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  • So, they risked getting expelled just for not showing up to the opening ceremony, but all the other crap they get away with on the show isn't putting them at risk of that?
    • Circumstances vary.

    Teacher's mindset 

  • In episode 2, Papiliodia, Ursula expresses to Finnelan her intention to work more closely with Akko, to help her through the rough patches and... y'know... teach. Finnelan tells her she doesn't have the proper mindset of a teacher. The hell is she talking about?
    • Just a guess, but I believe it may be a culture clash between how Western and Japanese cultures view education. Japan is very much a meritocracy, where students bear most of the responsibility for their own education, where western nations are more invested in helping any student in need. She was probably expressing her belief that coddling students would stunt the development of their talents. Many teachers in japan are trying to adapt a more western attitude however, hence the presence of both viewpoints on the show.



  • About episode 5...either the teachers are incompetent or Diana is nearing Mary Sue levels of hyper-competence. A dragon loaned money to Luna Nova, and a contract was written ancient Dragonese. Since nobody at the time could read it, they took the dragon at his word and paid interest on the loan. However, 1000 years later, Diana shows up and reveals that the dragon has been scamming Luna Nova this whole time. How does she know? Well, she just so happens to be fluent in ancient Dragonese (and has been since she was 12). Something no professor ever thought to do.
    • Similarly, why on earth does the school not have some sort of security in place to guard the one thing that makes them capable of practicing magic in the first place?
    • Diana has alwasy been Hyper-competent, even in the ova's (she was able to perform Luna Lana with one of the professors with ease,) and her knowledge of been fluent in ancient languages was shown in episode 2 when she translated the entire witch runes, something the teacher hadn't seen in all her years. And since nothing's been changed from the OVA about dragon's eating magic it seems, why would the witches try to intentionally PISS OFF THE THING THAT WOULD DEVOUR THEM WHOLE, AND THEY WOULD BE UNABLE TO STOP IT, BY QUESTIONING THE CONTRACT.
    • Also, considering the language was in the children's book Dinotopia age 12 is about the age any kid would be reading it.
    • Given she's from a very old magic family, it's quite possible she has access to research texts beyond that which the school has.
    • Episode 5 is Diana's chance to basically tell the adults "What the hell?" about putting all their hope (and pressure) on her. Notice she doesn't say anything nasty about the other girls (they at least were trying to do something). She's like, "Magic is dying" our way of life is threatened and you, beg for more time and plainly expect me to fix all this when I grow up.. how?" This is where we see that the older generation is basically marking time, not engaging with their problems. They've pinned their hope on Diana, and this is where she snaps back (just a little).
    • It is further justified by later revelations that Diana had her magic disabled by Shiny Chariot, and only regained it through a long period of extremely tough training. It would mean that by the time she got it back she would be very skilled indeed, explaining her competence, pride and maturity.

    Magic outside the academy 

  • If the Sorcerer's Stone is what makes witches able to use magic, and it's at Luna Nova, what do witches in other parts of the world do for magic?
    • Presumably, other places have their own ways to preserve magic from ley lines.
    • Episode 14 confirms there are multiple Sorcerer's Stones.
    • In episode 19, a Sorcerers stone is seen at the Cavendish estate as the horn of a unicorn statue in the castle moat.

    What happened to the moon 

  • Episode 23 reveals Ursula's and Croix's backstory, which also went into detail about Chariot's magic shows. If Akko and Diana were such huge fans, what stopped them from apparently not doing research on what happened to the moon? This takes place in modern times, where the internet exists.
    • Due to fast action ("amnesia magic") by Croix, everyone who actually saw Chariot blast the moon forgot about it. Outside of that area, all people know is something magical hit the moon.

    Female witches 

  • Is it that only females can use magic or that the series only focuses on an all girls school? I'm just curious if wizards/warlocks are a thing in this setting.
    • Witch is actually a gender-neutral term and even then it's possible for someone to be a full-blooded or half-blooded witch so there are male magic users. In fact the magic item repair shopkeeper being male would show that too.
    • A man with a broomstick appears in the final episode of season one, although he has just one short line and it's not made clear who he is or what his job is. It's more likely Luna Nova is just an all girl's school.

