Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time hits PC in May

Little Witch Academia

It does seem that Bandai-Namco are committed to bringing just about everything they publish to ourĀ once anime-deprived platform. The popular Little Witch Academia series (basically Harry Potter, but aimed more at girls, and on Netflix) is soon to receive its first game adaptation – a seeming inevitability, although I doubt I could have predicted its genre.

Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time looks to blend lightweight school-life RPG mechanics with a side-scrolling brawler combat engine in the vein of Dragon’s Crown, albeit with a heavier focus on ranged attacks, and it’s due to hit PC this May.

While obviously not quite as gorgeous as this week’s Ni No Kuni 2, Chamber of Time looks like it’s pretty much got the art style of the anime series nailed down, from the core character art to some of the squashy/stretchy effects used during especially dynamic scenes. The full Japanese voice cast from the anime are present and correct, too.

None of that is any surprise, though. What does catch me off guard is the fact that they’re pairing such a relatively light-and-fluffy anime property to such a classically hardcore (and male-dominated, admittedly) genre. Granted, it’s not quite as gritty as Streets Of Rage with its knife-fighting and occasional blood spurts, but it does teach an important magical lesson: Sometimes you just need to slap the stupid out of a goblin.

If nothing else, I hope Chamber of Time introduces a generation of young girls (and some boys) to the magical world of side-scrolling brawlers. The true meaning of friendship is saving that delicious looking chicken (that you probably found inside a rusty barrel) for your less combo-savvy buddy, after all. As a lifelong fan of the genre, I’m keeping an eye on this one. We’ll hopefully have some hands-on impressions ready in time for launch day on May 15th.

24 Comments

  1. kalirion says:

    What makes you think that Little Witch Academia is targeted towards the female demographic?

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      Because every single time anything even vaguely related to LWA pops up on Twitter, just about the entire female nerd contingent lights up like the 4th of July.

  2. int says:

    That screenshot is as busy as a thing that’s very busy.

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      Admittedly cropped down to the busiest part of the screen. There was a little too much null space for a 620×300 image.

  3. Someoldguy says:

    Oh its a side scrolling brawler. I was hoping for more of an RPG. Loses interest.

  4. Babymech says:

    The popular Little Witch Academia series (basically Harry Potter, but aimed more at girls” Ugh. There is absolutely no valid reason for anybody to know anything about anime, but if you’ve made the completely defendable choice to remain ignorant, why talk about it at all?

    Also, Gurren Lagann is basically Transformers but in the future, Kill la Kill is basically Project Runway but with swords, and Space Patrol Luluco is basically CSI but aimed more at space girls.

    • April March says:

      Yes, those are all correct. (Especially Kill la Kill.)

    • Ejia says:

      Describing Kill la Kill that way just makes it sound more interesting

      • HiroTheProtagonist says:

        Realistically, Kill La Kill is just Guren Lagann except with clothing implements rather than giant robots.

  5. tehfish says:

    “basically Harry Potter, but aimed more at girls”

    Genuinely baffled by this comment.
    I hadn’t assigned a ‘gender’ or gender bias to this in any way before now, i just found it an unusually decent anime series. Which begs the question: why do you?

    IMHO, classing certain things as ‘for boys’ or ‘for girls’ is a major problem in society, why do you feel the need to classify it in this way?

    • Babymech says:

      Also – since when is Harry Potter aimed at boys? I thought it was going for a pretty universal appeal, in a vague “I hope everybody forgot about TH White here’s a thing I made instead” fashion…

      • maninahat says:

        Since JK Rowling started calling herself JK Rowling, on request by her publishers, to not discourage boys from buying a book written by a woman.

        Also, a quick rule of thumb for figuring out a children’s book target demographic is to look at the age and gender of the protagonist. That said, a thing being targeted at a particular group in no way means other people can’t also enjoy that thing. I don’t think RPS claimed otherwise, so people need to stop getting defensive when they hear that thing they like was originally made for girls.

        • Babymech says:

          Nobody is getting defensive; they’re genuinely puzzled. I don’t get the feeling that Harry Potter is specifically aimed at boys, regardless of what Rowling’s publishers originally pushed on her. I definitely don’t get the sense that LWA is specifically aimed at girls, or even at children, though I wish it would reach that audience – I wish children nowadays would be exposed to LWA, Flip Flappers, and Kimi no na wa. I suspect the main audience is nerdy grown-ups, here and in Japan.

          Anyway – “It’s like Harry Potter but aimed at girls” is dismissive and wrong, because LWA isn’t all that much like Harry Potter.

          • Someoldguy says:

            It’s a single descriptive sentence to give those of us that know nothing about Anime a vague handle on what the theme of the game is. If an anime enthusiast had described it as being like three other anime shows, those of us not knowledgeable about anime would still be completely in the dark. If you were going to describe it in relation to an internationally widely known game, film or book, what would you have picked?

    • rosey123 says:

      Why does everyone seem to forget about “The Worst Witch” books, tv series, etc.? *sigh*

  6. TotallyUseless says:

    Slowly learning to love Bamco. When most of the Japanese developers are deathly afraid of launching their game without 1-2 years delay to the PC, Bamco is putting more effort on their game releases. Kudos to Bamco.

  7. sysop39 says:

    Dominic, Dominic. Look at all those jimmies you rustled. It’s 2018, boys can play with Barbie, dontcha know?

    • Harlander says:

      Talking of it being 2018, hasn’t “rustled jimmies” been replaced yet?

      • sysop39 says:

        I wouldn’t know, I’m old. What’s rad among Thirtysomethings these days? Nep-nep?

        • Babymech says:

          You kid, I hope, but the new Canadian nep nep (Brave Neptunia) looks like it could have a few points in common with the Little Witch Academia game, being a 2d action side-scrolling game of some kind…

  8. Rince says:

    And I’m here sitting hoping for some cute Diakko (Diana x Akko) moments in the game. Priorities!

  9. anon459 says:

    It’s interesting how they’ve used lots of shifting and rotating objects like gears and colorful circles, as well as tumbling 3D objects, to mimic the atmospheric effect of the smokey frame-by-frame animated effects of the show’s intro and outro. It achieves a similar effect while keeping 2D animation to a minimum. Kinda clever.