Trust and Friendship
Eyecatch of Season 1 Episode 10

Japanese Title:

Shinjite Hoshī (信じてほしい)


Strike Witches Season 1

Episode Number:



September 4, 2008

Previous Episode:

Defend at all Costs

Next Episode:

To The Sky

Yoshika is confined to her quarters despite doing her damnedest to save Sakamoto. However, for Yoshika, the need for answers trumps the need to obey orders, and she sets off to find the enigmatic Neuroi she had seen before. That Neuroi leads her to the Hive over Gallia. Once inside, Yoshika is made aware of a disturbing plot against the witches of the 501st JFW.

Historical References

Sten Mark II


Sten Mark II

The Sten was a family of British 9mm sub-machine guns used extensively by British and Commonwealth forces through World War II and the Korean War. Over 4 million Stens in various versions were made in the 1940s. The Sten MK (or Mark) II was the widely produced version of the popular British Sten series of sub-machine gun with over two million produced in just three years during the war. The Sten-series a a whole was based on the principle of cheap design and production - both affable factors during wartime production. The Sten was a no-frills weapon system and designed for close combat. The Mk II was a more refined version of the Mk I and built to be lighter and smaller than its predecessor. The entire system was basically built around the tube barrel, with even the butt of the gun being simple bent tubing. Operation of the weapon was smooth and the weapon was simple enough to break down quickly, which was important to special forces operatives and paratroopers alike. The 30 round magazine proved sufficient (though it was engineered to accept 32 total rounds, this was generally disregarded to protect from excessive wear and tear on the magazine spring).




Spam is a canned precooked meat product made by the Hormel Foods Corporation. It is made from chopped pork shoulder meat with ham meat added, salt, water, sugar, and sodium nitrite to help "keep its color". Spam was introduced into the state of Hawaii and the territories of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, in addition to other islands in the Pacific such as Okinawa and the Philippine Islands, during the U.S. military occupation in World War II. Since fresh meat was difficult to get to the soldiers on the front, World War II saw the largest use of Spam. GIs started eating Spam for breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Some soldiers referred to Spam as "ham that didn't pass its physical" and "meatloaf without basic training"). Surpluses of Spam from the soldiers' supplies made their way into native diets. Consequently, Spam is a unique part of the history and effect of U.S. influence in the Pacific. In the United Kingdom Spam gained popularity in the 1940s during World War II as a consequence of the Lend-Lease Act.

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