Little Witch Academia never fails to put a smile on my face and make my heart feel warm! Especially with this latest episode, which has become very dear to my heart, and definitely my most favorite episode of the series yet! The writers truly know how to deliver an inspiring and memorable show!
Japanese Original Episode Title: サムハインの魔法
Hey, would you look at that! I had been hoping that Akko would grow even more as a protagonist just last week, and here she was, having changed her perspective on things. She stepped it up! And to think the one that gave her that chance was the same thing she was fretting and complaining about: Vajarois! It wasn’t without its hardships, though, because Akko’s friendship with Sucy and Lotte was shaken a bit back there. The two believed they should stick to tradition rather than solve the problem, and even said that they can’t always keep up with her! What’s that supposed to mean?
Supporting your friends: I was incredibly worried for the trio’s friendship for a bit. We were seeing it soar and become stronger during the past episodes, but to think that they didn’t even try to consider Akko’s suggestion… Instead, they really wanted to play safe. That’s why it was such a huge relief when they finally decided to support Akko. It was tough seeing her so hard at work without encouragement from anyone. All that back-up they gave her during the actual ritual was enough to make up for that disappointment, though! Plus, they got to unite as one when they took out the seed of sorrow from Vajarois! Let’s just hope that their faith in each other won’t waver anymore! Of course, that doesn’t mean they should agree with each other’s’ ridiculous suggestions, but at least give them some thought!
Samhain Festival: This whole festival was a huge example of being stuck in traditions. Not only did the rituals bore everyone, alumni, faculty, and students alike, but they were also kind of useless, to be honest. And if useless things can’t even entertain you, what good are they? I agree with one of the guest witches, Minister Dorlin, when she said ‘It’s no wonder magic is dying out,’ because they weren’t attempting to improve at anything; they just kept to their customs! Amanda’s team and Diana’s performance were the only ones that really stood out, and that’s because they used extraordinary magic. And then Akko, as inferior as she was at it, tried to use hers to help someone! At least theirs was useful and entertaining!
‘Sacrifice’ Ritual: You really can’t help but be proud of Akko this time! She did her utmost to perform a show for Vajarois to cheer up, even if she still wasn’t all that good. But, man, she did improve so much! Managing to transform herself into different…creatures…one after the other was such a huge leap for her! And though she usually ended up a laughing stock because of her failures, this time the crowd laughed because they were very entertained! Of course, it wouldn’t have been successful without the support of Sucy and Lotte, and most of all, Professor Ursula’s, who went out of her way to check if what Akko said had any bearing. And it did! Hopefully, the incident will teach the faculty a lesson: They should try and improve more, research more, learn more, and be more open to change. I’m also pretty sure Diana swallowed her words when she badmouthed Akko, and even Hannah and Barbara when they badmouthed Sucy and Lotte!
Themes & Trivia
What we should do vs. what we’ve always done: Pretty sure we know that there are things in this world that have to be done or improved on. Alas, many people, despite knowing these things, still continue to hold on to what they’re used to doing. It’s like they’re blind to the advantages of change, of pursuing the truth, of becoming better, just because they don’t want to step out of their comfort zone. As I mentioned, Luna Nova is a good example of this, but even Vajarois wanted to keep wallowing in her sorrow instead of moving forward step by step, though it was what’s best for her, and what her friends would’ve wanted.
Unicorns: You probably often link these mythical creatures with rainbows and sparkles now, huh? Well, in European folklore, they’re usually depicted as wild animals. However, they could be tamed by a maiden (and only by a maiden) as these woodland creatures were symbols of purity and grace. Their horns, aside from being what sets them apart from horses, have the power to nullify poison in water, making it drinkable, and even have the ability to heal sicknesses.
This show leaves me inspired every single week! And now that we’ve got a plot going, it’d be even more amazing if they still keep putting different life lessons and encouraging stories! Aside from that, lately they’ve been constantly putting small details that will surely become important later. There was the third word being activated, Diana’s uneasy feelings, and the weird floating cubes that turned into a bigger cube, which was held by a mysterious figure on the roof! Where did those even come from anyway? Everything just becomes more exciting by the episode!
Believe in your ideals and in your friends!
So, what do you think is waiting for us next week? I have a huge feeling that the owner of the hand and cubes we saw at the end is the new character that was featured in the new PV for this second cour. Don’t you think so?
Well as always, I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of this episode! Please share your thoughts below! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our other Spring 2017 reviews here on MANGA.TOKYO!