428th G-View: Strike Witches: Road to Berlin

Believe it or not this will be a quick G-View as there is not much to add that I have not already in past coverage of this series. What did this mean for this season of Strike Witches? Find out as we take a look at Strike Witches: Road to Berlin, aka Strike Witches Season 3.

Check out the reviews of Seasons 1 + 2 and the movie HERE.

Note: S3 is set after the events of the movie (S1, S2, OVA, Movie, S3) so there will be spoilers.

Strike Witches - Road to Berlin

Genres: Action, Magic, Science fiction

Themes: Fanservice, Mecha Musume, Military, Yuri, Witches

Number of Episodes: 12

G-Rating: 8/10

Plot Summary: A Neuroi Nest was spotted in Berlin, Germany. The 501st Joint Fighter Wing, aka the Strike Witches reunite once more to take back down Nest. However, since Major Mio Sakamoto had to step down from the front lines after the events of the movie she was succeeded by Minna Wilcke as the new Commander. A new rookie also joined the 501st, Shizuka Hattori.

Yoshika vs Iceberg Neuroi up close

What I meant in the intro was there not being much new in terms of plot. Road to Berlin, put simply, was another season of our favorite pantless propeller wearing badass cute and sexy flying magic witches in their ongoing war against the alien invaders known as the Neuroi. The only difference in terms of the plot was these Neuroi being far more aggressive and calculating than those previously encountered. Most were beaten at the end of the episode they appeared in but it was clear the girls were pushed to further strengthen their power and resolve to face their biggest challenge yet. This can be seen in the animation that, for the most part, has come a long way, especially in dogfights. Let me put it this way, uncensored goodness will not be the only reason to get the Blu-Rays this time around. The soundtrack is more of the same. It fits the franchise and, simple as that.

Strike Witches Booties return

Speaking of sexiness one of the main draws of the franchise remains intact in S3 but like GochiUsa S3, apart from the signature booty shots, there is not as much ecchi goodness this time around. Perhaps because fans were blessed with the ladies’ sexiness so many times already there was no need to go all out this time. HAVING SAID THAT, Episode 7, to put it mildly, was a HOOT! Plus the season was not entirely devoid of blessings, just not as much as the previous 2 seasons.

Yoshika helps Shizuka

That leaves us with the characters. This, like in S2, is where S3 shines.As mentioned in the summary, Shizuka Hattori (from the movie) joined the Strike Witches after Mio had to put on pants. She essentially got Yoshika’s role as the aspiring rookie with great potential. Though she needed a brief refresher on Yoshika’s greatness she quickly remembered. Her character arc revolved around dependence and following orders. That is all I will say. She is possibly more delightful here than her movie debut.

Yoshika, or as I like to call her, RAMBO, is still the badass friend of the people and big breasts we know and love but she continues to struggle with something thought to have been overcome in the movie. Her arc was tied with Shizuka’s. Normally this would mean the other Witches would get the spotlight and it was not all about RAMBO but the Witches franchise always gave each of the girls their time to shine so one cannot accuse the show of shoving the others take a back seat.

Lucchini and Shirley Morning

Point being, like past seasons, each of the Witches gets their time to shine either in the spotlight or sharing it with their soul mates. In fact, apart from a certain couple who are lovey-dovey like always, the other couples stepped up their game quite a bit this season leading to some most delightful moments. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond their control one couple missed out on more development. Viewers can tell which as the show progresses.

Overall Strike Witches: Road to Berlin is more vintage SW goodness but ramped up in some ways, namely the action and relationship development. Readers who are Strike Witches fans but have yet to watch this season are encouraged to do so.

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11 Responses to 428th G-View: Strike Witches: Road to Berlin

  1. AirMasterHoney says:

    Waiting for the dub (early 2021 from what I heard).Only skimmed some of the episodic reviews as to not spoil myself too much. That said, really looking forward to seeing to Trude x Erica episode in all its glory. I think I know the couple your talking about when you said one that missed out on more development. Shame as they where probably my top ship (then again I didn’t really ship Trude and Erica before so I guess it balances out).

    Just can’t wait for more Strike Witches goodness (I picked to right time to get into the franchise).

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  2. Somebody says:

    I don’t really know what to say but it was a beautiful season that had a satisfying finale. As one of my favorite anime series there really wasn’t much more I could ask for. Now to just wait for the uncensored bluray release. Oh and as always Hartmann is the best.

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  3. yurimylove says:

    It’s a good watch but i think Yoshika’s on and off magic plotline is overused.

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  4. Nick says:

    Another solid season of Strike Witches!

    A good balance of story eps along with fun and sexy eps too, which is always welcome. This will be a fun show to go back and review the BDs for a number or scenes and a certain ep as well. Good stuff there.

    After all is said and done, they won this war and took back Berlin, but the war is far from over so I wonder if we’ll get another season or at least another movie or something. I mean they’re still making plenty more Strike Witches anime so the fan base is still going strong.

    I know I mentioned it a number of times, but I really liked the upgraded production for the battles. They all looked and sounded so much better, especially after rewatching S1, S2, the OVAs and movie, when S3 started it was very noticeable the better production. Really appreciated that.

    So yeah, another excellent season and I hope we’ll see more of the 501st in the future!

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    • Ioni says:

      It’s open for another season, maybe Ostmark (Austria) like is said in the season final.

      And more importantly, for the first time the season didn’t end with the 501st dissolution and RAMBO return to home.

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  7. piano_cello_conducting says:

    My yuri analysis:
    It seems to me that director seems not to have followed closely on the yuri development of the previous seasons.
    The Minna x Mio relationship which was the highlight of the 1st season was missing. There’s barely any interaction and we never get any sense of Minna’s longing for Mio.
    Didn’t Gertrud use to have a thing for Yoshika? That is also missing.
    There’s barely any mention of Lynette x Yoshika except to remind us that Shizuka doesn’t stand a chance. The one thing I appreciate being missing is Perrine x Mio as it makes Perrine less annoying.
    I know some of you are hyping about Charlotte x Francesca and Gertrud x Erica bur these are non-starters for me because after their moments in their respective episodes, there is no more mention in subsequent episodes. The only one that is continually followed throughout the series is Eila x Sanya.
    Also they did a good job developing Shizuka. Anyone who has ever felt the pain of unrequited love and being a third wheel can easily sympathise with me. She is developed better than Yoshika or Lynette ever were in their relationship but yet we know Shizuka will never stand a chance.
    The yuri this season is a step down.

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