Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)
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.
Topic 1: What Are We Fighting For (Tanya)
With Dakia defeated, possible a territory that the Empire can take over by the winter, so comes the question of why they were at war with the Empire in the first place? From what we saw in the last episode, while they may have had the numbers they didn’t have the technology to compete. Then when it comes to the Entente Alliance, they too seem ill-equipped to really maintain a long-standing war. In fact, it is noted that if it wasn’t for the Republic and the Allied Kingdom, they’d likely end up just like Dakia.
Leading to the question which is starting to plague this show: What are all these wars about?
While I enjoy this show, being that Being X only pops in every 2-3 episodes, we are mostly left watching Tanya destroy different battalions, companies, and what have you. Which is fine. However, with the Empire being, in real-world Europe, the location of Germany, with symbols which resemble the Third Reich, minus the swastika and eagle, you have to wonder if this show is just using the location or really playing on history. For while there are no Jews, no Romani people, and no signs of homosexuals, there has to be a reason for this war right? Is it just for a land grab? To keep the Empire from becoming too powerful? In an earlier episode, I can’t think of which one, Tanya is the one who asks why her country is being invaded, so with that, despite spending her life in the military, it seems the Empire isn’t the aggressor, so what gives?
Topic 2: World War (Being X and Tanya)
After successfully taking down at least 5 bombers, Tanya looks for possible prisoners of war and ends up in conversation with Being X. Who reveals that, likely by its hand, things will get worse as it pushed more countries to join the war. Yet, considering the powers it, God, or just luck, have given Tanya, what reason does she have to be afraid?
While we know Tanya is capable of being injured, considering the type of power and abilities she possesses, of which it seems she isn’t at her limit yet, you have to wonder what otherworldly being is on Tanya’s side? Why is it, when Being X is trying to force her to have true faith, she is given all these tools to escape breaking down and giving in?
Granted, she does say what sounds like a prayer to tap into her full potential, but she says them deadpan and like any witch or wizard would say a spell to make coffee. So, how exactly does Being X plan to break her? Bringing the whole world against her and her battalion may seem like the way, but Tanya is changing.
I mean, the girl who once wanted to be far away from the front lines is more than willing to if it means a promotion. She used to stall and make excuses to avoid combat, but now she takes on the biggest challenges to help make a name for herself. So could it be that Being X, even with it being a celestial power, is an idiot? Could it be Being X isn’t working on behalf of a God but out of some form of selfish desire? Heck, could being X actually be some sort of demonic force if not a representation of the writer(s) view that heavenly beings aren’t always just or righteous but as demented and twisted as the humans they watch over? Or maybe I’m thinking too deep about something shallow?
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.|
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