Anime / Little Witch Academia

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

Witch-in-training Atsuko "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, Yō 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 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, Little Witch 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 OVA, Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, premiered for Kickstarter pledgers July 3, 2015note  and was released for the general public in October of the same year. Akko, Sucy, and Lotte 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, a wannabe thief, Constanze Braunschbank Albrechtsberger, a Magitek Gadgeteer Genius, and Jasminka Antonenko, a Big Eater.

Both OVAs are available on Netflix in its original Japanese audio, along with all-new English, Chilean Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French and Italian dubs, being the first Studio Trigger title with non-English foreign dubs.

On June 24, 2016, Studio Trigger announced that a full-length TV series had been green-lit and was in production. The series began airing in January 8, 2017 and ended on June 25, 2017 after 25 episodes. The series is available on Netflix.

During the May 28, 2017 broadcast, an Action RPG for PlayStation 4 and PC, Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time, was announced. The game is developed by Aplus Games, published by Bandai Namco Entertainment, and set to release in Japan on November 30, 2017 and early 2018 in western countries.

The series has also had several manga adaptations, one that ran in Ultra Jump and one in Ribon.

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  • Absentee Actor: Sucy does not appear at all in episode 15 of the anime. Some Studio Trigger employees mentioned that the next episode would have given a clue for the reason why, but it didn't happen. Fan speculation is that she was busy dealing with two intruders at the Sorcerer's Stone.
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The first thing the resurrected corpse from episode 9 does is to cut in half a tombstone with his centuries-old sword.
  • Accent Adaptation:
    • In the German dub, the word "Chariot" in "Shiny Chariot" is spoken with a French pronunciation, most likely because Chariot's real name is French ("Chariot du Nord").
    • The "T" in Chariot's name is not silent in the French dub.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Professor Croix's "Sorcery Solution System".
  • Adults Are Useless: Most prominently when Diana discovers the school was scammed for centuries by a contract written in a language none of the professors could read. The adults are generally incapable of doing anything other than teaching and scolding, although Ursula occasionally gets to do something, such as when she saves Akko and Andrew from a rampaging bear.
  • Aerith and Bob: Downplayed. In a world full of many names that would likely belong to real people, like Atsuko, Diana, Constanze, and so on, we also have Chariot. Also Croix, to an extent, which is a name, but usually a surname.
  • All Hallows' Eve: Episodes 12 and 13 focus on the Samhain Festival.
  • All Just a Dream: Episode 8 seems to be one of Akko dreaming that Sucy had drank a potion she just created and went into a coma, with her having to dive into her mind to wake her. It's a dream for the fact that she sees an image of the academy being destroyed by mushrooms sprouting from Sucy's body, with Lotte supposedly being crushed to death by them. Though at the end of the episode, a mushroom sprouts from Sucy's bed after the girls head off to class.
  • All Part of the Show:
    • In episode 9, Akko passes off the antics of a reanimated corpse as being part of an elaborate street performance.
    • Episode 10 has Andrew turn Akko's attempts to swat the Lovelove Bee into being part of the evening's entertainment, by accompanying her on the piano with "Flight of the Bumblebee".
  • Alien Blood: The corpse in episode 9 has green blood and tears. Probably because it was reanimated with magic, and magic is green.
  • Alternate Continuity:
    • The series takes place when Akko begins her time at Luna Nova and as such has her acquire the Shiny Rod a lot sooner than she did in the OVA.note  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.
  • Amusing Injuries: In the very first episode, Sucy states that witches are hard to kill. Apparently, even minimal magical training, like Akko's, is enough to shake off pain and injuries.
  • Animated Armor: Croix animates a suit of armor in episode 17. Said armor promptly attaches itself to a hapless Appleton Academy student and goes on a rampage until Amanda manages to defeat it.
  • Animate Dead: In episode 9, the combination of Akko's Restoration Magic and Sucy's graveyard mushroom winds up reviving a corpse.
  • Appeal to Tradition: A common argument. The older witches prefer things done "the old way" and are thus unable to keep up with the changing times, much to the frustration of Akko and company.
  • Arc Words: "A believing heart is your magic."
  • Art Evolution: Inverted from the OVA to the TV series. Compared to the original OVAs, the series has a lot less fluid animation, less detail in the character drawings, much flatter shading, and the backgrounds (done by Studio Bihou, as opposed to Studio Pablo) are a considerable downgrade. All of this, of course, is to be expected when you're going from individual high-budgeted short films to the monetary and scheduling realities of TV production.
  • Art Shift:
    • Two incidents in episode 8:
      • Sucy's inner theater displays her memories in a Inkblot Cartoon Style with much more fluid and cartoonish animation than what is standard for both the franchise.
      • As Akko prepares to give Sucy the antidote potions, there's a shift to a Shoujo style, including sharp noses that could double as letter openers.
    • In episode 10, those targeted by people affected by the Lovelove Bee get an extra-wide-eyed, Shojo-like look and flowered Love Bubbles. But only to those affected by the bee:
    • Episode 18 has a couple of scenes where Akko looks older and slightly different. It's unclear whether it is all part of the Super Robot/Gurren Lagann style parody or just an animation mistake.
    • The endings of the anime feature a simpler art style than the rest of the episodes, especially the second one, which is drawn in a lineless style.
  • Artist Disillusionment: invoked
    • Episode 4. Annabel Crème has become disillusioned with writing after fans vocally hate the direction she takes the Night Fall novels in. She gets better.
    • Parodied in episode 15, where the yeti loses confidence in his abilities as a craftsman because of internet flaming. Akko talks him out of it.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: In episode 6, Andrew pulls no punches when telling Akko exactly how little he cares for magic. Shortly after this, Akko's magical misfires fall just short of turning him into a literal ass.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Akko turns a squirrel into an enormous monstrosity to create a distraction so they can sneak into a party.
  • Back for the Finale: Every minor character that has appeared throughout the series, including the Shooting Star, return to help out in the final episode.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Akko does it with a guillotine in episode 8.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Arcas, the gigantic polar bear guardian of the Polaris Fountain.
