Anime / Little Witch Academia

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"Never forget, a believing heart is your magic."

Witch-in-training Akko Kagari dreams of following in 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 properly), 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. Acttil, a new video game and anime localization company, released the short on Blu-ray in North America in Summer 2013 (which became the company's first release).

While initially created as a stand-alone short, Academia's sudden popularity resulted in a Kickstarter campaign asking for additional funding for a second episode. 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.

The second, longer movie, Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, premiered for Kickstarter pledgers July 3rd, 2015note  and was released for the general public in October of the same year. Akko, Sucy, and Lottie are tasked with planning the annual Witch Parade, a parade that commemorates the Witch Hunts of the middle ages, after they have once again caused trouble. They are not the only troublemakers tasked with the "prestigious" task as they are joined by Amanda O'Neill, wannabe thief, Constanze Braunschbank Albrechtsberger, a Magitek Gadgeteer Genius, and Jasminka Antonenko, a Big Eater.

Both shorts are available on Netflix in its original Japanese audio, as well as an all-new English dub, not to mention Chilean Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French and Italian dubs, being the first Studio Trigger title with dubs in other languages besides Englishnote 

On June 24, 2016 Studio Trigger announced that a full-length television series has been green-lit and is currently in production. And on July 4, 2016 Trigger announced the show will be streaming on Netflix starting April 2017.

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    The Series 
  • Alternate Continuity: The series takes place when Akko begins her time at Luna Nova and as such has her acquire Shiny Rod a lot sooner then she did in the OVA (Series: Found in Arcturus Forest; OVA: Found under a pile of junk stashed in a dungeon). A few things though are the same, such as Diana being present at the Shiny Chariot show during the A Minor Kidroduction.
    • Much like in the Manga companion to the OVAs, Akko and Sucy do not get along very well at first.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: In the first episode, Akko tries to have the man-eating and tentacle-wielding mandragora and the giant cockatrice take each other out, but it only slows the cockatrice down and it almost gets the trio.
  • Art Evolution: In reverse. While it's only to be expected due to being a TV adaptation of the OVA, the backgrounds (done by Studio Bihou, as opposed to Studio Pablo) are a considerable downgrade.
  • Bears are Bad News: Arcas, the gigantic polar bear guardian of the Polaris Fountain.
  • Brick Joke: At the end of episode 3, we see the Shooting Star broom break free of its chains and fly off into the distance. Four episodes later, a tabloid is seen talking about a UFO resembling a broom that was spotted near the equator.
  • Chekhov's Armoury: Not only did Akko collect every single Shiny Chariot trading card in her childhood (save for an ultra-rare one), but also memorized their flavor text by heart. The cards have spells that the Shiny Rod can cast, along with useful facts about magical wildlife.
  • Corporal Punishment: When a witch commits fraud using magic, her tongue will be branded with a hot iron. The punishment for murder is even worse (see Eaten Alive below)
  • Crisis Makes Perfect: When someoneís life isnít in danger, Akko forgets that spells require Magical Incantations. Consequentially, using the Shiny Rod properly is a Once per Episode thing. But to be fair, Shiny Chariot hardly ever needed words to cast magic.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Wangari, the announcer that follows the flying broom competition in episode 3.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: The Arcturus Forest. It is said that witches trapped in there are never able to leave.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: All side characters, Diana, Amanda, Constanze and Jasminka, appear on the matriculation ceremony.
  • Easter Egg: The identity of "GreatBen810" is not explicitly revealed, but if you pay close attention near the end of episode 4, you may spot Professor Badcock, of all people, carrying that Big Ben costume.
  • Eaten Alive: If a witch commits murder using magic, she will be executed by being eaten alive by mice with incisors sharp as blades.
  • Explosive Stupidity: Akko caused a big-ass explosion during her fundamental alchemy exam, destroying an window, a part of the wall around the window and giving her an unwanted make-up.
  • Eye Scream: Akko's stuffed bird immediately pecks her in the eye after being brought to life by Sucy.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: The punishment for a witch defying the ban on necromancy.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing: Sucy is reading about the Arcturus Forest right before Akko gets her and Lotte pushed out of the Ley Line and into said forest. Before that, the pamphlet Akko was using to find the "bus" terminal also mentions to be careful when traveling do to Luna Nova being surrounded by a forest filled with "...Mandrakes, Cockatrices, and other colorful creatures."
