Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
As Tanya continues to try to plan an easy life far away from the front lines, she talks herself into gaining a position which would place here there.
Topic 1: Strategic Manipulation (Tanya)
A 6 month time jump happens and Tanya is well adjusted to campus life. Though with her still very focused on having an easy life in the rear echelons, she is making very calculated moves. One of which includes talking Captain Uger out of pursuing a promotion so he can spend more time with his daughter, someone he doesn’t want to see one day in the position Tanya is. Be it a soldier period or living this fabricated story of a father who died and then having a mother who abandoned her. Leaving, really, no real stable option besides the military.
To me, Tanya makes for an interesting focus if only because, sort of like Frank Underwood in House of Cards, we are following a very wicked, yet calculated, person. One which sees little minor victories of here and there, but then the rug gets pulled from under them. With that comeuppance, you are not only glad the world has smacked them down but also excited to see how they plan to turn a bad situation into their favor.
For example, when watching her speak to Captain Uger, I fell for her trap like Uger did. I thought she was speaking genuinely about her reasons for joining the military and was really showing some form of compassion and empathy. Then it was revealed she just wanted him to be one less person she competed with and I felt had. I loved it since this show is essentially about Tanya becoming a better person, a person with faith, and just when you think Being X may have broken her, you learn it was all a game.
Topic 2: The Mage Battalion (Tanya)
In the last episode, during a strategic meeting, it was noted that a rapid response team would be good for the empire and Tanya’s name was brought up. In this episode, General Zettour decides to meet with Tanya, especially after Lt. Colonel Rerugen has given her such a bad reputation. Now, being that Tanya has plans for an easy life, she does her best to impress Zettour in order to try to get some strategic planning position far away from the front lines. Leading to her talking about a Mage Battalion. Something he decides to have her write a proposal for and it seems, not until the end, she doesn’t realize she wrote up her own strategy to going right to where she was running from.
It has been awhile since this show has shown some quality action and so with Tanya, who shall be promoted to organizer, and eventually captain, now likely to have 48 mages under her, I expect good things. For with it being established fully who Tanya is, how she treats her underlings, and how she handled both battlefield and office strategy, it is like things are coming full circle now. So all that is left is a reminder that this manipulative little girl can be quite the soldier and leader. Even if that isn’t what she really wants to do.
Things to Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Based on the geological location, and the flag of the empire, it seems Tanya is fighting for what would be pre-Nazi Germany. Though I could be wrong.
Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil) Directory
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|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 1/ Episode 12 “How To Use a Victory” [Season Finale]||Despite this being the season, and likely series, finale, there is no end to the exuberant amount of time talking strategy with very little action or development of the characters. Pretty much, it is a new episode and the only thing that has changed is who the enemy is.|
|Season 1/ Episode 11 “Resistance”||As the war comes toward what maybe the end, Tanya realizes there maybe an opening left which could ruin everything.|
|Season 1/ Episode 10 “The Path to Victory”||As with the majority of the show, there isn’t much hardship for Tanya as multiple operations kick off. However, it seems the easy days maybe over as Anson Sioux reintroduces himself.|
|Season 1/ Episode 9 “Preparations for Advance”||With the end of the season coming upon us, so comes the question of how this war may end? Much less, with it being awhile since Being X has been around, but it reviving and speaking to Anson Sioux, you have to wonder what will come of Tanya? Will the devil of the Rhine be slain or live to terrorize another day?|
|Season 1/ Episode 8 “Trial By Fire”||As Tanya continues to exhibit why she is called The Devil of the Rhine, it seems Being X may have found a demon slayer.|
|Season 1/ Episode 7 “Battle of the Fjord”||After a recap episode, and two commentators thoroughly breaking down what has gone on, Youjo Senki is seen with new eyes and understanding as it picks up where it left off.|
|Season 1/ Episode 6 “Beginning of Madness”||At this point, as cool as the action scenes are and as Being X makes it seem that it’ll, one way or another, inspire true faith in Tanya, it all means very little if we are to never learn why the Empire is at war.|
|Season 1/ Episode 5 “My First Battalion”||This is a very weird episode. If only because it sort of goes against the grain when it comes to action anime. We aren’t presented some unbeatable force which our hero, well anti-hero, has to train and get stronger to defeat. Pretty much, Tanya is given the opportunity for a blood bath.|
|Season 1/ Episode 4 “Campus Life”||As Tanya continues to try to plan an easy life far away from the front lines, she talks herself into gaining a position which would place here there.|
|Season 1/ Episode 3 "Deus Vult"||As we catch up to where episode one left us off, we begin to see Being X make headway with converting Tanya.|
|Season 1/ Episode 2 "Prologue"||I had to double check if I was watching the right show when the episode started. The style looked different, we were in a different era and focusing on a different person. However, lo and behold (shout out to a commenter who said I was using it wrong), the person we meet in this episode is the true Tanya. Well, when she was a man in 2013.|
|Season 1/ Episode 1 "The Devil of the Rhine" [Series Premiere]||I want you to imagine Izetta: The Last Witch and up the violence while toning down how memorable some of the supporting characters are. In episode one “The Devil of the Rhine” that’s what you get. But believe me when I say this show will likely far surpass the best of what we got out of Izetta.|