  • Big Fancy House: The Hanbridge manor is massive. The Cavendish estate is nothing to sneeze at either. This is justified since both families are wealthy nobility.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Jasminka (Big), Amanda (Thin), and Constanze (Short).
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • In episode 5 Jasminka eats a bag of Olitos.
    • In episode 18, Constanze needs a hand mixer with orichalcum (a magical metal) beaters for her newest project (a giant magitek ship to enter the Wild Hunt with), so she has a look at a bare-faced rip-off of eBay or rather cbay. The brand she's looking at is "KitchenHelp" instead of the real brand KitchenAid.
    • Episode 23 has in the background of the scene with Andrew and Akko a shop named "Mark & Sponcer", a reference to Marks & Spencer.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Diana (blonde), Barbara (brunette), and Hannah (redhead) are the most obvious. The two main Power Trios, meanwhile, have Sucy/Jasminka (light purplish hair), Akko/Constanze (brunette), and Lotte/Amanda (redhead).
  • Book Ends:
    • The series begins with Shiny Chariot using the Shiny Arc to destroy a monster created by Croix's magitek as part of her show. The final conflict of the series is resolved when Akko and Diana use the Shiny Arc to destroy the missile possessed by Croix's out-of-control magitek.
    • Further Book Ends: The show starts with Shiny Chariot inspiring Akko and Diana. It ends with Akko and Diana inspiring the next generation of witches.
    • In the first episode, a significant plot point is Akko's inability to fly a broom, which leads to her making friends with Lotte and Sucy (via perilous adventure). In the final scene of the last episode, with all her friends watching, she floats off the ground on a broom for the first time. (Not counting the Shooting Star broom, which had a mind of its own.)
    • Also in the first episode, Akko ends up being thrown off the Leyline and, in a somewhat-lengthy sequence, plummets head-first toward the Forest of Arcturus far below. In the last episode the same thing happens again when the possessed missile knocks her off the Shooting Star, just before she and the Triskelion-enhanced Shiny Rod have their Heroic Second Wind.
  • Breather Episode: Episode 16, after the Serial Escalation from 11-15, is much sillier and relaxed, though it still manages to have tension.
  • Brick Joke: Why, in episode 1, is there a fishbowl—complete with what appears to be a fish wearing a witch's hat—up on stage with all the professors? Well, as it's revealed in episode 7, she's one of the professors, and speaks only inscrutable fish-ese.
  • Cacophony Cover Up: In episode 10, Akko magics up a giant squirrel as a distraction so that she, Lotte and Sucy can sneak into a party undetected.
  • Central Theme: The generation conflict between the older witches and the younger witches (including Croix and Chariot). The witches face a crisis where the world is evolving, but they continue to stick to old traditions, even when it has become clear that it has been doing more harm than good to them. Chariot is made a pariah for trying to unite Muggles and witches through entertainment, while Croix's Magitek is disdained and only earns some acceptance after every other option is exhausted. Younger witches face prejudice from muggles due to the decreased need for magic and the witches' willing isolation from the world at large. Akko, Diana, and the others' quest focuses on showing that magic still has a place in the world by bringing it into the modern world.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The anime takes a more serious tone after episode 13.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Episode 17, "Amanda O'Neill and the Holy Grail".
  • 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The spells Akko cast with the Shiny Rod at vital moments? Turns out they are like passwords needed to unlock Arcturus, a magical prison containing the Grand Triskelion, the last magic created by the Founders of Luna Nova. Oh, and the real name for the Shiny Rod? Claíomh Solais, the key.
    • In episode 2, Akko mentions having collected all of the Shiny Chariot cards, save one ultra rare card. Come episode 19, Diana has that card as a special treasure.
    • After its debut episode, the Shooting Star darts off on its own, circulating the world and occasionally being sighted worldwide in news reports. It returns to save Akko during the final battle.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: It's heavily implied that magic began declining because people stopped believing in it with the advent of technology. With the increased belief brought on by watching the protagonists deal with a missile, magical resources begin increasing.
  • Color Coded Emotions: Croix has a color wheel of them. Notably, red corresponds to anger.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Luna Nova groups its students into trios. Each trio's uniform has a different coloured ribbon around their hats, along with a matching waist sash.
  • Color Failure: Lotte at the beginning of episode 4.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • After episode 3, newspapers shown on screen tend to have an article about Shooting Star sightings as it flies around the world.
    • How the missile is destroyed is extremely similar to how Akko blows up the dragon in the first OVA.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • Parodied in episode 16. The conditions for Greenwood disease happening are ridiculously specific — it has to do with, among other things, carbon dioxide consumption of humans, the wind, the breeding cycle of a certain fish, and the baking temperature of a Finnish pie. Too bad Akko and company had just arrived in Lotte's village for that specific pie...
    • On top of characters just not telling other character important things, the second half of the series also relies on a lot of these. Ursula's attempts to tell her side of the story are always conveniently interrupted. Also, while it's something Croix might have hoped for, it's awfully convenient that Ursula was out of the plot exactly long enough to not be around to see and tell anyone that the danger that Croix saved everyone from was clearly manufactured by her to begin with.
  • Corporal Punishment: If a witch commits fraud using magic, her tongue will be branded with a hot iron. The punishment for murder is even worse.
  • 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. In Shiny Chariot's case, she hardly ever needed words to cast magic.
  • Crush Filter: Apparently, the Lovelove Bee's sting turns the targeted girl into an exaggerated stereotype of shoujo gorgeousness, complete with sparkles. It isn't revealed what it makes guys look like.
  • Cultural Translation: In the German dub, when Croix pitches her magitek, she claims that it will cost the school zero Euros, even though the UK didn't join the eurozone.
  • Cut-and-Paste Translation: In the original Japanese soundtrack, when Akko is holding on to the Shooting Star broom to win a tournament, she yells that she wouldn't let go of the broom even to the very depths of hell. In the dub, likely due to religious censorship, she yelled that she'd hang on to the broom forever.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Most episodes focus on Akko and her personal growth into a great witch but episodes 4, 8, 17, 18, and 19 focus on other characters.
