The official website for the Little Witch Academia anime series has opened, revealing the first trailer, a key visual, the cast & staff, and even the main story.
Little Witch Academia Key Visual
Little Witch Academia’s Returning Cast and Staff
In terms of the cast, the following voice actors are reprising their roles from the original 2 films:
- Megumi Han as Atsuko “Akko” Kagari
- Fumiko Orikasa as Lotte Yanson
- Michiyo Murase as Sucy Manbavaran
- Yōko Hikasa as Diana Cavendish
- Arisa Shida as Amanda O’Neill
- Rie Murakawa as Constanze von Braunschbank Albrechtsberger
- Reina Ueda as Jasminka Antonenko
- Noriko Hidaka as Shiny Chariot
Likewise for the staff, Yoh Yoshinari is returning as director and original character designer at Studio Trigger. While Michiru Shimada, who penned the script for the sequel film, is handling series composition.
As well, Shūhei Handa, a key animator in both the original short and sequel film, will handle the main character design. Masanobu Nomura is the art director, and lastly Michiru Oshima is returning to compose the music.
In addition, the rest of the staff includes:
- Color Setting: Yukiko Kakita
- Director of Photography: Daisuke Okumura, Naoki Yorozu
- Main Animator: Takafumi Hori
- Design Works: Yusuke Yoshigaki
- Editing: Kentarou Tsubone
- Sound Director: Jun Watanabe
- Sound Effects: Kiyotaka Kawada
The Little Witch Academia Story Goes Back to the Start
The anime’s story revolves around Akko, who as a child watched the witch Shiny Chariot perform a show, and from then on dreamed of becoming a witch herself. She enters the Luna Nova Academy, a school for witches that Shiny Chariot attended. In this new town she meets new friends and starts a new school life. At the school she has lessons on riding brooms and the wonder of magic, but Akko and her friends Lotte and Sucy keep getting wrapped up in tumultuous events.
This plot outline shows that the series will act as a prequel to the original short film and its feature length sequel The Enchanted Parade as both took place at a later point in time after Akko had entered the school. Consequently, the cast also includes characters introduced to Akko and her friends in The Enchanted Parade. As a result, that suggests the series will jump around the timeline of events.
The full length anime series was previously announced following the end of Studio Trigger’s latest series Space Patrol Luluco and was later confirmed to be licensed by Netflix at Trigger’s Anime Expo 2016 panel.
So what do you think? Excited to see more of Little Witch Academia’s world? To see how Akko first came to the school? Or perhaps you’re interested to see more amazing animation from Yoh Yoshinari and Studio Trigger? Let us know in the comments below.