The Magnificent Kotobuki
|The Magnificent Kotobuki|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tsutomu Mizushima|
|Produced by||Digital Frontier|
|Written by||Michiko Yokote|
|Music by||Shirō Hamaguchi|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, TVA, MBS, BS11|
|Original run||January 13, 2019 – present|
The Magnificent Kotobuki (荒野のコトブキ飛行隊 Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai, Kotobuki Squadron in the wilderness) is an anime television series produced by Gemba which premiered on January 13, 2019. A smartphone game titled Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai - Ōzora no Take Off Girls! will be released in early 2019.
In a desolate land, people trade goods with each other to survive. Goods are transported via huge zeppelins which hire squadrons of fighter pilots for defense against air pirates and carry their single-propeller fighter planes on board. One of these is the Kotobuki Squadron, a team of six young women; Kylie, Emma, Kate, Reona, Zara and Chika.
- Kylie (キリエ (Kirie))
- Voiced by: Sayumi Suzushiro
- She is a pilot with excellent skills and a natural aptitude for flying, and passion for pancakes. She first flew with Ol' Sab (Shioyama) when she was a young girl.
- Emma (エンマ)
- Voiced by: Eri Yukimura
- Kirie's childhood friend, and a pilot with superior dogfight senses and observational skills.
- Kate (ケイト)
- Voiced by: Sayaka Nakaya
- She is a logical thinker and generally prefers to remain silent.
- Leona (レオナ (Reona))
- Voiced by: Asami Seto
- She is the unit's captain and most experienced member, sensible and a down-to-earth pilot.
- Zara (ザラ)
- Voiced by: Hibiku Yamamura
- She is the unit's executive officer and generally watches over the squadron members.
- Chika (チカ)
- Voiced by: Miyu Tomita
- She is the squadron's youngest member and tends to act without thinking.
- Natsuo (ナツオ)
- Voiced by: Rumi Ōkubo
- She is the chief of the maintenance crew for the fighters. Although she looks childlike, she is a full-fledged adult and unafraid to speak her mind.
- Madame Lulu (マダム・ルゥルゥ)
- Voiced by: Akiko Yajima
- Madame Lulu, the president of the Ōni Company which makes a living on the transportation of goods and materials. She projects a confident and imposing figure.
- Saneatsu (サネアツ)
- Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara
- He is the indecisive commanding officer of the Hagoromo airship and intimidated by Madame Lulu.
- Anna (アンナ)
- Voiced by: Misaki Yoshioka
- She is part of the crew of the Hagoromo airship and a headstrong and determined girl who can be critical of Saneatsu.
- Ady (アディ)
- Voiced by: Miyuri Shimabukuro
- She is one of three similar-looking girls who the crew on the Hagoromo airship. She wears a red tie.
- Betty (ベティ)
- Voiced by: Aoi Koga
- She is one of three similar-looking girls who the crew on the Hagoromo airship. She wears a brown tie.
- Cindy (シンディ)
- Voiced by: Natsumi Kawaida
- She is one of three similar-looking girls who the crew on the Hagoromo airship. She wears a green tie.
- Johnny (ジョニー)
- Voiced by: Yōji Ueda
- He is the owner and bartender of the bar that the pilots frequent. He serves drinks, cooks the food and has a calm and quiet personality.
- Ririko (リリコ)
- Voiced by: Nao Tōyama
- She is the waitress in Johnny's bar and acts disinterested in her job.
- Maria (マリア)
- Voiced by: Miho Okasaki
The series is directed by Tsutomu Mizushima and written by Michiko Yokote, both of whom had previously worked on the anime series Shirobako, and it features character designs by Hidari. The series premiered in January 13, 2019 on Tokyo MX, TVA, MBS, and BS11. It is animated by Gemba, with Digital Frontier handling production. Shirō Hamaguchi composes the series' music. The series' opening theme song "Sora no Ne" is performed by ZAQ. The series is licensed by Sentai Filmworks.
