Remember two episodes ago when Professor Ursula mentioned Diana’s family was having a problem? At last, we discover the answers to what that’s about in Episode 19 of Little Witch Academia. We even get to know more about Diana herself!
Japanese Original Episode Title: キャベンディッシュ
What would you do if your [self-proclaimed] rival suddenly decided to quit school? That’s what Akko finds herself facing, as Diana, the greatest witch in their batch, promptly drops out of Luna Nova because of a family matter. But if you expected our protagonist to celebrate and declare herself the new witch prodigy, I’m sure you were in for a surprise like I was, as our protagonist is better than that! In fact, she immediately went off on her own to follow Diana and bring her back, while finding out why someone so diligent and devoted to her studies just gave up halfway.
Lineage: Little Diana was super cute!! Seeing her so curious and innocent like that finally made it easier for me to believe that she was once a Shiny Chariot fan! She also seemed truly proud of her family’s lineage as one of the Nine Olde Witches’ descendants! No wonder she carried herself in such a noble fashion all the time, and was also incredibly talented in magic! Speaking of which, while her mother was talking about Beatrix the Affectionate, some of the words she spoke sounded like it could be the Fifth Word, don’t you think? Ursula did say that the next word was related to history and tradition, so it could be possible!
Leaving Luna Nova: I felt incredibly proud of Akko in this episode because of how she responded to Diana’s leaving. Even if you wouldn’t rejoice when your competition has up and left (since that’s very rude), surely no one would really exert effort to follow them to a really faraway place just to convince them to go back, right? Even Hannah and Barbara, Diana’s best friends and loyal followers, didn’t go all that way to bring her back. Not saying that they’re bad friends, just that not everyone’s as persistent and determined as Akko. However, she did it thinking of her rival, who constantly put her down and belittled her! What a twist! Well, since our protagonist is someone who clung onto her dreams very tightly as if her life depended on it, she must’ve imagined how Diana felt giving up on hers. That made her go through all that trouble, deeming it important for even her competition to reach her dreams as well.
Kindness: To think that Andrew would let Akko hitchhike in his car, with his father with them nonetheless! Also, was it just my shipper heart seeing things, or did he have a softer look on his face? Meanwhile, Diana didn’t kick Akko out of her house immediately, but even let her join their dinner party and let her wear her clothes! She even said that Akko was as much of a witch as she was! Looks like Diana and Andrew are actually way kinder than we thought they were, and way, way more kind compared to the adults looking after them! I honestly first saw them as pompous nobles on their high horses. But, like they say, you truly can’t judge a book by its cover, as with Diana. And even if your first impression was right, people can change if you also treat them with kindness, as with Andrew.
Family and Nobility: No wonder Diana was a very serious girl and seemed really stuck up. Totally different than how she seemed when she was younger, right? I get the feeling it’s because she kind of lost her childhood at an early age because she had to bear the weight of being the next family head, and as soon as possible at that. Having an irresponsible aunt who only thought of herself leading the family wasn’t exactly the best situation for an ancient clan. She even had the gall to try and sell off family heirlooms! To some these may have seemed useless things that were only good for decoration, but for their family, those were really important things symbolizing their lineage! More so for an age-old family of witches!
Themes & Trivia
Duty: Most people think that the beautiful clothes, fancy houses, special privileges, and extraordinary respect that are linked with high positions of power are always fun and games. Well, as we could see with Diana now, these come with a cost: giving up her dreams and meeting everyone’s expectations. Meanwhile, her aunt and twin cousins clearly underestimated their roles, only enjoying their perks but not fulfilling the responsibilities.
While I was pleased with the story and how it developed, in terms of the art this week, it was disappointed. If the previous episode had such good drawings and animation, this was the opposite! They were pretty bad in most places. Considering this was Diana’s episode and also seemed to be leading to an important plot event, I would’ve expected for it to be much better. Way better. Makes me wonder what happened to production schedule that it ended up like this. I do hope the next few episodes will have better quality art, especially since we’re already at the 20th episode next week.
Take your rightful place!
I honestly gasped when it ended in a cliffhanger! I was shocked that it was already over, and wished for there to be more! We can only wait till the next one to find out what will happen to Diana’s ascension and if Akko fails to bring her back to Luna Nova! Oh I’m so nervous!
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