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

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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 film, Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, premiered for Kickstarter pledgers July 3, 2015note  and was released for the general public on Halloween 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.

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Both films 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 on 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 was released in Japan on November 30, 2017, and May 15, 2018 in western countries.

The series has also had several manga adaptations, the noticeable ones that was respectively ran in Ultra Jump and Ribon, the magazine lines of Shueisha.

For an older anime series with similar premise and themes, see Tweeny Witches. Not to be confused with My Hero Academia, which has some similarities to this. Many fans compared the show with Harry Potter due to Small Reference Pools, but the show has much more in common with the older The Worst Witch.


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  • The Ace: Diana Cavendish comes from a old noble family of witches who descends from one of the Nine Old Witches (basically the supreme authorities on magic), is extremely intelligent and talented, has always the right answer for everything, knows more than her teachers do, looks always elegant and composed... And after all of this we discover that having her magic drained out of her as a child, so she had to relearn everything, and having her evil aunt plot to sell her family's artifacts to muggles didn't even affect her that much, making her even more of an Ace.
  • Adults Are Useless:
    • Averted in the films. 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 tries 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.
    • Played straight in the TV series. All the adults besides Ursula and Croix are ridiculously incompetent—they exist only to teach classes and prescribe punishments, sometimes needing the kids to sort out their messes. They signed a major funding contract for the school without reading it because it's written in ancient dragon language, but, naturally, Diana can read it and discovers the dragon who wrote it was taking advantage of their inability to read it, giving them much less than he owed them. However, Ursula occasionally gets to do something, such as when she saves Akko and Andrew from a rampaging bear.
  • Aerith and Bob: The series has Akko Kagari (Japanese name), Diana Cavendish (English name), Lotte Jansson and Sucy Manbanvaran (fantasy-styled Western names), and Luna Nova (Gratuitous Latin). The weird names are not arbitrary, although research may be required to make sense of them. Lotte Jansson is a perfectly good shortened given name along with a perfectly good Scandinavian surname (she's Finnish), Sucy Manbavaran is a slightly modified Tagalog word (either "susi", which is "key", or "suci" which is "holy"; "susi" is also "key" in Cebuano) with a modified Cebuano word as surname ("mambabarang", which is "sorceress"), which makes sense since she's from Southeast Asia (perhaps from Philippines, where Tagalog is a major official language and Cebuano a minority official language(. Luna Nova translates as "New Moon" most likely in late Latin after adjectives became postponed to substantives but before it became romance; Latin is sometimes used in-story as a Language of Magic.
  • All Part of the Show:
    • In The Enchanted Parade, a combination of factors releases a magical rock giant during the town festival. Professor Ursula plays it off like this a show that the Wizarding School is putting on, and has them cheer encouragement as Akko, Lotte and Sucy defeat it. Funnily enough, Akko did want to put on a show like this earlier, but it fell through.
    • In "Undead Travelogue", Akko passes off the antics of a reanimated corpse as being part of an elaborate street performance.
    • In "Bee Affection", Andrew turns 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".
  • 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 Number: The series may well be determined to cover every non-Christian three in Europe. We’ve got the students in witch covens of three, triquetras, Hecatian trios including Hecatian depictions of the moon, and even a Grand Triskelion.
  • Arc Words: "A believing heart is your magic." Shiny Chariot's creed, which fuels Akko's ceaseless drive and determination to fulfill her dreams of becoming a witch. It also serves the crucial narrative purpose of setting up Diana to re-inspire her after she hits a bad spell of Heroic BSoD, and additionally, the fact that the phrase originated from Croix, Chariot's Evil Former Friend and the Big Bad, establishes the importance and sincerity of their past bond, suggesting that Croix is not completely beyond redemption.
  • Black Bead Eyes: A few of the student extras have them.
  • 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).
  • Brick Joke:
    • Why, in "Starting Over", 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 "Orange Submariner", she's one of the professors and speaks only inscrutable fish-ese.
    • In Chamber of Time, when searching for magic keys, Akko stumbles upon Sucy and asks her if she found any of them. Sucy answers that she'll keep an eye open when hunting for mushrooms. A bit later, when a troll blocks Akko's way, Sucy gives her a spell to put them to sleep... Along with a magic key.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Each of Akko's classmates are individually recognizable, even from a distance.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • Extremely subtle, to the point where it's more of a Rewatch Bonus. At the end of the first film and the series, 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. In the end, she's revealed to be Shiny Chariot herself.
  • Chromosome Casting: The original short film had no human male characters unless you count extras in the prologue. Justified since after that scene the whole thing is set at an all girl's Wizarding School. Averted in The Enchanted Parade, but even there only one male character is important enough to get a name. Averted in the TV series as well, where there are multiple male characters seen, named, and mentioned.
  • Creator Provincialism: The main heroine, Akko Kagari, is the only thing linking this series with Japan, as the whole plot takes place in England. Curiously though, the titular Luna Nova Academy seems to follow the Japanese School Year, with first term picking up in April.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The first film has some adult characters involved in the plot, and the teachers seem reasonably competent. The TV series, however, goes deep into Adults Are Useless territory. Other than Ursula and Croix, who are sort of honorary children thanks to flashbacks, the teachers seem less talented than their students—especially Diana, who, in "Pact of the Dragon", resolves conflict through knowledge of an ancient language the professors couldn't understand.
    • In "Starting Over", Avery, the witch with blue hair and Hair Decorations, is part of a trio with Hannah and Barbara and spoke directly to Akko. Not only did she not interact with any of them afterward, but she is pretty much reduced to a background character with no lines. Also, among the faculty in the same episode, there are some unnamed, non-speaking teachers that either never appear again or make extremely brief cameos after the presentation.
  • Emerald Power: Spell-energy is usually green, and so is the Sorcerer's Stone that powers all of their magic.
  • Essential Anime: First created as a 26-minute short film in 2013, a short film in 2015, and a 25-episode series in 2017, this reconstructs the 'Cute Witch' subgenre of the Magical Girl genre with light adventure.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Jasminka is almost always this combined with Perpetual Smiler.
  • 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.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • The Enchanted Parade shows that 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.
    • In the series, 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.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Slightly downplayed, but aside from the franchise's main focus on human witches, there are dragons of different kinds, a yeti, a cockatrice, a minotaur, a number of energy spirits (like the ones Lotte summons for assistance in magical tasks, or the fire spirits that supply Luna Nova with heating), random formless ghosts (targets of The Wild Hunt), not to mention the unnamed diversity of what look like elves, dwarves, fairies and other mythical creatures that form the corps of school staff and maintenance. There's also a number of magical flora (not counting a powerful witch who became a Plant Person), including a sheep tree, mandrakes, at least some of Sucy's mushrooms, and most notably Yggdrasil, the source of the series' magic at large. There are even Magitek robots, courtesy of Constanze and Professor Croix, the series' resident Gadgeteer Geniuses.
