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.
I wish the version I found on YouTube was English subbed instead of Spanish subbed, but whatever; I can't really take points off for not understanding what was being said though. Other than that, this short ova would've been enough to get me to watch the full length series or at least I think it would. My original reason for watching Strike Witches was to find out what a character getting dog ears and a tail had to do with fighting aliens and magic; this will not be explained here or in the series, but i loved it anyway.
Back on topic.
This ova gives a WW II vibe with the type of animation and coloring and stuff, but that's not really appealing to me. The character designs are not as good here as they are in the show (this may just be the version I saw, but I don't know). I don't personally think this explains much of anything that isn't explained in the series. Despite t's flaws, I'll give a 6/10 because I think it shows enough cool content that it would've got my interested in watching the series if I saw this first.
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.