After a two year break, Strike Witches anime returns with the first of three OVAs – Operation Victory Arrow vol. 01: St. Trond no Raimei (Saint Trond’s Thunder).
On December 18, an anime adaptation for the light novel/manga series Gate – Thus the JSDF Fought There (Gate – Jietai Kare no Chi nite, Kaku Tatakeri) was announced. A short PV was added to the official anime site as well.
With the KanColle anime adaptation set to air on January 8th, anticipation for the anime certainly appears to be quite strong with BD/DVD presales topping Amazon charts. A recent promotional CM for BD/DVD vol. 01 shows even more ship-girls (Kanmusu) featured in the anime though the official site’s character list remains at 22 total. Hopefully the large character list (including cameo appearances) will not be overwhelming for anime-only viewers. Lastly, I’ve read comments that a small insert in a magazine promotional for the KanColle anime stated that the anime will be 70% “slice of life” (SOL) and 30% action/battle scenes. That’s a pretty fair ratio in my opinion, especially if that lets the production staff budget high quality action scenes.
[UPDATE: 12/27] A quick check of the official site has one addition to the cast – Zuikaku (CV). No surprise here since she was in anime promotional ads. Reportedly, Zuikaku is a favorite of the anime’s director as well. Still, hard to imagine “Ms. Fortune” without “Ms. Misfortune” (i.e. Shokaku (or sometimes spelled Shoukaku)), so I’m hoping Shokaku makes it into the anime as well.
As always, more information about the KanColle anime (including all official site character images) and the franchise in general can be found in the KanColle Primer.
First, the theatrical premiere date for Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow Vol. 3 – Arnhem no Hashi (The Bridge of Arnhem) has been announced – May 2, 2015. No information was given for BD/DVD release dates. More information here. Volume 2 – Aege Kai no Megami (Goddess in the Aegean Sea) is still scheduled to be released in Japanese theaters on January 10, 2015.