When it comes to Strike Witches, my favor goes to Gertrud Barkhorn. This is a strange choice, since she is not very popular with the show’s target audience (obviously, I am not part of it). She’s far from adorable, and has no real girly charms to speak of. She’s not even fleshed-out very well–I found her backstory quite uninteresting, injured little sister and all.
I guess if you’re looking for wacky squad hijinks, Trude is utterly unlikable. Hell, she’s the killjoy in the show. She’s always nagging on Erica, and everyone else who doesn’t conform to her standards of being a soldier.
But in terms of outlook and personality, I’m with Trude all the way. In a show where the horrors of war take a backseat in favor of Roman holidays or Quidditch training, Trude is fighting to turn this show into a mecha anime.
Why do I like that? The fights in Strike Witches are quite good, and I want to see more–who else will I turn to but to the girl who dual-wields machine guns and uses them as clubs? I usually don’t go for such earnestness, but Trude is a constant reminder of how much ass these girls could kick, if they put their minds to it.
And well, she could look cute if she wanted to…