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Strike Witches - Complete First Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)

Jamie Marchi , Trina Nishimura , Scott Sager  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamie Marchi, Trina Nishimura, Cherami Leigh
  • Directors: Scott Sager
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007V9EAA4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The year is 1944 and the world lives in fear of unidentified flying objects called Neuroi. With the old-boy old guard unable to thwart this deadly menace, humanity turns its desperate eyes to an aerial attack force with much nicer legs. Meet the girls of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, better known as the Strike Witches. These darlings of the great blue yonder may not have standard issue uniforms, but they do have all the right stuff. Where the average flyboy falters, these dolls blast aliens to bits in the bat of an eyelash. With a little magic and a whole lot of leg, the girls of the 501st are winning the war on pants, and aliens!

The fan service sci-fi adventure Strike Witches (2008) blends magical girl and mecha elements. In a fictionalized 1944, the people of Earth are fighting aliens called Neuroi, who appear as oddly shaped vehicles. The members of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, the Strike Witches, constitute the only effective weapon against the Neuroi. Teenage girls with supernatural powers fly in propeller boots to attack alien ships in midair. Yoshika Miyafuji, a young witch with special healing abilities, reluctantly joins the 501st but soon becomes the heart of the squadron. Predictably, she manifests uncanny abilities and bravely takes out the most threatening Neuroi, despite her klutziness and pacifist beliefs. The first eight episodes of Strike Witches consist of battle scenes, inane dialogue, jokes about breast size, and fan service panty shots. The uniform of the 501st consists of a jacket with no skirt or pants, so everyone's undies are on display--when the cast isn't frolicking in the sauna or bath. The fragmentary plot shifts bizarrely in episode nine: Are the Neuroi trying to befriend Miyafuji? Is the real enemy an unscrupulous general covertly using stolen alien technology? Despite its overwhelming silliness, Strike Witches spawned a second broadcast season, a theatrical feature, and an OAV--apparently audiences can't enough of kawaii girls in cats' ears and frilly panties. (Rated TV MA: violence, violence against women, risqué humor, nudity) --Charles Solomon

(1. Magical Girl, 2. That Which I Can Do, 3. You're Not Alone, 4. Thanks, 5. Fast, Big, Soft, 6. We're the Same, 7. Nice and Breezy, 8. I Won't Forget You, 9. What I Want to Protect, 10. I Want You to Believe, 11. Into the Sky, 12. Strike Witches)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun, very much rewatchable, and kinda funny. June 18, 2011
Strike Witches is a story based on Earth(Naturally) about a group of witches known as the Strike Witches that defend their planet/homes from a mysterous enemy called the Neuroi.

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.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming May 26, 2011
This is a very sweet, charming anime with some solid action. It is NOT porn despite what the other review says.. there IS some fan service and some yuri undertones. If that's something that bothers you, this probably isn't the anime for you.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Experienced anime fans will love it March 28, 2010
While it has many of the trappings of a typical light fanservice title, strike witches has more spark than you would think. Varied and memorable characters, quality design elements (the series if derived from a collection of figurines produced by a popular designer where elements of classic WWII aircraft are blended with kawaii teen girls), a decent storyline and good pacing. If you enjoyed "Sky girls" this series is, IMHO, better. Strike witches is on my short list of series which deserve more recognition than they get.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfing the Wetdreams of every WWII Otakus March 12, 2010
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While it is true that the Anime is mainly cater to groups that would appreciate fan-service, there is small details here and there that I found very surprising and amazed at the same time.

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bit of everything... done well! July 6, 2010
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At first it looks like little more than fan service on a stick. Get past it, this is one of the best stories I've seen in a long time. Character development is good and the story line is engaging and well written. It's not as generic of a storyline as it seemingly starts out either. Due to the "fan service" and some adult situations I'd probably not recommend it for children, at least not without adult supervision and having watched it first. On the plus side for parents, there's not a lot of blood and it's handled tastefully (It IS a war, injuries happen).
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!
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