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World War II, the war to end all wars. The Holocaust, all those terrible things were averted in this verse because all the death, all the inhumanity to man coalesced outside the human heart and started killing people instead of people doing it.
Erika is a tactical genius who is just too lazy to use her mindAs evidenced by episode 4 of the second season, and her sister's personality from the novels. She probably passed by the briefing room and caught a glimpse of how fast the Neuroi was. She knew Shirely would be assigned to attack the core-section but would be unable to catch-up. She gave Trude the transmitter so she would use the Jet Striker to save Shirely. Additionally, she knew this would mend their relationship by the end. I think the french fries also probably factored into her plan somewhere along the way. — Andaria
MinaSince her magic makes her the C-n-C for the squad. She knew all along... that Sakamoto is losing her powers, since growing up sucks for witches. Plus Mio's almost 20, she had to know. It took Mio's shield weakening to hammer it home.
Sora No Woto is the distant future of Strike WitchesNote: I haven't formally watched the former show. Ok so after the Neuroi are defeated/reasoned with, the army still has to put all these young girls somewhere, thus leads to the new female squadrons. The level of technology is on par, and both shows imply a Japanese or global diaspora. — Andaria
Strike Witches takes place in the year 3954 a.C (after Christ) A.K.A. 1939 a.I (after Instrumentality)I get this idea when i read another WMG in the Code Geass page (i actually see this one as a prequel of the Code Geass one) that is also about Strike Witches. I think that after the two types of Seeds of Life where spread around the galaxy, the First Ancestral Race created a thirth type based on Adam and spred it too or maybe they just spread a prototype of the Adam-class seed along the other two. Those were the Neurois and after centuries of evolving they got their own reasons of take over other planets. After End of Eva maybe a part human population that return to their human form decide to start over. In 1939 after the restart of humanity, the Neurois arrive to earth and begin to attack and that is when Strike Witches begin. Here are the similarities between Angels and Neurois that make thing they are related:
The Neuroi are split into two fractionsOn one hand we have the warmonger, who want it "Us or them", represented by the maschine-like Neuroi and on the other we have the peace willing Neuroi, represented by the humanoid Neuroi. That would explain why the humanoid Neuroi in the beginning of Season 2 was destroyed: the warmongers couldn't allow them to start neogations.
Dr. Miyafuji livesI see two possiblities: Fuso/Britannia is hiding him to let/make him work without interruptions. He still gets time to work on Strikers for his daughter, probably based on reports he gets over military channels. The other is that he went into hiding so that he doesn't have to develop war machinery. He still wants his daughter to be safe and develops new Striker for her. Where his information come in this case is another question. Mio is first in row for finger pointing. Maybe she promised him to keep it a secret.
The underwear bug was Not So Harmless VillainAll we know of the bug (from S2 E7) is it drains energy and likes witch butts. Now, there's nothing special about that area — except when the witch is using magical energy. If it really could suck the power out of an active witch, the underwear targeting was not random but a logical (if underinformed) covert attack. Whether it would let the Neuroi use witch magic or simply cripple or kill the witch is speculation upon speculation.
◊ This map of the Strike Witches world is..
The Neuroi are a Nazi experiment that got out of control
The Neuroi are Transformers
The Neuroi are Cousins of the Dalek
The Panty Shots are the result of aerodynamicsOnce you've settled on propellers rotating around the ankles then the rest falls into place. First you need to minimize the pilot weight in order to get off the ground, hence young girls. Second they must have skintight clothing below their hips for smooth airflow to the propellers. Third their leg supports must keep each leg straight to avoid excessive stress on their knees. Fourth they must keep their knees parted so the propellers don't run into the other leg. And fifth the leg irons lower their center of gravity so the most effective way to turn is to bend at the waist.
The Neuroi are the Anti-Spirals and all Witch magic is spiral basedIts shockingly pretty similar if you look at it. The Neuroi are simply the anti-spirals from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann in another name. The anti-spirals and Neuroi are both black and red computer CGI robots who resemble weird geometric shapes and explode when destroyed. They also seem bent on exterminating humanity for no real reason other than the fact they're there. The Striker units themselves are powered by the spiral energy latent in people, similar to how Gurren Lagann was powered by Simons spiral energy. It has been shown that with extreme effort and focus a Witch can push the Striker unit beyond it's technical capabilities through seeming hotbloodiness. It would make sense at this people to theorize that Strike Witches and Gurren Lagann share the universe though presumably Strike Witches takes place before Gurren Lagann. The lack of an anti-spiral messenger could be explained with the two humanoid Neuroi that show up, presumably they never seeded an anti-spiral messenger and had to come up with a last minute replacement (or they were planning on turning Miyafuji into one)