  • Forbidden Zone: The "Arcturus Forest" is full of deadly magical creatures such as at least one cockatrice and giant and deadly mandragoras with lotsa tentacles.
  • Foreshadowing: In the wormhole on the way to the school, there are brief flashes that offer hints to later episodes. Among the seen objects are the magical butterflies, the Shooting Star broom, the Night Fall book, the guy from the opening, and a wistful Shiny Chariot
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: During the second episode we see several of the classes the girls attend which includes potions. Most of the students are bothered by the fumes, but Sucy seems to enjoy them a bit too much.
    • Lotte references the Oedipus Complex by name in the fourth episode.
    • She also references gay slash fiction in the same episode.
  • Giant Flyer: The cockatrice. Sure, it looks like a chicken with a snake tail, but it's the size of a T. rex and is perfectly capable of chasing you from the air.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted big time. Akko goes in thinking this will be in effect, and because of it, she fails constantly, and its even explicitly pointed out in Epidode 6 that she might be The Chosen One, but the power will be denied until she is properly trained and knows her stuff by putting in the necessary hard work.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In episode 5, the Loan Shark dragon's planned to get the Luna Nova faculty to default on their annual interest payments, relying on nobody being able to read the original promissory note (which didn't actually include interest in the first place). Diana (being The Ace) can not only read it, but points out that Luna Nova had paid off the principal ages ago, so now he owed them money.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The series doesn't even bother hiding the fact that Professor Ursula is Shiny Chariot.
  • Legacy Character: In episode 4, we learn the name Annabel Creme is actually shared between thirteen different people who wrote the Nightfall series.
  • Long Runner: Exaggerated in-universe example in Nightfall, an obvious parody of Twilight which has 365 books written over the span of 120 years.
  • The Magic Goes Away: Implied by the conversation between Fafnir the dragon and Luna Nova's faculty in episode 5. The academy is under-funded because the new students are one tenth of what they were during magic users' golden age, and now that technology is widespread and normal people don't care about magic that much. In fact, the dragon himself does online trading on his computer, instead of hoarding a treasure.
    • Related. In episode 6 we see that Student!Chariot was able to do signficant magic in the same town where magic is now useless. at that was only 25 years ago.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: Much like the OVA, the series starts with Child!Akko at a Shiny Chariot show. The show is pretty different in terms of content, but a few things stayed the same — such as Chariot's Catch Phrase and a Child!Diana also being in attendance.
  • NaÔve Newcomer: Akko, even more than in the OVA, as she is first entering not only Luna Nova, but also the witch world as a whole.
  • Off Model: Luna Nova's landscapes and architecture are huge and intricately detailed, and Trigger shows as much of the background as possible. It's common to see characters shown from a distance while they're outside. And when characters are shown from a distance, their details suffer.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: In this case, the dragon is a daytrader and loan shark in a robe and slippers.
  • Post-Modern Magik: Fafnir the dragon, believes that the age of magic has past and has since adopted technology. He uses mechanical dragons for his security system and supplements his greed via online trading and scamming Luna Nova.
    • Constanze, Constanze, Constanze! All of her magic is merged with technology, from her propeller-driven broom to magical microwave ovens to magic rocket propelled grenades!
  • Power Incontinence: Akko's transformation magic assignment in Episode 6 keeps backfiring. Instead of changing a rat into a bunny, she keeps getting bunny ears herself.
  • Recurring Extra: There are several students who appear in the background on a fairly regular basis.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The inside of the wormhole they travel through to the school looks very similar to the wormhole between stargates.
    • A magical school having a forest chock-full with deadly magical creatures is likely taken from the Harry Potter book series and its "Forbidden Forest".
    • Word of God says that the shop clerk running the magic item cafe was based on Chumlee from Pawn Stars, partly due to his Japanese dub voice actor was hired for the character, and also due to the producer liking him.
    • Episode 4 reveals that Lotte's favorite book series in Nightfall, during her summery of the series it becomes very obvious it's a parody of Twilight. Episode 4 also has Lotte doing the Gendo pose.
