Today Bandai Namco announced that it will release Little Witch Academia: Toki no Maho to Nanafushigi (which translates from Japanese as Little Witch Academia: Magic of Time and the Seven Wonders), based on the popular anime franchise Little Witch Academia by Studio Trigger.
The game has been announced only for PS4, and will be released in Japan in 2017. It’s described as a “dokidoki no wakuwaku action adventure.” “Dokidoki” and “wakuwaku” are Japanese onomatopoeia used to express excitement, and they’re the iconic tagline of the anime’s protagonist Akko.
The visuals of the title are based on transposing the looks of the anime series to cel-shaded 3D, with the intent of reproducing the quality of anime and the original facial expressions during cutscenes and gameplay.
For those unfamiliar Little Witch Academia is an anime franchise that debuted in Japan with a short film in 2013, followed by a one-shot manga. In 2015 its popularity continued to grow thanks to the Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade feature film created thanks to a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign (that quadrupled its initial goal, gathering $625,518 in pledges), followed in 2017 by a full-fledged 25 episode TV series. The series was also made available worldwide by Netflix.
The story is set in a school for young witches named Luna Nova Magical Academy. With magic threatening to disappear in the world, protagonist Akko and her friends struggle to restore the flow of mystical energy under the guidance of one of their teachers who hides a secret identity.
The series is produced by Studio Trigger, that many will know for Kill la Kill, and also worked in games before, creating the animation for the first Project X Zone.
Below you can check out the first screenshots and a teaser trailer.
At the moment, no western localization has been announced, as you might easily guess.