The World Witches Series (ワールドウィッチーズシリーズ) is a mixed-media project originally created by Shimada Humikane. The franchise, as a whole, was also often referred to as Strike Witches (ストライクウィッチーズ) back when the 501st JFW was more of a core focus for the series.

Plot

Fan-made chronological timeline.[1] (Includes most existing media, but not all of it.)

Set in an alternate Earth in the mid twentieth century, Strike Witches tells the story of a fight to protect that world using a combination of magic and technology in a fictional recreation of events occurring in World War II with the national armies joining forces to confront an overwhelming alien threat together instead of fighting among themselves.

The titular Strike Witches are young women with high magical potential who are recruited into military organizations around the world to fight against the enigmatic Neuroi, which began an invasion of unprecedented scale on human territory in the year 1939 and perhaps earlier in the 20th Century. This puzzling enemy force has appeared frequently and without warning in many areas across the world throughout history. The weapons of the Neuroi mostly take on forms similar to aircraft, but their most troubling tactic is the spreading of a corrosive miasma. Not only do normal humans have no defense against this miasma, but the remnants of the land affected by it are processed by the Neuroi into new weapons, crumbling huge sections of former nations into the sea. As the miasma seems to be unable to spread across large bodies of water, humanity has designated such areas as their main lines of defense.

In order to bring out their potential for use in battle, each Witch equips a unique machine onto their legs: the Striker Unit. With the Striker Unit equipped, they gain the ability to fly and their tapped magical potential provides the strength to utilize weapons far too heavy and powerful for a normal person. A defensive field is also created that can protect the Witches from the Neuroi's miasma, as well as other physical weaponry, making them humanity's trump card in the war. The franchise's main media focuses on the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, defending the Britannian home islands, in the first season, as a parallel to the Battle of Britain, and struggling to retake an occupied Italian peninsula in the second season as a parallel to the late stages of the Adriatic Campaign.

Origin

Strike Witches started off via a series of magazine illustration columns by Fumikane Shimada. The source of inspirations, themes, and visual styles are linked back to Mecha Musume.

Media

Art Books

Name Related media Illustrator(s) Release Date ISBN
STRIKES Strike Witches OVA Humikane Shimada January 1 2007
Shimada Humikane Art Works Early Strike Witches, other mecha musume Humikane Shimada October 2008 9784048542210
Strike Witches Official Fanbook Complete File Strike Witches season 1 January 2009 9784048542968
Kazuhiro Takamura Animation Works Strike Witches season 1, season 2 Kazuhiro Takamura March 26, 2010 9784048543781
Strike Witches 2 Official Fanbook Complete File Strike Witches season 2 December 2010 9784048545556
Strike Witches the Movie Official Fanbook Complete File Strike Witches Movie May 2012 9784041101728
The World Witches All SW media Humikane Shimada February 2014 9784041106006
Art Works of Strike Witches All SW media Humikane Shimada March 2014 9784041105993
Strike Witches Privates Humikane Twitter stories Humikane Shimada May 2014

Anime

Title Episodes Production Studio Air Date
Strike Witches OVA 1 (OVA) Gonzo January 1 2007
Strike Witches 12 (TV)


  1. "Magic Girl"
  2. "To Do What I Can"
  3. "Lonely No More"
  4. "Thank You"
  5. "Swift, Gigantic and Soft"
  6. "Solidarity"
  7. "Nice 'n Breezy"
  8. "Forget You Not"
  9. "Defend at all Costs"
  10. "Trust and Friendship"
  11. "To The Sky"
  12. "Strike Witches"
Gonzo July 4 2008 – September 19 2008
Strike Witches 2 12 (TV)


  1. "Into The Sky Once More"
  2. "The Legendary Witches"
  3. "What We Can Do Together"
  4. "Harder, Faster, Greater"
  5. "My Romagna"
  6. "Higher Then The Sky"
  7. "It's All Creepy Crawly"
  8. "Please Grant Me Wings"
  9. "The Bridge To Tomorrow"
  10. "500 Overs"
  11. "To Be Myself"
  12. "Beyond The Skies To Eternity"
AIC July 8 2010 – September 23 2010
Strike Witches Movie 1 (Movie) AIC March 17th 2012
Operation Victory Arrow 3 (OVA)


