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Shiny Chariot

Little Witch Academia is an anime franchise by Studio Trigger, which spun out of a 2013 animated short film created by Yoh Yoshinari of Studio Gainax fame.

It focuses on the adventures of Atsuko "Akko" Kagari, a young and plucky Japanese witch-in-training attending the prestigious Wizarding School Luna Nova Academy, where she dreams of following in the footsteps of her idol Shiny Chariot. However, there is only one problem. She is a muggle and one that is very incompetent at magic, which combined with her rebellious, childish and impulsive nature and her idolization of Shiny Chariot, who is not well liked in the magic community, tends to constantly put her at odds with both teachers and students alike, particularly its top student, Diana Cavendish, a highly proud and insanely skilled witch prodigy who tends to look down on Akko for the aforementioned reasons.


However, in spite of the insane odds placed against her, she isn't gonna let them stop her and with the help of her best friends and roommates, Lotte Jansson, a shy but kindhearted bookworm who can communicate with spirits and Sucy Manbavaran, a highly mischievous Deadpan Snarker who loves mushrooms and potions as well as Amanda O'Neil, a rebellious and tomboyish delinquent, Constanze Amalie von Braunschbank-Albrechtsberger, a slient student who tends to combine magic with technology, Jasminka Antonenko, a sweet girl who tends to be a Big Eater, her mentor Ursula Callistis, who unbeknownst to Akko, is actually her very idol in disguise, and finally, the Shiny Rod, a mysterious and powerful wand that her idol used in her shows and chose Akko as its wielder, Akko will stop at nothing to become the witch she dreams of becoming.


Works in the series in release order:

Films — Animated
  • Little Witch Academia (2013): A short film released by Studio Trigger in 2013, featuring Akko and her friends Lotte and Sucy on an assignment to explore a dungeon while the haughty top student, Diana, inadvertently causes trouble.
  • Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade: A Kickstarter-funded sequel, wherein Akko and her friends — alongside three other troublemakers, Amanda, Costanze, and Jasminka — are appointed to oversee the school's annual witch parade, only for problems to ensue due to Akko's highly ambitious ideas and Control Freak tendencies.

Anime & Manga

  • Terio Teri's five-chapter manga, ran on Ultra Jump from 2013 to 2015.
  • Little Witch Academia: The Midnight Crown, written by Yuka Fujiwara and ran in Ribon through 2015.
  • Keisuke Satō's manga, ran on Monthly Shōnen Ace from 2017 to 2018.
  • Little Witch Academia (2017): A full-length anime series that serves as a Continuity Reboot for the franchise, again following the hapless Akko and her friends' hijinks at Luna Nova. Despite her troubles in her classes, Akko finds that she can use Shiny Chariot's old wand with surprising aptitude, and may eventually have to use it to combat the global decline of magic. The series was announced in 2016 and ran from January to June 2017.
  • Little Witch Academia: The Nonsensical Witch and the Country of the Fairies, a light novel by Momo Tachibana.

Video Games

If a direct link leads you here and it points to the 2013 and 2015 films, the 2017 series, or the video games, please correct it to the proper page.

For two older anime series with similar premise and themes, see Soul Eater and Tweeny Witches. 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. Not to be confused with The Little Witch, a book by Otfried Preußler. It has no relation to My Hero Academia besides being set in specialized schools (hence the "Academia" in the titles).

