You can tell witch training is not going swimmingly for the young sorceresses Akko, Lotte, and Sucy—they face expulsion for screwing up one class too many, and their only way out is if they successfully organize their academy's annual parade through a nearby town. But when they stumble upon the momentous discovery that the objective of the parade is to humiliate witches and commemorate their past subjugation, Akko decides it is time for a change: It is time to show the world how fantastic modern witches truly are! However, with the other girls struggling to keep up with Akko's grandiose ambitions, and everything from mischievous boys to slumbering giants getting in their way, maybe pulling it off will require not only all the magical prowess the pupils of Luna Nova Magical Academy can muster, but also a miracle.
Bringing forth the sparkle of magic with a delightful storyline, Little Witch Academia: Mahoujikake no Parade is an unexpected surprise that takes the premise of its predecessor a notch higher. Retaining the superlative creativity and charm of its first series, this continuation secures its place as a heartwarming tale of friendship, discovery, and the joyous adventure of learning.
Set in the Luna Nova Academy, a prestigious school for young witches, our protagonist, Akko, is back along with her friends, Lotte and Sucy. They are tasked to create a magical parade for the yearly festival that the school conducts for its students. The girls hustle through various challenges, eccentricities, and even poking fun at themselves while designing the most magical parade their academy has ever witnessed. But things take an interesting turn when Akko’s enthusiasm puts more than just the parade at stakes.
Little Witch Academia: Mahoujikake no Parade is nothing less than an enchanting visual spectacle, where Studio Trigger’s craftsmanship shines through each frame. The animation is fluid and evocative, bringing the witch world to life with incredible grace and nuances. The film is enriched with vibrant colors and stunning visual compositions that will leave any anime lover spellbound.
The soundtrack brings a whole new dimension to the show. Composed by Michiru Oshima, known for her remarkable work in Fullmetal Alchemist, the music captivates the heart and sets the tone for dynamic storytelling. From high energy beats for thrilling chase scenes to soft piano melodies that echo the depth of the characters, this anime sure knows how to match its visuals with a solid aural fabric.
Where Little Witch Academia triumphs the most is in its simple yet effective storyline. This beautifully paced narrative never feels rushed or crippled by unnecessary plot elements. Instead, it unfolds a harmonious blend of comedy, adventure, and heart-warming lessons. The characters are a sheer delight to watch. Our hero, Akko’s unflinching spirit, along with Sucy’s teasing calmness and Lotte’s supportive nature, makes the trio charming and utterly relatable.
Little Witch Academia: Mahoujikake no Parade is an anime that strikes a chord with its core message of friendship, determination, and self-discovery. A word of caution, though: Once you’ve entered this witchy world, you may not feel like leaving! Even if you aren’t a die-hard anime fan, this movie is worth a rent. It’s also a worthy addition to a collector’s library, given its quality and re-watchability factor. It’s a delightful experience that is sure to enchant every viewer, whether you choose to stream it or go a step further and become an owner.
Should you watch it? Absolutely! Is it worth your time? Most definitely! The magic of Little Witch Academia awaits you. So strap in and enjoy the ride.
My Final Rating: 8.5/10
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