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  • Awesome Art: 2D-animated glory from Studio Gainax veterans with CG used mostly for background effects.
  • Awesome Music: "Chariot's Theme", from both short films and the series proper, is a grandiose orchestral piece that first plays at the Shiny Chariot show that gives Akko her dream, and it perfectly encapsulates the sheer epic wonder and awe that her performances brought to her audience.
  • Broken Base: Is Akko x Chariot a good Mentor Ship, or is it inappropriate given the age difference between the two? The series addition of Croix has also lead to some Ship-to-Ship Combat which took attention away from Akko x Chariot in favor of Chariot x Croix.
  • Can't Un-Hear It: For many fans, Megumi Han is Akko and it's hard for them to hear anyone else doing the role because of how well she captures the character's energy and personality in the Japanese version. This also applies to her English voice actress, Erica Mendez, to a lesser extent.
  • Cliché Storm: If you're at all familiar with Cute Witch archetypes, magi schools, or high school comedies, it's not going to surprise you. However, the stunning visuals, lighthearted atmosphere, and entertaining script make it work.
  • Crossover Ship: It's not uncommon to find people who ship Akko and Izuku Midoriya together given the similarities between them and their series.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Amanda, whose first appearance to date was The Enchanted Parade short film, is one of the more popular side characters and was the most well liked from the aforementioned film. It's likely the reason she gets several spotlight episodes in the series proper.
    • The team composing of Avery, Mary and Blair are amongst the most popular background witches in the fandom and it's incredibly common for them to appear in fanworks.
  • Fanon:
    • While not implied to be the case in canon, many fanworks like to feature Diana as being bad at and/or unfamiliar with mundane, non-magic related subjects (such as cooking without using magic or using modern muggle technology) as a way to contrast with Akko being unfamiliar and bad with magic-related subjects. By extension, many fans like to feature Akko as being very good on the more mundane and ordinary side of things to contrast Diana being very good with the more supernatural and magic side of things. Which is also not implied in canon.
    • A less common fanon is that Diana, and by extension the Cavendish family, is actually Scottish, due to the Cavendish Manor being located in Wedinburgh, which is one letter away from Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Helps that the producers don't exactly deny this being the case.
    • While Sucy is confirmed to come from Southeast Asia, unlike the other characters, it's unknown as to which country she comes from, as official profiles merely list her as coming from the subregion with no specific country mentioned. However, fans have interpreted Sucy as being from the Philippines, due to a few hints that possibly points to her coming from there (One of which being her personal broom in the first episode of the series, which is a Walis Tambo, a broom commonly used in Filipino households).
    • In most Time Skip fics, Diana will nearly always be portrayed as either a doctor or the head of a successful medical company due in no small part to her family's large medical history.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Steven Universe ever since series creator Rebecca Sugar and Ian Jones-Quartey had cameos in The Echanted Parade, those two having another cameo in the Series Finale. Trigger's staff has fans of the show who have provided guest work in Steven Universe.
    • With Harry Potter, because of the similar settings and character dynamics.
    • With My Hero Academia, because of the similar sounding names and the fact that both are about scrappy initially-powerless individuals attending an Academy of Adventure and receiving guidance and mentorship from their idols.
    • With My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, also in part because of similar-sounding names and due to the number of references. Also in part because the latter's spin-off series' two main characters — The Hero and her (former) Rival — happen to share a little more than a passing resemblance to Akko and Diana, them also having a few defining character traits and relationship dynamics in common, and on top of both duos being quite dominant Fan Preferred Couples within each series respective shipping circles.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The series is more popular in America than it is in its native Japan. In reverse of this article, the American Kickstarter for The Enchanted Parade reached its goal of $150,000 in less than five hours, completely confusing everyone involved, who thought they'd be lucky to achieve their goal in a month.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: There isn't much to go off on Shiny Chariot's Hot Witch outfit other than the fact it's the only notable form of eye candy in an otherwise tame series and has nothing on the usual anime fanservice tropes. The manga adaptation, later on, has some Appleton students discussing witches and one of the stereotypes they invoke is that witches were seductive and temptresses, with Shiny Chariot's outfit being cited as proof. Indeed, since Chariot was the only notable witch for a while, this may be part of the "false perception" of magic she ended up accidentally promoting according to the magical community.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Sucy, the monotone, Perky Goth poison-handling witch, became a large draw of the series, to the point that she was more popular than Akko or Lotte. Her popularity even led to an extended cameo in Space Patrol Luluco.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Akko has been shipped with Diana, Sucy, Lotte, Andrew, Amanda, and Ursula. These are just the popular ones.
  • LGBT Fanbase: The large number of female characters, particularly ones with masculine traits such as Amanda or Croix, have made the series popular with gay women.
  • Memetic Loser:
    • In canon, Akko is a very excitable if somewhat naive and inexperienced girl. But if you ask a good chunk of the fandom, she is a brain-damaged fangirl reject. It doesn't help that she's very impulsive, a bit of an idiot and often (but not always) has to be bailed out of her latest predicament by Diana. Pretty much her only saving grace is her sheer enthusiasm and determination (which genuinely does endear her to a large part of the fandom).
    • Andrew and Frank for just being boys in a series about witches, but this is inverted when they're shipped with Akko and Lotte to exaggerate the Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl relationship they have, with them being exasperated but supportive of their girlfriend's Butt-Monkey status and misadventures.
    • Anyone turns into this if Sucy gets an experiment on them.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Don't lose your Yay.
    • "It's anime Harry Potter!"
    • That one time Sucy gave Luluco those poisoned (but not deadly!) mushrooms.
    • Shoehorned characters and shoehorned romance.Explanation 
  • Memetic Psychopath: Sucy of course.
  • Moe: Pretty much every single student and teacher in Luna Nova Academy is this.
  • Narm:
  • Older Than They Think:
    • The anime, released in 2013, is the story of a human girl who loves magic so much she wants to become a witch. Her beliefs about magic and being a witch go heavily against what "real" sorcerers had held as a tradition for centuries, so naturally, she becomes the black sheep among the magic community. In her misadventures, she's always accompanied by two apprentice witches who befriended her despite even them barely sharing her enthusiasm. What many people may not know is that this exact premise had already been used back in 2004, in Studio 4°C's Tweeny Witches. Even earlier, it parallels The Worst Witch, written in the 1960s.
    • Andrew wasn't the first main male character in a LWA work, as shojo manga featured a wizard that was a Childhood Friend of Akko and ironically ended up having better success in magic than her. The fact that it never got a Western release, despite the series being more popular there than in Japan and the fact that it appears to take place in its own universe, may have contributed to the surprise of Andrew's role.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Though it's likely unintentional, it's practically an anime adaptation of The Worst Witch. Coincidentally enough, an adaptation of that series premiered on Netflix at almost the same time as Little Witch Academia.
  • The Woobie:
    • Akko, who is usually humiliated, taunted by the snooty witches and beaten down by the series' Slapstick tendencies; whether or not she brings the chaos upon herself, she could use a hug. After the Wham Episode, this, Genki Girl finally breaks down, and it is heartwrenching.
    • Lotte, namely when Akko accidentally ended up ripping her sheet in The Enchanted Parade or when she was almost gonna miss the Night Fall event in Episode 4.
    • Diana lost her mother at a young age, but grew up hearing stories about the Grand Triskellion, as told by her mother. She even encouraged Diana to seek the Words, so she could restore the golden age of magic, but instead of Diana, that responsibility fell to Akko when she ended up being the one chosen by the Shiny Rod. She is then forced to depart Luna Nova prematurely to inherit her position as the head of the Cavendish family to prevent her aunt from squandering the family fortune and heirlooms.

