When an alien force eventually called the "Neuroi" attacks Earth around the 1940s, the world is devastated by destruction. However, one man is able to lead the invention of an anti-Neuroi weapon known as the "Striker unit" which augments magical power and also enables flight through two mechanical lower-leg coverings known as a sort of witches "broom." Young witches from around the world are gathered together to fight back in a force known as Strike Witches. The inventor, however, was thought to have been killed during service. The daughter of the inventor leads a relatively normal life except for her untrained and incredible magical power which she hopes to use one day in healing. However, she is suddenly whisked away on a search to see if her father is actually alive. She encounters his invention and the possibility of perhaps using it herself.
A promotional DVD with prototype animation for Strike Witches was sold by Toranoana at Comiket 71 on December 29, 2006. That DVD was packaged with a PVC figure of Yoshika Miyafuji and an illustration book of Humikane Shimada's works titled Strikes. The package was later sold at Toranoana stores on January 1, 2007.
Don't be fooled by this OVA's incredibly low rank - the truth is that this show is actually just 7 minutes long, with the rest of the video being a more detailed explanation about the show, such as Striker Units, weapons, the base on the island, and some of the other characters. So naturally, this is going to sink to the bottom of the list.
However, this short OVA is an excellent way to introduce people to the world of Strike Witches. I think what I like best about this short snippet is that there aren't any obvious ecchi shots. Maybe a bath
scene, but nothing like you would see in the two seasons that followed (not that they were bad, there were just times I felt it was unnecessary).
If you just want to know what Strike Witches is like, I guarantee this OVA will tell you if you're going to like it or not (again, be prepared for plenty of fanservice if you decide to continue.) And if you're still not sure, the two seasons that follow more or less go like this:
16 episodes of character development
2 episodes of wacky ecchi humor
6 episodes of more serious battles and small plot twists
Storywise, the most you'll get out of the Strike Witches OVA is Yoshika's reluctant point of view on guns and war; something you'll definitely notice at the beginning of the first season. But it doesn't go any further than that - you'll have to watch the television series and see the other girls of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing that she meets to understand why fans such as myself love Strike Witches!
I watched this Ova after i watched two of the later seasons of Strike Witches. And I was pleasently surprised.
Although the story is rather short, there are many things explained in details, which I didn't see in the longer anime show. Finally a load of new things actually started to make sense to me. The weapons, the places. Finally something more then just ridiculous amounts of shear fanserwis and nothing else. It was actually a good introduction to the universe and my view about Strike Witches has changed. I am willing to check out the manga and novels now.
The art is worse then
the anime series, but it doesn't mean it's bad. It's pretty, gives a wibe of WWII at times and there are featured many interesting images.
The sound was good, it fit well with the theme. Nothing epic to go crazy and start getting mp3's of this, yet still quite satisfying.
The characters were shown fine for such a short amount of time. I was pleasently surprised about Major Sakamoto especially.
This was actually pretty enjoying even compared to the longer anime series, the fun is balanced with the interesting facts well, but at the end a few parts just get slightly annoying.
This wasn't as bad as I expected this to be. This OVA might be my first step to stop my Strike Witches hate and a step that just invited me to an exploration of a whole new experience as I have higher hopes for other works now.
OVAs usually aren't as "good" as an actual series, nor are OVA's held with as high regard as an acual series.
The Strike Witches OVA is a stark exception.
In my opinion, this pilot episode of sorts is actually better than the main Strike Witches series, far better really, and I'll explain why.
The first 30 seconds of the Strike Witches OVA are some of the most awesome moments I've ever seen in any anime. The blue sky, saturated with white clouds, is penetrated by a rising and bright yellow sun. An epic orchestra is building up to a climax. As a blast of brass and
drums sound, the brave lasses of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing come gloriously into view, each Witch gettng a little face-shot so that the viewer can get an idea of who the characters are. The roar of their mighty Striker Units fills your ears, almost as if the Witches have flown out of the sceeen and just blazed right past you. They ride hopefully on into the horizon until they disappear from sight. The Strike Witches logo then appears and slams onto the screen in a fancy manner, as an ear-splitting rifle report signals stars to appear. The insruments that have been playing all the while give one last victorious "umph!" right as the words "Strike Witches" clashes onto the screen.
And this is all within 30 seconds. My hair stands on end and I get chills every time I see it. I deeply wish this was the canon opening for the actual Strike Witches series, because the actual opening to me is quite boring, bland, and uncreative. The show would be so much better if it was.
The rest of the show is also pretty amazing. The biggest difference between this OVA and Strike Witches 1-12 is the art. It is not as flashy or fleshed-out, but I think it looks better. The "lesser" quality of the art is appealing to me. It's kind of kawaii in it's own unique way. Sometimes, the characters are shabbily drawn in a QUALITY style. But this is appealing in its own regard.
Another thing this OVA has that I wish was in the main series is Yoshika's tiny pet dog. He only appears for a second, but he's pretty cute and could have made Strike Witches 1-12 even better. But alas, he it not, instead being confined to the OVA and the manga.
The Strike Witches' hairstyles are also different. Yoshika, the main character's hair, is the most noticable, as it looks vaguely like cat-ears. Again, I wish the designers kept this look in the main series.
There is also a distinct lact of fan-service in the Strike Witches OVA, especially when compared to the amount found in the main series. This might be a good thing, as it leaves more room for creative writing and pointful scenes. Not that some fan-service is a bad thing, just too much of it is, and Strike Witches really is pushing the "too much" button.
The plot of the OVA is a summary of the Strike Witches world, showing the day-to-day lifes and struggles of the Strike Witches. The OVA plays out like a regular Strike Witches episode and gives the viewer a generalization of what Strike Witches is all about.
I can hardly say enough good things about this anime. it is what Strike Witches should be, and sadly could have been. Either way, this OVA and Strike Witches are great animes worth watching.
This Strike Witches OVA can be thought of as a 7 min prototype/preview for the Strike Witches TV show. I consider it more of a prototype than a preview as many aspects, as I'll explain later, differ significantly from the actual TV show.
The OVA introduces the main setting and characters but has a dreary story line, if it can even be considered a storyline... If you're thinking of watching this to see if you might be interested in the TV series, just skip this and go directly to ep 1 of the TV series.
The animation quality and drawing style are different from the TV series.
In addition to character styling changes, even the base and mechanics of the striker units are different (the strikers in the TV series don't have wheels...). Strangely enough, even though this is an OVA it has less fan service than the televised version. In summary, the animation is fairly dated and sub par compared to even the TV production, which is likewise quite dated by today's standards.
While the entire cast of Strike Witches is introduced, only a subset of them are voiced (others just appear briefly or are mentioned by name). The BGM is orchestral, and you'll hear Wagner's Lohengin, Prelude to Act 3 repeatedly. This is not representative of what you'll hear in the TV series.
This introduces the setting (somewhat) and gives you some ideas of what to expect, though it glosses over a lot; well there's not too much you can showcase in 7 min...
The one standout in Strike Witches was the unique personality and interactions of the characters. This is pretty much completely absent in this OVA, and thus my score reflects this.
In my opinion, this is for purists only. For those just browsing, I recommend going straight to the TV series.