The year is 1939 – it was then that the Neuroi appeared. Nobody knows where they came from or what their ultimate agenda is, but the fact remains that their attacks drove people out of their towns and cities. In order to take arms against them, humanity develops a new anti-Neuroi weapon called the “Striker Unit.” Using the power of magic to fight against the monsters, this new device enhances and amplifies the power of female magic-wielders. To use this device, young witches from all over the world have been brought together to form an elite task force unit called the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, commonly known as the “Strike Witches.” (ANN)
OK class , I want you to note that this series has a serious lack of pants. Apparently, fit and attractive young women are banned to wear pants or skirts of any kind. Please be mindful of this and enjoy the show. 😀 Now that I have that out of the way, let’s get serious. Sure, Strike Witches is famous for it’s fanservice but it also has several redeeming qualities. One of them being its plot. Because it has a military based plot, when you mix it with the characters’ care-free attitude, you get a series that’s refreshing and unique. There are several instances of comic relief and serious tension. But even though the plot should be the main thing about a series, the whole show revolves around character development. Something I absolutely love. The audience grows with the characters & knows their personality, while not knowing exactly what they’ll do next. But the one thing I would give this show a round of applause for is it’s integration of all the fanservice, plot, character development, action scenes, and comedy. There’s something for everyone without being bothered or annoyed by anything else. For example, too much fanservice makes me gag, but I didn’t really “notice” it when all the other components pulled me in.
The way the whole series comes together nicely as one nice package.
Sometimes the storyline and the plot diverge. As in…there are filler episodes and times where things aren’t as set as they should be. If that makes sense.
There are 2 seasons, an OVA, and even an up-coming movie. Excitement… 😀