    • Hanna and Barbarah, Diana's stooges and constant thorns in Atsuko's side due to them always making fun of her, belittling her and so on, are a reference to the famous and now defunct animation studio Hanna-Barbera.
      • A third girl who teases Akko in the first episode is named Avery, after Tex Avery.
    • Amanda does Baymax's fist-bump motion in episode 5.
    • In episode 5, Akko adds "suger, spice and everything nice" (the "nice" being pickled plums) to her potion. It fails, of course.
    • The dragon who scammed the school out of an insane amount of money over the course of more than a millennium and also had the cheek to repossess the school's Sorcerer's Stone, the source of their magic, under that false pretense, is called "Fafnir" after the dragon (resp. dwarf turned dragon by a curse) from Norse Mythology.
    • The dragon language in episode 5 is written in the Theropoda alphabet
  • Shown Their Work: Many have noticed that Sucy's broom is a walis-tambo, a broom that's found in many Filipino households. She also fits the mold for the traditional trickster hex witch (a Mambabarang, or a Mamalarang in her case).
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Especially in Akko's case, but the other girls are hardly free from physical comedy.
  • Special Person, Normal Name: The most powerful witch in history was named... Jennifer.
  • Surprisingly Good English: All of the text in the series is in perfect English, even getting things such as Internet slang right.
  • Translation Convention: Much like in the OVAs, everyone speaks Japanese despite Luna Nova having students from all around the world and the school itself being in England. Averted with writing which is all in English.
  • Waterfall Puke: The reaction of the teacher at the culinary magic exam, when she examined an apple bewitched by Akko through eating.

    The OVAs 
  • Academy of Adventure: Luna Nova, a European school for witches. Bonus points for having a vast labyrinth filled with monsters and treasures right underneath it.
  • Accidental Pun: When the minotaur appears, Hannah and Barbera try to tell Diana that it's behind her (ushiro) but only manage to stammer out ushi (cow). In English, they just refer to the minotaur as a "bull".
  • The Ace: Diana, an extremely powerful witch who never shirks responsibility or backs down from a fight.
  • Admiring the Abomination: When the giant reveals its full self in Enchanted Parade, Akko's reaction isn't freaking out but rather "Whoa, this is a giant...?"
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted. While Akko's teacher is the only one present to deal with the dragon problem, she promptly reacts in a meaningful way by re-barring the dungeon door. When students attack it she cries to stop, showing she knows about the dragon's ability to eat magic. When the students' aggressive magics make the dragon so powerful that it destroys the door, she orders the evacuation of the building and uses herself as bait to allow the students to reach safety. She does it again in Enchanted Parade fooling the parade crowd that the battle against the giant is all an elaborate stage show to prevent a mass panic.
  • All There in the Manual: The Manga acts as a prequel to the show — Akko's first day at Luna Nova — and gives a bit of extra information such as Akko's full name and the names of Diana's Girl Posse.
  • All Part of the Show: In Enchanted Parade Professor Ursula manages to make the town believe a giant is all a part of Akko's witch parade by announcing it like a hero show.
  • Alpha Bitch: Diana. Being a straight A student, she's mostly an Academic Alpha Bitch.
    • Lovable Alpha Bitch: In the end. Knowing that she's the one responsible for unwittingly freeing the dragon and letting her Girl Posse fire spells at it that only make it stronger, she helps to evacuate the other students and later saves Akko from falling to her death after the dragon is defeated. She also may be more of a fan of Shiny Chariot than she lets on.
  • Apathetic Citizens: In Enchanted Parade, when the group of witch-hating bullies that had attacked Akko and co. earlier on return and sabotage the parade, no one lifts a hand to stop them.
  • Art Nouveau: The series has this as a definite design theme, from promotional work to in-series posters.
  • Art Shift: In the second OAV the scene turns for a couple of seconds into an 8-bit Shoot 'em Up video game featuring a witch on her broom. It's revealed to be a game that Constanze is playing on her laptop/robot familiar. The scene goes by so fast that one can barely process it. Also, the representation of how Luna Nova's magic stone works has a simpler style than the regular animation.
  • Aside Glance: The dragon looks at the camera and gives us an Oh, Crap! face before blowing up.
