Episode 20 was so pure and heartwarming! Little Witch Academia always does such a great job bringing in the feels and lessons to take to heart, matched with exciting events! It even paved the way for Akko and Diana’s relationship to improve! This is definitely another one to add to my favorite episodes list!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 知性と感性
After Diana’s declaration to immediately ascend to her rightful place as head of the Cavendish house, Akko tries to no avail to persuade her rival to just go back to Luna Nova with her. Diana was really set on fulfilling her role and saving her house, so off she went to the shrine. However, if someone threatened in your face to take what you thought was yours, wouldn’t you try to stop them? So that’s exactly what Daryl did, and prevented her niece from reaching the shrine in time for the Venusian Eclipse!
Saving Diana: Since Daryl seemed bent on staying as the proxy-head of the family, a lot of us probably already saw it coming that she’d sabotage Diana’s ascension. And the fact that she actually did says a lot about how self-centered she truly is, focusing on her own ambitions rather than thinking of her family and their status. It’s a good thing that Akko and Andrew overheard her talking with her daughters about her plans, and went off to save her! Akko didn’t even hesitate to go on her own (she looked pretty cool when she was telling Andrew she can handle it herself), and fight it out with snakes that were most likely poisonous. Then, when she did get bitten by them, she still didn’t back down! To think she sacrificed so much for someone she didn’t consider a friend. Atta girl!
Cavendish history: What a huge sense of affectionate solidarity Diana’s family had, a trait that probably skipped her aunt and cousins. They possibly never got anything out of helping other people aside from gratitude, and since they did it in secret, they possibly never got honored for it too. They didn’t discriminate between friend and foe either! They had been an incredibly kind clan! And because of this episode, we can surely say that Diana also lives by their code, to be affectionate to people as her ancestor, Beatrix, was. Speaking of Diana and her history, it was incredibly surprising to find out that someone as talented as her had her fair share of troubles with magic as well! Makes me wonder if there’s any particular reason as to why she stopped being able to use magic back then.
To the shrine: The fifth word has been revived, and it ended up being the perfect thing to help Diana get to the shrine on time! What were the odds! She even fulfilled her mother’s hopes of opening the gate to an unknown world! Both she and Akko truly benefited from the word getting revived, and it helped their relationship too! They both understood each other a lot more now, with Akko encouraging Diana, and Diana accepting Akko’s assistance! It’s just too bad that Daryl and her daughters had to interfere, getting themselves cursed, which made Diana save them and miss her chance to ascend. But at least Beatrix seemed pleased to have a truly kindhearted girl as the next head of her family, not becoming selfish like her relatives, even if they were quite irresponsible and mean to her anyway.
Epilogue: The part where the Cavendish servants comforted Diana and convinced her to go back and chase her dream made me realize how utterly dedicated they were to the family they served. A lot of the other servants already left but they still stayed despite that, and even promised to protect their house until Diana comes back. Their mistress is truly fortunate! Also, because of the kindness Diana showed them, Daryl became a bit softer towards her, acknowledging that Diana is fit to be the next head. Akko accomplished her mission to take her friend back to Luna Nova! I wonder when she’ll realize that she left her hat in Andrew’s car, though! (My shipper heart is happy that it hints that the two of them might see each other again next time!) All’s well that ends well!
Themes & Trivia
Affection: I’ve been wondering why the term they use for the Cavendish family’s virtue is ‘affection’ instead of ‘kindness,’ then I realized that affection really is the proper term for what their family showed people, friends and enemies alike. I somehow get the idea that showing affection is deeper and takes a lot more effort than just being kind, because the former also demands loving others. That’s why Diana saving her relatives despite their previous offenses and costing her the chance to ascend is definitely showing her affection to them rather than just being kind, in my opinion at least. Even Akko was affectionate towards Diana, because she was very concerned with her fulfilling her dreams as a student of Luna Nova and a member of the Cavendish family.
Venusian Eclipse: This is also known as a Transit of Venus. However, if you try searching Google for it, you’ll only get results for Venus transiting across the Sun, and nothing about it getting eclipsed by the Moon, like in the episode. That’s why I can’t actually tell you how long till Diana gets her next chance for the ascension ritual. Transits of Venus in front the sun are already quite hard to predict in the first place, though.
Sense and Sensibility: This is the title of a novel written by Jane Austen in 1811 about sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, who respectively represent sense and sensibility. Given that this is also the title of this episode, it seems that Diana and Akko were made to represent these two words as well, and it totally fits! Diana is influenced by her mind, as she always tries to think of the best course of action despite her feelings. Akko, on the other hand, is moved by her emotions, since she always acts upon her feelings without thinking of the consequences.
I am sincerely glad that the art and animation’s back to normal with this very important episode! Even the atmosphere that the scenes demanded, like with the historical flashback and the appearance of Beatrix’s spirit were done nicely! And of course, as I mentioned in my intro, the writing was beautiful! I am hereby satisfied!
Anyone else hoping to see the two witches start working together in reviving the last two words, and maybe even in everyday life? I sure am! I’m also wondering what awaits us for the next episode! Will we start heading into the climax soon? Let me know what you think about that and the whole episode in the comments section below by using either the forum or the Facebook tab! Join us in our new forum and let’s talk about our favorite series!
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