The Youjo Senki Movie is a mixture of historical anomalies, self-reflective commentaries on the perpetual cycle of death and war in human history and the persistent yet noble personal battle which our main character Tanya puts up against what's effectively the God of this world (Or Being X, if you will).
All whilst stuck in the body of a young girl. Sounds like your kind of thing? Then welcome, to the "Saga of Tanya the Evil" (movie)!
Tanya as a series was made by Studio NUT, a relatively new studio comprised of passionate individuals willing to work their ass of for their craft. I recently
had the pleasure of visiting Japan to see this movie and on the trip I took a detour to visit the official Youjo Senki café (a 1-floor detour). Lots and lots of memorabilia from the series could be found, including a functional suit of battle gear which Tanya wears in the series & movie. Slick, gritty & beautiful key-art littered the area, and it made me even more stoked to see the movie. The passion in each frame could be seen before I even entered cinema and my anticipation and excitement was met with a bombastic balls-to-the-walls historical action-adventure with the same cast of characters we all fell in love with back in season 1. This time... introducing the communists!
As an enemy to Tanya and the "Eternal Empire" they were far more fearsome than the psuedo-French of last season. Not that they didn't do their job back then (and they do show up in the movie), but in comparison the size and scope of the Russian federation could be felt thanks to a combination of striking visual symbolism & an attentive composer doing his best to ease you into an underlying feeling of dread which permeated throughout the entire movie. Similar musical motifs are used from season 1, but they're given a real "Hans Zimmer" treatment (Hans Zimmer of 10 years ago that is) Calm piano pieces, high octane trumpets & an ill-boding pipe organ are all examples of instruments used to help elevate the score to greater cinematic heights.
In the end this was worth waiting for. The animation still looks crisp and beautiful, even more so with a movie budget. The characters and VA's all work perfectly, some of the new ones give off more of an impression thanks to their VA's (All veterans, like Cho & Toshiyuki Morikawa)
I'm not going to go into spoilers, but the ending gave me shivers. In what way I won't tell, but they make fine use of directing choices to present a suggestion to both the audience and characters... that is very interesting.
Myth & Roid's new song is pretty great too, more subdued & ominous.
The long awaited sequel to the Youjo Senki series, this movie brings in a new character and antagonist to light. Once again, our sociopathic salaryman loli finds herself in a complex predicament reminiscent of our world’s historical world wars, facing the interference of being x at the worst possible times. Like the original series, Tanya’s squad 203 sets out to face enemies that appears impossible to win against, according to their political and strategic heads, and the battles are reflective of the nature of difficulty.
In this movie, we are shown a more emotional side of Tanya. There are some scenes in the movie where she
even has “human” moments, which is a stark contrast to her original series presentation. You can look forward to some subtle times of hesitation on the battlefield for reasons you’ll have to watch the movie to find out about. If you watch carefully, you may even notice some moments of increased leniency towards her men. This movie seems to prepare for a new season where the anime begins to dissect her as a character. For some reason, Tanya also makes a ton of communist jokes throughout the movie, which made the people in my theater laugh a lot. (Something tells me the plot's writer really dislikes communists)
The graphics were pretty much the same as the original series graphics with no real addition in quality that I noticed. Like I said in my original review of the series, they’re pretty good overall and I’d give them an 8/10.
The only difference between the characters in the series and the characters in the movie is the new main antagonist who appears to be what the next season will focus on.
Overall, I enjoyed this movie and would definitely recommend it to anybody who enjoyed the first season. This is not a recap and is all fresh material, so you will need to watch the original series in order to understand what is happening in this movie.
The long-awaited sequel is here and oh boy was it good, overall the movie was an action-packed and had some character development. Furthermore, we see the continuation of the saga of Tanya.
The movie explains the next involvement of characters like our new anti-protagonist Aka Mary Sue, the daughter of Anson Sioux (Aka the guy who had the fucking trench shotgun in season 1).
It goes into her "upbringing" and what type of character she is. The movie also shows what we can expect from the next season(which is going to be a thing) which I'm excited about.
The quality was overall great like other
films that were movie based. I was lucky to watch it in theatres and would recommend anyone to watch the movie first if that wasn't obvious then the second season due to the fact its canon.
