On the front lines of the war, there is a little girl. Blond hair, blue eyes, and porcelain white skin, she commands her squad with a lisping voice. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff. While in reality, she is one of Japan's most elite salary-men, reborn as a little girl after angering a mysterious being who calls himself God. This little girl, who prioritizes efficiency and her own career over anything else, will become the most dangerous being amongst the sorcerers of the imperial army.
This review has been written whilst only watching three episodes of the series, so things could possibly change. Don’t sue me.
Additionally this review may contain spoilers for the first three episodes, so read at your own risk.
TLDR: I think Tanya is a unique and refreshing character with unique beliefs and motives. The artwork and sound design is nothing particularly ground breaking, but it does have its moments during the fight scenes. I'd recommend this anime to anyone that enjoys anti-hero protagonists or WW1/Magic weapons.
So far this anime has surprised me in regards to how refreshing the main character Tanya is. With most action anime's releasing featuring the "Goku save the world" kind of protagonist, I can't stress enough how refreshing it is to see a main character that has unique motives and beliefs that may not particularly be perceived as "for the greater good." It's almost like the main character Tanya is portrayed as a human with unique emotions, crazy right?
This is supported by Tanya's first encounter with "Being X" or God. Basically Tanya's exclaims that "Being X" is not God, that God does not exist and finally, that if God did exist, he was doing an awful job at being God. This is a fantastic example of the uniqueness of the main character's beliefs and later down the track, her motives.
The art of the "Saga of Tanya the Evil" is nothing particularity ground breaking, though the action scenes tend to have their moments. This is particularly true when magic is used, with the bright blues and yellows falling on the grey, dingy battlefields of WW1. The fights where Tanya is present particularly seem to "Pop." Also I’m a big fan when any kind of anime makes anyone’s pupils shrink. Something about how sinister it makes them look. This anime features a lot of that, love that shit.
Much like the art of Tanya the Evil, the sound design is fairly standard. However also like the art, the explosions and the "woosh" sounds (For lack of a better word) particularity shine during the action scenes. Again, especially the ones that feature Tanya as the main combatant.
Overall Tanya the Evil is definitely an interesting new release for the year, currently I’d give it an 8/10 (Though that could change). I believe that the main character Tanya is a unique and interesting character, and I look forward to seeing how her story progresses, whether it be good or bad. As it stands I believe this anime should be put into consideration to anyone that enjoys anti-heroes. The fight scenes are decent and the setting of the anime is unlike the bulk of the more mainstream action anime series, well, in terms of guns shooting magic and stuff. read more
For starters, I've watched the first 3 episodes so far. I may update this review later. Now, let's do this already.
[Minor spoilers alert]
This show revolves around Tanya, a little girl who used to be an office worker in his past life, but was punished by an entity self-named God, though our protagonist oftens refers to this character as "being X". The punishment our MC faces is to be reincarnated as a little girl in a world heavily inspired in 1900's Europe, which, of course, leads to this World War I-ish scenario where the story takes place, but involving magic for reasons you only get to find out later. The first episode of this show begins with a battle and we see nothing but some random conversations and many characters being thrown with a couple of minutes of screentime and killed for no good reason later. Episode 2 then adapts the prologue and what I believe is the actual 1st chapter of the light novel. I liked the prologue a lot since they omited that pathetic excuse of a philosophical exchange between the MC and X and shortened it enough for both character's essences to be noticed as they speak; not only that, but it's really refreshing that they had the background characters being used by X to deliver his message to the MC. However, they also skipped a part of that conversation that helps to understand why a salaryman could become a cold-blooded brat that would sacrifice anyone's life in order to achieve his (her?) goals, which means that this is not an accurate adaptation of the novel and it might have similar flaws beyond this point (I can't tell for sure as I've only read the prologue and I'm not that interested in the LN in the first place).
ART AND ANIMATION: 7/10.
