What a riot this week’s story was! It was certainly chock full of laughs and excitement, but also dove right in to an important aspect of being a person and how friendships are formed and maintained! As expected from Little Witch Academia, it does a great job of merging entertainment and valuable lessons in the stories every episode!
Japanese Original Episode Title: 眠れる夢のスーシィ
After focusing on Lotte’s tale back in Episode 4, I’m super glad that we finally got one for Sucy! And just as we’ve seen different sides to Lotte in her arc – her character and interests – we also saw Sucy’s in hers, albeit more straightforward. Who knew she actually wanted to be a powerful witch in order to collect mushrooms and do more experiments! Sounds simple, sure, but we all have our own priorities in life, right? Unfortunately, the potion she drank to fulfill her dream sent her into a deep slumber! So, it was up to Akko to dive into her friend’s mind and try to awaken her. This adventure was such a treat, because it unraveled surprising things about Sucy, who’s the most mysterious of the trio, as she was usually just minding her own business or playing pranks on Akko.
Mushroom invasion: Don’t get me wrong, I love button mushrooms! But somehow, it makes me nauseous to think of a whole room filled with different ones. Not only do they have odd textures, but they have different smells too! Plus, imagine seeing mushrooms grow on your hands! If Sucy/Akko were dreaming, then Lotte was having a nightmare. I’m actually surprised the floor held up all those mushrooms! Either the floor’s really sturdy, or the trio’s staying at the ground level of the dorms.
Akko in Sucyland: This was definitely a different take on the common Alice in Wonderland trope; Akko ended up in a really fantastical place…filled with mushrooms and different kinds of Sucys. It was just so fun to see our nonchalant prankster act contrary to how she usually does, like the impatient-as-hell Sucy, wrathful Sucy, quick-to-imitate Sucy, glad-to-entertain Sucy, and many others! What’s more interesting is that all these personalities lie deep inside her, and that there are others she doesn’t want. Just imagining all those diverse impulses she usually has made the scene at the court super funny! But Akko didn’t think of it that way. She was terribly concerned for the personified thoughts that she didn’t even wonder why the court was putting those feelings to death in the first place. Kind of makes me wonder if Akko has a court like Sucy’s, because she tends to become really impulsive, acting out whatever comes her mind.
Movie watching: While the other parts of the episode made me laugh, this part made me feel nostalgic and delighted! I often thought that, somehow, Sucy just felt forced to be friends with Akko, since they’re roommates and all. And with her personality, it’s probably hard for her to befriend other people, or if she’d even care at all! But here we saw that her meeting with Akko did mean something to her! They always showed the memory of their meeting, even illustrated in a beautiful style at one point. They also included the broom race, which was one of the first things she, Akko, and Lotte did as a team. However, probably because of the effects of the potion, the movie was cut off and showed a nightmare that was likely happening in the real world.
Dream within a dream: And surprise! Everything was just Akko’s dream! Or was it? Yes, it is cliché, but that question of whether Akko just dreamed it or everything was just reset, or Akko and Sucy’s dreams were connected, made the story unique in my opinion. Also, the resolution was very odd yet entertaining! It made me laugh so much! I really thought Akko and Sucy would kiss; the dragon-monster even looked like it wanted to see it! However, Sucy woke up on her own, solving the problem. Did she perhaps sense it and forced herself to wake up? Looks like it helped a lot though, as Akko woke up from her dream, and in turn Sucy also woke up. But, was everything really just a dream? When did the dream start? I guess we’ll never know!
Themes & Trivia
Hidden personalities: As we saw from Sucy, she had many kinds of attitudes and characteristics hidden behind her lethargic and apathetic personality. Maybe we’ll get to see those opposite traits of hers at some point in the future, but Sucy will still be Sucy. And isn’t it the same for us? We all have that one main disposition we often show others, but during different circumstances, another side of us appears, something different from how we usually act. Most of the time, though, we hide or even kill off these traits. We think we’ll be shunned, or at least we feel uncomfortable acting a certain way. I do believe the latter one is more important than the first, since we should be, first and foremost, comfortable with how we act. If other people think what we’re comfortable with is weird and they dislike us, then it’s their loss. But of course, we should still keep to our standards; that’s why Sucy had a court to kill off the random thoughts she had.
Sleeping Beauty: When Akko finally got inside room 666, where the original Sucy slept, the scene greatly resembled that of the 1959 Disney movie Sleeping Beauty. Actually, just the title of today’s episode alone gave it away! And from the thorns surrounding the room, the monster turning into a dragon, Akko wielding a sword and a shield, Sucy sleeping and almost woken up with a kiss/potions inside Akko’s mouth, all these were references to the part where Prince Phillip battled the dragon Maleficent outside the forest of thorns surrounding the castle, and then after the battle, waking up Princess Aurora with a true love’s kiss. None of the parts in the original actually happened in Little Witch Academia’s take, though, but it was a shout-out nonetheless.
Aside from the story as a whole, what stood out the most to me this week was, once again, the animation! I’ve always looked forward to seeing dynamic action scenes animated, and the one this episode had did not disappoint: the car chase scene! I wonder how long it took for them to animate that. It was so exciting to watch! Actually, all of the dynamic scenes were amazing; this one just stood out to me the most.
The littlest things make us who we are
Did you guys get to relate to Little Witch Academia’s story again? I sure did! It makes me look forward to what we’ll get next time! Till then, share your thoughts, comments, violent reactions, and fun facts about the episode below! Do also check our other anime reviews for Winter 2017 too!