  • 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. The truth behind her inability to fly one is way more tragic in the TV series.
  • For Happiness: This is the motivation for both Akko Kagari and her idol, Shiny Chariot. Chariot's desire became a Tragic Dream, discarding her performance career to become the meek Professor Ursula.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: The main characters:
    • Sanguine: Atsuko "Akko" Kagari. The optimistic, temperamental Genki Girl.
    • Phlegmatic: Lotte Jansson. The levelheaded, albeit shy, Nice Girl.
    • Melancholic: Sucy Manbavaran. The aloof, apathetic Deadpan Snarker.
    • Choleric: Diana Cavendish. The blunt, confident Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
    • Eclectic: Ursula Callistis/Chariot du Nord. The calm, yet charismatic, Badass Teacher.
  • Good Old Ways: The culture of the witches is shown to be steeped deep in tradition. Luna Nova Academy, in particular, is filled with various traditions, customs and ways that seem archaic by modern standards. Because of this, many of the students and staff have a bias against Akko, a regular person from a muggle family that idolizes Shiny Chariot, a witch hated by many other witches for her grandiose use of magic for entertainment.
  • Hand of Glory: There's one of these on a desk in the main characters' dorm room. Suffice it to say that it most likely belongs to Sucy.
  • The Hecate Sisters:
    • The main trio maps to this, even though they are all the same age (around 15 or so). Akko is the maiden (new to magic, impulsive and youthfully exuberant). Lotte is the mother (caring, nurturing, sweet disposition), and Sucy is the crone (Pale skin, jagged teeth, and more mature than the other two).
    • Averted with The Diana/Hannah/Barbara trio, because Diana so outshines the other two, who are identical.
  • Luna Nova is littered with statues of the three sisters and uses a classic waxing, full, and waning moon symbol as a logo.
  • Improbably Female Cast: Apparently one hundred percent of magic-users were female. There were male muggle characters, and even male magical creatures always around... but no wizards were depicted until the very end as cameos, and only witches were shown until then. The male muggles do however have much more prominence than female muggles in the show, and the Wild Hunters may actually be a group of all-male humans that use some type of magic distinguished from witchcraft.
  • Leitmotif: "Chariot's Theme" gets various arrangements.
  • Ley Line: The Leylines are a series of networks around the world that allow magical energy to flow and connect various geographical locations, making them both a magic power source and a form of fast transportation for witches. Additionally, they're later explained to have formed from the roots and branches of Yggdrasil, and become unstable when anti-magic objects like salt are brought into them. Later on, Professor Croix introduces what are functionally wi-fi routers that absorb magic from ley lines.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Magic Wand: The series has more modernized wands, with a folding/extension ability, a forked tip to discharge the magical energy, and a magical battery indicator. Most wands in the series look identical, meaning they're clearly school-issued, but other wand models are seen, for instance, in Lotte's parents' magic tool shop. The Cavendishes also traditionally use another type of wand, one that appears to be made of wood, with a length of ivory snaking around it. Then there's the Shiny Rod, which is in a class on its own and seems more to be a hybrid of this and Magic Staff.
  • 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.
  • Magitek: Magic-powered technology is rare because it's frowned upon by traditionalist witches, but there are some people who utilize it. Constanze Braunschbank Albrechtsburger is a witch student who mixes magic with technology like a Spark. She made a Robot Buddy out of a Playstation-like console, flies a broom with a propeller-driven engine, made a manabolt firing shotgun, and magic powered microwave ovens, among other tricks. Later on, Professor Croix is introduced as a witch who uses advanced technology in conjunction with magic such as a smartphone as a wand and wifi routers that picks up magic from Ley Lines.
  • Master Poisoner: Technically, Sucy's specialty is potions in general, but the way she's able to instantly kill a huge minotaur in the first film 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 film and the series. Notice the blond girl in a witch's hat.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The first film and TV series 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. In the first film, 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.
  • Multinational Team: The series takes place at a British Wizarding School with a lot of international students. The main trio consists of Atsuko "Akko" Kagari (from Japan), Lotte Yanson (from Finland), and Sucy Manbavaran (from the Philippines). Other prominent characters include Diana Cavendish (from England), Amanda O'Neill (from the USA), Constanze Amalie von Braunschbank-Albrechtsberger (from Germany), and Jasminka Antonenko (from Russia).
  • Nobody Can Die: The series has its fair share of perilous situations—including a stone-breathing cockatrice in "Starting Over" and a magical illness that turns people into moss—but other than the dragon in the first film and a love-inducing bee in the TV series, no living creatures ever die in it. This is partially brushed off by a comment that witches are notoriously difficult to kill, but not all of the characters are witches. It does acknowledge that humans can die when the heroes visit a cemetery and accidentally reanimate a corpse, but no one dies during the course of the story.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: The series is set at a Wizarding School in the south of England, with characters from all over the world including Japan, Britain, Finland, America and the Philippines. The English dub has everyone, including the British Diana, sounding American regardless.
  • One-Gender School: The series is set in Luna Nova, a school for witches and only witches. In the TV series, there is also Appleton Academy, a school for male muggles patterned after Eton. Both of them are private boarding schools.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: The Chilean Spanish dub has many instances when the Chilean accents are very notable, especially with Akko, Diana and the Professor.
  • 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.
  • 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. note 
  • Reconstruction: Of the Cute Witch genre.
  • Post-Modern Magik: A recurring element in the series involves magical people and creatures using modern conveniences. There's a dragon who uses the internet to trade on the stock market, the yeti who's depressed because he's being cyber-bullied, Constanze's constant construction of Magitek, Lotte's crystal ball that can connect to the internet, and of course Professor Croix's own heavy usage of sleek-looking magitek that wouldn't be out of place in an Apple store. All this in contrast with the otherwise extremely Hogwarts-like setting.
  • 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.
  • The Reveal: Professor Ursula is a retired Shiny Chariot.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Shout-Out Theme Naming: On top of the several references to stars and witchcraft, the series features a surprising number of references to the world of animation. Diana's Gir Posse, Hannah and Barbara, are named after Hanna-Barbera, background characters, Avery, Mary and Blair, are referencing Tex Avery and Mary Blair, and apparently Akko (in addition to her full name being a reference to Atsuko Kagami in Himitsu no Akko-chan) was a common name among several Japanese animators.
