Returning to base only to find that they’re out of a job, the Strike Witches are spread to the wind.
What They Say
The First Special Assault Force, a.k.a. the Warlock, is assigned to Britannia as a new anti-Neuroi force. Minna and some others, who had been suspicious of the maneuverings of the top officials, begin to investigate on their own.
Strike Witches is again finding its more serious voice after so much of the series played in the simple realm of character introductions and some fanservice with humor mixed in. The serious material we got early on gave way to that but it’s making a comeback in the last episode and this one as the Neuroi are getting explored a bit more and the situation with them takes on a new twist and turn. The introduction n the last episode of the Neuroi that could adapt its physical attributes to mirror whatever it saw was an interesting communication possibility for the Strike Witches, but the command structure only saw a soldier that was deserting her post and disobeying orders.
After all that has happened, the gang has finally returned to the island only to find some rather unwelcome visitors there. The arrival of more military members and a formal order for the girls to disband is handed over, leaving most of them in a state of shock. The actions of Yoshika forced this move to happen early, especially now that she’s hinted at something much larger from her time spent with the Neuroi. When she finds that the military is replacing the entire Strike Witches group with the Warlock automated machine, she realizes exactly what it’s origin is and how it’s being used. Not that she understands it, but the connection is made and her surprise about it opens the door for the others to question what’s going on and how it’s all going down. But in the end, they’re all good soldier girls who obey and head for the home countries without any sense of true accomplishment.
While the girls are all going off in different directions though different forms of transportation, the Warlock system is brought up to speed and sent off on its first mission. The use of mecha in this isn’t a surprise, especially when you show it having its genesis in Neuroi technology. It has that kind of crude kludge feeling to it as it has been adapted from something far more sophisticated in order to fit into a framework that humanity could work with. The machine isn’t anything special, though it has a sort of small blocky charm to it, but it’s when it attacks the Neuroi and the situation goes into an absolute mess that it does become fascinating. The manipulations of man with things it doesn’t understand is driven home full force here as what they thought they controlled is something that they really don’t. Setting up for the finale of the series, the stakes are certainly higher now.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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