Today marked the premiere of the first Strike Witches anime film
in Japan. The first and, apparently, not the last one, because the movie ended with the promise: "To Be Continued"
. As ANN
reports, the pamphlet that accompanied the movie's release included an interview with Strike Witches' military adviser Takaaki Suzuki. When asked if Strike Witches is not over just yet, he responded, "Aren't we still at the entry point? (laughs)"
Furthermore, scriptwriter Tatsuhiko Urahata implied that future entries in the Strike Witches
anime franchise could follow the adventures of other units, besides the 501st Joint Fighter Wing featured so far. And he also believes that "the possibilities for expanding the franchise further is not limited to anime".
The anime film Gekijouban Strike Witches was created by studio AIC, like the TV anime's 2nd season
from 2010, who replaced the series' original
animation studio Gonzo. The movie is set in 1945. Yoshika Miyafuji, who lost her witch powers during the Strike Witches' last assignment, has been studying to become a doctor. Shizuka Hattori, one of her cadets in the Imperial Fuso Navy, then arrives to deliver a message: Yoshika is to be transferred for study abroad in Europe.