Author: Humikane Shimada
Genre: Ecchi, Action, Magic, Military, Comedy
Story 5/10 and Characters 9/10:
The story takes place during the Second World War, while the nations are not fighting against each other, but join forces to fight against an unknown enemy from outta space, called the Neuroi.
The enemy is strong, unpredictable and has already destroyed and occupied numerous countries and cities all around the world, which is why humanity needs a strong weapon to defend themselves. This secret weapon is called the Strike Witches. They are young girls capable of using different types of magic, who joined forces with the military in order to defend earth. To do so, they use special engines called “Striker Units”, which enable them to fly and fight in the skies, where most Neuroi appear in.
Yoshika Miyafuji, the daughter of the great Ichiro Miyafuji who invented the Striker Units and thus saved thousands of lives, is just a normal school girl with healing powers that has been passed along in her family for ages now. She is said to have great magical potential, but since she hates war, she only agrees to come to the front line in order to get some information about her father, who is currently missing (or dead but I sure as hell don’t believe that). However on the way to the front line in Britannia, Yoshika experiences the ferocity of this war first hand and thus realizes that she can use her powers to help out too.
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So first of all, the story in this one is totally shallow and feels way too simple. But this is no surprise, since the one thing this anime focuses on is the characters, their origins and of course their interactions. The plot is simply secondary, which is why I can’t take anything of what happened all that seriously. For example, up until now, it is not said where the enemy comes from, what they want, why they are attacking earth and in general who they are. They just appear, destroy stuff and get defeated. It’s kind of frustrating to see 2 seasons and a movie about this and don’t even know what they are fighting against for the whole time. So the closest we get to finding out what the Neuroi are, is at the end of season one, but the mission failed and ever since that time, there has been no process at all… Great.
But let’s get back to something this anime did a way better job with and that would be its characters. Our main group is made up of 11 girls, all of which come with different and sometimes cliché personalities, different bust sizes and of course different colored panties. Yup this is quite important to know in this one.
In each and every episode one or more enemies attack, the rest of the episode usually revolves around the characters, how they interact with each other or what instances lead to them dropping even more pieces of clothing. Not like they are properly dressed anyway. I mean most of them run around in a shirt and panties, sometimes even less and on special occasions they are completely naked. I think I’ve never seen a SFW anime with more nudity than this one. But anyway, this show is pretty entertaining since the choice of characters is very VERY good. It’s probably even the best thing of the whole show. I won’t go into detail with all the characters, but trust me, everyone will find at least one character to their liking or maybe you are like me and just love them all.
It’s an ecchi show, so of course the animation looks good, or at least that’s what I would expect from a show like this. The fighting looks really stunning and the physics of the boobs is also pretty… um how to put it… detailed? But there is one thing that made me roll my eyes sooo many times.
I mean I got it, an ecchi show about young girls who run around half naked needs some panty shots, but really that many? All this zooming in on the panties and in general just all the times in which this anime showed a panty shot was just too much.
|Seriously pause this anime at a random time and you’ll still get a panty shot… mostly
Ah just how much do I love the openings? Especially the second one “Egao no Mahou” is so damn great! Same goes for the voice acting, it’s simply perfect. The only thing that bothered me a little is the fact that they replaced Mio’s voice actress in the second season. But that’s just my personal preference since I really love
Natsuki Chiba Saeko.
There is not one character who I can’t see in a relationship with anyone else of the group.
Them being 11 makes things a little difficult, so I guess Minna and Perrine can share Mio with each other.
But seriously there is so much yuri subtext going on that I would almost go so far as to say that this is a yuri show. Well there is no kissing or stuff like that going on (except for one that happened while one part was intoxicated), but some characters make it pretty obvious what they are feeling even though they don’t say it out aloud.
Most peoples’ favorite pairing is probably Eila and Sanya and I can’t deny that they are my favorite pairing as well, but I’m so disappointed that they had so little screen time… This is probably part of the reason why their one episode in season 2 felt so great, but still I demand more!
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Total Enjoyment 7.5/10:
I should actually hate this anime, it’s unnecessarily ecchi, has a shallow story and there is just too much random fighting going on. But for some reason, I’m loving it and I can’t even explain why. Maybe my taste is changing and I’m now into the real shitty shows, but that just can’t be it. So let’s just say that this show, even though it doesn’t look like it at first, is strangely intriguing and will make you come back for more. I, for one, am patiently waiting for another season, and I’m pretty sure it won’t take that long until we will get it.
And just as I’m done writing my review, I find the information that there really will be another season of Strike Witches soon. And not only that, there’s also going to be an OVA. That’s great news! Find more information: http://s-witch.cute.or.jp/movie/