An asshole businessman gets out-assholed by another asshole and talks to some sort of God just before his inevitable death, which leads to a reincarnation as a little orphan girl named Tanya. She joins the military as a child and proves to be the very best like no one ever was, rises through the ranks, gets a small army of mages by impressing them with how much of an asshole she is, and together they fuck up some other armies. That's pretty much it.
Recaps are nice for more complicated and plot-heavy series with many characters, such
as last year's 91 Days. Youjo Senki basically has one character and the plot can be further condensed into one sentence: "A little girl becomes Hitler."
Recaps are also nice if you're a brand-new studio making a high quality anime and suddenly realizing that making high quality anime is rather difficult, so you need to stall for time until the next episode to get production slightly back on track.
That's basically it. Studio Sex Jokes apparently ran into some "uh-ohs" and needed some room to breathe, so someone stitched together some clips and scenes over the first six episodes. Nothing new was added, with the exception of a few quick narration lines from Yuuki Aoi. It's only worth watching if you want a free entry to your MAL list so you can impress people with your number of completed shows.
Otherwise, feel free to say "fuck recap episodes", not watch it (don't forget this step, it's important), and blame the entire thing on Being X.
All things aside, the recap episode is at least slightly amusing to me, as someone who believes Aryan Senki to be quite enjoyable as a whole. Without much of a plot to lean on, it has highly thrilling action pieces with god-tier sound effects and mostly good animation. And without the need for a supporting cast, Tanya hogs the spotlight and makes every minute count with her devilish ideologies and twisted antics. All of this is showcased in this recap, but the series doesn't have enough excessive length to warrant a condensed version. I would recommend watching the anime in full as opposed to this.
It's certainly not a bad recap. It doesn't come off as a cheap advertisement to the series or anything, it just replays scenes. I mean, I'd rather watch this than another episode of Rewrite. It merely serves its purpose: to stall time for the production team, and to quickly feed information to possible newcomers and confused individuals, however unnecessary those tasks may be.
Bottom line: not important. Don't watch it. Fuck Being X. Bye.
I mean it's practically annoying to see a recap episode, when you literally waited for the next episode, of new content, to appear as you waited for it. And it may seem possible as well, that the reason for this anime to do such a thing may be due to some conflicts that some viewer may have with understanding what's going on in the story, to the point that we're at right now. Or they're just lacking the budget or time to actual animate and finish everything accordingly.
But I mean why are we even complaining? We watch their shit for free. And they're not
profiting from our money. Aside from that, the anime is actually pretty simple to understand, the difficult part that some people might have a tough time understanding would be some language used, like German food, wurst (the sausage). Or just some military like strategy and logic involved in the show, if you are unfamiliar with civilization like games or study history passionately, then it's going to be kinda tough to understand those part without reading it carefully. Aside from that, this shit was unnecessary.
Recap episodes for 12 episode series are the devil.
I always think maybe they'll reveal some new content at the end of the episode or something, but am always let down. This show is no exception.
This is unfortunate because Studio NUT (cuz you really have to put emphasis on that) was actually providing an enjoyable show for their first outing.
Episodes like these really add nothing to the discussion because it's just scenes from previous episodes stapled together into an unholy abomination. Maybe it's just an allusion towards Frankenstein's monster that these episodes are paying tribute to. I'm just kidding, they're not that deep, they're just a
time saving move for when a studio runs into production troubles so that they can get back on track on a release schedule.
The show, however, is a pretty good watch, but this special is nonsense.
This is pretty much the definition of filler. I believe that the general explanation for this recap was just because there were 13 weeks in this cour where Youjo Senki had to run, so the studio used the opportunity to splice something together since they didn't have the budget, or enough story material, to make an actual episode of new content. I suppose that's better than a situation where they just ran behind schedule and had to scramble, but it's not much of an excuse even then. I like Youjo Senki a lot, but the story isn't all that complex, and the animation isn't that
amazing, that some kind of clip episode was warranted.