Little Witch Academia is something of a success story. Starting off as an animated short from the team of Yoh Yoshinari (Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL) and Masahiko Otsuka (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt), the film was released in theaters back in March and later streamed with English subtitles on YouTube. Due to the overwhelming popularity and fan feedback though, a second episode funded by Kickstarter is already in development. Thus, when it was announced that the film would be acquiring its very own collector’s edition, enthusiasts perked up their ears with excitement. Since that time, fans have essentially been waiting with bated breath for the short’s release. Fortunately, today that wait ends as Little Witch Academia is available to purchase from TRIGGER’s Global Online Store.
For anyone who missed the initial news story, the collector’s edition includes the film on Blu-ray, a 112-page art book and a 66 minute, making-of video entitled, “How the Magic was Born”. If you’re on the hunt for an adorable, half-hour film that focuses on the misadventures of a young gal training to become a witch, then Academia should be on your radar, no doubt about it.