Tag: Little Witch Academia

Akko Kagari Nendoroid

Akko Kagari Nendoroid


There’s no episode of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 5: Golden Wind today, and so #FigureFriday is back! I’ve actually had today’s figure since March, and I got another figure in April, so there’s a bit of a #FigureFriday backlog.

Sure, I could have just done this post on another day of the week, but then it wouldn’t be #FigureFriday, so why even bother? I also could have moved one of my JoJo’s Part 5 episode reviews, but I like to keep to my schedule as much as possible.

So, the next #FigureFriday should come after JoJo’s Part 5 concludes. If you want to see a sneak peek of the figure which will be featured in that post, you can check it out over on Instagram, but only if you promise to follow me while you’re there.

For now, let’s jump into this look at the Akko Kagari Nendoroid from the Little Witch Academia anime series.


Akko, like many of the more recent Nendoroids I’ve acquired, has a fairly standard package design. The base color is the same purple as her outfit, and it has pink and yellow highlights to reflect the colors of her belt and buckle. There’s also some white, but I think this is mainly for balance and not specifically to reflect her bunny ears.

The sides of the box each have a circular window, again, like many of the more recent figures. Inside the box, the “background” is simply a bright yellow with no designs featured on it other than her product number, 747. However, this color really makes the rest of her outfit pop out as we’ll see later.

Akko Kagari Nendoroid front packaging (from the anime series Little Witch Academia)
Akko Kagari Nendoroid front packaging

I also found it interesting that her full name, Atsuko Kagari, was listed on the box rather than her nickname, Akko Kagari. From what I remember she isn’t actually called Atsuko all that often, so it feels a bit strange to have that as the name on her box.

This is somewhat similar to how Mordred’s packaging referred to her as Saber of “Red” rather than by her actual name. Sure, in her case that is what she’s often referred to in Fate/Apocrypha, but it still felt a bit strange considering her actual name is much more unique than her title.

Akko Kagari Nendoroid back packaging (from the anime series Little Witch Academia)
Akko Kagari Nendoroid back packaging

On the back of the box we’re shown three possible ways to assemble the Akko Nendoroid, with additional options pictured on either side. Again, this particular figure doesn’t really have anything that sets its packaging apart from the other Nendoroids I have.


The pieces that come with the Akko Nendoroid are what really make her stand out from the competition. She has a lot of optional pieces, and that means there are a lot of different ways she can be customized, which is something to consider when looking at the price of a particular Nendoroid.

On the other hand there’s the Sakura Haruno Nendoroid I have, which came with a very limited selection of optional pieces. Compared to her, Akko is a much better deal, especially since they’re both roughly the same price.

Akko Kagari Nendoroid pieces (from the anime series Little Witch Academia)
Akko Kagari Nendoroid pieces

So, what are all these pieces Akko comes with? The additional pieces include two faces, two legs, five arms, bunny ears, a hat, a broomstick, a wand, and the Shiny Rod. That’s a lot of pieces, especially since there are two different pieces of headgear and three different handheld props.


Despite all of the assembly possibilities, I knew exactly how I wanted to set up my Akko Nendoroid as soon as I got it. For the truly iconic look, I needed Akko to be wearing her hat, riding her broom, and holding the Shiny Rod. Luckily, this is all possible at once, as pictured below.

I id also do a more standard pose with her holding her regular wand (a picture of which can be found over on Instagram), but I basically just did that for the picture. I mean, just look at how nice the dynamic pose I chose instead is; it’s clearly the superior choice.

Akko Kagari Nendoroid assembled (from the anime series Little Witch Academia)
Akko Kagari Nendoroid assembled

Interestingly, even in this dynamic pose Akko fits pretty nicely in my display case. The reason this matters is because Megumin doesn’t exactly fit due to the size of her hat, so I figured I was going to have the same issue with Akko.

So, here’s a piece of advice for anyone looking to get a display case for their figures: I recommend getting one that’s at least 4in. deep if you you’re using it for Nendoroids and plan to close the glass.  Mine is 3.5in. deep, and it’s a tight fit for a few of my figures.


Overall, I’m really happy with my Akko Kagari Nendoroid. There’s a wide variety of pieces which all look great, and she can be put into some pretty dynamic poses.

It’s also important to mention that her pieces fit together pretty well. I can’t say that this will always be the case, since each individual figure may have minor differences, but she was much easier to put together than some of the others I have for which the pieces are either stuck together too well or are too loose.

