So if you had already heard about Studio Trigger’s Kill la Kill, then you would have known that two of the characters were already known to the public: Satsuki Kiryuin, the student council president that rules her school with an iron fist; and Ryuko Matoi, a transfer student determined to fight for the freedom of the campus. Now the latest issue of Newtype magazine has revealed four new characters:
Nonon Jakuzure, member of the Culture Club; Hōka Inumuta, member of the Intelligence Strategy Club; Ira Gamagōri, member of the Public Morals club; and Yamauzu Sanage, member of the Exercise Club.
This begs the question: are these new characters on the side of the student council, or will some of them decide to side with Ryuko? We’ll have to wait until the series premieres in October to see how this will play out.
And it only took five hours to do it.
I just wrote this article the other day about Studio Trigger’s announcement of a Kickstarter to fund a second installment of Little Witch Academia, and the project has already collected $233,195 as of this writing. The initial goal was $150,000. There are still 29 days left.
Even though Studio Trigger has well exceeded their goal, you could still donate to A) help fund this and future projects and B) collect some of the donation incentives. A $20 donation will get you a download of both Little Witch Academia 2 and its artbook, along with your name on the “Special Thanks” section of their website and a desktop for your computer. $50 will get you all of that along with a physical copy of the artbook and the standard Blu-Ray release of the new short. There are even more incentives for higher donations- Check out the Kickstarter page to see them all.
I for one never doubted that the Kickstarter for Little Witch Academia 2 would reach its goal eventually- but I never thought it would happen so quickly. It just goes to show that you should never underestimate the power of a dedicated fanbase.
Little Witch Academia is a 30 minute short by Studio Trigger that blew audiences away when it first came out. Much like the anime Free!, Little Witch Academia started out as a short PV that caught audiences’ attention due to the marvelous animation. The project was Studio Trigger’s entry in Anime Mirai, a showcase of animated projects by participants in Japan’s Young Animator Training Project.
The project has become so popular outside of Japan that it’s actually being localized for English-speaking audiences. We’re even getting the collector’s edition! But that’s not all. Trigger has also announced plans to hold a Kiskstarter to fund a second episode of Little Witch Academia. Those who watched part one will know that the ending was left wide open, so the opportunities available for Trigger to take with a second installment are really exciting.
If you by chance haven’t seen part one, don’t worry. It’s available to watch with subtitles on both Youtube and Crunchyroll. You can watch it below if you have the time.