Passing on the baton from the now-concluded Space Patrol Luluco, studio TRIGGER are leaping headlong into their next project – a full length Little Witch Academia TV anime series. Following up the announcement on the show’s official website with a tweet asking fans to look forward to a “new Little Witch Academia world!!”, the studio’s president Masahiko Otsuka said that Yoh Yoshinari is returning to direct the 30-minutes-per-episode series.
After the end of Space Patrol Luluco‘s final episode on June 24th, its sister show’s announcement video was aired, with lovely Luluco “tagging in” leading witch Akko. The reveal was then followed by video clips of the first two Little Witch instalments.
The project’s 2013 short anime, initially created by Yoshinari as a single episode for the Anime Mirai initiative, was helped to its first full series by a Kickstarter campaign in support of the second short. This them gave rise to last year’s sequel Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, and the series staff give their own description of the start of the story:
Akko Kagari is an ordinary girl who joins the renowned witch academy for witch girls, Luna Nova Academy. When she was younger, she went to Magical Festa, a magic show hosted by a witch named Shiny Chariot. Akko was so mesmerized and inspired by Shiny Chariot’s performance that she dreamed to someday be a “cool” witch like her. This young and impressionable Akko takes Shiny Chariot’s words as her own motto: “Never forget, a believing heart is your magic.“ As part of a class, Akko and her classmates go into a labyrinth under the Tower of Luna Nova. There, a sealed ancient dragon was unleashed by one of her classmates. Akko tries to stop the dragon, but…
Update: Studio TRIGGER announced at their Anime Expo panel on Sunday (July 3rd) that Netflix have obtained the rights to Little Witch Academia‘s upcoming anime. So the service will be streaming the 30-minute TV series internationally, presumably as it airs in Japan.