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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 fairly normal names for the witches' country of origin, like Akko Kagari (Japanese), Diana Cavendish (English), and Lotte Jansson (Scandinavian).note  This is juxtaposed with a name like "Sucy Manbanvaran".note 
  • 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".
  • All There in the Manual: Little Witch Academia: Chronicle contains additional information and lore regarding the main characters and world that isn't presented otherwise (alongside various interviews and concept art). Sadly though, the book never saw a release outside of Japan invoked.
  • 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.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Most visible text in the franchise is in English, it being set in the UK, so the native Japanese viewers would have to know the language to be able to read it.
  • 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.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Japanese version:
      • Professor Ursula is voiced by Noriko Hidaka, who also voiced a certain female from Gunbuster who often struggled with her own skills and worked hard to achieve them.
      • Professor Finnelan is voiced by Rurika Yamamoto, who voiced Melissa in Tweeny Witches.
      • Broom Flight teacher Nelson is voiced by Minami Takayama, who also played the little witch Kiki in Kiki's Delivery Service.
      • Woodward, one of the Nine Old Witches who appears in episode 11, is voiced by veteran voice actress and singer Mitsuko Horie. She also voiced the 1988 incarnation of Atsuko "Akko" Kagami, whom Akko Kagari is named after.
      • Daryl Cavendish is voiced by Shinobu Adachi, who voiced Menow in Tweeny Witches.
      • Diana's narcissism in episode 10 is a reminder that her voice actress, Yōko Hikasa, also has been narcissistic before.
      • Arisa Shida, Amanda's Japanese voice actress, already voiced a girl whose last name is O'Neill.
    • English version:
      • Marianne Miller, Amanda's English voice actress, already voiced the three witches named Magna, Qoo, and Popo in Tweeny Witches, another anime where an ordinary Japanese girl ventures into the witches' world with the two native witches.
  • 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 the extras in the prologue. This is justified since after that scene the whole thing is set at an all-girls Wizarding School. This is averted in The Enchanted Parade, but even there only one male character is important enough to get a name. This is averted in the TV series as well, where there are multiple male characters seen, named, and mentioned.
  • Color Motif: Green is often used to symbolize magic as a whole throughout the franchise, representing it's connection to nature in the setting.
  • Creator Provincialism: The main heroine, Akko, 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.
  • Cute Witch: This is justified since the series is centered around a school for witches.
  • 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.
    • The first film features a modern day laptop on Lotte's desk and Akko and Diana both use them in the library in Chapter 3 of the Teri Terio manga, which contrasts with later works such as The Enchanted Parade and the TV Series, which portrays modern technology as being restricted on campus (prior to Croix's arrival in the latter) with Constanze and Croix being the only two witches out of the main cast to actively use modern technology, with the others such as Chariot and Lotte using magical alternatives to provide much of the same functions.
    • Diana was far more of an Alpha Bitch and a Jerkass to Akko in the short films and the Teri Terio manga than the TV Series and onwards, which toned down those traits significantly. Diana was also more aggressive, emotive and reactive in the short films compared to the TV Series and onwards, which made her more aloof and coolheaded.
    • While Akko has always been an Inept Mage from the offset, she can do magic somewhat competently from the beginning in the short films and Teri Terio's manga, even if much of it wasn't great. This comes in contrast with later works such as the TV series and Keisuke Satō's manga, which has her as being unable to do any magic at all from the start (bar the Shiny Rod's magic) and having to slowly develop her abilities over time.
  • 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.
  • Fictional Province:
    • Blytonbury is a fictional town located in England heavily inspired by and is implied to be close to the real life Glastonbury.
    • Diana's home is located in Wedinburgh, which by the name alone, could be an possible expy of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Although it's unknown if this is the case or not.
  • First-Episode Twist: That Professor Ursula is a retired Shiny Chariot is always revealed early on. This casts Akko's attendance at Luna Nova in a new light.
  • 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.
  • From Zero to Hero: Akko dreams of becoming a magnificent witch who spreads happiness, but she lacks the magical prowess. She frequently goofs and looks even more incapable next to her highly skilled rival Diana. However, she goes through lots of training and manages to spread happiness with sheer positivity, even learning to master the legendary Shiny Rod which comes in handy when saving the world.
  • Ghostwriter: One episode sees Lotte trying to meet the author of her favorite book series. She learns that the books have been written by multiple ghostwriters using the same name. She ends up taking over after the current ghostwriter retires.
