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Strike Witches - Complete First Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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The focus is on a young girl called Yoshika Miyafuji, an average normal girl who one day learns of her fathers past and is drawn into the conflict with the Neuroi, she comes accross as a somewhat shy girl but at the same time she has the detirmation to help others around her and better herself, and as shown in this series she demonstrates this by showing courage and conviction in the face of the enemy.
This is mostly a slice of life story centering on the various girls that serve in the Strike Witches, that also contains some drama and some mild character conflict between the battles, and the team bonding that occurs during them.
Initially one might look at the cover thinking that this series is perverted, it can be but it simply isn't the direction the show takes, the characters don't wear pants but its never forced in your faces, from the moment you encounter the witches it feels more natural when watching, and never becomes an issue.
The fun part in this series is that although the Neuroi battling is deadly serious, the show never really takes itself that seriously, the characters bond, have fun, and act as an organized group of individuals when they need to be, and if you're a fan of girl power, this show has loads of it.
It's worth noting this series does have nudity and an episode solely focusing on someone stealing Yoshikas pants, but its never really that perverted, if you can get over some of the adult humor, it comes accross as a funny, if not entertaining piece of material.Read more ›
First of all, all 11 of the main heroines are based on a actual ACE during WWII and there striker units resembles the airplane of the respective countries. The sounds effect for all the guns are accurate, you can hear the loud and distinct sound of each bullet being fired from the BAR, and the rapid fire of the MG42.
Story-wise, nothing that will really drop your jaws, but it flows wells and does it well. The animations is also well done and very smooth. The dogfights are a treat and they use actually WWII formations and flight path are all coordinated.
If you happens to like WWII and Anime and don't mind some fan services then this is definitely for you.
The setting is an alternate world where WWII was preempted due to an alien invasion and the only effective force to fight them is magic. Magic is not commonplace, so witches are recruited from all over the world to fly the "Striker Units". (If you look at the case, you'll see one on each leg of the main character). They even have magic propellers keeping the "WWII" feel intact. The countries are all renamed to give it a more "alternate world" feel, but it's not hard to figure out. I prefer not to give away the storyline in reviews. I will say there is an interesting contrast in the main character, who fights only because she wants to protect as many people as she can. (And at first seems to be an adamant pacifist, which never entirely fades). There is also some interesting character development around why people fight and the effects their reasons have on them. A little simplified, but it is only 12 episodes.
LASTLY! This is a DO NOT MISS IT anime for most fans, almost regardless of the type you like. Don't pass it up if you don't like one aspect of it, like setting, or combat, or fan service. It has a wide range of appeal!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Definitely a good show, with a good story line. A lot of it is typical, reused story lines, but the show definitely does have its uniqueness to it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kaniki
This would be even better if they had all the characters look older instead of looking like young since some scenes shows close-ups of some body part.Published 15 days ago by Preston B
As a WWII history buff as well as a Japanese anime fan, I knew I'd have to give Strike Witches a try eventually, but I'd been putting it off until recently because from what I'd... Read morePublished 1 month ago by FredTownWard
Excellent Anime In All Respects. Dont Hesitate On This Deal. Looking Forward To Season 2. Mike JacobsenPublished 1 month ago by MIKE JACOBSEN
Awesome series well worth the money it has comedy and action adventurePublished 5 months ago by janet s