In 2013, Studio TRIGGER made an animated short called Little Witch Academia for a project created by the Japanese government to encourage and train young animators, called Anime Mirai.
Little Witch Academia came with a positive message: “Never forget, a believing heart is your magic”, a coming of age cross between Harry Potter and Teen Witch. It is an incredible piece of animation, for everyone. The story, characters, humor and animation are top notch. I cannot praise it enough.
It was a big hit. As a matter of fact it made such an impact that when TRIGGER appealed to the fans to help raise funds for the next episode, the feedback was overwhelming. The Kickstarter had a goal of $150,000 and raised $625,518!
Currently, the small team at Studio TRIGGER is working on the second episode with a projected completion date of mid 2015. The team will preview Little Witch Academia 2 at Anime Matsuri on April 3-5, 2015 with the Director, Yoshinari Yoh present.
Yoshinari has also sent us a never before seen art piece from the second episode. Check it out below:
This is such an exciting time for us. We are deeply humbled to have this opportunity, not only to showcase this remarkable achievement in animation but to create a direct link between the creators and the fans. 2015 is shaping up to be a magical year.