The upcoming Little Witch Academia anime had a new promo video released today, and it confirms that all-important premiere date of January 8th. But an extra touch of sparkle has been added with previews of the show’s opening and ending themes. In the video below, you will first hear Yuiko Ouhara’s return from The Enchanted Parade film for the ending theme ‘Hoshi wo Tadoreba’ (‘If You Follow the Stars’). On the opening, YURiKA performs ‘Shiny Ray’, the song played second in the preview.

Netflix will be streaming the series directed by studio TRIGGER’s Yoh Yoshinari, also returning as original character designer from the previous anime shorts and sequel film. Michiru Shimada, who penned The Enchanted Parade, joins the team on series composition, and Shuuhei Handa, a key animator in both the shorts and film, is in charge of main character design. Michiru Oshima also returns to compose the music, and the returning cast have been confirmed as follows:

Megumi Han as Atsuko “Akko” Kagari
Fumiko Orikasa as Lotte Yanson
Michiyo Murase as Sucy Manbavaran
Youko 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

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The project’s 2013 short anime, 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 then 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…

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Well, I’m excited. My wife sometimes teases me for how much I enjoyed the films, but I’m looking forward to seeing a full length anime.

Elisabeth O'Neill

So are we! Us otaku gotta stick together 😆