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「伝説の魔女達」 (Densetsu no Majo-tachi)
“The Legendary Witches”

For an episode about the witches meeting up again and reforming the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, I don’t think it could have played out any better than having it happen on the battlefield. With Yoshika doing her best to protect the helpless naval fleet against the new variant of Neuroi before them, I was almost giddy when I saw the other witches start showing up in waves to lend a hand. None of the witches’ identities are a secret at this point, but I love the way they tried to give them a bit of a mysterious entrance by not showing their faces right away. The music played during all their entrances added to the heroic feel of it too, making all the subsequent battle scenes pretty cool to watch. In fact, the music added a lot to all of the scenes and really helped give off a sense of urgency when Yoshika was frantically trying destroy the moving core after the Neuroi started regenerating from Mio’s Striker Unit-less attack. It also helped add to the heartwarming reunions, especially Yoshika and Lynne’s. When I first watched this episode, it didn’t even occur to me that the music was what was getting me all excited about seeing all the girls join up again and kicking some alien ass. Only a quick skim through a second time made me realize how unassuming all the tracks were but how much they added to the presentation. In short, it was great screenplay throughout. I loved every minute of this episode.

Story-wise, I thought it was pretty awesome how Mio’s magic-infused katana “Reppumaru” became her new shield. Who needs to block beams when she can dance her way through a barrage of them using the mind’s eye and cut through the large ones that she can’t. Turning twenty years-old may have degraded her magic abilities to the point that she can’t even stop a bullet effectively, but her offensive power with that katana seems to be by far the most powerful out of the group. She looked pretty slick in the white school swimsuit she’s switched to this season, and pretty damn badass when she went free falling and unleashed her “Reppuzan” technique for the first time. As the battle against this Neuroi was the same one we saw last episode during the cold open, there weren’t any new scenes during that part of the battle; however, Mio’s spectacular finish after the Neuroi core was exposed made the whole sequence pretty entertaining to watch again. For now, it looks like Mio’s more or less abandoned the use of guns since all of her magical power rests in her eye and katana, but it never hurts to have a melee specialist in the group that can do that kind of damage and locate Neuroi cores as well.

Seeing as it’s been a while since we’ve seen these characters, it was kind of nice how Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke (Tanaka Rie) reintroduced everyone again by reading orders to have the “legendary” Strike Witches reformed. I didn’t really have any problem remembering who’s who along with their seiyuu, but it’s still cool hearing their full names called out one by one to give each of them a moment in the spotlight. In addition to Lynette and Lucchini whom I made mention of last week, we have Charlotte E. Yeager (Koshimizu Ami), Perrine-H. Clostermann (Sawashiro Miyuki), Gertrud Barkhorn (Sonozaki Mie), Erica Hartmann (Nogawa Sakura), Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen (Oohashi Ayuru), and Sanya V. Litvyak (Kadokawa Mai) on board now. Perrine and Erica are two of my favorites, so I’ll be keeping my eye on the humor they bring this sequel. Next episode looks like a training one, that has Yoshika, Lynette, and Perrine on broom sticks like stereotypical witches. I thought they were going to intercept the new Neuroi invading Romagna from the Adriatic Sea next, but it doesn’t look like things are headed that way just yet.

 

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July 15, 2010 at 12:30 am
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  • July 15, 2010 at 12:40 amCroosboy

    still at school. cant wait to watch later. at least i got to see pics

  • July 15, 2010 at 12:58 amRei

    SATAMOTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
    and lol the Preview… Actually Witches.

    • July 15, 2010 at 12:59 amRei

      *Sakamoto ;_;

  • July 15, 2010 at 1:13 amJoez

    Should I watch this? I stopped watching the first season after episode 5. Dunno why, maybe because of the moe overload hu hu…

    • July 15, 2010 at 5:28 amKarmafan

      Skipping this series was your loss. Its well worth your time.

      • July 15, 2010 at 12:44 pmAnjiro

        Speak for yourself. If it isn’t their cup of tea, how is it their loss?

      • July 15, 2010 at 4:14 pmKarmafan

        I’m just telling him its a good series to watch. He asked for others opinions.

    • July 15, 2010 at 4:42 pmRei

      It’s not really moe overload, lol K-ON can do that for you. I think it’s worth the watch for at least the characters’ storylines at least. They’re more the shine of the series for me. I found the characters themselves a lot better than the storyline that was a little 8| towards the end, but still a fun watch. Easy to marathon to catch up (Shirely is my favourite backstory) and start this promising season two which hopefully will be better and with a punching storyline :]

  • July 15, 2010 at 1:45 amthe_one092001

    Suspected that sword would have a similar use after seeing it glow when Sakamoto finished it. Plus, there’s no way they’d sideline a character like that so they’d need some kind of plot device to get her back in action.

