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Little Witch Academia – Review

So I finally watched the last episode of the first season of Little Witch Academia, and it was fun! I had previously watched the 2 movies, so I was really looking forward to the start of the series, but it just took me sooo long to watch it all, because I had tons of other stuff I wanted to do. At first, I found it to resemble the movies quite a lot, but after the first episode, the new story started.

We follow Akko on her way to the academy, but since she is just an ordinary human, and not at all anything that resembles a witch, she has a hard time even finding it. She tags along with 2 other students, Sucy and Lotte, who help her get to her destination, as they are all going to the same place anyway. It is at this time Akko finds out what a struggle her new life will be, as it requires her to be able to fly on a broom to even enter the academy, which she can’t do.

As she arrives at the academy though, she gets paired up with Sucy and Lotte, and they get to share a room together. While Sucy is into mushrooms and weird brews, Lotte is the more invisible and silent type. It doesn’t take long for Akko to get her newfound friends into all sorts of trouble, because of her lack of magic powers and knowledge, but they stick together and get by. It is being revealed, that a teacher named Ursula is in charge of Akko, as she is the only one who believes in her.

While Akko is dreaming of becoming a great witch like her idol Chariot, she actually obtains her old magical wand, which is part of something way bigger than the little new witch can handle. She grows with every challenge though, which she decides to manage in her own peculiar ways. It’s not easy when being an ordinary human though, and having a rival who is good at basically everything, the famous daughter of a long line of witches, Diana; things get spicy at the academy.

I found it to be a joy watching Akko, Sucy and Lotte find each other, and witnessing how their friendship keeps growing with every obstacle they manage to overcome. Diana is also a great counterpart to Akko, and although she is stuck up, she’s still kind of likable, as she makes mistakes which she cannot correct alone, leaving her to sometimes relying on Akko’s weird ideas.

Of course it’s not all fun and games, as there is a bigger story behind it all, which I cannot wait to see in season 2. I will not spoiler anything in this review, but believe me when I tell you, that if you also watched the 2 movies first, then you know nothing of what is to come. So go dive into the weirdness of Akko and her friends 🙂

Kakegurui – Review

It’s been a while since my last review or anime talk in general. It’s actually been pretty silent in that department ever since May, and I’m sorry for that. It’s not like I haven’t been watching any anime, but I’ve just been slooow with them. Anyway, Kakegurui has ended, and I want to write a short review, so here goes!

Kakegurui is a show about a high school, where it’s normal to gamble during the spare time of the students. We’re not talking silly little card games for a few pennies, but various elaborate games, where the students need to bet millions of Yen, their freedom, or even their lives. To control it all, there is a student council overseeing the student’s activities, and it’s also possible to challenge the members of the council.

Jabami Yumeko is new to the school, but not to gambling. After saving another student, Ryouta Suzui, from becoming livestock in the ranking system of the student council, it doesn’t take long for everyone to notice the new girl, and of course challenging her is their best greeting. It doesn’t matter what kind of game they challenge her to though, she is a master of seeing through their cheating, and even abusing their own rules in order for her to gain an advantage in the games they play.

She is a compulsive gambler though, and puts everything on the line, even if it means dragging her new friends into a dark hole with her, not only relying on their help, but also their money and lives. It doesn’t take long for her to get into a downwards spiral, becoming livestock herself, and the ridicule of the other students. Somehow though, it seems like this was her plan, as a student with the livestock rank can freely challenge anyone in the student council; even the president herself.

The overall idea of a school where the students gamble with even their parents money is quite fun and the games they make are very interesting. It feels a little weird for them to bet millions, and even billions of Yen though, as it’s sums that don’t seem to affect the students in many cases. When something else is on the line, it makes the games a lot more interesting. Now, let me spoiler a little though, so don’t read on if you haven’t watched the entire show yet, and still want to.

A thing I missed in the show was consequences. Something bad happening to the one who loses a game (aside from poor Kaede). With that I mean, that it would have been nice to see someone actually paying the money they owe the council or another student, or see those who bet their freedom actually get it taken away from them. I do understand, that the series only had 12 episodes to deal with, and a lot had to be crammed into them, thus making it impossible to show everything, but still. The ending also bothered me, because all the games were very elaborate and even had 2 episodes to show most of them, but the ending only had a few minutes going for it. I would have liked a more intriguing game to end it all, and a major consequence for the one to lose, but it all ends with things going on as usual, because of a draw.

Despite the very lackluster ending, I found the series to be very fun and exciting, and might even give the manga a go someday, to see what should have actually happened. I really liked the style of the anime, the many hentai faces, devilish expressions and weird characters, and would have loved to see more of them.

Honobono Log – Review

I’ve watched another series consistent of short episodes, that I’d really like to recommend. It’s called Honobono Log, and is completed after 10 episodes of 2 minutes each. Now you might think, that 2 minutes ain’t enough to get into an actual story, but I assure you; it is!

Each episode follows different characters, and you get to know just enough to get a good picture of their situation, even though you haven’t seen what led to the specific scene you are watching. As all characters are normal people like you and me, placed in situations we can all relate to somehow, it’s easy to get caught up in each episode after just a few seconds.

I got some giggles out of it, but also a few tears in my eyes. The overall theme of the series is love, but not only the normal love between couples that we might think of first. It’s also love between children and their parents, lost love, and most important; everyday love, that we show each other through gestures rather than direct sentences.

The animations are kept simple, and reminded me more of a manga coming to life, rather than an actual anime. It looks like a shoujo romance, but it’s a good watch for any gender, at any age. So if you’ve got 20 mins to kill, give this series a shot. I don’t believe you will regret it 😀