  • Asleep in Class: Akko is shown doing this the first time we see her at school. The teacher deals with it by using a spell to slam her head onto her book.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: While monsters aside there are no real villains in this series, the Mayor is a diminutive caricature of a man with an ego several times his own size and directly responsible for the giant's awakening.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • Akko and her friends arrive just in time to save Diana and her posse from a certain death by angry minotaur, and Diana later returns the favour by saving Akko from certain death by falling from great height.
    • In Enchanted Parade Lotte and Sucy return in time to save the day when things are looking bleak.
  • Big Eater: Jasminka, the Fat Girl with Girlish Pigtails, is never seen without a snack. In fact, she got recruited for the parade team as punishment for stealing food (this is changed to eating in class for the English dub).
  • Black Bead Eyes: A few of the student extras have them.
  • Brutal Honesty: Sucy is shamelessly blunt.
  • Bucket Helmet: After awakening the dragon, Sucy and Lotte emerge from a pile of debris wearing a cauldron and a pot, respectively.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Diana's two friends with a literal dragon. As the trope implies, it doesn't go too well for them.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Played for Laughs in Enchanted Parade, Akko and co. have been brought before the headmistress so many times they have lost count, and when trying to recall the actual reasons, Sucy and Akko start admitting things they haven't actually been punished for.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Each of Akko's classmates are individually recognizable, even from a distance.
  • Catapult to Glory: In Enchanted Parade, Akko gets into a jury-rigged catapult (due to being unable to fly a broom) and launches herself onto the unsealed rock monster to try and free Thomas from its grasp.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The Shiny Rod.
    • The Luna Lana spell and Lotte's ancestral song in The Enchanted Parade.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Extremely subtle, to the point where it's more of a Rewatch Bonus. In the end of the film Akko asks Diana how she knows about Shiny Chariot's attack, Shiny Arc. Now go back to the very beginning of the film and look closely at the first crowd shot. A young Diana is seen in the audience for Shiny Chariot's show.
    • There's also Professor Ursula. She's first shown to be listening in when Akko and Diana are arguing about Shiny Chariot, and at the end she's revealed to be Shiny Chariot herself.
  • Chekhov's Skill: During her show, Shiny Chariot destroys a monster she materializes by aiming into its mouth so that it swallows the blast and explodes. At the end, Akko destroys a dragon by doing the same thing.
  • Christmas Cake: The dungeon crawl teacher seems to have a complex about this as she is leading the dragon away. (Dragon turns to chase Akko and company, ignoring her).
    Sensei: "Is it because they're younger?"
  • Closet Geek: Diana is a lot more knowledgeable of Shiny Chariot than someone who professes to hate her should be.
  • Crush Blush: Thomas, the ringleader of the band of kids who harass the witches, sports some of this when he's rescued by Diana in The Enchanted Parade.
  • Cute Witch: A whole school of them in fact.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sucy.
  • Determinator: Akko is determined to be a great witch like Shiny Chariot, even though she's not from a wizarding family and lacks basic skills that all witches should have, not to mention that Shiny Chariot isn't viewed favourably in the wizarding community. In the end, her faith in Shiny Chariot allows her to defeat the dragon by using the Shiny Rod just like Chariot did in her stage shows.
  • Die Laughing: In Enchanted Parade, Akko and Sucy during class manage to make a giant mushroom monster that releases a type of gas that causes those who breathe it in to collapse in laughter. Later Sucy, when discussing how to make the Parade more enjoyable, suggests using an army of them on the town. The idea is rejected as bio-terrorism.
  • Disaster Dominoes: In Enchanted Parade, Akko throws a broomstick in frustration... which knocks over the other broomsticks, which leads to the accidental premature activation of the float.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Sucy, when confronting the Minotaur.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite saving the whole school from a giant magic-eating dragon that nearly consumed their sorcerer's stone, by the time of Enchanted Parade, Akko and her friends are back to being the unpopular weirdos... and are on the verge of being expelled for causing relatively minor problems.
  • Dungeon Crawling: Much of the first installment's action takes place during a test that involves this, in which the students have to traverse a series of dungeons while collecting rare treasures and dealing with monsters.
  • Energy Absorption: Dragons grow bigger and nastier the more magic is used on them.
  • Eye Glasses: Lotte.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Jasminka in Enchanted Parade is almost always this combined with Perpetual Smiler.
  • Face Palm: Amanda does this in The Enchanted Parade after Akko beans Lotte with her broom.
