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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Headmistress Miranda Holbrooke is voiced by Ikuko Tani, who also voiced Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter. She also is voiced by Jessica Gee in the English dub, who also voiced Atelia, an authority figure in the witches' world, from Tweeny Witches.
    • Professor Finnelan is voiced by Rurika Yamamoto, who voiced Melissa, a young witch, in Tweeny Witches.
    • Professor Nelson, the flight instructor, is voiced by the same actress who voiced Kiki in Kiki's Delivery Service.
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    • In episode 15, Ursula turns into Chariot and starts acting as Noriko from Gunbuster, the role that made her voice actress famous.
    • After Croix appears, she's seen eating instant noodles all alone several times, most likely also to remind that her voice actress also voiced Naruto.
  • Anime First: The OVA movies are original material, but received manga adaptations by Ultra Jump and Ribon.
  • Approval of God: Chumlee of Pawn Stars found his cameo in episode 3 to be cool.
  • Bad Export for You: The video game Chamber of Time was only released on digital storefront outside of Japan. This also means that all the bells and whistles that came packaged with the Japanese special edition (such as a bonus Drama CD) will remain Japan-exclusive.
  • Casting Gag:
    • 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.
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    • 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 also has been narcissistic before.
    • In episode 15, Ursula turns into Chariot and starts acting as Noriko from Gunbuster, the role that made her voice actress famous.
    • It's not the first time we hear Junko Takeuchi (Croix) voicing a villain Driven by Envy who tries to kill the idealistic heroine of the show.
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    • Amanda's Japanese VA (Arisa Shida) already voiced a girl whose last name is O'Neill.
    • Amanda's English VA (Marianne Miller) 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.
  • Creator Killer: A downplayed example of this happens with the Chilean Spanish dub: Due of the harsh criticism that dub had because of the less-than-stellar performance of many of the voice cast, along with the bad translation of both the TV series and the films, it's very possible that LWA (along with Glitter Force despite Netflix had no word on the dub of the latter, since it was handled by Saban instead and dubbed in the States in Miami instead) will be the last anime series being dubbed in Chile by DINT (Doblajes Internacionales) for Netflix. It took until 2018 to had another non-Mexican anime dub for Netflix, in this case it was Flavors of Youth, when it was dubbed in Argentina instead, along with Juushinki Pandora.note 
  • The Danza:
    • In the Chilean Spanish dub, Barbara is voiced by Barbara Bustamante.
    • In the Brazilian Portuguese dub, Hannah is voiced by Hannah Buttel.
  • Directed by Cast Member: The English dub of the TV series is directed by Laura Post and Lucien Dodge, who also provide the voices of Diana and Andrew, respectively.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Technically speaking, "OVA" is not the accurate term for the shorts, as both of them initially premiered in theaters before being released to the internet; neither of them were Direct-to-Video works. Still, they resemble the typical OVA in terms of style (being single episodes of larger stories that have visibly higher budgets than a typical anime episode), so the name has stuck.
    • Fans will often identify the trios that Luna Nova students are grouped into as "[Color] Team", based off the sashes and hat-ribbons present on their uniforms:
      • Akko, Lotte, and Sucy are "Red Team".
      • Diana, Hannah, and Barbara are "Blue Team".
      • Amanda, Constanze, and Jasminka are "Green Team".
      • Even the somewhat popular background trio of Avery, Blair, and Mary get identified as "Purple Team".
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  • Market-Based Title: The titles of a few of the episodes were changed for the official English release- "Sleeping Sucy" became "Akko's Adventure in Sucyworld", and "Chariot and Croix" became "Things We Said Today", just to name two examples.
  • Meaningful Release Date: The second OVA, The Enchanted Parade, was released to the general public on October 31, 2015. Very fitting for a series based on witches and magic.
  • Name's the Same: There is a real-life Diana Cavendish, whose youth and relationship with her polio-stricken husband Robin were adapted into the 2017 film Breathe. Claire Foy played the role in that film.
  • No Export for You:
    • The first manga adaptation made to accompany the OVAs has not been translated.
    • A children's novel is not likely to leave Japan.
  • Otaku O'Clock: The television series airs at 12:00 AM time slots. Many people questioned why due to its kid friendly content until the second cour from "Chariot of Fire" onwards which included more swearing, Heroic BSoD and a living nuke trying to destroy the world. The reason why it was aired at 12:00 AM was because it had no other timeslot to air.