  • Super Weight:
    • Type -1: Diana's sick mother.
    • Type 0: Muggles, Diana as a child, Andrew, Paul.
    • Type 1: Akko at the start note , Chumlee.
    • Type 2: Amanda, Constanze, Jasminka, Lotte, Sucy, Fafnir, Hannah, Barbara, Akko with the Shiny Rod before its true power is released.
    • Type 3: Diana, Most teachers, Ursula as a child, Croix as a child, Croix's Magitek minions.
    • Type 4: Ursula now, Croix now.
    • Type 5: Ursula as Shiny Chariot note , Croix with the Noir Rod, The Noir Rod in its nuke form, Akko after obtaining the full power of the Shiny Rod note , Akko and Diana's Golden Super Mode.
    • Type 6: The Grand Triskelion.
  • Tamer and Chaster: Compared to other Gainax/Trigger works, the series contains little to no Fanservice.
  • 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.
    • It is heavily implied that Akko had to learn English to enter the academy, as she also writes in that language, even for herself. 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.
    • 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, probably 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.
  • 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.
  • We All Live in America: The series is set in the United Kingdom and, for the most part, the writers did do their research. However, "Pohjola's Ordeal'" shows Lotte's Finnish family have very typical Japanese traits, such as bowing and saying "Itadakimasu" before the meal. Also, in what may or may not be a parody of this kind of thing, the same episode shows that the lone Japanese character, Akko, strongly dislikes the typical Japanese tradition of having long, hot baths. In Chamber of Time, Luna Nova inexplicably follows the Japanese school calendar, which is why summer vacation happens in the middle of the school year rather than after it.
  • 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.
  • White and Grey Morality: The series goes this way as well. Virtually no character is truly evil or even a complete Jerkass. Doesn't make it any less fun. Even Croix, the Big Bad, winds up undergoing a Heel–Face Turn by the end.
  • Witch Classic: The witches wear the pointy hats, ride brooms, wear black (or purple) dresses and brew potions. Akko is a part of a trio of friends (who are also witches) and her rival, Diana, is also in a group of three as her Girl Posse.
  • 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.

    Films 
  • 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".
  • 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...?"
  • 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.
  • 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 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 have a simpler style than the regular animation.
  • Aside Glance: In the first film, 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 The Enchanted Parade, 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:
    • In the first film, Akko and her friends arrive just in time to save Diana and her posse from certain death by an angry minotaur. Diana later returns the favor by saving Akko from certain death by falling from a great height.
    • In The Enchanted Parade, Lotte and Sucy return in time to save the day when things are looking bleak.
  • Bucket Helmet: In the first film, after awakening the dragon, Sucy and Lotte emerge from a pile of debris wearing a cauldron and a pot, respectively.
  • 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.
  • 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 Luna Lana spell and Lotte's ancestral song in The Enchanted Parade.
  • 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?"
  • Covers Always Lie: The poster for the first film seems to have been made before the film 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 slightly 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 film 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.
  • Cultural Cross-Reference: The films have a few My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic shoutouts in the form of plush versions of the characters. The television series has an even more unexpected reference; the shopkeeper in "Don't Stop Me Now" is a dead ringer for Chumlee from Pawn Stars. Unsurprising, considering this series was also made by Studio Trigger, who had previously made Kill la Kill and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt when they were part of Gainax. The references go beyond My Little Pony, though: the story being set at a Wizarding School in Britain and the MacGuffin in the first film being called the Sorcerer's Stone are references to Harry Potter, witches being disciplined as part of a parade are made to wear fake noses like the "witch" in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Amanda in one scene is shown stealing valuables while dressed up like Comic Book/Catwoman.
  • 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 bioterrorism.
  • 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.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: In the first film, Diana and her Girl Posse find an ominous container at the bottom of a dungeon. They open it, expecting some sort of final boss, but a harmless lizard crawls out. Unaware of the fact that it eats magic, they make fun of it and blast it with spells. It quickly grows into an enormous dragon and goes on a rampage through the school.
  • 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: In the first film, Akko, her friends, Sucy and Lotte, and Diana, the resident Alpha Bitch, go into a dungeon as a test at Luna Nova. The students have to traverse a series of dungeons while collecting rare treasures and dealing with monsters, they even fight a dragon.
  • Energy Absorption: In the first film, dragons get bigger and stronger the more magic is used on them. A rather small one is freed in a dungeon about halfway through, and becomes the main conflict of the story very soon after.
  • Face Palm: Amanda does this in The Enchanted Parade after Akko beans Lotte with her broom.
  • 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 melts the floor.
  • 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.
  • 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 to 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  For what it's worth, "Luna Lana" itself is made of the Italian words for "Moon" and "Wool".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.
  • I'm Melting!: In the first film, the minotaur hit with poison melts into a puddle of goo, which promptly eats a clean circular hole through the floor.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass:
    • Akko is of the Good Is Not Nice variety. 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.
    • Diana is 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 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.
  • 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: In the first film, 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.
  • Mayor Pain: The Mayor in The Enchanted Parade is mainly the Quimby type. He is more concerned about puffing up his own ego and earning tourist dollars than he is with things like good sense and reason. With incontrovertible proof that both magic and witches are real, he decides to remove a rock that is specifically labelled as a seal to a great evil to place a statue of himself. When the inevitable happens and a giant attacks his city, he blames the witches and only backs down when he starts thinking of the tourist revenue. Even a witch supporting him from a great height on her broom is not enough to dissuade him even when she gently tries to remind him exactly whose fault this whole fiasco is.
  • Muggles Do It Better: At the academy, the Sorcerer'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 number of magic witches can use, which proves troublesome when Akko and co. go there and get beset by a bunch of witch-hating hooligans.
  • Munchkin: In the first film, both Akko and Diana go through the "typical RPG" assignment, in which they must penetrate a dungeon to retrieve treasure, as Munchkins of different categories. Diana is Min-Maxed - she declares herself 'invincible' and mows through legions of terrifying monsters, determined to bring back the best loot possible even though the rest of her party urges her to turn back. Akko is an inept Psychopath who gets derailed trying to murder every little blob monster that happens to move her way, even though her party members remind her that killing monsters isn't even part of the assignment.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the first film, 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!:
    • In the first film, Diana breaks a magical seal in her search for more treasures. 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.
