Hello everybody and welcome to our final look at Little Witch Academia. The cute show about cute girls going off and saving the world for a mad scientist who just wanted to be the chosen one.
Having given the show a couple of days to mull over, I've come to realize that I've had a few issues with the show. Mainly it's second half than it's first half, but it's nothing terrible, like with a certain season of the otherwise enjoyable Symphogear. Huh, I wonder when that season is coming out?
But enough about lingering thoughts, what about the show itself? Well, like any good Trigger show, it takes what would be considered the normal genre conventions and changes them up in different ways. First, the show is very much their own take on a Harry Potter type series, with magic and fairies and dragons and the like, but one major difference between HP and LWA is that, in LWA, the magic world isn't secretive at all. Magic exists and is well known, but has also been on the decline thanks to science change our perspectives in how the world works. This is considered a bad thing to the old guard, who are very traditionalist, but most believe that for magic to continue to thrive, it must change and adapt, which is something we'll get into a bit later when we talk about a certain character. Heck, some of the old guard also believe that change is inevitable, but creating that change is difficult. Though it would have been interesting to see Luna Nova go over a massive modernization of it's campus. Less reliant on magic and it's precious Sorcerer's Stone and more reliant on technology, like electricity.
Then we have the supernatural or fairy creatures. Most of them tend to work as custodial or support staff, doing the cleaning, cooking, maintenance, and so on. And they seem content for their work, except for one particularly funny episode, but that may have been the exception due to what was going on there. The only supernatural creature we meet that could be considered mean is Fafnir, but he's more of a sharkloan dragon than actually being mean.
Of course, having the setting and worldbuilding is nice, but it won't do you any good if your characters aren't good and if your plot isn't compelling. This is where I have issues with LWA, mainly in the treatment of both of these aspects. They do some good things with them, but at the same time, there are some questionable decisions involved.
First, let's start with the star of the show, Akko, aka, the chosen one, who just wants to make everybody smile because she saw a popular witch do just that. She's not that much different from her OVA counterpart, but the main difference between those two characters is actually a plot point in the LWA series. Akko isn't what I would call bookdumb, but easily distracted and rather selfish at times. While she is kind and wants to help out her friends, she's usually projecting herself onto her friends instead of realizing that they have their own goals and wishes they want to do. This is a flaw that she comes to realize rather early on, though she kind of switches between remembering some lessons and forgetting others.
Her task as "Person to gain access to the Grand Triskelion" isn't made known to her until the second half. For the first half, she just kind of stumbles into completing part of the task without realizing it at all. It does occasionally make me wonder how much of the show was planned and which parts were added in at the last minute. You could actually make an argument for both, but we'll get to that later.
Now, what makes Akko different from your typical main protagonist is that she is neither the book dumb hero who's able to do things thanks to luck and overwhelming power, nor is she the kind of character what is just so overwhelmingly good at everything she does. She's more of an average type of protagonist. She's not smart, nor is she dumb. She's just easily distracted, but she is quite capable, when given enough time and practice, as well as shown great insight when it matters. She's motivated in her goals, kind to her friends, but is also flawed in that she can be selfish at times and unintentionally hurt her friends. She's actually the type of protagonist we don't get to see much these days, but that depends on how you can handle her flaws.
Next we have Akko's main rival, Diana. She's the typical foil to the main protagonist, except, for a twist, she actually isn't. Diana is the type of character who has everything Akko wants. Mainly, popularity with the students and staff, exceptionally gifted in magic, and just seems to know what she's doing all the time. The twist is that A) She's not actually mean to anybody except to Akko, but that's because Akko has a way of getting under her skin, and B) she doesn't take anything for granted. We find out later that she had to work for a lot of her own strengths and abilities, especially when she lost them for a time, and her dislike for Akko stems more with herself than anything else, and she never goes out of her way to try to sabotage or hurt anybody. She wants everybody to have a good school experience, even with Akko.
Now, one particular instance where her "know it all" attitude comes back to bite her in the ass, and it happens very early on, in episode 2, where her attempts to resolve a matter end up having the opposite effect, requiring Akko to correct it. She receives credit, but from this episode we can see that Diana is very reluctant to accept any credit that she doesn't earn. This shows up again at the end of the first half, where she's named the Moonlit Witch, even though she thinks Akko would be more deserving. It's something interesting to see in rival characters, where they're only antagonistic to their rival is because the rival is actually the one that gets under their skin. It's rather rare in most media.
Of course, a main character needs a supporting cast to help them get into trouble, out of trouble, and point out their flaws. Enter Lotte and Sucy, Akko's friends and roommates at Luna Nova. Lotte is what you would call your stereotypical supporting protagonist. She's friendly and supportive of Akko, and while she has her own motivations and wishes, she typically puts other people ahead of her. This is actually a bit different from how she's portrayed in the second OVA, where she and Akko have a very nasty fight that leads to a massive crack in their friendship. This is something that I don't recall seeing in the show, and I think it's something that should have been included in, just so that their friendship can be rebuilt as stronger than before.
Sucy, however, is not what you would consider the stereotypical supporting protagonist for the main protagonist. At least, not one where the main character is very much on the good side of the spectrum. Sucy is pretty much chaotic incarnate, usually ranging from chaotic neutral to chaotic evil. Which is funny given that we get a look at her mindscape, and at one point, she actually appears as a Star Wars fangirl, and shockingly enough, as a Jedi. She's also rather mean to Akko a lot of the time, usually snarking at her in one way or another. But, like Lotte, she will support Akko in her endeavors, but usually it'll end with her being able to test her potions on her.
What's rather disappointing with Lotte and Sucy is that a good chunk of their development happens in the first half of the show's run. When the second half starts, they're pretty much pushed to the sidelines as the series starts focusing on the plot more. This is actually where a lot of my problems for the second half come in. Characters who look like they would have more agency or be more involved in the plot disappear for good parts of the series. Which is very odd for Lotte and Sucy, who should appear more frequently.
This is more glaring with one other character, Professor Finneran. She's the hardliner of the Luna Nova Staff, and early in the second half, when things starts to change, she becomes concerned and skeptic of the changes being made. You'd think that would mean she would show up more often, but nope, she doesn't reappear again until the final two episodes. It makes me wonder what she was doing all that time. Matter of fact, the staff outside of two character's don't show up again for the second half of the series' run, which is kind of bad as you have some interesting story elements that could be told here.
The two that don't get sidelined are Professor Ursula and Professor Croix, who's own past and rivalry take center stage in the second half. Professor Ursula, who is actually Chariot, a character Akko admires, takes a on-hands approach to helping Akko, who is struggling magically compared to everybody else, but in her case, it's because she had a direct involvement in crippling Akko's magical abilities, thanks to Croix providing her with a spell that actually robbed people of their talents. This is a major different for Akko between her OVA self and her series self, where in the former, she just didn't come from a magical family, while in the latter, it was actively stolen from her, though unintentional.
Croix, who appears in the second half, is a former friend and longstanding rival of Chariot's, and their rivalry is what you would normally expect in shows like this, which can get rather murderous at times. It also mimics a lot of the rivalry between Akko and Diana, though unlike their seniors, those two girls have completely separate motivations for coming to Luna Nova and doing magic. Though it is interested to say that, if Akko and Diana were closer, or if Akko ran into Diana before Lotte and Sucy, the series might have taken a different turn.
But I think that's where part of the problem lies. The first half was a semi-slice of life magical school series that did have something of an underlining plot, which showed up in bits and pieces, which really revved up in the second half when Croix is introduced. It was clear that she was suppose to be involved since the very beginning, but because the plot really revved up in the second half, it makes me think that either Trigger couldn't pace themselves properly here or didn't have a firm grasp of what they wanted to do with the story. Clealry, it was to do something different from the OVAs, but was it really the right call?
Honestly, I think people would have been happy with a semi-slice of life magical school show. While the main plot in the second half wasn't terrible, I feel like it would have been better if it was happening throughout the entire show's run instead of being compressed like it was in the second half.
Now, that's not to take anything away from the show itself. The show is well animated, with great character designs all around, creative use of spells, as well as having strong characters with good characterization all around. After all, if you can get good characterization out of a character who doesn't speak, you're doing it correctly. And this is why Constanze is best girl. I also like how the series took the standard tropes, but instead of flipping them around too much, worked with them to make a different kind of show. It's familiar, but at the same time, does things differently where it doesn't feel stale.
So, would this be a show I would recommend? Yes, yes I would. I would also recommend the OVAs, though I would add that the OVAs are pretty much in a different universe from the TV series, so it's best to keep that in mind. While I do have my issues, it doesn't deter from a show that, in my opinion, was strong from beginning to end. Especially when Best Girl Constanze was involved.
And that wraps it up for Little Witch Academia. And thanks to that, the show I originally planned to do is now available, and is also on Netflix. It's a show that was released this year, but we Americans didn't get it until a couple of months ago. So I hope you join me this Friday as we take a look at the Kyoani series, Violet Evergarden. Until next time.
