Episode 21 brings in the drama and even more plot content! It’s actually starting to feel like Little Witch Academia is heading to the climax! Our questions are slowly starting to be answered.
Japanese Original Episode Title:ワガンディア
On the surface, you’d think that this was just another simple story: Akko is trying to find another Word, Ursula lets her discover it on her own, Croix intervenes and tries to sabotage Akko, etc. Just like all the previous ones, right? However, as I was trying to write down all the highlights, turns out almost every bit of scenario, whether just to build the episode or serve as its major part, were all important! It was that plot heavy of a story! We got really significant revelations regarding Ursula and Croix’ past, as well as important info on what Croix has been aiming for from the start! The story totally tugged at my heartstrings too, which made it an even more memorable one.
Akko’s stubbornness: Sometimes I get the feeling that Akko’s character development goes forward and then backwards. Just when you thought she learned to be patient, her stubbornness still gets the better of her! I was so sure she’d listen to the advice of all her friends to obey Professor Ursula, but then just one opposite advice from Croix, and she goes off against the others’ advice! Makes you think she picked the one that she just definitely wanted to hear. I mean, who has been with her longer? Her friends were sometimes mean to her, sure, but Ursula had always been there for her, believing in her, right? Which brings us to the next highlight…
Doubting Ursula: Another thing that I couldn’t believe Akko did! If you have a friend that has always been looking out for you, never once betraying your trust, would you have that hard a time believing them? Even if their advice somehow seemed off compared to what someone else said, wouldn’t you immediately think your friend had a good reason for saying that, and not immediately thinking they were trying to sabotage you? That’s why I can’t believe Akko suddenly thought Ursula was antagonizing her. She instead believed Croix, who she just met recently! It’s understandable that she was that desperate to meet Chariot, but come on, when someone tells you to go against your teacher’s advice, something that could harm you in major ways, wouldn’t you at least think twice? Oh, Akko.
Their past: Jealousy really does end up as one of the reasons why there’s a rift between friends, huh? Both Chariot and Croix wanted to break the seal of the Grand Triskelion, but the Shiny Rod deemed Chariot’s heart and goals to be purer and selfless! However, with how the two of them reacted, Croix looking shocked and Chariot saying it was supposed to be Croix, I wonder if they initially expected Croix to get the Shiny Rod? However, Croix also seemed to have accepted that Chariot was chosen. So did something else happen after that for them to be so hostile to one another? Though, I guess not anything so important for Croix to just let Ursula fall to her death. She even looked quite worried and gave up after that! I’m also wondering if Chariot became a victim of the pollen herself, because it looked like they were still young at the time, compared to when Akko first saw her. Or maybe Croix ended up becoming the victim instead?
Protecting Akko: I hope after that deadly mistake, Akko finally learns to be less stubborn and properly heeds the advice of the people who care about her. I was so worried that the pollen really might’ve taken something from her or Ursula! At least now she has realized how much her professor and mentor truly cares about her, and even Ursula realized that she was unconsciously pushing her wish on her student! Akko successfully revived the Sixth Word, too!
Croix’s unfolding plan: The first time the news about the soccer game was shown in a previous episode, I thought it was just something extra. The second time when people complained about the match, I started wondering if it was important, but they still brushed it off. Now I know that I should always treat even the simplest of detail as important, since the show wouldn’t focus on things that were nonsense! Turns out, there was a reason for all that unusual anger: Croix! I should’ve known she’d have a hand in this, just like with the incident in Appleton and the Wild Hunt! Even more than that, the reason she’s been experimenting with people’s emotions was to power the darker Claimh Solais she built for herself!
Themes & Trivia
Trust: This, of course, is definitely important in any kind relationship! It not only allows people to walk in harmony together, but also prevents other people or things from ruining your relationship! Plus, you wouldn’t be able to work with someone without trusting that person to some degree, right?
Even though I complained a lot about Akko’s short but apparent character derailment, I thought that the whole episode was beautiful, both writing and animation-wise. If you think about it, Akko’s stubbornness has never been properly dealt with, so hopefully this episode did the trick. I guess the only thing I wish was made better was the animation of when Chariot was crying as she apologized to Croix, at least when the scene was zoomed out. She looked incredibly stiff to the point that it distracted me from the feels, making me think of how better it could’ve looked like.
When Croix was declaring why she wanted to gain the power of the Grand Triskellion, she only said that she wanted to become a great witch, but that was before. What is she planning to do now once she achieves her goal? Will Akko manage to revive the Seventh Word, too, something that Chariot never got to achieve? These last few episodes are sure to be a rollercoaster ride, so hang in there!
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