  • Ocular Gushers: Akko does this in The Enchanted Parade after Lotte returns for her.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the first film:
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: In the first film, 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 armour, and unlike the dragon cannot be destroyed, only resealed.
  • Parasol Parachute: Sucy creates one out of a mushroom in The Enchanted Parade.
  • Poison Is Corrosive: In the first film, a small vial of poison melts a huge monster, and the resulting sludge bores a clear round hole through the floor it was standing on.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: In the first film, 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 and they should be the ones feared. In The Enchanted Parade, she tries to get the witch parade canceled because she finds the whole thing is offensive to witches.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can:
    • The dragon in the first film. 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 the 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.
  • Short Film: The first film is just 50 minutes long and had a limited two week engagement in Japanese theaters.
  • Slasher Smile: In the first film, Sucy briefly sports one when she successfully kills the minotaur with one of her potions.
  • Storm of Blades: In the first film, 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 in the first film. 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."
  • Untranslated Title: The Chilean Spanish dub keeps the original English names in both the first 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 Cavendish's name is pronounced the same way in English (Dye-ana), rather than phonetically in Spanish (Dee-ana).
  • Waterfall Puke: In the first film, 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 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 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.

    TV Series 
  • Aborted Arc: "Orange Submariner" ends with Professor Finnelan in charge of the girls as punishment for them breaking the rules. It's set up like a continuing plotline, perhaps as a Foil to Professor Calistis's more empathetic guidance, but it's never mentioned again.
  • Absentee Actor: Sucy does not appear at all in "Chariot of Fire" 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 "Undead Travelogue" 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".
  • Alien Blood: The corpse in "Undead Travelogue" has green blood and tears. Probably because it was reanimated with magic, and magic is green.
  • All for Nothing: Two cases in "A Road to Arcturus".
    • Listing all the sins Croix made. She crippled hundreds of people of their magic, forsake and humiliated her best friend, terrorize humans and witches alike with her inventions, scarred the Chosen One for life, depleted all remaining supply of magic and started a new world war. Her reward is getting world altering magic that cannot work for her, only Akko can who she drove away. Nice Job Fixing It, Villain! barely describes Croix's terrible position who will most likely have her credentials removed, hunted down by her kind and be remembered as an embarrassment throughout history.
    • Chariot has a despairing moment. The Grand Triskellion ruined her life and now learns that it cannot be used by anyone but Akko. The Witches are too stubborn and foolish to ever comprehend this, most of the children are either fully committed in traditions or have lost faith in magic and Akko left because of what Chariot did to her childhood. To Chariot, that Grand Triskellion Is a worthless stick. Had Chariot just follow Diana's advice to be with Akko, she could have redeem herself.
  • All Hallows' Eve: "What You Will" and "Samhain Magic Festival" focus on the Samhain Festival.
  • All Just a Dream: "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld" 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.
  • 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 film.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 films, Akko and Sucy do not get along very well at first.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: In "Starting Over", 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.
  • Ambiguously Gay:
    • Chariot du Nord and Croix Meridies were very close friends during their Luna Nova days, had several very emotionally intimate moments together, and despite Croix absolutely destroying their friendship, tricking Chariot into stealing the magical ability of her audience, Chariot still doesn't hesitate to try and save her when the Noir Rod goes berserk, while Croix quickly shifts gears to pleading with her to abandon her and save herself. She's also quite distressed in the epilogue when Croix has to leave, and gives a rather emotional farewell, complete with a rather wistful promise to wait for her return.
    • Akko and Diana, whose relationship parallels their teachers' to an extent. Diana in particular; when the rest of her classmates are fawning over Andrew Hanbridge, she just looks completely disinterested. Though this could easily be chalked up to their preexisting (and downright frosty) relationship. And then there's some of the official artwork...
  • Amusing Injuries: In "Starting Over", Sucy states that witches are hard to kill. Apparently, even minimal magical training, like Akko's, is enough to shake off pain and injuries.
  • An Aesop:
    • The core message of the series is that it takes more than just passion to succeed; it takes hard work, dedication, and constant practice in order to achieve your dream. Akko is passionate about magic, but her complete and total lack of skill makes her one of the worst students at Luna Nova. That's before The Reveal that Shiny Chariot drained her magic at the magic show Akko went to as a child. Even so, Akko vows to press on.
    • invokedAkko was meant to express this via Word of God, as Yoh Yoshinari made Akko as a representation of animators who thought that raw passion made up for a lack of technique.
  • Animated Armour: Croix animates a suit of armour in "Amanda O'Neill and the Holy Grail". Said armour promptly attaches itself to a hapless Appleton Academy student and goes on a rampage until Amanda manages to defeat it.
  • Animate Dead: In "Undead Travelogue", the combination of Akko's Restoration Magic and Sucy's graveyard mushroom winds up reviving a corpse.
  • Art Evolution: Inverted from the film to the TV series. Compared to the first films, 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.
  • Artistic License: The show's grasp of contemporary English politics. For starters, it seems to think being a hereditary aristocrat is a shoo-in for a political career, including the Earl of Hanbridge inviting his son to a COBR meeting in the finale. It also misuses the term "Minister of [X]" to mean essentially a Cabinet position, whereas actual Cabinet positions are officially called "Secretary of State for [X]", which multiple Ministers of State working under them. There's also an unspecified European country they're close to war with, even before Croix's hatemongering smartphone app starts spreading discord.
  • Art Shift:
    • Two incidents in "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld":
      • 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 "Bee Affection", 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:
    • "Stanship Take Off!" 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
    • "Night Fall". 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 "Pohjola's Ordeal", where the yeti loses confidence in his abilities as a craftsman because of internet flaming. Akko talks him out of it.
  • Ash Face: Has happened to Akko more than once.
    • In "Night Fall", she causes a huge explosion during her fundamental alchemy exam.
    • In "New Age Magic", Croix uses a blast of stored energy to revive the Fire Fairy, which burns Akko in the process.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The show is peppered with faux-Latin spells that are largely nonsense, but presumably sound catchy to a Japanese-speaking audience.
  • Astonishingly Appropriate Appearance: In "The Fountain", 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 "Changing at the Edge of the World".
  • Balloonacy: In "Samhain Magic Festival", Akko has trouble keeping afloat after turning into a flying elephant, so Lotte conjures some balloons to help her out.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Akko does it with a guillotine in "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld".
  • 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 "Pact of the Dragon", Jasminka eats a bag of Olitos.
    • In "Stanship Take Off!", 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.
    • "Yesterday" has in the background of the scene with Andrew and Akko a shop named "Mark & Sponcer", a reference to Marks & Spencer.