  1. Saint Trond's Thunder
  2. Goddess of the Aegan Sea
  3. Arnhem Bridge
Silver Link September 20 2014 - June 17 2015
Brave Witches 12+1 (Spin-off) (TV)


  1. "The Witch of Sasebo?"
  2. "Take Flight, Chidori"
  3. "The 502nd Joint Fighter Wing"
  4. "If You Want to Fight, Get Stronger!"
  5. "Deadly Battle in the Freezing Cold"
  6. "Good Luck"
  7. "On a Holy Night"
  8. "Grape Juice for Your Eyes"
  9. "Break Witches"
  10. "Big Sister and Little Sister"
  11. "We Won't Know Until We Try"
  12. "Shining with Light..."
  13. "Petersburg Grand Strategy"
Silver Link October 6 2016 - December 28 2016
World Witches Series: 501 Butai Hasshin Shimasu!! 12 (TV)


  1. Episode 1 - 501st, Take Off?
  2. Episode 2 - 501st, Clean Your Dirty Rooms?
  3. Episode 3 - 501st, Head Out to Shop?
  4. Episode 4 - 501st, It's Time For Halloween?
  5. Episode 5 - 501st, Time for a Haircut?
  6. Episode 6 - 501st, Are You Feeling Stressed?
  7. Episode 7 - 501st, Get Ready for Setsubun?
  8. Episode 8 - 501st, Get Ready for Night Work?
  9. Episode 9 - 501st, You Can't Fly Anymore?
  10. Episode 10 - 501st, Are You Feeling The Heat?
  11. Episode 11 - 501st, Time to Save Lives?
  12. Episode 12 - 501st, You're Splitting Up?
Acca effe Giga Production April 10 2019 - June 26 2019
Strike Witches: 501 Butai Hasshin Shimasu! Movie 1 (Movie) Acca effe Giga Production 4 October 2019
Strike Witches Road to Berlin ? (TV) David Production 7 October 2020
Luminous Witches ? (TV) SHAFT 2021
World Witches: Hasshin Shimasu!! ? (TV) Acca effe Giga Production 2021

Audio

Title Volumes Release Date
Himegoe Voice Albums
  1. Volume 1: Mio Sakamoto, Perrine H. Clostermann
  2. Volume 2: Lynette Bishop, Gertrud Barkhorn
  3. Volume 3: Charlotte E. Yeager, Francesca Lucchini
  4. Volume 4: Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke, Erica Hartmann
  5. Volume 5: Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen, Sanya V. Litvyak
  6. Volume 6: Yoshika Miyafuji, letters to Yoshika
Released together with the DVD volumes for season 1 of the anime
Hime Uta Song Albums
  1. Sono 1: Yoshika Miyafuji, Mio Sakamoto
  2. Sono 2: Sanya V. Litvyak, Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen
  3. Sono 3: Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke, Erica Hartmann, Gertrud Barkhorn
  4. Sono 4: Perrine H. Clostermann, Lynette Bishop, Yoshika Miyafuji
  5. Sono 5: Francesca Lucchini, Charlotte E. Yeager
  1. March 18 2009
  2. March 18 2009
  3. April 1 2009
  4. April 15 2009
  5. April 15 2009
Strike Witches The Movie
Hime Uta Collections
  1. Collection 1: Sanya V. Litvyak, Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen, Heidemarie W. Schnaufer
  2. Collection 2: Francesca Lucchini, Charlotte E. Yeager, Fernandia Malvezzi
  3. Collection 3: Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke, Erica Hartmann, Gertrud Barkhorn
  4. Collection 4: Miyafuji Yoshika, Sakamoto Mio, Hattori Shizuka
  5. Collection 5: Lynette Bishop, Perrine H. Clostermann, Amelie Planchard
  1. January 9 2013
  2. January 9 2013
  3. October 2 2013
  4. October 2 2013
  5. November 20 2013
Himebana Drama Albums
  1. Volume 1
  2. Volume 2
  3. Volume 3
  1. April 30 2009, bundled with Nyantype vol. 1
  2. July 30 2009, bundled with Nyantype vol. 2
  3. September 30 2009, bundled with Nyantype vol. 3

