Girly Air Force

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Girly Air Force
Girly Air Force, volume 1.jpg
Light novel cover volume 1 featuring Gripen
(Gārī Ea Fōsu)
Light novel
Written byKōji Natsumi
Illustrated byAsagi Tōsaka
Published byASCII Media Works
ImprintDengeki Bunko
Original runSeptember 10, 2014 – present
Volumes9 (List of volumes)
Illustrated byTakahiro Seguchi
Published byKadokawa Shoten
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Ace
Original runOctober 26, 2018 – present
Anime television series
Directed byKatsumi Ono
Written byShingo Nagai
Music byI've Sound
Original networkAT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, SUN, AbemaTV
Original run January 10, 2019 – present
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Girly Air Force (ガーリー・エアフォース, Gārī Ea Fōsu) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kōji Natsumi and illustrated by Asagi Tōsaka. A manga adaptation by Takahiro Seguchi launched Monthly Shōnen Ace in October 2018, and an anime television series adaptation by Satelight is set to premiere in January 2019.


Earth has come under attack by the Zai, a mysterious "armed group" using unusually highly advanced weapon systems far superior to any Terran military technology. A young Chinese-Japanese teenager named Kei Narutani and his Chinese girlfriend Minghua, both living in Shanghai, are force-evacuated to Japan when the city is attacked by the Zai. During their escape by sea, several Zai fighters begin sinking the evacuation fleet when Kei suddenly witnesses the Zai being repelled by a strange airplane. When the plane subsequently crashes, Kei rushed to aid the pilot, but is surprised to find a pretty girl at the controls.

After arriving in Japan, Kei begins investigating the origins of the strange plane, and before long he is captured by Japanese secret service agents. He learns from them that it was a Swedish fighter retrofitted with special technology developed by the JSDF. In order to combat the Zai, their technology - HiMAT (Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology) and EPCM (Electronic Perceptory Countermeasures) - was reverse-engineered and applied to existing fighter models, which are codenamed "Daughters"; but in order to function properly, this tech requires an autonomous interface unit called "Anima", androids shaped like human girls. The girl Kei encountered, by the name of Gripen (after the plane she flies), is such an "Anima" unit who formed an emotional attachment to him when he came to her aid. When her supervising developer notices that effect, he invites Kei into the Anima project and act as Gripen's partner in order to boost her flight performance and prevent her from being scrapped.


Kei Narutani (鳴谷慧, Narutani Kei)
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka[1]
A Chinese-Japanese teenager who was living in Shanghai before it had to be evacuated due to a Zai attack. After witnessing Gripen fighting a pair of Zai fighters and then crashing into the sea, he impulsively comes to her aid, which creates an emotional bond between them. With his mother, an airshow pilot, killed in a Zai attack, he decides to join the Japanese Air Force to take revenge on them. After becoming privy to the Anima project, he becomes Gripen's copilot and emotional anchor.
Gripen (グリペン, Guripen)
Voiced by: Yūka Morishima[1]
A pink-haired Anima unit flying a Swedish JAS 39 Gripen. She suffers from an inherent emotional defect which leaves her scatterbrained and lacking a sense of purpose. When they first meet, Gripen forms an emotional dependency on Kei, which is noted by her supervisor, and thus Kei is taken into the program to provide her with a motivation for fighting the Zai.
Eagle (イーグル, Īguru)
Voiced by: Hitomi Ōwada[2]
Phantom (ファントム, Fantomu)
Voiced by: Shiori Izawa[3]
Minghua Song (宋 明華, Son Minhoa)
Voiced by: Lynn[3]
Kei's forceful Chinese childhood friend who lost her parents during the chaotic evacuation of Shanghai. She has formed a crush on Kei and considers herself his girlfriend; but since she never told him about her feelings, he views her like a sister.
Haruka Yashiodōri (Yashiodōri Haruka)
The leading JASDF scientist behind the reverse-engineering of the Zai's weaponry, and the developer of the Anima system. Because of the emotional effect Kei has on Gripen, he constantly nicknames him "Prince Charming" (王子さま, ōji-sama).


