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Strike Witches S2 Episode 2

July 16, 2010

After giving us our reintroduction to Yoshika Miyafuji, and in turn reuniting her with Mori Sakamoto, everything was left well and truly in place come the end of Strike Witches 2’s opening episode to set them back into action against the new-look and even more powerful Neuroi.Well, whaddya know, that’s exactly what we get here. Despite Sakamoto’s original plan being to lay low and outrun the attacking Neuroi craft which has them in its sights, it soon becomes clear that this won’t be possible as the navy become involved and prove to be little more than sitting ducks in the face of this alien power. With the nearest known Witches half an hour away, it’s up to Sakamoto and Miyafuji to save the day, although it soon transpires that even this is going to be decidedly difficult due to a malfunction with the former’s Striker unit.


However, this means that we do get to see the new, improved Miyafuji in action – In particular her awesome defensive powers, which allows her to buy time for just long enough for Sakamoto to make her appearance and win the day with her newly forged sword in a series of scenes which bore more than a little resemblance to Asuka’s victory against the first Angel to appear in Evangelion 2.22.

So, the day is one… or is it? Just as we congratulate ourselves on a job well done, so we see this Neuroi regenerating before our very eyes, complete with a mobile core just to make things all the more difficult. As Miyafuji goes into battle once again, it appears as though she’s reached her limit… just in time for the rest of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing to crop up, joining forces with our intrepid duo to kick alien ass and save the day. Hurrah!

After a pretty decent introduction to the series last week, this second episode of the show really benefited from being able to ramp up the action side of things, with plenty of laser beams, big explosions, magical swords and so on the order of the day. This reliance on action even meant that we didn’t find ourselves overly saturated with fan service… at least until near the end of the episode where AIC seemed to try to make up for lost time by piling in as many crotch shots as humanly possible. Still, all of the ingredients seem to be in place for a pretty good series – Its fun, the pacing is just about right so far, and the presentation in terms of both soundtrack and visuals are bang on the mark. My earlier comment will undoubtedly be the only time I ever mention Evangelion 2.22 and Strike Witches 2 in comparative terms, so make the most of it, but by the same token that doesn’t stop this effort from being a pretty fun little series so far.

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7 comments

  1. Glad to see the 501st get together again with their great pantsu.
    I might actually try and remember each character’s name this time around.
    It finally hits me that the strike units render thighhighs useless. *sigh*


  2. Wonder how Barkhorn can fight so easily with 2 machine guns, i heard they where really heavy.
    Then again logics and this anime don’t go well together.
    Sakamoto was awesome as usual, she kicked ass in first season as well.

    The Yeager and Lucchini combination is a good laugh as always.
    Plus Hartmann and Lucchini makes for some good mischief couple. Minna Wilcke and Sakamoto make a nice combination as well.


    • I can personally vouche for how heavy machine guns are since I’ve fired and trained with an KSP 58 during my army service.
      That weapon weighs 12 kg with the bi-pod mount (which is always on anyway) so to wield two of those without the harness you’d have to be extremely strong.
      And if you want to effectively aim and fire, add even more needed strength to that. In reality it’s on the borderline to impossible for a human to actually accomplish this fear, and guaranteed to fail for any female, especially a little girl.


  3. Lucchini said roger….I can die happy now 🙂

    This season is off to a really nice start but man…is it me or does it seem like the episodes are really short…its already two episodes in and feels like not much has happened and the fact that theres prolly only 10 left makes me sad. They are only like 20 minutes long so each episode is precious >.>;; Maybe hell will freeze over and we will get 24 episodes :O


  4. Love it. Great action stuff and i’m glad to see Mio back in action again.


  5. This episode was kicked ass all the way through. God I missed those witches! *thumbs up!*


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