    Hard work 

  • Both Akko and Diana attended the same Chariot show and had their magic stolen. Diana being quite the prodigy is then explained to be a result of very hard work and training she did to catch back up, whereas Akko still has a long way to go. Except, the flashbacks we get showing Akko trying to learn magic on her own as a child are very similar to the flashbacks we get of Diana's childhood struggles. They both clearly worked very hard, so why is Akko still so much further behind Diana (or anyone else), and why does everyone say that Akko just didn't work for it? With Diana, her family connections certainly could have helped, and for Akko, the Ambiguous Disorder observations could possible explain the divide, but that delves into Unfortunate Implications territory, since it implies everyone's hard on Akko for not working hard enough, when she's working plenty hard, she just doesn't have a privileged position and has to fight through a disorder at the same time. Is this just a result of Akko and Diana's shared experience being brought over from the original timeline with only a Hand Wave consideration to how that situation changed in the new story?
    • A point is made that Akko wasn't trying, not like Diana was. Diana was researching and practising for years, Akko wasn't. Akko didn't do any research, she just thought if she believed hard enough, things would just work out for her, without putting any work in. It takes until episode 6 where she's slapped in the face with the hard facts that this isn't some hidden legacy story and she can't just take shortcuts to success but actually put the work in that she actually really starts trying, and her progress from then on is actually significant considering how she starts off.


    Chariot's glasses 

  • Does Chariot need glasses or does she not? She certainly didn't wear them in her younger years, and Akko once walks in on her without them on, suggesting they're only a part of her "Ursula" disguise. However, at the end the final episode, we see her back in her teacher's uniform with her hair in its natural red color, suggesting that she's shedding her false identity- but she's still wearing the glasses!
    • I'm guessing her vision is a little bad, likely some farsightedness, but nothing so bad that it seriously impairs her. She takes them off as Shiny Chariot because she's normally just about to perform acrobatics. The fact that they also do a good job at disguising her face is a added bonus.

    Chariot defending her actions 

  • Chariot's actions was an accident with the Dream Fuel Spirit, why she didn't defend herself after that especially her inaction hurt her student?
    • Guilt. She blamed herself more than she did Croix.
    • Exactly. In general, guilt is far easier to stomach than helplessness; the former implies that you had control at one point, and while you fudged thing up, you could have succeeded. The latter implies that you couldn't have changed anything from the get go, and powerlessness in the face of adversity is something no one is eager to feel or accept.

    Woodward and Chariot 

  • Also I understand Woodward was upset at Croix but why didn't she help Chariot in Episode 24?
    • She is a spirit so maybe she can't?

    Staff workers and magic 

  • Akko makes some sense to look after the staff workers in Episode 14. From my understanding, the workers were created by magic and thus they were part of Witches' history and culture. Shouldn't the other traditionalist witches do the same otherwise they are acting like Hypocrites?
    • The witches couldn't give them any more power even if they were desperate to do so; it was explicitly pointed out that all the energy the teachers took was being used to preform coursework, classroom experiments, and informative demonstrations for the students. They would have needed to start shutting down classes and programs to feed the helpers more, and Luna Nova was already on the verge of both a chronically short enrollment rate and a massive financial crisis as it was. In fact, they had to send one of their faculty members (Ursula) to beg for scraps of energy from their graduates as a last ditch solution.

    Woodward helping Akko 

  • Shouldn't Woodward be aware about the fallout between Chariot and Croix and if she had, it might have been the right thing to do by showing Akko the flashback instead of letting Chariot, Croix and Akko go through all these dilemma?
    • Woodward seemed to have a big non interference clause in general, which may have been necessary considering the nature of the Seven Words; namely that you can't find them unless you stop looking for them, and start living as yourself. If someone looking for the words knew of a certain ancient entity who conveniently knew all the answers, they would probably start hounding her for answers whenever they got frustrated or discouraged (which, let's face it, happened to Akko and co. a lot more than once) when the whole point of the quest was the journey itself rather than the destination.
    • Remember that she was far more hands on with Croix and Chariot, but their attempt ended in failure, disaster, and a major fallout. Woodward probably reflected on this, and resolved to keep a strict "hands off" approach next time around (which was far more successful, perhaps because of rather than in spite of her absence).



  • There seems to be a lot of parallels between Croix/Chariot's and Diana/Akko's friendship. One is studious, stern, and logical (Croic & Diana), and the other is enthusiastic, eager, and less skilled in magic, yet possessing a flair for inspiring others (Chariot/Akko). Are these similarities more than just a coincidence, or am I reading too far into this?
    • Given that they literally turn into each other in the second intro, probably not a coincidence.