Himeroku Drama Albums

  1. Volume 1
  2. Volume 2
  1. May/June 2010, special limited-release by order through Nyantype vol. 8 and vol. 9
  2. July/August 2010, special limited-release by order through Nyantype vol. 10 and vol. 11
Strike Witches Gakuen
  1. Volume 1
November 26, 2009, bundled with first DS game.
Himegoe CD 2 Voice Albums
  1. Volume 1: Junko Takei, Yoshika Miyafuji & Lynette Bishop
  2. Volume 2: Fernandia Malvezzi, Gertrud Barkhorn & Charlotte E. Yeager
  3. Volume 3: Luciana Mazzei, Perrine H. Clostermann & Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen
  4. Volume 4: Martina Crespi, Erica Hartmann & Sanya V. Litvyak
  5. Volume 5: Hanna-Justina Marseille, Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke & Mio Sakamoto
  6. Volume 6: Suwa Amaki, Francesca Lucchini & Yoshika Miyafuji
Released together with the DVD/Blu-ray volumes for season 2 of the anime
Strike Witches Starlight Stream
  1. Volume 1
  2. Volume 2
  1. December 8 2010
  2. April 27 2011
501st JFW.OA
  1. 501st JFW.OA Radio CD Vol. 1 (C-04254)
  1. October 30 2011
Noble Witches
  1. Rosalie's Log
  2. One Night Cinderella + Bonus Track
  3. The Adventures of Isaac Holmes + Bonus Track
  4. Gunfight at the Ghost Town + Bonus Tracks
  5. The longest day of Heinrike + Bonus Track
  1. October 1 2015 (bundled with limited edition third Noble Witches Light Novel)
  2. March 1 2016 (bundled with limited edition fourth Noble Witches Light Novels)
  3. November 1 2016 (bundled with limited edition fifth Noble Witches Light Novels)
  4. May 1 2017(bundled with limited edition sixth Noble Witches Light Novels)
  5. November 1 2017 (bundled with limited edition seventh Noble Witches Light Novels)
Brave Witches
  1. May 31 2017 (bundled with limited edition second Brave Witches Light Novel)

Doujinshi

Title Volumes Release Date
Strike Witches: Witch in Africa 1 Aug 2008
Strike Witches: Tiger in Desert 2 Dec 2008 - Aug 2009
Sengoku Witches: Hon'noji no Majo 1 August 16 2009
World Witches: The Witches of the Sphinx 5 April 2010 - ?
Unknown Witches: Secret File 18 December 2011

The Africa doujinshi were later officially published as Strike Witches: The Witches of Africa manga.

Light Novels

 
Title Volumes Release Date
Strike Witches: Suomus Misfits Squadron

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu Suomus Iranko Chūtai)

  1. Suomus Iranko Chūtai Ganbaru
  2. Suomus Iranko Chūtai Koisuru
  3. Suomus Iranko Chūtai Hajikeru
  1. September 30 2006
  2. February 22 2007
  3. July 1 2008
Strike Witches: Maidens' Volume

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu Otome no Maki)

  1. Volume 1
  2. Volume 2
  3. Volume 3
  4. Volume 4
  1. Augsut 1 2008
  2. March 1 2009
  3. August 1 2009
  4. June 30 2010
Strike Witches: Der Stern von Afrika
  1. Der Stern von Afrika
  2. The Eagle and the Moon and the Sun
  3. Owl Morn
  4. Before the Storm
  5. A Midnight Dream in the Desert
  6. Phoenix in the Dunes
  1. August 2008 (bundled with Witch in Africa)
  2. December 2008 (bundled with Tiger in Desert, vol.1)
  3. August 2009 (bundled with Witch in Africa, vol.2)
  4. April 2010 (bundled with World Witches vol.1)
  5. August 2010 (bundled with World Witches vol.2)
  6. May 2011 (bundled with World Witches vol.3)
Strike Witches Short-Shorts: After the Sky
  1. Ichimen no Ao
  2. Kaze ni Tanabiku Shiroi Are
  3. Koganeiro no Soup
January 9 2009 (bundled with Strike Witches Official Fanbook Complete File)
Strike Witches 2
  1. Densetsu no Majo-tachi
    (The Legendary Witches)
  2. Sora Yori Towa ni
    (Beyond The Skies To Eternity)
  1. August 31 2010
  2. September 30 2010
Strike Witches 2 Visual Short Story 500overs in Africa December 28 2010 (bundled with Strike Witches 2 Official Fanbook Complete File)
Strike Witches: The Witches of Africa - Kei's Report