  • Family Honor: The reason for Diana's holier-than-thou attitude is because she comes from a prestigious clan of magicians, and feels obliged to uphold its greatness.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: For a few seconds, you can actually see the minotaur melt and the bones seem to be popping out. THEN it turns into a puddle of blood that MELTS THE FLOOR.
  • Fantastic Racism: Non-witches and witches don't get along. The activities in the eponymous Enchanted Parade are recreations of things that happened during now-defunct witch hunts. Akko and the others get into a fight with witch-hating brats.
  • Feed It with Fire: After Diana's party accidentally frees the dragon, they start blasting the creature with reckless abandon. Little do they know, dragons absorb magic...
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: The mayor has shades of this, wanting to tear down a stone monument that legends say act as a seal to a great misfortune. Considering that magic exists in this world, and there is a literal magic school less than a mile away, scoffing at said "misfortune" seems to be incredibly stupid, arrogant, and short-sighted.
  • Flying Broomstick: Knowing how to use one of these is supposed to be an extremely basic skill that all witches learn while growing up, but since Akko's not from a wizarding family she can't fly at all.
  • Fusion Dance: Diana fuses hers, Hannah's, and Barbara's broomsticks into a more powerful one.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Constanze is a tinkerer who uses her wand as a literal Magic Tool and uses it to create and power various inventions such as a little Robot Buddy or even a laser gun. She's forced to work with the girls for selling technology within school grounds.
  • Genre Blindness: The town mayor decides to bulldoze a seal planted by a witch to make room for a statue of him. Despite the fact that the witch school is nearby, he doesn't stop to ask them if it's real, and blows off the foreman's concerns.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Amanda's mugshot features her Flipping the Bird. It's pixellated in both the original Japanese version and the English dub, but it's still pretty strong for a TV-Y7 rating.
  • Girl Posse: Diana's followers, Hannah and Barbara. They actually seem have worse attitudes than their leader, given how much quicker they are to insult, while Diana's comments lean more towards constructive criticism.
  • Gorgeous Garment Generation: In the climax of their fight against the rock monster from Enchanted Parade, Sucy, Lotte, and Akko's outfits turn into some variation of Shiny Chariot's before they launch their final attack.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The minotaur's death appears to be graphic, but for most of it, we can only see the girls' expressions.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: The incantation for the "Luna Lana" nullification spell, "Ein Sof Ohr", is Hebrew for "infinite light".note 
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Akko and Sucy, while flying a broom in tandem to avoid the giant's hands, manage to evade its attacks by rapidly climbing upwards... only to find that the giant has swatted their broom away from them.
  • Hard Work Montage: Akko gets one halfway through Enchanted Parade as she tries to get the Happy Time Project to work.
  • Head Pet: Lotte's fire sprite spends a good deal of time on Lotte's head.
  • Hidden Depths: Diana is, or used to be, a fan of Shiny Chariot's spectacles.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: When Diana saves a falling Akko:
    Diana: No need to thank me. It is my duty to evacuate all students.
  • Ill Girl: Sucy constantly looks sickly and a bit depressed. Must be the vapors from all those potions she cooks up.
  • Inept Mage: Akko, much to her chagrin. She can use magic, but she's not particularly good at it and she's completely unable to fly a broom.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: The dragon itself was more a fearsome menace, but it did lead to Akko using the Shiny Rod for the first time, which was very awesome.
  • Insult Backfire: In Enchanted Parade, after the disastrous trip to town, Diana spots a forlorn Akko and hits her with a "The Reason You Suck" Speech... except that she makes the mistake of mentioning Shiny Chariot, which ends up getting Akko's spirits up instead.
  • Jerkass: Both Akko and Diana have shades of this for different reasons:
    • Akko is of the Jerkass Hero varient. She genuinely means well but tends to place her own feelings above those of her friends and not even consider that what she's doing is wrong or potentially dangerous.
    • In Diana's case, she's pretty haughty, and looks down on muggle-born witches, such as Akko. She is also pretty rude to her two followers, Hannah and Barbara, when she calls them out for being being afraid in the dungeon, saying that because they are witches, they should be the ones instilling fear instead.
