Trigger Saves Anime Once Again
There comes a time in every man’s life where he must decide, decide what television show to obsess about for the current season. Will he choose the new hit crime drama on CBS, or will he go with the new Seth MacFarlane animated television show on FOX, one can often feel overwhelmed.
I, however, decided to go with something a little more unconventional, an animated show about three young witches and their lives in a school of their peers.
Let me explain.
Little Witch Academia officially released its first episode in Japan on January 8th of 2017, but it’s story begins well before that. On March 2nd 2013, the two year old production company known as Trigger had entered into the Anime Mirai 2013 Project, a venture meant to highlight small animation studios to greater heights.
Studio Trigger had submitted a short film titled Little Witch Academia which opened in 14 different theaters throughout Japan to many positive reviews, later being released to the west with the same quality of positive reviews. As of writing this article, the short can be viewed on Netflix, where it holds a solid 5 star rating by the public and myself.
But studio Trigger did not end there. With the success of the first short behind them, they set their sails on a companion piece. An hour long movie was pitched and uploaded to kickstarter to fund the project. Starting in July of 2013, The Little Witch Academia 2 Kickstarter more than quadrupled its goal of 150,000 dollars, giving birth to the title Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade.
With the history out of the way, Little Witch Academia was big, so big that it now has a running anime that is now 3 episodes in as of writing this article, with it’s own original story free of the original short and hour long sequel.
The story begins when a young Atsuko Kagari goes to see a Magic show by the famous Shiny Chariot, a witch infamous in the magic world for her grandiose performances that seem to take magic lightly. The show impresses the young girl so much that she decides to enroll in her idol's old school, the Luna Nova Magical Academy, where alongside her new roommates, Sucy Manbavaran and Lotte Janson, she hopes to grow one step closer to being exactly like her heroine.
This show may sound boring to most people reading, but the show has seen insane popularity by anime fans who were fans of the original short, fans of the studio, and those who are just now being introduced to both parties. The show’s lighthearted nature and eccentric animation style are staples of the studio, and it lends itself well to the vibrancy of the world they are too be applied to.
The world is covered in soft colors that reflect the main character’s view of the world, the magic in the world is represented by soft neon borderless blobs that fade out, but are always as vibrant and energetic as the world it fuels, and the characters are as varied as the colors that make them up. The show is a pleasure to watch and just be impressed by it’s visuals
Atsuko Kagari, known through the show by the nickname Akko, is the new girl in school, a simple commoner from Japan with absolutely no magical background, and acts as our lens through the world. While her optimist and ignorant attitude comes off as annoying, it only strengthens our understanding of the character’s sense of wonder. Lotte Jansson plays the bookish nerd of the trio, well learned but lacking in confidence and natural talent. Sucy Manbavaran rounds out our trio as the agent of chaos, a poisons expert who isn’t afraid to use her friends as guinea pigs for her experiments.
Three young Magicians, one magical academy, and a slew of interesting stories, characters, creatures, and lessons to learn. I for one look forward to seeing the marvelous adventures these three students take us on. I just hope we don’t run into any dark wizards along the way.
Have you gotten a chance to check it out yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!