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Africa no Majo・Keizu Ripōto)

  1. The Witches of Africa - Kei's Report 1
  2. The Witches of Africa - Kei's Report 2
  3. The Witches of Africa - Kei's Report 3
  1. February 2012
  2. January 2013
  3. February 2014
Strike Witches the Movie: The sky I want to return to

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu gekijōban kaeritai sora)

The sky I want to return to March 31 2012
Strike Witches the Movie Visual Short Story Raise the Battle Ship Yamato in 1945 May 2 2012 (bundled with Strike Witches the Movie Official Fanbook Complete File)
Noble Witches: The 506th Joint Fighter Wing

(Nōburu Wicchīzu dai 506 tōgō sentō kōkūdan)

  1. Flight
  2. Conflict
  3. Formed
  4. Cloudy
  5. Clash
  6. Suspicion
  7. Counterattack
  8. Hero
  1. December 27 2014
  2. April 28 2015
  3. September 9 2015 (limited Noble Witches(1) drama CD bundle also released)
  4. February 27 2016 (limited Noble Witches(2) drama CD bundle also released)
  5. November 1 2016 (limited Noble Witches(3) drama CD bundle also released)
  6. May 1 2017 (limited Noble Witches(4) drama CD bundle also released)
  7. November 1 2017 (limited Noble Witches(5) drama CD bundle also released)
  8. May 1 2018
Brave Witches Prequel

(Burēbu Witchīzu Prequel)

  1. Brave Witches Prequel: The Vast Land of Orussia
    (Orussia no Daichi)
  2. Brave Witches Prequel 2: The Illusion of Orussia
    (Orussia no Genei)
  3. Brave Witches Prequel 3: Orussia's Distant Thunder
    (Orussia no Enrai)
  1. November 1 2016
  2. June 1 2017 (limited edition with drama CD bundle also released)
  3. January 1 2018
Strike Witches: Memorial Episode Together

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu Memorial Episode isshodayo)

Memorial Episode Together July 1 2018
Strike Witches: Suomus Misfits Squadron ReBOOT!

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu Suomusu iranko chūtai ReBOOT!)

  1. Strike Witches: Suomus Misfits Squadron ReBOOT!
  2. Strike Witches 2: Suomus Misfits Squadron ReBOOT!
  3. Strike Witches 3: Suomus Misfits Squadron ReBOOT!
  4. Strike Witches 4: Suomus Misfits Squadron ReBOOT!
  1. October 1 2018 (limited edition with drama CD bundle also released)
  2. March 1 2019 (limited edition with drama CD bundle also released)
  3. November 1 2019 (limited edition with drama CD bundle also released)
  4. October 1 2020 (limited edition with drama CD bundle also released)

Manga

Title Chapters Publication Run Date
Strike Witches: Maidens of the Blue Sky

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Sōkū no Otome-tachi)

3 Comp Ace Sept 2005 – Jan 2006 (Canceled)
Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Tenkū no Otome-tachi)

11 Comp Ace July 2008 – Dec 2008
Strike Witches: The Sky Which is Connected to You

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Kimi to Tsunagaru Sora)

8 NyanType Sept 2009 – Aug 2010
Strike Witches: The Shape of Our Bond

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Kimi no Kizuna no Katachi)

1 Comp Ace June 2010 (Canceled)
Strike witches: Small Sanya

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Chii Sanya)

51 Comp Ace October 2010 - january 2013
Strike Witches Zero:1937 Fuso Sea Incident

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu Zero: 1937 Fusou Kaijihen)

13 NyanType October 2010 - November 2011
Strike Witches: Official Comic à la Carte

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu kōshiki komikku arakaruto)

61 September 2010 - December 2011
Strike Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off!

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: 501 Butai Hasshin shimasu!)

25 4-koma Nano Ace
Monthly Shonen Ace
March 2011 - October 2012
Strike Witches: One-Winged Witches

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Katayoku no Majotachi)

14 Comp Ace April 2011 - June 2012
Strike Witches: The Witches of Africa1

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Africa no Majo)

6 Comptiq January 2012
Strike Witches Zero:1939 Koukaku no majo

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Koukaku no majo)

2 NyanType April 2012 - May 2012 (Canceled)
Strike Witches: The Witches of Andorra

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Andorra no Majo)

5 Kadokawa Comics Ace April 2012
Strike Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off! Movie

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu Gekijō-ban: 501 Butai Hasshin shimasu!)