The movie did leave me unsatisfied due to the short introduction of how are characters met but that's cause I wanted more but I can respect the hour and a half for the time to introduce the next characters and what they did to meet our current MC.
Studio NUT did a fantastic job with the new OST which was pretty impressive and the overall art of the show. Yuuki Aoi did a good job as well the new voice actors especially the VA that played Mary Sue. In between shots they did use CGI and was a bit of an eyesore in a few scenes but that was only a quick scene, easily ignorable.
Back to the new OST like I said it was good but also the action-packed scenes in the movies with that music really made me immersed. No spoilers :3
The movie was overall good and it filled that hole that wanted more of our loli "nazi". As the day of this review, it was a one day premier so it might take a while for you guys to see it but it'll be something to look forward to definitely.
Just personal scratch.
Advised, possible spoilers.
Opinion & Informal
The anatomy and proportions checked out and no noticeable changes in these two points were made between the main series and this movie. There weren't any special panoramics or expanses that were showcased. There were a few environmental and nature elements in this movie but they weren't particularly focused on or given their own scenes for us to admire any sort of artistic skill in that regards. The few instances where there was living foliage and nature that we got looked pretty nice but not something I'd praise; much of what was actually relevant was city-scapes and the
familiar grey, dull, and war-torn battlefields that were prevalent in the main series. However, the urban art was excellent. I really liked how nicely detailed and styled the backdrops and artwork for the urban areas looked; it felt like the style was more something out of a painting: not clean and crisp, but had an air of vintage if that makes sense. The character details remained fairly close to the main series art-quality-wise. Characters like Tanya and Serebryakova looked very clean and crisp but background fodder like the nameless soldiers were either very basic or just not-too-impressive cgi models. The cgi elements weren't terrible, but were mediocre enough to sometimes pull me away from the impressive art and animation. Overall, what I thought of the art was that other than particular impact moments like action scenes or scenes emphasizing the revelations or expressions of Tanya, the art quality was more or less similar to the main series.
This is what I'd expect from a feature length film. While the majority of the general motions and natural movements of the characters such as body language, shifts in motion or stance, or walking had similar quality of that from the main series (I watched the BD releases), the parts that mattered such as the impact sequences during the battles or Tanya's gesugao asides looked great and were what I'd expect from a movie release. In the battle department, this movie did not disappoint. I was wholey satisfied with the animation for the battles. The cgi elements during the "big budget" battles such as Tanya's duel were kept to a minimum or presented in a way that didn't detract from the experience at all. Overall, the animation for everything but the "big budget" scenes are pretty much the same as what you'd see in the main series. However, the reason I gave this area such a good score was how impressive (or, well, how satisfied I was) the impact sequences were.
Characters, Plot & Development: 6/10
The characters were the same from the main series. This movie didn't put too much mileage towards developing any of the characters too deeply (or at all) or any of their relationships or dynamics. No backstories or personal development was allotted to any of the characters at all other than what we were already aware of from the main show, not even Tanya or Mary Sue. Moreover, the direction of the development was more of the main show's formula giving me the impression that this movie was just a high-budget OVA. I understand that the nature of the the circumstances that the Empire is in as well as Tanya's place in it all leaves little to deviate from (they can't just ignore the war to introduce some crazy plot just for the movie) but the reason I gave this area a 6 is because of that. It was just more of sending Tanya and her troops to areas that needed help or carrying out decisive missions. Mary Sue, the antagonist in this movie, was just there to serve as the bad guy. There were moments where the story could have touched upon heavier questions or ideas such as the topics of revenge (during Mary Sue's conversation with her superior in the barracks or between Tanya and Mary in the church), human nature, or morality versus following orders. Many of those opportunities were there, but were given the "It's my job, therefore I must do it" or "I am angry or I am fighting because the Empire is evil" explanation. This development direction in my opinion shunted all of my sympathy for Mary Sue. Mary Sue's anger and resentment didn't "feel" heavy and I found it hard to connect with her emotions. I feel that the movie failed to give me any sort of foundation or something to work with to humanize Mary Sue and her anger other than the 5 seconds of flashbacks of animation from the main show. Tanya was just more Tanya. She was still acting in accordance to her goal of finding an easy life and simply trying to survive her circumstances. There weren't any moments of conscientious growth, personal revelations, or shifts in personality for Tanya in this movie which is fine, but there wasn't even any of those wonderful debates with Being X in this movie. Overall, the characters were the same and weren't given any backgrounds or personal growth that we don't already know from the main show. Their inter-personal relationships and dynamics were exactly the same too. The plot development had the same sortie-based + aftermath direction as the main show in which Tanya and her squad would roll out, come back, and we would get the political and wartime aftermath; not much experimentation was done such as trying to at least dive into a bit of Mary Sue's psyche and its relevance to how it stems from a cycle of hate.
