Strike Witches 2 #01 — And Now For Something Completely Unrelated

July 7th, 2010


I’d have just made a bunch of butt jokes anyway.


You know… I was planning on just sitting back, turning off my brain, making a few snide remarks about nobody having any pants… maybe even seeing if I could cull together 80 caps of butts… All to cover that I have no real plans to pick up a direct continuation of a show that actually has a plot. Instead, like a fool, I decided to update my encoding setup last night since it was two years out of date. What followed when I went to extract the OP here can best be described as a 45 minute journey of frustration and rage as I learned that by rolling things back to the previous install, that actually removed about 90% of the commonly shared tools, which meant that I had to completely wipe the install, put everything back together from scratch, and then get everything set up to even read files correctly again, let alone encode them.

And all that while ostensibly watching this. To its credit or detraction as the case may be, it seemed to be pretty much the exact same show that I remember from a couple years ago. I only made it about 30 minutes into the first season, so hell if my opinion on this means jack anyway. It did seem very similar, if not an outright rehash of what I remembered of the first season opener though, only this time the soldiers were in darling little pairs of shorts. By the time Strike Witches 3 rolls around, everybody will be pantsless.


About as much action in the preview as the entire first episode.

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20 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Solaris says:

    >By the time Strike Witches 3 rolls around, everybody will be pantsless.
    well i’m not so sure it would be bad somehow…

  • Longhaul says:

    Glancing over the screencaps and given this series penchant for ww2 references. Im guessing the Neuroi tried to shoot down Sakamoto in a similar manner to how Admiral Yamamoto was.

  • i-k says:

    I know the first season was like this as well, but god, it looks like their character designs are from completely different shows

  • sage says:

    This show is wrong and everybody should feel bad for watching it.

    • Albedo says:

      I hope you said the same thing for half the other ecchi in existence XD

    • Anise Punter says:

      I do; yet I know I’m going to end up watching it anyway.

      This version > any parody version with Kurimu in it

  • The Phantom says:

    Shows like this make me hate anime. Those girls look clearly underaged and they have no shame in showing their panties every few minutes. This show is sick and shameless, definitely not watching this

    • Albedo says:

      D8 panties!? Under-aged women!?

      lol people are easily upset. It’s not like it’s on kodomo no jikan’s level. I don’t watch the show because it can’t hold my interest for more than 5 minutes not because there’s panties of young teenagers in it. Do you realize how many shows have girls of the same age flashing their panties? Just because they don’t have massive chests in this one everyone acts like it’s different.

    • Butch Cassidy and the shit. says:

      The show makes you hate ANIME?
      So does a bad movie make you hate movies?

  • shadow says:

    lolis, ecchi, fanservice and monsters sure all are happy

  • Yue says:

    Okaaaaaay… I see gundams.

  • Solaris says:

    I fail to understand why people are so upset for this show rather than for too many others showing the same stereotypes with lots more of bad taste fanservice.

    • Aroduc says:

      Same reasons why Ikkitousen is evil incarnate but HSotD is acceptable of course.

      • Albedo says:

        Because of the lack of zombies?

      • Solaris says:

        Ahahah! Brilliant! I didn’t even think about it. Let’s throw in zombies in Strike Lolis too! (like into some bathtub :P)

  • Anise Punter says:

    It seems to me that it was slightly less gratuitous about the fanservice than the first season, but maybe I’m just imagining that trying to make excuses as to why I just did that.

    • zalkor says:

      The first season had like 4-6 baths scenes, so this shouldn’t be any different…

  • Anonymous says:

    well to be fair, there is a difference between inserting fan service and basing the entire show AROUND the fan service.

    like i would call Air Gear ecchi… but the fan service is more like an aside. on the other hand… you look at rosario vampire and its hard to find more than 5 seconds of footage without a panty or cleavage shot inserted in your face.

    well tough to explain i guess, but theres a fine line between an ecchi show and a show *with* ecchi.

    **kinda like the old joke… did you want steak with that salt?

    • Solaris says:

      You see, there’s indeed a difference between shows with fanservice and fanservice based shows. But that’s not the real issue, as the use of fanservice it’s far more important to consider.
      I mean you can have pretty good shows ruined by bad use of fanservice, but you actually can have good shows even if they’re heavily based on fanservice. Fanservice is just a plot device tha must be used well enough, but it’s not really TEH FIEND of ANIMU!

      Let me clarify with some examples
      Lastest High School of the Dead was a pretty good horror story with some bad fanservice in it. Raise hand who found that level of fanservice other than ludicrous. I’m being told the manga was something an ecchi fest of gore and sex. That is fanservice, not the couple of bad timed pantyshots we got in the anime.
      Good shows based on fanservice are such Strike Witches. Now many could be deceived by the loli-ness of the show, but really, forget the lolis for just one moment and go watch again last episode #7. (Stolen panty episode) That was a really good example on about you can create comedy and an enjoyable story using just fanservice.
      Ok, i couldn’t think of better examples, than these two imho. Try to figure out my reasoning within your own experiences if you like to.