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The Road to Arcturus (アルクトゥルスへの道 Arukutourusu e no michi?) is the 24th episode of the Little Witch Academia anime series.


On Netflix, the episode is titled "A Road to Arcturus".[1]

Overview

Ursula confronts Croix, but fails to prevent her carrying out her plan. Akko, Diana and their friends are swept into the Arcturus Forest.

Summary

Chariot is at shock to see the completed Noir Rod. Croix marvels at her creation and is eager on using it to claim her ultimate prize, the Grand Triskellion. The two later exchange words. Croix was impressed that Chariot still has the resolve to fight just after losing Akko but Chariot could only express disappointment at Croix for losing her way. No longer was there friendship between the two but only animosity. The two professors attack and proceed to have their final battle.

While Chariot may have lost her ability of flight due to the Wagandea pollen, Chariot has proven to be able to handle Croix for a while allowing the timely arrival of Headmistress Holbrooke and Professor Finnelan who have discovered Croix's activities. Before any could take action, the Noir Rod finally activates.

Across Blytonbury, the Magitronics have begun absorbing the negative emotions from the rioters. Akko along with everyone else exited from the shop to witness the event. Understanding that the situation was dire, Diana advises to return to Luna Nova with Akko and company in agreement.

The Noir Rod was collecting all of the negative energy. To ensure it won't be disturbed, the machine had disabled all forms of magic that had long since been connected through the Sorcery Solution System. Thus, the other Witches are unable to use magic and the Sorceror Stone collapses. Consequently, the Leylines were disabled causing Akko and her group who were venturing within it to fall into a dark void.

Croix, the Noir Rod and Chariot who managed to latch onto the machine teleports to the seal of the Grand Triskellion, located at the Arcturus Forest. Meanwhile, Akko's group has recovered from their fall and soon realized that they were also in the forest. They would later attempt to fly off but to no avail. Diana inspected her rod and found their magic has been completely depleted. suddenly, Akko calls to everyone to look at the sky as there is a trail of smoke that is leading to somewhere. Suspecting that might be the root off it all, Akko rallies her group to follow it.

Arriving at their destination, the Noir Rod captures Chariot before landing on top of the seal where it began drilling into it until it was broken. Croix lands and eagerly ventures into the broken seal. Inside, she discovers a small stick. At first confused but she decides to use what she believes to be the Grand Triskellion to alter the world. However, the result was not what Croix expected it to be. The stick was only blowing bubbles.

At Blytonbury, Andrew reported that the riot was getting worse. His father and Mr. Blackwell thought otherwise and agreed that they could use the riots as an advantage to enforce more strict laws to Andrew's dismay.

Croix desperately uses the stick again but the only results she had gotten were parlor tricks she so much loathed. This left Croix devastated as she drops to the ground, ranting that this can't be the world altering magic she has been seeking. Chariot witness this and spoke Croix's name in pity. Then, Professor Woodward arrived. Noticing her, Croix demands where the real Grand Triskellion was. Woodward answers that Croix has it in her hands. Croix refuses to believe it but Woodward was telling the truth. That stick is the Grand Triskellion that Chariot and Croix has spent more than a decade searching for.

This answer prompts Croix to fall into even more despair. She yells at Woodward how could this be world altering magic with the ancient witch couldn't care less about her plight. Chariot stares at the argument between the two in shock and sadness on how desperate Croix craves attention from someone she worships much like Akko had for her. By the end of the argument, a disappointed Woodward took the Grand Triskellion away and disappears, abandoning Chariot and Croix at the forest to be left with the knowledge that they destroyed their world.

Suddenly, the Noir Rod begins to move on its own. Chariot calls to Croix about this. She tries to shut it down but is unable to do so. With no control stopping it, the Noir Rod absorbs more negative emotions which came to it as a storm of red energy. Angered at its disobedience, Croix used her Magitronics to destroy it.

Not far, Akko's group witnesses the explosion and wonders what has happened. Despite the attack, the Noir Rod recovers. As it did, it has assimilated all of the Magitronics which allows it to evolve into a more powerful dragon like form. The Noir Rod smacks Croix to a pillar. Having her within its grasp, the monster was about to kill Croix who could only beg in fear for it to stop.

Fortunately, Chariot manages to get free from her bonds and saves Croix. Chariot took Croix and attempts to flee with her but the Noir Rod starts chasing them. As Chariot continues to protect Croix from harm, Croix stares at this in disbelief and realizes the error of her ways. All the rage and jealousy for her has now been replaced with sheer remorse for ruining her only friend's life. Croix cries to Chariot to run away and allow the Noir Rod to deliver her just fate.