  • Killer Rabbit: Sealed in an iron maiden deep within the school's dungeons, there's this lizard-looking thing. Sure, it's bigger than your average lizard, and it's got nasty-looking fangs, but isn't it a little tiny for a monster found so deep within the dungeon? Well, let's put it that way: for the sake of everything holy, do not use magic on it.
  • Left the Background Music On: Near the end of Enchanted Parade, the main dramatic theme starts playing, and then switches to being broadcast by the speakers on their parade float.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to other Gainax/Trigger works. This isn't a bad thing, though.
  • Living Gasbag: The monstrous whale-like leviathan conjured and then slain by Shiny Chariot as part of her show gives this impression, considering that it's very large and fat and yet somehow manages to fly with no apparent means to do so.
  • A Load of Bull: The girls confront a minotaur during their dungeon test. Sucy instantly kills it with one of her potions.
  • Losing the Team Spirit: In Enchanted Parade, after Akko accidentally tears in half Lotte's ancestral music scroll, Lotte gets pissed off and goes her own way, and Akko splits from Sucy too. Noticeably, for the next few parts, it's the new girls who give Akko help, while Lotte and Sucy are nowhere to be seen.
  • Magic Wand: All the witches have one, though Shiny Chariot uses her Shiny Rod.
  • Magical Girl: Shiny Chariot has elements of this. Interestingly, while loved by the Muggles of the setting, she and this archetype is absolutely reviled by most of the magic community who think she is nothing but a fraud. Apparently, she's not as much of a fraud as they think.
  • Magicians Are Wizards: Shiny Chariot is hated by most magic practitioners for spreading "the wrong idea about magic", namely grandiose "stage magic" augmented by many special effects to please the crowds.
  • Magic Skirt: Most noticeable when Akko plummets from the sky on a disobedient broomstick; her skirt just wiggles slightly. She is a witch, so actual magic may be involved.
  • Master Poisoner: Technically Sucy's specialty is potions in general, but the way she's able to instantly kill a huge minotaur with one of her concoctions has her border on this. In Enchanted Parade she keeps reminding Akko that the difference between a medicine and a poison is proportion, something Akko needs to pay more attention to.
  • Meaningful Background Event: You probably won't notice it unless you're looking for it, but take a close look at the crowd shot at the beginning. See the blond girl in a witch's hat?
  • Meganekko: Lotte and Professor Ursula.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The short starts with a young Akko watching Shiny Chariot's stage show. Diana can also be spotted in the very first crowd shot swaying back and forth.
  • Morph Weapon: Shiny Chariot's Shiny Rod can be a Magic Staff, a Flying Broomstick, and an Energy Bow. Akko finds it in the dungeons and is able to use its Energy Bow form to defeat the dragon. The normal wands used by the students and staff also double as broomsticks.
  • Muggles Do It Better: At the academy, the Sorceror's Stone allows the witches to use magic freely. But its effects don't reach all the way out to the nearby town, greatly limiting the amount of magic witches can use, which proves troublesome when Akko and co. go there and get beset by a bunch of witch-hating hooligans.
  • Multinational Team:
    • Akko hails from Japan, Lotte is of Scandinavian descent, and, if her surname is any indication, Sucy is Cebuano.
    • In The Enchanted Parade, they team up with Luna Nova's misfits, Irish-American Amanda, German Constanze (or judging by the family name, more likely Austrian), and Russian (or judging by her family name, maybe Ukrainian) Jasminka.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Diana is very distraught after freeing the dragon from its prison, and tries to take care of it herself, but it gets out of the dungeon before she catches up to it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Diana, in her search for more treasures, breaks a magical seal. The other witches inadvertently make things worse as well.
    • Akko really is her own worst enemy. In Enchanted Parade, she rattles off a number of variations on "I mean no harm" after she accidentally tears Lotte's ancestral music scroll in half and drives a wedge between herself and the rest with her refusal to compromise. Her aggressive fangirling of Shiny Chariot has clearly scuttled potential friendships with other students, Diana most of all.
  • No Sell:
    • The dragon takes it to a whole new level.
    • Diana utilizing the swords against the Minotaur. All it seems to do is anger it some more.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In Enchanted Parade, after Akko accidentally tears Lotte's ancestral music scroll in half, Lotte gets visibly angry. Sucy points out how pissed off she must be for the normally gentle girl to get mad.