  • Darker and Edgier: The second cour is darker than the first but episode 22 takes it Up to Eleven. It is revealed that Chariot tried to restore the magic in the world, similarly to Croix, ten years prior, but the process had the side effect of crippling the magic potential of people. Akko and Diana turn out to have both been victims of this, though Diana's skill now suggests the damage isn't necessarily irreparable. Once Akko finds this out, she immediately tips into a Heroic B.S.O.D.. Compared to the mostly happy show before this, it is a huge contrast.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Wangari, the announcer that follows the flying broom competition in episode 3.
  • Death by Childbirth: Episode 9 reveals that Headmistress Holbrooke's mother died shortly after giving birth to her.
  • Declaration of Protection: Twice, in episodes 15 and 21, from Ursula as Chariot towards Akko.
  • Disappears into Light: Not a person, but the Shiny Rod, once its task is completed.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: A variation. The Shiny Rod is not physically dismantled; but to fully reactivate it, someone, i.e. Akko, must use seven different incantations. Ursula already knows the words, but they apparently only work in specific adventurous situations.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • While a teacher is demonstrating potion brewing in episode two, most of the characters are shown to be bothered by the fumes. Sucy, however, has quite a different response.
    • Akko is hyperactive and highly impatient, gets bored with her classes to the point of falling asleep, and cannot focus on something for very long. Besides not being born to a magical family, these have been shown to be reasons why she cannot learn magic as quickly as her peers, which in turn gets her a lot of general bullying from other students and mistreatment by her professors. It's really not that much different than how a student with disabilities would probably experience at school.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: The Arcturus Forest. It is said that witches trapped in there are never able to leave. By episode 11's reveal, the name of the forest and the meaning of the aforementioned saying became more important than ever.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: All side characters, Diana, Amanda, Constanze, and Jasminka, appear during the matriculation ceremony. Andrew, who's introduced in episode 6, appears in the opening since episode 1. Diana also appears during the first episode's magic show, sitting up and to the right from Akko.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In episode 1, Avery, the witch with blue hair and hair decorations, was part of a trio with Hannah and Barbara and spoke directly to Akko. Not only did she not interact with any of them afterwards, but she was pretty much reduced to a background character with no lines. Also, among the faculty in the same episode, there were some unnamed, non-speaking teachers that never appeared again after the presentation.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Episode 24. Akko and Ursula spends several episodes separated and alone from one another, with Akko feeling betrayed by her idol, while Ursula despairs that Akko abandoned her. Thankfully, with help of everyone along the way, the two are able to find each other again and they express their love towards one another, saving their relationship.
  • 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.
    • The Samhain Festival's sacrifice exhibition is a non-lethal example.
  • Elaborate University High: Appleton Academy, which is modeled after Eton College, a real life example of this.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Noir Rod after absorbing all the negative energy from humans is a sentient Shapeshifter that wants to destroy the planet. It's true form is similar to something out of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Its shapeshifting Spider form has a laser at its bottom, its giant dragon form has multiple eyes as well as it being a skeleton body with the head, torso, right arm, and left leg made out of metal with the Noir Fuel Devices act like skin and its ICBM form can merge and change its body.
  • Eldritch Location: Wagandea, an explicitly endless tree with pollen that can cause witches to lose their magic.
  • Emotion Eater: Croix's Noir Fuel Spirit Devices absorb negative emotions and store it as magic, at the expense of the magical potential of the people whose emotions are absorbed. Her Dream Fuel Spirit Device that were used in Chariot's show did the same for positive emotions. Eventually, the Noir Fuel Spirit Devices got so overwhelmed by the negative emotions of the populace that they Grew Beyond Their Programming, turned on Croix and launched a missile in order to increase the negativity even more.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: They appear during the World-Healing Wave brought on by the Grand Triskelion.
  • 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 makeover.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt: Akko does this to a snake in episode 20.
  • Eye Poke: Akko's stuffed bird immediately pecks her in the eye after being brought to life by Sucy.
  • Famous Ancestor: The Cavendish family claims direct descent from Beatrix, one of the Nine Olde Witches.
  • Fantastic Racism: Mr. Blackwell is against witches and magic more out of principle, whereas Earl Hambridge is against magic simply because he sees it as an obsolete practice and impractical to invest in for the future of his country. The latter's opinion changes after he witnesses them save the world in the finale.
  • Fate Worse Than Death:
    • The punishment for a witch defying the ban on necromancy is said to be hundred times worse than death.
    • When Akko accidentally revives an amnesiac pirate, who was also the father of Luna Nova's headmistress, the punishment is commuted to having to repair a room full of broken flying brooms by hand, presumably because it was an accident.
  • Fetch Quest: Episode 16, where Akko, Sucy, and Lotte have to find the five ingredients needed to make a cure for the Greenman disease.
  • Figure It Out Yourself: The Seven Words of Arcturus work in this way. As Ursula explains, simply knowing the words means nothing. To truly revive a Word, one must understand what it truly means and represents. The only way to do that is experience. For this reason, Ursula doesn't tell Akko how to revive the Words but instead helps by pointing her in directions to help her discover them naturally.
  • 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 travelling 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 episode 1, the dragon at Chariot's show appears out of a set of cubes. Come episode 11, and one of Akko's visions is a similar set of cubes forming a serpent, and a set of yellow cubes at the very end of episode 13 also appear and form a larger cube, just like what the dragon appeared from.
    • Whenever an episode opens with Akko, Sucy, and Lotte talking together in their dorm room, something in the conversation will either be related to the conflict of the episode (such as in episode 13) or outright foreshadowing (such as in episode 11).
    • 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.
    • Episode 7 features two posters of a film series featuring a Gillman-like amphibian creature. Later in the episode, Akko becomes a fish person herself.
    • Episode 16 has Akko's hallucinations, one of which features an evil-looking Shiny Chariot. While Chariot is definitely not evil, she was the cause of most of Akko's grief, when it was revealed she absorbed Akko's magic potential during her show at the beginning of the series.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In episode 11, the moon spirit offers Akko an ideal future where she succeeds in following Chariot's footsteps...but demands that she give up her memories of her time in Luna Nova in exchange. Akko's refusal to do so causes her to pass the spirit's Secret Test of Character, which unlocks the second Arcturus word of the Shiny Rod.
