Film centers on Yoshika, Shizuka in Europe
The final episode of the Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! anime revealed on Wednesday that the series will get a 30-minute film that will open in Japan on October 4.
The film will feature a new story and new characters, including Aya Uchida as Shizuka Hattori. The story of the film takes place after the 501st Joint Fighter Wing girls break up. Yoshika Miyafuji spends her days peacefully after returning to her hometown. Her former superior officer Mio Sakamoto and others arranged for Yoshika to study abroad at a medical school in Europe. Yoshika returns to Europe with Shizuka Hattori, who was Sakamoto’s student at the naval academy. As Yoshika returns to Europe and new signs of Neuroi emerge, the other former members of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, who were scattered in various locations, also begin to gather again. A powerful Neuroi then appears before Yoshika and Shizuka.
The main cast members are returning from the television anime, and some of the main staff members are also returning. Fumio Ito is returning to direct the film at acca effe and Giga Production. Kei Anjiki (Yotsuiro Biyori) is designing the characters. Production I.G and Anime Beans are credited with production cooperation.
Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! premiered on April 9, and Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming the series as it airs. Funimation describes the adaptation of Makoto Fujibayashi‘s Strike Witches 501 Butai Hasshinshimasu! manga:
Strike Witches, the 501st Joint Fighter Wing girls, are back from battle and ready to relax as best they can! War with the deadly Neuroi won’t last forever, but one thing is certain, the war on laundry is eternal. Join these aerial combat cuties in a down-to-earth series highlighting the team’s hijinks between missions.
Fumio Ito (episode director for Rage of Bahamut Genesis, School-Live!, Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World) is directing the anime at acca effe and Giga Production, with Production I.G and Anime Beans credited for collaborating on animation production. Humikane Shimada and Projekt Kagonish are credited with the original work. Shinya Murakami (Strike Witches 2, Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow, High School Fleet) is returning to handle series literature. Seikou Nagaoka is also returning to compose the music, with Nippon Columbia credited for music production. Other returning staff members include sound director Tomohiro Yoshida at Glovision and producer Takashi Tachizaki.
Sources: Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off!‘s website, MoCa News