Strike Witches has been on a roll this year. A total of three different anime series revolving around the franchise are scheduled to release between 2020 and 2021, and one of them is Luminous Witches, short for ‘Renmei Kugun Koku Maho Ongakutai Luminous Witches.’
However, this won’t be your regular Strike Witches anime series; the show will have a completely different storyline with music and slice of life elements in it.
Throughout the article, we are going to discuss the release date, the storyline, and many other interesting facets of the show.
1. Release Date
The production studio of ‘Luminous Witches’ announced that the series is scheduled to release in 2021. No specific date has been disclosed as of yet.
“Federation Air Force Air Magic Band Luminous Witches” Teaser Visual released. Ginnies flying in the night sky Glowing star look forward to the story of Luminous! The official site has also renewed multiple music notes.English Translation, Twitter Translate
2. Theory Section
Luminous Witches, aka Idol Witches, is a spin-off of Strike Witches, the story focuses on “witches who don’t fight.”
Instead, it’s a squadron that sings and performs to build up the confidence of the troops.
I. Financial Standings
There is no official information regarding the revenue of the anime series or the source material.
Although the original anime got recognition in several places. Strike Witches was named a Jury Selection work in the Animation Division of the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival; the funds come from the government.
II. The Studio
Studio Shaft will be handling the art and animation department of the spinoff Luminous Witches. In the anime industry, Shaft excels as a studio.
They are highly appreciated for their works in the ‘Monogatari series,’ ‘3-gatsu no Lion’, and ‘Madoka Magica.’
III. The Storyline:
There are witches who protect everyone, smiles and brighten their innocent hearts with their lovely music.
The squadron protects the honest souls of those who have been driven out of their hometowns by the Neuroi.
These witches, opposite of those in the defense fleet, are idols known as the Music Squadron.
IV. About Fumikane Shimada
Fumikane Shimada is the man behind ‘Strike Witches.’
He started drawing illustrations of military hardware girls in several commercial hobbyist magazines, and later on, many manga series, light novel series, video games, and anime series were created from that.
V. Production Update
As of the last update, Kadokawa, Studio Shaft, or any other company related to the production of ‘Luminous Witches’ hasn’t revealed any new information yet.
3. Key Visual
The new key visual shows us the cheerful music band who soothes everyone’s hearts through their beautiful music. These cute girls seem to be the main characters of the show.
The cute and fun trailer gives the wholesome vibe of the spinoff series.
It seems that thee girls are having a photo shoot for their band, and while at it, they are enjoying every moment. The animation looks vibrant and beautiful.
5. Cast and Staff
The cast and staff for the anime series are:
|Series Composition||Shouji Saeke|
|Character Design||Humikane Shimada|
|Sayaka Tsuzuki||Eleonore Giovanna Gassion|
|Ami Aimoto||Lyudmila Andreyevna|
|Mai Narumi||Virginia Robertson|
|Minako Hosogawa||Inori Shibuya|
|Ryō Mamiya||Aira Payvikki Linnamar|
|Kyō Tachibana||Joanna Elizabeth Stafford|
|Miu Kotosaka||Sylvie Cariello|
|Momo Hanae||Maria Magadalene Dietrich|
|Misaki Yuki||Manaia Matawhaura Hato|
6. About Strike Witches
Sutoraiku Witchizu or Strike Witches is a media mix originally created by Fumikane Shimada via a series of magazine illustration columns.
The franchise has since 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.
The spinoff series Luminous Witches, aka Idol Witches, is scheduled to be broadcasted in the year 2021. No date has been announced as of yet.