It's the near future. The newly established girls' private school Goryoukan Academy has another face. This school has a special unit, Fifth force, who is assembled and selected from the school's student body in order to fight an enemy called O'bli.
This is a story about love, courage and friendship about the girls called Strikers.
Its inherent appeal lies in just how typically "anime" it is: its all female cast of highschoolers who fight depth-less monsters from other worlds in their skin-tight and revealing uniforms and different weapons. Yui Ogura taking her usual high-pitched voice and elevating it even further is somewhat symbolic of what kind of feeling this show is going for.
The rest of the main cast also deliver performances with the same kind of idea behind them, especially the standout ones: Miyuki Sawashiro talks in her normal mature sounding voice that just happens to feel very iconic of what anime voice acting
is, Kana Hanazawa's performance will probably be one of the most energetic ones this year, especially during the parts where she describes food or gushes about things that gets her excited and Saito Chiwa who feels like is improvising different silly voices as Odile so her true identity wouldn't be found out. The relaxed and energetic feeling the voice acting gives off seems like it's because of loose standards asked from the recording staff which resulted in more entertaining character.
Another big positive about Schoolgirl Strikers would be its decent fight scenes. Although its CGI backgrounds during these sequences, having the characters occupy the majority of the screen makes it very less noticeable, coupled with how dynamic the camera moment is makes the action focused and impactful. It doesn't feature any heavy sakuga or flashy effects but the smoothness provided by the decent in-between frames make these some of the best parts of the anime.
Its story is what you can expect from mobile game adaptations: standard "stop this one evil threat" that carries the show while sol shenanigans happens meanwhile. Although having mentioned how its appeal lies in how "anime" it is, its a kind that is pretty common amongst all-girls mobage like Ange Vierge and Ragnastrike Angels, even down to the how it has shower scenes every episode. So in that sense, the viewer probably won't be getting anything new out of it.
It has enjoyable parts spread out its run thanks to its lively voice acting and decent battle but seeing as how it has no other note-worthy aspects it's not something easy to recommend to people unless they're certain to like it
Well , this anime is not a serious anime actually
It's a waifus anime , it's for boys who likes cute girls , it's for boys who likes watching girls eating , screaming , taking a shower , acting cutely all the time .
The anime actually had only a plot at the end , about Morgana and the oblie , so it has a real short story .
If you want a serious story then this is not the right place for you .
The graphics were cool at the beginning but later then get weaker but at the end they get better.
It had many
sweet characters like Tsubame and the rest .
As for voice acting and the music everything was good , and most of the Seiyuu/Voice actors are pretty popular .
And it's pretty enjoyable for some people who likes cute girls like I mentioned before .
There are no better words to describe Schoolgirl Strikers than generic and uninspired. Every aspect of the show from the characters to the story to the art just screams out with genericness and a lack of inspiration. This feels more like a show made just to make something rather than the result of someone's thought process and creativity. It's not the worst anime to watch out there but it is severely lacking in anything original or noteworthy. And unlike some other generic shows it isn't even enjoyable either. The execution falls flat on its face as it also chooses to go with the most generic
execution that it could possibly do. It never finds it's footing and rather wastes time doing nothing not providing itself the depth that it needs.
The characters are abysmal. Over the stretch of all 13 episodes, the main characters never get any sort of development or depth to them. They're just as bland and one note as they were when they were first introduced. For side characters that'd be acceptable but these are main characters, they're supposed to be carrying the show. Each character is defined by their one trait. Tsubame is the outcast with the tragic past, Yuumi is the genki girl who wants to be heroic, Satoka eats, Io is the athletic girl, and Mana is complete head over heels for Io. The characters never grow to be any more than these traits. In fact, they felt more developed on episode 1 than they did at the end. It's amazing how little variety and growth these characters got. They spend all their time being into their traits, being nice to each other, or fighting the Obli. Oh, the Obli. It's amazing because the side characters actually get more development than they do. Characters that get introduced half way through the show get more development. Although that development is pretty much the most conventional and cliche development to happen. As soon as their roles are apparent in the show it's clear how things will end up. Furthermore, they never develop beyond that. Their depth isn't explored either. This show only tells you as much as needed for the characters. Which in almost all cases is not the way to go about characters.
