Like War anime? Do you like anime where the female character has Neko ears? Brave Witches is a pity to miss for those of you who answered “Yes” to the question earlier.
Title: Brave Witches
Release Date: October 6, 2016
Duration: 23 Minutes per Eps
Genre: Action, Ecchi, Magic, Military, Sci-Fi
Story Source: Original
Brave Witches Synopsis
In September 1944 the allied forces led by the 501st Joint Fighter Wing “Strike Witches” managed to keep Western Europe safe from the Neuroi threat. The Allies also took advantage of this opportunity by starting to develop tactics against Central and Eastern Europe.
A base was formed in Petersburg, Kingdom of Prussia. Immediately the 502 Joint Fighter Wing “Brave Witches” received a mission to carry out a surprise attack.
Brave Witches Storyline
Since This Anime is a spin-off of Strike Witches (located in a one-time setting), it’s hard for me not to compare the two at all. But do Brave Witches have their uniqueness?. I swear I’m bored with Neuroi in Strike Witches season 1 and 2. It’s just that the shape is different, or at best can split itself.
In Brave Witches it gives a new atmosphere, Neuroi is a little smarter because it has more creative strategic capabilities such as manipulating the weather and forming an artillery-spotter team so that the strategy used to deal with it must also be more creative.
Brave Witches Character
Individually, the 501st members are more charming. After about 8 years since watching the first season, I still remember them – (although I forgot the details of the characterization) and I still like Eila and Sanya. But! Character pack-wise, the 502nd is much more interesting.
I love the comparison, in 501st there are many important people and terrible abilities while 502nd is pathetic. Again, this is interesting. Watching magical characters beat their opponents is exciting, but seeing the underdogs achieve the same result is exhilarating.
In addition, a character set with weaknesses (and some are inefficient for combat) like this can show that war is not just a matter of beating Neuroi to the point of breaking out, but things like recon, support, supply line, escort, and even good food less important for the soldiers.
Brave Witches Art
The weakness of this one feels because I watched one season with Hibike! Euphonium 2 whose visuals are god-level, so This Anime looks like it’s tough. But if you compare it with 2 other studios that have been involved in the production of the Witches series (Gonzo and AIC), this time Silver Link… is below average.
Whether it’s because of RAW quality or not sharp, the coloring isn’t as sharp as Strike Witches season 2. Overall, I’d say it’s still below its predecessor. I don’t understand what happened to the Silver Link studio this time (until there was a production delay), even though when producing the OVA Operation Victory Arrow it was okay to watch. One more thing, the 3D CG.
Well, Neuroi’s 3D is almost always normal, but this time… 3D models for characters while flying are a must. There was even one frame where I was covered in the forehead because it felt awkward when I appeared (using a close-up program too). Even though using 2D character models was also good in the OVA Operation Victory Arrow. But why Silver Link when handling Brave Witches… oh why??? (.__.)
Brave Witches Ost
I can say Ashita no Tsubasa from Ishida Youko is the best Opening theme among other Opening Witches series. And overall the soundtrack, for me is as good as the Ending theme of Strike Witches season 2, Over Sky.
Brave Witches Overall
Storyline : 8 / 10
Character : 8 / 10
Art : 7 / 10
Ost : 8.5 / 10
Brave Witches : 8 / 10
For Brave Witches, because it provides a new atmosphere in the Witches series both in terms of setting and characters, some notable voice actors, and much-reduced fanservice.
Recommended for fans of the Witches series, as well as those who like the combination of military and more girls.