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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Luminous Witches Anime

Sentai Filmworks announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the League of Nations Air Force Aviation Magic Band Luminous Witches (Renmei Kūgun Kōkū Mahō Ongakutai Luminous Witches) television anime series. HIDIVE will exclusively stream the anime for the summer 2022 season. Sentai Filmworks will release the anime on home video at a later date.

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Luminous Witches Anime

The anime will premiere on AT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, and Sun TV on July 3; on TV Aichi on July 4; and on BS NTV on July 5.

The anime’s production committee delayed the anime’s premiere date to 2022 due to “various circumstances.” The anime was previously slated to premiere in 2021. Kadokawa announced the anime project in 2018.

The story is a spinoff of the Strike Witches franchise, and centers on a unique squadron of “witches who don’t fight.” Instead, the squadron sing and perform music to protect the smiles of those who have been driven out of their hometowns by the Neuroi.

The anime stars:

  • Sayaka Tsuzuki as Éléonore Giovanna Gassion
  • Ami Aimoto as Lyudmila Andreyevna Rouslanova
  • Mai Narumi as Virginia Robertson
  • Minako Hosokawa as Inori Shibuya
  • Ryō Mamiya as Aira Payvikki Linnamar
  • Kana Konaka as Maria Magadalene Dietrich
  • Misaki Yūki as Manaia Matawhaura Hato
  • Rino Yoshikita as Sylvie Cariello
  • Rio Mamesaki as Joanna Elizabeth Stafford
  • Mikako Komatsu as Grace Maitland Steward

Humikane Shimada drew the character designs for the new Witches. Shimada and Projekt World Witches are credited with the original work. Shouji Saeki (episode director and scriptwriter for Strike Witches and Strike Witches 2) is directing the anime and handling the series composition. Shinya Murakami is credited for the “Witches series literature.” Kadokawa is producing the music. SHAFT is animating the series.

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The anime’s main cast formed an idol unit in 2019, and the first CD single, “Flying Skyhigh,” shipped in May 2020. The fourth single shipped on February 25. The unit held their first standalone live concert on February 20. The cast will perform the anime’s opening theme song “WONDERFUL WORLD,” and the ending theme song “Watashi to Minna no Uta” (My and Everyone’s Song).

Source: Sentai Filmworks

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