A New Beginning (新たなはじまり Arata na Hajimari?) is the 1st episode of the Little Witch Academia anime series.

On Netflix, the episode is known as Starting Over.[3]

Overview

The enthusiastic but somewhat under-talented Akko, along with friends Lotte and Sucy, trains to be a witch at Luna Nova Witchcraft Academy.

Summary

Shiny Chariot is shown performing a magic show at night, as a child Akko Kagari entered. Chariot then chanted out the Seven Words of Arcturus, before summoning the Shiny Arc. She then creates a portal as her grand exit. The entire magic show gives Akko a glimpse of dreaming to become Shiny Chariot.

Years later, Akko has arrived at Glastonbury, England to enroll at Luna Nova Magical Academy, however, she must find a bus station to take her there. She then stumbles upon Sucy Manbavaran, who is introduced silently. Akko spews a lot of exciting comments to her, before Sucy uses a vile of puppet magic on her stuffed bird, letting it poke Akko's eye. Nevertheless, Akko continues following Sucy, who gives Akko a handshake, before tricking her by a rope disguised as live snakes. This panics Akko and makes her fall to a water bank.

As she mumbles over her poor interactions with Sucy while climbing the hill to the station, Akko spots Luna Nova students, Avery, Barbara Parker and Hannah England, who are gossiping about a transfer student, who they find out is Akko, due to her being from a non-magical background. As they notice Akko (who tried going unnoticed), she greets and asks the three if there is a bus stop; and they all chuckle at the statement and insult her. They then head to the ley line portal above them to participate in the opening ceremony with their brooms. Akko then attempts to catch up with them by climbing for the portal but falls and is dismayed that she can only access it by flying. Fortunately, she managed to get help from another student named Lotte Jansson who offered her a ride to the school despite of Lotte's initial reluctance due to her in haste for the opening ceremony.

As they transverse through the portal, the ley lines suddenly suffer sudden disturbances, leaving Lotte confused with this turn of events. To her horror, said disturbance revealed to be triggered by Akko's salty pickled plums. In her panic, Lotte urges Akko to discard it as the disturbance worsens and they, along with Sucy (who also transverse through the same portal) lose control of the flight and fell off their brooms. Hilariously, in the ensuing chaos, Sucy first bumped into Akko's Alcor plushie before accidentally tackled by its owner. The incident alarmed the unassuming teacher of Luna Nova, Ursula Callistis, and her familiar Alcor, who quickly uses a disco ball-like astrological device to check ley line locations and sees the disturbance on Arcturus Forest's ley lines, prompting her to investigate what had transpired.

Recovering from the fall, Akko accidently pinned Sucy to the ground just as she recovered her Chariot Card, which horrified the Japanese until the annoyed Manbavaran gets on her feet as if that was nothing. Just then, Akko finds Lotte who too, survived the fall despite of her broom broke into two because of the crash. As Akko and Lotte wondered where they are, Sucy stated that they arrived at her destination, Arcturus Forest, which horrifies Lotte as she added that anyone who entered the forest, even witches, cannot get out once entered. Just then, Akko found her scattered belongings and wasted no time to retrieve them only to stumble upon a nearby Mandrake, much to her and Lotte's horror.

Barely escaping the man-eating plant, Sucy put Akko and Lotte into a tough situation where she locked them into a round cage made of enchanted ropes and have them summoned a Cockatrice for her so she can collect one of its feathers. This further dismayed Akko as Sucy also intended to have her and Lotte as sacrifice for the said endeavor and rolled the cage over to escape the cockatrice. Just as they escaped a burst of its petrifying breath, Sucy managed to pull one of Cockatrice's poisonous feathers, angering it that it decided to chase her instead. Simultaneously, the cage that Akko and Lotte rode crashed, injuring Lotte's knee in process. With her injury and her broom also broken, Lotte become pessimistic that they will arrive at the ceremony in time, which Akko argued that they cannot give up yet. As she carried Lotte on her shoulder, Akko declares her determination to become a witch despite of the odds, allowing Shiny Rod to materialize in front of her much to her surprise.