  • 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 appeared for years outside of a self-contained Japan-only short manga with a dubious place in the canon. Wizards were at last depicted in the very last episode of the series as cameos and until then, only witches were shown. The male muggles do, however have much more prominence than female muggles in all the adaptations, and the Wild Hunters may actually be a group of all-male humans that use some type of magic distinguished from witchcraft.
    • Said manga, Little Witch Academia: Tsukiyo no Ōkan, has Akko meet a childhood friend who attended the same Shiny Chariot school she did and became a Wizard, a rather competent one at that much to her chagrin, and even gets some good old shojo Ship Tease with him. However, the status of the manga as canon or being its own timeline remains dubious as its never referenced in other works.
  • 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.
  • Meganekko: Both Lotte and Professor Ursula wear glasses.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: The first short 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), plus teachers Ursula/Chariot (from France) and Croix (From Italy).
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The main trio of Akko, Lotte and Sucy all form this dynamic. Lotte is mild-mannered, kind to others and quiet to the point of being an occasional doormat, Sucy is an aloof and sarcastic Jerk with a Heart of Gold who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and has a tendency to subject Akko to her experiments, and Akko is a good-hearted and caring person to her friends, but has a tendency to cause trouble and is prone to being impulsive, arrogant, childish and selfish.
  • 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. Ironically, the only exception is also the only true American in the show, Amanda who has a Boston accent.
  • 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 ashen-skinned, purple-haired Sucy doesn't look very Filipino.
    • As for the male muggles, Andrew fits the trope of British men being Tall, Dark, and Handsome, while a lot of the other male characters are blond, which has been a rarer stereotype for British men these days, and "Chumlee" has a universally portly looknote .
    • Zigzagged to a further extent with the minor (background) students of Luna Nova. Most of them averts this trope by not being depicted with any features that will immediately identify them as any particular nationality, but some plays it straight by having features that leaves no doubt to their origins example , while some are odd cases where they're depicted with one race's features but are revealed by supplementary materials to be another race entirely example .
  • 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 Glows: Chariot's Shiny Rod.
  • Power Trio: Seems to be the norm at Luna Nova. Akko/Lotte/Sucy are the protagonists, with Diana/Hannah/Barbara acting as their rivals and Amanda/Constanze/Jazminka acting as a secondary trio in The Enchanted Parade.
  • Reconstruction: Of the Cute Witch genre.
  • Shout-Out: The short films and anime have their own pages.
  • 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 Girl 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.
  • Spiritual Successor: Of Tweeny Witches, since the premise of both series is basically the same: a young Genki Girl human loving magic so much she wants to become a witch herself, to the point she ends up living with actual witches who at first they don't trust her because she goes against tradition.
  • Stern Teacher: Aside from Ursula, Pisces and Croix, most of the professors are shown to be this type. While not entirely unreasonable and can be fair, they are incredibly strict, perfectionist and have a low tolerance to antics. Finnelan being the most strict of them all.
  • Super Weight:
    • Type -1: Diana's sick mother.
    • Type 0: Most Muggles, Diana as a child, possibly Andrew, and the politicians like Paul.
    • Type 1: Akko at the start note , Chumlee with his access to magical items, and arguably one can make a case for Andrew and the sword versed Louis given that they appear to be more athletic than the average human.
    • 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 and the Wild Hunters with their more specialized type of magic.
    • 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, Shiny Chariot's Hot Witch outfit being the sole exception and even then it's hardly framed as fanservice.
  • Tender Tomboyishness, Foul Femininity: Among the main trio, the outgoing Akko is a tomboy in personality, and the bookish introvert Lotte can be considered a tomboy in looks. The former is an All-Loving Hero, while the latter is a gentle soul. Their friend, Sucy, on the other hand, is pretty feminine in looks...and really, really loves her poisons. It's to the point of Heroic Comedic Sociopath antics, in the anime.
  • 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.
  • Wave-Motion Tuning Fork: Luna Nova's wands have this appearance, with spells coming out from between the prongs.
  • 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.
  • Wicked Witch: Lukic and Sucy have this aesthetic while the rest tend towards Cute Witch or in the case of Shiny Chariot, Hot Witch.
  • 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. In fact, this seems to be invoked by Luna Nova given that roommates are in teams of three.
  • Wizarding School: Luna Nova, an all-girls witch school.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Croix and Ursula both have shades of blue for hair.
  • 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.