  • July 15, 2010 at 2:59 amreVelske

    • July 15, 2010 at 12:22 pmKinny Riddle

      I believe you’re two years late for this joke already. Besides, I think someone else also made this same oversight last week, thinking it’s a new joke. :)

  • July 15, 2010 at 3:22 amMD

    From my point of view this season is whole lot better than the first one in every aspect, well, you can’t expect everything will be good from one studio (I mean GONZO for the 1st season), I can see AIC doing the best here, let’s hope for a good season of these cute little witches :)

  • July 15, 2010 at 4:37 amZyl

    Loved how the Witches recognized each other’s arrival via the type of weapon that was discharged against the Neuroi (e.g. long range armour-piercing snipe = Lynne, missile barrage = Sanya etc.)

    I also liked how they used their improved abilities from the first season (e.g. Perrine’s electrical discharge attack and directly ramming/flying through the Neuroi by Erica – discovered by Charlotte in S1). But as the enemy has also levelled up, looks like they’ll need the training in the forthcoming third episode.

  • July 15, 2010 at 9:45 amJusuchin

    Looks like there is effective non-witch anti-Neuroi weaponry, but the Venezian fleet (I figured it was SW-universe Italy due to the flags and colours before it was even announced) were slaughtered.

  • July 15, 2010 at 10:28 amIsland Esper

    Besides the destruction, I expect to see the neuroi witch again, though it got “destroyed” last episode. But they really need to communicate with them somehow. I haven’t re-watch the 1st season; but I barely recall there was a human faction trying to use neuroi technology for they own purposes. I hope they pick that plot line again.

  • July 15, 2010 at 10:47 amExia

    I like the battle music, It really did set the helpless witch mood until they all showed up.

  • July 15, 2010 at 12:31 pmKinny Riddle

    Feeling giddy seeing cute girls that kick alien ass get reunited? *Raises hand*

    Mio in white sukumizu FTW. Already Seto Saori is starting to get comfortable filling in Chiba Saeko’s shoes, even doing Mio’s trademark merry laughter with ease.

    It’s hard to pick which girls screentime I most look forward to for the coming 10 weeks, though the pair that comes out top for me is still Eila x Sanya, girls from mystical snowy northern countries intrigue me for some reason.

    This week’s ED is still Yoshika and Mio, though expect the following weeks to be sung by the other witches, as with the season 1 ED.

  • July 15, 2010 at 8:03 pmThe Ultimate Bystander

    Tanaka Rie is back! Ahhh… This anime is such a guilt trip… The only people who changed costumes were Sakamoto(from black to white one-piece swimsuit) and Shirley(from brown to red flight jacket).

  • July 15, 2010 at 8:11 pmKasrkin519

    “Italian” navy and red and white identification markings…Vittorio Veneto (or one of her class) looks like?

  • July 15, 2010 at 11:04 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    i finally peeped this series…and…… i enjoyed it, DEAR GOD I CANT BELIEVE I ENJOYED IT!!!!…*weeps for about 3 minutes*…………anyway i got ONE question.
    HOW the hell do they fly with their legs spread constantly without the propellers hitting each other???? i really can’t believe that the Japanese would leave such an obvious flaw in engineering.

    • July 16, 2010 at 12:16 amDivine

      It’s magic my friend. Who needs to obey the laws of science when you have magic in the 1940s!

    • July 16, 2010 at 6:26 pmSora no Kaze

      LOL, that is a very good question. Probably created a magical barrier to stop them from colliding, or they trained hard to do so. The light novels probably bring some light to it.

    • July 17, 2010 at 1:40 amThe Ultimate Bystander

      They’re were told not to put their legs together during training of the new recruits! So obvious….

      What I want to know is why are they using Magitech instead of pure magic???

  • July 16, 2010 at 1:02 pmHayate Yagami

    Okay, so I watched the episode kind of late, but is anyone else getting a SRW feel off of Mio?

    Hissatsu! Reppuzan!

    • July 16, 2010 at 1:06 pmDivine

      Are you implying she’s a super robot now? lol

      “Certain Kill” (Hissatsu) is used a lot in super robot anime.

      • July 16, 2010 at 3:05 pmHayate Yagami

        I went through a bunch of SRW videos on youtube, and I think I figured it out. It’s somewhat similar to the DyGenGuard’s Zankantō Un’yō no Tachi (1:35-2:25 in this clip) attack.

        And as you said, she’s now a total melee specialist… not unlike the DyGenGuard. :P

      • July 16, 2010 at 7:58 pmDivine

        Yeah, I remember that one. Interesting how a lot of the SRWA3 videos that I recorded for GameFAQs people still seem to be up on YouTube after all these years. See here. Heh, I’m also the one who made the Macross 7 Infinite SP Song Trick video.

  • July 17, 2010 at 7:24 pmJusuchin

    …I want them to fight the Neuroi from the OP. And have the Yamato on hand. Cos these new, Horsehoe-crab looking Neuroi aren’t as sleek as the X-45 UCAV Neuroi.

  • July 17, 2010 at 9:20 pmshezaei_neko

    Great episode!!
    Loved MIO!! She’s so powerful now!
    Can’t wait to see how she fights more Neuroi!

  • August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pmkris devereux

    stupod question but would anyone happen to know where the devil that island is on the 4′th to last screencap?