If you’re looking for a new Nendoroid to add to your collection, I highly recommend Akko. She may not be my favorite character ever, but her Nendoroid is definitely my favorite one that I own.

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Little Witch Academia S2

Little Witch Academia S2

Little Witch Academia Season 2 anime poster featuring Akko Kagari and other characters
Little Witch Academia Season 2 Poster


I finally got around to finishing the second season of Little Witch Academia yesterday and the first thing I need to say is that I realize it wasn’t actually a second season, just a second cour. However, since Netflix broadcasts it in the U.S. and they decided to call it a second season, I’ll be referring to it as both a season and a cour.

The major difference between seasons one and two is the plot. While we started to get some actual main plot at the end of season one, for the most part, that season was episodic. Once season two starts, however, this changes.

Akko now has a goal to accomplish throughout the remaining episodes: find the seven words that unlock the Grand Triskellion with the Shiny Rod. She decides to work towards this goal after learning that her hero, Shiny Chariot, once attempted to do the same thing.

The other main difference from the first season is the introduction of a new character.

New Character(s)

Professor Croix joins the academy as the teacher for a new class on modern witchcraft. Since modern witchcraft is her specialty, her magic is more focused on technology similar to the student Constanze.

As it turns out, Professor Croix was the friend and rival of Chariot du Nord, later known as Shiny Chariot, when they were students at the academy themselves. Because of this, Akko is immediately interested in Professor Croix.

Although not really a new character, the second season also sees more of an emphasis on Shiny Chariot. While from very near the start of the show it should have been obvious that Professor Ursula was Shiny Chariot, she still tended to keep her identity a secret.

However, in this season, or cour, Professor Ursula more frequently appears as Chariot rather than just having her hair change color when she rescues Akko or something along those lines.

Finally, although again not necessarily a new character, we have Professor Woodward. She made an appearance in the first part of the series, but only briefly. While she still only appears briefly in this second part, she has a more important role.

Professor Woodward was the mentor for both Croix and Chariot when they were students as well as the one who introduced them to the Grand Triskellion and the Shiny Rod. However, even by the end of this cour, she’s still fairly mysterious and we may never really learn much about her.

Professor Ursula as Shiny Chariot from the anime Little Witch Academia
Professor Ursula/Shiny Chariot


While I liked the second part of the series more than the first, I still had an issue with it. My issue deals with the ending of the series, the final two episodes to be precise. I’m going to include spoilers in this next part, you’ve been warned.

A missile is fired by a rampaging magic robot at a neighboring country and Akko & the gang decide to stop it through the power of friendship and whatnot. While this ending is exactly what I would expect from Studio Trigger, completely over the top in every way, it didn’t fit the rest of the series.

I get that there are general overarching plotlines about wanting magic to be viewed as something good, and the separation of magic and state or whatever you want to call it, but even though this ending had to do with those themes, it just wasn’t the right ending for me.

I couldn’t say what would have been a better ending, but stopping a missile controlled by an evil magical robot from starting an international war seemed like a bit much. Maybe I just didn’t want a magical fantasy anime to be about themes as real as international wars fought with missiles.

In the end, I gave the second cour a 6/10, which I think is the same as what I gave the first (I could be wrong). Honestly, if the ending was different I might have given it a 7 because I really did like how the show was going until those last two episodes.

Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia

Little Witch Academia anime poster featuring the main characters
Little Witch Academia Poster


While I already have a post about the Little Witch Academia movies, this post is specifically about the first season of the series.

Little Witch Academia is about an academy for training witches (if you couldn’t tell from the title). Most of the students who attend the academy come from magical families; However, one girl, Akko, comes from a regular family, but dreams of being a witch who makes people smile.

Ever since seeing a performance by the witch Shiny Chariot, Akko has dreamt of being a witch just like her. At the academy, however, Akko learns that many in the magical community look down on Chariot and think she turned magic into a joke with her performances.

Despite constant failures and insults from her various classmates, Akko is determined to become a witch like Chariot and prove to the world that magic is something exciting that can be enjoyed by everyone.


Although I already went over the three main characters when I reviewed the movies, I’ll go over them again here.

Akko is the protagonist who doesn’t come from a magical family. She constantly fails at using magic, but never gives up on her dream of becoming a witch. As I mentioned in yesterday’s review of Love Live!, she’s fairly similar to Honoka.