  • Funny Background Event: While every single one of the young witches at Luna Nova is fawning over how handsome Andrew is when he enters the room, instead of her usual dignified demeanor, Diana looks bored out of her mind.
  • Fun with Subtitles: The Asenshi Sub-Group likes to get creative on occasion, such as applying subtitles to every screen displaying the same image on a wall of Ominous Multiple Screens, or color-coding the words as Croix reads off a list on her Colour-Coded Emotions app.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: The Noir Rod after exposure to negative energy wants to destroy humanity. That's all there is to it and it possesses no personality or reason why it's doing this. It's more of an Eldritch Force.
  • 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.
    • In episode 10, when Akko's looking for a dress, she pulls out a Playboy bunny outfit.
    • Sucy gets thrilled at the thought of getting sacrificed, that is, eaten and expelled by the Vajarois apparition. She also has a look of bliss when it actually happens. In other words, she's into vore.
    • In episode 21, there's a picture of comments on a website with a design similar to Tumblr. One of the comments on the website is "Piece of shit game, piece of shit referee." Also, one of the comments Croix was looking at related to the Wild Hunt in episode 18 said, "Wow! people actually believe in this bullshit".
    • Netflix actually rates this show as Y7, despite Amanda's swearing, the Almost Kiss in episode 8, and the darker tones in later episodes.
  • 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.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Who'd have expected the penultimate episode to end with a goddamn Magitek ICBM, of all things?
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: The Shiny Rod is a transforming golden wand which doesn't need to be near a Sorcerer's Stone to work. One of its forms includes an unique broom, the Shiny Volley, with extra bristle segments. It fast enough that it can easily out pace spells fired from a wand, but not quite fast enough to out-maneuver a magic enhanced ballistic missile.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Noir Rod was designed to absorb negative emotions to fuel it, primarily through the use of a cellphone app. By the time it absorbs a certain amount, it becomes sentient and stops needing the app, to the point that Croix herself can't shut it off.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Akko meets a pair upon entering Sucy's mind in episode 8. They argue about whether to kill Akko painfully or peacefully.
  • Gorgeous Garment Generation: The ability of the Cinderella dress up set in episode 10. But its effects end after two hours, rather than at midnight.
  • Green Thumb: Technically, all magic in the setting is this, being drawn from Yggdrasil. One effect of this nature is that, similar to a tree, witches are quite Long-Lived but when they do pass particularly powerful witches actually become trees. Woodward and Beatrix being the most prominent examples.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. Akko goes in thinking this will be in effect, and because of it, she fails constantly, and it's 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. It's later revealed that both Akko and Diana had their magic potential stolen at a young age, so the only reason Diana is better at magic than The Chosen One is because hard work actually worked.
  • The Hecate Sisters: The main trio easily maps to Maiden: Akko, Mother: Lotte, Crone: Sucy. The Diana/Hannah/Barbara trio doesn't, because Diana so outshines the other two, who are identical. The Amanda/Jasminka/Constanze trio could be mapped multiple ways.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Lotte's parents, as seen in episode 16.
  • Humiliation Conga: Croix in episode 24. Not only she has a massive breakdown when she is shown that the World Restoration Magic is nothing like she expected it to be, but her Noir Rod Transforming Mecha goes haywire, her despised rival Chariot saves her from it (looking heroic in the meantime), and Akko unlocks the seventh and final Word and destroys the Noir Rod with it, leaving Croix alone and impotent.
  • Icarus Allusion: The second end credits revolve around this.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Andrew plants a kiss on Akko's hand after being stung by the Lovelove Bee in episode 10. Cue Akko freaking out.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: Episode 4 sees the lead trio being scolded for stealing a pie from the kitchen. Akko objects- because they didn't steal a pie, they stole a tart.
  • Impact Silhouette: In episode 16, a yeti does this to his home's door after being driven crazy by Akko and her constant demands for a perfect magical ingredient. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Impoverished Patrician: In the present day, the Cavendish family is nearing bankruptcy because the acting head of the family, Diana's aunt, is pawning off the family's assets to fund her own lifestyle.
  • Interclass Friendship:
    • Muggle-born witch Atsuko Kagari becoming friends with Blue Blooded witch Diana Cavendish during Diana's trial to be the head of her family. Though, the two butted heads over their opposing ideals of magic before becoming friends.
    • There's Akko and aristocrat Lord Andrew Hanbridge. And like Diana, the two had their fair shares of arguments before becoming friends.
  • Invincible Villain: Croix. She claims pretty much everything that happens after she is introduced is part of her plan (and she claims she was observing the events prior to her introduction), despite the sheer amount of coincidences and lack of communication that was required to keep her and her plan safe. By the time anyone tries to seriously confront her, it's too late and the Big Damn Heroes moment is subverted. Even at the end, she essentially defeats herself, and while the final conflict is a result of her actions, it was never part of her plan and even she wants it stopped.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Basically Akko going into Sucy's mind in episode 8.
  • Kangaroo Court: The Sucys judged in episode 8 are all immediately deemed guilty for stating their reason to be part of Sucy.
  • Large Ham: The corpse Akko accidentally revives spends almost the entirety of episode 9 over-dramatizing every trivial step in his frantic Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Last Episode Theme Reprise: The first opening theme, "Shiny Ray", starts playing in the final episode when Akko rescues Diana from her fall.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The series doesn't even bother hiding the fact that Professor Ursula is Shiny Chariot.
  • "Leave Your Quest" Test: The "blue moon apparition" offers to make Akko just like her hero, Shiny Chariot, at the cost of her past. She rejects the offer to work towards that goal on her own, gaining another Arcturus word for Shiny Rod in the process. Chariot herself was given a similar test many years ago.
  • Legacy Character: In episode 4, it's revealed that the name Annabel Crème is actually shared between thirteen different people who wrote the Night Fall series.
  • Literary Allusion Title: Episode 20, "Sense and Sensibility".
  • Long Runner: invoked Exaggerated with Night Fall, an obvious parody of Twilight which has 365 books written over the span of 120 years.
