We learned back in the summer of 2018 about the tentatively titled Idol Witches series that was scheduled to land in 2021. The project has set Shouji Saeki to handle directing and writing the series and last year we got the full name of Renmei Kūgun Kōkū Mahō Ongakutai Luminous Witches, which translates as Allied Air Force Magical Idols Luminous Witches. SHAFT is on board for the production of it.
The series saw a push back to 2022 with the way COVID has impacted so many productions. It recently saw a July 3rd, 2022 premiere and recently the folks at Sentai Filmworks announced their pickup of the series with home video release plans down the line. They’re also bringing the show as an exclusive to their HIDIVE service as part of the summer season under the name League of Nations Air Force Aviation Magic Band Luminous Witches. With the first couple of episodes already on the service, they’ve now brought out a subtitled trailer to their YouTube channel in order to drive attention to the show and where to stream it.
The series features direction and series composition from Shoji Saeki (Medaka Box, episode director for FLCL and Cardcaptor Sakura). Humikane Shimada (Frame Arms Girl, Girls und Panzer der Film, Girls und Panzer) provides original character design.
The full cast so far includes::
- Ami Aimoto as Lyudmila Andreyevna Rouslanova
- Mai Narumi as Virginia Robertson
- Minako Hosogawa as Inori Shibuya
- Ryo Mamiya as Aira Payvikki Linnama
- Sayaka Tsuzuki as Eleonore Giovanna Gassion
- Misaki Yuki as Manaia Matawhaura Hato
- Rino Yoshikita as Sylvie Cariello
- Rio Mamesaki as Joanna Elizabeth Stafford
Plot Concept: The war against invading aliens can’t be won by missiles alone! Team morale matters just as much as launching a counterassault, and that’s where Ginny and her friends come in. Instead of standing on the front lines with the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, the Luminous Witches of the League of Nations Air Force bring smiles to civilians displaced in the human-Neuroi war world with thrilling song and dance — not to mention aerial displays the likes of which the music world has never seen! While they might be non-combatants, these performers know the value of preserving the people’s smiles, and they’ll fight in their unique way to make sure those smiles never fade.