Popular Anime Short, Little Witch Academia, Gets Collector’s Edition

By Ishaan . June 22, 2013 . 2:00pm



The Anime Mirai project in Japan is an annual initiative to support budding animators. Under the initiative, four studios are selected to submit animated shorts every year, which are then aired in theatres around the country.


One of the shorts submitted to Anime Mirai 2013 was Little Witch Academia, a short by Studio Trigger. Little Witch Academia is a 26-minute short about a human girl inspired to be a “cool” witch.


While you can watch the short above with English subtitles (until the end of this month, only), Little Witch Academia is now also getting a collector’s edition in North America, courtesy of acttil, a localization studio started up by former NIS America employees.


The Collector’s Edition will come with a single Blu-ray disc that includes the 26-minute episode of Little Witch Academia, a never-before-seen 66-minute making-of video, an original soundtrack disc, and a collectible 112-page art book. The making-of video follows the struggles and breakthroughs of the animation team at Studio Trigger.


The Little Witch Academia collector’s edition is slated for release this Summer.

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  • Chris Yuen

    Based Trigger. Knowing there are oversea fans, subtitled and uploaded it on Youtube for free, without any restrictions by country or threatening fansubbers with copyright strikes. Looking forward to their next project, which is Kill-La-Kill. Here’s the anime PV for it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsModToD1u0

  • Melvin Kwan

    I’m very interested in that 66-minute making of video.

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    Only the youtube streaming of it will last until the end of the month in which it will also still remain on Crunchyroll (https://twitter.com/Trigger_Tattun/status/345089691424542721). Additionally should probably also mention that the BD disc is region free and includes English, French, German, Italian Spanish, and Chinese, subtitles.

  • Go2hell66

    man this needs a full series badly

  • anarchy_panty

    YES. Pre ordering this as soon as I can.

  • ChiffonCake

    Whoa, that’s really cool! I haven’t watched LWA yet (and I probably should soon), but I’d really get this if I could… that making-of should be interesting to see. It’s also nice that it’s coming from actill.

    Either way, I’ll also reccomend Inferno Cop, the other thing that Trigger has done so far, and which is also avaible for free on Youtube with english subtitles: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8Vd-cvqk4GtPGk2K8yfiEcWxy6nt3VZY

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    That was actually pretty good. Too bad it is only a anime short and not a series. I’d watch it. In any case, prolly won’t order the collection, but I do want to see what Studio Trigger does in the future.

  • Auvers

    I don’t think a series would be a good idea, I don’t think they’d be able to keep the same kind of quality with a weekly schedule and I think it might ruin some of what makes it so great and special in the first place. A sequel or a full length film? I could go for that.

  • SirRichard

    Aw man, I wish we’d get something like this over here, I loved that little short. Trigger are looking extremely promising as a studio, what with that and Kill La Kill.

    • z_merquise

      Don’t forget Inferno Cop, which is a very hilarious and totally senseless mini-series.

  • Odin

    Wow, so this is what that was? I thought it was a doujin animation all along…

    A lot of themes packed into this, which is quite amazing for a short. It reminded me of two things, mainly if Ghibli had their take at Harry Potter, or Grim Grimoire, take your pick.

    A movie out of this would make more sense, since a series would probably stretch the plot a bit thin…

  • zferolie

    Oh man, this is awesome. I loved this short, and I would SO buy this.

  • Haku_Luvs_You

    I’ll have to come back and watch it. Looks really cute so I’ll be looking forward to it :)

    • Haku_Luvs_You

      That was so cute!!! >.< I wish there was more, the world needs more Sucy!

  • Ben Sylvia

    No DVD extra disc??

    Aw man, don’t have a blu-ray player.

    Any chance of a downloadable version?

  • fool

    Neat. Hope it isn’t like 50 bucks though…

    • Oh it will be. It is anime after all.

      • 324234

        Yeah, in Japan. Surely they can’t get away with the same obscene prices in the US. Let alone $50 for a single episode of an anime which, up until that point, has been free to watch online. Even $30 seems steep considering it’s just an artbook and making-of.

        • Mr_SP

          Just look at Gundam Unicorn. Sure, that’s twice as long… but it’s not cheap.

        • ShindoW

          You’ve apparently never looked at Aniplex’s prices. I can’t believe they charge them and are still in business.

        • Look online. Anime is stupid expensive.

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        yupe 50 or 60

  • TrannyMagic

    who the hell’s down-voting everyone for saying positive things about this? lol turd. Anyways this was really cute and was hoping that it would be adapted into a series or at least a movie. Might pre-order but I want to watch more of the actual story’ progression rather than a making of and what-not.

  • puchinri

    I was excited about the news and decided asap that I was going to get it (I forgot to tell my boyfriend, so this just reminded me to!).

  • Spirit Macardi

    I’m honestly surprised that someone beat Funimation to the punch in getting the English distribution rights for this. It seems like something they’d ordinarily grab in a heartbeat.

  • WingsOfEternity

    Good luck to Trigger and may their talents pierce the heavens.

  • Lzyslckr

    I seriously thought it was a Hexer from Etrain Oddessey.

  • dotzeno

    I liked this one-shot, very nostalgic for me. Unfortunately, I didn’t think it was better than ‘death billiards’ – which I think deserved to be adapted into a series. Of course, then it wouldn’t be called ‘death billiards’.

  • Kioku

    Please , I beg you, Trigger.
    Please make a series!!!

  • Really liked this , happy it’s taking off ^ ^

  • Mr_SP

    Studio Trigger? Like… Inferno Cop? Looks nothing like it, though…

  • This was good. I needs more =)

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    I watched this on youtube and it’s amazing! It definitely needs to be made into a full series or movie. I love how you can see young Diana at the very beginning if you’re keeping an eye out for her.

  • Chim_era

    pretty damm good ;)

  • deadMastershiro

    Hope they make a game. SHINY ARC!!!

  • artemisthemp

    This makes me happy :)

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