I wasn't too happy with the music and bgm as they were mostly the same as from the main show with no new notable additions. However, I gave this area a 7 because I was really happy with how well the soundboard was used. The battles really popped out and felt alive with how much was going on. The gun sounds, explosions, and battlefield noises sounded good and made those scenes feel good. No sound design to note. The ED credits used the same ED from the anime, but had different showcase art which was a treat since I liked those so much.
The conclusion was an open-ended conclusion that's like something you'd see from an OVA or special episode which is why I mentioned that this movie felt more like a high-budget OVA than a separate special entity in the universe. While I see the value in being more closely in-tune to the atmosphere of the main anime as well as that the nature of this movie is a sequel, the movie's conclusion left much to be desired and felt a bit anti-climactic. The fact that the "How did it come to this?" gag was used for the conclusion added to the "OVA" feeling. The conclusion setting up the future for 'more of the same' felt underwhelming to me.
I wasn't exactly sure what I was expecting from this movie coming into it, but I can definitely say that some parts weren't surprising while others were satisfying. The direction decision to stay more true to the formula of the anime and source material was fine by me; it wasn't surprising, but because of that I wasn't "wow'd." However, I was completely and utterly satisfied with the impressive art quality and animation, especially the impact sequences and battles. What I thought of this movie: It's more of the same from the anime, just flashier battles and better animation; this movie doesn't attempt to experiment with the source material and doesn't really try to touch upon any of the intricacies of morality or any tough questions which is why I only thought this movie was just good but not great.
The amazing Youjo Senki series is finally back with our lovely Tanya Degurechaff being calculating and evil as ever. If you thought the series was epic and bombastic then the movie doubles that easily. The action, explosions and emotions are tripled, giving an amazing experience of war and destruction.
I find it really interesting how many of the battles of Youjo Senki have clear similarities to real life battles that occurred in world war 2. I'm really happy Youjo Senki has this setting as so little anime actually explore war and the world war so getting a sequel to the series is a
god send. The movie is set in Russia (or whatever they call it in the movie) and they really amplify the struggles of fighting them towards the end of the film. In this movie we get to see Tanya genuinely struggle with fighting an enemy (not that she didn't in the series its just amplified here).
The returning characters are back with some new additions such as the new rival to Tanya, Mary who goes above and beyond her father in terms of power and threat. I find Mary really interesting as she's just an honest girl trying to avenge her father. I wont spoil anything but she makes some of the best scenes in the movie. Of course we also have Tanya who seems more upbeat in the movie cracking jokes here and there and generally having more fun with what she's doing. Of course when she's not getting impossible missions from HQ that is. Tanya's reactions are still beautiful to witness with her over the topness and the super talent behind her, Yuki Aoi who does an amazing job as always of portraying this calculating and psychotic loli.
The soundtrack is amazing with all the best coming back from the series. My personal favourite which they play at the beginning and end of the original series when Tanya grins at the beginning is back as well. Every time I hear that track I cant stop myself from grinning from ear to ear.
Youjo Senki being one of my favourite series I couldn't wait to see this movie. Finally getting to watch it after about 5 months of waiting was completely worth it. I really hope they continue this series so we can get a conclusion and continuation of Tanya's struggles against god.
If you're a Youjo Senki fan or just love war anime I'd HIGHLY recommend watching the movie and the series if you haven't already.
