Strike Witches to Launch 10th Anniversary Project in 2018
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The cast of both the Strike Witches and Brave Witches anime announced during the "Minna to Issho ni Dekiru Koto! Fes" live event on August 19 that the Strike Witches franchise will launch a 10th anniversary project in 2018, a decade after the first television anime's airing. Illustrator Humikane Shimada added on Twitter that the project is not yet at the stage where he can discuss specifics.
The franchise's story centers on an alien invasion by beings known as the Neuroi. The only way to damage and ultimately defeat them lies in Witches, girls who possess magical powers and are capable of wielding Striker Units that enhances their abilities and allow them to maneuver in the air. The characters in the franchise are often based on real-life aerial aces from various nationalities.
The series is based on illustrator Humikane Shimada's mecha-girl illustrations, and Shimada is credited as the original creator and character designer for the franchise. The mixed-media franchise began with a manga in 2005, and a light novel series in 2006, both of which focus on different characters from the eventual Strike Witches anime. The anime premiered in 2008, and it spawned a sequel, a film, and OVA series. The franchise also spawned the Brave Witches anime last October, as well as numerous spinoff manga, novels, and games.