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Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer And Latest Updates

Luminous Witches is an upcoming spin-off anime series based on the Japanese mix-media franchise Strike Witches created by Fumikane Shimada. 

The upcoming series was first announced at the franchise’s 10th-anniversary event in 2018. At that time, it operated under the title “Idol Witches.”

In the main series, “Strike Witches,” we saw witches, young girls who possess magical abilities who fought in the sky against the mysterious alien forces ‘Neuroi’.

Like the main series, Luminous Witches focuses on a group of young girls who wield magic. The unique and stand-out point that makes Luminous Witches shine differently from the main series is that it does not include combat but focuses on healing through songs and music.

It’s a series that feels nostalgic to the original Strike Witches with a group of girls, yet it’s different as we don’t see the intense battles in the sky but get to hear the peaceful and claiming songs that heal the soul. So, when is ‘Luminous Witches’ coming?

1. Release Date

The production studio of ‘Luminous Witches’ announced that the series is scheduled to release in 2022. No specific date has been disclosed as of yet.

I. Reason For The Premier Push Back

On August 27, 2021, the Luminous Witches Production Committee announced that Luminous Witches, which was scheduled for broadcast in 2021, has now been pushed back to 2022.

The committee did not give a specific reason but stated it is due to various circumstances. It might be due to a production issue or due to the pandemic situation.

The staff sincerely apologized for the inconvenience and concern to all the fans who are looking forward to it. All staff members are doing their best to produce the anime, so they would appreciate our understanding.

2. Key Visual

The key visual gives us a glimpse of the ‘Luminous Witches’ concert in the sky.

 Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Strike Witches Visual | Source: Official Website

The bright lights on earth and the colorful lamps give a beautiful reverse night sky, while the idols sing wholeheartedly.

3. Trailer

The trailer gives a cute and fun vibe to the spinoff series. The trailer starts with beautiful scenery and melodious songs harmonizing in the background.

TVアニメ「連盟空軍航空魔法音楽隊 ルミナスウィッチーズ」アニメーションスペシャルPV(Short.ver)
TV Anime “Luminous Witches Luminous Witches” Animation Special PV (Short.ver)

We then see three girls setting up a camera for a photoshoot for their music squadron and giving us a glimpse of the shoot. The trailer ends vibrantly, with the photoshoot being a success.

4. What Is The Plot/Storyline Of Luminous Witches?

Luminous Witches’ story revolves around the girl members of the Allied Air Force Aviation Magic Band Luminous Witches. The band is commonly known as the music squadron, Idol Witches, or Luminous Witches.

These girls bring peace of mind and heal the hearts of the people who have fought against the Neuroi and the people who were chased out from their hometowns around the world. 

They are the exact opposite of the witches of the Joint Fighter Wings who fight to protect everyone, as these girls do not fight, they protect everyone’s smiles with “songs and music.”

5. Characters In Luminous Witches

I. Eleonore Giovanna Gassion

Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Eleonore Giovanna Gassion Visual | Source: Official Website

Eleonore is a witch of the Music Squadron‎, originating from Gallia. Her nickname is Elly. She is very friendly and someone who readily helps anyone in trouble without a second thought. Within the unit, she is the vocal sub-leader/the second vocalist.

II. Lyudmila Andreyevna

Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Lyudmila Andreyevna Visual | Source: Official Website

Lyudmila is a witch of the Music Squadron‎, originating from Orussia Empire. Her nickname is Milasha. She has a personality of extremely energetic highs and lows but is always at the mercy of her surroundings. She is in charge of vocals and lyrics.

III. Virginia Robertson

Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Virginia Robertson Visual | Source: Official Website

Virginia is a witch of the Music Squadron‎, originating from Britannia. Her nickname is Ginny, and she is responsible for vocal and music arrangements in her unit. She can manipulate magic waves.

IV. Shibuya Inori

Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Shibuya Inori | Source: Official Website

Shibuya Inori is a witch of the Music Squadron‎, originating from Fuso. Her nickname is Inorin. She has a gentle personality and is very introverted. She is in charge of vocals and music composition in her unit.

V. Aila Päivikki Linnamaa

Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Aila Päivikki Linnamaa Visual | Source: Official Website

Aila Päivikki Linnamaa is a witch of the Music Squadron‎, originating from Suomus. She is a pilot officer who, for some reason, left the frontlines and joined the group. She is the sole ace witch and main vocalist in her group.

