Originally a short produced by TRIGGER for “Anime Mirai 2013”, Little Witch Academia (リトルウィッチアカデミア) was a modest project that didn’t expect to get the attention and praise it did. Two years later, after being partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign, a second short was released called “Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade”.
TRIGGER then surprised us all by announcing there was an actual TV series for the show coming to us in 2017! I guess popularity and fan support do really pay off in a big way — especially if you’re looking for anime like Little Witch Academia! Here are 8 awesome recommendations for you to check out — and as usual, while they’re not the same anime, their similarities on themes, tropes, and or characters make them worth checking out.
8 Anime Like Little Witch Academia (Best Similar Recommendations)
1. Majokko Shimai no Yoyo to Nene (Magical Sisters Yoyo and Nene)
Synopsis: Witches in another world! Yoyo and Nene are both witches, sisters, who work as Cursers, utilizing magic in an alternative world. Out of nowhere a giant tree appears before the two with modern day buildings entangled in them. Being the curious sisters they are, they go over to check things out. All of a sudden they’re teleported directly to a modern-day Japan! The sisters then encounter two kids who run as they see them — but unfortunately, as they return home their parents have been turned into monsters! Both anime are about witches and magic plus they have amazing and vibrant art! The lead characters also sport a similar personality.
2. Majo no Takkyuubin (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
Synopsis: The 13-year-old witch in training, Kiki, in order to become a professional witch, must spend a year living by herself in a distant town. Kiki leaves her family and friends in order to undertake this tradition with nothing but her broomstick and black cat, Jiji. Things look bleak as she struggles to hold her own but fortunately Kiki runs into Osono — a woman who owns a small bakery. Kiki agrees to make deliveries for her in return for a place to stay. Soon Kiki decides to start her own delivery service using her broomstick, beginning her journey to independence, learning the true meaning of responsibility. These shows both have vibrant and fluid animation and the presence of magic in a seemingly normal world. The OST has a magical feel about it and if you enjoyed one you’ll probably love the other!