    Japanese dragons 

  • The "twist" at the end of episode five doesn't make sense, on a metanarrative level. Japanese culture already views dragons as erudite, officious creatures. Neither the Japanese audience, nor Akko herself, should be surprised the dragon isn't a savage monster, as that's the cultural assumption they grow up with. It almost seems like it was deliberately constructed to surprise American audiences?
    • The Dragon in the initial short was nothing more than a magic hungry leech who didn't have a single line of dialog. Various other things like the Giant in the second short, (The Enchanted Parade) was a far cry from how they are depicted throughout folklore (That one was more of a Golem, and even then the original never absorbed magic). Goblins, Trolls, The Wild Hunt, wraiths, and yetis also get a similar treatment; it's safe to assume that traditional folklore is this setting is wildly inaccurate. Akko and the other students have probably grown accustomed to having their expectations regarding folklore deconstructed, and so the real twist is; "Hey, it really is just like the legends say!''

    Diana and the Dream Fuel Spirit 

  • Why didn't Diana tell Chariot that the Dream Fuel Spirit wasn't permanent? It could have relieved Chariot to know that Akko's future is still there.
    • From what I saw and heard, it is permanent. My perception was that Diana just powered through her handicap through sheer determination and commitment, learning to wield magic like a pro in spite of her disability.

    Chariot living 

  • If Chariot has nothing to live for, why should she protect Croix and the magical world? They basically abandoned her?
    • Both of those things meant quite a lot to her on a personal level. It's hard to just sever a commitment you've devoted yourself towards for years on end. Also, I get the feeling that Chariot devoted herself for selfless reasons, and wasn't in it for herself in the first place (I personally would not have been that forgiving, but the strength of Chariot's compassion is part of what makes her exceptional).
    • If you are asking why she doesn't commit hara-kiri due to having nothing left to live for, suicide flies in the face of every self preservation instinct we possess. From a less scientific and more romantic angle, the human spirit is astonishingly resilient, and can take a tremendous amount of abuse before finally breaking. Chariot (like Akko) has proven to have spirit and determination far greater than most.

    Chariot confronting Croix 

  • Continuing from the last question, what's the point of Chariot confronting Croix? Even if she could stop her, there was no hope that the Grand Triskellion will ever be unlocked and magic might be gone forever. There's also that Chariot might have considered that the likely possibility that Akko will never return to Luna Nova, not after what happened in Episode 22?
    • It was a last ditch attempt to salvage a disaster. Some people become more driven and determined as things become more hopeless.
    • Also, while she didn't know that Akko would return, it wasn't certain that she wouln'd either. Sometimes taking a risk and praying for the best pays off in the end.

    Akko and Chariot 

  • How did Akko know that Chariot didn't mean to use that spell to absorb her magic? Seeing her so forgiving towards Chariot seems rushed.
    • For all we know, Akko may have felt rushed as well. She probably wanted more time to process and mull over her decision, but the scary technological abomination and the fate of the magical world forced her to encounter Chariot a bit sooner than she was comfortable with.
    • Even then, it's implied that Akko did consider not forgiving her, as the show itself kept that decision ambiguous until the last possible moment.
    • Finally, Chariot had built up considerable good will with Akko throughout the series, due to all the encouragement, assistance, and sacrifice she had given her (especialy since she wasn't obligated to give Akko any more time or attention than any other student).

    Woodward and Croix 

  • Why didn't Croix tell Chariot that all she wanted was Woodward's approval? There's nothing wrong about idolizing someone who was responsible for bringing magic into the world.

     Have Diana look after Akko 
  • I don't know why Chariot requests Diana to look after Akko. Wasn't Diana the same person who denounces Chariot as a fraud and the pioneer towards traditions and rules? Won't Akko become the same person as her?

     Woodward is a bad teacher 
  • She left Chariot to rot for ten years, she didn't took the opportunity to patch things up between Chariot and Croix, she took advantage of Akko by turning her into Diana, didn't inform her that Croix is using her and left Chariot and Croix to die by the Noir Rod. How is she a good teacher? She's more like a bad teacher.

     Is this really a happy ending? 
  • If the World found out that Witches was responsible for nearly ending the world, they most likely deem Witches as a threat and might order all activities with magic be ceased. Not to mention how it will affect public opinion which is already bad when the series started. There's also the fact that the parents would take their children away from Luna Nova after the teachers proven they are incompetent in their jobs.

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