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!)
Strike Witches – Katayoku no Majotachi (or “One-Winged Witches”) is a two-volume long manga series published in Comp Ace magazine. In terms of timeline, the story takes place parallel to the first season of the anime and details Britannia’s Sergeant Wilma Bishop’s (Lynette Bishop’s older sister) experiences when she joins the Isle of Wight Detachment Group. The story describes the development of Wilma’s relationship with the other members of her squadron: commander Flying Officer Kadomaru Misa (Fuso), Pilot Officer Laura Toth (Ostmark), Pilot Officer Francie Gerard (Liberion), and Sergeant Amelie Planchard (Gallia). In addition to Wilma, a couple other characters have a connection to some of the witches in the 501st Joint Fighter Wing.
The manga and anime versions of the Anzio match differ in some significant respects. Not only are there differences in terrain but also in team composition and even personality. We thought we’d review both individually and then offer our opinions from a tactical standpoint. This is the second tactical review of the Anzio Battle which will cover the manga version along with some comparisons to the anime version.