Strike Witches episode 5 ~ Breaking Mach1 and swimming with the fishes

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And she isn’t talking about “you know what on a male species”

Ah wow, just wow. I don’t know what has gotten into Miyafuji but really…whatever you are into I guess (I’m not out there to judge). So if it isn’t having sexual dream with your fellow team mates or feeling them up whilst they are down and out I think this episode did a good job on more pressing matter. That is, to get to know the case more (and at the end of the day to kick some neuroi butt).

Thoughts: This episode was about the speed of sound and the dream to break that barrier by Shirley (whose full name I can’t find anywhere…what the hell?) who was a former bike racer and joined the witches in her speeding prime believing that flying is the way to go for a speed junkie like her.

The episode also co starred Francesca Lucchini, who was responsible for the headache I have been experiencing throughout the episode due to her high pitched voice. She also played a part in Shirely reaching her dream though an unfortunate accident and I seriously didn’t expect the ending to play out so perfectly (as…you know…messing with a broken engine when you don’t have a clue about it is a bad idea especially if it was designed for speed).

So, having this gigantic explosion scene in mind with body parts belonging to Shirley flying off to sea I was somewhat surprised that it didn’t happen as I imagined it.

But there you have it. Stike Witches is a series where dream fulfillment is a core principle and definitely someone else realised her dream other than Shirley in this episode. And that someone happened to be Miyafuji…like I said earlier, whatever she is into but this pretty much confirms the yuri potential in this series (I wouldn’t expect less either because of the way these girls dress…temptations stike hard).

Yet another sound episode but as with the problems with Sky Girls, the introductions are taking their toll on me as things become increasingly more repetitive (though not at the level of Sky Girls…yet).

Screen picks and “wise guy” comments:

She saw them clearly ^^

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NOOOOO! Miyafuji, What have you become D:

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Lol…I’m speechless…

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Here’s one thing I don’t get…who do female characters like Miyafuji always get so excited when they are told that they are going on a trip to the beach. It’s like they have just taken a bag of sugar or something…

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My thoughts exactly

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Are the goggles really worth the price of an engine?

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Guess not…

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Now this is how you doggy paddle, with your ass high in the air

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Oh snap I forgot to mention. So the objective of going to the beach was not to have fun but for training. A what-if scenario for if you fall into the sea with the strike unit on. Personally I think they should have jumped in when they realised that the girls wern’t coming back up but that’s just me.

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SHIII! It’s gonna blow!!

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I’m looking forward to the DVDs 😀

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9 Responses to “Strike Witches episode 5 ~ Breaking Mach1 and swimming with the fishes”

  1. 1 EvilDevil August 1, 2008 at 3:08 am

    *sniff* I am so proud of Miyafuji, she has seen the light of yuri…

    her actual name is Charlotte E. Yeager, Shirley is just her nickname.

  2. 2 deathkillz August 1, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    Ahhh thankyou.

    I thought it was weird why I can’t find her full name >.>

  3. 3 Kaioshin Sama August 1, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    This episode is funny for know other reason if that it’s got internet denizens claiming that Charlotte looks like Shirley Fenette just because she has long orange hair. That’s the second time I’ve seen a comparison between Shirley and another character based on just that. The other time was with Haru Nishimura in Xam’d: Lost Memories. Does the quote, “I see dead people” now apply to anime fans? Is it some form of grieving? I don’t know, but it’s an INTERESTING (yes all caps) trend for a change.

  4. 4 Haesslich August 1, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Kaoishin: I think that’s because people are in denial over the fact that someone who was basically a side-character got killed… and her death scene gave her more depth than some characters in the same show got over the course of a few episodes. That, and it fueled fears that the yaoi contingent had gotten control of Sunrise and were rapidly getting rid of characters who could interfere with their BL pairings; the subsequent mindwipe of C.C. couldn’t have helped matters.

  5. 5 EvilDevil August 2, 2008 at 12:28 am

    “and it fueled fears that the yaoi contingent had gotten control of Sunrise”
    ssssssssshhhhh… they will hear you!!

  6. 6 Kaioshin Sama August 2, 2008 at 3:09 am

    @Haesslich: You know, I can’t say it would bother me even if there were some gay pairings in the show, not like I think there’s even a remote chance of that happening though. Then again I’m a classically liberal Canadian who believes in progressive values and not a raging homophobe like some viewers out there who worry so much about such things as whether the show they’re watching is vested in straight pairing or not. I did watch and throughly enjoy Gravitation after all.

    I personally have never gotten some people’s fixation on worrying about yaoi, yuri and pairings. These are the kinds of things where if they happen they happen for me and I don’t worry about it at all. Pairing isn’t and probably never will be a major selling point of any series for me and just seems like a manufactured excuse to have something to fight over amongst fans of the same show. Like I remember when the world ended the day Tomoya paired up with Nagisa…….

  7. 7 Haesslich August 2, 2008 at 7:53 am

    Kaoishin; Given that Code Geass started off with school harem comedy influences, suddenly killing off or kidnapping all the haremmettes leaves the fans of that part of the show cold. Basically, at this stage, they’ve given the fujiyoshi fodder for doujins of all sorts by including their pretty boys in situations which would’ve not felt out of place in a BL anime, and situations easily taken out of context.

    I do suspect part of the gnashing of teeth has to do with this – that, and the way Shirley ended up getting screwed metaphorically by everyone from Mao to Lulu, then by the Emperor, then by Suzaku (figuratively, through his betrayal of Lulu and the Emperor’s Geassing of everyone afterwards). And THEN she got a bit more depth in that final episode, playing the Flay character for Lulu there; his biggest failure to date. I’d argue she’s a bigger failure in regards to his plans and his life than even Euphie’s accidental Geassing is – he was responsible for getting that half-sister killed, but here he’d trashed Shirley’s life, and was trying to make things better… before she got shot. And then she gives him that final speech which induces even more guilt, and hammers home that revenge is basically a dead end as a path is concerned.

    It doesn’t help that Rolo cheerfully admitted to killing her to keep Lulu to himself, the next episode.

  8. 8 Kaioshin Sama August 2, 2008 at 9:56 am

    @Haesslich: Well I would hope those same people realize that Lelouch tried to avenge Shirley by killing off Rolo in the next episode, but just so happened to fail because of Cornelia’s intervention. It’s pretty obvious through his actions that he cares far more about the likes of Shirley in her death then a living Rolo. In fact he’s demonstrated that he has no feeling for Rolo whatsoever. I mean how many times has he tried to get rid of the kid. That marked the third I think. Either way for reasons I cannot divulge it doesn’t seem like he’s going to last much longer.

  9. 9 Haesslich August 2, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    It doesn’t matter, not when he’s crawling back to Suzaku for help. And has apparently forgotten all about his vow to rescue Kallen; Laksharta’s the only one to even mention the fact she’s in custody, and that they might want to go retrieve her and Guren given that she’s their best fighter with their most advanced Frame.

    Rolo’s ass is grass, but that’s probably more because Lulu now sees exactly how big a threat Rolo is to Nunnally. He’s no longer even useful to block Suzaku, given how the latter apparently realized (finally) that Lulu remembers everything and that he’s now very much a danger to his real sister… given how casually he offed Shirley. However, this will not dissuade the fujiyoshi, who are apparently determined that Rolo and Lulu, or Rolo and Suzaku, will be engaging in hatesex at any moment.

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