YMMV / Strike Witches

  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Erica, to the point of becoming the unofficial mascot of Krautchan
    • Sanya's popularity is vastly disproportionate to the amount of screen-time she gets. And she was one of the first characters to receive a figurine & a dakimakura.
    • While The Movie cameos basically every Japanese fandom favorite they can cram in, Heidimarie in particular is given the third most significant plot driven scenes after Shizuka and Yoshika, and is basically treated as a member of the 501st (read: primary cast) at the end, in all but name.
    • Heidimarie herself is one from the side materials as she belonged to no Joint Fighter Wing but proved popular among fans on both sides of the pacific due to her looks, personality, combat record, and still having traces of Moe.
  • Fan Nickname: "Sky Girls no pantsu", "Strike Pantsu", "Pantsu Witches", "Sutopan" & "Sutomajo"
    • And for Brave Witches, some have started calling it "iM@S Witches" due to the majority of the girls being voiced by iDOLM@STER voice actresses, including Sasha and Nipa who were already cast prior to the 502nd even getting an anime.
      • Hikari Karibuchi was immediately referred to as "Yoshika 2.0" upon the reveal of her being the protagonist of Brave Witches.
  • Fetish Retardant: If you're not into the series' particular brand of fanservice, the panty shots and such can come off as this. This has turned some viewers off the series completely.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Perrine and Lucchini. Many of their interactions are rather amusing in terms that they're complete polar opposites, especially episode 10 of the second season, where they share tons of Ship Tease moments, including Lucchini throwing a sword to Perrine to defeat a golem, which got fans buzzing.
  • Freud Was Right: "Blitzkrieg", you say? Among other examples.
  • Growing the Beard: From episode 8 onward.This is noted in the dub commentary, when the ADR director was first assigned the show for dubbing, he wasn't that impressed at first. The strength of the characterizations and the fun way they build upon each other won him over by episode four.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Several, but especially episode 6 (both seasons).
  • Les Yay:
    • Yoshika has some... interesting dreams about her comrades.
    • Based on the events in Episode 8, Minna probably transferred her feelings for her old boyfriend (including concern for his safety) to Mio.
    • Eila and Sanya.... ("Doesn't it make your heart throb?"). Case in point, here is what Eila has to say about Sanya.
    Eila: Sanya? ... Sanya, huh? hmm... ah, sorry. Thinking of Sanya sort of... makes my heart ache. I wonder why? ...eh? Her breasts? Sanya's!? What the hell are you looking at!? I wouldn't talk about that, idiot!
    • Another case was, when her dousing rods led her to Sanya's ass rather than to the Neuroi bug.
    • The Movie doesn't let up on the Les Yay. The most blatant example is Yoshika and Lynne; they roll around on the ground hugging at the beginning and later cuddle together in bed.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Strike Witches love is alive and well... in my pants."
  • Moe: Most characters, but especially Sanya (the creators seem determined to play her cuteness for all its worth), Georgette, and Lynette (clumsy, shy, low self esteem...we could go on).
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: EilaNya for Eila & Sanya.
  • Periphery Demographic: If Youtube comments are anything to go by, Strike Witches has a decent number of female fans who aren't there for the fanservice. Makes sense, given that the cast is made up of badass women, and that the show passes the Bechdel Test quite easily.
  • Stoic Woobie: Mio. The final episodes of Seasons 1 and 2 deal with her losing her magical power, and by extension, her ability to fight the Neuroi. Every aspect of Mio's character screams "Don't You Dare Pity Me!," but just try to watch her break down in tears in the face of losing her way of life and place in the 501st and not feel sorry for her. Fortunately, she comes to terms with it.
  • Tear Jerker: Happens a few times in season 1. Most notably near the end of "We're The Same".
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: In the Season 2 finale, Yoshika pulls ''Reppumaru'' from the deck of the ''Yamato''.
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