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Promotional Little Witch Academia poster

The promotional poster for the series' short film

Little Witch Academia is a franchise written by Yō Yoshinari and produced by Studio Trigger. It was started from the original short film of the same name which released in theaters on March 2, 2013 as part of the Young Animator Training Project's Anime Mirai 2013 project. Originally a standalone film, its popularity saw the release of its sequel The Enchanted Parade on October 9, 2015, which partially funded through Kickstarter. A short one-shot manga prequel of the film drawn by Teri Terio, was published in Shueisha's Ultra Jump magazine on August 19, 2013, which then followed by a serialized original story by the same author in Ultra Jump between August 19, 2015 and November 20, 2015 and later compiled in a single tankōbon volume released on January 19, 2016.

A television anime series of the franchise, which followed its own continuity along with improved lore, was announced on June 24, 2016. The series began airing in Japan from January 8, 2017 and streamed by Netflix. The series ran for 25 episodes with nine Blu-ray and DVD volumes being released. The TV series gained a manga adaptation illustrated by Keisuke Satō, which published in 2017 along with an interquel video game titled Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time, which developed by A+ Games and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game itself was scheduled for release on PlayStation 4 in November 30, 2017 in Japan, followed by a PS4 and Steam release in North America in May 15, 2018. A bonus game, Magic Knight Grand Charion, is available in Japan and the United States as a pre-order bonus.

In June 21, 2019, Univrs has announced a VR game called Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing for release in Spring 2020.

General

Short Films Continuity

Anime Continuity

Keisuke Satō Manga

TV Series

  • Alternate Continuity: TV series (and Anime Continuity in general) begins with a continuity of its own instead of picking up from where The Enchanted Parade left along with improved lore. Notable changes include magic energy now bright green to reinforce its association with World Tree Yggdrasil, Akko finds Shiny Rod at Arcturus Forest instead of dungeon beneath New Moon Tower.
  • Broken Pedestal: Deconstructed. It appears to be the case when Akko learned that Chariot had handicapped her magic along with those of the audience back during her show at Japan, resulting her magic-related shortcomings. This in truth, was accidental due to Chariot was tricked by Croix in using an experimental spell for her own nefarious plans to claim Grand Triskellion for herself, and Croix later exploited this to ruin the bond between Akko and Ursula/Chariot. Too bad for Croix it doesn't last long thanks to Diana.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Yggdrasil is sustained by humanity's belief in magic, and mankind forgetting magic in favor of technology following Industrial Revolution was what caused the tree to wane in the first place.
  • Police Are Useless:
  • Rebuilt Pedestal: After a healthy dejection and prep talk with Diana through which she learned their mutual experience of being inspired by Chariot's magic, Akko's commitment for the dream their role model instilled to her eventually rekindled which allowed her to forgave Chariot for accidentally crippled her magic.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
  • The Magic Comes Back: Thanks to Nine New Witches' efforts, Yggdrasil has finally revived and with it, magic across the world.
  • The Magic Goes Away: One of major plot points in the series. With humanity no longer believe in magic in favor of advancement of science of technology, the decay which reduced Yggdrasil into Ley Lines worsened that the number of magic users decreased more and more in addition of energy crisis. Restoring it with Grand Triskellion in conjunction with rekindling everyone's believing hearts is the key to restore it.
  • World Tree: Yggdrasil, the natural source of everyone's magic.

Chamber of Time

  • Great Big Book of Everything: Strange Notebook.
  • Groundhog Day Loop: Akko and co. are trapped in a time loop due to her disturbed the seal of Horologium Chamber, and the game revolves their attempts to break the loop.
  • Hates Being Alone: Molly has some issues in this. She had to spend her early years in Luna Nova by herself for her (initially) poor magic and later, out of fear that others learned how she improved her magic. To add insult to injury, she tampered Horologium Chamber's Time Magic to went back in time only to subjected herself into Fate Worse Than Death. At least she got better in the end.
  • Super-Powered Evil Side: Molly's Ghost Witch Persona.
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