“Emotional pattern: yellow. Predictive ability: zero. Objectivity: zero. Traits: impulsive, selfish, pushy, simple, clumsy, carefree.”
-Croix’s personality analysis of Akko Kagari, Little Witch Academia, Episode 15
In Little Witch Academia Episode 15, modern magic professor Croix peers into Akko Kagari’s brain. The results are unsurprising. She has no natural ability. All of her top personality traits are negative — or at the very least, their complimentary nature is open to interpretation — although her yellow emotional pattern could be representative of bravery.
All of this matches what we already know of Akko’s character. From her in-universe actions to interviews with creator Yoh Yoshinari, Akko is not a complex entity. Wholly driven by her impulses and passions, she stumbles into most things by chance. This chance, or luck, is responsible for her acquisition of the Shiny Rod, an ancient magical artifact.
Does Akko care that it’s a powerful magical object? Not really. What matters to her most is that it was once owned by the witch she reveres: Shiny Chariot, or Chariot du Nord.
Akko’s empty-headed nature is hardly new to the anime protagonist. An overwhelming amount of anime default to a more generic character presumably to appeal to a wider audience. Akko somewhat fits this mold, very purposefully. She’s supposed to be an average person, not necessarily for audience-insert purposes — although it’s certainly easy to imagine young girls wanting to be Akko — but also because of her alternative role as a stand-in for an average artist or animator.
Even Akko’s character design is bland when compared to her group of friends. Lotte Jansson has short blonde hair, under-rim glasses, and freckles. Sucy Manbavaran has a sallow complexion, heavy-lidded eyes, and a toothy grin. Amanda O’Neill stands out immediately with shocking, bright hair, green eyes, and a very athletic build. Constanze Amalie von Braunschbank Albrechtsberger, Jasminka Antonenko, and of course, Diana Cavendish all stand out due to their character designs, all of which fit their personalities perfectly. By contrast, Akko is remarkably average.
Whatever Croix was expecting from Akko’s brain — presumably little, based on how easy it was for her to manipulate Akko into turning over the Shiny Rod (or Claiomh Solais) — it probably wasn’t something as simple as the images she received. Akko trying to fly and failing. Akko proclaiming the wonders of magic. Akko saying that she wants to be Shiny Chariot.
Above all else, Akko is simple. Through Croix’s analysis, we don’t learn anything new about Akko — arguably, neither does she, since these are all things that Akko has said publicly, multiple times, at a fairly high volume — but we do see what’s missing.
Akko has no ulterior motive.
In a world where every other character represents a path for reviving magic, including Akko herself, Akko is the only one who wants to revive magic for the joy of magic. She might want to fly before she can crawl, or animate master keyframes without putting in the effort, but she loves magic for the excitement and enchantment of it all. Even Diana, who was also inspired by Shiny Chariot as a young girl, went down the route of adhering to tradition, nurturing her talent into something truly awe-inspiring to both her peers and her elders.
It’s easy to characterize Akko as a selfish person, since she’s guided by her impulses and rarely restricts herself from doing exactly what she wants. However, her interest in magic, for lack of a better term, is pure.