And then there's the plot. The plot pretty much the blandest and most generic plot one could think up of. Even though there is most to the plot than what it starts out it never gets developed or interesting enough to be worth any time. For the most part, the story is about these girls (and other girls) fighting off these monsters in another dimension. However, these monsters have such bland designs it's underwhelming. The other dimension also looks pretty fake. It reminds me of a 2000 quality cyber world. Furthermore, the show likes to waste our time by doing things like classifying the Obli into different types and the like as if that would add any interest to the show. When the show is riddled with so many holes spending time on trivial details like that gets rather annoying.
The main art is alright, but as stated before anything to do with the other dimension is riddled with uninspiring art. The sound quality is passable I guess? There's nothing that the OST does to make it stand out, which fits in with the rest of the show. There's simply nothing here that lets the show stand out from any other show.
Through and through the show is not interesting in the slightest. The best thing about the show is the relationship between Io and Mana which isn't even a vocal point of the show. It's just part of Mana's character. There's nothing worthwhile to be gathered from this show. It doesn't even torture the user because it's more underwhelming than it is terrible. This really is genericness the show.
For a cute girls beating the shit out of monsters, Schoolgirl Strikers has a mash of slice of life *ahem* "COMEDY" and "action" genres, though this anime has a huge tendency to it's slice of life to it's action. LA thought this anime was a borefest from episode 1...-sigh- let's get on with this.
So from what LA said in the aforementioned above statement, for a mobile game anime adaptation, the anime has less action elements than anything and is a more footnote on the anime itself. The slice of life elements is a total bore, LA being completely
honest here all due to the main cast effectively faffing about, having "development" as in none at all and their all stereotypical archetypes except Tsubame Miyama voiced by Kaori Ishihara who's essentially an amnesiac leader of Altair Torte but she doesn't come into focus until the anime final episodes.
The slice of life element to Schoolgirl Strikers consist of the main cast of Tsubame, Mana Namori voiced Yui Ogura, Yuumi Sajima voiced by Kana Hanazawa, Satoka Sumihara voiced by Rina Hidaka and Io Yaginuma voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro where they either go into the their real world school and does typical school stuff, in the parallel world, they "bond" together and do "stuff" with some other genre elements in certain episodes, the worst part is that the main cast hardly gets any character development from the slice of life elements to it and this anime heavily emphasis this but LA just couldn't see these characters develop or learn more about the world their in both the real world as well as their parallel world where red shirt bland monsters came from. Mana will always be the token genki loli, Yuumi will always be the other genki one with cooking as a hobby, Satoka being the foodie and detective and Io being the level headed one and the "athletic one". Let's not even get started with the huge cast list outside of Altair Torte who also doesn't get enough time to even develop anything about them becoming satellite characters within a group of satellite characters with their stereotypical personality and attire. Let's see each of the battle teams consist of 4 teams of 5, that's TWENTY characters plus minor characters and supporting characters AND VILLAINS that are just as bland and cookie cutter as the next one to the point LA had to keep saying..."who's she again?"...or "what's her name?". It's kinda a problem if LA even needs to say those questions even after the the halfway point..TO THE MAIN CAST CHARACTERS.
So with Tsubame's character development in the final episodes of the anime, it was already too late for LA to care about any of it even with Mana having a certain connection to some of the minions to the major villain of the anime. It's kinda simple why LA just doesn't care about any of it all. Why should LA care about characters LA doesn't care about and haven't been developed at all and have consistently faffed around and then expect us to care when it gets serious. Tsubame as a character gets a bit of an exception due to her being an amnesiac and all and her "mystery about her past" about her and is probably the only plot thread LA managed to be interested in....until they essentially expositioned Tsubame's past in just one episode effectively crushing any hope LA cared about ANY of these characters.