  • Love Potion: The Lovelove Bee. Its sting forces Love at First Sight, but its effect ends when it dies. It's Exactly What It Says on the Tin, save for it's obviously a wasp with Funny Animal Anatomy.
  • The Magic Comes Back: Ultimately, the result of the main characters inspiring people the world over to believe in them as they battle the ICBM — magical resources are implied to increase, and Yggdrasil even appears!
  • 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 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, it is shown that Student!Chariot was able to do significant magic in the same town where magic is now useless. And that was only 12-15 years ago, at most.
    • In episode 14, a graph shows a steady decline in available magic resources since the mid 1600s. Interestingly, the sharpest decline was from rhe 1780s into the early 19th century, corresponding to the 1st Industrial Revolution in England and the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Magitek: Magic-powered technology is rare because it's frowned upon by traditionalist witches, but Constanze is constantly tinkering with inventions like this. In the series, Professor Croix is introduced halfway through the series as a true master at modernizing magic through devices she's invented.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Subverted. After pinning several obvious character death flags on Ursula/Chariot, from here "dead anime mother" hairstyle, to promises to protect Akko no matter her loss in power, to being eaten by the monster in front of Akko in episode 24, she ends up surviving.
  • Militaries Are Useless: In the finale, they do send interceptor missiles after the ICBM. Not that it actually does anything to stop it.
  • 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.
  • Mood Whiplash: At the end of the penultimate episode, Akko discovers the final word, unlocks the Grand Triskelion and rainbows, stars, flowers, and bright colors begin shooting over the gloomy Arcturus forest. Then, a klaxon sound starts overtaking the background music and then a launched ICBM comes into view...
  • Morph Weapon: The Shining Rod transforms into seven different weapons, depending on the spell thatís cast:
  • Mushroom Samba: The entirety of episode 8 is this after Sucy drinks a mushroom poison.
  • Mythology Gag: Like in the original OVA, when Akko teases Diana about her being embarrased in episode 20, Diana threatens to drop Akko off the broom.
  • 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.
  • No Cartoon Fish: Subverted. Fish are drawn very realistically and don't have any anthropomorphized traits note , but they can speak (if only in their own language) and can wear accessories, like hair bows or tiny witch hats.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In episode 13, instead of allowing themselves to be eaten by Vajarois as a sacrifice for the Samhain Magic Festival like volunteers before them, the trio instead try to exorcise the spirit and absolve her of her eternal misery. After succeeding in doing so, freeing Vajarois of her tortured existence while entertaining the audience more than everybody else in the show, they end up getting disqualified from the contest for not following the rules.
  • No Name Given: The proprietor of "Last Wednesday", a curio shop full of magical artifacts, is never called by name.note  Another example is the country England is about to go to war with near the end of the series, because of a contested goal during a soccer match (and Croix' intervention to harvest magical fuel from the rioters' rage). The name is never said, but it's most likely France.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Students of Appleton Academy apparently settle any disputes by having a fencing duel on an extremely narrow, elevated stone bridge with no railings in sight. When Amanda is forced into a duel in episode 17, she nearly falls mutiple times.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Much like Translation Convention below, the English dub of the show has no one with any sort of accent despite most students being from different parts of the world and given their ages are unlikely to have lost their regional accents. It is especially strange in the case of Diana who is a natural born Brit and the school is located in Britain but does not have a British accent of any kind.
  • Not So Different:
    • Diana and Akko are complete opposites in terms of temperament, popularity, and skill level, but they were both big fans of Shiny Chariot in their childhood, and both believe in using magic to change people's hearts. It's this fact that lets Diana reach out to Akko in the middle of her Heroic B.S.O.D. in episde 23.
    • Croix and Chariot, despite their differences in the present, both dreamed of reviving magic back in their school days. Also, both have some serious self-esteem issues which drive a lot of their problems.
    • All four characters have very similar builds and facial shapes compared to their counterpart, and when they were students, Croix and Chariot looked a lot like Diana and Akko. This is emphasized during the second opening song when Akko and Diana stride past each other down the line of Luna Nova students, only to clasp hands and change into Croix and Chariot.
  • Number of the Beast: In episode 8, the core of Sucy's personality, the original one, resides in apartment 666 of Mushroom Hills inside her mental world.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In episode 10, Akko realizes something is up when Andrew goes from vocally wanting to eject her from his party to professing his undying love for her in the span of a sentence.
  • 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.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Zigzagged concerning the Shiny Rod. It's clear from the beginning that only the Rod's chosen wielder (Akko) can unlock the words of power, but aside from that, it seems to vary a bit. Croix has never been able to so much as touch the Rod without getting a nasty zap (even as a child), while Akko's friends can carry the Rod around without any problems. Diana has also been able to use the Rod's broom form without difficulty, even when Akko isn't even on the broom with her.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: In this case, the dragon is a daytrader and loan shark in a robe and slippers.
  • Our Founder: Luna Nova gets nine, in the form of the Nine Olde Witches — the best witches of their time, who were also responsible for creating the Grand Triskelion. Two are seen — Woodward, who was something of a mentor to Chariot, and Beatrix, the ancestor of the Cavendish family.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Sucy is unusually polite and mostly snark-free in episode 16, another of the reasons why it's regarded as one of the strangest, bordering on Bizarro Episode.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: The last few minutes (barring the ending) of episode 18 turn into a mecha anime, complete with Calling Your Attacks and Finishing Move, thanks to Constanze's mechanical genius and Akko's stubbornness.
  • Passing the Torch: At the end of the final episode, Yggdrasil is reborn and it is spreading magic and happiness all over the world, in a scene reminiscent of Chariot's magic show at the beginning of the first episode. Several people around the globe can be seen in a montage, but special attention is given to a little Slavic blonde girl and a little American brunette girl. They are heavily implied to be the next Diana and Akko.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Sucy.
  • Police Are Useless: In episode 9. They spot a reanimated skeleton in period attire rummaging in the trash; Lotte says he's his grandfather who is also a pirate and who needs to look in everything that resembles a treasure chest. They buy it and go away without doing anything.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Pretty much the entire second half of the series happens because Ursula refuses to tell anyone else about what she knows about Croix and all the really sketchy stuff going on. Some of the guilt she has explains why it takes her so much effort to try to admit things to Akko (just in time to always get interrupted), but considering that her guilt involves the consequences of what might be happening again, it really stands out that she never bothers to say anything until it's too late to make a difference.
