Should I be looking for the logic in the girls wearing their panties for a procurement mission they make in a truck? Or just enjoy the view?
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!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The mission to Romagna is set and the group put together is amusing to say the least with Lucchini, Miyafuji and Shirley heading out to deal with that area. And with Lucchini as a guide there. Lynne is set to go as well but she does her best to back out of it to stay at the base as the stand-by for the mission, which is as unusual as is the approval of such a request. With it being a procurement mission, you'd think everyone would be wanting to go since it means shopping and relative downtime from the usual chores around the base and any training. The request list gets interesting as it goes along, including picking up some sort of dress for Chris, but it's no surprise that a certain someone just wants a literal ton of sweets.
Miyafuji has quite the trip right from the start as she's not seen much of the world since leaving her home country. While she's traveled a lot, the majority of it has been to bases, ships and combat missions in the air. Time spent actually going through a foreign city hasn't happened so she's treasuring the time to go through Rome and see all the ancient sights and local flavor. While this plays out, along with some amusing visions of a certain Witch in something frilly, Lucchini gets herself involved with a young woman named Maria who has an unseemly encounter in a nearby alley. That has Lucchini being her usual polite self after helping her out from the potential mafia men by inviting Maria along for the shopping time, especially since Maria isn't all that familiar with Rome even though she was born there.
Much of the episode is all about showing off the city of Rome. The animators did a really beautiful job of capturing it in the backgrounds and showing off all of its sights. The time spent with Lucchini and Maria is well done as there's a simplicity and sense of fun about them as they explore it. There is of course an undercurrent to the relationship as Maria talks about protecting the city and not wanting to go back home, but things become clearer when the sirens go off and the main trio of Witches head off to do their protecting of the city. All of them have it very much in their hearts after spending the day there, not that they wouldn't do a good job to begin with, but it leads itself well into a full on basic fight with the Neuroi that's choreographed well and has its own sense of harmless fun since it'd be surprising for there to be any true danger at this stage or in this kind of series in general.
Strike Witches doesn't break any new ground here but we do get a really nice relaxed episode that lets Lucchini have some time to shine instead of sleeping all done. There's a good balance of comedy and generally good feelings about the city of Rome that it does leave you smiling about the whole experience. While there is a certain obvious track being worked here when it comes to Maria, the bulk of the episode is fun to watch. The characters stick to their basics, there's a good sense of wonder from Miyafuji and Shirley gets to have a good spot of fun that's still making me grin even after it's long over. Strike Witches still isn't a deep series by any stretch and it doesn't try to be. It knows what it wants to do, and while it bothers me at times with certain things, I still have to admit that this second season is doing a good job of carrying on from the first and expanding things slightly without going overboard.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.