The much anticipated Little Witch Academia is not far from a Blu-ray release now. The charming animated short was originally released in theaters back in March and then streamed on YouTube with English subtitles the very next month. Needless to say, it was met with huge praise. As a result of its success, a second episode is currently in development thanks to Kickstarter. Nevertheless, the short is gearing up for a Blu-ray release next month here in North America. To commemorate its launch, a collector’s edition has been announced. Better still, it’s pre-order has just now gone live (read: 8pm PST) and is available at Studio TRIGGER’s Online Global Store.
The Collector’s Edition will entail a single Blu-ray disc that includes the 26-minute episode of Little Witch Academia in addition to a never-before-seen, 66-minute making-of video entitled, “How the Magic was Born.” Alongside that, the package will also come with an original soundtrack and a 112-page art book. The making-of video reportedly follows the struggles and triumphs of the young animation team at TRIGGER, and the process they went through to create the short.
In case you missed Little Witch Academia during the apex of its hype, here’s a quick blurb about its story:
Akko Kagariis an ordinary girl who joins the renowned witch academy for witch girls, Luna Nova Academy. When she was younger, she went to Magical Festa, a magic show hosted by a witch named Shiny Chariot. Akko was so mesmerized and inspired by Shiny Chariot’s performance that she dreamed to someday be a “cool” witch like her. This young and impressionable Akko takes Shiny Chariot’s words as her own motto: “Never forget, a believing heart is your magic.“ As part of a class, Akko and her classmates go into a labyrinth under the Tower of Luna Nova. There, a sealed ancient dragon was unleashed by one of her classmates. Akko tries to stop the dragon, but…
…But we don’t want to spoil the whole thing for you, so we encourage you to check it out yourself. It really is a fantastic little film.