Anime: Little Witch Academia
"Never forget, a believing heart is your magic."
Witch-in-training Akko Kagari dreams of following the footsteps of Shiny Chariot, whose flashy stage magic captivated Akko during her youth. But Akko has three problems standing between her and her dream: Akko doesn't come from a wizard family (she can't even fly a broom), class queen bee Diana Cavendish continually upstages her, and most of the wizarding community thinks of Shiny Chariot as little more than a charlatan. But when a great threat threatens to destroy the school, can Akko's faith in Shiny Chariot ultimately save her friends and their magic?Little Witch Academia
is a half-hour short produced as part of Japan's "Young Animator Training Project," a government-sponsored program which hopes to train new animators under the guidance of industry masters; in this case, Yoh Yoshinari of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
fame produced the show alongside Studio Trigger
Studio Trigger later uploaded the short on YouTube
with full English subtitles. Watch it here.
It can also be seen on Crunchyroll
. acttil, a new videogame and anime localization company, will release the short on Blu-ray in North America in Summer 2013 (which will become the company's first release).
While initially created as a stand-alone short, Academia
now has a chance of becoming an actual series: after a Kickstarter campaign asking for additional funding for the second episode went live
, it reached its goal in five hours
. By the time the Kickstarter ended it had made its stretch goal of a half-million, earning over six-hundred-thousand overall.