English: Strike Witches
Synonyms: Strike Witches TV
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 4, 2008 to Sep 19, 2008
24 min. per episode
R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.231 (scored by 30943 users)
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loli magic military sci-fi
SynopsisThe year is 1944 and the world lives in fear of unidentified flying objects called Neuroi. With the old-boy old guard unable to thwart this deadly menace, humanity turns its desperate eyes to an aerial attack force with much nicer legs. Meet the girls of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, better known as the Strike Witches. These darlings of the great blue yonder may not have standard issue uniforms, but they do have all the right stuff. Where the average flyboy falters, these dolls blast aliens to bits in the bat of an eyelash. With a little magic and a whole lot of leg, the girls of the 501st are winning the war on pants, and aliens!
Related AnimeAdaptation: Strike Witches: Tenkuu no Otome-tachi
Alternative version: Strike Witches OVA
Sequel: Strike Witches 2
Characters & Voice Actors
Director, Character Design
Episode Director, Storyboard, 2nd Key Animation, Animation Director, Key Animation, Mechanical Design
*A Japanese government endorsed loli-pantsu anime.*
Please don't say it is bad just because you find girls in panties horrifying. I admit it is lousy for the director to claim that girls in panties = fashion in the Strike Witches' world, but that alone is no reason to give a bad rating to an anime (if you do, I am sorry, you don't know how to rate at all). Strike Witches is MUCH deeper than one may expect to find from a fanservice-oriented series.
--Updated on February 12, 2009--
The Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs has recently openly endorsed Strike Witches as an example of cultural excellence.
The world of Strike Witches is pretty much parallel to our world up to 1939 (before World War II). At that time, mysterious beings known as Neuroi invaded Europe. Thus rather than the real WWII, this resulted in a war between Human VS Neuroi. The story revolves around a group of girls with special magical powers that allow them to equip the "Striker Units" to combat the Neuroi. The story proceeds nicely with these magical girls fighting Neuroi, but sadly the ending seem to be a bit "wishy-washy".
The art and animation quality is great for the most part. The battle scenes, in particular, are extremely well made. In short, we see a nice blending effects from the battle animation with the regular drama scenes. All episodes seem to have highly consistent animation and of course, the DVD includes polished artwork and fanservice.
The OP and ED are both good although not particularly outstanding and there's a good chance you'll forget about them after a few days. However, the melody of the songs suit the theme of the anime quite nicely. In addition, the battle themes and the Japanese version of Lili Marlene (a famous German love song that was popular during World War II) all contributed nicely to the series and are valuable assets to the show.
The production group did a nice job at introducing the main/supporting characters and then slowly further develop them. Actually, the character introductions might explain why the story started out slowly (after all there are 11 girls to talk about). If there is one thing I find the characters disappointing it is that some of the witches' specialty were not revealed until the end (most were never mentioned).
Though I didn't like to see girls showing off their panties the way they are done in this anime, but putting that aside, the show itself (from story to art to sound to character) is very well planned out and the fact that they include references to the real WWII is just that much more interesting to watch. (*edit* The ending was really surprising, hope you'll enjoy the show just as much as I did) read more
The Strike Witches series follows Yoshika Miyafuji, teenage girl who goes to school (in a skirtless uniform) and helps her mother and grandmother around their medical clinic. Her father, Dr. Miyafuji, the inventor of the Striker Unit (what you're here for, if not the butts) has been MIA for some time. Yoshika, appalled by war, ends up enlisting in the navy in order to find out about the fate of her father. Hilarity ensues as she enters the boob-and-butt-festival that is the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, a group of elite ace pilots, even though she has no combat experience whatsoever. Doesn't it sound idiotic? Guess what? It's actually not half bad.
As part of the Strike Witches fandom, I've endured many a slight against my favorite anime. Every single one has been accurate. Yes, this show is 75% fanservice and 25% inaccurate WWII history. Yes, it caters to fanboys who just want to see boobies and big guns. But does it have potential? You bet. Nearly every character has the major components of a good one. They have reasons for their behavior, they have motives, they're relatable. The writers and animators could have focused on this aspect, and Strike Witches would have been a whole lot better. Hell, they could have kept in all the butts and cameltoe if they wanted. A little character development would have made this show a great challenge to the general flat-as-a-board ecchi character group. However, they decided to appeal to a mishmash of historical buffs and drooling, mindless fanboys.
Despite all this, I think that Strike Witches is worth watching. As a SW fan, I've learned more about WWII than I ever learned in high school. People claim the same thing of Hetalia, but somehow Hetalia manages to annoy me even more than Strike Witches does. That's beside the point. Strike Witches has a huge universe to build on, appealing animation, and is basically a big bundle of untapped potential. Until that potential is tapped, I'll keep searching for an anime with character, story, and sweet butts. read more
Lolis flying in the air fighting aliens with tons of fanservice; seems about right.
They have the same feeling like in the VO there is a 'Alone' while in the SW there is a 'Neuroi'. Also loli girls fighting it and flying.
Bright color scheme in a futuristic utopia, until enemies come to invade. Protagonist is a young, eager girl who is always looking to help others, related to a scientist that seeks to better the lives of everyone around him. Drawing style is somewhat similar. Same ol' lolicon elements, too. Both are great.
