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Posted 10/6/16
There is already a discussion thread in the main Crunchyroll forum, but what could it hurt to have one here too? Our discussions will likely be somewhat bias anyway. :D

So to start off, what do you think of the series so far? Share your expectations, talk about your favorite episode or characters, etc. Posting pictures is allowed as well as long as they are related to Brave Witches and are mostly safe for work. ( If you can, also try to upload the pictures to the group photo album. )


Also, try to avoid discussions like these until you've caught up with the series as you'll likely come across a spoiler. We're not responsible for your own curiosity.
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Posted 10/7/16
I was a little disappointed with the first episode initially, but after re-watching it a couple times, I started to see a lot of little details that were really cool and now I think it's a really good first episode! Can't wait for the next one!
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Loved the way it started. Sad to see Takami out of action - I hope not permanently? I'm worried for Hikari because she's suddenly in a team of hardened aces without her Sakamoto equivalent to protect her, but I'm sure most of the 502nd will befriend her soon. Looking forward to the show settling into the usual hijinks around home base. Wonder whether and how the show will try to further distinguish itself from SW.
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Posted 10/13/16
Episode 1 had a good start, but to be honest I was a little disappointed with episode 2. I really loved the original series so I did have some expectations coming into Brave Witches. I like that we're getting to see new witches but I really wish Silver Link stepped up their game with the artwork and action some more.

I've been watching the original series here and there so it's easy for me to compare; the CGI is rather mediocre compared to the original, not to mention the battle scenes just don't stand out enough. If I were to describe episode 2 in one word it would be "anticlimactic". Takami's power also seems really cool but it didn't shine like it could have IMO.


The character interactions don't seem very natural either; though the interactions between Hikari and Takami are cute enough, I'll give it that. It also seems interesting that they both have magic eyes. Here's to hoping things pick up later on. *Goes back to watching the rest of season 2*
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Posted 10/13/16
I a bit of a theory about Takami's, and by extension, Hikari's magic.

I think what their doing with it is showing the activation, a little bit of what it does, and aftermath of the Absolute Eye. Their Intentional not showing exactly how it works so that they can reveal (preferably only visually) how the entire thing functions during the climax or something.

I agree with you in regards to the animation and the CG. I miss AiC Spirits. They did a really good job with season 2.
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Posted 10/13/16 , edited 10/13/16
Silver Link was the studio in charge of Operation Victory Arrow and I feel they did quite a good job there, maybe the budget just wasn't big enough for a 1 cour as opposed to a 3 ep OVA, but who knows. ( OVA was actually a big picture production so I guess it's to be expected it would have better production value. )

Regarding Takami's ability; I just didn't like how it was demonstrated, same with all of the action scenes. It goes along with the lack of quality in CGI and animation direction, I don't think there is much of an excuse here besides laziness. The fight scenes and some character interactions literally left me going "meh" with a slight cringe.


Maybe I'm just a bit grumpy.
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Posted 10/13/16
I know they did OVA, but I can see what your getting at.

Maybe I just have low standards action scenes, and am way to hopeful that the laziness is actually cleverness in disguise.
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Posted 10/15/16
I just re-watched episode 2 and kept a tally of how many Neuroi Takami shot down VS how were left alive when they showed the remaining ones again, and while I noticed it before, I didn't notice how *horrendous* the lack of consistency was.
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Yeah episode 2 didn't have the menuevering that was seen in battle scenes from Strike Witches. Only really interesting part was when Takami activated her power and her hair tuned red. But when she used her power it was just skipped to the part where she made her shots. I don't know if they want it this way so that Hikari can reveal their powers (if they have the same one) but I agree it made the battle scene anticlamatic.

On another note we finally met the Brave Witches. Seems that Naoe and Hikari are gonna have a rivalry. That seems interesting, I have a feeling it might me a rivalry where they end up liking each other in the end. Beside the team's interaction I kinda want to see cameos of the other squadrons through out the season.

Also since Takami is part of the 508th JFW, is that after this incident or before??? I'm not sure if that was made clear or not. I'm assuming it's after this incident but correct me if I'm wrong.
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Posted 10/16/16
Do you know what the year was when Takami was part of the 508th? For reference, it's 1944 at the moment in Brave.
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I couldn't find any date referring to the 508th, so I'm gonna go with she joins the 508th after she awakens from her coma because Hikari took her place already in the 502nd.
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Posted 10/19/16
Watched episode 3. I need to watch it a few more times to have everything sink in a little more, but initial impressions are good.
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Posted 10/19/16 , edited 10/19/16
Episode 3 was pretty good, I liked the pacing and the combat wasn't bad. Definitely redeemed itself after ep2.

Kanno is quite the brat, though her magic punch seems cool
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Posted 10/19/16
Yeah. Kanno's Magic Compression is probably one of the more badass forms of magic so far. It's kinda similar to Captain Kadomaru Misa's Vajra, but with more punching involved.
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Posted 10/23/16
Bad news guys, episode 4 isn't coming out till next week. Production delays apparently.
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