The official website for the Strike Witches franchise introduces the Brave Witches of the 502nd Join Fighter Wing squadron, who bear the name of this third series, in its first promo video which was posted online today. This video, bar the added 2016 release confirmation, was first presented at the Strike Witches Minna no Omoide Dekirukoto! event held at Zepp Tokyo on February 7th.

The promo also reveals the staff on board, and Kazuhiro Takamura returns from Strike Witches to direct, with SILVER LINK also back from Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow to take charge of animation. Series composition is handled by Striker Unit, while Humikane Shimada provides original character designs for Takamura to adapt to the anime, and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi and Daijō Kudō plan the project.

The official Strike Witches site confirmed in October 2013 that the third anime series had been green-lit, but the show’s military advisor Takaaki Suzuki was quick to clarify that the new series would not be “the third season” of Strike Witches. Instead, it should be considered as a new stand-alone series. The teaser website and official Twitter for Brave Witches will open on April 1st, as announced by the franchise’s site, so expect more details to be announced for the series then.

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