Amanda O'Neill (アマンダ・オニール Amanda Onīru ) is a young witch from the United States and one of the three troublemaking girls introduced in The Enchanted Parade, continuing and expanding upon her role in the anime series.
Amanda is a tall girl who measures between 5'6" and 5'7". She has short orange hair with salmon undertones that points upwards. Her eyebrows have the same amaranth color and she has light green eyes. Her standard Luna Nova Academy uniform consists of a jacket and dark blue skirt, with buttons in the center of the same color and a white shirt below. Like her friends Constanze and Jasminka, she completes her uniform with a green sash and hatband. She wears grayish-brown sports shoes with white laces.
When not in her uniform, she usually wears a pale blue tank top, along with dark blue shorts and white slippers.
Concept art reveals that Amanda originally wore red high-top sneakers instead of grayish-brown sports shoes.
Amanda is by her own description a "rebel". An unruly and fun-loving child, she has little respect for authority and is primarily motivated by hedonism. She has a very relaxed attitude towards her schoolwork almost to the point of apathy, and takes the easy way out whenever she has the opportunity. This is both a point of practicality ("Who cares how it gets done if it gets done?") and a result of a general reticence to exert effort when there's no fun to be had in it. In cases where she considers a task to be worth her time (particularly broom flying class), she puts her utmost enthusiasm into it and she refuses to conform to anything less even when her grades depend on it ("Fly free or don't fly at all").
Amanda is very athletic, being a tomboy with a talent for acrobatics, best exhibited when she flies a broom (a talent that led Akko to ask if she wanted to be a "broom dancer" when she finished school, in response Amanda said she hadn't thought that far in advance and just planned to have fun). She also appears to be somewhat of a kleptomaniac, as she was seen to steal in both The Enchanted Parade and "Don't Stop Me Now". While a staunch individualist, she has genuine compassion for her friends.
Constanze is one of Amanda's closest friends and her roommate. Constanze's technical skills prove particularly advantageous to Amanda, whose machines enable her to work more easily and to have extra fun on the side.
Jasminka is one of Amanda's closest friends and roommates.
—Amanda to Akko, Amanda O'Neill and the Holy Grail
— *Amanda fistbumps Akko*, Luna Nova and the White Dragon
Sharing similar rebellious and brash personalities, Akko easily befriended Amanda during The Enchanted Parade and was one of the students who helped Akko in the absence of Lotte and Sucy. In the television series, their relationship began on a more antagonistic note as they tended to argue. Amanda enjoys teasing Akko, whose often inflated self-confidence and sensitivity to insult make her a perfect target for snark. However, her goal is to provoke Akko rather than hurt her, and she comes to Akko's defense when she is genuinely bullied by others. Like Sucy, she cheers for Akko's successes more she is amused by her mistakes, particularly when Akko is against their common foe, Diana Cavendish.
Not a lot is known about their relationship, but it is implied that they are friends.
Amanda seems to be on good terms with Sucy and is comfortable with talking to her, such as asking Sucy if she fed Akko "freaky mushrooms" that made her more studious.
Amanda and Diana get along poorly, as in many ways they are opposites. Diana is mature and disciplined, devoting herself to her studies and establishing a great rapport with her teachers. Amanda is immature and rebellious, caring little for her schoolwork and spurning authority. She resents Diana for her lack of humor and for being "too perfect" and haughty about it. On the other hand, Diana resents Amanda's lack of seriousness about her work.
Amanda's relationship with Louis was very antagonistic since their first meeting. Amanda finds it annoying to Louis's arrogant attitude only to be the son of someone of importance as well as his unjustified hatred for witches. Their differences led to a fight with swords. Although Louis broke his promise to lose the duel, Amanda fought to save him from the possessed armor. Louis, in turn, defended Amanda against the allegations of his father Mr. Blackwell.
Abilities and Equipment
Amanda has great agility and speed when using her broom. She can easily dodge several obstacles at the same time and even evade complex security systems. She can also "dance" with her broom in a feat of acrobatics. Although she shows exceptional skill with broom flying, she is noted to be reckless with her flying by Professor Nelson, as Amanda enjoys flying more freely than her peers.
Like all academy students, Amanda has a wand that she keeps in her belt band. She can use a wand to cast spells and make dance or move various objects according to her steps as shown at the beginning of the parade in the film The Enchanted Parade.
Amanda demonstrated moderate to large skill in swordplay, using a rather unorthodox style that combined fencing and her natural agility. She also demonstrated the ability to repair a bent rapier, and even fuse it with her wand to create a larger, dual-bladed sword.
- Personality-wise, Amanda is similar to Ryūko Matoi from Kill la Kill, another anime series produced by Studio Trigger.
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