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Hello everybody and welcome to our final look at Little Witch Academia. The cute show about cute girls going off and saving the world for a mad scientist who just wanted to be the chosen one.
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it’s a reference to the current FGO event, but Tamamo and Kiyohime are upset they aren’t the faithful dog companion for this adventure.
Hoesntly, I’m a bit surprised that Ushi is the main companion for this event, but given who’s involved, it would make sense that she would take on that role.
In other news, I went a bit image happy today. I hope you like what I found. I was a bit inspired to find these images from Mojojoj and them drawing up the RWBY girls in china dresses.
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Hello everybody and welcome to our final episode of Little Witch Academia. Unless you guys want me to do the OVAs, that is. That's totally up to you.
But since we're at the final, there's no time for recaps, because there's a missile coming our way!
-We start the episode by seeing a bunch of those square drones flying together towards a signal point, a submarine, and there, infects one of it's missiles. Why do I think that's a nuke? In Parliament, the Count is telling them to stop that damn beeping, but one of the assistances (I think) says the alarm wasn't sanctioned by anyone, and they have no idea where it's coming from. The chairman takes out his phone, which is freaking out, before getting an image of the missile flying in the sky. That's when somebody comes in to report that an unidentified flying object was just spotted. It'd be great if you can in with that information just thirty seconds ago.
-The Chairman tells them all what the UFO is. And it looks like we're skipping the opening here as we get our show title for the grand finale.
-See, everything is just fine. Back at the Grand Triskelion seal, the group there are hearing that noise, as well. Damn, how far is that beeping going? Chariot takes a look around and finds the source of the noise, a smart phone showing off the image of the missile heading into the sky. When Chariot identifies it as such, this catches Croix's attention.
-And this is why you test all kinds of new technology very throughly. Croix attempts to disable the missile, but she's told that she lost her admin rights. And this image is being displayed on every smart phone in the country. Just how royally screwed up is your app to display the same shot to everybody on every phone in the country? Though that is rather impressive on a technological level. If only you didn't use it for evil, Croix. This stops all the rioting, because I imagine a doomsday scenario is going to get a lot of things in order for a lot of people.
-Back at the seal, Chariot is displaying the same shot to the rest of the students, who are showing their own concerns for their impending demise. When asked how this happened, Croix straight up admits this is on her, as she wasn't expecting the hatred in people's hearts to be this much. Lady, you screwed around with a World Cup game, what did you think was going to happen? And as such, the hatred continues to breed hatred, like some evil Dark Side virus. Diana questions why something like that was built and Croix admits, again, that its purpose was to spread negativity across the entire world. And to think, I was joking when I called Croix an Evil Mad Scientist.
-Chariot asks if there's a way to disable it, but apparently its power is too out of control and Croix's system can't restrain it. Croix, I can understand having a grudge, but you'd think you'd at least but in a failsafe somewhere in the system somewhere. Or is this like Star Trek where even the failsafe can fail? Croix likens this to the moon incident, but that's a bit of a stretch, given that you also caused that, though it was indirect. Geez, thinking on it, a lot of things that happened could actually be placed square at the feet of Croix. Dammit, Croix! And I don't want to throw around blame like that, either!
-So the students are staring at their teachers, looking for some kind of answer, but nothing comes from them. One, however, speaks up, saying they can spot it! And who is this eternal optimist who looks at failure and goes "Failure? There's no such thing!"
-Amanda is flabbergasted by Akko's remarks. Don't they know that they're up against a system that is so powerful that even its creator can't control it? Best Girl Constanze agrees with Amanda, and as for Jasminka...
-...I honestly have no idea how to respond to that. Lotte thinks they couldn't catch up to it, even on brooms, but Akko refuses to admit defeat, even if they've already been defeated. She points out that there re nine of them in total, and with magic on their side, she knows they can do something. Diana agrees, because if it's a magic beast they're facing off against, magic would be the best option to deal with it. And it looks like Akko's eternal optimism is spreading.
-I could make a list, but it'd take too much time and fun the joke into the ground, so let's move on. Chariot is rather shocked by their bravery, but Croix has to be the downer, saying that it's pointless. There's no way for them to catch up to a missile. And assuming they could, there's no even enough magic left to do so. Her system, the SSS, isn't functioning anymore, either. Whatever magic is left wouldn't be enough. But Akko isn't going to let facts stop her from trying. After all...
-Now they just need a giant robot and they're all set. And thanks to those words, as well as being made part of a new group of famous witches, Amanda is in. Diana is in, as well, but she was already in from the get go. She thinks that if they use the Shiny Valley, she and Akko will catch up easily to the missile. Oh, and don't forget about Lotte and Sucy, even though they haven't had as much screen time this season as they did in the first. Sucy full on admits to being worried if Akko went by herself, the tsundere. And with that, they're all in and coming up with plans to get them to the missile. Amanda thinks that if they connect their brooms, they can take the two a good distance. Best Girl Constanze agrees that it is possible. Akko is overwhelmed by their wanting to give it a stab. Croix continues to be a downer, but Chariot is smiling, telling her old friend to have faith in them. Beside, without them, there would only be seven, and nine is such a better number. So they get right to work and... oh my.
-With the brooms jerry-rigged together, Croix and Constanze are able to finish up the work. And who said you can't mix magic and technology? Well, I imagine Constanze has been. It'll probably be her senior paper. And with that, Akko brings out the power of the Shiny Rod to give this put together set with a new paint job.
-Apparently there's very little the Shiny Rod can't do. The students are impressed by this, but Chariot and Croix have their own things they want to do with the students first. They perform a metamorphosis spell and...
-Well, if you're going to save the world, you might as well look good doing it. Akko feels like she got a power-up. Chariot thinks that they might want some extra help from their predecessor. Are you talking about the Nine Olde Witches or yourselves? Because if you were talking about yourselves, wouldn't "seniors" or something be more appropriate? Still, Akko is grateful as she and the Magnificent Seven take their positions on the Shiny Broom 2.0. As each girl confirms their status, a gem on the broom lights up. And with their combined power, the girls take off like a rocket in the sky... if they were going to space. They're just taking a leyline to get to their destination, because this is cooler.
-As they leave, Croix can't believe they're letting them do this. You're one to talk, aren't you? She doesn't feel confident the girls will succeed, but Chariot has faith in her young charge. Croix thinks they'll need a miracle, but Chariot points out that Akko never believed in miracles, because Akko believes in herself. Croix takes that in for a moment as the green stars of the girls exit float around them, with one landing in her open hands. Speaking of the girls...
-Well, that's one way to make your exit. But they're going so fast that wind resistance is kicking in, so Lotte calls upon the wind spirit to help out with that, which produces a forcefield around the girls. With this protection, the girls are able to push it to the limit. Though apparently this is treated as stages. Jasminka is the first stage, and once her booster comes to an end, she detaches and taps Constanze on the back, letting her know it's her turn. Constanze does the same, passing it on to Amanda, who gives them their final boost. Guess it's going to be our original three girls and main rival saving the world this time. As Croix watches on, something puzzles her. Who, exactly, is filming this? Hey, no lampshade hanging is allowed here, okay? Okay.
-News is passed along very quickly of an incoming missile. The townsfolk are showing the proper display of panic as there is confusion over where this missile is going to hit. Though apparently there is some confusion as the shot of the girls flying is displayed, with some people thinking that they are the missile. It's the cutest missile to ever exist! But man, the news folks are scratching their heads wondering how they're going to report this.
-Back in Parliament, in the war room, one of the scientists is showing off the missiles current trajectory, which is heading towards their rival country. The Count, not looking to be the aggressors in whatever war scenario plays out, asks if they can shoot it down. The military advisor notes that the missile is slow compared to normal, so chances are good to take care of it. Of course, given the situation they can't really do anything without the Prime Minister, who is on the way there now. The Count wonders if they should warn the rival country, but the Chairman balks at the idea, given that it sounds ludicrous, even if that is what's happening now. Hell, the Chairman states that, should the missile land, it was a total accident and not their fault, so they won't be paying for any damages that should occur. Andrew has issues with a lot of this, but the main thing is that they should at least warn them, as people's lives are in danger. Oh you poor, naive boy. Also, why are you even here anyway? Shouldn't this only be for high security clearance? Wait, does Andrew actually have high security clearance?
-The Count, who was suggesting this earlier, tells Andrew that all that would do is give the rival country an excuse to retaliate against them. As if the missile itself wouldn't be enough of an excuse. That's when they get word of another flying object pursuing the missile. There's confusion across the room as the military advisor puts the image the big screen, showing off Akko and her troupe.
-As if the bigwigs aren't confused enough as it is. We check in on the girls and Lotte and Sucy give Akko the boost she's going to need to catch up to the missile. They detach briefly only to act like a twin rocket for Akko and Diana, leading to this...
