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.
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.
I had no interest in Tanya when it first aired. Its preview on ANN was poor and the story sounded bizarre to me. However, after the first few episodes I noticed this anime was recieving more and more good reviews and generating some buzz, so I decided to check it out. And I'm very glad I did.
Tanya is an original take on the now well-tred Isekai/AU genre. Firstly, the character is born (with a different gender) into the new world instead of merely being transported, as an adult, into it. Secondly, Tanya's goal is to survive in this new
world and make a success of her life there, not to go on an adventure or defeat some bad guy.
Tanya is evil in a sense, but not in the typical villain way. Being a salaryman in the previous life, she has a drive towards success and self-preservation, no matter the cost to others. She does occasionally demonstrate a more truly malevolent streak, which is always fun to watch.
The strength of the lead's character means that Saga of Tanya the Evil is highly enjoyable both in war scenes and long dialogue sequences between Tanya and military higherups - it is a rare anime of any sort that can claim that.
Tanya was animated by a new studio called NUT, and they have done an excellent job. The art is detailed, backgrounds are often beautiful, and most importantly Tanya looks like no other anime char I've ever seen. She can look both adorably cute, and terrifyingly evil, in the same episode.
Tanya's voice actor has a difficult job portraying such an original MC. It took a while to get used to the way her voice sounds but now I'm of the opinion that both her voice and performance is perfect for the role. It's also worth noting the OP song which is a catchy techno beat.
Tanya is what last season's Izetta should have been. This anime could have been a failure with worse writing, less competent production, or a lack of a unique and highly watchable main character. Instead, Tanya has all 3 and more. It is already a frontrunner for most surprisingly good anime of the year.
World War One seems to be in vogue with the release of high profile games and anime that features vintage hardware military and conflicts of that era. Youjo Senki is the latest animated project to incorporate this tumultuous setting while adding a few twists of its own by taking place in an alternate 1920s, where the onset of first World War is delayed and magical powers are an integral part of military doctrine. It follows the personal story of Tanya Degurechaff, a Japanese salaryman reincarnated into a female mage, and offers a unique perspective in the which the main protagonist behaves like an anti-hero and
borders on the edges of villainy while fighting for Germanian Empire.
Youjo Senki is defined by the main female lead of Tanya as she ascends the ranks of the Imperial Army though bloodshed and maneuvering within its bureaucracy. What makes her character and story so interesting is that she provides a fascinating case study on villianary. From the onset, her ultimate objective is to live out a comfortable life by following the rules to an dogmatic degree and being competent. It is a mundane goal, far from the stereotypical ambitions of world domination, fame or riches, but it does ground her character to be relatable.
Being a sociopathic salaryman in her former life, Tanya runs afoul of a God due to her lack of empathy and atheism, which then causes her to be reborn into a grim world in order to unlock her faith in a higher power. The crux of the series is for Tanya to physically survive the ever expanding conflict that will become the First World War in this alternate timeline challenge for Tanya become twofold as she is to survive in this new world while not succumbing to the spiritual whims of God’s conversion efforts.
However, Tanya does have access to quite a bit of power in the form of retaining full knowledge of her previous life, extremely high magical potential, ruthless work ethic and state of the art equipment. Despite ending up in the body of a ten year old blonde girl, there is very little pandering to when it comes to her loli physicality, and those who underestimate her quickly find themselves outclassed and outmaneuvered. Tanya is completely ruthless and brutal when it comes to waging warfare as her tactics are to swiftly end the fight with clever tactics and overwhelming firepower. Off the battlefield and with the knowledge of World War One, she can sweet talk her way to the command staff with groundbreaking military doctrine and instill a sense of reverence in her troops.
Indeed, the greatest downfall to her is the incompatibility of her final goals, ideology and actions within the military environment resulting in the various schemes that she cooks up to ensure a comfortable position ends up with the opposite effect. Her adherence to rules, regulations and orders does not offer any alternate route in spite of Tanya’s being the villain in her own story. While the civilian business world can be far more accommodating to the desires of talented individuals, the military values competency by award those specific individuals like Tanya, with greater responsibility. There was no way that the Imperial Army was letting a brilliant tactician and ace mage with unmatched strength or leadership ability, be sidelined in the greatest war to end all war. As smart and cunning as Tanya is, for her to not realize that simple face seems like an oversight to me.
The other characters of the show don’t even come close to holding a candle to the flamethrower that is Tanya, but that doesn’t mean that they are poorly designed or constructed. Her subordinate, Viktoriya Serebryakova, a female conscripted into the German Empire Army, acts as the foil to Tanya’s cold efficiency and utilitarian worldview. With nationalistic ideals, a strong sense of duty, concerns about her comrades and a belief in a higher power, she is far more akin to your noble anime female heroine. It is this juxtaposition of their attitudes that makes their interactions so peculiar as Viktoriya is slowly smitten by her superior officer.
Finally, there is God himself, who is portrayed as a singular entity as opposed to the myriad of deities in the source material. Appearing through proxies at every encounter, Being X, as Tanya refers to him, is far more sinister by setting up Tanya in situations where she has no choice but to praise his name in exchange for the usage very powerful Type-95 magical orb. Everyone else worth mentioning is part of the German High Command staff that want to see Tanya be used to her maximum potential, with one exception, by giving her the best military assets and the most dangerous missions.
From the limited information available, Youjo Senki is the first main animation production from Studio Nut, a newfound company is made up of former Studio Madhouse employees. There is obviously some talent behind this anime production as the action sequences looks quite good and convey a sense of ferociousness as Tanya butchers her way through the opposing force. The backgrounds also looks great with the landscape and skybox being highly detailed while having this drab color palette that fit the bleak tone of Youjo Senki. The only compliant that some other people may have is the differences in character designs between the source material and the anime. Tanya and Viktoriya looks leagues apart when compared to their Soujo-like appearance in the manga and light novel. Personally, I think that sociopathic nature of Tanya and the wide-eyed look of the optimistic and duty-bound Viktoriya meshes well with their respective trollish and dopey animated appearances.
If you can only watch a few shows out of the winter 2017 season of anime, Youjo Senki would easily be on the list of recommendations. The World War One setting is worth the admission alone as portrayal of the various weapons and military doctrine is spot on. Having one of the most understandable psychopathic loli that anime has to offer, only adds to its uniqueness and enjoyment.
This is a review to help you understand the if you are interested in this.
It takes place in WW1 with currently aircraft being replaced by mages apparently. they fly and use very basic sort of magic like making rifle shells explode like a grenade. the WW1 and everything is done beautifully and for the first few minutes i was very interested.
then you have the main character who's animated so awkwardly compared to the rest of the anime, and the voice is annoying. To be honest i was going to watch it for its story and WWI setting ignoring the character but by the next few
episodes i really like the character. True the voice can be annoying at times but it quickly grows on you. I actually like the main character a lot now.
The characters are surprisingly likeable and the motivations of the main character I enjoy.
This is a good anime when given the chance with most of the flaws I saw at first glance turn into the anime's favor given try. Give it a couple episodes and see for yourself.