VI. Joanna Elizabeth Stafford

Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Joanna Elizabeth Stafford Visual | Source: Official Website

Joanna Elizabeth Stafford is a witch of the Music Squadron‎, originating from New York, Liberion. Her nickname is Jo. She is good at drawing, and as such, she is responsible for designing unit badges and everyone’s personal marks. 

VII. Sylvie Cariello

Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Sylvie Cariello Visual | Source: Official Website

Sylvie Cariello is a witch of the Music Squadron‎, originating from Romagna. Her nickname is Silvi. She is often lazy, but she shows a commitment that is second to none when it comes to fashion. She is responsible for vocals and costumes in her unit.

VIII. Maria Magdalene Dietrich

Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Maria Magdalene Dietrich Visual | Source: Official Website

Maria Magdalene Dietrich is a witch of the Music Squadron‎. She hails from Karlsland, a country that prides itself on rigid order and its strong military tradition. She is responsible for vocals and acrobatics in her unit.

IX. Manaia Matawhaura Hato

Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Manaia Matawhaura Hato Visual | Source: Official Website

Manaia Matawhaura Hato is a witch of the Music Squadron‎, originating from New Zeiland. Her nickname is Mana. She is one of the most energetic witches in the New Zeiland Air Force. Within the unit, she is in charge of vocals and dance choreography.

6. Luminous Witches MV

I. Flying Skyhigh

The music video(Short. ver) of the first single “Flying Skyhigh” of “Luminous Witches” was released on May 27, 2020. 

Luminous Witches 1st Single “Flying Skyhigh” Music Video 1cho ver.

Flying Skyhigh is a cheering song for fighting friends and those who have just started in the Luminous Witches world. We can see how energetically the singers sing and dance in the MV.

II. Blue Sky Dive

Blue Sky Dive or Aozora Dive is the second single from “Luminous Witches,” which was released on December 23, 2020.

Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Strike Witches Photo Cover Visual | Source: Official Website

For the second single, it is a store release and no MV teaser is given, but we get an amazing illustration by Fumikane Shimada himself.

III. Because I Swear In The Sky

The music video(full. ver) of “Luminous Witches” third single, “Because I swear in the sky,” was released on June 30, 2021.

Luminous Witches 3rd CD “Because I swear in the sky” Music Video full

We see the fantastic cast singing and dancing along vibrantly, cheering up the mood of anyone who listens to this melodious song.

7. Cast for Luminous Witches

Luminous Witches Anime Release Delayed till 2022, Trailer & Latest Updates
Strike Witches Cast Visual | Source: Official Website

In the visual, we see the cast cosplaying as the characters of Luminous Witches. In the table below, we see the cast names for their respective characters.

CharacterCast
Eleonore Giovanna GassionSayaka Tsuzuki
Lyudmila AndreyevnaAmi Aimoto
Virginia RobertsonMai Narumi
Shibuya InoriMinako Hosokawa
Aila Päivikki LinnamaaRyō Mamiya
Joanna Elizabeth StaffordKyō Tachibana
Sylvie CarielloMiu Kotosaka
Maria Magdalene DietrichMomo Hanae
Manaia Matawhaura HatoMisaki Yuuki

8. Staff for Luminous Witches

PositionStaffOther Works
DirectorShouji SaekiGurren Lagann
Assistant DirectorKana ShundoMagi: The Labyrinth of Magic
Character DraftFumikane ShimadaStrike Witches
Character DesignKazuya ShiotsukiAssault Lily Bouquet
Sound DirectorYukio NagasakiDragon Ball Z Kai
Music ProducerGō WakabayashiOverlord
EditingMegumi MatsuharaBeelzebub
StudioSHAFTBakemonogatari

9. Conclusion

The delay with the ‘Luminous Witches’ release may be a setback but knowing how popular the franchise is, I’m sure the series will hit the charts once it is out. 

‘Luminous Witches’ is a story on the battlefield that does not focus on battles to win but on saving and healing the trauma left on the surviving warriors through music. As such, it’s hard to categorize it into one anime genre. This assures us for now, as we have something special to look forward to when it arrives.

10. Where to Watch Strike Witches

Watch Strike Witches on:

11. About Strike Witches

Sutoraiku Witchizu or Strike Witches is a media mix created by Fumikane Shimada.

The franchise has been adapted into numerous light novels, manga, anime series, and several video games.

The series revolves around teenage girls who use machines attached to their legs to indulge in fantastic aerial combats with well-done fanservice constantly running in the background.

The first episode, which was an OVA preview, was released on January 1, 2007. The TV anime adaptation, later on, was broadcasted in July 2008.

The first episode aired on July 3, 2008. The second installment arrived in July 2010, and the third season is scheduled for October 2020.

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