It’s quite a calm episode on the surface, mainly because we’re nearing the finale. It’s only proper to prepare beforehand after all! However, don’t be fooled! Little Witch Academia never fails to let its viewers feel a load of feels! So even though this show is only trying to resolve issues and set aside differences for now, you’re still in for waterfalls of emotions!
Japanese Original Episode Title: Yesterday
It seems show business is rarely kind to anyone, even for the person with the purest of intentions. Match it up with a friend who tricks you for her own selfishness, and, well, it just goes haywire from there. Even people who aren’t directly involved except for being your fans are ruined, which is what happened to Akko. Knowing that your idol was the cause for your ineptitude at magic… Whose spirits wouldn’t be broken? That’s why it’s really fortunate she has a lot of friends supporting and believing in her; even the last person we’d expect to be encouraging her stood by her side!
The rise and fall of Chariot: I felt so sad for her! She started with such an innocent dream, kept on moving forward with that in mind, only to be ruined by the greedy people around her. The talent scout allowed her to reach more people and make them happy, but he was only focused on the fame and popularity, forcing Chariot to please the wrong audience. I say the wrong audience because kids and kids-at-heart would really be amazed at her magic, but it seems like she has to please everyone, even those on the other side of the spectrum who are just in it for the entertainment. Then there’s Croix, who supported Chariot at first, thinking that through her she’ll accomplish her goal of unlocking the Grand Triskelion. But eventually she still wanted to be the chosen one and do it her way. So she tricked her own friend, using her to test an experiment. And to think Chariot’s famous quote ‘A believing heart is your magic’ initially came from Croix! And so, driven into a corner, the great Shiny Chariot was forced to be selfish, appeasing her manager, the public, and her anger at her friend, thereby losing her right as the chosen one. No wonder she went into hiding.
Akko’s friends for keeps: Good for Akko! With her friends desperately looking for her and not wanting her to leave, it seemed she has truly found a place to belong in Luna Nova. Even Diana, who initially thought Akko didn’t belong in the school, now didn’t want her to leave! Who knew these two polar opposites actually had a lot of things in common? They both looked up to Chariot and were both unfortunate victims of losing their magic. But while one eventually regained her magic but lost her dream, one continued on with her dream but still didn’t get her magic back. That’s what made the difference between them, plus a hint of jealousy because Akko was closer to Chariot than Diana. Kind of like how Chariot was closer to the Grand Triskelion than Croix. However, Diana accepted that fact much easier than Croix did, putting aside her own whims and openly supporting Akko. I thought our protagonist’s circle of friends would be just limited to Lotte, Sucy, Amanda, Constanze and Jasminka, so it’s such a wonderful thing that Diana’s officially part of it now too!
Confronting Croix: Professor Ursula looked as though she had decided on something before she went up to Croix’s headquarters. But now that she saw the giant, evil version of the Claiomh Solais and that it’s near, if not already, complete, what will she do? More so when she’s partly the reason why it was completed in the first place, whether she was conscious of it or not. Let’s hope our dear teacher doesn’t do anything rash!
Themes & Trivia
Being true to yourself: In a society where it’s weird to be different, it’s quite hard to be true to yourself. But deep inside, we know that being true means being free! We only need to let go of our pride and know what really matters. Chariot’s one example: Though she was already being shunned by the other witches, she never stopped believing in her dream to use magic for people’s happiness. She didn’t mind the negativity as long as it made her and others happy. Sadly, we know that it eventually got to her. Another example was Diana, who finally became honest with her feelings. Realizing her responsibilities as a Cavendish and being pressured by the people around her, she was forced to give up on chasing Chariot. But the one time she allowed herself to dream a bit led her to Luna Nova, which let her meet Akko and rediscover her lost dreams again!
Was it just me or did you guys also think that it was a bit disappointing that Diana was the one who found Akko and encouraged her to stay? Don’t get me wrong! I am very, truly glad that their relationship turned 180 degrees and now seemed to be the best of friends! But, what about Lotte and Sucy? The show started with the trio and their shenanigans, but when things started getting serious, right after they found the fourth word, they were put on the back-burner. I know focusing on Akko and Diana’s friendship is appropriate since their relationship paralleled Chariot and Croix’s, and they were both victims of the Dream Fuel Spirit. Plus, Lotte and Sucy were also still beside Akko, supporting her. But they seemed to be only ever doing that now, like Diana’s Hannah and Barbara. That scene by the bridge where Lotte was crying about Akko and Sucy was reassuring. Then when they found her inside the cafe and Lotte was panicking, those were heartwarming and all, but still not enough for me. Maybe in the last episodes, the same amount of importance they put on Diana will be the same they put on Akko’s best friends once more.
The power of friendship
Gaining back her confidence, Akko moves forward! But to do what, exactly, we still don’t know yet. What’s sure is that there’s a threat to be stopped, and a word to be revived! Maybe even a teacher and idol to save? Onwards to the final episodes!
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