  • Ocular Gushers: Akko does this in Enchanted Parade after Lotte returns for her.
  • Oh, Crap!: The dragon's expression before being blown up from the inside by Akko's Shiny Arc attack
    • Akko makes quite a few of these, all while falling, on three separate occasions.
    • Diana has two noteworthy ones in the first short—one when she realizes the minotaur is behind her, the other when she realizes Hannah and Barbara are unintentionally making the dragon absorb energy right when it's too late.
  • The Ojou: Diana certainly carries herself as such.
  • One-Gender School: The witch's school is naturally girls-only.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: They grow more and more powerful the more magic you dish out on them and they are not very aggressive, just hungry for magic.
    • Our Giants Are Different: The enemy of Enchanted Parade is called a giant, it's incredibly powerful and able to turn objects into monsters as well as fuse them to itself to create armour, and unlike the dragon cannot be destroyed, only resealed.
  • Panty Shot: Averted, despite the "flying lesson" sequence and being a Trigger show. In the moments where they should be visible, the particular character's legs don't appear to attach to anything under her skirt.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Sucy.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Constanze from Enchanted Parade is almost always frowning.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Largely averted. The show does a good job of averting the usual traits kids from different nationalities may have, somewhat helped by the fact that the series takes place in a European witch school. For example, the Russian (or, probably, Ukrainian from her name) Jasminka doesn't have the nose that regular Russian and other Slavic characters would have, the American isn't a blonde, and does Sucy look mucho Filippina to anyone?
  • Poison Is Corrosive: Enough to melt flesh and stone alike.
  • Power Glows: Chariot's Shiny Rod.
  • Power Trio: Seems to be the norm at Luna Nova. Akko/Lotte/Sucy are the protagonists, with Diana/Hannah/Barbara acting as their rivals and Amanda/Constanze/Jazminka acting as a secondary trio in Enchanted Parade.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Diana is very annoyed that Hannah and Barbara spend the entire Dungeon Crawl clinging to each other begging Diana to go back, and tells them that witches shouldn't be afraid, that they should be the ones feared. She tries to get the witch parade cancelled in the second movie because she finds the whole thing offensive to witches.
  • Reconstruction: Of the Cute Witch genre.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The dragon.
  • The Reveal: Professor Ursula is a retired Shiny Chariot.
  • The Rival: Diana is this for Akko.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • The dragon. It is stored in the level under the last level reachable by normal means; it is trapped in a torture device infamous for drinking the blood of hundreds of witches, and said device is covered with seals to keep it in... what can possibly go wrong?
    • The Giant in Enchanted Parade is sealed in rocks by Jennifer the Witch. The rocks are later revealed to not be rocks at all but the giant's hand, with the rest of him buried under the town.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Lotte's specs do this when she's angry.
  • She's Got Legs: Amanda in Enchanted Parade, being a dancer/thief, has nice legs and shows them off frequently.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The main character, Akko Kagari, is most likely named after Atsuko "Akko" Kagami from Himitsu no Akko-chan.
    • The two girls that follow Diana are named Hannah and Barbara.
    • Plenty of nods to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
      • Sucy's eyes and hairstyle recall Fluttershy, even though they couldn't be any more different personality-wise.
      • A Rarity figurine shows up on Lotte's desk in Enchanted Parade.
      • For the record, Creator Yoh Yoshinari appears to be a Brony.
    • One of the girl's in Akko's History of Magic class looks suspiciously like Mami.
    • During the history lesson, there are two girls sitting next to each other that are reminiscent to the Patil twins.
    • Among the treasures collected (or otherwise discovered) by the students in the dungeon:
    • The shot of Shiny Chariot drawing her bow is a Homage Shot to Akazukin Cha Cha.
    • The fake noses worn by the (very unhappy) witches in last year's parade resemble those of another tried witch.
    • Akko's attempt to dance with her broom recalls the infamous Lightsaber Kid video, down to the lightsaber sound effects.
      • As for her attempts to make the brooms themselves dance, she seems to have learned how from a certain Sorcerer's apprentice.
      • The dancing figures the brooms turn into during the parade resemble the dancing bombs from Robot Carnival for a shout out going back 30 years!
    • Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones Quartey were spectators in the parade. Joining them are Connie, Mabel, and Dipper.
