Strike Witches Anime Confirmed for TV Relaunch in 2008
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website for the Strike Witches anime has confirmed that the video project is being relaunched for television in 2008. The project will also get a manga serialization that will begin in the March issue (on sale on January 25) of Kadokawa's Comp Ace magazine. Kunihisa Sugishima (Speed Grapher, Nabari no Ou) directed the original video which the media companies Gonzo and Kadokawa Shoten released on January 1 of this year. Kadokawa Shoten's Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint published one prequel novel and one volume of the anime's novelization.
The original Strike Witches video essentially provided a plot rationale for the artwork of an illustrator named Humikane Shimada (Sky Girls). Shimada is known for drawing mecha-girls: girls whose bodies have been merged with real-life and imaginary machinery and weapons. The story takes place on an alternate world similar to our own in the 20th Century, except for the existence of magical powers. These powers, which manifest themselves in girls but disappear as the girls grow older, allow these so-called "witches" to fly in the skies. When an enigmatic enemy attacks, the last hope of humanity lies in these witches who have been equipped with Striker Unit flying gear — hence, the name Strike Witches.
Source: Moon Phase Comments
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