-Is it weird that I have "Danger Zone" playing in my head right now? At Appleton, the students there are watching the events unfold, with Frank recognize them as the witches they met before. Of course Frank would recognize Lotte, given his own interest in her. Most of the other students aren't interested, but the Chairman's son, who's name I honestly forgot, thinks that they're trying to stop the missile. Back with the group, Lotte and Sucy pass it on to Diana and Akko, leaving the rest to them. Good luck girls.
-So, hey, remember when Croix asked who was filming this? I'm curious, myself, but the rest of the world is seeing this... or at least the country is, and even in a crisis, people can't help but post it.
-Let's see what I can identify here. I see 4chan, I see Twitter, I see Youtube, I see a random news site, I see what appears to be a mix between Facebook and Myspace, but the one in the upper right alludes me. I wonder which one that is? So, yeah, it went viral. The Chairman isn't pleased and wants these leaks stopped at once. Yeah, once something goes viral, there's no coming back from that.
-Akko and Diana soon reach the missile, but they're slowing down. They're magical power is at the limit. And they were so close, too! That's when two regular missiles appear, going for the magic one. But the magical missile dodges both, though it got creative with the second dodge.
-Stupid, sentient missiles! It then counters by firing smaller missiles at the others, destroying them. But thanks to this, Diana and Akko are able to make up the distance. This is displayed for the country, causing them to worry more. But suddenly, somebody came up with an idea. Let's rely on the witches! They'll know what to do! So they're going to put their faith in the witches! And believing is magic as green streams of light appear from the town, reaching Diana and Akko, giving them a surge of magic to use. Thanks to this, they can keep flying towards the Danger Zone. No, I'm not letting that go.
-Back at the seal, Croix is shocked to see that the girls are still flying. they see the green lines coming from behind them, which Croix thinks is fuel spirit before correcting herself. That's magic, and its helping them gain speed! Chariot is a bit surprised by this, but not as much as Croix, who remarks on how the people's thoughts are being turned into magic without any sort of system. She can't believe it, but Chariot points out that those two girls still believe that their actions can change people's hearts, and it looks like she's being proven correct. So Croix wants to help out by spreading that image all over the world. She's hoping that, thanks to them, people will see witches in a new light. Though they are going to need a little help, so she turns to Chariot, since she's good at putting on a show.
-So Chariot gets right to work, providing narration for the watching masses, telling them that a dangerous monster has appeared and that these two young witches are trying to defeat it. We get shots of various people watching the clips, including Annabel, working on her next book, Fafnir, and Shopkeeper, who's jaw hit the floor. He's going to make so much money from this. Chariot goes on how the girls are going to fearlessly take on this dangerous monster, but asks them to raise their voice and cheer for them, to lift their heart and believe in them! The support of the people will give them the power to win, so believe in them, and in yourselves, because...
-Here's hoping the show doesn't try to pull a downer ending on us. And while the message went far and wide, some people are less enthused by the idea than others, as back in the War Room, the Chairman wants the TV broadcasts shut down! Andrew points out that such an order is a bit late to follow. After all, it already went viral, and it appears Chariot's narration started reaching the bases. They are rooting for those girls, but the Chairman can't believe that anybody would want to believe in witches. And they're children for that matter! But Andrew tells him to take a look for himself, and up on the big screen, you see various people all over the globe cheering them on. Damn, Chariot has charisma for days!
-Looks like the Count agrees with the Chairman, though, saying that the witches are only causing more problems. Andrew disagrees, pointing out that the girls are doing everything they can to help out, and they are the only ones who have a reasonable shot at stopping this. They need their support by letting them do what they can. Andrew stands firm on this, with another voice joining him in his agreement. Everybody turns to see a short, bald man, who is identified as the Prime Minister. He orders them to give the girls all the support they can, but to also prepare for the worse. Damn, as soon as he shows up everybody is bowing to him, though he smiles at Andrew, saying they should go cheer them on. Yay for reasonable authority figures!
-Meanwhile, Akko is shocked by the extra boost in magic. Where did it all come from? And for that matter...
-Yes, yes you will.
-That had me laughing for a bit. Of course, they still have the problem on how to deal with this creature, who has spotted them and start firing all the missiles at them. They're able to dodge thanks to Diana's impressive flying abilities, and Akko soon notes that the rod appears to be at max power. She wonders if they can change the missile into something less threatening. Diana thinks they can, so she changes positions with Akko, tagging her in. Taking the lead, three lights appear from the Shiny Broom, giving her a new Shiny Rod to work with. She's going to give some missiles a bad time.
-Akko casts her metamorphosis magic on the swarm of missiles, changing them all into harmless creatures. She continues to do this with their high speed dodging, taking away that threat. But the main missile isn't happy as it reverses course and goes straight for the girls, changing into multiple smaller missiles. We see them do some impressive dodging, with Akko showing off her own metamorphosis skills, dealing with a few of the missiles. She's able to rejoin Diana on the broom, giving a mocking laugh, but is knocked off because they missed their observation roll. Damn those sneaky missiles!
-With Akko tumbling to her death, Diana goes full speed for her, having to deal with a tornado of missiles. Diana is in trouble, by the looks of things. But something strange happens to Akko. She transforms into what appears to be a phoenix and disappears. Diana herself is looking bad and is knocked off the room as well, returning the Shiny Rod into it's original state. Yikes, that isn't looking good at all. Diana is about to fall to her own death and Akko is nowhere to be found. What happened to her anyway?
-...Uh, what? What is the Shooting Star doing here? Where did it come from? Did Akko teleport to it unconsciously? Or did it like Akko that much? Even she hands a lampshade on the dramatic reunion, which the broom reacts it. Akko catches the Shiny Rod, and with that, the three of them are off, and the Shooting Star shows how much of a speed demon it is, keeping ahead of the missiles. This forces them to combine into one to try and reach the girls, but they're so far ahead and they're already preparing to strike.
-Around the world we see the magical energy from the various characters, including Annabel, Fafnir, the Luna Nova Staff, the students, Shopkeeper, and so on. Even the new Nine Witches are giving their power to Akko and Diana. High above the skies, it appears a new tree is forming as Akko gives her wish to the Grand Triskelion. If it can really change the world...
-You go, Akko! After all, believing in yourself is everyone's magic! She turns to Diana, who smiles at the line. There, they join hands and begin saying the first word, which changes the Shiny Rod into...
-...A Shiny Bow the size of a small satellite. With their combined powers, along with the power from the world, they fire their one shot at the Noire Missile, which eats the shot, but then explodes into... a smiley face?
-Sure, why not. The energy then disperses all over the globe, looking like shooting stars, then into butterflies. This brings a smile on a lot of faces, including those in the War Room. There are a lot of applause going on there, including the chairman, but he seems reluctant to actually get involved. Andrew is quite impressed and happy to see that Akko did it. The Count, apparently having a change of heart, wants to hear more about their importance from Andrew at a later date. Yay for victory all around!
-Back at the seal, Chariot and Croix watch the magic fall down to the Earth. Croix repeats the line "believing in yourself is your magic", but never thought that would be the source of it all. Thanks to this, it has led her to see that magic is more complex than she first thought. Chariot agrees, adding that it'll only continue to grow from here. Behind them, Professor Woodward looks on to her two proteges, but with a smile to see that the mission has been completed. We know it has, because the Shiny Rod, the source of all this magic, begins to fade away. Akko looks upon it with tears, but lifts it up to the night sky to let it rejoin the stars, thanking it for their help. Also, I just noticed that the girls are really high up. I hope breathing won't be a problem for them.
-Some time has passed and it looks like Croix is being taken away by the magical authorities. I imagine "attempting to use magic to do terrible deeds, even if they were out of your control" wouldn't be taken well. Chariot is seeing her off... yes, I said Chariot, because she has her red hair out. Professor Holbrooke is there, as well, who tells the young professor that she's welcome back at any time. Croix thanks her for that offer, but she doesn't know when she'll return. I imagine there's the trial to go through, plus whatever plea deal they can work out. Oh, and she has more work to do, as well. Mainly, to break Wagandea's curse. Chariot is confused, but Croix tells her that, when Akko learns to fly, it'll be bad if her teacher can't. As they leave, Chariot calls for her to come back soon, promising to wait for her. I think that depends on the plea deal.
-Speaking of, we check in on Akko who's going to give this whole flying thing another shot. After making sure the conditions are good, she gives the spell and... nothing happens. All the build up for nothing, but we got to get our laughs in somehow, right? We see that our original seven are here, along with Hannah and Barbara, who are eating with Jasminka and reading the new Night Fall book with Lotte, respectively. Sucy, keeping her snark going while playing a game with Constanze, remarks on the failure, but Lotte keeps cheering her on, because she's going to do it one day! Amanda has her doubts, and Diana is here to get her own snark on, as well. Damn, that was a nasty burn, even if it was polite.