  • 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 "Starting Over", 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 "Changing at the Edge of the World", 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 "Starting Over", 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 "Changing at the Edge of the World", 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.
  • Botanical Abomination: A benevolent version in the Great Witch, Jennifer, whose spirit fused with a tree after death, turning her into a still-sapient Plant Person.
  • Breather Episode: "Pohjola's Ordeal", after the Serial Escalation from 11-15, is much sillier and relaxed, though it still manages to have tension.
  • Cacophony Cover Up: In "Bee Affection", Akko magics up a giant squirrel as a distraction so that she, Lotte and Sucy can sneak into a party undetected.
  • Central Theme:
    • In the first cour, "highbrow" traditionalism versus "lowbrow" populism. In the face of an evolving world, the magical establishment stubbornly sticks to their staid old ways and studious adherence to proper studying despite how wildly unprofitable it is because they believe it's the only way to preserve "the magic" of the craft. This attitude pits them against Akko, who idolizes a flashy stage magician and lugs around a Collectible Card Game with flavor text gleaned from Luna Nova's repository of magical knowledge in lieu of any actual magical training and study.
    • In the second cour, the relationship between magic and technology. Both the establishment and their former prodigy, Croix Meridies, want to bring magic back to the world; whereas the establishment shuns technology for fear it will ruin the magic irrevocably, Croix utilizes cutting-edge technology to make magic more efficient and thus solves the school's financial crisis. But this comes at a dark cost—the only way she can power the Noir Rod and find the Grand Triskelion is by using technology to provoke hatemongering populism over a football game, the exact opposite of Akko's desire to bring magic back by making people laugh and smile at entertaining spectacle. As the meaning of "Sybilladura Lelladybura" implies, Akko and Diana must reconcile the old and the new if they hope to help magic survive in the modern world.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The anime takes a more serious tone after "Samhain Magic Festival".
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: "Amanda O'Neill and the Holy Grail", "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 "Papiliodia", Akko mentions having collected all of the Shiny Chariot cards, save one ultra rare card. Come "Cavendish", Diana has that card as a special treasure.
    • After its debut in "Don't Stop Me Now", 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 "Night Fall".
  • Continuity Nod:
    • After "Don't Stop Me Now", 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 film.
  • Contrived Coincidence:
    • Parodied in "Pohjola's Ordeal", where the Greenman Disease works off ridiculously specific triggers. The conditions and effects of the illness make it work more like a curse than an actual pathology in practice; it only happens in a specific region of Finland when, among other things, a certain amount of CO 2 exhaled by humans coincides with a specific breeding rate of a specific family of fish, the release of pollen into the air, a freaking planetary alignment event and the consumption of a specific traditional homemade pie when baked at a specific temperature. The conditions are so stringent that the book detailing the disease itself points out that it's something one could only expect to occur AT MOST once every thousand years. 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 someone’s life isn’t 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.
  • Crying Critters: In the episode where the fish learn transformation, they cry.
  • 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:
    • "Don't Stop Me Now": In the Japanese version, 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 English dub, likely due to religious censorship, she yelled that she'd hang on to the broom forever.
    • "Night Fall": The English dub has Lotte state she reads Night Fall for the "love triangle" between Arthur, Belle, and Edgar. However, the subtitles, which more closely follow the Japanese dialog, reveal that she's a straight-up Yaoi Fangirl.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Most episodes focus on Akko and her personal growth into a great witch but "Night Fall", "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld", "Amanda O'Neill and the Holy Grail", "Stanship Take Off!", and "Cavendish" focus on other characters.
  • Darker and Edgier: The second cour is darker than the first but "Things We Said Today" 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 BSoD. 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 "Don't Stop Me Now".
  • Death by Childbirth: Mrs. Holbrooke died shortly after giving birth to her daughter, Headmistress Miranda Holbrooke, as revealed in "Undead Travelogue".
  • Decon-Recon Switch: The series serves to break down all the classic magical cliches and elements. But at the same time, there are silver linings that made them worthwhile:
    • Stock Shōnen Hero: Akko's acts and outbursts can be seen by those as obnoxious and overwhelming and sometimes causes trouble for almost everyone which worsens having to bear heavy burdens of an epic quest when she hasn't graduated school yet. It's gotten bad that Akko at times doubts herself and wears her persona as a mask to hide it. However as Akko continues her journey, she sees the good and bad of magic and this motivates her to further push forward and strengthening her beliefs because she honestly sees making people happy with magic as the right course. Diana lampshades that what Akko does is more powerful than any words that cast spells.
    • Stock Shōnen Rival: Akko has no chance in beating Diana in terms of magic prowess. At the same time while Diana wins more than her opposite, the only reason these victories happen because Diana supports the system that only benefits solely one party than all which ironically causes the very problems she wanted to end. She gets called out on several occasions when it became clear she's only helping the small party. Although, Diana doesn't mean to be cold-hearted to Akko and her friends because she had to grow up without her parents and fears for her family's legacy that is about to fade away. However as the series progresses, it becomes clear that rivals doesn't traditionally mean enemies. They are friends that while have different methods to achieve their goals, their point of views are the same which is critical when Akko and Diana comfort one another when things get rough.
    • Stealth Mentor / It's the Journey That Counts: Just because someone like Woodward founded magic, doesn't mean she's always right and her outdated methods would bring more harm than good to the person she is claiming to help. While learning to be better about oneself is a good moral, it won't do any good if they are in too deep in problems to the point they do need compensation for everything they've been through which is something that happen when it's implied that Woodward wanted to deliver a similar speech but is too embarrassed to say it after ruining Chariot and Croix's actual lives. It also didn't help that she abandons the latter two leaving them to see her as less of a mentor.
  • Deface of the Moon: The moon is scarred with a giant four-pointed star-shaped crater. "Yesterday" reveals that Shiny Chariot made it at her last show before disappearing; lacking resources from her previous show, she called on the Words in desperation. The resulting arrow was powerful enough to leave the moon with its present appearance.
  • 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 "Papiliodia", 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 "Blue Moon"'s reveal, the name of the forest and the meaning of the aforementioned saying became more important than ever.
