Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
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.
Topic 1: Delay No Longer (Tanya)
First Tanya tries to make it seem no one really qualifies to be part of her battalion, then she puts them through hell hoping they quit yet, she ends up with a full battalion. One she tries to push off from being in combat for 6 months but then Rerugen presents that her wishes aren’t an option. She is to go southeast and defend the Empire.
With not much going on this episode, it leads me to wonder about the things thus far not really dug into. One thing being, why are there three countries at war with the empire? Also, what was it, really, that made Rerugen despise Tanya? Was it the way she treated a soldier? Was that soldier related to him? Is it because she is a child, much less a woman? Something we hardly see much of within the mages or the military. Especially in the upper ranks. Also, will he ever, truly, act on his threats? For a moment I thought the battle she was being assigned to would have been his method of wiping her from existence, or at least making her a failure, since he does gauge the strength of the different war theaters. Yet, it seems all he did was hand her a promotion on a silver platter.
Topic 2: The Fall of Dakia (Tanya)
The Entente Alliance, The Republic, and the Dukedom of Dakia. These are the enemies of the empire and while The Republic has established they have mages and are a serious threat, the Dukedom of Dakia seems absolutely weak and defenseless. From what it seems, they are backwards compared to the empire’s other enemies and without mages, any sort of aerial forces, or even mortars or anything to shoot mages out of the air, they get massacred.
But it doesn’t end there, despite being noted as 600,000 strong, just Tanya’s mage battalion is able to make it to their capital and not only destroy a Republic arms factory, but seemingly set the capital on fire. Leading you to wonder if this was just a taste of us understanding why the show is called “Tanya the Evil” or if this was just present the calm before the storm.
At this point, I think it can be agreed upon that the action elements of this show, while by no means terrible, aren’t exactly awe-inspiring. There is no blood, no gore, and while you see bodies flying around, there isn’t any sense of brutality. It’s like watching a Batman movie or animated feature. You know people are being hurt and likely are dead or dying, but it isn’t really something that is given too much time, attention, or seriousness for that matter.
Which is unfortunate for while Tanya is definitely twisted, I mean she warns the people of the attack by sounding like the child she is, I feel this show isn’t fully living up to its name. Though what makes things worse is that Being X, God, or what have you, has given her this power and seem indifferent to how she uses it as long as she praises their name. Which tickles the hell out of me since you’d think they would have her be someone defenseless in order to force her to have faith. That is, rather than perhaps the strongest mages ever known and the world probably not even seeing the full extent of her power yet.
Things to Note | Question(s) Left Unanswered
- How many different ways can there be to spell Victoria?
- Is there some general rule in media that women can’t be the extras in combat? Like, whether it is live action or anime, it seems to be an unwritten rule. Granted, this show takes place in the first half of the 1900s, so you know women were limited in the roles they could play. However, considering Tanya’s position, you’d think this show would have made a stronger effort to make it more than her and Viktoriya as the main female soldiers. If not only.
- It remains strange to me how there aren’t really any noteworthy characters besides Tanya and Being X, when it is around.
- I would love a time jump to see Tanya as a teenager.
Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil) Directory
|Where To Buy, Rent, or Stream?|
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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.|
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