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).
T-that was fast. Announced in July, the 4-Koma manga based anime is scheduled to air next season (Winter 2015). Staff and cast were recently announced so it seems that production is moving along according to schedule. More details here and here.
Depending upon one’s point of view, there is some potential bad news, however. The anime is likely (if not already confirmed) to to be a “short”. It may turn out fine, but I really haven’t had much luck with anime shorts (i.e. 5 minutes or so long including any OP/ED). I can understand that the source material may not be well suited for full length episode adaptation (though other 4-koma mangas have been successfully adapted into full episode length anime), but there is the option of a 1/2 length episode format (13 min. including OP/ED). I’ve watched a couple of series using that format, and I thought it worked quite well for them.
While I am a little disappointed regarding the apparent short format, I still plan to check out Miritari! anime. No reason not to do so – especially if it only takes a few minutes. I like comedies, and the anime could end up better than expected.
The second PV for KanColle Anime is out, and this time it’s a “slice of life” (SOL) view of the show. I spotted a few characters not yet up on the official site and/or mentioned previously: Ashigara (CA), Tone (CA), Kisaragi (DD) and Samidare (DD). On a personal note, I was gad to see Samidare in the anime since she was my choice as my first ship when I started to play the game (sorry Fubuki XD ). I’m not entirely sure, but I think I saw Asashio (DD) as well.
[Updated 9/26/14] Rather than make another new posts since this was just published, I’ll edit/update this one. I’m now reading comments (confirmed?) that there will be FORTY (40) ship girls in the anime. Also, there will be some theme episodes such as one focusing on the Kongou (class) sisters, an episode on Yamato (of course), and one on IJN Destroyer Division 6 (all four Akatsuki class DDs) which is most likely a reference to a quest in the game.
As of this update, Atago (CA), Zuikaku (CV), Kitakami (CL/CLT?), and Ooi (CL/CLT?) are confirmed raising the current total number of ship girls in the anime 21, leaving 19(!?) more to go if that 40 total comment is correct. I’m still guessing that if Zuikaku’s in, Shokaku (CV) is also in, and if Atago is in, then Takao (CA) will be in as well. I’m also anticipating at least a couple of CVL (hoping Jun’you is one of them) and subs in the anime. Lastly, progress on the adaptation is said to be going well. The script is finished, and a second PV is scheduled to be released in the next month or two.
FYI – Atago official anime image added to the KanColle Primer. Have to say, anime Atago looks quite good – better than her game character image in my opinion. I will add official images for the others when available.
Thought I would share a couple unofficial KanColle videos I like.
With the release of the first Kantai Collection (“KanColle“) anime PV, I thought it might be useful to post some information for those interested in the anime, but not familiar with the franchise. (FYI – I am playing the game. KanColleViewer mod is awesome!)