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StrikeWitches #6

Words .. words simply cannot describe the eruptive fanboy response that the tender love-love yuri tones of this Strike Witches episode triggered in me. If you know me at all, you'll know I'm a devout lover of yuri, but few anime are able to do justice to the potential sweetness and romance of the 'girl-love' genre. So when something like this comes along, I get really excited! There hasn't been anything all year that's hit such high-level yuri notes! The couple in question? Sanya and Eila of course! While we have the bordering-on-perverse infatuation of Perrine, Sanya/Eila is still the most well-defined yuri pairing in the whole series (or perhaps the only). Last series, hinted at this, but this episode took things to new heights (pardon the pun), stopping just short of them confessing to each other. Eila's jealousy, and the way they fight indicate a relationship that's much more intimate and possessive than merely friendship! And I think, judging from her body language in the sauna, Perrine has caught on to them!

It's just a shame that (given that this is anime we're talking about), their yuri situation isn't going to develop any further. It'll always been unspoken and not at all physical. But in some ways, that captures the essence of yuri that made me a fanboy all those years ago~ When they looked at each other, held hands, and apologised, it was just so romantic!! ♥♥ And it's a very believable romance. I never looked to Strike Witches for strong character development, but Sanya and Eila are both exceptional characters, and their interactions feel so much more real than some of the other characters.

⚫ Just like Chiwa Saito stole the show last week, voicing Lucchini,     Nakai Erika really made an astounding impression as Eila! Her voice has this charming honesty behind it. She should get more roles :\

⚫ The episode needed more animation, and less 3D. The cel-shaded 3D in Strike Witches serves a purpose, but when it's just a substitute for traditional animation, it's very intrusive. Other than that, it was better directed than other episodes, and had some pretty good framing for some scenes. It was also, I think, much better written than the Strike Witches standard, presenting an actual challenge for the witches to overcome, as well as providing a strong emotional climax. This all speaks to the talent of 佐伯昭志 (Shoujo Saeki), who, amazingly, wrote, directed and storyboarded this episode! He's a practised director, having directed He is My Master, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, and, shockingly, FLCL!! He produced a great storyboard for this episode, there's no doubt!

⚫ As for the science of getting 30km above the Earth's surface ... yeah, magic, and apparently wearing a coat is vital.

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