Tsutomu Mizushima, the director behind Girls und Panzer and Shirobako, is back. He’s teaming up again with Shirobako writer Michiko Yokote for Koya no Kotobuki Hikotai, a just-announced series about a female fighter pilot squadron.
The series, whose name translates to Kotobuki: The Wasteland Squadron, will debut in January 2019.
Based on the trailer, also unveiled today, the series appears to be a look into the daily lives of the Kotobuki fighter squadron who, presumably, do their work in a wasteland of some kind.
The series is animated in a combination of 2D and CG at studio Gemba.
Pictured on the key visual for the series is Kirie, played by Sayumi Suzushiro, who is described as a natural pilot.
The plane seen in the trailer is called the Type-1 Hayabusa, and seems to be based on the Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa, which was used by Japan in World War II. According to Mizushima, the series will only feature Japanese planes.