There's an aquatic mecha girl wave building in the otaku zeitgeist. Anthropomorphic bishouo warships of browser game Kan Colle is feeding it. Fall's Arpeggio of Blue Steel is sure to too. And, while Pacific Rim has hit a speed bump at the Japanese box office, it does seem to be finding a niche in the this trend. Get a look after the jump.
Last weekend, the Okayama Prefecture branch of the Japan Self-Defense Forces Tweeting photos of recruitment displays featuring a character from Humikane Shimada, creator of Strike Witches and original character designer for Girls und Panzer. Now, they've posted a video featuring the character, along with a call for the public to suggest names for the pink haired soldier. Get a look after the jump.
Humikane Shimada, creator of Strike Witches and original character designer for Girls und Panzer isn't just a military otaku. He's helping out in his moe sort of way. The Japan Self-Defense Forces in his home Okayama Prefecture have started using one of his illustrations on recruitment posters. Get a look after the jump.
Seven Seas Entertainment has announced a trio of newly licensed military-themed manga series, each focusing on a different aspect of combat. Joining previously revealed Strike Witches, which zeroes in on aerial dogfights, is Girls und Panzer which targets terrestrial tank battles, and Arpeggio of Blue Steel, which spotlights submarine and battleship duels. All three series are slated for publication in 2014. More after the jump.
Despite not attending any of North America's conventions this weekend, Seven Seas took to Twitter to announce three new manga licenses Strike Witches, Devils and Realist and Dragonar Academy. More after the jump.
Though no magical teenagers were available to assist in the experiment, a group of otaku have valiantly attempted to add to the body of human knowledge by building their own Striker Unit and testing whether a Strike Witch can really fly. You'll never guess what happens when anime and reality collide! Get a look after the jump.
A nice bonus feature of the super deformed Nendoroid figures is that their parts are interchangeable, famously allowing you to put something like the ‘Olaolaolaola’ gag face from +TIC Elder Sister on your favorite anime heroine. This sort of figure bashing gets even funnier when juxtaposed with the body of American comics' Iron Man. Get a look at the results after the jump.
Here's a bit of trivial fun. Strike Witches and Girls und Panzer share designer/illustrator Humikane Shimada and military adviser Takaaki Suzuki. Strike Witches and Vividred Operation share director Kazuhiro Takamura. Given this, the anime fans at Biglobe decided to transitively associate the three and rank their heroines. See who comes out on top after the jump.
The Finnish embassy in Tokyo is known for otaku tendencies, such as moe twitter icons. Yesterday, it really flew its geek flag by celebrating the birthday of Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen - the Strike Witches girl based on legendary Ilmavoimat World War II ace Eino Ilmari "Illu" Juutilainen. More after the jump.
Strike Witches creator (and Girls und Panzer character designer) Humikane Shimada isn't quite the Twitter star that Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima is, but recently, he's become a lot more worth following. This month, he's been tweeting a series of sketches of the Witches cast in cheerleader attire. Get a look after the jump.
In the wake of late July's Summer Wonder Fest, the figure maker Good Smile Company's Mikatan blog has been gradually sharing looks at a host of adorable figures based on characters like My Ordinary Life's Professor and Fate's Saber. Check them out after the jump.