Light novels[edit]

Kōji Natsumi published the first light novel, with illustrations by Asagi Tōsaka, under ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Bunko imprint in 2014.[4]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 September 10, 2014[5]ISBN 978-4-04-866862-0
2 March 10, 2015[6]ISBN 978-4-04-869187-1
3 June 10, 2015[7]ISBN 978-4-04-865195-0
4 November 10, 2015[8]ISBN 978-4-04-865502-6
5 March 10, 2016[9]ISBN 978-4-04-865810-2
6 July 9, 2016[10]ISBN 978-4-04-892188-6
7 October 8, 2016[11]ISBN 978-4-04-892391-0
8 November 10, 2017[12]ISBN 978-4-04-893479-4
9 June 9, 2018[13]ISBN 978-4-04-893875-4


A manga adaptation with art by Takahiro Seguchi began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Ace magazine on October 26, 2018.[2]


An anime television series adaptation by studio Satelight was announced on June 1, 2018.[4] The series is directed by Katsumi Ono and written by Shingo Nagai, with character designs by Tōru Imanishi.[3] I've Sound is composing the series' music.[3] The series will premiere in January 10, 2019 on AT-X, before airing on Tokyo MX, BS11, Sun TV, and AbemaTV.[1][14] The series is listed for 12 episodes.[15] Run Girls, Run! will perform the series' opening theme song "Break the Blue".[3] The ending theme song is "Colorful Wing" performed by Yūka Morishima, Hitomi Ōwada, and Shiori Izawa. Crunchyroll will be simulcasting the series worldwide excluding Asia.[16]

No. Title Original air date
1"Crimson Wings"
"Akai Tsubasa" (紅い翼)
January 10, 2019 (2019-01-10)
Kei and his childhood friend Minghua are Chinese refugees fleeing to Japan to escape an unknown and highly advanced alien force called the "Xi". Several Xi aircraft arrive and attack the ship Kei and Minghua are riding in, but they are saved by the intervention of a highly advanced plane resembling a JAS39 Gripen. The Gripen crashes into the water after the Xi retreat, and Kei swims over to rescue the pilot, who is a mysterious girl that kisses him upon seeing him. The Japan Air Self Defense Force recovers the Gripen and Kei and Minghua reach Japan safely where they live at Kei's grandfather's house. Intrigued by the Gripen, as well as wanting revenge against the Xi for killing his mother, Kei heads to a nearby JASDF base to see if the Gripen is being stored there. Minghua follows him and they are both captured by base security. Inside, Kei meets Haruka Yashiodōri, who reveals to him that the JASDF has developed advanced fighters called "Daughters" which are capable of overcoming the Xi's technological advantage, and they are piloted by special entities called "Anima". He further reveals that for some reason, Gripen seems to respond positively to Kei's presence, and he offers him a chance to join his team and help fight the Xi.
2"Komatsu Rendezvous"
"Komatsu Randebū" (コマツ・ランデブー)
January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)
Upon Yashiodōri's invitation, Kei returns to the base the next morning to start working with Gripen. Gripen fetches him from their meeting point and begins showing him around, thereby revealing a surprisingly, dreamy human-like but very scatterbrained side. Kei also notices a strong antipathy by the JASDF staff towards the Anima. The next day, Gripen seeks Kei out at his home for a date, in which course she reveals that she suffers from an unknown defect, which leaves her without a clear purpose of existence and frequent breakdowns during her missions. They spend the rest of the day with leisure activities until Gripen inexplicably collapses and is immediately picked up by Yashiodōri's staff for repairs. Yashiodōri tells Kei that Gripen usually breaks down (i.e., falls asleep) after just three hours, but during this day her activity cycle was substantially extended, and expresses hope that Kei's presence will affect her positively during her test flight in a week's time, because otherwise she will be declared a write-off prototype and scrapped.
3"Anima Core"
"Anima no Honishitsu" (アニマの本質)
January 24, 2019 (2019-01-24)


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  2. ^ a b Loo, Egan (September 17, 2018). "Girly Air Force TV Anime Casts Hitomi Ohwada, Gets Tie-In Manga". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
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  4. ^ a b Hodgkins, Crystalyn (June 1, 2018). "Kōji Natsumi's Girly Air Force Light Novel Series Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "ガーリー・エアフォース". Dengeki Bunko (in Japanese). Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "ガーリー・エアフォースII". Dengeki Bunko (in Japanese). Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "ガーリー・エアフォースIII". Dengeki Bunko (in Japanese). Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  8. ^ "ガーリー・エアフォースIV". Dengeki Bunko (in Japanese). Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  9. ^ "ガーリー・エアフォースV". Dengeki Bunko (in Japanese). Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "ガーリー・エアフォースVI". Dengeki Bunko (in Japanese). Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  11. ^ "ガーリー・エアフォースVII". Dengeki Bunko (in Japanese). Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "ガーリー・エアフォースVIII". Dengeki Bunko (in Japanese). Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "ガーリー・エアフォースIX". Dengeki Bunko (in Japanese). Retrieved June 1, 2018.
  14. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (November 22, 2018). "Girly Air Force Anime Reveals Ending Theme Artists, Visual, January 10 Premiere". Anime News Network.
  15. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (January 11, 2019). "Girly Air Force Anime Listed With 12 Episodes". Anime News Network.
  16. ^ Ressler, Karen; Sherman, Jennifer (December 27, 2018). "Crunchyroll to Simulcast Girly Air Force, Price of Smiles Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 28, 2018.

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