Just when they thought the war was about to be over, the girls with panties are drawn back in again.
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Into the Sky Once More
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Strike Witches, along with Blassreiter, was one of my first forays into watching anime streamed legally for review purposes. I hadn't done any episode by episode reviews at that point and both series left me somewhat feeling like it wasn't going to work out in the long run. I liked Strike Witches in its first season from Gonzo well enough but I felt like they weren't capitalizing on something really good that they had in their hands and instead took the easy route. So a couple of years later, the show has ended up in AIC Spirit's hands with Kadokawa and we've got a second season of the show several months after the first season landed on DVD here in the US. After finding a bit more appreciation for that season in full form, I decided I'd try and do the episodic approach again with this new season.
Strike Witches doesn't spend much time going over past history outside of a brief introduction at the start as it's more interested in getting going with the new story. With Yoshika having gone back home at the end of the previous season, she's now graduated middle school and is eager to start her training as a doctor since she wants to follow in the family tradition. She's still got her witches powers as we see her doing some helpful healing on a bear cub that got injured, but it's tinged with sadness after the graduation because she and Michiko are going to have to go their separate ways after being friends for so long. Each of them has a promising future ahead of them and Yoshika is intent on following through with her father's legacy of helping others.
Yoshika's life won't go the way she wants though when a letter from her deceased father arrives that's made up of what seems to be blueprints. Intent on figuring out exactly what it is, she only has one person she can turn to, Major Sakamoto as she used to work alongside him. Unfortunately, she's not where she's supposed to be when Yoshika goes to visit her at the base but the visit lands her something else where she learns of things going on back at Gallia where the Neuroi have mounted a massive attack. The whole situation goes badly as little information comes in and Yoshika is sent away since she's not really part of the Fuso military at this point, even though she can pull a few strings to get onto the base once in awhile. The Neuroi threat is back and new Striker units are being sent out to deal with it and you can feel Yoshika slowly being drawn back into all of it because of the strong connections to her friends who are now in great danger.
Strike Witches kicks off its second season while feeling very much like the first. It looks a bit slicker, a bit glossier, but retains much of what made the first what it was. Surprisingly, the panty-count is pretty low here until towards the end when the Striker units come out and Yoshika essentially commandeers one. The start of the season has a good slow build-up as it brings Yoshika back into the fold and hints at what the threat may be while also touching on her mysterious father just a bit more. Though it could have used a bit more background material on the first season to connect it a bit more, what we get here is likely to make a lot of fans happy as it starts to bring the cast back together for another go at it with panties, magic and a World War II theme against alien invaders.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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