    Teri Terio's manga 
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: This seems to run in the Manbavaran family. The fact that Garie and Sabi have not been immunized yet would be used to punish them for the troubles they caused.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed with Diana. While she was already an Jerkass in the short films, it's made clear she isn't all bad in spite of her attitude and that she has her good qualities, which she showcases in both films. In the manga though, she is much more openly mocking and cruel towards Akko in general (even outright harming her with a Faux Flame spell while laughing) and most of her good qualities are never showcased at any point across the manga.
  • Alternate Continuity: While speculated to be set in the same universe as the short films but before their events, nothing within the manga itself indicates this.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Sucy sees Sabi and Garie as this. She does care for them nevertheless and saves them from Fluffy after the two have merged with it.
  • Artistic License: Somehow, the gunpowder cannons of a pirate ship that has been underwater for hundreds of years can fire just fine as soon as the ship is brought to the surface. Then again, this is a pirate ship that's brought back to life by magic.
  • Bathos: Professor Ursula, a.k.a. Shiny Chariot, reacts with shock to the news from her equally-shocked showbiz manager that the pattern papers to her iconic costume have been stolen, causing her to realize that the Shiny Chariot costume that was put on an online auction is a fake... and then a split second later, the belt of her genuine costume snaps because it no longer fits due to the weight she has gained over the years, causing her to realize that she needs to go on a diet.
  • Batman Gambit: Sucy willingly lets the snake she came across earlier bite her and lets her two sisters and Fluffy merge with her, in order to poison Fluffy and free her sisters. It pays off. It helps that she has Acquired Poison Immunity, so she's not affected by the snake's venom.
  • Blinding Bangs: Mrs. Manbavaran's eyes are completely hidden behind her hair and are never shown once.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The ordinary snake that is showcased at Marito's auction in Chapter 4 gets dismissed by Garie and Sabi as lame, but turned out useful later. It ended up becoming Sucy's familiar.
  • Cool Airship: Lotte and Sucy travel to the Philippines via one in chapter 4.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • In chapter 1, Akko challenges Diana to a magic duel between them. Unsurprising though, considering who she's facing, Diana wins the duel and defeats Akko with utter ease.
    • Happens again in Chapter 2, Diana's golem casually destroys Akko's first, poorly made one with a single punch. The latter didn't even get to do anything.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Chapter 4 focuses entirely on Sucy and Lotte going to the former's hometown to obtain a familiar, with Akko only appearing at the beginning and ending of the chapter.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • The Shiny Rod only appears in flashbacks and does not get named at any point here.
    • Happens to Akko in Chapter 4 where she only appears in the beginning and end of it.
  • Dirty Old Man: The conman who tries to make a quick buck with forged Shiny Chariot costumes takes an opportunity to grope Diana and even taunts her for it.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The scene in which Gora-chan (a five years old Mandrake) gets pulled out and is hanging by a rope kind of looks like someone just got hanged. Lotte even remarks upon it.
  • Faux Flame: It’s quickly revealed after Akko got seemingly burnt by Diana with a flame spell that the flame spell was actually an illusion spell that gave off the impression of being burnt, with Akko’s burns fading away after a few minutes.
  • Imagine Spot: Akko has one imagining herself in various scenerios in the Philippines in Chapter 4, such as swimming the emerald green waters, eating a ton of food and a romantic encounter with a guy.
  • It Can Think: Lemmy the golem, unlike other golems, is smart enough to deduct on his own that Akko won't be able to use any magic for as long as he exists. He rectifies this problem by deliberately attacking Diana and her clique, forcing Akko to destroy him.
  • Kick the Dog: After Diana finds Akko in chapter 2 after the latter ran away with Lemmy, she openly states to Akko that there is truly no hope for her and that she should give up on her dreams and go back home to Japan, which brings an already dejected Akko into downright tears, which Hannah and Barbara mock her for after locating the two.
  • Like Mother Unlike Daughter: While Sucy and her mother do share some similarities (such as being incredibly creepy), their personalities are incredibly different, with Mrs. Manbavaran being a far more serious and easily angered person compared to Sucy, who is a mischievous Deadpan Snarker. This was even brought up when asked by Lotte if her mom would get angry by her snake familiar, stating that while her mom is mom, she is her.
  • Mushroom Samba: Happens to Akko after sniffing a poisonous mushroom in Chapter 5.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Diana does one after performing an Faux Flame spell on Akko in chapter 1.
  • One-Hit Kill: Diana's golem casually destroys Akko's first golem with a single punch.
  • Out of Focus: Diana, Hannah, and Barbara don't appear at all in Chapters 4 and 5.
  • Pet the Dog: Sucy compliments Akko and admits she's got potential at the end of Chapter 1.
  • Rivals Team Up: Akko and Diana ended up temporarily teaming up in chapter 3 to defeat an old conman from selling fake Shiny Chariot outfits.
  • Suicide by Cop: Lemmy the golem, upon realizing that his existence prevents Akko from being able to use magic at all, attacks Diana, Hannah, and Barbara against Akko's command to stand down, forcing her to destroy him by breaking the rune on his forehead.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Diana, Hannah, and Barbara's reaction to Akko blowing up the dormitory by accident is to simply remark upon it while watching from a distance and having tea.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Sucy, her mother and her sisters all look identical to each other and all of them have the same pale skin and pink hair.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Akko, upon gaining a huge but temporary power boost, accidentally causes a huge explosion that burns down much of the dormitory.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Akko resurrects a dog in order to get it to pull out a Mandrake while she and Lotte are at a safe distance. It being an already rotten carcass, the zombie dog falls apart almost immediately.
  • Uncanny Valley: In-Universe. This is why Lotte is afraid of fishes.
  • Vacation Episode: Chapter 4 has Lotte and Sucy travel to the Philippines for family matters, with Akko staying behind due to having to make up for her poor grades.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Lotte has an innate fear of fishes.