-Well, Akko isn't going to let all those mean comments stop her, because today is her day, and she's going to do it! We soon see some more people show up, which includes Chariot, Holbrooke, Finneran, who is smiling, Frank, and Andrew, carrying with him Akko's hat that she keeps forgetting about. Geez, Frank, I can't imagine why you're here.
-With hat in hand, Akko prepares to give it one more go, but Lotte and, shockingly enough, Sucy, give more words of encouragement, telling her that believing in yourself is her magic. As everybody laughs a moment, it quickly turns into shock as we see Akko is actually flying! This is such a shock that the normally quite Constanze makes a comment.
-Akko cheers as she finally did the one thing she couldn't do as the camera pans up towards the New Moon Tower and the Moon with it's star shaped scar behind it. Cue credits... wait, they were already play. Cue ending!
Well, that was fun, wasn't it? I'll have more thoughts on the show on Sunday, when I do the series wrap up, but they certainly went big for this episode. Granted, it wasn't exactly a world threatening event, but it's an event that could have led to one. And, of course, we had to get one more triumphant win for Akko, just to make sure that we know things are looking up for the young student.
This actually went on quite long, so we'll end it for now. Until next time, to take a cue from the show, believing in yourself is your magic, and it'll allow you to do anything. Which includes doing high level dodging against a missile while on a broom.
3 days agoCaButler
So my luck continues to hold for the rate up servants. I did my typical ritual of spinning the FP rolls until I get a 3 Star servant (Kiyohime, surprisingly enough), then went to the main banner. On my one roll...
Hi, Mama! I don't have enough EXP cards to level her up enough, but she is in the Berserker slot of my support formation for now (Kintoki, who is a higher level, is in the all slot). I'll try getting her leveled up so she can last longer in later battles, but yay!
And apparently she was a little confused as to what class she is.
Can't disappoint second best Mom.
5 days agoCaButler
Nintendo announced a bunch of games at E3, but these three caught my eye.
First, we have Super Mario Party:
I honestly can't wait for the MP crew to tackle this one.
Next, we have a new Fire Emblem game:
Spring is so far away now.
And finally, we have an expansion pack for Xenoblade Chronicles 2:
This one contains heavy, heavy spoilers for the main game, so keep that in mind.
Oh, and we have Super Smash Bros, which apparently includes all the characters. Insane. How did Nintendo do it?
6 days agoCaButler
A few days ago I posted up my typical eBay listings of stuff I was selling. This included three figures from the Haruhi Suzyumia series. Mainly because I'm clearing up space and because I could kind of use the money.
Well, as it turns out, I had forgotten that I put these same figures up on Amazon a long time ago and thought they were removed, because they do that sometimes. So today, I got informed by my Amazon account that the Bunny Haruhi figure was sold through Amazon. And I made my money there.
So now I have to go back in that Amazon account and see what I have listed there that is listed in eBay and decide which to keep and which not to keep. That'll be fun.
Also, new images have been posted. Enjoy.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Little Witch Academia, where the ultimate show down between two rivals is about to begin... about three episodes ahead of schedule.
In our last episode, Akko has gone missing thanks to the revelation that Professor Ursula is Chariot, as well as the fact that she used a spell that robbed people of their magical potential. This is why Akko was crippled so early on and couldn't even get the basics right. This is also what happened to Diana, but that's for later. We learn a great deal on how Chariot became a star performer, as well as what made her give up show biz. Mainly, shooting the moon and leaving quite the scar on it.
Diana goes to confront Ursula over what happened with Akko, and while getting most of the story, is pretty disappointed with her teacher as a result. She takes it upon herself to recruit Akko's friends to go searching for her. Diana, of course, finds our protagonist currently sulking out in the middle of a snow storm. Diana does her best to comfort her, as well as explaining her own motivations, adding that the two are quite similar, given their love for Chariot, their loss of power, and their own determination. She refuses to let Akko continue to get down in the dumps, and with that prep talk, as well as a reunion with Akko's own friends, she's ready to fight again.
Which leads to Ursula confronting Croix, looking to stop her old friend, no matter the cost. Will she succeed? Will Croix get the last laugh? Or will Akko and company plan spanner and get to the Seventh Word in time? Let's tune in and find out.
-We're straight into the opening title today. As I'm doing this on Netflix, there's normally a skip option available, but not this time. I don't see anything different here, so it's probably a glitch or something. Anyway, no teaser for this episode, so let's get right into the episode proper.
-We start things off with the confrontation between Croix and Ursula, who is in Chariot mode. She promises to stop Croix, but her rival seems amused by the thought. She hits a button that surrounds Chariot with a bunch of mini drones, looking for some sort of emotion. Instead, Chariot gives a spell, "Stul-kadas", which apparently deactivates the drones. I guess you can use magic to target technology after all. And Chariot isn't interested in these little games.
-That is logical, Captain. And it's a real slap in the face to Croix. They then spend a few minutes giving the other compliments, with Croix complimenting Chariot's magical talents, while Chariot admits to being inspired by Croix's magic. Too bad about the whole friendship breaking aspect that we saw in the last episode. Imagine what the magic world would be like if these two actually kept their friendship going? And just to show how that friendship broke, Chariot tells Croix that she doesn't even believe in her own magic. This doesn't sit well with Croix. She still believes, but will continue to enhance it with the power of SCIENCE! Chariot, however, is going to stop her plan and draws out... a lightsaber?
-I guess Sucy isn't the only Star Wars fangirl in Luna Nova. Croix agrees that they'll never agree, so it's time to settle this dispute once and for all. Unfortunately, she doesn't draw out a lightsaber. We're probably pushing it already, but she sends her drones out to attack. Like before, Chariot gets rid of her robe to go into full on attack mode and charges after Croix. Despite getting past her defenses, Croix retreats, mocking Chariot. She believes her rival was exposed to the Wagandea pollen, taking away her ability to fly. And if she can't fly, she can't win. Hope you enjoy eating those words, Croix.
-Chariot is launched up by an attacking hand of drones, but uses her impressive agility to jump off a wall, then off the hand towards Croix. In response, Croix uses one of her drones that is equipped with a freaking machine gun to attack Chariot, but as it turns out, she's a ninja, as well as a Jedi.
-As the duplicates get close enough, they explode in a puff of smoke, blinding Croix long enough for Chariot to come in with an attack from above. Croix sees it coming though and blocks it with her phone, mocking Chariot for her attack. She entraps her in a red cage that starts shrinking, with the full intent on killing her, but luckily, rescue comes in the form of... Professor Finneran and Professor Holbrooke!?
-Where the hell were you two for the last dozen episodes!? But yeah, Finneran and Holbrooke have come to save the day! But then things go from bad to worst as the machine just goes insane with energy. Croix is shocked by the amount, wondering where it's all coming from. And we get our answer in the form of the protesters. Remember when I said the city was about to explode? Yeah, I wasn't kidding about that. The protest is now at the tipping point, threatening to become a full on riot. As a result, the overflow of negative energy causes the drones to explode and scatter. Even the police think they'll need the army for back up. It's become that bad.
-Back at the Last Wednesday Society, Akko and company see the drones flying overhead, equal parts confused and worried. Amanda thinks they're heading for the Leyline. Diana suggests returning to Luna Nova. Which happens to be the destination of the drones, which are feeding the anti-Shiny Rod. Croix is loving it, though, because to her, human stupidity is astounding, giving her so much energy. Yeah, but you did have to manipulate events to get this far. It wouldn't surprise me if you caused the controversy to begin with! You monster! Don't you know how sacred the World Cup is!?
-As a result of the massive energy intake, the Noire Rod, the Anti-Shiny Rod, starts up by itself. With that, the New Moon Tower shines an eerie dark red. And this appears to effect all magic, for when Holbrooke and Finneran try to stop her, they find their magic doesn't work... and they proceed to drop into the abyss below. So much for that moment. Looks like Croix set this up, telling them that they won't be able to use their magic without her router. Chariot is then released from her cage, but unlike Holbrooke and Finneran, who landed on something soft, she lands on the ruins of the metal catwalk. Ouch!
-With the Noire Rod active, the Sorcerer's Stone is deactivated, likely losing all of ti's magical power. It drops to the floor, causing the lights at Luna Nova to go off. And it's not just the school that's been effected. Over in the Leyline, we see the girls traveling back to Luna Nova as they see their path vanishing, dropping all of them in the void. This must seem oddly familiar to some of them, only not as horrifically bad as before. We return to the lab, and really, this says it all.
-Yup. Croix went full on evil mad scientist on us. They're going to the Forest of Arcturus, and so the Noire Rod transforms into... something, and teleports out o the lab. Chariot is able to hitch a ride, and when the rod reaches its designation, it's become a jet plane. They're over the forest now, seeing a seal from above. Croix is overjoyed, but Chariot reveals herself by noting that it is the Seal of the Nine Olde Witches. Croix smiles, telling her rival that it was a mistake coming here, but now, she's going to release the Grand Triskelion. Chariot is free to watch her accomplish what she could never do, because evil mad scientists just have to gloat about their impending victory. And I think she just broke a rule from the Evil Overlord's list.
