There was something on Strike Witches 8 that I thought I would never see—men, boat load of men, aircraft-carrier load of men. Too bad none of that testosterone got to mix with any of the estrogen, thanks to a certain orange hair commander who lost hers and now would not let anyone else get any.
Unlike in real life, this is the first time I’ve seen sailors who would rather keep their hands on cold steel rather than on warm flesh despite of a half naked girl walking in offering her
melons homemade sweets. Well, at least one dude was brave enough to deliver a rabu reta (love letter).
Love letter from a sailor?
Come on, all these sailors just seemed like virgins! So, who said this isn’t a family show? 🙂
Anyway, Minna seemed to have more than just a fling with some very lucky guy, who
got tired of an overly serious bitch and faked his death sent her off to Britannia while staying behind, sealing his fate. The rest of the plot was as nonsensical as her brooding over her inability to let go and therefore forbidding any other witch from nearing any male. For someone who has been in the mature, motherly role, she seemed pretty immature and childish here.
The battle made up for the lack of from last week. We got to see Perrine’s special attack of lightning, or at least it seemed like lightning. Hartmann and Barkhorn played their little game of who gets more kills, something I suppose many fellow pilots did do too during WWII. I also appreciated the tactical aerial move of the Neuroi attacking with the sun behind it, blinding Mio’s special sight. Yoshika’s “lead-shooting,” where you shoot ahead of the predicted path of the enemy causing a stream of bullets that formed an arc like path, was very accurate of WWII’s battles where the velocity of the bullets wasn’t so great that you can just aim straight at the target.
Then the battle ended in a surprising, foreshadowing scene where Mio’s shield did not hold up against the shrapnel from the destroyed Neuroi. At this point, it’s still mysterious as to why that happened and where it may lead to, other than possibly her impending death.
But the more surprising and mysterious scene was that of Minna, on one hand, declaring she won’t lose anyone else, and the next, pointing a gun at Mio. Judging from the preview, which showed Mio and Minna together in peaceful ways, it looks like Minna was just teasing with Mio. However, I wish she wasn’t just teasing, since this is the first time I feel like there is an actual plot here, one of possible epic betrayal. All those fan services must have numbed all my senses of anticipating this plot twist, which I hope does become one.