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Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! Episode #08 Anime Review

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”501st, Ready for Night Work”

© 2020 Fumikane Shimada · KADOKAWA / 501 Integrated Battle Group
”501st, Ready for Night Work”

What They Say:
The Neuroi are coming tonight, which means that everybody needs to stay up1 How will they stay awake though?

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Unsurprisingly, the show has been light on anything to actually do with the enemy that has all of them fighting in this war. Keeping it largely to the background, or ignored completely, allows them to just deal with the simplicity of life in the military during the quiet periods – of which there are many, even during wartime. With this episode, the knowledge of a night mission coming up means that the gang has to prepare for it beyond just the gear and everything else. They have to find a way to stay awake so that they can actually get in the fight itself. And dealing with being tired or not fully awake in a fight is not a good thing.

Of course, some of the things they do along the way are a bit comical and getting a hot spring sequence in the first half just kind of leaves you in that odd place. Naturally, it’s not much of a fanservice piece since this series is going for low-rent short-form style animation but that lets the comedy side take over a bit which helps. As time goes on, the team gets a visit from another Witch from a different region who was actually Hartmann’s rival previously. Marseilles is cute enough and plays well with this group as another “weird” personality but it’s the kind of thing that just makes the whole episode feel off-balanced because of the variety of things that they introduce to it. There is, once again, no strong narrative to the episode which leaves it just being a series of light gags at best.

In Summary:
I know it’s foolish to hope each week that the show improves or finds a better balance for its material, but it’s what I do. Strike Witches does introduce a number of different things here but it also just comes across as all over the place because of it, with quick jumps and no real narrative to it. I continue to like the girls and this one had me a bit more hopeful because of the description that it might have a more united front with what it wants to do, but once again it’s just a slapdash of different things that doesn’t flow well at all.

Grade: D

Streamed By: Funimation

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