Strike Witches: Season 1
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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!
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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!
My [first] package came a bit messed up but otherwise everything is fine. I dont know if i want to go through the hassle of getting it replaced not sure what to do at this point. I will say this case has a reverse cover art to get rid of that obnoxious green SAVE logo.The box is only slightly thicker than a regular blu ray case that has a cardboard sleeve on it. Also both blue ray and dvd versions appear to be uncensored and it includes english voice acting, and japanese voice acting and has english subtitles you can turn on.
This anime is really fun. It has great animation, great voice acting, interesting characters and a pretty cool story. This isn't one of those story driven shows though. It's mainly a comedy, ecchi, genre series. The plot isn't bad though. This show isn't for younger viewers though. There is a lot of nudity and girl + girl stuff in this one. It is a really cute series though. It focuses mainly on the characters and their friendships. I really enjoyed this series and I hope more people like it as much as I do. It's loads of fun.
The voice over is pretty good but like all cartoons/anime the mouth does not move with the words correctly. it could have been better if aniplex did the production instead of funimation due to the fact that the unnatural beams of light wouldn't annoy people and they can stop complaining about it.
Watch this on netflix first and save your self some time and money $8 is still cheaper than the asking price and if you like it you can order it like I did
I am a WWII buff, so seeing an anime that was supposed to be set in WWII sounded very interesting. This isn't really historical fiction; it's basically an alternate take on WWII as a whole. However, the characters themselves are named after WWII fighting aces, which was just the icing on the cake.
The show has a main storyline driving it, but many of the episodes are random and are there for comedic purposes. This, however, did not take away from the show in anyway; I enjoy random hilarity, and this show did it very well.
Overall, I found it to be very entertaining. It isn't for everyone, but I decided to try it and I really liked it. I would recommend it for its comedy and its hilarious, well drawn and well voiced characters.
I do, however, offer this word of caution: The show is full of fan service, and a LOT of it. Even the ads mention nothing about the show's plot; they just talk about how the ladies don't wear pants. I felt the fan service didn't take away from anything, but if you really don't enjoy it, I'd recommend staying clear. Otherwise, give it a shot!
I haven't watched Season 2 yet, but I bought both seasons at the same time, so I will also be reviewing that as soon as I finish watching it.