Lotte is the bookworm of the group. Out of the three main characters, she’s the one who causes the least trouble, but she’ll do anything to get her hands on a new book from her favorite series. Her magic specialty involves talking to spirits inhabiting old objects.

Sucy is the third of the main trio. Her sole reason for being at the academy is to learn about and collect samples of various poisonous mushrooms that she uses to make potions. She tends to use Akko as a test subject while she sleeps.

Professor Ursula is the main role model for the girls at the academy as she’s the youngest professor. Specifically, she’s Akko’s guidance counselor and is in charge of giving Akko special lessons so she doesn’t fail out of the academy. As it turns out, she’s also the witch known as Shiny Chariot, although this is unknown to the students.

Diana is the star student of the academy who frequently fixes Akko’s mistakes. She comes from a very old and impressive magical family which is why she has such extraordinary natural ability. Diana is also frequently followed around by two other girls who act as her henchmen.

Another trio at the academy is Amanda, Constanze, and Jasminka. Amanda is the sporty girl who often gets in arguments with Akko about which of them is more of a failure, Constanze is an inventor who creates various magical devices, and Jasminka just eats a lot. She’s basically ChoCho from Boruto.

Akko and Professor Ursula from the Little Witch Academia anime series
Akko and Professor Ursula


By the end of the first season, I decided that it’s a 6/10 which is better than I would have rated it at the start. Originally the anime was fairly episodic, and it still is for the most part by the end of the first season. However, eventually is the introduction to an overarching plot and that’s why the series got better for me.

I’m hoping that season two ends up being even better than the first because I really like Trigger’s art and animation so I want the series to be good. Unfortunately, the only two characters I really enjoy are Akko and Professor Ursula.

Little Witch Academia (Movies)

Little Witch Academia (Movies)

Little Witch Academia anime movie cover art featuring various characters
Little Witch Academia Movie Cover Art


Little Witch Academia is a Trigger original anime series that started out as two movies. The movies were released in 2013 and 2015, but the series did not air until 2017.

As is suggested by the title of this post, I will only be covering the two movies here, although there will most likely be a fair amount of crossover with the eventual post about the series. I currently have the series on hold, only making it through 3/25 episodes.

While these first two entries into the Little Witch Academia world are considered movies, I would only really classify the second one as a movie. The first one, titled Little Witch Academia, is only 26 minutes long and is more like a first episode of a series than a movie.

The second movie, Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade, is 53 minutes long and so on par with the standard for animated movies. This movie also is not simply the first episode, but actually goes on to have a real movie-like plot.

While I do think Trigger is a generally good studio, the thing they have going for them most, in my opinion, is their art style. For me, the art style of Little Witch Academia was the best part of these movies which could be viewed as either a good or a bad thing. I see it as a bad thing.

If you’re making a movie, of course, you want it to look nice, but you probably want the plot to be the major focus as that’s what keeps the viewer’s attention the most. These movies, while they looked very colorful, had bland writing.


Since this post is solely about the two movies, I’ll only go over the three main characters here and save the rest for a future post about the series.

The protagonist of Little Witch Academia is Akko. She’s a new witch who doesn’t come from a magical family. Her inspiration for wanting to become a witch was a stage-performing witch by the name of Shiny Chariot (almost typed Silver Chariot from JoJo’s).

Lotte is one of Akko’s two friends and roommates at school. She’s the quieter, bookworm type of character who gets dragged into trouble by her roommates, usually Akko. Lotte is also decent at magic, unlike Akko who has no experience.

Sucy is the other friend and roommate. Like Lotte, Sucy has experience with magic, but her real expertise comes in the form of potions. Sucy is always making new concoctions and then testing them out on the unsuspecting Akko.

Akko Kagari using a spell (from the Little Witch Academia movie)
Akko Kagari


As I mentioned before, these movies were a bit bland and so I ended up giving them both a 5/10. If not for Trigger’s art style, however, they would have been down at 4.

Despite my criticisms of these movies, there are a lot of people who enjoyed them and then enjoyed the series even more. I think if things such as Harry Potter are what you’re interested in then these movies may be good for you, but I haven’t really been into that stuff for a long time now.

If these movies had come out 10 years earlier, I’m sure my feelings towards them would have been much different.