The art in this show is highly inconsistent, more specificly, characters' designs. You get to see your average adult male characters from your "mature" seinen anime, then, you see these "cute" young female characters (Victoriya's face looks like it's melting for some reason and that's very awkward). Given that this anime wants to recreate a setting similar to WWI, it totally wrecks any possibility of immersion the viewer could possibly think of since the contrast is just too much to ignore; not only that, but you sometimes get the camera catching Victoriya's chest and butt for no reason and it is quite a distraction, even if it doesn't occur frequently, it's still inexcusable as it breakes the atmosphere the show is trying to create. That said, I have to point out that the designs aren't faithful to Shinobu Shinotsuki's original characters. The backgrounds, though, are absolutely gorgeous, they really help to create the atmosphere they're intending to build in the viewer, I especially loved the XIX styled buildings and the way they painted the clouds in the battlefields — it's a shame that what I mentioned above totally takes away any benefits this part of the show could've provided. Speaking of animation is mediocre: it's neither good or bad. The coreographies aren't too complex, it quite reminds me to Dragonball GT's boring blast fights and the only close combats the show has are just Tanya charging towards her enemies and killing them in one hit (sometimes) and even this is deprived from any excitement as these shots are heavily censored. The only outstanding animation I've seen so far in the show are explosions and clouds spreading due to the effects of the sonic booms that the mages generate when flying at high speeds. The CGI in this show, however, looks very good, though in episode 3 I noticed Tanya being CGI for some seconds which was very shocking for me at least.
The sound effects in this show are nothing out of the ordinare, although I do appriciate that it doesn't feature the typical "anime sounds" we've been hearing since 90's. What I really liked about this show was the background music, there might be a couple of tracks here and there that I disliked, but it works so well for tense and serious and more calmed moments, especially the officers' reunions and such. It is a shame that they couldn't get an actual orchestra to perform the music, yet, these computer arrangements are still nice to the ear. The opening is very catchy, it took me back to the days I started watching anime, reminding me of KOTOKO for some reason; the ending, however, is forgettable for me, I have no interst in Tanya shouting orders in any song for the sake of "cuteness". Now that I've mentioned it, voice acting in this show is okay, again, it's neither good or bad, though the cast was really well chosen except for Tanya who is the most annoying character in the show with that "moe over the top" voice she has in the japanese version; I highly recommend the dub.
There's no much to say, the characters are pretty boring for most of the time and highly annoying somtimes (I couldn't stand X's stupidity and Victoriya's based cuteness). I'd like to wait for the series to show more about the highest ranks in the imperial army, but as of now, there's no character that has catched my attention but Tanya and I'm only looking forward to see how she screws up.
As a psychological anime, this show pretty much sucks. As a military anime, this show sucks too. Then, what makes this show enjoyable to me? Tanya. That's it. I like to see how X constantly trolls her just out of pure anger and Tanya reacting to any situation X forces her to go through; I honestly enjoy seeing Tanya suffering.
OVERALL RATING: 5/10.
This show is pretty mediocre as a whole — it's not inventive, nor particularly well written, the animation doesn't show us anything new nor awesome and the visuals are more on the side of atracting people with its cute female characters. You could ignore this show and live just like you did before.
Thanks for reading, this was my first review in MAL and english isn't my mother language so I apologize for any grammatical error. Have a nice day.read more
I usually refuse to judge an anime before I've seen it completed, but I'll make an exception here d/t multiple reviews ripping this thing to shreds. MINIMAL SPOILERS BELOW READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
The atmosphere of this anime is gritty wartime. The author is reincarnated intoa new world after angering god and turned from a sociopathic salaryman into a impoverished loli girl. The setting is pre-World War Germany in an alternate universe where magic exists. For being wartime, the color is appropriate to what you'd see on the battlefield. The character is well drawn, but has very oddly displayed facial expressions. This could be improved, but overall the art is well done and the battle scenes are stimulating to see. 7/10
Soundtrack is great, the voice actor for the loli makes a very convincing innocent girl, which contrasts nicely to the sociopathic salaryman of the MC's mind. No complains on sound. 8/10
Characters are probably the best part of this anime. The MC is very sly and entertaining to watch. The commanders each have a different feel and after 4th episode, I'm seeing a lot of intelligence from other characters as well. The show lacks comic relief, but the atmosphere of wartime would likely make comic relief jarring. It would likely be done poorly if at all and I'd prefer it just left out since you don't notice it's absence. 10/10
This is probably the 2nd best part of this anime so far. I've been entertained well. The fight scenes are really well done and the mental games are interesting. Even the downtime deals with wartime theatrics and is interesting. 10/10
I don't believe in judging a plot before it's even close to finish. I will say that it's staying close to the LN, but like any LN converted to anime, it skips over a lot of details and internal dialogue that are enjoyable to see in the manga and LN. 8/10
This and Konosuba are the two anime to watch for this season. Definitely give it a try. 9/10read more
Well I would dare to say that this anime is the more better and interesting version of Shuumatsu no Izetta (Izetta: The Last Witch) in term of its world war setting, magics in WW, and women in war. And apparently, the Empire represents the German during WW1, and the Republic is France. The Island is U.K., The Allies in the north are Scandinavia. they teamed up against the empire (the german) it seems at this point of this WW1 scenario (according to the geography at the very least). But the actual setting of the anime starts from 1914 (when the MC was born into this new world), so i would presume that within this world it's WW1 that's happening. In addition to that, WW1 are well known for its crude and simplistic strategy and tactics to advances in war, and Germany was one of those in WW1 who have those horrible tactics being played in the war. I mean you could also see in the anime where medieval strategy, or some very old and tradition war strategy are being used, and obliterated in the anime (given the existence of magic users in the setting). However, given the fact that the empire (that represents Germany) advances its own military ground like it did in WW2, it's also fair to say that it's also a mix of WW2 as well in that notion. Since that's the only time where the empire starts conquering plenty of land to themselves.
