Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade
For some reason, before I saw the OVA I got the notion into my head that this would be short on plot and big on action sequences which did technically end up being right (although my reasoning behind this was way off, I had misremembered part of the Kickstarter stretch goals). I think this can be best summed up by the fact that I glanced at the time and saw that, even though the climax was already underway, it was only halfway done. A lot of Studio Trigger's works could be summed up as style over substance but LWA embodies this even more than most. I was actually surprised to see that Imashi wasn't the director on this short since his/Trigger's typical style of squishy character designs and loose action rules were on full display here.
I've never been particularly fond of that style, I do like "sakuga" action sequences these days but LWA reminds me more of American cartoons with how the action interacts with reality and that was a big reason why I never got into most American cartoons! And yet here that's essentially my only reason for being interested in the short, I don't like any of the characters in LWA and the plot varied between being pretty simple to "man I don't like these cliches" for me. Obviously very few people are watching this for plot or deep character connections, I'm curious if the tv series will try to flesh these things out a little more now that they have a longer running time or if it will stay pretty light on the substance (which would be worrisome since there's no way Trigger will have the time or the funds to have this much animation in a full tv show).
I should say I didn't hate this or even dislike it, I was entertained at parts and spent other parts thinking "well that's OBVIOUSLY foreshadowing, oh I know how this will be resolved, oh I see the grade schooler message they're going for" etc, which I don't remember thinking during the first short. And I'm going to give the tv series a shot for sure, I'm simply thinking that the tv series might be too Saturday Morning Cartoon-like for my taste in the end.