The upcoming Luminous Witches anime from studio Shaft has released the fourth trailer ahead of its premiere on July 3. The trailer, which was initially released a few days ago, was re-uploaded today and features the opening song “WONDERFUL WORLD” performed by the cast members of the series.
Shoji Saeki is directing the series, with Kana Shundo assisting. Kazuya Shiotsuki is doing the character designs, and Mina Otaka doing the general designs. Sayuri Sakimoto, Kazuya Shiotsuki, and Akihisa Takano serve as chief animation directors. The main cast for the anime includes:
- Rio Mamesaki as Joanna Elizabeth Stafford
- Ami Aimoto as Lyudmila Andreyevna Ruslanova
- Misaki Yuki as Manaia Matawhaura Hato
- Kana Furunaka as Maria Magdalene Dietrich
- Minako Hosokawa as Inori Shibuya
- Mai Narumi as Virginia Robertson
- Rino Yoshikita as Silvie Carriello
- Ryo Mamiya as Aira Payvikki Linnamar
- Sayaka Tsuzuki as Eleonore Giovanna Gassion
- Mikako Komatsu as Grace Maitland Steward
The new anime series is the latest addition to the mix media project Strike Witches created by Fumikane Shimada. The franchise has been adapted into several light novels, manga, anime, and video game adaptations. The first season of Strike Witches was animated by Gonzo and aired from July 3 to September 18, 2008. A second series was animated by AIC and aired from July 7, 2010, and September 23, 2010. Other anime titles from the franchise include the spin-off Brave Witches (2016), Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off! (2018), and Strike Witches: Road to Berlin (2020).
Seven Seas Entertainment licensed Strike Witches in English and describes the plot as:
In 1939, an enigmatic alien force called the Neuroi launched a widescale invasion of Earth, destroying nation after nation. Humanity’s last hope at survival is to form an international elite fighting force of flying aces known as “Strike Witches!” Strike Witches are young women with innate magical powers who are equipped with the latest in military technology: Striker Units, which provide the user with a unique array of weaponry that can only be controlled by magic. Enter a young healer named Yoshika Miyafuji, the newest inductee into the 501st Joint Fighter Wing. Yoshika may be opposed to the military, but if she wants to survive, she better learn quickly from veteran ace and strict disciplinarian, Mio Sakamoto, what it means to be a Strike Witch.
Unlike Strike Witches, Luminous Witches don’t fight Neuroi head-on. Instead, they use music to protect and bring joy to those who lost their homes in the war.