Anime Review: Strike Witches 2 Episode 1

(Originally published on Livejournal on 7/23/10)

Anime Review in a Minute:
Strike Witches 2 Episode 1

Anime Review in a Minute: What this is all about.

tl;dr review: Underage girls in panties with propellers attached to their feet battle alien invasion; What. The. Fuck.

The Skinny: Set in an alternate history of the 1940’s, aliens have invaded Earth, but they have been repelled by a special team of ‘Strike Witches’. Underage girls with magical powers (who sprout animal ears and tails when they use their abilities) are able to don special propellers on their bare legs, fly around and fight the alien horde. Six months have passed, and the aliens have suddenly returned, bigger and more menacing than ever. Now they must scramble to face a new threat…but mostly it’s just an opportunity to fly around with nothing down below but panties on.

My Thoughts: THIS SHOW MAKES MY BRAIN HURT. Seriously, this is utterly ridiculous — don’t try to make sense of it all because there’s so much that is wrong with this show on so many levels it’s not worth the effort. Like other series where I am jumping into the middle with the second season, I try watching it “cold”, meaning knowing nothing about the previous season or the set-up. So, I don’t know anything about the original Strike Witches series, but it appears I don’t have to. Forget about the plot, forget about the reasoning — the only way to possibly enjoy this show is to turn your brain off. But, alas, I can’t do that; Strike Witches stretches any semblance of credibility so far out of whack I cannot abide. I nominate this a candidate for Worst Show of the Season.

About the *only* reason to watch this show at all is if you have a lolita fetish for little girls’ panties. Bleah.

For more info:

Random Curiosity Review: http://randomc.net/2010/07/07/strike-witches-2-01/
Anime News Network entry: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=11313
Original opening credits: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSaqvhvnAgI&feature=related

The Verdict:

The tally for Summer 2010 season first episodes so far:
Passing Grade: Ookami-san, Highschool of the Dead, Mitsudomoe, Occult Academy
Failing grade: Amagami SS, Sekirei: Pure Engagement, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Strike Witches 2

Up Next (not necessarily in this order): Shukufuku no Campanella, Legend of Legendary Heroes, Kuroshitsuji 2, Digimon Xros Wars, Nurarihyon no Mago, Kurenai, Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail, Sengoku Basara II, Asobi ni Iku yo, Shiki

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