-We check in on the girls, who are recovering from their sudden exit from the leyline. Akko recognizes that they're in the Forest of Arcturus. Diana isn't happy about that and Amanda would like to leave now. Unfortunately, her magic isn't working as she isn't able to fly. Diana then checks her wand and sees that she's running on empty, as well. Lotte thinks something weird is going on, and Akko points out some air-trails in the sky. Diana suspects that it's connected to all of this, and with that, Akko takes the lead. Better get a move on, girls. Who knows what crazy monsters are waiting for you now that you can't defend yourselves.
-Back with Croix, we see her hovering over a very large tree, where the Grand Triskelion is located, and transforms the Noire Rod into... something else. Really, it's kind of unnatural, and the transformations are very quick that it's hard to get good screen captures of it. Just know that they're otherworldly and will probably haunt your nightmares. Oh, and Chariot is taken captured by this form. The Noire Rod, in it's spider state, attempts to break the seal, and it looks to be working. The ground lifts up, revealing a strange glowing seal in the center. Croix, overjoyed, walks in the center of it, but her surroundings change from the forest to a void, where she is surrounded by floating masks. I think you're going to be judged wanting, Croix.
-Looking around, Croix finds a glowing stick floating in front of her. She takes it in hand, the glow disappearing, and she's less than impressed by it. She attempts to cast a spell, but instead, produces bubbles. So that's where the Reality Stone is. Maybe she can use that to deal with tanks, because back in the city, the army has been called in, and they actually brought in a tank to deal with the rioters. Wait, why are they bringing out a tank to deal with rioters? Isn't this overkill? I'd like to know how the thought process went where we went from police with riot gear to using tanks on civilians.
-At Parliament, Andrew is giving the details to his father, the Count, with speculation that a coup d'état is taking place, but it's only just that. But thanks to the numerous videos of the riot circulating, it seems likely to be the case. The Count orders his son to find out more, but the Chairman thinks they can use this to their advantage. Andrew asks how, so he suggests that they use this to gain military power and start a war with the rival nation. Yeah, Andrew isn't going to let this one slide at all and gets in the Chairman's face about it, but the Count reels him in. For now, he just wants more information, and just that, for now. They'll think about their own coup attempt later.
-Meanwhile, Croix is freaking out a bit at the bubbles. Apparently they're her weakness. She demands the world to change, and like that, a spotlight shines on her. Stars start flying around her, just freaking her out more. Man, she really hates bubbles and stars, doesn't she? Maybe she hates anything that is small and not cube like? But this isn't what she's been after. She swings the stick/wand again and...
-I think Croix had some really high expectations of what, exactly, world-altering magic does. I suspect that this is actually a contingency plan from the Nine Olde Witches for those that those properly release the spell. Isn't it nice when those creating the seal also create a back up plan in case things go wrong? Croix collapses to her knees, unable to think that she actually has the Grand Triskelion in her hands. Chariot is able to see Croix collapsing, but all she has for her old friend is sympathy. That's when Professor Woodward makes an appearance, probably to answer a few questions here. Croix demands to know where the Grand Triskelion is, but Woodward tells her that she already has it. Croix doesn't believe her, but Woodward says that she speaks the truth. Also, she isn't a fan of this outburst. Control yourself, lady!
-And that's when things break down for Croix. She demands to know why this isn't world-altering magic? She demands to know why this is happening? She demands to know why she's always pushed to the side? Why won't Woodward give her guidance? If she was never going to be chosen, then she should be left alone! Chariot can only look on with more sympathy as her former friend is badly breaking apart. Croix then throws the stick/wand at Woodward, who appears to absorb it, then disappears, like a leaf on a wind... actually, that's literal.
-Thanks to this sudden outburst, the Noire Rod goes out of control. Croix is unable to stop it as it begins to absorb more energy from the world, all of them filled with red emotions of hatred and rage. Croix doesn't like her own creations betraying her, so she sends her drones to destroy the Noire Rod. And she probably doesn't care that Chariot is trapped in there, as she planned to kill her anyway. Some friend you turned out to be.
-Nearby, the girls see the large plume of smoke in the distance, which causes all kinds of confusion for them. Back at the seal, Croix has entered recovery mode as she watches her creations crumble, her drones being destroyed. The Noire Rod, however, isn't, and attacks Croix. It looks like the rod absorbed the drones, taking on a dragon like shape. It pins Croix to a nearby pillar, planning to eat her because... reasons, but Chariot, able to free herself, stops it and frees her friend. This just turns its attention on her, but even without her magical power, she's still got her high agility stat, allowing her to avoid the attack while carrying Croix on her back. Must be all her years in showbiz.
-Croix tells Chariot to leave her and run, since the Noire Rod Dragon is after her. Chariot won't abandon her, but they're smacked around while attempting to hash it out. Talking is not a free-action in this universe. As the Noire Rod Dragon stares down Croix, Chariot intervenes... with a dropkick to the head!
-Chariot won't let the creature take Croix. Again, Croix tells her to run, but Chariot has her own redemption arc to go through. She stole Croix's dream, then Akko's magic, but now, she won't let anything else be stolen away while she's around. While Chariot does her best, she isn't Saint Martha, so she can't beat this dragon into submission. She's taken captive by the Noire Rod Dragon and is about to be eaten herself, but because this is when the Big Damn Heroes come out, Akko and company arrive to rescue their professor. Still, despite that action, they're at a loss on what to do next. Running seems like a good option.
-Though Croix recognizes something else. It appears the energy link with the Noire Rod Dragon won't hold for much longer. She attempts to do the shutoff sequence for the creature, but this leaves her open to be swallowed up. So instead, Chariot will be eaten up instead. Uh, yeah, that's rather shocking. But despite this, she tells Akko to recite the words and cast the spell. Remembering the first set of words, Akko activates the Shiny Bow and uses it to shoot the Noire Rod Dragon in it's head. No, really, she did just that.
-I hope your insurance covers "energy arrows to the head." But thanks to that, the Noire Rod Dragon is destroyed, which also powers up the Sorcerer's Stone, returning power to Luna Nova. I bet the rest of the staff is going "what is with these power shortages? Is it the fairies again?" Meanwhile, at the seal, the girls are happy that Akko deal with the threat, but we're not quite done. For you see, Akko has some words for Chariot, words she's been waiting to say for a long time.
-In any other show, this would be a good place to end the episode. But not here. Mainly because we still have a few more minutes left. Akko is happy to meet her idol proper, and keeping with her own promise, gives the Shiny Rod to her. Chariot doesn't want to accept it, since it isn't hers anymore, but Akko made up her mind long ago. She was going to give this rod to her once she found her idol. And, well, there you go. She shoves the rod into Chariot's hands as Akko notes that she saw her show as a kid, noting how cool and beautiful it was, how it felt like a dream to her. The show moved her so much that she decided to become a witch. She hoped that, if she became one, she'd be able to see Chariot again. Doing so was her biggest dream. And now that she's finally met her, Akko's dream has come true. Hooray!
-I'm sure more astute viewers will recognize that Akko has decided that this was the best way to mend the relationship between her and Ursula, to essentially treat this as their first meeting. Which, technically, is true. This is the first proper meeting between Chariot and Akko, but I can see why Akko is doing it this way. Continuing on, Akko says that this meeting was thanks to all of her friends helping her to get to this point. She admits to causing lots of trouble, but they always helped her, which is why she's here now. Without them, she would have never made it this far. She is so grateful to them, and to Chariot. The Shiny Rod then begins to glow, indicating that something amazing is about to happen.
-Akko admits that it's finding it strange to think that Ursula and Chariot are the same person, since she's always been her teacher. That's why, instead of being her idol and inspiration, Chariot can continue being her professor instead. Though she's still feeling guilty about what she did to Akko and wants to explain it, but Akko doesn't let her finish, telling her that she understands that she'll never actually get to be Chariot. She wanted to be like her so she can soar in the sky and use beautiful transformation magic. But Akko has come to an important lesson about herself.
-Akko admits that all she can do is be herself, even if she can't fly and mess everything up. However, she promises to work hard to become a witch who will make everyone smile! And why is that so important to her?
-Akko is just laying it all out there, isn't she? She asks Chariot to keep teaching her magic. She can't believe what her young student wants. Can she be so sure? To Akko, Chariot is just the best one there is. And then we get to the hugging.
-So much adorable hugging! Akko thanks Chariot again, declaring her love for her. Which I'm sure it's more of a platonic love and nothing like "love-love", though I imagine this scene launched more slash fics just for that line. Chariot herself is happy, though, because Akko made her own dreams come true. Thanks to all the adorable hugs and emotions, everybody seemed to have missed that the Shiny Rod's final crystal is glowing. Diana is the first to notice, but Chariot soon follows up from her. She gives the rod back to Akko and tells her to put what she's feeling into words. With this, the final word is sure to activate.