  • Post-Modern Magik:
    • Fafnir the dragon, believes that the age of magic has passed 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. All of her magic is merged with technology, from her propeller-driven broom to magical microwave ovens to magic rocket-propelled grenades.
    • Croix specializes in this. Her "brooms" look like Roombas and act like drones, and she uses a smart phone as her wand.
    • The girls use a crystal ball to browse the internet.
  • 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.
  • The Power of Love/The Power of Friendship: The basic gist of the Shiny Rod's Final Word, specifically by the wielder acknowledging how much others have helped her. It seems to actually require another person to be present, as when Akko confessed to Chariot how thankful she was for all that Chariot/Urusla had done for her. Additionally, the Grand Triskellion's full power is only unleashed when Akko and Diana wield the Shiny Rod together.
  • The Power of Hate: When determining which emotions to harvest with her Noir Fuel Spirit system, Croix finds that anger and hatred are the most potent and easily attained as an energy source.
  • Public Domain Artifact:
    • In episode 11, it's revealed that the Shiny Rod is actually Claíomh Solais, the Sword of Light from Celtic Mythology.
    • Episode 17, "Amanda O'Neill and the Holy Grail", features the Holy Grail. In actuality, it was a fake Grail put in Appleton Academy by Croix to test some of her experiments and possibly get Akko and Amanda killed by the anti-witch students at Appleton.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Out of all the Seven Words, the first one is most often spoken with emphasis on each word when ever its user(s) are about to shoot something.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: At the climax, the prime minister realizes that placing their trust on the witches who are already on the way to stop the missile is the best option they have and instead of actively trying to hamper their efforts they should instead work towards helping them.
  • Recurring Extra: There are several students who appear in the background on a fairly regular basis.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Professor Croix's inventions have a lot to do with this color scheme, culminating in the giant weapon which she tries to unlock the Grand Triskelion with, which is black with sickly red lights all over. This is mostly because she dabbles in The Power of Hate, which is represented by red.
  • Red Ones Go Faster: Shooting Star is a sentient broom with an arrow/phoenix motif and it can out fly an ICBM, a feat which not even the Shiny Volley could do.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Croix's shape-shifting cubes are first seen briefly as a Freeze-Frame Bonus in episode 11, converging into ball in her hand at the tail end of episode 13 and in episode 14 transforming from an artificial faerie into a bigger monster. Now, watch Chariot's magic show from the first episode again and do it again after watching episode 22.
  • Rule of Seven: Seven points in the Shiny Rod corresponding to seven points in the Big Dipper as well as seven Words needed to unlock the Grand Triskelion. Notably, there are also seven girls in Akko's friend group by the end of ther series.note  Also, the flavor text on the Shiny Chariot trading card mentions a "septahedron" and the Pleiades (another constellation with seven stars, named for seven sisters from Greek mythology).
  • Running Gag: Every time a newspaper is shown, one of the stories is the Shooting Star showing up in various places around the world.
  • Secret Test of Character: Akko is put through this in the climax of episode 11, given the choice to become a witch like Chariot at the cost of her memories. She refuses by stating she'll become like Chariot on her own.
  • Serial Escalation: Not the show itself, but the fact that in episode four, it's mentioned that one character in the Night Fall novels caught a nuke with their bare hands is a pretty strong indicator that the series was subjected to this.
  • Ship Tease:
    • This Played for Laughs at the end of episode 8. It teases Akko/Sucy when Akko decides to revive/wake Sucy up by drinking all the potions and giving them to Sucy via mouth-to-mouth. Akko wonders about giving Sucy her first kiss but shrugs it off, saying it won't count because they're friends.note 
    • There's tons of tease in episode 10 - such Akko/Diana, Akko/Andrew, Lotte/Frank and Diana/Diana. While Akko/Diana is played for laughs, both boys harbor some lingering interest in their respective witch after the spell has worn off.
    • In the second opening song, Akko and Diana walk past each other but end up holding hands.
    • In episode 20, Diana acts like a Tsundere to Akko during the broom ride. The official art from staff members detailing this moment shows Diana blushing immensely due to Akko hugging her during said broom ride.
    • In episode 25, both Akko and Diana work together against the Magic Missile. At one point, Akko starts to fall back to Earth and Diana is crying fearing she may die. Just before they defeat the Magitek ICBM, they both hold hands and smile at another before destroying it by firing Shiny Rod's arrow.
    • In the final few minutes of the show, as Croix is about to sent off to magic jail, she promises to find a cure for Wagandea's curse before she returns to Luna Nova. Chariot spends the entire scene looking rather distressed that Croix is about to leave, and ends up calling after her that she will wait for Croix's return, before wistfully repeating it to herself afterwards.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: After Croix enters and Cerebus Syndrome hits, Lotte and Sucy drop into the background and rarely even get to hang out with Akko.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • 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).
    • In episode 16, the research on Finland shows well in the food, architecture, and costumes worn by the people we meet.
    • In episode 18, all of Constanze's tools are German models.
    • The teddy bear seen in Diana's room when Akko goes to the Cavendish manor in episodes 19 and 20 is based on Steiff teddy bears. They're a very expensive line of toys that exists since the 1880s, so the perfect gift for a little girl from an ancient and noble household.
    • The small frame of a typical 4chan thread from the last episode pays attention to detail. The format is on a blue (relatively SFW) board and they even keep the at-current janitorial notices accurate.
    • Whenever a shot of a UKN News bulletin is shown, the style is a dead ringer for BBC News right down to the font.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Especially in Akko's case, but the other girls are hardly free from physical comedy.
  • Sliding Scale of Muggle Involvement: Initially on the lower end, with the Hanbridges and company being the major recurring muggles and the plot entirely about the supernatural shenanigans at Luna Nova. Increases by the end when it's revealed that the decline of muggle belief in magic is responsible for the decline of magic in general, and muggles the world over lend their belief to defeat the series' Final Boss.
