「二人ならできること」 (Futari Nara Dekiru Koto)
“What the Two of Us Can Do”
Best sit back and keep the popcorn handy boys and girls, because Strike Witches is back in form. All forms. While it’ll be a bit of saunter getting to the stuff this season’s title points towards, I imagine the stroll through the park won’t feel too slow given the (re-)introductions left to make and the seasonal twists left to reveal. After all, given the time since the movie, I think we’re in need of a little downtime.
Next to the Neuroi the major question this season was the thing that would force some character struggle and development, and it seems we got it with Yoshika’s magic troubles. Considering prior circumstances where the girl lost her powers (only to miraculously regain them, spoiler alert) this twist actually makes some sense; Yoshika possesses some seriously ridiculous magic strength, her magic “vessel” was battered and bruised in earlier fights, and after returning to the fight slightly rusty, managed to pop some rivets and leave her container with some noticeable and not easily repairable holes. Or for a more relatable metaphor, a high velocity nozzle equipped garden hose with a few prominent leaks. Thus Yoshika’s ability to do the usual stuff like shielding and basic healing (probably), but not high demand tasks like flying. I honestly expect we’ll see Yoshika overcome this problem before too long given her importance to the group—not to mention her stubbornness—but how it’s done, well, that’s going to be fun to find out.
On the other side of the coin though is movie-introduced Shizuka whom definitely will be helping in all manner of tasks. Besides providing the usual fun of inexperienced newbie who serves as comedy bait (someone has to make the laughs), Shizuka is also likely to be the rock which lifts Yoshika back to saviour prominence. Need some help breaking through the Neuroi lines? Your lynchpin for it is right here. As Lynette reinforces it’s all about helping in the ways you can, and in Shizuka’s case that’s certainly going to be in the realm of moral support and shared experiences, at least if initial training and defense are any indications.
Overall pretty much the usual method to Strike Witches story progression, but rest assured there’ll be a twist or two yet because every ride always has some sort of surprise.
For the non-history nerds, Geraldo Patton and Oscar Bradley refer to George Patton and Omar Bradley, arguably the most important (and in Patton’s case (in)famous) American WW2 Western Front commanders. Patton’s rage at the start is also a nice reference to his incessant frustration with the speed of advance, as he was repeatedly prevented from pushing in Alsace-Lorraine given Eisenhower’s prioritization of Operation Market Garden. Considering this happened just before the Battle of the Bulge in our world, expect the upcoming fight(s) to be particularly challenging for the 501st.