-Akko takes the rod with some reluctance, but after a moment, she stands and tells her friends that, together, if they chase their dreams, they can change the world! Shen then says the final Word, "Phasansheer Shearylla", which activates all of the lights on the Shiny Rod. That's when the Stick/Wand appears in front of Akko. The others are less than impressed. Diana even admits that she doesn't know much about it. Lotte suggests using it to see what happens. That is a terrible, terrible idea. Let's do it!
-Combined with the Shiny Rod, the Wand/Stick combines, which begins to bring color back to the Forest of Arcturus, even bringing some green to the Noire Rod remains. Croix sees all of this and it just breaks her more. Poor Croix. You reap what you so. As for Akko, the Shiny Rod has changed shape to something more like a cross. I'm sure that isn't symbolic at all! And soon enough, the other girls get in on the group hugs! Well, except for Diana. She's much too refined for something like that! Also, she missed her chance.
-And with that, we end on a happy Akko, dancing around, having completed the mission set before her by Chariot. Seems like all is going well... except for this incessant beeping! What could be causing such a noise!?
-...That can't be good. Cue credits!
On Friday, the finale.
Until next time!
1 week agoCaButler
So Raikou, a limited five star Berserker servant, is making her way to the FGO NA servers very soon. As in, next week soon. Basically, we got three events in a row, with Camelot coming almost right after this event. Welcome to gacha hell, everybody.
As for Raikou, who, as a joke, is called Mama Raikou for obvious reasons, is a powerful Berserker Servant that you may want to get. Sure, Berserker's have low life spans, but Raikou does have an ability to survive.
That and her NP is rather insane.
Going to be whaling for her, I imagine.
1 week agoCaButler
Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Little Witch Academia, where heartbreaking revelations are dropped on unsuspecting young characters who just wanted to make people smile. Such is the world.
In our last episode, after nearly avoiding a terrible end, Akko has now revived six of the seven Words of Arcturus, but the final word remains a mystery, even to Professor Ursula, who has been nothing but supportive. But thanks to their brush with death, Ursula decides that Akko must know the truth about herself and of Professor Croix. Except it doesn't get that far because Diana is acting as a messenger for Andrew, who wants to meet in the city.
In that meeting, Andrew explains that tensions between their country and the rival country over the controversial World Cup game have increased to the point that war is possible. I make jokes about it, but even I have to scoff about the countries going to such lengths. Anyway, Akko sees a local protest happening and sees some unusual but familiar looking cube drones fly about. She goes to follow them, leading her to Professor Croix, who admits to doing all of this because she wants the grand Triskelion for herself.
Professor Ursula, however, knows that Croix is out and goes to intervene, and despite her best efforts, the worst possible situation occurs. Akko finds out that Ursula is really Chariot, and just because we need to twist the knife a bit further, during that Chariot show ten years back, Ursula performed a spell that used the dreams of the audience there to power her own magic, thus crippling their ability to use magic. Diana was also affected, if you go back to the first episode, and you'll find her there in the crowd just a couple of rows behind Akko.
But yeah, all that time Akko couldn't fly and could barely keep up with her magical studies? It isn't because she comes from a non-witch family, or that she has no magical power, or anything like that. She was crippled by the very person she idolizes. And now she's run off in the middle of a city that's about to explode.
Will Ursula find Akko in time? Will they be able to stop Croix and her plans? And will we ever figure out how to not go to war over every soccer match? Let's tune in and find out.
-We start at Luna Nova as Lotte and Sucy explain to Diana that Akko is missing. They don't know the details, only that they got separated thanks to the protest in town. They searched for her all over town until thinking that maybe Akko returned before them, but obviously that's not the case. Even Sucy seems worried, probably because she'd have to get another test subject of Akko doesn't come back, and that would be terrible. Lotte is concerned for her friend, but Diana is there to lend a ear, though, and help however she can.
-After a cup of tea, where Diana is brought up to date, she suggests that they speak with Professor Ursula about this. Lotte offers to go, but Diana, having her own suspicions, decides she wants to speak with the professor. She offers solace in that Akko may return during that time, and a friendly face is something she'll need. She promises to tell them anything as it develops. As Lotte stands, she looks outside to see that it's started to snow. That's always a bad omen in any situation.
-After the opening, we cut to a red-headed child sitting on a wall with a cute polar bear cub laying down behind her. Guess she's in an unusual family if they keep polar bears for pets. Ursula, in a voice over, says that ever since she was a child, she had a dream. It was to become a witch that would make everyone smile. We see the young Chariot dancing around, waving her magic wand and casting spells, all happy and joyful as Ursula says that this is something she wanted more than anything else in the world. But as she entered Luna Nova, we saw that her abilities were less than standard. How bad were they?
-Yikes! No wonder Professor Ursula was so hands on with Akko's training. Oh, and just to keep everything from behind confusing, anytime the professor has blue hair, we'll address her as Ursula, but when she has red hair, she's Chariot. Okay? Okay. After a string of failures, we see Chariot sulking in the courtyard as a young Croix pats her on the head, telling herself not to give up, for believing in herself is her magic. So that's where those words came from. I thought they would be a motto or family phrase or something.
-With this, as well as her own determination to fulfill her own dream, Chariot kept going on, even if she failed numerous times. She dances with Croix a bit in the courtyard before we come to her receiving the Shiny Rod, where she was told of the Seven Words of Arcturus, as well as what would await those that fulfill those conditions. Chariot's thoughts were, at the time, with access to such magic, she can make everybody happy. We see her performing some street magic, which involves her playing some magical notes to bring joy to a bunch of people. With that and the guidance from Professor Woodward, she began her search for the Seven Words. Though some aren't too pleased, for Croix, Chariot's friend, looks on with a silent rage that is quickly boiling over. She also wanted the magic, as well, but she wasn't chosen because... uh, reasons.
-As for Chariot's mission, she was able to find and revive six of the Words of Arcturus, but the seventh would elude her grasp. We see her doing more performances, thinking that, if she made everyone smile, perhaps that would be enough to revive the seventh word. She repeats the words told to her once, "Believing in yourself is your magic." And that's when an agent, impressed by Chariot's performance, attempts to sign her up for a bigger gig. Though he's a bit creepy at first, we later see that he kept his word.
-In the city, on the big screen, we see part of Chariot's show playing, with an angry Croix watching on, all kinds of pissed off. As we see part of the show play out, Ursula says that she wanted to make more people happy. As such, she toured all over the world. But eventually, negative comments began to emerge. On her social media website, we see some of those negative comments, but not all of them, because imagine all the censorship they would have to put up. Her agent tells her that she needs to make her magic acts more entertaining. You know, do something that David Copperfield would do like, I don't know, make the Statue of Liberty disappear, only actually do it instead of making it a trick.
-So Chariot gets to looking for a spell that would really wow the audience and get those numbers back up. We see her in the library, looking for her answer, but unable to find anything. That's when a knock on the door attracts her attention. It's Croix, in her hoodie getup, greeting her friend. From her comments, it's apparently been a while, so it makes me wonder how long Chariot was on the road. Given that she still had access to the school, it's likely that Chariot is still a student at this time. I wonder how the teachers felt about that?
-Outside, Chariot explains her situation to Croix, about using a type of magic nobody's seen before. Luckily, Croix has something that she's been researching that Chariot might find useful. But it's in the early stages of development, so it's highly prone to exploding. But Chariot is interested and asks what it is. So Croix shows off her book to Chariot, calling it "Dream Fuel Spirit." It converts the energy of dreams into magical power. By using it, Chariot can boost her magic power and put on more extravagant shows! And with that, she's all in for this form of magic. Hopefully it won't explode.
-So we see Chariot's act, the one that Akko was at, and afterwards, in the dressing room, Chariot is all smiles about the performance. Croix agrees that its was amazing. But then...
-I wonder if Croix meant to say that out loud. Also, I like Arco's look at Croix, as if he's going "Lady, what the hell are you talking about?" Anyway, Croix follows up her comment by saying that, with this much power, it'll put the magic world back on top where it belongs. That sounds like evil villain talk, to me. Chariot is confused as Croix goes into full on villain mode, going on about how the sacrifices were worth it. That's when she explains to her red headed friend that Dream Fuel Spirit operates by stealing the energy of dreams, converting it into magic power. They show off an example of that evil demon looking creature and... oh... oh! We've seen that creature before, and very recently, too. Damn, Croix set up Chariot from the very beginning. I wonder when she was finally pushed over the edge?
-But yeah, it looks like this sort of reveal was planned from the very first episode. All that fluff in the first half? To lull you into thinking that this was a happy adventure show about a bunch of cute girls doing cute magic things. How wrong we were. Anyway, Chariot is having issues with the whole "being used by my former friend for evil purposes" situation. Mainly, she's worried about what will happen with all those people who had their dreams stolen? Apparently they only lose a fraction of their magic talent, that's all. But ordinary people have no use for that talent, but the lives or ordinary people mean little to Croix. Of course, if somebody from a witch's family was there, then that might be a problem, though she doubt anybody would be attending a performance of this nature. Oh boy, wait until she hears about Diana.