  • Space Battle: The final battle is this. It takes place in space where the heroes (Akko and Diana) are fighting a giant nuke and they have difficulty fighting it. The allies help the fight for a bit to get them in space and the Shiny Rod makes a Heroic Sacrifice as it disappears from the world and there's a time limit until the world gets destroyed. Fitting considering the big theme of the show is stars.
  • Special Person, Normal Name: The most powerful witch in history was named Jennifer.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In episode 12, the fansubbers transliterated the ghost's name as "Bahalowa", but the actual name, revealed in episode 13 is "Vajarois".
  • Star Power:
    • Anything related to the Shiny Rod, which has its gemstones positioned in the shape of Ursa Major right from the start:
      • The previous owner has a Stellar Name and teaches astrology, but the rest of that goes in her character page.
      • It was kept in the Fountain of Polaris, and guarded by a polar bear named Arcas. Arcas is the hero in Classical Mythology that became Ursa Minor, and Polaris is a star in that constellation.
      • Each gemstone can perform one of the Seven Words of Arcturus. Arcturus is the fourth-brightest star in the sky and forms the constellation Boötes.
    • Professor Croix's name is a reference to the constellation known as the Southern Cross, or Croix du Sud in French.
    • Luna Novaís name is heavily space-themed, and translates to "New Moon." The moon has more direct effects with a literal Blue Moon causing various strange happenings, and the prestigious "Moonlit Witch" award.
    • The Arc Symbol is a four-pointed star.note 
    • If Akko and company need to sneak out at night, itís usually to meet a Celestial Deadline.
    • The worldís fastest broom is named the Shooting Star.
    • Horoscope reading is a magic one can study, allowing you to see into the future.
    • Professor Pisces. She's a fish.
  • Stealth Pun: Episode 24 ends with a shot of a literal magic missile.
  • The Stinger: Episode 12 ends with Hannah and Barbara still standing outside in the middle of the night, as instructed by Akko in Diana's form. Barbara sneezes.
  • Stupid Statement Dance Mix: Tumbling Orange created "Yay".
  • Surprisingly Good English: All of the text in the series is in perfect English, even getting things such as Internet slang right.
  • Take That!: Mild ones during episode 8. Among the several facets of Sucy's personality that appear just for a few seconds, there are "easily influenced Sucy", "quick-to-imitate Sucky" and "instant copycat Sucy". They are referencing Star Wars, Shin Godzilla, and Your Name, respectively, as if to imply that these films were huge successes just because the moviegoers were following mob mentality and not because they are good in and of themselves.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Diana and Akko fit this perfectly and before them, there was Croix and Chariot from the previous generation.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: All the sisters of the talking fish that Akko helps in episode 7 wear little pink bows.
  • The Time of Myths: There are multiple mentions an era that ended about 200 years ago and holds the title of the Golden Age of Magic. Since then, witches are dwindling in numbers. Highlights of this time include:
  • Tomato in the Mirror: The "evil" man who the revived corpse is searching for in episode 9 is none other than... himself.
  • Together in Death: Headmistress Holbrooke's parents in the ending of episode 9.
  • 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.
    • Spoofed when Akko introduces herself to Andrew in episode 6. She first gives her name according to Japanese naming conventions (last name first) before remembering that they're in England and switching to the Western method of introduction (first name first).
    • This goes in a meta-level: Just like in the OVAs, the TV series heavily implies Akko had to learn English first before traveling to England. While this could sound like a very trivial thing to do, for a Japanese person, or any East Asian person for that matter, learning English is quite a challenge by itself, making Akko's Determinator personality more evident, especially for the Japanese audience.note  To take this even further, Akko is only a teenager. If you're familiar with Japanese school systems, their English classes don't really teach their students how to speak English more so than reading and writing it. The fact that Akko not only has fluency in reading and writing English, but can also converse with native speakers like Diana and Amanda in a colloquial sense goes to show just how determined she was to go to the same school Chariot was at.
    • Oddly enough, in episode two, Akko is seen playing with her personal set of cards with Sucy and Lotte, despite the text of the cards are in Japanese and the later two aren't from Japan.
  • Unicorn: A mythical creature associated with the Cavendish family, which ties into their long history and tendency towards healing magic.
  • Vacation Episode: Episode 16 has Akko, Sucy, and Lotte visiting Lotte's parents in her Finnish hometown. While there, Akko still manages to get herself into zany adventures, thwart a dangerous disease and unlock one of the seven Words.
  • Wackyland: Episode 8 consists of this.
  • Wall Pin of Love: Played with. When, in episode 10, Andrew does this to Akko while under the influence of the Lovelove Bee, Akko freaks out and runs away.
  • Waterfall Puke: The reaction of the teacher at the culinary magic exam, when she examined an apple bewitched by Akko through eating.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Croix and Chariot were the best of friends in their school days. Their relationship soured after Croix was consumed by jealousy and Chariot was distracted by her magic shows.
  • Weird Moon: Has a giant four-pointed star carved into it, caused during Chariot's last magic show.
  • The Weird Sisters: Witches at Luna Nova seem to always be teamed up in groups of three roommates who do almost everything together: Akko, Lotte, Sucy; Diana, Hannah, Barbara; Amanda, Constanze, Jasminka; Wanagari and her unnamed fellow reporters. Even various background characters tend to appear in recurring trios.
  • Weird Trade Union: The fairies working at Luna Nova form one in episode 15, to demand a higher energy allowance.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Episode 12 reveals that Akko's desire to become the next Shiny Chariot may be doomed to failure, as her constant violations of Luna Nova's current traditions means that she's been outright banned from even participating in the competition for the title of Moonlight Witch, unless there's some change.
    • Episode 15: Croix reveals her true colors by manipulating Luna Nova's magical creatures into a mass strike, crippling the school and effectively allowing her to take control with her machines. Also, Ursula tells the true nature of the Shiny Rod and Grand Triskelion to Akko.
    • Episode 19: Diana drops out of Luna Nova in order to stop her aunt from destroying her family's name, forfeiting her claim to the Moonlight Witch title and leaving the title's future uncertain.
