Little Witch Academia is a 2013 animated short produced by Trigger for Anime Mirai 2013. The short was created and directed by Yoh Yoshinari. The short film runs approximately 26 minutes and was released in 14 Japanese theaters on March 2, 2013. A Youtube version was released that received over 850,000 views in 4 months. The first short film entails the journey of a girl named Akko Kagari who enrolls at Luna Magical Academy. The Academy is a school for young witches that face many challenges and obstacles from paying attention in class, exploring dungeons and believing in your own abilities. The story can be compared to the traditional magical girl story line mixed with a little bit of pop music flair and Hogwarts.
With a great reception from the first short film, Little Witch Academia 2 also titled as, The Enchanted Parade was fully funded by a kickstarter receiving over $625,000 with over 7,938 backers. Without giving away any spoilers to the first film, the sequel consists of old and new characters facing certain dilemmas of magic and a little mix of after school festivities. A crossover short featuring characters from both Little Witch Academia and inferno cop was shown at Anime Expo 2015 on July 2, 2015. The anime film runs 53 minutes and has an expected release date in October 2015.