Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Little Witch Academia is the cutest anime short you'll watch today

Are you an anime fan?  Do you have 26 minutes to spare today?  If so, you'll want to give the anime short  Little Witch Academia a watch.

More than just your standard Magical Girl-style anime, Little Witch Academia delivers everything that a good anime should have: a story filled with plenty of emotion and expressive characters, gorgeous artwork, and - of course - more moé-ness (and panchira...) than you can shake a stick at.

The story follows Akko, an erstwhile student at a magical academy not unlike Hogwarts.  Stray curses, a priggish true-blood wizard antagonist with blonde hair, broomstick flying, and a red-headed sidekick all factor in as Akko tries to find the Sorcerer's Stone and convince everyone that she's not crazy for believing in...

...ok, so it's pretty much exactly like Harry Potter in anime form (the sound effect of the broom flitting about is almost identical to the sound the Golden Snitch makes) - but that doesn't mean it's not worth watching.

Free up 26 minutes of your day and give the video below a watch:

I really dig the art style of Little Witch Academia, which mixes elements of Studio Ghibli and Final Fantasy Tactics artist Akihiko Yoshida (ref: this) and provides plenty of variety between the characters.

Unfortunately, Little Witch Academia appears to be a standalone short produced by Trigger - an anime studio co-founded by Hiroyuki Imaishi (the director of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt) so there's a chance it could be serialized into a full season, movie, or manga.

Here's to hoping!