The Magnificent Kotobuki Kate's Ki-43-I Hayabusa

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“The Magnificent Kotobuki’’ is an anime set in a fictional world resembling the 1930s, where vintage aircraft play a crucial role in transportation and commerce. The anime is centered around the Kotobuki Squadron which is led by Reona, the squadron also includes Kylie, Emma, Kate, Zara, Chika. The anime explores their adventures as they undertake tasks such as airship escorts and engage in aerial battles against pirates. The anime director was the same director as the Girls und Panzer Animes.

The anime also has a compilation film that includes the content from the anime and additional content that was not aired when the anime originally aired.

A mobile game that was only available in Japan was also released called “Kōya no Kotobuki Hikōtai - Ōzora no Take Off Girls!” which features the cast from the anime and more squadrons which were not included in the anime. The game launched February 13th 2019 and shut down December 14th 2020.

The anime also has many official model kits for the planes featured in the anime for viewers to buy and build at home to be able to show off how much they like the anime.

For this suggestion I will be focusing on one of the characters and their plane in particular. The plane in particular would be Kate’s Ki-43-I Hayabusa

Kate is one of the main cast of the anime and is one of the six members of the Kotobuki Squadron. She often does not show her emotions and speaks only in objective facts in conversations with the rest of her squadron. She is described as a genius pilot that is able to perform tricky maneuvers that would normally be impossible for ordinary pilots, all the while being able to shoot down her enemies with “machine-like” accuracy. She has an older brother named Allen who was injured when he was shot down which resulted in him being unable to walk and being hospitalized. He can be seen in the photo of Kate shown above on the right of Kate. Her paint scheme doesn’t stand out too much when compared to the other planes within the Kotobuki Squadron which probably ties into her quiet personality.


『荒野のコトブキ飛行隊』設定資料集&モデリングガイドブック設定資料集&モデリングガイドブック ( “The Magnificent Kotobuki” Setting Material Collection & Modeling Guidebook)

If you want to watch the anime for yourself you can watch it on Hidive:

Or Crunchyroll:

If you want some more information on the World of Kotobuki these videos shows off some of the planes/characters without spoiling


Would be great to see honestly cause Kotobuki is underappreciated for being an enjoyable Anime.