    Teri Terio's manga 
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The infamous "nice rump" scene in the third chapter in which Diana gets sexually harassed by the (very old) con man, which was then completely forgotten about afterward. It makes you wonder if Teri Terio did that just to mock the radar. The fact that the manga played it for laughs is an entirely different matter...
    • The fifth chapter has Akko picking up and sniffing a poisonous mushroom, resulting in her going into a Mushroom Samba. The whole incident is just an excuse to make Akko lose her fishing rod, and wasn't mentioned again afterward.

    Keisuke Sato's manga 
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: At one point, Akko was shrunken by a magical trap when trying to secretly return the answer sheet that Amanda stole from the faculty. Not too long after that, she gets chased by a cockroach who in turn is chased by two fairy workers who want to squash it. Then a third fairy worker shows up all of a sudden and literally eats the cockroach, causing the first two to express their disgust at the sight. This whole incident involving the cockroach isn't mentioned again.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The first few pages of Chapter 5 features Akko having to work a part time job as a maid for the school since her allowance got cut due to her poor grades, which knowing Akko, could have led to much Hilarity Ensues, especially since one of the rooms she cleans belongs to none other than Diana. However after a few pages, the plot quickly shifts from it to Akko instead finding a birthday gift for Sucy and Akko's maid job never gets brought up again afterwards.


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