'Little Witch Academia' anime taking world by storm

By Oona McGee

Meet "Little Witch Academia," the newest anime to pick up fans at lightning speed, both abroad and in Japan. Released on the Internet on April 19, this 26-minute gem has already stacked up thousands of views and received an enormous amount of praise, particularly from fans outside Japan. The storyline is captivating (it’s about the school-life of a group of young witches - ”magic girls” - studying at the Little Witch Academy), and the characters are so likeable that fans are already calling out for merchandise.

We’re predicting big things for the animation studio behind this work, so get on board before all the cool kids do and check out the entire clip, complete with English subtitles, after the jump.

This short animated film is one of a few select films that were screened in theaters last month as part of the “Anime Mirai” project. This project is an initiative, funded by the Japanese government, which encourages animation studios to train young animators. Now, Trigger, the animation studio behind "Little Witch Academia," has done the unthinkable and released the entire episode for free on the net, complete with English subtitles.

Quite naturally, the English-speaking world has come out and given a deep, 90-degree bow of gratitude. But it seems this 26-minute taster has fans in such a state that there have been offers of money, tearful pleas and passionate demands to get more of "Little Witch Academia." Take a look at some of the comments, from many corners of the world:

“I’m dying to see a second episode! My friends and I are already planning to cosplay as these characters.” (USA)

“More of this, or I will cry.” (UK)

“This one episode is better better than seven movies of Harry Potter.” (Malaysia)

“Breathtaking. Magical. Fantastic. And incredibly cute!” (Finland)

“Every single second of this is one of the most visually amazing seconds of my life.” (Canada)

“This is the coolest thing since Summer Wars.” (Thailand)

“Please! Please! Please! Please turn this into a series!” (Australia)

“So when will the TV series start?” (Mexico)

“If you put up a donation link, I’ll donate $10 just for this episode. I really want to see more!” (Poland)

“Trigger, make this a series! You can be sure all of us will eat it up.” (New Zealand)

“We need merchandising of this.” (Argentina)

“I think this studio could easily rival Studio Ghibli.” (UK)

“Accomplishes in 26 minutes what many anime fail to do in 26 episodes.” (USA)

Studio Trigger is still a fairly new company, only set up in 2011. To get such accolades and produce a global hit like this in such a short amount of time truly is something.

Source: Trigger

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So not inspired by Harry Potter or the "Worst Witch" movie at all then...

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First I've heard of it.

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I've seen this article published on a few sites yet not one "organic" bit of info on the show. Planted article?

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It definitely seemed to have some Harry Potter elements about it, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. What is a bad thing is that I couldn't take it seriously because that was so cute!

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I actually enjoyed the show and thought it was fun, watched it at work.

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Yes i would say this is canned or "hype" fan promotion. There are many many fine Anime series being produced and aired constantly over 100 a year and many OVA and other forms of anime, this is a single small and rather simplistic anglicized anime variant production of no great merit. It is cute yes but hardly the hugely successful phenomenon the article claims. Please be more balanced and cover more REAL anime thanks.

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