The year is 2199. The once blue and green planet Earth has been reduced to a radioactive desert wasteland by constant attacks by the hostile aliens from the planet Gamilus which force the remaining population underground. However, a friendly alien race from the planet Iscandar contacts the humans and gives them the blueprints to build a powerful space battleship capable of retrieving a device to clean the planet before humanity disappears. The United Nations Cosmo Navy – whose space fleets have been decimated by Gamilan forces – resurrects the long-sunken battleship Yamato and applies the alien technology to its interior, transforming it into the vessel for which the series is named: Space Battleship Yamato (Synopsis from Wikipedia)
Join me down the break to read why you should be watching a truly fantastic show in its own class putting to shame much of the swath the anime industry releases every season
Where to begin with this gem… perhaps a little history?
Currently gathering critical and commercial success around the world, this OVA was produced by the relatively new Studio Trigger as part of the AnimeMirai Project. AnimeMirai is essentially government subsidized anime with the intent of training young animators in Japan to reduce the need of outsourcing which has become all too common in the anime industry in the past two decades. As being fully funded from the government, studios have the luxury to create an anime they would not be able to otherwise because of market demand.
Studio Trigger’s OVA tells a tale of the clumsy but lovable Akko and her desire to become a mage like her role model, Shiny Chariot, after a demonstration she witnessed in her childhood.
LWA has that “oomph” you rarely see in animation today. There is truly something for everyone in this short whether kid or adult. Though this isn’t a particularly deep or complex story, Akko’s journey has such a whimsical feel and sense of wonder akin to Disney movies of yore, I had an unbreakable smile the entire time I was watching this. Trigger’s attention to detail is impeccable and quite possibly the main reason they are able to pack as much character development/plot progression as they do in 26 minutes. Whether it’s Akko fearfully hiding in her seat as she worries for her hero or Sucy as she experiments gleefully with her many potions, it’s these little nuances that make this OVA soar into many people’s future top 10 lists later this year.
If you are a fan of anime, animation, or just a good story; WATCH THIS NOW!
A 5 out of 5
It is available for free on Youtube and Crunchyroll under the name Little Witch Academia
Surprise Surprise! You might not be expecting this after my post I pushed out yesterday but it made me realize I have been doing a disservice to any potential/current readers on the site. So here you go, my first impressions for shows that managed enough interest from me to check out. I’m still going to do a “One Month Update” into the season as previously stated but thought this was definitely needed.
Sorry for the lack of blogs recently. I know it’s me being lazy but I just haven’t found the will to write some articles I could like Series and episodic reviews. If you guys do want to hear my thoughts on those I’m very active on Twitter and the like. I love how Twitter forces me to be succinct with my thoughts
I am watching Spring anime this year with an expected 18 series. My next post will probably be “What Spring Shows To Watch” after 3 or so episodes into the season. A good and diverse mix of shows spanning all types of genres.