|No.||Title[a]||Original air date|
|1||"Moonlit Guns For Hire"|
"Tsukiyo no yōjinbō" (月夜の用心棒)
|January 13, 2019|
|The Kotobuki Squadron and their Hayabusa fighters are hired by the commanders of a zeppelin transporter to protect it from pirates, to the dismay of one male squadron, even though the young women have 200 confirmed stars among them. When the zeppelin is attacked both squadrons are scrambled, and the Kotobuki Squadron demonstrates its fighting ability. During the tense air pirate attack, Kirie notices a distinctive symbol on an enemy fighter, a snake wrapped around a heart, and chases after it. However, the enemy fighter outwits Kirie, and she is only saved when the enemy fighter runs low on fuel and retreats. The zeppelin reaches its destination safely and the squadron goes on leave.|
|2||"The Wandering Six"|
"Sasurai no Roku-nin" (さすらいの6人)
|January 20, 2019|
|After returning to base, Rena berates Kirie for breaking formation, something she regularly does. Meanwhile, Tokiwagi, captain of the third branch of the Rachma Vigilantes argues with Chika, and they get into a fight which is won by the Kotobuki Squadron. Loulou offers the squadrons extra pay to take on a new job, to escort Councilor Julia the Ouni aboard the Hagoromo to Gador. Reona mentions that Julia has many enemies due to her proposal to integrate ex-pirates into society. On their way, they are attacked by what appears to be three groups of five Shirokuma pirates in their Type 96 Carrier-based fighters. However, the pirates are flying in tight formation, and there are in fact four times as many aircraft, flying much more formidable Hiens. Although outnumbered, the Kotobuki Squadron manage to drive off the pirates and return to the zeppelin which successfully delivers Councilor Julia and later they celebrate their victory. Meanwhile, a building in their hometown of Rachma is set on fire.|
|3||"Rachma's Longest Day"|
"Rahama no nagai hi" (ラハマの長い日)
|January 27, 2019|
|The Kotobuki Squadron returns to Rachma to find the town has been attacked by a group of air pirates calling themselves "Elite Industries". Torihei, the CEO of Elite Industries, offers a reproduction ukiyo-e painting in return for the town's prized Raiden fighter, threatening to return and attack in force if the Raiden is not handed over. Loulou refuses to protect Rachma without payment, but the mayor balks at her price, sparking a fierce debate among the townsfolk over whether to fight or give in to Elite Industries' demands. Loulou agrees to lower her price if the town actively participates in the defense, and after a fiery speech by Emma, the mayor agrees to fight back. When Elite Industries returns, Kotobuki and the townsfolk engage them in a fierce battle and inflict heavy losses, however Elite Industries manages to steal the Raiden and escape. Still under contract to protect the Raiden, Loulou orders the Kotobuki Squadron to pursue the pirates and recover the fighter.|
"Erīto toride" (エリート砦)
|February 3, 2019|
|The Kotobuki Squadron flies out to raid Elite Industries' hideout and recover the Raiden. However, the base is in a highly fortified mountain stronghold, making it difficult to attack. The squadron encounters a troupe of traveling entertainers headed for Elite Industries, and Zara joins them to infiltrate their base. Once inside, Zara befriends a young girl and talented artist that the CEO, Torihei, is sheltering. Meanwhile, the rest of the Kotobuki Squadron stage a surprise attack on the base, drawing out Elite Industries' pilots, including the CEO, Torihei. However, in the air, the boss is betrayed by his HR Chief and Sales Division, who intend to resign and create their own pirate group. Realizing Torihei in danger, the girl gives Zara the key to the Raiden on the condition that she helps the boss. With the Raiden ariborne, Zara and the Kotobuki Squadron are able to force the HR Chief and his men to flee. Torihei and the few remaining Elite Industries pilots thank the Kotobuki Squadron for their help and promise to take on more honest work. The Kotobuki squadron then flies off with the Raiden back towards Rachma.|
|5||"The Splendid Aleshma"|
"Kareinaru areshima" (華麗なるアレシマ)
|February 10, 2019|
|The Kotobuki Squadron are in the city of Aleshma in Ikesuka, when they receive a message from First Officer Saneatsu to go to the Ocean Sunfish Hotel to meet Councilor Julia. She engages them to provide air support for her official conference with Isao, the head of View Trading who is likely to be the next head of Ikesuka, and a man she mistrusts and dislikes, especially for his cheap magic tricks. Reona accepts the job against the other members' wishes, and they speculate that Reona may have a crush on Isao. During the conference, Aleshma is attacked by a large number of air pirates and the Kotobuki Squadron, with the two remaining pilots of the Nazarin Squadron in their Shinden fighters, fly out to intercept them. During a fierce dogfight, Kate's fighter is hit defending Reona and she returns to Aleshma. Isao suddenly decides to join the battle while the Kotobuki Squadron focuses on destroying the two approaching bombers. As they shoot down one bomber, Isao joins the battle and Reona tells the others that he was a former ace pilot who saved her during an air battle over Rinouche eight years ago. Eventually, Isao shoots down the remaining bomber which comes to rest at the very building where Councilor Julia awaits the outcome of the battle.|
|6||"No Place to Return"|
"Kaerazaru mushuku" (帰らざる無宿)
|February 17, 2019|
|Councilor Julia expresses her anger at Isao's enhanced reputation as she pays Kirie in cash for the squadron's defense of Aleshma. Later, while Kirie is out flying solo, she encounters the enemy fighter with the snake and heart insignia and gives chase. After a protracted dogfight through the clouds, the other plane damages Kirie's engine, but she manages to land on a high plateau which she identifies as Ofukouyama, a former pilot training ground. Kirie recalls her youth in Ijitsu when she met the recluse Ol' Sab (Shioyama) at Ofukouyama, who had been abandoned by the Yufang. He took her flying for the first time in his old fighter plane and they flew over her city of Ijitsu. However, after a visit from a stranger from Yufang, Ol' Sab destroyed has small shack and left in his plane and she never saw him again. Meanwhile, Loulou and the rest of the squadron prepare to search for Kirie who has been missing for 44 hours and still has the money. Back at Ofukouyama, Kirie manages to repair and restart her engine and flies back to Aleshma, encountering the Kotobuki Squadron on the way.|
|7||"Blood for a Nazarin Pound"|
"Nasarin no ichi pondo kōka" (ナサリンの1ポンド硬貨)
|February 24, 2019|
- All English titles are taken from HIDIVE.
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