-Though one thing to note is that Croix says that it takes a fraction of their magical talent away. Given what happened to Diana, it seems that it was more than a fraction, though it's possible that such power can recharge, perhaps when close to a Sorcerer's Stone or something equal to that. It would explain why Diana was able to recover her own power while Akko is just reaching her own potential.
-Anyway, Chariot isn't a big fan of the whole "my friend lied to me" thing. She wants to know why Croix would do such a thing? This isn't something she's willing to do. Croix is shocked that Chariot would refuse this, as it gives them more power. She rips into Chariot, saying that her idealistic attitude is why she can't find the last word. She tells her that she has a sacred duty to perform, and that's to obtain the world-altering magic. And yet here she is, wasting all her time on this stupid show. Just what is she thinking?
-Yeah, fear is probably the right emotion to have at the moment. Croix then starts ripping into Chariot about calling the Claiomh Solais the "Shiny Rod", calling it childish. She doesn't think the wand chose Chariot to be used for such juvenile display. And we get right into the heart of the matter. Why did the wand choose Chariot and not Croix? Chariot has no answer, only that she wants to use magic to make everyone happy. This is all she knows how to do. Though I think Croix was looking for a different answer, because she lays in one more shot before leaving. That Chariot's show will fade and be forgotten, just like the fate of magic. And just in case it wasn't made official before, Croix tells Chariot here that they break here, and that she will follow her own path.
-After that performance, Ursula returns for the narration, saying that she would never use the Dream Fuel Spirit again. This results in her using her typical stuff, and the audience looking less than impressed or distracted. Backstage, Chariot's agent is going off on her again as she reads more comments about the show. She's worried about something else, though. She's worried about magic being forgotten. In another show, the hecklers are out in full force, driving Chariot into the corner. As she hears the comments all around her, she feels herself being crushed by those words until she finally snaps, calling out the first word and then...
-Yeah, I'm pretty sure that isn't normal. Her left hand appears to be inside the bow. Croix, surrounded by her own magical drones, is nearby and is amazed by what she's seeing. And we finally get to see what happened to the moon. With one shot, the heavens part, smacking our companion straight on, giving it the cross-shaped scar on it's face. As the Shiny Rod crumbles around her, Croix immediately goes into damage control, erasing the memories of everybody at the show. Chariot, however, stares in horror over what she did, and in the present day, we see that this is an event that has never left her memories.
-In the present, Ursula stares outside as the snow begins to fall. She remains haunted, even to this day. That's when Diana comes around and informs her that Akko has gone missing, asking if she knows anything. Ursula says nothing to her. Diana brings up the meeting between her and Akko earlier, but all the professor can do is apologize. This confuses Diana, but after a moment of silence, she wants to continue their talk from earlier. Yeah, Ursula isn't interested in a talk, so Diana is just going to skip past the whole "not looking to talk" thing and asks the professor straight out. Well, not so much ask as state that Ursula is really Chariot. Yeah, this is what happens when you don't add your fake identify in the school records.
-Urusla is shocked, but admits that she is indeed Chariot. This gets Diana going, wanting to know more about what happened with Akko. So instead of telling the story to her protege, Ursula tells it to Diana. When the professor gets to the part about the Dream Fuel Spirit show, adding that Akko must have been upset when she was told everything. Well, it was a rather stressful situation. Diana, normally cool and composed, is horrified that Ursula didn't chase after Akko. Diana is very worried about her friend/rival, but Ursula says nothing but can only apologize, saying that she cannot help Akko. Diana doesn't buy this at all, telling her that Akko surely needs her now more than ever! But Ursula refuses, saying she has other matters she must attend to. Diana is shocked by this! How can anything else be more important than finding Akko right now? Yeah, unfortunately, I think there is one thing that would be more important, but it's best not to actually say anything yet. No need to make things worse than they already are.
-Diana, realizing she's getting nowhere, decides to stop hounding Ursula. Instead, she and the others will find Akko. Before she leaves, Diana offers one more parting shot, but one filled with disappointment and sadness, that Professor Ursula would become who she is now, not who she once was. After Diana leaves, Ursula takes off her glasses and, to the departed Diana, asks her to take care of Akko for her. That sounds like somebody doesn't plan on coming back, which would be fulfilling a trope I hope doesn't come to pass.
-Diana then returns to Lotte and sucy, only to find that Amanda, Jasminka, and Constanze are there. And you know it's bad because Jasminka isn't actually eating her bag of chips. So Diana tells the group the whole tale, the reason for Akko's lack of magical talent. Amanda thinks that, after hearing all of that, Akko won't be coming back, but this isn't what Lotte wants to hear. She doesn't think Akko would leave things as they are now. Amanda apologizes for making a comment, but Sucy has a question. How does Ursula know all about this?
-Hey, we can't tell everything now, can we? In any case, what's important is finding Akko. They all plan to go searching for her. Sucy will go check the station while Diana will try searching along the Leyline. They leave, but before they do so, Sucy stares at the Shiny Rod. But she isn't the only one staring at something related to Shiny Chariot, for in her room, Diana takes out her box containing her Shiny Chariot card and stares at it. Probably out of contempt.
-We then see the girls all searching for Akko in the falling snow. Jasminka and Constanze are yelling out her name... well, not so much Constanze as is her robot friend. Amanda is taking an aerial approach for her search while Sucy goes to the bridge where she first met her. She sighs, saying that her friend did have a way of getting them to follow her. That's when Lotte shows up to confirm that neither have found her, but they'll go to the field, just to make sure. But before they do so, Lotte starts breaking down, worried that Akko might be gone forever. It's something she doesn't want to think about, as it never entered her mind, but she wonders what she'll do if Akko doesn't come back? Let's not jump to any conclusions yet. Besides, that would sure bring these last few episodes in on a downer, wouldn't they?
-Sucy provides comfort for Lotte, saying that Akko is a big dummy and that she can't hide from them for long. Even when showing some concern, she can't help but get a little shot in there. The best of friends. She's certain that Akko will be back, complaining about how she's hungry and such. You know, like a cat who's been out all night. Except she'd be more like a bunny rabbit... I have no idea where I was going with this.
-We check in on Diana, looking very concerned during her search for Akko. She comes across the old North Building and decides to go there on the off-chance that Akko actually is there. And sure enough, there she is. Good find, Diana. A skip later and we're at the Last Wednesday Society cafe, where Diana and Akko are having a drink. Well, Diana is, but Akko is still rebooting at the moment. Diana keeps going, hoping to get something from her, but the look says it all.
-Realizing that regular conversation isn't going to work, Diana mentions that she spoke with Professor Ursula, knowing what happened between her and Chariot. Still no reaction. The Shop Keeper is there, but I wonder if he's going to find out, as well? Well, since words aren't working, Diana decides to show Akko something else. She reveals her possession, which Akko recognizes as a premium Chariot card. She's confused, though. Why would Diana have something like this? This is when Diana admits that she was a big admirer of Shiny Chariot, as well. Looks like this is working as it gets Akko talking. Or more specifically, to ask questions about Diana.
-Diana says that, very early on, she was a fan of Shiny Chariot, and remembers that she was already drawing some controversy. As a result, she had to collect these premium cards in secret. And don't even get her started about seeing a show, because that seemed to be impossible. But despite that, it didn't stop her from dreaming about it. Then, one day, her mother arranged a rip overseas and fulfilled her dream at last. And they traveled to Akko's country to see it. They ended up seeing the same performance. Which would be a major revelation here if I didn't already speak about it beforehand. So... oops, I guess? Though the clues were already there, and if you saw the OVA, you know she was there, too.
-Diana speaks fondly of the show, recalling it as if it was yesterday. And something clicks in Akko's mind, recalling Andrew's words about Diana being unable to use magic for a time. She puts the two things together and asks Diana if that was the reason she couldn't use magic back then? Diana is a bit surprised that Akko knew, thanks to Andrew, but doesn't seem upset by it. Akko goes on about it, and how Diana never gave up to use her magic again. Diana goes on to say that what happened to them was unfortunate, but she as no sympathy for Akko, because she believes that Akko can regain her power. She is proof of that, and she's the ace of Luna Nova.
-Akko agrees to this, adding that Diana worked really hard and became an amazing witch. But meanwhile, here she is, still not being able to fly yet. But this defeated attitude pisses Diana off. After taking a drink, she asks Akko why she didn't give up on becoming a witch? Akko thinks about it for a moment and says that it was so she can become the head of her family. Diana won't deny that as being part of the case, but if it was only that, she would have given up a long time ago. But her reasoning is different. She tells Akko that they're quire similar. She was also enchanted by Chariot's magic, and in a flashback, we can see the young Akko and young Diana watching the show with such glee. It's adorable, really.
