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


Having been inspired by the illusory magic of the performing witch, Shiny Chariot, Atsuko "Akko" Kagari decides to enroll at Luna Nova Magical Academy, where Shiny Chariot studied. On her way to the school, she gets teased by the other students, who mock her non-magical bloodline. Unable to fly on a broom through a leyline leading to Luna Nova, Akko manages to get a lift from another new student, Lotte Yanson. However, because of some salty pickled plums Akko was carrying, she and Lotte, along with another witch named Sucy Manbavaran, end up falling out of the leyline into the forbidden Arcturus Forest. Put in a tough situation after Sucy lures out a giant cockatrice in order to collect one of its feathers, Akko comes across Shiny Chariot's wand, the Shiny Rod, summoned by her unshakable faith in becoming a witch. As the cockatrice continues to pursue the girls, one of Luna Nova's teachers, Ursula, gives Akko the magic words needed to use the Shiny Rod, allowing the girls to escape through a portal leading straight to Luna Nova. Making it just in time for the opening ceremony and avoiding expulsion, Akko, Lotte, and Sucy learn that they will be roommates for the next three years.


Shiny Chariot performs a magic show at night, as a child Atsuko "Akko" Kagari (and in early cameo Diana Cavendish) entered. Chariot then chanted out Seven Words of Arcturus, before summoning 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 England to enroll at Luna Nova Academy, however, she must find a bus stop to take her there. She then stumbles upon Sucy Manbavaran, who was introduced as silent. Akko spews a lot of exciting comments to her, before Sucy uses a vile of puppet magic to her stuffed bird, letting it poke Akko's eye. Nevertheless, Akko continues following Sucy, before given by a handshake, before tricking her by a rope disguised as live snakes. This panicked Akko and made her fall to a water bank.

Akko finally spots Luna Nova Academy, as three girls, Avery, Hannah and Barbara gossip that Akko is from a non-magical background. Akko asks the three if there is a bus stop; they all chuckled and mock her. They head to the leyline to participate in the opening ceremony with their brooms.

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  • This episode fulfills a purpose very similar to the first movie
    • 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.
  • Akko's favorite food translated as "pickled plums" is Japanese Umeboshi.




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