Knowing what to do, Akko took the staff and called out the cockatrice to gain its attention to lure it onto Mandrake's vines. Her plan works very well, as the monster left Sucy alone and chase her instead, only to be entangled by the man-eating plant's vines. With the cockatrice trapped, Sucy took Lotte and Akko the ride to escape the forest, where at this moment, Sucy properly introduced herself to Akko. To Lotte's horror and Akko's dismay however, the cockatrice broke free from the mandrake's vines within a huge explosion before take flight and flew towards the girls. As the cockatrice began to shoot them down with its fiery breath, Ursula arrived in time to see the event and wondering how they arrived in the forest before notices Shiny Rod on Akko's hands. Suddenly, one of cockatrice's fiery blast destroyed Sucy's broom, resulting her, Lotte, and Akko plummeting to the ground below. With no time to lose, Ursula cried out to Akko to recite the First Word of Arcturus, thus allowing her to turn the Rod into its Shiny Bow configuration to create a Ley Line portal with Shiny Arc below her, Sucy, and Lotte that led straight to Luna Nova. The portal closes as soon as they entered, preventing the cockatrice from chasing the girls further.

As Akko, Lotte, and Sucy transverse the portal, Akko sees glimpses of future events before her, moments before she and her companions crashed into the ceremony right in front of students who had arrived in time and teachers. Fortunately for her, in spite of their unpleasant arrival that interrupted the ceremony just as it started, Principal Holbrooke still allowed Akko to enroll the school, and had Finnelan brought Akko to her dorm where her roommate are none other than Sucy and Lotte themselves. Once Finnelan left them alone, Akko greets her roommate by introducing herself, this time more properly.

The episode ends with the shot of Ursula's room that night, where Ursula smiles as she gazed on the moon with the return of Shiny Rod...

Order of appearances

Characters Tools Spells Creatures

In other languages

Language Title
Japanese 新たなはじまり Arata na Hajimari
English Starting Over
France Nouveau Départ
Brazil Começando do Zero


Trivia

Series timeline.

  • Diana made her cameo debut in the episode both as her teenage self in Luna Nova and her younger her younger self during Shiny Chariot's show before her speaking debut in the next episode. The same goes to Amanda, Constanze, Jasminka, Samantha Badcock, Anne Finnelan, Miranda Holbrooke, Nelson, Lukić
  • This episode fulfills a purpose very similar to the first short film.
    • It starts with Shiny Chariot performing a magic show and Akko as a child. Diana can be spotted in the audience watching Shiny Chariot's show. Akko finds the Shiny Rod and activates the first word with help from Ursula.
      • Likewise, the two-part season finale "What You Will" and "Samhain Magic" fulfill a purpose similar to the second movie.
      • However, there are several noticeable differences between the short film and its anime adaptation:
        • Whereas the first short film has Akko found Shiny Rod among items in New Moon Tower's dungeon, the staff appears in front of her and Lotte at Arcturus Forest instead.
        • Chariot's performance in the anime was much longer than in the short film in addition of hidden, sinister implications through the pixel beast in her show.
        • During the same show in the anime, Diana wears no hat unlike Akko who consistently has hers. Although, whereas short film depicted the hat being purple and has a yellow star and blue band, the anime changed it to greatly resemble Chariot's.
        • After the performance in the short film, it goes straight to when everyone is already at the academy and knows each other.
        • Amanda, Constanze, Jasminka, Badcock, Finnelan, Holbrooke, Lukić, and Pisces are added despite not appearing in the first short film.
        • Akko and Diana already knew each other in the short film, unlike in the anime where they eventually met in the second episode.
        • The short film established Akko being able to fly with broom albeit poorly in stark contrast of the anime in which she cannot fly at all.
  • This episode takes place in May, along with "Pappiliodya" and "Don't Stop Me Now", as stated in the chronicles book.
  • When
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    Akko is traversing the Leyline and having visions from both the future and the past, among first few visions is her approval letter from Luna Nova which design loosely based on one in Teri Terio manga.

Errors/Goofs

  • Akko introduced herself to Lotte and Sucy for a second time upon learning that they are roommates, despite of them already did so on separate occasions. Given to circumstances of their first meeting however, this may not necessarily count as an error and that she decided to do so albeit in more proper manner.

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