While the movie I feel is good, I am somewhat disappointed at it. It pains me to say this since i'm a big Tanya fan. One of my big problems for the movie is that, while the movie is action packed, battles are quite often short or skipped, then summarised. I feel like I was constantly being teased with those battles with really no pay off until the final big battle. Another problem I have is with charactor growth/arc. I don't want to spoil anything so I won't go into details. I feel like the main atagonist Mary Sue's arc was just way to speed
up. She went from trainee to Tanya's level super fast and without us seeing much growth other then like 1 skimirish. I also feel the ending wasn't very satasifying as it mainly serves to setup for another sequel.
The animations and visuals with the movie budget certainly improved and looks very good. However, this might just be a personal preference of my, but I still don't really like the character designs. As I much prefer the Manga character designs.
While I at the end enjoyed the movie overall, there is just too lot's of problems that I dislikes. I think they just tyed to cover too much things into one movie, thus lot's of things feel rushed to me.
Youjo Senki was one of the most entertaining anime from 2017 and gave birth to anime’s most vicious loli, Tanya von Degurechaff. The series has been, without a doubt, one of my favourite Isekai series but the show was left on a cliffhanger that left to the possibility of a season two. What we go was not season two but a sequel movie which followed up after season one. A bit annoying but hey, we are getting more Tanya so who am I to complain. Now that I have finally got around to
watch it, what did I think? Well I’ll tell you. Bear in mind though, I’ve never done a review for an anime movie but talking about this series will not be a problem so lets get to it.
Sit back relax and salute your ass off as I present to you the sequel movie to Youjo Senki. Or by its English name, Saga of Tanya the Evil. Lets begin.
Following after season one, Tanya and the rest of the 203rd airborne company have just finished quelling a rebel force. As soon as she returns from the mission, she and her company are immediately sent north to keep an eye on The Federation. But after The Federation open fired, they attack. The war between The Imperium and the Federation has begun and Tanya must now take her forces and push pack The Federation. Meanwhile on the Federation side, a new mage recruit by the name of Mary Sioux has joined the forces after being blessed by God (or Being X) and is seeking revenge for the death of her father by the hands of Tanya.
It’s pretty much is more of the story that we got to see in season one but with some added elements that will cause Tanya more trouble. Although that is definitely not a bad thing. Being X is still toying with Tanya by facing another mage blessed by god and not giving her a break whatsoever. This is especially true when it comes to the final act but we will get to that. The first act pretty much sets the stage for the movie to follow. The Federation attacks, The Imperium fights back. It helps us realise that Tanya’s fighting isn’t done yet and might not be for some time. The second act helps set the scene between the eventual fight between Tanya and Mary and to help further ignite the fuel for war. I might sound like I'm skimming over this but really, there is nothing much new in terms of what we already have seen from season one. Like I said, definitely not a bad thing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Although I will say that I’m surprised that Being X doesn’t have much direct involvement in this movie. Being X mainly works behind the shadows as usual but I feel like Being X could have been more direct towards Tanya, especially after Tanya encounters Mary. Being X could have toyed with Tanya but nope nothing happens.
The final act is where things start to get interesting as we see this movie go all out with the fighting and we see how Tanya and the rest of the 203rd airborne company copes with such an overwhelming force. It gives this thought in your head that maybe this would be too much for Tanya and the 203rd airborne company. It makes for a nice change of pace considering that Tanya has been squashing everyone she has been fighting. Having an overwhelming enemy at your doors and fighting a mage that is on equal footing with Tanya makes for some of the most tense moments in the movie and kept me hooked to my seat as I kept watching. It was something that this movie needed. Something to make my eyes glue to the screen as I kept watching and it did that.
Tanya is still Tanya in this movie and nothing much has changed about her other than some revelations in the movie that she has experienced that I won’t say specifically due to spoilers. The revelations though do help give some more light of what Tanya thinks about fighting in wars and why she wants to stay behind the front lines. Her experience in this movie gives her some justification and to make sure she continues to defy Being X (as futile as it may be). Being pushed to her limits was also refreshing as we know now going forward that she isn’t straight up overpowered and there are people who can match her in a firefight; which did lead to some intense moments in the movie.
The other character the movie focused on was Mary Sioux and I just couldn’t get into her. She is a rather one dimensional character with her sole trait being that she is obsessed with avenging her father’s death. That’s pretty much it. It helps give perspective of how Tanya’s killing spree is affecting other people’s lives but honestly, she is just there so that Being X can push Tanya to her breaking point. So that’s all she is really, a vessel for Being X to toy Tanya with.
