All right, this is starting to get ridiculous. First it was Gonzo who announced
the sequel to their best lolicon anime of 2008
, back in March. Then, that very same month, there was a rumor
claiming that Gonzo was no longer needed by publisher Kadokawa for animating Strike Witches 2
. But by June, it appeared
as if Gonzo would indeed be "the one", according to the inaugural issue of Kadokawa Shoten's Nyantype magazine.
Now, however, that same Nyantype magazine returns with an important update
on the project, announcing that Gonzo is in fact being replaced by AIC (Anime International Company) as the animation studio behind the second season. Would anyone care to explain what the hell is going on here? As of September, Gonzo had already exhausted its decimated 2009 line-up
. And without Strike Witches 2, it looks like 2010 could bring even more troubles
for the struggling studio.
Fortunately, in this case, Gonzo's worries are not necessarily our worries. Even if AIC isn't the replacement studio we may have been hoping for, they have a solid enough experience and have been known to mustard some good quality animation... sometimes. And most importantly, the core staff from the first Strike Witches anime will tentatively return for the sequel - including director and character designer Kazuhiro Takamura.
Besides, a flying loli pantsu is still a flying loli pantsu, no matter who draws it... And what do you mean they're not really pantsu?!P.S.
The Nintendo DS game Strike Witches: Aoi no Dengekisen
was released a few days ago (you can buy it here
), and another one for the PS2
should be following real soon.