Sometimes the jiggle factor truly is a thing of beauty.
What They Say
All the countries of the world joined forces to battle the Neuroi, a vicious enemy of mankind, who suddenly appeared. The only ones with the power to oppose them were an elite group of young girls who possessed special, magical powers - Strike Witches!
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The research and development department has come up with a new unit for the Witches to fly in and there's a whole lot of competition for getting into it. Shirley in particular really wants to give it a run, though she doesn't set herself up well for it by hanging around in the hanger wearing practically nothing and almost falling out of what little she has on as she jiggles. There's a sequence of pitch perfect fanservice here that really shines and shows off her assets. Unfortunately for those upset about this display, Shirley's not the only one going around in a minimal outfit because it's about a billion degrees in there.
The Jet Striker brings in a fun new piece of technology and the competitions between the girls to try it out and showcase the differences in the unit compared to their normal unit is nicely done, though not without a bit of humor at times. The Jet Striker definitely changes how things are done with the speeds at which they can now travel, though you have to expect there's a little extra magic involved that keeps the girls from being blinded by the force of the wind, never mind the bugs that would get all up in their faces. Because of the energies involved though, the unit proves to be a bit too much for the Witches to handle since it can drain them faster and while speed helps at times, getting drained too quickly won't help in an actual battle.
Barkhorn's desire to train in order to better herself to handle it leads to another moment of beautiful fanservice as she's doing pull-ups to strengthen herself while wearing just her basic underwear. The camera closes in on her crotch as she goes up and down and sunlight pours through the window, making her crotch practically gleam from the reflection caused by it. It's entirely creepy yet incredibly hilarious at the same time because they actually went there with it. Naturally, the episode turns to having the need for the Jet Striker to make an appearance when the Neuroi attack by using sheer numbers against the Witches so Barkhorn gets to haul the unit out and go on the attack, showing us and the others what she's really made of. Yes, it's entirely predictable and obvious what would happen from the minute the unit was introduced, but the show has a good bit of fun with it overall. Strike Witches isn't a show about surprises for the most part during the basic build-up sections of the seasons.
Strike Witches kicks up the fanservice in a surprisingly fun way this time around. I mean, the fanservice has been there from the start and pretty overt, but something about the way it does it this time around is particularly amusing. The introduction of the Jet Striker units is a nice touch as we get to see some potential real progress on the units and how it could impact the war overall and it makes sense since tech always evolves quicker in these times. Barkhorn gets a really nice episode overall that shows off her tenacity while it also lets Shirley show off her assets. And I'm all for that. Strike Witches is a guilty pleasure to be sure and this episode is no exception.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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