A JSDF command which took the far-sighted measure of hiring Strike Witches creator Shimada Fumikane to create mascot characters for its army, navy and air force recruiting efforts is reporting huge success.
Okayama prefecture JSDF forces hired Shimada Fumikane (who happens to reside in the prefecture) to design the girls in the summer.
The “three moe girls” now feature on pamphlets, a calender and the official site of the command in question, and the military reports running out of materials at many of the events they were distributed at, with patriotic volunteers even approaching them for more art.
90,000 postcards and 6,500 calenders later, the forces claim volunteers in their prefecture have increased “20%.”
The base is however silent as to just how many of these eager souls go on to actually join up (Japan’s tiny military tends to be oversubscribed), or for that matter are top recruiting material, but Strike Witches fans could not be happier…