    The Midnight Crown 
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: In most LWA works, Akko is an Inept Mage who can barely do even basic magic, but can use the Shiny Rod very well. In this adaptation though, the Shiny Rod doesn't appear bar a flashback to Chariot's show and Akko, unlike other incarnations of the character, can use magic with her bare hands. She's still not great with magic though.
  • Alpha Bitch: Diana is ironically not one this time around.
  • Alternate Continuity: It's safe to say this manga does not share a universe with the short films, the TV series, or the other two mangas, due to its depiction of magic being one that uses a completely different system.
  • Art-Shifted Sequel: The manga mostly ditches the franchise's western animation influenced artstyle in favor of a more traditional shoujo artstyle courtesy of Yuka Fujiwara. Though there are a couple of points throughout the manga where characters would shift to a style that is closer to the franchise's typical artstyle.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The final challenge in the contest for the Midnight Crown has the finalists fight a huge witch-like apparition summoned by the Midnight Crown itself.
  • The Cameo: Amanda, Constanze and Jasminka make a brief cameo during a crowd shot at one point.
  • Canon Foreigner: Yuuto is a wizard exclusive to this manga and is one of the few wizards shown in the franchise.
  • Childhood Friends: The manga introduces Yuuto, who is a childhood friend of Akko's and like her, is a fan of Shiny Chariot who took up magic to become a wizard.
  • Cool Crown: The titular Midnight Crown is one and is said to temporarily increase one's powers.
  • Demoted to Extra: Just like Teri Terio's manga, the Shiny Rod only appears in a flashback to Chariot's show and is absent in the story proper.
  • Fairy Companion: Both Lotte and Sucy become this, as both turn into fairies in order to secretly help Akko win the contest.
  • For the Evulz: Sucy (no surprises there) releases a swarm of venomous bees during a magic-demonstration class, which then goes on to attack the other students. She eventually relents, and recaptures all of them, but missed one...
  • MacGuffin Title: The titular Midnight Crown.
  • Shout-Out: The cover for the third chapter is one towards The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as it depicts Akko holding a ruby slipper, and has palm-sized figures of the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion floating around her.
  • Spear Counterpart: The manga features one to Luna Nova itself in the form of Solpatel Magical Institute, which is depicted as being an all-boys magic school in contrast to Luna Nova being an all-girls magic school.
  • Taking the Bullet: Yuuto uses his own body to shield Akko from a shower of shards. Thankfully he survives.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Akko and Diana both don ribbons on their hair.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Aside from Akko and Diana, a third Luna Nova student managed to make it to the final round of the contest for the titular Crown. However, she wasn't seen again once the giant witch-like apparition showed up to attack the contestants.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The cover art depicts Yuuto with blue hair.