  • Dub-Induced Plot Hole: In the English dub of "Night Fall", Lotte and Annabel Crème geek out over the two male leads of the eponymous novel series sharing a shoehorn. We, the English-speaking audience, are just as confused by this as Akko and Sucy are. It's actually a reference to an earlier line in the Japanese version where Lotte explains she ships the two male leads, and Annabel confirms she put Yaoi subtext in there. That line was changed to Lotte's general interest in a "love triangle" in the English localization for homophobic reasons, rendering Lotte and Annabel's later conversation indecipherable.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: All side characters, Diana, Amanda, Constanze, and Jasminka, appear during the matriculation ceremony. Andrew, who's introduced in "The Fountain", appears in the opening since "Starting Over". Diana also appears during the magic show in "Starting Over", sitting up and to the right from Akko.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: In "A Road to Arcturus", Akko and Ursula spend 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 "Night Fall", 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 causes a big ass explosion during her fundamental alchemy exam, destroying a window, a part of the wall around the window, and giving her an unwanted makeover.
  • Eyelid Pull Taunt:
    • Diana's reflection in the mischievous mirror from "What You Will" does this to her.
    • In "Intellect and Sensibility", after Akko manages to dodge some attacks from a bunch of snakes, she does this to them while in her mouse form.
  • 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.
  • Fate Worse than Death:
    • The punishment for a witch trying to resurrect the dead 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: "Pohjola's Ordeal", 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 "Starting Over", the dragon at Chariot's show appears out of a set of cubes. Come "Blue Moon", 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 "Samhain Magic Festival" 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 "Samhain Magic Festival") or outright foreshadowing (such as in "Blue Moon").
    • 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.
    • Pretty much every newspaper in the series has a story about the Shooting Star being seen around the world, implying we haven't seen the last of it. We haven't.
    • "Orange Submariner" features two posters of a film series featuring a Gillman-like amphibian creature. Later in the episode, Akko becomes a fish person herself.
    • "Chariot of Fire": In the cafeteria, Constanze and Jasminka are staring at posters for the Wild Hunt.
    • "Pohjola's Ordeal" 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.
  • For Want of a Nail: If it wasn't for the pickled plums that Akko tried to bring on her debut, her arrival on Luna Nova would have been a quick ride, but at a cost not finding the Shiny Rod sooner, in which could have made her first few months in school a living hell until then.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In "Blue Moon", 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 "Papiliodia", 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 "Night Fall". She also references gay slash fiction in the same episode.
    • In "Bee Affection", 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 "Discipline", 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 "Stanship Take Off!" said, "Wow! people actually believe in this bullshit".
    • Netflix actually rates this show as Y7.
  • 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 "A Road to Arcturus" 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: In "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld", Akko dives into Sucy's head, where she meets personifications of Sucy's personality traits, including her consciences, which manifests as this trope. Sucy being Sucy, neither one of them is exactly pleasant.
  • Gorgeous Garment Generation: The ability of the Cinderella dress up set in "Bee Affection". 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.
  • House Fey: Various fairies maintains Luna Nova Academy, including a Cyclops and a minotaur doing maintenance and a fire fairy that heats the water. "New Age Magic" kicks off with them all going on strike due to not getting enough magical energy from the Sorcerer's Stone.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Lotte's parents, as seen in "Pohjola's Ordeal".
  • Humiliation Conga: Croix in "A Road to Arcturus". 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.
  • The Idol's Blessing: Despite being massively incompetent, series protagonist Akko manages to summon the Shiny Rod, a staff once wielded by her lifetime idol, Shiny Chariot.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Andrew plants a kiss on Akko's hand after being stung by the Lovelove Bee in "Bee Affection". Cue Akko freaking out.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: "Night Fall" 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 "Pohjola's Ordeal", 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.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Basically Akko going into Sucy's mind in "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld".
  • Just Friends: Akko and Andrew's relationship is ultimately confirmed to be this via Word of God, with Yoh Yoshinari calling it a "playful guy-guy relationship".
  • Kangaroo Court: In "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld", while Akko is traveling through Sucy's mind, she comes across different types of Sucys with their own personalities who want to be part of the real Sucy that are arrested by police versions of Sucy and taken to court. The judge and jury are all Sucys and judged every one of them guilty. When Akko points out that the entire trial is unfair to all the Sucys and their desire to be part of Sucy isn't a crime, she is pronounced guilty and sentenced to death.
  • Large Ham: The corpse Akko accidentally revives spends almost the entirety of "Undead Travelogue" over-dramatizing every trivial step in his frantic Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For defending and supporting them during their strike, the Faeries spare Akko and her roommates when they rampage across the campus.
  • Last Episode Theme Reprise: The first opening theme, "Shiny Ray", starts playing in "Changing at the Edge of the World" 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 "Night Fall", it's revealed that the name Annabel Crème is actually shared between thirteen different people who wrote the Night Fall series.
  • Long Runner: invoked Exaggerated with Night Fall, an obvious parody of Twilight which has 365 books written over the span of 120 years.
  • Lord Country: Implied. Judging by the fact that Paul is the Earl of Hanbridge, it is safe to assume that Paul and Andrew Hanbridge share their surname with the name of the country their family rules over.
  • 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 "Pact of the Dragon". 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 "The Fountain", 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 "New Age Magic", a graph shows a steady decline in available magic resources since the mid 1600s. Interestingly, the sharpest decline was from the 1780s into the early 19th century, corresponding to the 1st Industrial Revolution in England and the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Meaningful Echo:
    • Ursula ("Blue Moon"): That which is dreamed cannot be grasped. But work towards it, day after day and you will find it in your hands.
    • Akko ("A Road to Arcturus"): Professor, I'll keep working even harder! I'll work hard to become a witch who can make everyone smile.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Subverted. After pinning several obvious character death flags on Ursula/Chariot, from her "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 "A Road to Arcturus", 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.
  • Minor Major Character: The Nine Olde Witches, the founders of Luna Nova Academy and some of the most powerful witches ever. Only two of them are named and are involved in the plot to varying degrees, but nothing is known about the other seven (except for, of all things, their hats).
  • Mood Whiplash: At the end of "A Road to Arcturus", 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 that’s cast:
  • Mushroom Samba: The entirety of "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld" is this after Sucy drinks a mushroom poison.
  • Mythology Gag: Like in the first film, when Akko teases Diana about her being embarrassed in "Intellect and Sensibility", Diana threatens to drop Akko off the broom.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Akko, even more than in the film, 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 "Samhain Magic Festival", 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 and considering England's history, there are a lot of candidates on the table.
  • Noodle Incident: The first cour's ending teases a wayward Road Trip with Akko, Lotte, Sucy, and Professor Ursula, but it's never seen in those first thirteen episodes.
  • 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 "Amanda O'Neill and the Holy Grail", 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 BSoD in "Yesterday".
