The final episode of Strike Witches finally brings to a close the short saga of the yuri not-pantsu wearing loli-witches, and it has to be said the series deserves a mixed evaluation. More on this, and plenty of images of pantsu resembling things below.
Regarding the final episode, it can be said to have been much as expected; the dramatic series end boss was overcome by all the witches coming together, etc. Why the boss came about is left woefully unclear, the boss itself is ridiculous (it should have at least been the Yamato), and what happens afterwards is also completely unclear.
That there was no service to speak of can probably be taken for granted.
Regarding the series as a whole, there is much to be said for it, though ultimately it is none too impressive as a martial drama, and the service portions are downplayed so much it looks very much as if a drama was what was aimed for.
On the production values side of things, there is little to fault the anime on; animation, character design, CG and voice acting are very good. The characters themselves are also well enough conceived, and most appealing. However, when we consider the story, or lack thereof, and the painfully strong vacillations between high drama and low comedy, the series is perhaps much less strong.
The dramatic portions of the series seem to have been in conflict with the rather better service or normally paced portions, and this is exacerbated by how seriously the anime takes itself, really having pretensions far above its station – I suspect this can basically be laid at the feet of the director, but enough is gotten right to rescue it.
Perhaps if they had spread the same amount of drama over a series twice the length, and injected a little ironic self awareness, things might have gone more smoothly?
My thoughts would be that as a serious drama, the anime lacks detail and exposition, is full of plot holes and clichés, and is generally rather predictable. There are much better titles out there in this genre. As a loli-not-pantsu-service anime, there is not enough of it, but otherwise it is of interest.
However, I’m sure this is not the last we’ll be hearing of them…