Luminous Witches Anime Release Date, Visual, & Trailer

Luminous Witches is a spin-off anime series based on the original 2008 anime “Strike Witches,” created by Fumikane Shimada. Like the original “Strike Witches,” “Allied Air Force Magical Idols Luminous Witches” (or just “Luminous Witches” for short) focuses on a group of magic-wielding girls equipped with flight-capable machines known as Striker Units. Using these Striker Units, the witches combat the Neuroi, an invading alien threat that poses a serious danger to humanity. Luminous Witches, however, sets itself apart from its action-oriented origins. Instead of fighting the Neuroi through magic and mayhem, the Luminous Witches do it through music.

The Luminous Witches television show will feature a group of witches who refuse to fight; instead they sing to bring joy to those who have been affected by the Neuroi, who gain energy from quite literally swallowing up land and leaving many residents in the world of the Strike Witches franchise homeless. The original Strike Witches franchise was known online for its cute cat girls and over-the-top panty shots, however, it won the Jury Selection in the Animation Division of the 12th Japan Media Arts Festival.

Fans have known about Luminous Witches for several years now, but it wasn’t until recently that many important details have been released to the public. Now, fans know more about the release date, characters, and plot of Luminous Witches than ever. With its debut episode releasing just around the corner, there’s no time to waste in discussing what fans can expect in this upcoming show.

Luminous Witches Anime Release Date Announced!

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According to Anime News Network, Luminous Witches was first announced at the franchise’s 10th-anniversary event in 2018. At the time, it operated under the working title of “Idol Witches,” and was planned for a release in 2021. Two years later, producer Kadokawa released an official trailer for “Luminous Witches” on its official Youtube channel. The franchise has not delayed or dropped its 2021 release date

However, the long wait is over, The release date of the anime Luminous Witches, directed by the animation studio SHAFT, is scheduled for July 3, 2022.

Who are the Characters in Luminous Witches?

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Luminous Witches © Shaft

One of the main focuses of “Strike Witches” has always been its characters. Each full anime series, including spin-offs like “Brave Witches” places a large emphasis on the team of witches from which each series gets its name. Luminous Witches is no different, and the show’s creators have already shared the team of witches fans will get familiar with when the show is released. Here’s the list:

  • Virginie Robertson as Mai Narumi
  • Shibuya Inori as Minako Hosokawa
  • Lyudmila Andreyevna Ruslanova as Friend Aimoto
  • Aila Payvikki Linnamar as Ryo Mamiya
  • Eleonore Giovanna Gassion as Tsuduki Sayaka
  • Maria Magdalene Dietrich as Kana Furunaka
  • Manaia Matawhaura Hato as Misaki Yuki
  • Sylvie Cariello: coming soon
  • Joanna Elizabeth Stafford: coming soon

What is the Story of Luminous Witches Anime?

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Luminous Witches © Shaft

Like the actresses who portray them, the protagonists of Luminous Witches are part of an idol group of the same name. As such, Luminous Witches is departing from the franchise’s focus on violence and action, and instead reinterpreting its universe as an idol anime (which conveniently still provides an avenue for the franchise’s trademark fanservice). Instead of fighting the Neuroi with guns and magic, the group sings out to those risking their lives on the battlefield.

As such, the climactic moments of Luminous Witches likely won’t be battles, but concerts. Aside from that, details on the overarching narrative of Luminous Witches are sparse. Luminous Witches can be hard to categorize into any one anime genre, guaranteeing that fans will have something interesting to look forward to when it finally arrives. Fans are sure to learn more about the witches and their musical war when Luminous Witches releases later this year. 

Is There a Trailer For Luminous Witches Anime?

Yes! For readers who want to see and follow the story of the following Luminous Witches, we provide the trailer below.