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The World of Witches (Or sometimes referred to as Little Witch Academia: The World of Witches) is a 2022 live-action fantasy-action movie based on the Anime and Manga, Little Witch Academia. Production of the movie took years and went through development hell to get made. The Creator of the series, Yoh Yoshinari, promoted the film by making short animations about the characters and posted them on Youtube. He was also appointed Executive Producer of the film.

Many people were cast for the film when the cast was revealed, people accused the director of whitewashing since none of the actors were the same race as the original characters from the Anime. But the director calmed down the public by telling them that the movie was set in a different universe from the Anime and manga, the public calmed down.

The movie is a first of more in a planned universe of movies, dubbed The Academia Series.

The movie was heavily promoted and features an ensemble cast of Madisyn Shipman (Game Shakers), Sophia Lillis (IT, I am Not Okay with This), Lizzy Greene (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn, A million little things), Rowan Blanchard (Girl meets World), Jessica Belkin (American Horror Story, Pretty Little Liars), Glenna Walters (Anne with an E), Sadie Sink (Stranger Things, The Americans), Merit Leighton (Sofia the First, Alexia & Katie), Malina Weissman (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Jessica Chastain (Interstellar, The Help), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Trilogy), and Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Batman: The Animated Series)

The film was released in 2022, to critical acclaim, it grossed $800 million on a $10 million budget. Two sequels are planned in 2023 and 2024 respectively.

Summary

When Witch-hunters are planning to kill all witches and destroy all magic, Luna Nova, plans to grab all of the best witches in a dark and gritty world to stop the hunters.

Plot

Witches and witch-hunters have been fighting against each other for thousands of years. After losing the second war, the witch-hunters decided to come back as the Malum, a long-lasting witch-hunting group. In order to combat the Malum, Luna Nova Headmistress Holbrooke decides to form a team with Diana Cavendish as leader.

Meanwhile, Atsuko "Akko" Kagari struggles with the overprotectiveness of her Aunt and Uncle because of her high intelligence. While riding home from the library, Akko grabs a staff from a crater when it falls from the sky. After her Aunt and Uncle try to use Akko's parents to try and stop her from going to Luna Nova, Akko runs away to start the new school year. She meets Lotte Jansson and Sucy Manbavran, who Akko finds out later is a serial killer. After doing well in her classes and getting high grades, Akko is invited by Diana Cavendish to join a team of Witches, which includes, Amanda O'Neill, Constance, Jasminka, and Chariot du Nord.

After Akko trains, her spells with Chariot, Akko, and the others head for New York to get information about the Malum. Akko, Diana, and Amanda secretly go into a Malum meeting held by Malum, the tyrant, and Morningstar, the general, they find out the Malum will attack Luna Nova at midnight. When Amanda gets drunk, she gets everyone caught and they have to use brooms to fly away. Akko received the Shooting Star broom to escape when Morningstar tries to attack her, Malum saves her, confusing Akko.

While flying back to Luna Nova, Diana berates Amanda for her actions, before she gets to Akko to insult her, Sucy knocks her out. At Luna Nova, Akko and the others, minus Diana, discuss their futures, and Sucy admits to the others that the reason she's a serial killer is that she has cancer that slowly kills her, Sucy stated that she has either a week or two years to live and that she kills because she lost all hope in life.

Sucy tells Akko privately that she found out that her biological mother is Chariot du Nord, Akko confronts Chariot and tells her that she placed Akko up for adoption to protect her from her father, who turned to dark magic and joined the Malum and who experimented with himself which caused Akko to have a side effect of superintelligence. Akko forgives Chariot and realizes that the Shiny Rod is Alien and goes to the library to find any alien language books.

After finding alien commands for the Shiny Rod, Akko is pinned down by Malum and asked to join him. Malum tells Akko that he is her father and the revaluation hurts Akko tot he points where she has a panic attack, during this moment of weakness, Malum takes the Shiny Rod.

The Malum attacks the witches of Luna Nova, Amanda and Sucy grab Akko from the library and get her to help fight against Morningstar, who is revealed to be a demon. After Akko wounds Morningstar, he starts a self-destruction spell on himself to blow up all of Luna Nova, Sucy sacrifices herself by making a mushroom big enough to contain the explosion.

After the Sucy's Funeral, HeadMistress Holebrooke asks Chariot if Akko can help again. Chariot only agrees if Akko has time to grieve.

Akko now lives with Chariot and decides to live her life to the fullest like Sucy wanted her to.

Cast

  • Madisyn Shipman as Atsuko "Akko" Kagari: An inspiring witch with high-intelligence and a clear sense of optimism, she's very insecure if she's doing the right thing. She struggles with her parentage and her short-temper.
  • Sophia Lillis as Lotte Jansson: A witch who is extremely introverted who studies spirits and ghosts, one of Akko's friends.
  • Lizzy Greene as Sucy Manbavaran: A witch with sociopathic urges who study poisons and mushrooms, secretly a serial killer, one of Akko's friends.
  • Rowan Blanchard as Amanda O'Neill: A witch who's rebellious and a kleptomaniac, she was expelled from nine schools in her lifetime.
  • Jessica Belkin as Diana Cavendish: A popular and successful witch of Luna Nova, she's jealous of Akko's rise in the magical world and becomes her rival and frenemy.
  • Glenna Walters as Jasminka Antonenko: A witch who runs a successful bakery in Russia.
  • Sadie Sink as Hannah England: One of Diana's friends, she bullies Akko, but later becomes her friend.
  • Merit Leighton as Barbra Parker: One of Diana's friends, she bullies, but later becomes her friend.
  • Malina Weissman as Constance Amalie von Braunschbank-Albrechtsberger: A witch with an inventive mind.
  • Jessica Chastain as Ursula Callistis/Chariot du Nord/Shiny Chariot: Akko's mentor and a powerful witch, who turns out to be her biological mother.
  • Gary Oldman as Morningstar: The leader of the witch-hunters, who is secretly a demon of hell.
  • Mark Hamill as Malum Arnold Kagari: Akko's biological father, who betrayed the magical world to the demons and witch-hunters to become a magical tyrant.

Production

Filming took place in Atlanta, Georgia it started in March and ended in July.

Reception

The film received positive reviews, calling it a steady and great reimagining of the manga series. Critics praised the performance of the cast and said that all characters were darker and funnier than the source material.

Sequels and Planned Universe of Movies

Two sequels and more planned films are going to be released later in the following years. They are supposed to be in a cinematic universe of movies.

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