    • 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 "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld", when Akko goes into Sucy's mind trying to find her original personality to wake her up (in hopes of waking up the real world Sucy, who has fallen into a deep sleep), that personality lives in room 666 of the "mushroom building" in which all her personalities live.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In "Bee Affection", 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 "Pohjola's Ordeal", 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 "Stanship Take Off!" 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 "Changing at the Edge of the World", 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 "Starting Over". 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.
  • Police are Useless: In "Undead Travelogue". 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.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Shiny Chariot learns a spell from her best friend, Croix, that uses dreams and emotions to allow for greater spectacles at her stage shows. What Croix doesn't tell her is that this spell uses a person's dreams and converts it into magical energy, depriving the target of their magical ability. The main characters, Akko and Diana, were at one of Chariot's shows when they were young children. Yet when they meet again years later, Diana eventually regained her magical ability after discovering she had lost it, while Akko is left unable to even fly on a broom, the simplest of witch skills.
  • Power Incontinence: Akko's transformation magic assignment in "The Fountain" keeps backfiring. Instead of changing a rat into a bunny, she keeps getting bunny ears herself.
  • 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 "Blue Moon", it's revealed that the original name of Shiny Rod is Claíomh Solais, the Sword of Light from Celtic Mythology.
    • "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.
  • Putting the "Pal" in Principal: Headmistress Miranda Holbrooke (next to Professor Ursula/Shiny Chariot) is the most reasonable staff member of Luna Nova, supporting Akko's desire to learn magic without giving her a hard time and dealing out stern but fair punishments whenever they are needed.
  • 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.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • A school that only focuses on honing magic skills will never know how to budget their finances and resources. And without magic, they are left severely vulnerable to the more powerful Faeries.
  • 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 shapeshifting cubes are first seen briefly as a Freeze-Frame Bonus in "Blue Moon", converging into a ball in her hand at the tail end of "Samhain Magic Festival" and in "New Age Magic" transforming from an artificial faerie into a bigger monster. Now, watch Chariot's magic show from "Starting Over" again and do it again after watching "Things We Said Today".
  • 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 the 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.
  • "Save the World" Climax: Little Witch Academia is from the same people that made Kill la Kill, and the television series has a similar structure: the first half is mostly episodic adventures in an enclosed space (an academy in both cases), then the Big Bad is revealed in the second half and the threat rapidly escalates. In this case, Akko the witch goes from attending magic lessons to saving the world from being blown up by a literal magic missile, i.e. an ICBM possessed by dark energy as a result of one of the Big Bad's experiments gone haywire.
  • Say My Name: Although not as intense as a certain other Trigger series, this happens most prominently with Croix and Chariot. Most of their early interactions involve low ominous exchanges of "Croix," and "Chariot Du Nord," but this is ramped up in "Discipline" with Croix screaming "CHAAARIOT!!!" over and over again as Chariot nearly plummets to her death and in "A Road to Arcturus" when they're fighting Croix's out-of-control cube beast, and doing a lot of desperate screaming of each other's name while they're at it. Diana and Akko occasionally get in on this too, most notably with Diana repeatedly screaming, "AKKO!" when she thinks that Akko's dying, in "Intellect and Sensibility" and "Changing at the Edge of the World".
  • Secret Test of Character: Akko is put through this in the climax of "Blue Moon", 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 "Night Fall", 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:
    • Played for Laughs at the end of "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld". 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 
    • Parodied in "Bee Affection", where a bee causes anyone it stings to fall in love with whomever they see immediately afterward. The bee stings two characters (Andrew Hanbridge and Diana Cavendish), causing them to fall for the protagonist, Akko, until the bee's spell is broken. It also stings Andrew's friend, Frank, who falls for Akko's friend, Lotte, and for added hilarity stings Diana again so that she ends up falling in love with her own reflection. In keeping with the true spirit of the trope, though, both Andrew and Frank have some lingering affection for their respective love target after the spell is broken.
    • In the second opening song, Akko and Diana walk past each other but end up holding hands.
    • In "Intellect and Sensibility", 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 "Changing at the Edge of the World", 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.
  • 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 "Pohjola's Ordeal", the research on Finland shows well in the food, architecture, and costumes worn by the people we meet.
    • In "Stanship Take Off!", all of Constanze's tools are German models.
    • The teddy bear seen in Diana's room when Akko goes to the Cavendish manor in "Cavendish" and "Intellect and Sensibility" 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 "Changing at the Edge of the World" 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.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: The TV series starts off relatively silly with it mostly being a Slice of Life comedy. That deeply changes after "Blue Moon" where the plot kicks in and gets more serious. It gets even more serious in "Chariot of Fire" when Croix shows up and "Things We Said Today" gets the character to go into the Despair Event Horizon.
  • 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, in whose memory the Luna Nova academy was founded, is named... Jennifer.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": In "What You Will", the fansubbers transliterated the ghost's name as "Bahalowa", but the actual name, revealed in "Samhain Magic Festival" 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 Nova’s 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, it’s usually to meet a Celestial Deadline.
    • The world’s 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: "A Road to Arcturus" ends with a shot of a literal magic missile.
  • The Stinger:
    • Occasionally, one of the still images in the first cour's ending sequence will be replaced by a plot-relevant gag, such as the reveal of what was inside Professor Lucik's "prize" in "Don't Stop Me Now". It's a magical snake nut can. Sucy would've loved it.
    • "What You Will" ends with Hannah and Barbara still standing outside in the middle of the night, as instructed by Akko in Diana's form. Barbara sneezes.
  • Strike Episode: In "New Age Magic", the fairies that work at Luna Nova go on strike demanding for more magic allowance. Without their contributions, the castle's technology becomes unusable to the students and teachers. Akko tries to mediate between the school and the union, but winds up sympathizing with them.
  • 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 "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld". 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 filmgoers were following mob mentality and not because they are good in and of themselves.
  • The Teaser: The TV series usually uses cold openings, aside from "Pact of the Dragon" and "A Road to Arcturus", where the opening sequence starts before any preceding clip.
  • 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 "Orange Submariner" 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 "Undead Travelogue" is none other than... himself.
  • Together in Death: Headmistress Holbrooke's parents in the ending of "Undead Travelogue".
  • Translation Convention:
    • Spoofed when Akko introduces herself to Andrew in "The Fountain". 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).
    • Oddly enough, in "Papiliodia", 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: "Pohjola's Ordeal" 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.
  • Voices Are Not Mental: Akko finds herself turned into a duplicate of Diana, complete with Diana's voice.
