“The theme was about a young animator who joins the industry looking up to a -sorry for the term- lowbrow late-night magical girl anime. So he’s mocked by people around him.”
-Yoh Yoshinari on Little Witch Academia, interview with Animestyle (2013)
Yayaka is an intriguing character. Her story isn’t unique, but her presentation throughout the series leads to some of the most compelling scenes in all of Flip Flappers.
She straddles two worlds and is torn in opposite directions. She’s an odd woman out to Cocona and Papika’s burgeoning relationship but also a key part of their primary trio. She is a necessary catalyst in their Episode 12 reconciliation but in reuniting the two, sidelines herself in the process. At the end of the series, all Yayaka can do is cheer them on, physically restrained by Cocona’s pet rabbit, Uexküll.
“I ordered a magic learning kit online but I had no idea what to do with it. I don’t really understand the basics all that well . . . “
-Akko Kagari, Little Witch Academia, Episode 1
There’s no one, two, or even ten ways to categorize fears and feelings of inadequacy. They come in all shapes and sizes.
“Just write down where you want to go.”
-School counselor to Cocona, Flip Flappers, Episode 1