25 Monthly Shonen Ace December 2012 - December 2015
Strike witches: Small Size

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Chii Saizu)

34 Comp Ace March 2013 - December 2015
Strike Witches: The Witches of Aurora

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Aurora no Majo)

13 NyanType Sept 2013 - ?
Strike Witches: Deep Red Witches

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Kurenai no Majo-tachi)

18 Comptic February 2014 - September 2015
Strike Witches: The 501st Joint Fighter Wing

(Sutoraiku Witchīzu: dai 501 tōgō sentō kōkūdan)

28 Monthly Shonen Ace March 2014 - February 2016
Strike Witches: Erica Hartmann 1941

(Sutoraiku Wicchīzu: ērika harutoman 1941)

7 Comp Ace March 2016 - September 2016
Brave Witches: 502nd Joint Fighter Wing Take Off!

(Burēbu Witchīzu: Dai 502 Butai Hasshin shimasu!)

14 Young Ace Up October 2016 - June 2017
World Witches: Contrail of Witches

(Wārudo Wicchīzu: majotachi no kōseki kumo)

21 Newtype November 2016 - December 2017
Brave Witches: 502nd Joint Fighter Wing

(Burēbu Witchīzu: dai 502 tōgō sentō kōkūdan)

10 Monthly Shonen Ace December 2016
Brave Witches: Official Comic à la Carte

(Burēbu Witchīzu: kōshiki komikku arakaruto)

13 Comp Ace December 2016
Brave Witches Prequel: The Vast Land of Orussia

(Burēbu Witchīzu Prequel: Orussia no Daichi)

13

Newtype April 2017 - October 2017
Noble Witches: The 506th Joint Fighter Wing

(Nōburu Wicchīzu: dai 506 tōgō sentō kōkūdan)

18 Comp Ace November 2017 - September 2018
Strike Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off! Continuation

(Strike Witches: 501 Butai Hasshin Shimasu! Zoku)

12 Young Ace Up July 2019
  1. ^ Official re-release of Takeshi Nogami's Africa doujinshi

Video Games

Title Genre Gaming System Release Date
Strike Witches: Blitz in the Blue Sky - New Commander Struggles!

(ストライクウィッチーズ -蒼空の電撃戦 新隊長 奮闘する!-, Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Sōkū no Dengekisen - Shin Taichō Funtōsuru!)

SLG DS November 26 2009
Strike Witches: What I Can Do Along With You - A Little Peaceful Days

(ストライクウィッチーズ -あなたとできること A Little Peaceful Days-, Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Anata to Dekiru Koto - A Little Peaceful Days)

VN PS2 May 27 2010
Strike Witches: Silver Wings

(ストライクウィッチーズ -白銀の翼-, Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Hakugin no Tsubasa)

STG / Shoot 'em up XBox 360 / PSP July 29 2010
Strike Witches 2: Heal, Cure and Squish

(ストライクウィッチーズ 2 いやす・なおす・ぷにぷにする, Sutoraiku Witchīzu 2: Iyasu, Naosu, Puni-Puni suru)

ADV DS October 21 2010
Strike Witches OIZUMI pachi-slot

(OIZUMI presents PACHI-SLOTS ストライクウィッチーズ)

Pachislot OIZUMI Pachislot machine 2015
Strike Witches: Kiseki no Rondo

(ストライクウィッチーズ軌跡の輪舞曲, Sutoraiku Witchīzu: Kiseki no Rondo)

Gacha PC / Mobile Fall 2015
Brave Witches VR: Operation Baba-Yaga - Counter attack in the snow

(ブレイブウィッチーズVR-Operation Baba_yaga-雪中迎撃戦, Bureibu Witchīzu VR: Operation Baba-Yaga - Yuki chū geigekisen)

VR rail shooter PC / PS4 June 9 2017
World Witches United Front

(ワールドウィッチーズ UNITED FRONT, Wārudo Wicchīzu UNITED FRONT)

Shoot 'em up Mobile October 13 2020

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