Chariot refuses to do that and reveals to Croix why she is doing this. She was ashamed and furious at her own failures that costed losses from her loved ones, Croix's dream and Akko's power. Because of these actions, she now lost her two best friends and birth this abomination. Chariot doesn't care what happens to magic and towards her own life. She would rather take all of this punishment than allow the madness to take anymore from those she loves. The Noir Rod caught Chariot and was about to execute her until a Murowa spell hit the arm allowing Chariot to be free. Her saviors were Akko and Diana.

Suddenly, the Noir Rod starts to be erratic and Croix looks into it and saw there maybe a way to shut it down. The Noir Rod senses this and lunges at her. Chariot pushes Croix away in time but results in getting caught by the Noir Rod's maws and devoured. Akko shouts Chariot's name before the latter's voice called to her to use the first Word that saved her when she first entered the world of magic. Reciting Noctu Orfei Aude Fraetor, Akko summons the Shiny Arc once more and proceeds to battle the Noir Rod. Akko fires her arrow which shoots at the Noir Rod's head and impales it. The powerful energy overwhelms the beast until it is destroyed, With its destruction, magic begins to return to Luna Nova and the Leylines. Everyone else cheers at Akko only later be in wonder as the girl walks forward to the weakened Chariot.

Akko sat before Chariot who could only muster the strength to speak her apprentice's name and thanks her for saving her life even after everything that has happened between them. But to her surprise, Akko smiles warmly and speaks in a kind voice, happy to see her idol in person. Akko offers the Shiny Rod to her. Chariot denies wanting it as it wasn't hers anymore. Akko made up her mind ever since she found it and hands it to Chariot.

Chariot listens as Akko recounts the tale of her first meeting with her idol and the beautiful show that she created that made Akko felt like she was in a dream. Due to that show, her dream on becoming a witch was born and Akko hoped with it, she could see Chariot again and she succeeded. Then, Akko continues and explains to Chariot and everyone that more than the dream, the friends she met and the bonds she built with them has allowed this miracle to happen and the greatest bond she had built that allows her to see her idol again was Chariot herself. Chariot couldn't help but be touched while at the same time, the seven stars of the Shiny Rod ignite as everything that happens was within Akko's heart.

Even though she got to meet Chariot, it didn't felt right with her as to her, Chariot was her Professor Ursula. Hence, Akko asks Chariot to be her teacher once more. Chariot begs Akko to reconsider since she has proven to be unworthy for harming her. Akko calms Chariot down and informs her that she realize she could never be Shiny Chariot. Akko admits that she wanted to be like her idol including using the same abilities she did. But she counters Chariot was Chariot and Akko was Akko and thus, Akko will be herself. Despite having her potential crippled, Akko decides she'll make use whatever she has.

Akko announces to Chariot that she'll work hard and continued to develop her abilities so that she could reach the goal of becoming a witch of her own caliber, the witch that would bring smiles to the world. Akko treasures magic and all her friends who gave up so much to let her experience its wonders, including Chariot. Hence, Akko asked Chariot once more to continue to be her teacher. Chariot was tearing up, filled with joy as she realized that she didn't fail her beloved student. As if wanting to be assured that this wasn't an illusion, Chariot asks if Akko was fine with her. Akko's answer was to wrap Chariot in a warm embrace, explaining that she wouldn't want anybody else but her. Extremely moved, Chariot returns the sentiment. Akko proclaims her love of her idol and teacher, expressing her gratitude for being with her throughout her journey. Chariot smiles warm as she responds to Akko that having her as a student has allowed her dream to come true. Their bond finally restored with everyone around very proud of the sight. Diana would later noticed the rod.

Chariot notices it too and saw that the seventh word has been fulfilled. With all seven words, Akko uses the Shiny Rod to summon the Grand Triskellion. Despite its appearance, Lotte told Akko to use it anyway. Reciting Phasansheer Shearylla, Akko combines the two items allowing the Shiny Rod to reveal its true form. The Shiny Rod alters the landscape of the Arcturus Forest from the barren land to a lush green world. With that, Akko fulfilled the quest that Chariot had started and finally rewarded the world altering magic. Akko celebrates with all of her friends and teacher praising her achievement. Unbeknownst to them, a missile has been activated.

Order of appearances

Characters Tools Spells Creatures

Trivia

  • This is the second and final episode in the series that doesn't start in a cold open, as the title theme plays immediately.
  • The way Ursula utilizes her wand during her fight Croix is similar to how Jedi from Star Wars use their light sabers during a duel.
  • This episode takes place at the start of February, along with "Yesterday" and most of "Tree of Leaves", as stated in the chronicles book.[2]

Errors

  • Despite wearing her cape even when she was pinned down by her Noir Rod, Croix later appears in the rest of the episode and in "Tree of Leaves" without her cape even though she didn't remove it at all during the assault.

Gallery

The Road to Arcturus has an associated gallery here.


References

  1. https://www.netflix.com/title/80156387
  2. https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/265265778230689793/354307531914608650/IMG_20170904_124940318.jpg

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