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  • Rule 34 – Creator Reactions: The producer of the series stated to 4chan's /a/ board that no yuri would be featured; fans, however, were free to make fanfiction and the like. However, this didn't prevent some Ship Tease being Played for Laughs in both episode 8 and episode 10.
  • 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.
  • Star-Making Role: Rachelle Heger as Sucy in the English dub.
  • Talking to Herself: Rie Murakawa, who voices both Constanze and Wangari, though the former is The Quiet One and has only said two words in the entire series.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • At the Little Witch Academia panel at AnimeNEXT 2017, Yoh Yoshinari stated that he wanted the TV series to air a full year.
    • Yoshinari wanted to have an episode about Sucy discovering a spell that could make a clone of herself, thereby opening the possibility for her clone to work a part-time job while she could stay at the campus to practice magic, and Hilarity Ensues, like having the clone's head fall off when talking to someone. The 25 episode format for the series didn't allow an open space for that.
    • Yoshinari originally wanted the series to be a darker take on the idea of Magical Girl anime, similar to Puella Magi Madoka Magica. However, one of the other members of Studio Trigger decided to make it a lot more light and happy Slice of Life. Episode 15 and onwards is meant to put some of these ideas put into place.
    • According to an interview with Yoshinari, Naoko Tsutsumi, and Shūhei Handa, Andrew was originally going to confess his feelings to Akko and the two of them would end up together. However, Yoshinari disliked this because it would have meant that Akko was working for Andrew's sake and not for herself so it was ultimately scrapped. Yoshinari instead sees their current relationship as a "sort of playful guy-guy relationship", which Handa agrees with.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: On July 3, 2015, the creators gave all Kickstarter backers a first look at The Enchanted Parade before its official release in October. They also told the backers not to go around sharing it on the internet in order to leave it a surprise. Guess what video was readily found on the web days after its release?
  • The Wiki Rule: Has a wiki here.
  • Word of God:
    • According to this, Andrew and Akko have a "sort of playful guy-guy relationship" according to Yoshinari after the initial idea of them ending up as a couple was scrapped.
    • The official Panel at AnimeNEXT 2017 (and repeated at AnimeExpo) revealed the backstories for Sucy, Constanze, Jasminka, and Amanda, which couldn't be fit in due to time constraints. These details reveal a surprising amount of information regarding why and how the aforementioned four act the way they do. Some of these are serious, while others were jokes made up on the spot:
      • Sucy was left at an orphanage with nothing but a bottle of poison; Her obsession with toxins is a result of it being her only connection to her real family.note 
      • Constanze was struck with a terrible illness as a child; In order to heal her illness, her soul was literally removed from her body, which rendered her unable to speak. That robot always standing around her or on her head? it contains her now disembodied soul. It explains why she got so mad after it was damaged.note 
      • Jasminka is possessed by a Hungarian demon that embodies gluttony; If she ever stops eating constantly while she's awake, the demon will either get out or start consuming her surroundings (or both).note 
      • Amanda comes from a wealthy family whose former matriarch (Amanda's great-grandmother) was a powerful fortuneteller. Using her abilities, her family prospered in growing their business empire, but with the loss of such an advantageous ability, Amanda's family sent her to Luna Nova in order to make her a fortuneteller as well in order to keep said company prosperous. Obviously, Amanda wasn't exactly thrilled with this idea.note 
    • The Trigger Night Vol.6 Event elaborated on the lore of the setting, detailing how closely magic is tied to trees, particularly Yggdrasil. Of particular focus was how this nature grants witches long lifespans, but that more powerful witches, due to the magic constantly flowing through them, eventually turn into trees themselves. Examples given included Woodward, Beatrix, and Jennifer of the Nine Olde Witches, Holbrooke's mother, and virtually every head of the Cavendish family. It was noted somewhat somberly that this is certainly Diana's eventual fate too.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Megumi Han added her own thoughts regarding giving Akko a love interest/romance arc after her relationship with Andrew was written for them to have a "playful guy-guy relationship" after the initial plans for them to end up together were scrapped. Specifically, if Akko needs an arc like that, "she already has Ursula and Diana" for it.

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