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Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil): Season 1/ Episode 8 “Trial By Fire” – Overview/ Review (with Spoilers)

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As Tanya continues to exhibit why she is called The Devil of the Rhine, it seems Being X may have found a demon slayer.


Episode Focus: The Battle in Arene (Tanya, Lt. Grantz, and Lt. Weiss)

As with nearly all battles Tanya participates in, this one is basically a massacre. Though what makes it noteworthy is the rising dissent, one of her lieutenant’s failures and how Tanya reacts. We know Tanya has no problem strictly following orders, but 2nd Lt. Grantz has an issue with the latest one. One which likely will lead to the death of civilians. But, being that civilians hatred for the enemy inspires soldiers, Tanya can’t be bothered with his feelings. In fact, she is slightly upset with him questioning orders.

Yet, she decides to let it slide. Also, quite strangely, when her 1st Lt. Weiss gets injured, she allows him to retreat. Albeit, with a warning that he will be some form of punished, but she lets him go without a speech or putting serious fear into his soul.

Commentary

While Tanya has always dealt with weakness and those who can’t follow orders with cruelty, it was strange to see her go lightly on Lt. Grantz and Lt. Weiss. Beginning with Weiss, because he is overthinking every move, him getting lost in his own head opened him up to getting hit. Nothing fatal, but something bad enough to lessen his abilities in combat.

Leading to Tanya, strangely, checking up on him. Then, despite not asking to leave the battlefield, or Lt. Grantz saying he needs to, Tanya asks him to leave and take the other injured with him. Her reasoning is because they will slow the healthy down, but it seems like it maybe more than that. As if she doesn’t want to see him hurt further or killed. Perhaps that is why she can’t stand to look at him too long once she knows he is injured. Not because of disappointment, or anything like that, but because she cares and may have actually grown close to her first in command.

As for Grantz, the fact that he questioned a superior’s orders, much less one of Tanya’s, and she didn’t kill him, that was a surprise. Much less her saying, after a few hits with the bunt of her gun, that she would forget he even spoke against assigned orders. Is this Tanya softening up? Could it be that when these soldiers won her respect, they started the process of wiggling into her heart?

Subplot 1: Rebirth of Anson Sioux (Anson Sioux)

After the credits, we learn Anson Sioux, who seemingly died after the battle of Fjord, is alive. Not only that, he saw the light and spoke to god. Of which, god said to kill the devil.

Commentary

This was the first episode where it really seemed the cast of Lieutenants and soldiers mattered. So I’m quite looking forward to Tanya having a real, possibly long term, much less active, adversary. For while Being X does exist, as they say, the lord works in mysterious ways. So while we know it is setting up Tanya to use her jewel more and turn her selfish prayers into bona fide faith, so comes another idea: Tanya’s powers not only may be used to inspire new faithful but perhaps her death will be used to do the same.

Think about it, at this point, Being X could give up on Tanya and see the bigger picture. How her life, and death, could mean more followers of faith and being that the empire is seemingly on the brink of winning the war, creating a religious hero could change everything. So it will be interesting to see what Sioux does next. Especially in terms of whether or not he gets in contact with his wife and kid.

Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil) Directory

Creator

Carlo Zen

Character Guide

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Current Status

Active

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Amazon: DVD or Light Novel

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & 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.
  • The Infinite War (Tanya)
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.
  • We Won The Battle But Not The War (Tanya)
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.
  • The End of the War (Tanya)
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?
  • Ending The War (Tanya)
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.
  • The Battle in Arene (Tanya, Lt. Grantz, and Lt. Weiss)
  • Rebirth of Anson Sioux (Anson Sioux)
Season 1/ Episode 7 “Battle of the Fjord”After a recap episode, and two commentators thoroughly breaking down what has gone onYoujo Senki is seen with new eyes and understanding as it picks up where it left off.
  • The Battle of the Fjord – Tanya
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.
  • What Are We Fighting For (Tanya)
  • World War (Being X and Tanya)
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.
  • Delay No Longer (Tanya)
  • The Fall of Dakia (Tanya)
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.
  • Strategic Manipulation (Tanya)
  • The Mage Battalion (Tanya)
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.
  • Introducing the Computation Jewels (Tanya)
  • How To Convert an Atheist (Tanya)
  • Just When You Thought You Were Blessed (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.
  • Topic 1: Being X (Tanya)
  • Topic 2: Rising Through The Ranks (Tanya)
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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