    Keisuke Satō's manga 
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: Despite being an Alternate Continuity, watching the TV series (at least, the first half, as the manga doesn't adapt the events of the second half) is pretty much required if you want to properly understand several stories and how characters act in them since the manga frequently acknowledges events from and even has several sequel stories to past episodes that were not adapted in the manga.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Downplayed with Diana. While she still largely retains her TV series personality and background, some of her less pleasent and immature traits are made a bit more prominent here compared to the TV series, which toned them down from the films, and she is shown to antagonize and belittle Akko a bit more compared to the TV series. It's still largely toned down from how she acted towards her in the films, however.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Constanze is referred to as "Consey" by Amanda and later the other girls.
  • Alternate Continuity: While it's based off of the TV series continuity and follows the main beats of it for the most part (and even has a few chapters that serve as direct sequels to certain episodes in the series), the manga is primarily in its own continuity with several events heavily differing from how they occurred in the TV series.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The cockroach that chases Akko (and is in turn chased by two fairy workers) in Chapter 11 is technically a normal-sized cockroach, but it appears this way due to Akko being shrunken at the moment.
  • The Big Race: The last three chapters revolves around one of these with the aforementioned race being a large relay race between two different schools, or more accurately, between Luna Nova and Woodward.
  • 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.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Mirage initially comes off as friendly and her and Akko hit it off immediately over their shared fondness over Shiny Chariot, however her true colors begin to show once she demands the Shiny Rod in exchange of showing Akko how to fly, culminating in her pushing Akko off the ledge and stealing the rod. Luckily Diana was there to save her in time. This however, could be a facade as well as Mirage was revealed to be a dryad working under Woodward.
  • Broad Strokes: While the events of the TV series are shown to be canon to the manga, with a few episodes even getting adapted into the manga, a few events are shown to transpire pretty differently from how they went in the TV series.
  • Canon Foreigner: Mirage and the witches who raced against Luna Nova in the last couple of chapters are characters made exclusively for the manga and don't appear anywhere else in the franchise.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Discussed in Chapter 11 and is the reason why Akko doesn't use the answer sheet Amanda gave her, as she knows now that cheating will get her nowhere and she won't become a great witch by doing so.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Diana’s team quickly and utterly annihilated Akko’s team in the volleyball match as soon as magic got thrown into the mix, with the former scoring 25 points and the latter only scoring a measly 2.
  • A Day in the Limelight:
    • Chapter 8 shifts the focus from Luna Nova entirely to the students of Appleton Academy, with the only appearance of the main trio being at the very end.
    • Chapter 14 focuses primarily on Lotte, Annabel and Barbara.
    • Chapter 12.5 focuses largely on Finnelan and the Luna Nova staff, with Akko and co being absent entirely.
  • Does Not Like Magic: Amanda is revealed to not like magic in Chapter 11, finding it to be useless and feeling that people only use it for scummy stuff.
  • 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.
  • Fictional Disability: In Chapter 15, Diana catches one in the form of immolation disease, a rare disease that according to Lukic, can only affect magic-users and can rise their temperatures to where it can feel like they're being burnt at the stake, luckily, the disease is easily cured with medicine and thanks to Sucy making an antidote, Diana is quickly cured of the disease.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: During the final stretch between Mirage, Akko and Diana, Mirage spawns leaves and trees to interfere with the duo's efforts, both of which foreshadow the fact that she's not actually human, but a dryad.
  • Frame-Up: While Amanda is the one that stole the Shooting Star, it was Akko that got falsely blamed for it and had to face the punishment for doing so, despite being innocent. Luckily for her though, the punishment wasn't bad as the punishment for doing so was simply to bring it back to the magic cafe, in the case that it was displayed in.
  • Graceful Loser: Mirage doesn't appear to take it too hard after losing to Akko as she smiles at the end after Akko celebrates her victory and the fact she finally used magic.
  • The Infiltration: Chapter 16 focuses on Annabel Creme sneaking into Luna Nova in order to do research for the newest Night Fall book.
  • Jaw Drop: Headmistress Holbrooke and, of all people, Professor Finneran does this when finding out that Diana has fallen ill and thus cannot represent Luna Nova in the coming inter-school Broom Relay Race.
  • Meaningful Name: Mirage's name alludes to the fact that she's not actually a human, but a dryad posing as one.
  • Mouse World: Akko stumbles into one of these while in mouse form in Chapter 7.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Diana has a subtle one when she realized in shock that the rat the worker was referring to was actually Akko.
  • Not So Above It All:
    • Even the normally unexpressive Professor Finneran suffers an Oh, Crap!-induced Jaw Drop when hearing that Diana cannot take part in the inter-school Broom Relay Race due to having fallen ill.
    • Chapter 11.5 ends with the usually prim and proper Diana getting in trouble alongside Akko and friends by Finnelan, after she partook in a race with them for a special desert.
  • Plant People: Mirage and the contestants who raced against Luna Nova in the last few chapters are revealed to be Dryads, who, true to the myth they're based off of, are this.
  • Secret Test of Character: It's revealed the broom relay race is one of these by Woodward, as a way to see if Akko is worthy being the wielder of the Rod.
  • Sneeze Cut: Subverted. It looks like Diana sneezed because someone mentioned her, but it turns out to be a sign that she's about to fall ill.
  • Take Me Instead: In Chapter 11, when Akko and the others are at risk of getting expelled from Luna Nova despite being innocent, Amanda steps forward and pleads their innocence and admits the whole situation was her fault, asking Finnelan to let the others go, which she does (but not without punishment of course). This, however, is precisely why Amanda didn't get expelled despite it, as Finnelan approves the act of maturity from her and decides to give her another chance.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • After Diana comes in to rescue Akko from the Mouse World in Chapter 7, the latter immediately calls her out for being the one that kickstarted the events in the first place due to her transforming her into a mouse and not changing her back, Diana does acknowledge it as so.
    • Lotte calls out Sucy for being mean and refusing to help a desperate Hannah and Barbara cure Diana unless she's being charged for it, this ends up making Sucy relent, albeit reluctantly.


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