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Pappiliodya (パピリオディア Papiriodia?) is the 2nd episode of the Little Witch Academia anime series.

On Netflix, the episode is titled with a slightly different spelling as "Papiliodia".[2]

Overview

Akko is excited when her classes finally start, but learning magic turns out to be boring. Worse, her classmates make fun of her for admiring Chariot.

Summary

Awakening from the dream which happened to be a brief flashback of the moment when she used Shiny Arc to open a Ley Line for Luna Nova, Akko excitedly started her day by check on the Shiny Rod before trying out her new witch robe, but Lotte corrected her that the robe is meant for practical classes and they wear regular uniforms instead as she revealed subjects that taught in the academy. Sucy in the other hand, takes her time testing a drop of extracted poison from the cockatrice feather in her possession and chuckles in satisfaction when it managed to crystallize a small bug.

We then introduced to normalcy in Luna Nova starting from the teachers' meeting at Headmistress' office, at which we see Ursula (Akko's and her friends' savior from the previous episode) showed her klutzy side. The scene then shifted to see Ursula telling her senior Finnelan about her plan to be Akko's tutor in her spare time since she is the sole student from Japan, but her clumsiness leads to her ability for such endeavor put it into question. Meanwhile, Akko begins her first day in Luna Nova where to her dismay, she found the academy's subjects boring and unfamiliar to her. At one point, she ended up doze off with Sucy used the opportunity to test one of her magic potions to turn her ponytail into a plant, all while Luna Nova's top student Diana revealed her expertise in majorities of the subjects, more than the professors.

During the lunch time, Akko expresses her dissatisfaction over the academy's seemingly dull subjects and disbelief over the fact that Chariot once attended Luna Nova. Her mention of Shiny Chariot soon attracted the attention of Diana who then greets Akko and tells the Japanese that Chariot has a bad reputation in magical world. A mild argument ensued between the two where Diana added that Chariot's popularity doesn't leave much impression due to her shows being nothing more than all flash and no substance and that no one cares with what happened to her even after she left the public eye for a decade, and Akko retorted that Chariot was the one who inspired her by stating that the stage performer gave her a dream and even found Shiny Rod. This attracted the attention of some students who then gathered at the courtyard where Akko tried to use its magic to no avail. Skeptical whether the staff in Japanese's possession a genuine Shiny Rod, Diana suspected that the staff is likely fake, but Akko remained adamant that the staff is genuine one and attempted to use it on a nearby statue to no avail. To prevent an unnecessary humiliation on the brunette, Diana magically brought the statue to life in her stead and have it restored her bewitched ponytail back to normal (though Akko was nevertheless shocked by the experience) and explained that magic is something that attained from research and tradition before making her leave with her roommates. Unknown to them, Professor Ursula witnessed the whole thing starting from their conversation at the cafeteria, who then reminded by Finnelan about a certain problem in the academy.

Later, Akko showed Lotte and Sucy her collection of Chariot cards while sadly acknowledging that it had been 10 years since the last time Chariot performed her show. She remembered how the cards became the popular trend in its time, having collected every single one of them except the "A Believing Heart is Your Magic" premium card. Lotte and Sucy are surprised that the Japanese has memorized flavor texts in each card as if they are bible despite her difficulty in pronouncing spells written on them.

Meanwhile, Finnelan, Holbrooke, and Ursula are examining Jennifer Memorial Tree, an ancient tree at the academy's botanical garden believed to host the spirit of late Jennifer the Witch herself. In the middle of their discussion over the tree's current state, Diana, Hannah, and Barbara appeared and offered to lend a hand. Once the professors are gone, the Cavendish and her cohorts make some preparation to aid Diana in casting Plant Restoration Spell in hopes of restoring the tree. Casting the spell, it seemingly worked with Jennifer Memorial Tree returns to its healthy state, which prompts Hannah and Barbara to go for the professors over this development. However, not long after they left the garden, the spell's effects abruptly undone, followed by the tree's roots unearthing themselves. Some of them even popping out near Akko and her roommates while playing with Chariot cards. As this happens, Ursula discovered the answer of the tree's weakened state.

Rushing for the botanical garden, Akko, Lotte, and Sucy caught Diana in the scene as the tree's roots reveal parasite-like growths all over them. Sucy commented the growths resemble chrysalises (albeit unusual ones) whereas Diana, mistaking them as actual parasites, begins to blast them one by one with magic bolts. Recognizing the growths, Akko tried to reason with the top student, but Diana refused to listen and attempted to blast another, prompting Akko to jumped into her magic bolt's path and got struck in process, crippling her and scattered her Chariot Cards in process. Horrified, Lotte, Diana, and Sucy rushed to her side, at which Akko revealed the growths' true nature as Pappiliodyas' chrysalis forms. Akko's desire to help the chrysalises caused Shiny Rod in her possession to glow, much to the girls' surprise. Discovering a better alternative to solve their problem, Akko, with Diana and Lotte's aid, casted Pappiliodya Spell on the chrysalises, allowing the magical butterflies to emerge from their chrysalis forms (including ones crippled by Diana's spell earlier) and fly out of the garden.

As Pappiliodya swarm leave the academy's botanical garden, Ursula, who just have learned more about the magical butterflies, can't help but amazed by their emergence on the outside as much as the students. Their departure akso allowed Jennifer Memorial Tree to return to normal, with Diana, who still in the garden, immediately praised by the professors and the students. Diana wanted to argue that she's not the only one who responsible for the ensuing miracle, but eventually chose to leave to see Akko and her roommates accompany the Pappiliodya swarm on the sky, looking for new nesting grounds...

Order of appearances

Characters Tools Spells Creatures

Trivia

  • Akko does 4x3 formation of cards does not include the Moonlit Witch card, first seen in "What You Will", or the card where Chariot is riding on the Shiny Rod in the form of a broom, seen in "Sky War Stanship".
  • This episode takes place in May, along with "A New Beginning" and "Don't Stop Me Now", as stated in the chronicles book.[3]

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Pappiliodya has an associated gallery here.


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