  • Wall Pin of Love: Played with in "Bee Affection". When Andrew pins Akko while under the influence of the Lovelove Bee, Akko freaks out and runs away instead of being charmed.
  • 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.
  • Weird Trade Union: The fairy laborers of Luna Nova School form a union in "New Age Magic" and go on strike to gain a greater share of the energy output of the Sorcerer's Stone, they install magic reflecting boards around it stopping all magic on campus. Akko tries to berate them out of it... and winds up not only switching to their side but ends up becoming their General Secretary. When Diana tries to do the same thing Akko was aiming to do, Akko calls her a member of the bourgeoisie.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "What You Will" 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.
    • "Chariot of Fire": Croix reveals her as the Big Bad 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.
    • "Cavendish": 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.
    • "Things We Said Today" basically turns the entire series on its head. Shiny Chariot's magical show, the thing that made Akko want to be a witch in the first place, was also the reason why she is unable to perform magic properly. Croix tricked Chariot into absorbing the magic potential from her audience in order to use it as magical fuel to save the magic world, but this backfired and, for reasons yet unexplained, Chariot blew up the moon's surface. Croix then wiped the audience's minds and Chariot assumed the identity of the meek Professor Ursula to atone for what she'd done. If all that wasn't enough, Croix is about to get a war started for the sole purpose of harvesting anger from the people and using it as magical fuel of the Noir Rod, basically repeating what Chariot did 10 years before, but with much harsher consequences. Akko, who idolized both Chariot/Ursula and Croix before learning all this, takes it about as well as the audience.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to the giant squirrel in "Bee Affection"?
  • When the Planets Align: A ceremony to crown the head of the Cavendishes and grant her access to the family's ancestral magic can only occur during a lunar occultation of Venus (Venus passing behind the moon).
  • The Wild Hunt: The TV series' Affectionate Parody version makes the Wild Hunt into a sports event, apparently the magical equivalent of the Super Bowl. The hunters ride around on wolves destroying "ghosts," i.e. vaguely human-shaped blobs of unclear origin. None of the main characters is officially part of the Hunt, but Constanze and Akko help attack the phantoms with the former's magitek airship, while Croix sneakily boosts the enemies' power with her own technology.
  • Wizards Live Longer: The witches are implied to live very long lives. After relatively normal schooling in their teens, they can live hundreds of years. Headmistress Holbrooke looks like she's in her early 50s at most and is well over 200 years old—one hint of this is that her late father (whom Akko and her friends accidentally bring Back from the Dead) was buried in what looks like a bright red, Napoleonic-era military uniform.
  • Womb Level: The climax of "Samhain Magic Festival" 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 is the source of all magic fueled by people's belief. It thrived in the Golden Age of Magic but has largely disappeared in the Modern Era. In the Grand Finale, Akko and Diana using the World Reconstruction Magic to destroy the Noir Fuel Spirit Missile, combined with their inspiring people around the globe with the act, is implied to have revived it.
  • 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!: "A Road to Arcturus" 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.

    Chamber of Time 
  • Ascended Extra: Molly was originally just a random student, seen in some scenes in the films. In Chamber of Time, not only is she fully-voiced she's also revealed to be the one behind the entire plot and serves as the game's Final Boss.
  • Check-Point Starvation: The game has no autosaves, and your first save point is a whopping one hour into the game, after three separate time loops and one starter dungeon. And after that, you have to unlock every additional save point with a special one-time use potion, and even then they're still far in between.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: One of the Seven Wonders of Luna Nova. Which is revealed to be Molly.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Despite Akko's canonical incompetence at spellcasting, in dungeons, she can reliably and accurately cast spells, including summoning the Shiny Arc at will. The Chamber of Time apparently makes it possible for her to cast spells reliably somehow. Outside of it, though, it's handwaved away by Akko using magical potions which enable her to perfectly cast spells for single use, which only begs the question of why she hasn't used them before or since.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Everyone is repeating the same day over and over, but no one else is aware, except Akko and her friends.
  • Idle Animation: Akko will start yawning while staying idle for too long. The other playable characters also have their own unique idle animations in dungeons.
  • Interquel: Set during summer vacation, between "Orange Submariner" and "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld".
  • Mythology Gag: Diana uses the same Storm of Blades spell which she tried to kill the minotaur within the first film. The other characters also have super skills that reference elements used in the series and the original films, such as Akko, Sucy, and Lotte's group special, Shiny Ballista, Constanze summoning the Grand Charion mecha for her personal super, and Lotte singing the same spirit lullaby from The Enchanted Parade, except much deadlier to the monsters around her.
  • The Seven Mysteries: The Seven Wonders of Luna Nova, 7 mysterious characters, objects and/or events reported by Wangari. They're all a combination of the influence of the Magic Keys and mundane coincidences. They are, in order:
    • A Creepy Doll in the courtyard, who's rumored to dance during the night. It's one of Sucy's experimentations.
    • An UFO is seen flying in the night sky. It's actually a teacup possessed by a spirit.
    • Disembodied hands in the greenhouse, reaching for nearby people's legs. There is no mundane explanation for this one, and it was apparently triggered by the Magic Key.
    • A wet chair in the cafeteria. Yep. It was caused by the Barometer Ball in the rooftop malfunctioning and leaking through the cafeteria.
    • An animated skeleton running on the playground at night. It's implied to be the result of Professor Lukiç bathing the skeleton in magical bath salts.
    • A faceless Spooky Painting said to have glowing eyes at night, despite the fact that she doesn't have eyes. It's apparently a reflection of the night sky in the painting, but it could also be the magic key's doing.
    • A ghost girl in the library. She's Molly, the Ghost Witch victim of the Curse of Time.

    Monthly Shonen Ace manga 
  • Birthday Hater: Sucy. Given how many members of her family there are, she grew sick and tired of birthdays. That only makes Akko more determined to get her the perfect birthday present.
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: Akko's grades are so bad her stipend is cut off and has to work for the school. They make her clean rooms in a (chaste) French Maid Outfit. To her eternal embarrassment, one of those rooms belongs to Diana.
  • Foreign Queasine: While acting as Diana's maid, Akko makes her a cup of plum seaweed tea. Diana is thoroughly disgusted by the smell until she tries it—behind Akko's back, of course—and discovers she likes it.
  • Spin-Off: It's hard to tell if the Monthly Shonen Ace manga is supposed to be in continuity with the television or if it's an adaptation with its own continuity. One chapter is a sequel to "Don't Stop Me Now", but the circumstances in which Akko sees the dragons steal the Sorcerer's Stone are completely different.


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