Little Witch Academia TV Anime Reveals January Debut & Returning Cast, Staff
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The November issue of Kadokawa's Monthly Newtype magazine is reporting on the January 2017 premiere, cast, and staff for the television series version of Studio Trigger's Little Witch Academia anime project on Saturday.
The six announced cast members reprise their roles from the earlier Little Witch Academia short and sequel film:
- Megumi Han as Atsuko "Akko" Kagari
- Fumiko Orikasa as Lotte Yanson
- Michiyo Murase as Sucy Manbavaran
- Yōko Hikasa as Diana Cavendish
- Arisa Shida as Amanda O'Neill
- Rie Murakawa as Constanze von Braunschbank Albrechtsberger
Yoh Yoshinari returns as director and original character designer at Studio Trigger. Michiru Shimada, who penned the script for the sequel film, is handling series composition.
The project began with a 2013 anime short that spawned the Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade sequel last year. The staff describes 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…
Yoh Yoshinari created and directed the first short as part of the Anime Mirai 2013 initiative. Fans supported the second short via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that raised US$150,000 in six hours, and eventually US$625,518 (four times its original goal) in one month. The Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade sequel had its world premiere before 4,000 fans in a standing ovation at Anime Expo in July 2015.