    • Episode 22 easily dwarfs all of the above in whammyness. Not only is Croix's master plan revealed—stir up political unrest and harvest the resulting emotions to power her Evil Counterpart to the Shiny Rod—but in addition, it turns out that Chariot's magic shows were sucking out people's magical potential to generate magic energy... making her very much like Croix. Akko was one of her victims when she went to see Chariot's magic show as a child, and she apparently wanted to cure Akko's deficient magic to redeem herself, and not (initially) because she genuinely cared about her. Akko, who idolized both Chariot/Ursula and Croix before learning all this, takes it about as well as the audience.
  • Wham Line: Episode 21:
    Akko: "I never cared about the Words. I just wanted to meet Chariot."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to the giant squirrel in episode 10?
  • The Wild Hunt: The focus (sort of) of episode 18, where trained fighters chase ghosts around the UK. The last day of it just happens to be near Luna Nova.
  • Womb Level: The climax of episode 13 takes place in the belly of Vajarois after Akko, Lotte, and Sucy are Swallowed Whole.
  • Words Can Break My Bones: The seven Arcturus words, when spoken by a wielder of the Shiny Rod, can undo the seal on the Grand Triskelion.
  • World Tree: Yggdrasil was thriving during the Golden Age of Magic. In the present day, leylines appear as traces of where it used to be. It's implied to return in the finale.
  • You Are Not Alone: The elusive seventh and final word to awaken Claíomh Solais is found by realizing this. Chariot and Croix never found it because they thought obtaining the World Reconstruction Magic was something to be done on their own, but when Akko has the humility to admit it was help and inspiration from others that made her stronger, she is acknowledged by the Grand Triskelion and given the magic. After all, one person can't change the world; they can only inspire others to.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Episode 24 ends with Croix surrendering and Akko finding the seventh word and discovering the restoration magic. However, there's the looming threat of a Magitek nuke.

    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 Barbara try to tell Diana that it's behind her (ushiro) but only manage to stammer out ushi (cow). In the English dub, 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 The Enchanted Parade, Akko's reaction isn't freaking out but rather "Whoa, this is a giant...?"
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted. While Professor Ursula 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 The Enchanted Parade by 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 The 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.
  • Apathetic Citizens: In The Enchanted Parade, when the group of witch-hating bullies that had attacked Akko and company 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 Enchanted Parade, the scene turns for a couple of seconds into an 8-bit Shoot 'em Up 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 she is seen at school. The teacher deals with it by using a spell to slam her head onto her book.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: While 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. Diana later returns the favor by saving Akko from certain death by falling from great height.
    • In The 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 her eating in class in 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 The Enchanted Parade. Akko and company 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 The 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 first OVA, Akko asks Diana how she knows about Shiny Chariot's attack, the Shiny Arc. Now go back to the very beginning and look closely at the first crowd shot. A young Diana is seen in the audience for Shiny Chariot's show.
    • Professor Ursula. She's first shown to be listening in when Akko and Diana are arguing about Shiny Chariot. 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: Professor Ursula seems to have this complex as she is leading the dragon away. The dragon ignores her to chase after Akko and company:
    Ursula: "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.
  • Covers Always Lie: The poster for the first short film seems to have been made before the movie was finished, as it contains a number of weird anomalies:
    • Most of the recognizable characters look a little different from their film appearance: Akko has blue eyes and looks slighty older, Lotte's hair is slightly longer, Sucy's hair is black instead of pink, Hannah and Barbara have different hairstyles, and Diana's hair is solid blond, with her Skunk Stripes missing.
    • Some of the characters who are featured don't make an appearance in the film. This includes: a pair of random Luna Nova students, three adult female characters, and a group of fairies who bear a resemblance to the Luna Nova workers seen later on in the TV series.
    • The dragon has a completely different design.
    • There are some random elements that seem to have no connection to the movie at all. This includes: a unicorn, a Viking-horned hot air balloon, and a very significant-looking adult witch framed in silhouette, who may represent Shiny Chariot, but doesn't look anything like her.
  • 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 favorably 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 The 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 The 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 The 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: In The Enchanted Parade, Jasminka 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, the minotaur is actually seen melting and the bones seem to be popping out. Then it turns into a puddle of blood that metls the floor.
  • Fantastic Racism: Witches and non-witches don't get along. The activities in the witch 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 her, Hannah, 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 in The 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, only the girls' expressions are shown.
  • 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 The 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 The 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 The Enchanted Parade, the main dramatic theme starts playing, and then switches to being broadcast by the speakers on their parade float.
  • Ley Line: Standard pathways for witch travel. They're later revealed to be traces of Yggdrasil.
  • 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 The 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 The 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 of the first OVA. Notice 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 Finnish, and, if her surname is any indication, Sucy is Cebuano. Among the other major characters, there's the British Diana, Irish-American Amanda, German Constanze, and Russian 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 The 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 The 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 The 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 The 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 armor, 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.
  • Parasol Parachute: Sucy creates one out of a mushroom in The Enchanted Parade.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Sucy.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Constanze from The Enchanted Parade is almost always frowning.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Zigzagged. This applies to some characters: Irish-American Amanda has green eyes and red hair and British Diana is a blue-eyed blonde. However, 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/Ukrainian Jasminka doesn't have the nose that regular Russian and other Slavic characters would have, the German/Austrian Constanze is a short, adorable brunette, and pale-skinned, light-haired Sucy doesn't look Filipino at all.
  • 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 The 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. In The Enchanted Parade, she tries to get the witch parade cancelled because she finds the whole thing is offensive to witches.
  • Reconstruction: Of the Cute Witch genre.
  • 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 The 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 The Enchanted Parade, being a dancer/thief, has nice legs and shows them off frequently.
  • 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.
  • Tempting Fate: In The 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 The 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 in 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-girls 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.

    The Video Game 
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: In the game, everyone is repeating the same day over and over, but no one else is aware, except Akko and her friends.
  • Interquel: Set during summer vacation, between the episodes "Orange Submariner" and "Sleeping Sucy".
  • Mythology Gag: Diana uses the same Storm of Blades spell which she tried to kill the minotaur with in the original film.

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