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Little Witch Academia’s Japanese home releases including English subtitles

While Little Witch Academia will be coming to Netflix soon after the full series has aired in Japan, if you want to watch or own the show a little earlier, there’s some good news for those of us outside Japan. It’s been announced that the Japanese Blu-ray and DVD releases of Yoh Yoshinari’s anime will all include the option of English subtitles.

If you’re thinking of importing the first volume, it’s slated to ship on April 19th. The Blu-ray will retail for 6800 yen ($60.57 US) plus tax, and the DVD for 5800 yen ($51.66 US) plus tax. This first release will include the first three episodes of the TV series, and the limited edition will bundle a bonus 48-page booklet, with art settings and a behind-the-scenes look at the show’s production.

The studio TRIGGER anime became Little Witch Academia‘s first full TV anime in January. Before that a 2013 stand-alone short, created by Yoshinari 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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