This weeks theme is actions have consequences and we have to make them right. While wearing just panties.
What They Say
Perrine stops by a small village in Gallia to help them in their restoration. Right after completing building an elementary school, she hears a young girl speak sadly that her friend cannot come to the school because of the local bridge being destroyed. Perrine carefully contemplates how she can repair this bridge.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Strike Witches kicks off with a nice bit of action, always helpful, as the girls deal out some destruction on the latest Neuroi to foolishly attack them with no clear plan of action in mind or apparent goal. It's a bit of a tough fight but Perrine strikes the critical blow that saves the day and ends up earning them all something of a day off the next day so they can do some basic silly drills at the beach wearing lots of pretty swimsuits and being silly. A little bit of play, some silliness and a fun little trip down under the water that reveals to them a treasure chest that they get excited over, especially Perrine.
The chest itself is pretty amusing as there's several chests within the chests and it leads to an empty chest, dashing Perrine's hope. She's become very concerned about a village that they fought near recently which had a lot of ancillary destruction bestowed on it from their fight against the Neuroi and she decided she wanted to use the treasure in order to help rebuild a bridge there that she feels particularly responsible for. So when they basically go on a treasure hunt with a map that takes them into the lower levels of the base, which is an old witches refuge from years and years ago, we get a nice period of everyone working together and a bit of mystery, excitement and adventure in the most basic of treasure hunting manner.
The episode devolves into an incident where Mio gets covered in wine, ends up drunk and her sorority side personality comes out in full. Which makes fanboys dreams I'm sure as she kisses one of the others full and hard on the mouth. I think for many people, the episode likely ended right then and there in a sort of bliss. It didn't do much for me, though it was fun to see Mio lighten up a bit and go crazy. The rest of the episode goes towards the rest of the treasure hunt, which is fairly predictable, but keeps in tune with the characters and plays it largely safe outside of the Mio material. Like a lot of this season, there are no surprises to be had here.
Strike Witches doesn't forge any new ground here but it does have a decently fun time overall. The show is not one I'd consider weighty in any way other than breast size, and even that's fairly tame overall. What we get here is enjoyable fluff that's based on the character quirks and personalities along with a healthy dose of underwear. This episode changes it up a bit with a fun little segment on the beach so we get swimsuits, but by the end of the episode you'll likely have forgotten chunks of the beginning and just remember certain key things, like swimsuits and drunk Mio. And that's about all that's worth remembering, even if you do smile and laugh often throughout it.
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.