The Magnificent Kotobuki Nazarin Squadron’s N1K1-JA

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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 the Nazarin Squadron’s N1K1-JA

The Nazarin Squadron is a mercenary squadron that consists of 5 members: Adolfo, Rodriguez, Fernando, Ishmael and Miguel. During the anime the Nazarin squadron is hired by the Ouni Company, (The same company that hired the Kotobuki Squadron (they are also mercenary’s)) Not much is known about the 5 members and the squadron as a whole however without spoiling anything we can describe some of what can be seen in the anime about their personality. They all appear in Episode 1 of the Anime.

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Adolfo is hot headed and thinks he’s a hot-shot but lacks skill and form when compared to the Kotobuki Squadron.

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Fernando is presented as a former priest of some sort but now is flying in the Nazarin Squadron.

All the planes of the squadron are painted the same and feature their squadron emblem on the top and bottom of the wings and the sides of the plane. Which features a bird holding a bottle of alcohol.

Images of the plane with the squadron’s paint scheme:
https://kotobuki-anime.com/assets/images/aircraft/3/types/1/body1.png

Sources:

『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 (Hidive has better quality, and the movie is available on hidive):

https://www.hidive.com/search?q=The+Magnificent+KOTOBUKIcrunchyroll:

Or Crunchyroll:

https://www.crunchyroll.com/series/G63K58E96/the-magnificent-kotobuki


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

Spoiler

https://youtu.be/Zj_FkDDMOtg?si=1LNU6JiHjx4dXp3B

https://youtu.be/8LrniR6db-k?si=oC0KO2mZhYQ4hrSe

These folks were great.

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