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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.
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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.
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