The anime itself looks pretty interesting, I mean you can read the synopsis of it and all but to put it succinctly; this anime is basically about a selfish and atheist business man who have no faith in god, and so god or "Being X" (as he wants to call it) decided to reincarnated him as a new born girl, during the time of WW1. In a different universe from ours where magic only exists in specific, or small amount of people only, in contrary to those ordinary people who lives without it. The first thing that pops up into my mind though, If god is omnipotent, why couldn't he just instill faith in him, or show miracles (which he did) that would make him believe in god and shit. But for some odd reasons, the dude didn't thought about it. He rather think that it's not god but something else lmao. But on the other side of the argument, if god is omnibenevolence, then why is our world was created like this. Where tradegy, inequality, actions that appeal to violence, evil intention for those they hate or disagree with existed in the first place. That's prolly why this entity is referred to as, "Being x" rather than "God" to Tanya (the reincarnated psychopath in the body of a young girl).
And I seriously don't understand all the complains about how stupid or how dumb the story is, and nobody even given me a valid reason to hate the story at all. It's fictional man, and it's also an original story as well, aside from the setting being borrowed from the WW1 environment just to make it even more interesting. And yeah, to make some small little girl join the military and somehow not being discriminated and even getting promoted to a much higher position than most men soldier (which normally would've angered and jealous soldiers). Yeah that makes no sense. But I guess her discovered latent ability for magic just allows her to somehow be a part of the military and her accidental act of bravery manages to promoted her and shit. But this shit is an anime man, I mean see how illogical Harry potter is, star trek is, avengers is, 007 is, and other shows or movies with people in it. It's a fictional story. It's never meant to make any sense as long as it's interesting. So the criticism here for the story is pretty uncalled for. Given that you only hate about 1 or 2 things about the anime, so you rated the story as literal shit.
And some might've complaint about how boring or how unnecessary and all over the place the first episode was. Well, it's the exposition of the story of the war zone setting alright. They uses the first episode to show how devilish she is, given what she have done in first episode to her own comrades, and her capability to 1 vs a whole battalion to show her skills. And obviously the environment and some characters as well. Btw, my first experience of this first episode wasn't all that great, but surprisingly the dubbed version actually better my experience for episode 1. So maybe check the dubbed as well, because reading subs can sometimes ruin your assimilation of the story.
Additionally, I find the dialogue between generals or the comical depiction of these generals in this anime, in comparison to Shuumatsu no Izetta, as less comical and cringy to watch. It was too cartoonish, too obvious in term of character archetype, too naively done, and it just fucking ruins the mood for me with the seriousness in Shuumatsu no Izetta. But Youjo Senki have done it differently, with no overly cartoonish and archetypal characters so far. And it seems to grasp the idea of how people would normally behaves better during wars and the common law that the soldiers have to upheld, like soldier can't make their own decision or go against the leader of the squad's decision and strategy and such. But the conspicuous eccentricity to this anime and Shuumatsu no Izetta in general, is the fact that historically, women aren't allow and are discriminated against if they were somehow manages to be a part of the military. Well normally, women have no rights to be a part of the military at all, so the anime doesn't really makes sense. But well, if you think about it again, all original stories are usually fictional. So meh, who give a crap it's intriguing that way. And man, it's funny as fuck to see our MC's attempts to live a much safer life through bettering her reputation, and being place in like, one of those echelon of the military, but the opposite actual happens lul. She's like a natural psychopath tbh. She literally hold no moral qualms and always tries to get highly ranked person on her side by impressing them, or befriending them. Which makes our MC's character as a whole, interesting to watch.
The art and the animation was surprisingly good, especially that ending song art man, like wow, that insanely dope ass art style though. But more importantly, those sick ass fight scene and a very interesting MC is what keeping this anime interesting to watch. The fights between a non believer of god and maybe an actual god entity also makes it riveting. You even get to see how facades are used by our MC that shaded her true color or personality, or even intention as well. I dont see how this anime is not the best out of this seasonal's releases. read more