Sentai Filmworks Licences Strike Witches Spin-Off Luminous Witches for Summer 2022

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©2021 Humikane Shimada/KADOKAWA/ League of Nations Air Force Aviation Magic Band

Sentai filmworks has announced that it has acquired the exclusive rights to the League of Nations Air Force Aviation Magic Band Luminous Witches anime series. The musical mecha series is a standalone spin-off of the Strike Witches franchise and is scheduled to premiere on July 3, 2022

Luminous Witches will premiere exclusively on HIDIVE during the Summer 2022 anime simulcast season. A home video release will follow soon after. 

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©2021 Humikane Shimada/KADOKAWA/ League of Nations Air Force Aviation Magic Band

Based on an original story by Fumikane Shimada and Projekt World Witches, the anime series is directed and written by Shoji Saeki (Medaka Box, FLCL episode director), with Shimada (Frame Arms Girl, Girls und Panzer) providing original character designs. Other anime production staff includes Kana Shundou (Princess Connect! Re: Dive, Assault Lily BOUQUET image boarder) as assistant director, Kazuya Shiotsuki (Assault Lily BOUQUET sub-character designer and co-animation director) as character designer, Mina Ootaka (Sword Art Online Alicization – War of Underworld animation director) as familiar designer, Jin Hibino ( Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Season 2 -The Eve of Awakening-) as color designer, Rei Egami (Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Season 2 -The Eve of Awakening-) as photography director, and Gou Wakabayashi (So I’m a Spider, So What?) as music producer. SHAFT is in charge of the animation production. 

The anime stars Mai Narumi as Virginia Robertson, Minako Hosokawa as Inori Shibuya, Ami Aimoto as Lyudmila Andreyevna Ruslanova, Ryou Mamiya as Aira Paivikki Linnamaa, Sayaka Tsuduki as Eleonore Giovanna Gassion, Kana Konaka as Maria Magdalene Dietrich, Misaki Yuuki as Manaia Matawhaura Hato, Rino Yoshikita as Silvie Cariello, and Rio Mamesaki as Joanna Elizabeth Stafford.

Sentai Filmworks describes Luminous Witches as:

The war against invading aliens can’t be won by missiles alone! Team morale matters just as much as launching a counterassault, and that’s where Ginny and her friends come in. Instead of standing on the front lines with the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, the Luminous Witches of the League of Nations Air Force bring smiles to civilians displaced in the human-Neuroi war world with thrilling song and dance — not to mention aerial displays the likes of which the music world has never seen! While they might be non-combatants, these performers know the value of preserving the people’s smiles, and they’ll fight in their unique way to make sure those smiles never fade.

It will also stream the following titles as part of their Summer 2022 anime simulcast schedule on HIDIVE: 

  • • Made in Abyss: The Golden City of the Scorching Sun
  • • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? IV
  • • Call of the Night
  • • Tokyo Mew Mew New
  • • Prima Doll
  • • Vermeil in Gold
  • • My Isekai Life
  • • Doomsday with My Dog

Source: Sentai Filmworks

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He also contributes work to the website Yatta Tachi. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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