Pantsu anime Strike Witches fancies itself a serious drama with romantic and sentimental wartime themes and exciting aerial dog fighting action, if the latest episode, number eight, is anything to go by. Those keen to assert its credentials as a serious anime rather than a opportunity to scrutinise the nether regions and lately, nipples, of various adolescent girls are sure to be delighted, but serious pantsu fans will come away with little.
The serious scenes are very serious, with strong themes of ties of duty and conflicting loyalties, along with an exploration of the tender hearts of the young maidens themselves, struggling with alienation whilst serving their countries as unflinching weapons.
However, these shots are there to remind you, regularly, that it is all a glorious farce to justify 13-year-old girls doing the splits in mid air with nothing but their not-pantsu to preserve their modesty, amidst what must be a very respectable animation budget.
What I was most impressed by is the quality of animation in this episode; it is fantastic. The CG battles and various landscape and panoramic views all look magnificent, and the witches are appealing and fluidly animated. Production values are really first class – you may wish to have a look if you have not yet done so out of pantsu related disinterest.
A new character appears?
No, just a figure, based on a witch you can see in the gallery.