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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade is a 2015 anime short depicting renegade students at a witch academy whose magical experiments sometimes cause frightening repercussions. Expect a scary roaring giant, bullying adolescent boys, and visuals of young inexperienced witches falling from great heights. Young kids may be scared when an evil stone giant arises from underground, angry and vengeful, grabbing people, and sending his dark power into inanimate objects. Coffee cups menacingly grow teeth, and cars open their mouths to eat people. References are made to medieval witch hunts. Akka is oblivious, self-centered, impulsive, showy, and headstrong, but she learns from her mistakes.
What's the story?
LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIA: THE ENCHANTED PARADE follows witch student Akka as she and some fellow misbehaving students at the academy face punishment. The headmistress puts them in charge of the annual witch hunt memorial parade in town to commemorate the harm done by witch hunts centuries ago. As always, Akka leans toward glitzy extravaganza rather than cultural veneration and modesty. She calls it the Happy Time Project to show off witches in a positive light, but her classmates won't go along. Frustrated, Akka comes up with a plan on her own. Along the way, local bullies throw things at the young witches. The magic Akka displays during the parade gives a buried evil giant enough power to rise up and threaten the town. Peril ensues until the courageous young witches come to the rescue.
Is it any good?
Akka and her cohorts get on the wrong side of their headmistress but nevertheless save the day in this formulaic animated fantasy. Kids young enough to gloss over plot weaknesses may enjoy the magical exploits of Akka and friends. For starters, putting kids in charge of a parade seems more like a reward than a punishment. But that's why it's a fantasy. Sensitive kids may also find the images here too scary; there's plenty that could cause nightmares, so know your kid.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about witch hunts and how the idea of magic once threatened organized religion. How can you learn more about this topic?
In this fantasy, Akka wants to become a witch after seeing an exciting magic display. Why might someone want to learn how to be a witch? Do you think some people wish they had more power in their lives?
Do you think there is such a thing as magic? Why, or why not?
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