All you need to know is that there's time spent in the bath here. And that the alien menace is crushed by butt cheeks. Seriously.
What They Say
The maintenance group finally finishes building the bath at the base. After working up a sweat with drills, the girls go to relax in there. But then the Neuroi alarm is sounded and a big commotion occurs!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sometimes nothing cements the image of anime more than the seemingly continual stream of bath episodes that come along, or the beach scenes. Similar to how Ranma always ended up having water around him, when it comes to anime there's almost always a bath scene nearby. With Strike Witches, it's no exception and honestly I'm surprised it's taken this long to really get to it. In a time of war, having a functioning bath is obviously a must, but the Witches luck out as the maintenance crew has made them an open air bath that they'll be able to use soon, which leads to excited squeals of schoolgirls.
So after a normal morning of drills and what not, and dealing with the mess that Hartmann always seems to be a part of, Strike Witches hits the noon hour and everyone heads into the bath. Which has a great view with the ocean around it, though it's hard to see at times with all the fog and streaks of sunlight that blots out things. And what bath scene isn't complete withought slow motion dressing sequences afterwards. What makes it even more amusing is that the threat of this particular episode is a fly-sized Neuroi that's floating through the building and affecting the power. It ends up landing in one of the girls panties, which she doesn't notice until she pulls them up. And gets all awkwardly excited. Of course, it can't end there as the curious little Neuroi bug must investigate everyone as it slips into them even after they're wearing them. Clothes on, clothes off.
The mind boggles. But credit must be given for being so blatant about it all.
And so the hunt begins for the bug that's now going all over the base and slipping into girls underwear. There's one amusing sequence where it happens to Barkhorn and she keeps calm about it before yanking down her drawers, only to have Hartmann sneak up behind her and spank her hard, to which she blushes. Shirley comes up quickly with a bug detection device which should cause you to roll your eyes if they haven't been stuck to the screen watching the girls in various states of undress and backside slapping. There are even complicated moments where a sleeping Witch Sanya must be de-pantsed in order to make sure she's in the clear. Which is also a heavy blush inducing moment.
I'm not exactly speechless as I've certainly seen far more suggestive, but this one kind of manages to go about things in a way that simply has me chuckling over it. Strike Witches has been all about the tease from this start and this episode raises the bar several notches, though they obscure a lot and I doubt they'd make a truly clean home video version just to please those who want all the details. While there is a larger threat that arrives towards the end of the episode here, the bulk of this episode is... stupidly fun. So much of the series revolves around girls wearing panties that an episode devoted to them taking the panties off makes a certain kind of sense. So if you like buttocks, this anime is for you. This gets a B+ just for making the Neuroi getting into the girls panties like so many fanboys want to, but never can.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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