Little Witch Academia – 12
「what you will」
Reason #12 that magic is failing in Little Witch Academia: the extra edition of your magic newspaper is just a single leaflet of mostly only photos. It just goes to show why nobody wants to study magic anymore. Nothing happens in magic-land. Everything is, apparently, really boring.
No, it doesn’t matter how many exclamation marks you use, you aren’t fooling anyone.
It’s a good thing, then, that there’s someone working to revitalise magic, not only because magic is desperately in need of rebranding, but also because hey, that’s the plot! All of a sudden in LWA, we have a two-parter, which is a good way to round out its first cour. It’s not quite the level of serious development we had in the previous episode, sure, but it’s a similar vein. I noted this last episode, and I’m sure you’ve noticed this yourselves, too: one can always tell when LWA is trying to be serious. It’s when Sucy and Lotte disappear from the picture. It’s fairly obvious this episode, right? We could have had some interesting interactions between them and Akko!Diana, but I guess, despite the hijinks, Akko needed to do some self-reflection and have a one-on-one with her rival, so her friends were conveniently put to one side (just as Diana’s lackeys were). I know many of you enjoy the supporting cast—they’re fun!—but I also feel that the other two Stooges actually have very little involvement in Akko’s personal journey. Sucy’s mostly her tormenter, and Lotte is often just collateral damage. When it comes to pursuing her dreams and whatnot, I guess Akko has to do it herself.
And without her wing-men (wing-women?) around, Akko does take another step forward in her quest to seek out the star or whatever it is she’s supposed to be doing. Learning more about Diana is definitely the right way to go, even if purely by accident, because I’m sure she’s going to need her help before we’re through. One thing, though: often in these ‘walk-in-their-shoes’, The Prince and the Pauper sort of stories, both parties swap places. I was half expecting Diana to do an Akko impression as well. I think that will actually have been educational for her, because while she’s definitely right about Akko, and it’s about time Akko got some more perspective on Diana than just envy, Diana needs to try it from the other side, too. No doubt she worked hard to get where she is, privileged background or not, but her advantages are undoubted. She knows what she wants, and is empowered enough to work towards it. She knows what to research, and when she needs research materials, she gets it. Diana has both the will and the way, whereas Akko, first year witch, is mostly clueless and can do little but ram her head against obstacles until they give. So she can be expected to be a bit lost at times, especially since while on the one hand she’s the chosen one, but on the other hand the universe loves to troll her. Or maybe just Professor Woodward. She’s a tree, she gets bored.
For now, because Akko has no idea, I guess she can only see how the plot goes. On that note, about this Grand Triskelion thing. It’s sealed, right? Aren’t sealed thing always dangerous? Isn’t that the point of sealing things? To keep out of the reach of children? Are we sure we want to be unsealing it? Just asking.