Little Witch Academia: Another Good Underdog Anime!

Little Witch Academia: Another Good Underdog Anime!

First impressions on Netflix's Little Witch Academia anime
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I've watched the first three episodes of "Little Witch Academia," the anime Netflix original, and so far, I'm really interested in the potential of this show. So, I put together my first impression of the series with possible light spoilers.

Also, please be wary when reading the Wikipedia articles; they unabashedly have spoilers for sure. You have been warned!

"Little Witch Academia" recounts Atsuko "Akko" Kagari's experiences and adventures at Luna Nova Magical Academy, a school for witches. Inspired by her idol Shiny Chariot, a witch who did a performance when Akko was younger, Akko aims to be a talented witch like Chariot.

The only issue is that Akko is human and was not born with magical abilities. However, she has the ability to learn magic, which is a constant drawback for her.

However, it is reminiscent to someone who joins a choir but can't sing well. Or someone who studies really hard for a test and fails. Hard work can pay off, even though the progress may seem slow or nonexistent.

Yes, Akko fails a lot within the first three episodes and she will likely continue to fail throughout the series. But she does have some successes, and those successes were possible through her hard work, endurance and persistence.

Akko can be quite incompetent and stubborn, her flaws are very evident, but she makes up for it with her undying passion and dedication to be like Shiny Chariot. Those childhood dreams we had when we were younger is still with Akko, and we observe her, cheer for her, watch her fail, watch her win, and everything in between.

This is just the main character. I'm only on episode three, so they haven't gone into much development with the other characters, besides Diana Cavendish - the top student of Luna Nova admired by her peers and the teachers. She is the straight foil (contrast character) to Akko in every way, but she steadily develops respect for Akko and even does some introspection of herself.

When I first heard of "Little Witch Academia," I thought that the creator of "My Hero Academia," Kohei Horikoshi, created the series from the similar plots and art styles. They are both about underdog protagonists born without the supernatural abilities of their respective worlds, working hard to get into the schools of their dreams to become like their childhood idols.

However, I learned that there were conceived independently by different creators (Yoh Yashinari created "Little Witch") at different times. "Little Witch" was first published in 2013, and "My Hero" was first published in 2014. It's staggering how similar the two series are.

Overall, I give it the thumbs-up! Not as gripping as "My Hero Academia," but it's just as fun and touching to watch and experience, like Harry Potter!

Little Witch Academia is only available for legal streaming on Netflix. It is not available on the anime viewing sites Crunchyroll or Funimation. It is English subbed, not dubbed.

Cover Image Credit: Allegra Frank, Polygon

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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1. How did I get to the gym? Didn't I walk here? That should count as exercise

2. Why am I here?

3. Are these clothes tighter than they were last time?

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7. Okay, I am going to set this at the easiest level

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9. Is 3 minutes long enough? No, darn it.

10. How many calories have I burned? Only 10 are you kidding me!

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13. Maybe I should get a smoothie as a reward for working out

14. I am literally dying right now. I am about to drop dead

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17. Why do people come here every day?

18. Last minute I'm going to go so hard right now

19. Just kidding that two seconds was good enough. I'm going to cool down for the last 58

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