes out as a very put upon but generally nice person. We don't know her exact talent yet, even though we do know it from the OVA, but from this episode, we know that she's more capable of magic than Akko, but is a very nice person.
As for Sucy, things get off to a rocky start with her and the other two girls, but thanks to this trial by fire, it seems her attitude as softened to the two girls. She seems to be an expert in alchemy, given her use of vials to bring things to life, which explains her interest in the cockatrice's feathers.
Basically, if you want to make a good first impression, this episode does a good job. We get a taste of the magical world, but more important, we get to know more about the kinds of personalities our three heroines have. We also know that there's more going on with Blue-Haired Witch, given how she knew what was going on, and her recognizing of the Shiny Rod, which may play an important role later in the show's run.
Now, it's time our favorite part of the post, the voice acting. Let's start with our main lead, Akko, who is voiced by Erica Mendez, who also lent her voice to another Studio Trigger project as Ryuko from Kill La Kill. Talk about a contrast in roles.
Lotte is voiced by Stephanie Sheh, who many would recognize as playing Hinata in Naruto, as well as playing Nui from Kill La Kill. Make your own jokes about that here.
As for Sucy, she's voiced by Rachelle Heger. I haven't found much about her, but would it shock you to know that she as also in Kill La Kill? Well, she was only playing as additional voices, but still, our three leading ladies also appeared in another Studio Trigger production. How odd. It's almost as if the same dubbing company did both shows.
I kid, but still, you got some rather impressive voice work behind the English dub. Everybody sounds like they should fit the character and nobody is cringeworthy. At least, to me, and I've heard some rather impressively bad dubs in my time.
As for the main opening track, I have to admit that I'm not that big of a fan, but then again, I'm coming off of Made in Abyss which had a rather impressive opening track. Still, the opening notes to the title here are a great lead in for the song itself.
Okay, I've rambled enough for now and this is already getting long. On Sunday, we get to see how Akko, Lotte, and Sucy deal with their new lives together in Luna Nova. Will it be easier than dealing with a cockatrice, or will it somehow get worse than that?
Until next time, remember, if you need to bum a ride with another witch, always give the saddest possible expression you give. If they're that much of a sucker, they'll let you on.