After discovering that the Neuroi are capable of communication with humans and making peace with the nest above Gallia, the Witches squads are on a mission to reestablish communication, when a sudden attack causes the Neuroi to vanish. The Witches discover a new and massive nest that just appeared, covering almost all Europe. Ruthlessly and without mercy it annihilates allied forces along with Witches. Word of the attack reaches Fuso and a support battalion is deployed to rescue the survivors. Among the rescue team is the former Striker captain Mio Sakamoto and the now civilian Yoshika Miyafuji, who want to save their dear friends.
It's kinda sad. I loved the first season, it was everything good about Zero no Tsukaima slapped into another series, what's not to like? But this one...is not good. At all. To me, it seems like the writers took all of the filler episode rejects from the last season and smashed them all together. It's not that it is necessarily bad, it is just really, really boring. The animation and sound are, as usual, well above average, but it's just not enough this time. Plus, the characters' personalities have become somewhat annoying and flat by this point, which doesn't help this season in the slightest. By episode 8, it becomes hard to get motivated to watch the next episode. By 10, it's hard to even sit through the entire episode. There's no excuse for this mess. The writers should be ashamed.
I had already written a review for the first season of Strike Witches. You can find it here: http://www.anime-planet.com/users/ForTheLoveOfLoli/reviews/12186 In reviewing Strike Witches 2, I will use what I have already stated in the review for the first season, as a starting point. This is because, honest to God, nothing about Strike Witches 2 has changed significantly from the original. I will trust you have seen season 1 if you're going to watch this. This will allow me to keep the review quite to the point. Probably the greatest difference between the season is the geographical setting: not the skies above the UK, but Italy this time. Yes - it's all the same crew of teenage Witches fighting the same alien enemies in the same way. Again, each has their own internal or interpersonal struggles to overcome, that aren't much different from last time. Hence, it does not greatly help in further developing the characters, and they remain rather cliched, however charming. You do hope they will all continue to go along well. The humour is also exactly the same, and wasn't the series' strong point to begin with. Yoshiko and Co. engage in the same panties-and-boobs ecchi and strong yuri innuendo, with even greater enthusiasm. There is some friction with broom handles and Neuroi bugs - any excuse for crotch level ecchi comedy is taken, if it works (and if it does on your laughing muscles or, uh, some other), depends on the viewer. For me, meh. And again, the incompetent, selfish and corrupt military elite prove to be an even greater enemy to our Witches of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing than the Neuroi are. This does not provide any major plot twists, however. And my greatest disappointment was that the big plot hole left in the first season - about the neuroi perhaps being friendly and wishing to communicate - has not at all been patched, even though S2E1 gives a good hint that it might be. Alas. The chance is ham-fistedly abandoned, seemingly without reason. It all remains on the surface. At least, there's still the action scenes and weapon designs that are very well done. And some of the girls, sure, are cute. I can't really torch the anime, but after Season 1, this second season did get tedious in the end for me. I'll give it a 5 out of 10.
Well, the first series was pretty damn good. Then I watched the second series, and I've got to say. I really liked it a lot. The pacing of the plot moved a lot more fluently than the first season and the characters and animation are still magnificent. All in all, it's an improvement to the first which if you liked the first, you'll love the second in my opinion.
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