Monday, April 01, 2013

Little Witch Academia

Enjoy it while you can, Disney is already calling their lawyers...

I don't normally watch short one-shot movies, but I did watch Little Witch Academia today, and although you might have low expectations like I did because it's a training project for young animators (sponsored by the Japanese Cultural Affairs Agency), it was actually amazingly good.  The animation quality was pretty impressive, better than a lot of anime series - the style is probably easiest to describe as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (character designs and action scenes) meets Negima (world setting).  

 Can things get even worse when you're falling at terminal velocity from a high tower?  Yes, they can.

Although they only had 24 minutes to work with, this tells a solid  story, with a small, but entertaining cast of characters.  The basic premise is a girl studying at a magic academy, who was inspired to study magic by a show her idol put on when she was little.  It turns out her idol's not held in the highest regard by other wizards, seen as more an entertainer or fraud than a real magician, but our heroine is still her biggest fan, and when she ends up on a dungeon crawl of sorts with her friends and her rival, she finds something that used to belong to her childhood idol, that gives her a shot at proving herself.

I suck at plot summaries so I'll stop there, but I'd highly recommend checking it out - there's nothing new to watch until the spring season starts anyway, so there's really nothing to lose but 24 minutes of your time.  You won't regret it.


Burning up - Akko's an RPG fan, apparently...

 The action scenes in particular seemed really well animated to me - of course, I draw at about a four-year old level, but still...

 Best Side Character.  Seriously, do not f**k with her and her potions.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Haven't seen this anime yet and it looks good.