Little Witch Academia

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Anime Hogwarts puts plucky magic students in peril.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 26 minutes

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Believing in yourself is the big message here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Akka is a flawed protagonist, a young student at sorcerer school who falls asleep during magic history class but is wowed by the over-the-top flash of a theatrical witch named Shiny Chariot, who is disdained by many purists. Yet Akka manages to show enough bravery and ingenuity to save the day.


Frightening situations abound with lurid visuals, sound effects, and ominous music throughout. Monsters and fire-breathing dragons attack despite efforts to defend against them. Some moments have comic undertones, such as when Akka falls from a great height because she can’t master broom-riding, but the freefall still looks scary.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Little Witch Academia is a short 2013 anime feature that young kids may find too intense and frightening. A witch torture chamber is shown. A girl trying to learn to ride a broom falls from a great height, and the descent is scarily visualized all the way down. Vicious dragons and monsters threaten the girls, and at times it seems that their powers won’t save them. This is in Japanese with English subtitles, which may limit viewing by younger viewers who are still learning to read.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMike B. March 28, 2017

Fun for all ages!

This is a great series, and they have some short films available on Netflix as well. While the series has fans of all ages, it's also great for kids.

Ther... Continue reading
Adult Written byAshton M. June 4, 2017

Silly and enjoyable, but not entirely innocent

This anime has a fun and original storyline. The characters are all distinct and enjoyable, and while the anime may take place in a school of magic, you'd... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byNotouchie1 August 30, 2017

A really good show

I think the show was really great. As far as for kids, there is a few violence parts here and there, but with a little parent supervision? That's would be... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 25, 2021


There is the d word in there but that is nothing, and netflix age rating is 7+ so i will put tat too.

What's the story?

LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIA depicts a Hogwarts-like academy for girls who are learning to be witches and to use their powers for good. Akka is one of the few students who doesn't come from a family of witches, so she's a little behind the rest of her class, particularly in the broom-riding department. She makes up for her lack of skill with pluck and adventurousness. The class is assigned to find treasures in a labyrinth, but each treasure is defended by a dangerous monster. When the girls’ errors unleash the angry Ancient Dragon, even the teacher doesn’t know how to stop it. Akka’s courage and ingenuity save the day.  

Is it any good?

The plot may be too simplistic and formulaic for older viewers and too scary for the young kids whom the plot would satisfy. 

You can expect anime's customary big-eyed characters, with some visuals within the frame remaining frozen while others move fluidly. Young anime fans who can handle the scares will enjoy the vibrant depictions of monsters, children flying through the air, blasts of magical lightning bolts, and fireworks displays.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fantasy elements here. Do you think some people have magical powers? Are witches real?

  • Why are the students told to believe in themselves? What does that mean?

  • What is the appeal of fantasy tales?

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