Strike Witches Manga Spinoff Posted for Free in English
posted on by Ko Ransom
The latest issue of Kadokawa Shoten's online magazine Kadokawa Niconico Ace includes an English translation of Strike Witches: The Witches of Andorra, a Strike Witches spinoff manga by Takeshi Nogami (Panzer fräulein ALTESEISEN, Sailor-fuku to Jūsensha). Users of the service can view the manga for free viewing after registration.
Nogami worked on a previous Strike Witches project that has also been translated into English. He co-created The Witches of the Sphinx dōjinshi with Takaaki Suzuki, the historical advisor on the Strike Witches anime series.
A fully bilingual compilation of this earlier semi-official project was released last May, and the series began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten's COMPTIQ magazine the following November. Nogami personally commissioned translator Dan Kanemitsu to translate the dōjinshi as he was creating it. Nogami also made news in 2010 when he responded to CNN's article regarding the controversy over the Japanese erotic game Rapelay.
Kadokawa Niconico Ace magazine launched last year on Nico Nico Seiga, the online still-frame counterpart to Nico Nico Douga (now known as niconico). Like the video service, Nico Nico Seiga allows visitors to post comments on top of manga and novels for others to see.
Thanks to Dan Kanemitsu for the news tip.