-Diana recalls the first time she saw Chariot, how her heart was pounding so hard from the excitement. It was then that she realized how much she loved magic. And we get to her failing to use her magic when the show ended. While she looks at her wand in disappointment, she says the amazing feeling Chariot left her is what gave her the strength to keep going and persevere. Some time later, we see that Diana was able to cast a spell and turn that squirrel into a cute bunny rabbit. She dances around in joy of having performed the spell successfully. Yay for Diana!
-In the present, Diana explains that, as she learned more from magic, the more she learned of the expectations people had for her, and so, in due time, she grew apart from Chariot. In a flashback, Diana is showing off her card to her mother, but behind her, her Aunt Daryl and her daughters mock her for it. We then see her making her social debut, or at least, I assume as much, but by then, the cheerful, excited Diana had become cold and distant. She had to leave childish things in the past. She convinced herself that she had to grow up and lock those dreams away, which is symbolized by her locking up the card in that box. But the reason she chose to go to Luna Nova was for a different reason. She went there because...
-As good as any other reason, right? This memory makes Diana smile in the present. She goes on, saying that, when she and Akko first met, she didn't really care for her, mainly how she kept talking about how she loved Chariot and she was so bad at her studies. Why do people keep harping on her for that? It seemed like she was at least trying in her studies. Oh, and she did all sorts of reckless things, which was indeed true. Yet somehow, Diana felt a bit jealous, because she was able to pull off these amazing feats she could never do. Like in the school festival back at the end of season one. But, as Diana puts it...
-It was the kind of charm Diana wanted to have, and she admits to Akko that she did envy her. Akko can't believe that to be true, though. But Diana is feeling down herself, adding that part of the reason why she left Luna Nova was due to how Akko was closer to Chariot than she would ever hope to be. Akko, with more life in her eyes, looks on to her rival, still processing the whole thing. And that's when Diana does something rather shocking. She gives her card to Akko. We get to see what the card itself says.
-What a nice gesture. Also, I can't help but think that there's some foreshadowing in that flavor text there. Diana even points it out to Akko, but she questions if that really is enough. Diana believes it to be true, and with a warm smile, tells her that this is what makes her special. It's that magic within her that no one else can rival. And this connects to Akko, who's eyes show full life once again. And because we need to make this moment more heartwarming, the door suddenly slams open, revealing an out of breath Lotte. She then runs over towards Akko and...
-Lotte is so, so happy that Akko is here. She asks Akko if she's leaving, worried that she's just going to quit school after what happened today. Akko looks at her friend, shocked to hear those words, but reassures her that, obviously, she isn't. She has a dream to chase, after all! And she will not leave Luna Nova until that happens. It's a promise she makes to Lotte. And then Sucy shows up, hitting Akko with the Shiny Rod. This is her own way of hugging Akko, since she's not a hugging person, but the message is quite clear. "Never leave me again or I will haunt you down and test all my poisons on her. And no, I'm not crying, you're crying!" The rest of the gang appear, much to Akko's surprise. Lotte assures them all that Akko isn't leaving, bringing a smile to their faces. Shopkeep, having heard most of the story, offers them all a hot drink, because he's actually a nice guy.
-There's some light teasing between the girls, showing that they're united, stronger than ever. But as we're nearing the ease of the series, we can't just leave it on a happy note, can we. We return to Ursula in the New Moon Tower, making the long climb to Croix's lab. There, she sees what her former friend was working on all this time, something that Croix calls "Noire Fuel Spirit." Which I may have mentioned once before but can't actually recall. Croix shows off her tablet to Ursula, showing all the energy she's collected. She thanks Ursula, since she had a part in this thanks to her use with the Dream Fuel Spirit spell. And very soon, her plan will be ready to proceed to its ultimate stage. So it's not quite there yet, huh?
-Well, that's all Ursula needed to know, as she goes into Chariot mode, planning to stop her once and for all. Our scene ends on the confrontation between the two, with the giant anti-Shiny Rod standing in the center. Cue credits!
Lots of interesting revelations this episode. First is of Chariot, how she came to become a performer, how her act was rather terrible at first until Croix suggested a spell to help make it better, which ended up being used for other purposes, and how her show proceeded to get worst until she accidentally shot the moon. Yeah, fun times. Though I am curious about something that didn't really get mentioned here. How was Ursula able to disguise herself as a teacher in Luna Nova? Wouldn't some of them recognize her as Chariot? Granted, she did disguise herself with a different hair color and glasses, showing how Clark Kent was able to hid herself, but still, you'd think that some of them would know her.
Which leads me to believe that some of them actually know who she really is, but presents her to the other faculty as a new teacher who was self-taught or something like that. I suspect Finneran is one of those teachers, given how rather antagonistic she is with her... actually, thinking about it, we haven't actually seen the teachers all that much since the first episode of the second season. Given how Fineran was distrusting of Croix, you'd think she would be showing up more often.
And then we get Diana's own revelation, which we kind of already spoke about before, but here is where we learn that Diana and Akko are quite similar, though unlike another rivalry, didn't end with an ongoing war and possible plans to rule the world. Or something to that effect. No, if anything, Diana and Akko will just be better friends, as a result. But that's how things are going with them.
With only two episodes left, the final confrontation between Croix and Ursula begins. Will Ursula stop her old friend before it's too late? And will Akko be able to find the Seventh Word, granting her access to the Grand Triskelion? Tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when looking for your friend in the snow, always go to the abandoned building on campus. They're more than likely sulking there, because they don't want to be around people who are going to try and cheer them up.
1 week agoCaButler
With this, I basically wipe out what Wii games I have left. Might as well make something from them.
Here are the titles.
If you're interested or know anybody who is interested, send them the links. And, of course, there's whatever still up on my eBay page, in case you find something else of interest.
Gravity Rush images go here.
Final Fantasy XIII
All things Final Fantasy XIII
So much eye candy...
Art from Persona 3, 4 and Arena here.
Tales of Graces
Here is your Tales of Graces love
Selvaria Bles Album
You know why you're here.
Hayate the Combat Butler
The place for the ladies (and guy) of this series.
Something for everybody!
All Fate/Extra stuff here (and then some)
The Wheel of Fate is Turning
These people are guilty for not wearing a crown
For the popular strategy RPG
You know why you're here. If not, you need new glasses.
Your cosplay action here.
Love for a great game with great art.
Even horrible creatures of the night need love
The most messed up pretty girls you've ever met.
The Devil is a Part-Timer
And now has it's own part time album.
Date a Live
Crazy girls going crazy for a guy who's treating this like a dating sim because if he doesn't the crazy girls go insane and start blowing stuff up. It's that kind of show.
Cosplay Gallery number 2
We liked it so much we made it twice.
The console war done with cute girls.
Because Hajime needs her own album.
Cosplay Gallery the third
Because you can never have enough
Rooster Teeth's first ever anime, it's images go here.
The Familiar of Zero
The one anime where I absolutely hate our two main protagonists.
High School DxD
Angels and Devils do battle while getting naked for no apparent reason.
Is This a Zombie?
No, they are hot vampire ninjas and magical girls.
Not that kind of Golden Time, though, but the anime.
Persona: The Second
For all the stray ones.
Cosplay thread IV
Like Saints Row, only sexier.
It's about a bunch of kids in the afterlife playing with guns.
Where being sexy will always forgive you for wanting to kill your sisters in bloody ways.
I couldn't become a hero...
...So I made this album instead.
Knights of Sidonia
Because we always make a folder for these shows
It's about a guy trying to become the Magic King and have his own harem
The Shantae Folder
The place where we put our magically sexy half-genie in all her glorious glory.
The Irregular at Magic High School
Where the protagonist can kill you just for annoying his sister.
Cosplay Gallery the Fifth
You know the drill.
Anime Screen caps
Because anything can be taken out of context when anime is involved
Because I'm watching it, that's why.
No Game, No Life
Protect the kohai!
Mama Raikou fills out the dress well.
Casko is showing off, too.
And she wants to be the faithful dog companion. Like a certain other Berserker.
Scathach is showing off all her curves
Because she knows where your looking
Drake is looking to get that booty.
Mash is looking a bit embarrassed
I bet Nero convinced her to try it out.
Nero doesn’t object to other forms of dress.
Especially if they help accent her beauty.
This is obviously Doctor Roman’s idea.
Rin looks like she’s getting hitch.
I feel so bad for Shirou
It’s like they’re twins!
Kiyohime the lancer
Still very Yandere
Pyra is out on a trip through town
Or on a date with a certain young protagonist.
Noire is going on her own beach trip
But why cat ears?
Tamamo is waiting for summer
Where she can really show off her skills
Pyra is going to light it up!
Questions answered by CaButler
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To become the world’s greatest writer!
Uh... 32 mph?
Havoc has been sold. Sorry.
I'm really Carlone Butler, the NBA player.