In September 1944, allied forces led by the 501st Joint Fighter Wing “Strike Witches” successfully eliminate the Neuroi threat from the skies of the Republic of Gallia, thus ensuring the security of western Europe. Taking advantage of this victory, allied forces begin a full-fledged push toward central and eastern Europe. From a base in Petersburg in the Empire of Orussia, the 502nd Joint Fighter Wing “Brave Witches,” upon whom mankind has placed its hopes, flies with courage in the cold skies of eastern Europe. – My Anime List
Based on 9 review scores:
Overall I give this series a B rating. The score probably would have been a high B+ if not for the previously stated animation issues dragging it down. Still, I very much enjoyed returning to this world and getting to see more of it and the people living in it. The witches are all good people, so learning more about them and how they came to be who they are now is always worthwhile. And the increased intelligence of the Neuroi this season helped make it feel like these girls were genuinely at war, rather than just on vacation with occasional breaks to go shoot down marauding aliens. This was an enjoyable series, all things considered, and I hope this isn’t the last we’ll see of the World Witches franchise.
Fans of Strike Witches will love the Brave Witches spin-off.
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After finishing watching brave witches and had recently finished watching strike witches (season 1 and 2 with movie) it seems this series was more like a cash in on the franchise, first off why introduce a new main character if you are just going to copy the likeness of the previous one, if you have seen the strike witches the movie you know that the main character can still fight soo why not just keep the chars we had?. i swear at first i really couldnt tell the diference if it wasnt for a lame segment where hikari sees a news paper about unit 501 and how they won their battle, the side chars are not nearly as close as beeing memorable as the previous chars, i think they realized this so the had some cameos in some of the episodes. if the hole world witches deal is true i hope they dont wait time making new chars, i would say maybe less chars so you can put more time on to the plot and not char development. other than that animation and sound efects where good.
Anybody who watched ‘Strike Witches’ will immediately recognise this as being set in the same world; the cast may be different but characters look very similar in style… and lack of trousers. The fights against the Neuroi are similar with good exciting animation. There is one very notable difference though; the fan service is considerably reduced; there is no nudity and even though these characters still don’t wear trousers the camera doesn’t dwell on that fact anywhere near as much. The characters are decent enough but nowhere near as memorable as those in Strike Witches as less time is spent getting to know each of the members rather it concentrates on Hikari; the only other really memorable other character is Naoe Kanno; a friend of Takami who isn’t happy with Hikari joining the 502nd. The series has a proper ending but leaves things open for a second season; I hope we get one. Overall this was a fun spin off; perhaps not as good as ‘Strike Witches’ but people but off by that series gratuitous nudity are likely to enjoy this more.
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Maybe it’s just the fatigue of moe military girls brought on by the overwhelming success of Kantai Collection, but Brave Witches just doesn’t stand out in quite the same way Strike Witches did. Hikari is a great lead and her development was a pleasure to follow, but the basic storytelling, inferior cast and sub-par dogfights mean the 502nd just fall short of their predecessors. Of course, Strike Witches had two seasons to properly establish itself so maybe the same could be said of Brave Witches. However if this turns out to be the curtain call on the franchise then it won’t be that sad to see it go.