Disclaimer: this is my first review ever on MAL, so please be gentle...
The Strike Witches series is a true oddball. Most people see it only as a "pants in yo face" anime, but in depth it's a well thought series, chock full with historical references and memorable characters.
Fuso Sea Incident tells us about a period long before the TV anime. It's 1937 and Mio Sakamoto, a witch that will become one of the most revered fighters from her country, enrolls into the Imperial Fuso Navy. We witness her struggles to become a fully-fledged witch, along with the stories of her friends - Waka and Junko, her sensei, and a slew of other notheworthy witches. It's a very enjoyable story, set in a rather serious tone, but with some glimmers of needed humor, and a rather satisfying ending. My only gripes with it are that it's slowly paced and short.
Ningen really outdid himself drawing this manga. All the details on the equipment of the witches, the battleships, and the Neuroi themselves are breathtaking.
The characters themselves are also well drawn, and you can see all their emotions at first glance.
Each witch is different, but they all share one goal - to get rid of the Neuroi. Each character is thought through and not there just to fill up space in the frame, with Mio being the shining gem.
Once you immerse yourselves into a chapter, you're stuck until you finish. The battles are well planned, and when the girls kill an enemy, you can feel a sense of accomplishment gleaming from reading the scene.
This is by far the best Strike Witches manga. A gritty story of personal growth and sacrifice that might catch you off-guard if you came here just for the panties. read more