Trigger tried to take the world by storm, releasing “Kill La Kill” as their first “big” title. Was their attempt successful? I’d say yes. Even though Kill La Kill suffered from many issues it was very bright, fresh, unusual, Gainax-type show.Unfortunately, next several shows weren’t as great. Inou-Batoru was nichijo-keu no Naka de – can anyone recall this anime? Kiznaiver had intrigued with its plot idea and then disappointed. Luluco, Inferno Cop? Well, I’m sure they have their fans but unlikely can be considered as a valuable asset for a studio.
Trigger had taken the bull by the horse and instead of coming up with new ideas went through all obstacles using a simple way. “Hey, all people like our OVAs about little witches. Why won’t we be so damn generous and give them 25 brand new episodes about Akko?!” Has this idea turned out to be worthy?
Yes and no.
Trigger can do mainstream animation as no one else studio. Kill La Kill was simply brilliant in terms of animation and even three or four years after its release people still post gifs with Mako or Ryuko. Little Witch Academia keeps carrying that bar – it’s more simple but still colorful and, the most important, unusual for the modern world of making stereotypical camera angles and character movements. This anime is very easy to watch and it has some lovely heroines and… and probably that’s it.
On the other hand the show is so fond of the idea that even if you’re a stupid, impudent, nosy, have no talent whatsoever, don’t know where to stop – anyway, you will find friends who will put up with all your peculiarities, you will have enough luck to solve any problem and so on. And you shouldn’t try to change yourself, no, no! On this feast of uniqueness even Diana, who’s a stereotypical good girl from her toes up to the point of her pointy hat, even that Diana looks like a decent character and you care about her much than about Akko.
The plot is too straightforward, to childish. There are no, you know, bad guys – be the end of the anime you should understand and forgive all the villains. Professors in the academia are constantly demonstrating that there are not so many people who want to teach young witches, otherwise they, with all their lack of knowledge and reckless behaviour, would’ve never gotten their positions.
Probably, this story hasn’t ended. It’s always possible to find a new threat for the magic in the world, for the witches and for the academy. I hope that, at least, Trigger is going to wait some time before triggering a new season (I’m a terrible punster, hehe).
In addition, soon we’ll get a game dedicated to Akko and her friends: