List of Strike Witches episodes

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Strike Witches is an anime series released as part of a mixed media project originally created by Humikane Shimada, which also includes light novels and manga. Taking place in an alternate Earth in the 1940s, the series focuses on the 501st Joint Fighter Wing of Strike Witches, magically powered girls who fight against an alien race known as the Neuroi. An original video animation was produced by Gonzo and released in Japan on January 1, 2007. A anime TV series was produced by Gonzo and aired in between July 3, 2008 and September 18, 2008. The series was also streamed with English subtitles on YouTube, BOST TV and Crunchyroll. The uncensored DVDs were released September 26, 2008 and January 30, 2009. The series was licensed by Funimation Entertainment and was released in a complete box set in North America on March 30, 2010. A second series, titled Strike Witches 2 was produced by AIC and aired in Japan between July 7, 2010 and September 23, 2010. It was also simulcast on Crunchyroll and Funimation's anime portal. This series was also licensed by Funimation and released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in North America on October 2, 2012. A film adaptation was released on March 17, 2012.

Four pieces of theme music were used for the series. The opening theme for the first series is titled "Strike Witches: To Do What I Can" (ストライクウィッチーズ ~わたしにできること~ Sutoraiku Witchīzu ~Watashi ni Dekiru Koto~?) and performed by Yoko Ishida, while the ending theme is "Bookmark Ahead" (ブックマーク ア・ヘッド Bukkumāku A Heddo?), performed by members of the vocal cast. The second series' opening theme is "STRIKE WITCHES 2 - The Magic of Smile (STRIKE WITCHES 2 ~笑顔の魔法~ Sutoraiku Witchīzu Tsū ~Egao no Mahou~?) performed by Ishida, while the ending theme is "Over Sky" which is performed by the vocal cast.

Television series[edit]

Strike Witches (2008)[edit]

No. English title
Japanese title
Original airdate
1 "Magical Girl"
"Mahō Shōjo" (魔法少女) 
July 3, 2008
Yoshika Miyafuji is first seen rescuing a cat from a tree, which her friend Michiko Yamakawa admires her for doing so. Later during the day, while Yoshika hitches a ride with Michiko's grandfather, a dog suddenly appears and crashes the wagon, and Michiko ends up injured. Once it is shown that Yoshika has magic healing abilities, she is approached by Mio Sakamoto to become a member of the special aerial infantry that is fighting against the mysterious Neuroi. Yoshika initially refuses her offer, until she receives a letter that supposedly came from her dead father, Ichiro Miyafuji. Yoshika accompanies Mio on the aircraft carrier Akagi, which soon comes under a surprise attack by the Neuroi. 
2 "That Which I Can Do"
"Watashi ni Dekiru Koto" (私にできること) 
July 10, 2008
With reinforcements a long way away, Mio along with the ship's air forces fight against the Neuroi ship. Yoshika, frustrated that she cannot do more to help, decides to don a Striker Unit, a device used to make witches fly, to assist Mio. Although she is hesitant in using a gun, she manages to do enough to allow the reinforcements to defeat the Neuroi. After finding that her father is still dead, Yoshika decides to join the Strike Witches so she can help people. 
3 "You're Not Alone"
"Hitori Ja Nai kara" (一人じゃないから) 
July 17, 2008
Yoshika is introduced to the other members of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing. The former newest Witch, Lynette Bishop, is distressed that Yoshika's apparent talent surpasses her own, since she lacks confidence during battle. When a decoy leaves Yoshika and Lynette as the only defense against a Neuroi attack, Yoshika helps to stabilize Lynette so she can defeat the Neuroi herself. 
4 "Thanks"
"Arigatō" (ありがとう) 
July 24, 2008
Luftwaffe ace Gertrud Barkhorn is distracted by the state of her seriously injured younger sister, Christiane Barkhorn, and becomes apathetic towards Yoshika, who bears a resemblance to her. Yoshika is also lectured by Perrine H. Clostermann, out of jealousy of her familiarity with Mio. When a Neuroi threatens Barkhorn's home country, she attacks it alone and is saved from certain death by Yoshika. Yoshika explains to Barkhorn that she must protect as many people as she can. After defeating the Neuroi, Barkhorn is lambasted by Minna for her recklessness., and later decides to go visit Chris. 
5 "Fast, Big, Soft"
"Hayai, Okkii, Yawarakai" (はやい, おっきい, やわらかい) 
July 31, 2008
The Witches head to the Britannian coast for a mix of training and relaxation while Charlotte E. Yeager tunes up her Striker Unit, chasing her dream to break the sound barrier with it. While messing around, Charlotte's friend Francesca Lucchini accidentally damages Charlotte's Striker Unit and hastily puts it back together. When Charlotte uses this unit during a surprise Neuroi attack, she is able to break past Mach 1 and destroy the enemy. 
6 "We're the Same"
"Issho da yo" (いっしょだよ) 
August 7, 2008
When a suspicious new Neuroi is spotted in the clouds, Yoshika is assigned on night patrol with Sanya V. Litvyak and Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen to investigate. During one of their missions, the Neuroi appears again, targeting Sanya, but the three work together to destroy it. As Yoshika and Sanya share the same birthday, they hear Sanya's father play a song for her over the radio. 
7 "Nice and Breezy"
"Sūsū suru no" (スースーするの) 
August 14, 2008
On the day of her commendation, Erica Hartmann misplaces her panties, so she steals Lucchini's. Lucchini in turn takes Perrine's panties, but soon gets spotted by the others and runs away, taking Yoshika's underwear with her. As Lucchini continues her escape, she also takes Eila's tights, which causes Eila to borrow Sanya's. While hiding, Lucchini accidentally switches the Neuroi alert on which causes confusion among the troops until Erica busts her. As Lucchini is forced to sit without wearing panties during Erica's ceremony, a breezy wind reveals the true culprit. 
8 "I Won't Forget You"
"Kimi o Wasurenai" (君を忘れない) 
August 21, 2008
Yoshika finds it odd that Commander Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke has forbidden the men from the hangar from talking to Strike Witches. The Akagi comes to visit to thank Yoshika for her help during the Neuroi attack. One of the crew tries to give Yoshika a thank you letter but is stopped by Minna. The next day, the witches go up against a dividing Neuroi, and Minna notices a weakness in Mio's shield. Following the battle, Minna checks the site, where she finds a memento from her old boyfriend who died in the war. As the Akagi leave on their next mission, Yoshika sends them off and Minna sings them a farewell song. However, later that night, Minna points a gun at Mio. 
9 "What I Want to Protect"
"Mamoritai Mono" (守りたいもの) 
August 26, 2008
Worried about Mio's strength, Minna tries to convince her to stop going into battles but fails. After Barkhorn visits her awakened sister, she finds a letter addressed to Minna, warning her not to delve in any further. Meanwhile, Perrine's jealousy over Yoshika reaches its peak and she challenges her to an ariel duel, which is soon interrupted by work of a Neuroi. When Yoshika confronts the Neuroi, it turns into a human shape and appears to communicate with her. When Mio arrives and Yoshika tries to defend it, it attacks Mio and pierces through her shield, dealing critical damage. 
10 "I Want You To Believe"
"Shinjite Hoshii" (信じてほしい) 
September 4, 2008
Despite using up all her energy and passing out, Yoshika continues to use her healing abilities on Mio, eventually getting her into a stable condition. Oblivious to Yoshika's statements about the Neuroi, Minna confines her to her quarters. Determined to find out the truth, Yoshika sneaks out and follows the Neuroi to its hive. There, Yoshika is shown the history of the Neuroi, as well as some scientists utilizing one of the Neuroi cores. Before Yoshika can learn more, a strange mech utilizing similar technology appears and destroys the Neuroi. Upon returning to base, the Witches find themselves surrounded by a group of military soldiers. 
11 "Into the Sky..."
"Sora e..." (空へ...) 
September 11, 2008
The military, led by General Trevor Maloney, stage a mutiny and orders the dissolution of the Strike Witches. They decide to use their mech, the Warlock, which Yoshika recognizes from the visions the Neuroi showed her. The Witches decide to go their separate ways and return to their home countries. However, Minna, Barkhorn, and Erica decide to stay behind to find out about Maloney's plans. When the Warlock attacks a Neuroi nest, it turns black and turns on Maloney, attacking everything in sight. With Yoshika, Mio, and Perrine aboard the Akagi as it is attacked, Mio reveals a hidden Striker Unit which Yoshika offers to fly. 
12 "Strike Witches"
"Sutoraiku Wicchīzu" (ストライクウィッチーズ) 
September 18, 2008
Yoshika, refusing to lose, flies off to fight the Warlock. After Minna's group captures Maloney, they use Barkhorn's strength to retrieve everyone's Striker Units so they can assist Yoshika in taking down the Warlock. However, it assimilates with the Akagi, transforming it into a giant airship. While everyone else provides cover, Yoshika, Lynne, and Perrine infiltrate the ship, and use Yoshika's Striker Units to destroy the core. With the Warlock defeated, the Neuroi nest over Gallia disappears, and the 501st Joint Fighter Wing officially disbands. However, six months later... 

Strike Witches 2 (2010)[edit]

No. English title
Japanese title
Original airdate
1 "Into the Sky Once More"
"Futatabi Sora e" (再び空へ) 
July 8, 2010
Six months after the battle over Brittania, the 504th Joint Fighter Wing, while on a mission to make contact with the Neuroi, encounter an even greater Neuroi nest hovering over Venezia which obliterates the previous Neuroi and attacks relentlessly. Meanwhile, Yoshika Miyafuji, who had just graduated from middle school, receives a letter from Amaki Suwa, containing blueprints supposedly sent by her father. When Yoshika goes to deliver these to Mio Sakamoto, she gets word that the stronger Neuroi had overpowered the Strike Witches, aware that they are in danger. Yoshika is ordered by Mio to go home, but when she notices Mio heading into battle again, Yoshika takes her old Striker Unit and follows after her. Admiring her spirit, Mio allows Yoshika to accompany her. However, a week into their flight, their plane comes into contact with a Neuroi ship. 
2 "The Legendary Witches"
"Densetsu no Majotachi" (伝説の魔女達) 
July 15, 2010
As the Neuroi continues to attack the plane, a fleet of battleships provide support, but are easily defeated by the Neuroi. With Mio still unable to use her shield, Yoshika flies into battle to protect the ships with her enhanced magic. Mio then uses her enhanced katana to slice through the Neuroi's beam and destroy it. However, it soon reforms itself, its core continuously shifting places to avoid being destroyed. Yoshika has a tough time facing it until the Witches arrive to assist, giving Mio the opportunity to destroy it with her katana. Setting up base in Romagna, Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke officially reforms the 501st Joint Fighter Wing. 
3 "That Which We Can Do"
"Issho ni Dekiru Koto" (一緒にできること) 
July 22, 2010
Mio meets up with Junko Takei of the 504th Joint Fighter Wing to learn about the new breed of Neuroi. Having gotten out of shape following inactivity during the past six months, Yoshika, along with Lynette Bishop and Perrine H. Clostermann are sent to an elderly lady named Anna Ferrara, who teaches them the basics, namely how to ride brooms. They struggle at first, but they soon start to get the hang of it. During their training, a Neuroi ship threatens to come into contact with Anna's home, but the girls team up to defeat it. 
4 "Hard, Fast, Amazing!"
"Katai, Hayai, Monosugōi" (かたい、はやい、ものすご~い) 
July 29, 2010
The Witches obtain a prototype Jet Striker model from Karlsland. After an argument between Charlotte E. Yeagar and Gertrud Barkhorn, the latter gets to test it out, while the former is convinced by Francesca Lucchini not to use it after trying it out herself. Barkhorn relishes the Jet Striker's power and outperforms Charlotte in a series of performance tests, but it ends up draining too much of her magic, causing her to faint mid-flight. Forbidding anyone from using the Striker as a result, Minna confines Barkhorn to her quarters. She breaks the ban anyway when a fast Neuroi appears. Although she defeats the Neuroi, Barkhorn faints as, this time, the Jet Striker goes out of control, forcing Charlotte to push her Striker Unit to its limits to save her, destroying the prototype in the process. Later, Ursula Hartmann, the twin sister of Erica Hartmann, pays them a visit, with a shipment of potatoes as a token of apology for the flawed prototype. 
5 "My Romagna"
"Watashi no Romānya" (私のロマーニャ) 
August 5, 2010
While Yoshika, Charlotte, and Lucchini are in Roma, which is Romagna's capital, buying supplies and gifts, Lucchini spots a girl named Maria being accosted by some suited men and rescues her. The two quickly become friends and spend the day exploring the city, although Lucchini ends up spending all the food money Charlotte gave her. When a Neuroi ship appears, Lucchini rejoins Yoshika and Charlotte to defeat it. Afterward, Lucchini treats Maria to a bird's eye view of Roma, telling her the importance of protecting it. After they return home, it is revealed that Maria is actually the Duchess of the Principality of Romagna, who gives her thanks to Lucchini during her inauguration by airdropping food supplies to the Witches. 
6 "Higher than the Sky"
"Sora yori Takaku" (空より高く) 
August 12, 2010
The Witches discover a huge Neuroi spire whose core is in a location far beyond the altitude that their Striker Units can reach. Formulating a plan using rocket boosters in stages to reach the required altitude, Sanya V. Litvyak is chosen to attack the core. Having never needed to use a shield in combat, Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen becomes furious when Yoshika is chosen to protect Sanya instead of her. Eila unsuccessfully tries to get Perrine to train her to use shields. Sanya becomes annoyed with Eila's willingness to give up and gets into a fight with her. The next day, as the Witches launch Sanya and Yoshika to the stratosphere, Eila apologizes and expresses her desire to protect Sanya. Seeing this, Yoshika decides to switch places with her. Eila finally uses her shield to protect Sanya as she destroys the core. 
7 "It's All Creepy Crawly"
"Mozomozo Suru no" (モゾモゾするの) 
August 19, 2010
After enjoying the newly-installed bath, a strange bug that Lucchini found earlier in the morning is embarrassing the Witches by literally getting into their pants, as well as causing electrical outages around the base. They soon realize that the bug is the core of a Neuroi ship that is sapping electricity from the base, disabling the alarm system, as it feeds a larger unit lurking near the base. After the Witches ensue a lengthy chase for the bug around the base, Minna inadvertently destroys the Neuroi bug when it crawls inside her pants, destroying the larger unit as well. It is technically Minna's 200th Neuroi kill, and she was awarded a medal by the Luftwaffe for the milestone. 
8 "Please Grant Me Wings"
"Tsubasa wo Kudasai" (翼をください) 
August 26, 2010
Mio trains to obtain the True Reppuzan, and refuses to teach it to Yoshika despite her requests. Later, during a practice session with Perrine, Yoshika starts to have some trouble flying. However, Yoshika is given a clean bill of health, and her Striker Unit is in perfect running condition. The next day, Yoshika and Lynnette are sent to the battleship Yamato to heal crew members injured in a lab explosion. When the Yamato and its battle group is attacked by a blimp-shaped Neuroi ship, Yoshika is unable to fly, leaving Lynette alone to defend the battle fleet while they retreat. As Yoshika laments her inability to help, she hears her father's voice and is presented with a new Striker Unit, which was developed based on his research findings. Now able to use her powers to the maximum with a Striker Unit built just for her, Yoshika flies off to save Lynette and and then destroys the Neuroi unassisted. Later it is discovered that Yoshika's flight troubles are traced to her old Striker Unit's inability to withstand Yoshika's increasing power. 
9 "The Bridge to Tomorrow"
"Asu ni Kakeru Hashi" (明日に架ける橋) 
September 2, 2010
While visiting Gallia, Perrine learns that children can not get to school because the bridge is broken. This preoccupies her, even thinking of selling the last family heirloom to fund the bridge's repairs. On a training trip at the beach, Lucchini finds a treasure chest, which Perrine salvages in the hope of finding treasure. After going through an endless number of chests, they find a puzzle chest containing a map, which Perrine, Yoshika, Lynnette, and Lucchini follow to an underwater cave filled with booby traps. Meanwhile, while looking for them, Mio and the others encounter a trap which causes Mio to become drunk, kissing Minna and running off. Perrine's group comes across a room with a statue which Perrine defeats when it attacks them. They eventually find the treasure, which is nothing more than a herb and spice garden. However, a slightly hungover Mio reassures Perrine that it is the feelings that people truly treasure. After returning to base, Perrine receives a letter from Gallia informing her that the children worked together to build a new bridge. 
10 "500 Overs"   September 9, 2010
Mio progresses in perfecting the True Reppuzan, but it drains much power from her. After Minna proposes an operation to attack a Neuroi base, the top brass send in Captain Hanna-Justina Marseille of the 31st Karlsland Luftwaffe Storm Witches to join the mission. Since Barkhorn and Hanna do not get along, Erica volunteers to accompany her on the mission. After fooling around in a training session, Erica and Hanna are ordered to stay in a room together to learn to cooperate. Obsessed with winning, Hanna has always wanted to settle things with Erica, whom she views as her equal, but as of late she is annoyed with Erica's lack of competitive spirit. When Hanna badmouths Barkhorn, who wants an autograph for her sister, Erica agrees to compete with her during the mission. When they reached a draw after destroying the Neuroi, they have a tiebreaker dogfight, also ending in a draw. Before she leaves, Hanna decides to give the autograph. 
11 "To Be Myself"
"Watashi de Aru Tame Ni" (私であるために) 
September 16, 2010
Mio still experiences power drains from her use of the True Reppuzan. Later, Yoshika discovers that Mio's sword reacts to her powers and nearly causes her to faint. Later, Mio and Minna receive orders from their superiors for a final attack on the Neuroi nest. They plan to defeat it by powering the Yamato with Neuroi technology. The mission's failure would mean the surrender of Romagna and the dissolution of the 501st Strike Witches. Mio becomes determined to complete the True Reppuzan, but Minna, aware that her sword has drained nearly all of her magical power, stops her, all of which Yoshika overhears. The next day, they begin the charge and Mio fails to execute the True Reppuzan, much to her despair. Meanwhile, the Yamato activates its Neuroi Dynamo, allowing it to fly and repair itself. But when the Yamato hits the hive bow first, its Neuroi Dynamo stopped working, paralyzing its firing controls. With the mission deemed a failure, Mio, refusing to lose, charges towards the Yamato to attempt to restart the Neuroi Dynamo with her remaining magic power. 
12 "Beyond the Eternal Skies"
"Sora Yori Towa Ni" (天空より永遠に) 
September 23, 2010
Over Minna's objection, Mio heads inside the Yamato and gives the Neuroi Dynamo her remaining magic power which kick-starts the engine. Mio is then able to fire the main cannon, destroying the Neuroi nest. It is revealed, however, that the dome was merely a shield concealing the hive's massive core, which Mio becomes absorbed into. Refusing to surrender, Yoshika, with backup from the other Witches, retrieves the Reppumaru and is able to perform the True Reppuzan which only Fuso Witches are capable of performing. This destroys the giant Neuroi core at the cost of Yoshika's remaining magical power, releasing Mio in the process. With Venezia finally free from the Neuroi, the 501st Strike Witches are once again formally dissolved, and Yoshika begins her medical career. In the final scene, Yoshika's special Striker Unit having washed up on a beach alongside the Reppumaru, the shadow of an unknown individual then appears to find them. 

Original video animation[edit]

Pilot OVA (2007)[edit]

No. English title
Japanese title
Release date
OVA "Strike Witches"
"Sutoraiku Witchīzu" (ストライクウィッチーズ) 
January 1, 2007
Three months after being gathered into a fighting force, the Strike Witches enter into an intense mock battle between each other. After hesitating to fire her weapon at her friends, Yoshika Miyafuji is scolded by Mio Sakamoto, who suggests she should leave. As she prepares to leave, Yoshika runs into Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke, who convinces her to stay and protect her country. 

Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow (2014)[edit]

No. English title
Japanese title
Release date
1 "St. Trond's Thunder"
"San Toron no Raimei" (サン・トロンの雷鳴) 
September 20, 2014[1]

Strike Witches: The Movie (2012)[edit]

No. English title
Japanese title
Release date
"Strike Witches: The Movie"
"Sutoraiku Witchīzu Gekijōban" (ストライクウィッチーズ 劇場版) 
March 17, 2012
Two months following the events of Strike Witches 2, Yoshika is adjusting to life without her magic abilities. When Yoshika nearly falls down a waterfall while rescuing a stranded puppy, she is rescued by a Fuso witch named Shizuka Hattori, bringing her a visa to study at a medical school in Helvetia. Meanwhile in Venezia, where Shirley and Lucchini have a friendly boat race against the 504th unit, a strange transforming Neuroi with communication jamming abilities appears. With some assistance from the 504th, Shirley and Francesca manage to beat the Neuroi. As Yoshika and Shizuka travel on the Amagi, it collides with an iceberg, trapping one of the crew in the ammo storage with a fire breaking out. Ignoring Shizuka's warning not to enter the ammo storage, Yoshika rescues him and gets the sprinklers working while Shizuka indifferently observes. Upon arriving at Gallia, the two are greeted by Lynnette and Perrine and spend some time with some orphaned children Perrine looks after. Later, Perrine explains to Shizuka that Yoshika, despite not fitting the ideal image of a soldier, helped the 501st grow stronger. As Yoshika and Shizuka continue their journey, they stop at Rhine to aid people affected by a landslide. Meanwhile, Minna becomes curious about the reports on the new type of Neuroi, which appears too far away from the usual nests, sending Gertrude and Erica to investigate. Their search leads them to find several transforming Neuroi, as well as a tower-shaped one which escapes underground. As more Neuroi appear at a nearby village, Yoshika goes to help evacuate the villagers while Shizuka fights them in her first battle, though she is shot down by a surprise attack. With Shizuka rendered unconscious and a tower-type Neuroi heading towards the shelter, Yoshika is able to lure it away and destroy it, but she is wounded by it. Coming across the grim situation as a large carrier-type Neuroi appears, Shizuka regains consciousness and attempts to fly out of the Neuroi's jamming range to call for help, informing the 501st of Yoshika's condition. As Yoshika hears the voices of her comrades, she regains her magical ability and heal her wounds. As the 501st fight against the Neuroi, Yoshika receives her Strike Unit from Mio and rejoins her friends to destroy the Neuroi carrier. With more Neuroi expected to come, the 501st Joint Fighter Wing is once again reformed. 

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.animenewsnetwork.co.uk/news/2014-06-28/strike-witches-operation-victory-arrow-promo-video-previews-yoko-ishida-song/.76035

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