If you want to return to the Strike Witches world, with a couple of different twists, this is your show.
If you want to see what Vividred was probably inspired by, this is your show.
Both of these have girls fighting enemies to mankind.
The main females in both don't wear pants on a regular basis.
Both have a fairly out-going, kind (I guess) main character.
Both have nice/similar animations.
Both anime revolves girls who use machines and do aerial combat.
During episode 1 of Vividred Operation, I had many moments where I though I was watching Strike Witches. They are very similar and I can already see that if you enjoy one, you will enjoy the other.
From the same people, this anime has a heavy influence on to it such as girls fighting mechanical monsters, the military and navy, and tons of fanservice and Yuri into it.
I'm excited for this with the Director from Strike Witches and he's doing the character designs!
Basically Strike Witches meets Power Rangers!
Girls flying. Aliens. Same art style. Panties.
Both animes are technology based and they have a similar common goal to defeat their sworn enemies.
In an alternate timeline, humanity has struggle to fight these "Aliens" that is occupying around Earth. Thanks to the advance technology, scientist had created these power suits that will repel the alien invaders. These power suits are highly advance aerial dogfight combatants that will engage and eradicate the aliens, having the advantage for military support. There are funny moments, cute, yuri and fanservice.
The difference is that Vividred take place in a future like setting, using a Vivid Power suit, and fight the aliens called "Alone". Strike Witches take place in history, where they use "Witches" as their suits, fighting "Neuroi".
In many ways, Vividred Operation is the spiritual successor to Strike Witches. Despite the fact that Strike Witches leans more toward moe/military themes and Vividred Operation is more of a sci-fi oriented magical girl series, both share the common themes of love and friendship. Much like Strike Witches, Vividred Operation is a character-oriented series, and shares the same quality of character development as Strike Witches. It should also be noted that both main characters Yoshika Miyafuji and Akane Isshiki are both energetic in personality and strive to do their best despite the harsh circumstances. Both shows have their fair share of fanservice, however the fanservice is more present in Strike Witches, whereas Vividred Operation's fanservice is more tamed. If you want more action with your moe, you will not be disappointed with Strike Witches. However, if you're looking for something like Strike Witches that is a little lighter on the action, while still delivering the same quality of character development, then Vividred Operation will not disappoint.
- Girls-only-power (1 exception in IS)...
- "Wears" machines and flies across the sky
- Action, lots of dynamic mid-air battling scenes
- Clumsy, weak main character with great potential who grows fast
- A cool mentor/leader
- Takes team work sometimes to take down enemy
Girls flying around with specialized equipment made only for them. Both shows even seem to have similar characters, with even some bearing striking resemblances to strike witches characters
Both anime have an all girls mecha/flying army.
If you observe properly, you would notice that the countries where the main characters came from are just the same. And you could also compare Laura Bodewig to Sakamoto Mio and also the fact that only girls can use the Striker
unit/IS (Infinite Stratos) except that a man could use the IS.
Strike witches is more better than IS: Infinite Stratos because the story is more focused. Unlike Infinite Stratos, Infinite Stratos only have a few episodes that is good and all the others is a joke. So if you want a more serious plot, watch Strike Witches.
Girls in sci-fi action are themes of both series. Although Infinite Stratos falls into the harem genre due to the presence of a male protagonist, both series offers great sci-fi action and stunning OST. Comedy is also present.
- both have compact machines that allow you to fight and fly
- the main characters are new too the machines but have talent
- the person who invented the machines in both series are someone close to one of the main characters
- the machines in both series are mainly operated by girls using a unique power
Both animes include technology on it which is used to save mankind.
Both Mecha anime
Both has a pinch of ecchi
Only girls has the power to use the IS and Striker Unit
They use the machines to save the places in danger
Opening Theme"STRIKE WITCHES ~Watashi ni Dekiru Koto~ (ストライクウィッチーズ ～わたしにできること～)" by Yoko Ishida
Ending Theme#01: "Bookmark A Head" by Misato Fukuen and Saeko Chiba (eps 1-2)
#02: "Bookmark A Head" by Misato Fukuen and Kaori Nazuka (ep 3)
#03: "Bookmark A Head" by Misato Fukuen and Mie Sonozaki (ep 4)
#04: "Bookmark A Head" by Chiwa Saitō and Ami Koshimizu (ep 5)
#05: "Bookmark A Head" by Mai Kadowaki and Erika Nakai (ep 6)
#06: "Bookmark A Head" by Miyuki Sawashiro and Sakura Nogawa (ep 7)more
#07: "Bookmark A Head" by Rie Tanaka and Saeko Chiba (ep 8)
#08: "Bookmark A Head" by Misato Fukuen and Miyuki Sawashiro (ep 9)
#09: "Bookmark A Head" by Misato Fukuen and Rie Tanaka (ep 10)
#10: "Bookmark A Head" by Saeko Chiba and Miyuki Sawashiro (ep 11)
#11: "Bookmark A Head" by Misato Fukuen, Saeko Chiba, Rie Tanaka, Miyuki Sawashiro, Kaori Nazuka, Sakura Nogawa, Mie Sonozaki, Chiwa Saitō, Ami Koshimizu, Mai Kadowaki, and Erika Nakai (ep 12)
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