    • Akko's White Mage costume at the end of Enchanted Parade resembles Sapphire's prince garb.
    • O'Neal's thief outfit is identical to that of Catwoman.
    • One of the boys in Thomas' gang eerily resemble the titular character of Eddsworld; double points for the former's name being the more formal variant of "Tom".
    • Among the pile of electronics Constanze is shown fiddling around with, one can see a Nintendo Game Boy and a Super Famicom.
    • The mayor's statue in "Enchanted Parade" depicts him as a towering man with a finger pointing upwards, much like Kamina's statue in the middle of Kamina City.
  • Skunk Stripe: Diana has stripes of dark blond in her light blond hair.
  • Slasher Smile: Sucy briefly sports one when she successfully kills the minotaur with one of her potions.
  • Storm of Blades: Diana uses this in an attempt to kill the minotaur, but all that does is piss it off even more.
  • Tareme Eyes: Sucy.
  • Tempting Fate: In Enchanted Parade, Professor Ursula really didn't have to say "I just hope nothing bad happens..."
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Sucy's potion to defeat the minotaur. It doesn't just kill the beast, it liquefies him. And then the mass of minotaur goop melts through the floor, creating a tunnel to the level below.
    "The formula might have been a bit too strong."
  • Translation Convention: All the on-screen text is in English, heavily implying all the characters, Akko included, speak it. Given the clearly international student body, English fluency could be an entrance requirement (or Translator Microbes are in full effect). This is enforced with the fact none of the characters, including Akko, use honorifics with the obvious exception of sensei (Professor).
    • The chalkboard map seen in Akko's Magic History class (about 2:50 in) shows the location of Luna Nova Academy to be roughly in or near Bath, Somerset; Akko uses a Union Flag as an improvised parachute in Enchanted Parade; a tie-in comic name-drops Glastonbury as Luna Nova's mailing address.
    • The movie heavily implies Akko had to learn English to enter the academy, as she also writes in that language, even for herself. There's also the fact the German Constanze does not speak, implying she doesn't know "English" in-universe. and Jasminka speaks in a simpleton tone of voice, propably implying she's not very fluent on English either.
  • Trick Arrow: Shiny Chariot's signature spell "Shiny Arc" is an arrow that, when fired into a monster's maw, makes the creature bloat and spectacularly explode in a shower of fireworks. It works on otherwise magic-proof dragons.
  • Tsundere: Diana, especially when it comes to Akko.
  • Untranslated Title: The Chilean Spanish dub keeps the original English names in both the original film and the sequel. The dub also keeps the same pronunciation of all the foreign names. For example, Akko Kagari's name is pronounced the Japanese way, and Diana Cavendis's name is pronounced the same way in English (Dye-ana), rather than phonetically in Spanish (Dee-ana).
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: While Sucy and Akko are friends, Akko's Hot-Blooded-ness annoys Sucy, who likewise uses Akko as an ill-fated guinea pig for her potions.
  • Waterfall Puke: One member of Diana's Girl Posse is visibly (though very briefly) shown to be throwing up after seeing the effects of Sucy's potion on the minotaur.
  • Wave-Motion Tuning Fork: The wands have this appearance, with spells coming out from between the prongs.
  • Witch Classic: Clothes? Check. Broom? Check. Magic? CHECK!!
  • Witch Hunt: The eponymous Witch Parade of the Enchanted Parade is a reenactment of old witch trials (which were quite rare in England, the show's apparent setting), with said witches being "volunteers" from Luna Nova. The unlucky witches are paraded before the townsfolk to be pelted with tomatoes, dunked in a pool, and rolled in barrels all while wearing silly fake noses. Small wonder the whole event has become a disciplinary measure. Needless to say Akko is horrified; Diana wants to get the tradition ended altogether.
  • Wizarding School: Luna Nova, an all-girl Witch school.
  • Your Magic's No Good Here: The characters note that their magic only really works in Luna Nova due to the Sorcerer's Stone collectively powering all magical items. Although it is possible to use magic outside of school grounds, regular magic wands lack the capacity to be used for prolonged periods of time. Akko puts two and two together and decides to use the Shiny Rod as a battery in The Enchanted Parade.
  • Youthful Freckles: Lotte has a few.

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