Ok, so how about the animation, done by JC Staff no less...is just "meh" at best. From it's bland character designs, the bland action scenes and backgrounds, LA just didn't have anything to say about the animation and it's just "meh" as best.
Voice acting?...-sigh- Kana Hanazawa and Miyuki Sawashiro are both wasted in this anime. Let's see, Yui Ogura got annoying very quickly what with her genki loli vocals and Rina Hidaka was ok at best. Seriously this entire voice cast is AMAZING not just Kana Hanazawa and Miyuki Sawashiro and their all wasted in this anime. Not much to say about the voice cast but...wasted beyond reasoning.
The final arc of Schoolgirl Strikers DOES finally bring some backstory to our major villain in waiting and her connection to Tsubame and at the VERY least, it does make "some" sense hell Schoolgirl Strikers tries to finally get serious with a cohesive narrative and LA DID quite enjoy it albeit only because it actually tries character development to one of it's main cast characters but taking the final TWO episodes just to get there?...yeah, THAT didn't help all the lull and slice of life "faffing about" episodes. The final battle and the aftermath of it all, well the final battle was actually pretty good if only because it's the FIRST legitimate fight in the entire anime, what LA really saw eye rolling is the fact that the final battle alluded to the previous "filler" episodes, sure it's a callback to the previous episodes but it's execution was laughable to again...eye rolling just so that those filler episodes had ANY relevance to the FINAL BATTLE AT HAND. The aftermath only brought on even MORE questions and yeah...it's never explained, just vaguely hinted at. LA was overall mixed with this finale.
So LA has said this anime is what LA feared Ange Vierge would turn into and LA stands by this one. Ange Vierge and Schoolgirl Strikers have similar settings and elements to them, from the groups of girls "fighting" monsters but where it differs is that Ange Vierge quite early on is that Ange Vierge scraps the "fighting monsters" and uses it's minor cast and turn them evil (ohh spoilers for Ange Vierge...ack...you know what LA doesn't care...it'll be a way to advertise Ange Vierge away from Schoolgirl Strikers all things considered) and BOTH characters on the good and evil side gets developed in their own episodes when confronting them, Schoolgirl Strikers just continues in fighting the bland monsters and "bond" with each other. Sure Ange Vierge uses more fanservice elements in comparison to Schoolgirl Strikers slice of life elements but it's kinda obvious with this why LA thinks that Ange Vierge is better in this regard. At the very least Ange Vierge tries to be different from it's genre brethrens, Schoolgirl Strikers feels like it was on autopilot for MANY of its elements of characters and plot until the final 2 episodes!. What would you rather see, a group of girls faff around and "occasionally" (LA says that loosely by the way) fight bland monsters and talk about friendship and stuff, or see once comrades turned villains and fight and bring character development with the occasional forced fanservice?...LA would say Ange Vierge if anything.
Schoolgirl Strikers is your run of the mill, mediocre "cute girls fighting monsters" just without the effort and none of the action in using it's elements of slice of life and action in anyways cept to waste your time. It's genre elements also clash heavily with one another due to the emphasis on slice of life more than the action. Might LA remind you this is suppose to be an anime about where dimensional monsters attack the real world and a school who established itself in fighting the monsters?. What's worse is due to the slice of life elements put into play more than the action is that it strips the main cast out of any urgency to act as it all work itself out just like that (yes even in it's more serious plotlines it has this atmosphere).
If you want something similar to Schoolgirl Strikers and wanted something to spice up this kind of "cute girls fighting" then watch Ange Vierge instead.
Schoolgirl Strikers is just a waste of time and only had glimmers of hope in some of it's plotlines only to flatline with lazy writing and lack of intrigue that for LA , this is probably the second worst anime for Winter 2017. -sigh- first Taboo Tattoo now Schoolgirl Strikers...well at least this is gonna be thee ONLY anime LA will berate JC Staff this harshly for Winter 2017 roundup.