「いっしょだよ」 (Issho da yo)
Episode at a Glance:
While Mio, Minna, and Yoshika are on route back to Britannia, Sanya comes out to greet them during her night patrol and detects an invisible Neuroi in the clouds. Being able to track it with her radio-like magical abilities, Sanya successfully chases it away, and the Strike Witches later wonder why it didn’t attack back. For the time being though, Minna assigns Sanya and Yoshika to a night patrol, which Eila volunteers to help out with. For the next couple of days, the three of them switch to a graveyard sleep schedule, and eat/drink various foods from the others that are said to improve eyesight. With them all sleeping in Sanya’s room due to the blinds, Yoshika finds out that Sanya’s family was chased out of their home in Orussia by the Neuroi and that she doesn’t know exactly where they are anymore. Hearing this, Yoshika is envious because they’re still alive, unlike her father.
On one evening before their patrol, Eila and Sanya take Yoshika to the sauna for the first time and later an outdoor bath, where Sanya explains that her father was a musician and wrote the song she was singing earlier. While Yoshika is impressed by Sanya’s musical background with her father, Eila adds that Yoshika’s father is impressive too, having created the Striker Unit. During the subsequent patrol, Sanya tunes into a distant radio for everyone, after hearing how it’s Yoshika’s birthday today. The Neuroi from before suddenly shows up though and appears to be mimicking Sanya’s song, making Mio and Minna realize that it’s after her. In an attempt to draw the Neuroi away from the others, Sanya’s Strike Unit gets damaged, but Eila steps in and fights back with the help of her guidance. In a combined effort, the three of them manage to destroy the Neuroi, after which Sanya hears the sound of her father’s piano over the radio and Eila reveals that yesterday was Sanya’s birthday.
During a grave visit for Yoshika’s father (whose death coincided with her birthday), Mio discusses with Minna how there’s probably more to the Neuroi than the higher-ups are letting them know about.
「スースーするの」 (Suusuu Suru no)
“Nice ‘n Breezy”
Unless I’m mistaken, this is the first time they’ve explicitly revealed that this series takes place in 1944, which would make the Strike Witches world an alternate universe of our own, set during World War II. I like how Mio alluded to the fact that a World War have taken place if they weren’t attacked by the Neuroi, because it made me wonder how mankind would actually have reacted then if a new common enemy appeared. Aside from the witches and magic, I suspect that Strike Witches is basically Shimada Fumikane‘s adaptation of that scenario, which makes things interesting in its own right.
So it was Sanya, Sanya, Sanya in a rather peaceful episode for the most part. The night scenery, piano soundtrack, and Sanya’s soft-spoken nature (courtesy of Kadowaki Mai) really helped set the mood as well. In short, it was a really tranquil, “my pace” kind of episode, which was easy to sit back and watch, but entertaining enough so that you won’t fall asleep. In part, I attribute the latter to Eila, who was the louder, more direct voice around Yoshika this week in lieu of Mio and Perrine.
Looking back on six episodes, Strike Witches has been fairly episodic, but I haven’t minded one bit because each week’s showing is pretty self-contained from start to finish. Also, the series does seem to have an underlying theme tied together by Yoshika’s endeavors. Seeing as the series is only slated for twelve episodes, I suspect that that last few will string together more, but for now, learning more about a new character every week works for me. On a general note, I’m pleasantly surprised by how nice the animation production for this series has been so far, so it looks like Gonzo’s getting something right this time around.
Turns out it was mentioned in the first episode when this series takes place. The premiere was so long that it completely slipped my mind. Thanks for the reminder!
– Miyafuji Yoshika (宮藤 芳佳) / Fukuen Misato (福圓 美里)
– Sakamoto Mio (坂本 美緒) / Chiba Saeko (千葉 紗子)
– Minna-Dietlinde Wilke (ミーナ・ディートリンデ・ヴィルケ) / Tanaka Rie (田中 理恵)
– Perrine-H. Clostermann (ぺリーヌ・クロステルマン) / Sawashiro Miyuki (沢城 みゆき)
– Lynette Bishop (リネット・ビショップ) / Nadzuka Kaori (名塚 佳織)
– Erica Hartmann (エーリカ・ハルトマン) / Nogawa Sakura (野川 さくら)
– Gertrud Barkhorn (ゲルトルート・バルクホルン) / Sonozaki Mie (園崎 未恵)
– Francesca Lucchini (フランチェスカ・ルッキーニ) / Saitou Chiwa (斎藤 千和)
– Charlotte E Yeager (シャーロット・E・イェーガー) / Koshimizu Ami (小清水 亜美)
– Sanya V. Litvyak (サーニャ・V・リトヴャク) / Kadowaki Mai (門脇 舞以)
– Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen (エイラ・イルマタル・ユーティライネン) / Nakai Erika (仲井 絵里香)