Studio Nut continues where it left off from season one. I have to say, it does look like more stuff is happening on screen which helps increase the scale of the battles. For an episodic series, the animation would look really good. For a movie though, it looked a bit stiff at times. Some of the scenes in the film where Nut could have flexed their muscles looked a bit janky at times and was moving a frame by frame pace that was quite noticeable. Though the magical bullets and explosions still look cool and there were some really good shots so so it till can look really good, I just think it could have looked better in some scenes of the movie.
Nothing really to complain here. The sound department was one of Youjo Senki’s strongest points and it continues here. The bullet sound effects, the explosions and other noticeable factors in the sound department made it felt like everything had a noticeable impact to it. Same goes with the soundtrack as it still has that bombastic choir and instrumentals to it that made it rather epic to listen to and to get you hyped. While I didn’t notice any new tracks, the soundtrack was really good overall that it didn’t really matter.
The only real new notable song coming from this movie was "Remembrance" by MYTH & ROID and act as a nice calm down down for the credit sequence while still having that MYTH & ROID style that makes them recognisable. Seriously, what a year MYTH & ROID are having at the moment. This, “Shadowgraph” from Boogiepop and Others and while I was harsh on Isekai Cheat Magician’s opening, the song itself “PANTA RHEI” is still really good. With them doing the opening for one more anime this year, I'm looking forward to it.
As a follow up to Youjo senki, the movie, I would say, does its job well as being a good follow up. Tanya is still a great antagonist and this movie doesn’t change that. The ost and sound effects still kick ass and the animation, while stumbling in some areas, still looks good. My main gripe with the movie was Mary herself and I feel like the movie didn’t do a good job of fleshing her out. Of course, there maybe another chance because the movie was left on ANOTHER cliffhanger that makes me question whether we are going to get more. With season one, I felt that the 12 episodes we got were good enough for it to be its own story. But with the way the movie went, it now feels kind of unfinished and stuck in a limbo until we get an announcement of a follow up. If we do, then these last couple of sentences don’t matter. If we don’t, well then we are out of luck and must seek the original material.
Still, if you want more Youjo Senki, this film will certainly fill that need as it is a good follow up and I salute Tanya for it.
A few months late to writing a review. Youjo Senki's film debut offers the same great animation, humour, story and action that fans of the series have come to expect, dialled up to 100. The film manages to encapsulate everything that's great about Youjo Senki and is fun throughout. I was certainly not disappointed.
If you're into the LN series, the film covered book 5 and did so really well. The fight between Tanya and Mary Sue is one of the best animated fights I've ever seen, there's some really cool first person viewpoints similar to DBS Broly, and this rivalry looks to be the main
plot-point of season 2.
My only regret is that more people were not able to see the film due to Crunchyroll's limited one day release. I was luckily able to do so and am really glad, as it is definitely a great film. Hopefully with the success of this and Isekai Quartet, we will get a season 2 somewhere down the line soon.
Another cool note, the director stated that Youjo is for true otaku's, even inside Japan, so if you are a big fan, congrats you are the real mccoy!
Youjo Senki launches on Blu Ray and DVD on 23rd August so be sure to pickup a copy when you can.
After watching the movie, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you liked Season 1, hope you're ready for some new content in "Loli Hitler VS The Commies."
The movie gives more development to Tanya and tackles the next page in Tanya's story, as well as giving us new insight into the character properly introduced at the end of Season 1: Mary Sue, daughter of Anson Sioux. The illusion that there is always a "right" side is easily destroyed once again. War is complex, and this movie exemplifies it. Not to mention the irony of going to war in order to attain peace.
makes great use of the movie budget, and the resulting aerial battles look amazing. The fights are crisp, clean, and full of action, while the shot composition during lengthy conversations is great as always. Due to the scale of the battles, however, there are some CG crowds. But, they're just a few one-off scenes, so there aren't too many of them.
The musical score for this movie is also great! The violins, trumpets, and choir of Tanya von Degurechaff's bombastic theme make a return. Though the OST of the movie is similar to the OST of Season 1, the themes and motifs easily proved themselves in this movie. The familiar ED "Los! Los! Los!" also makes a return, and with the gunshot, sounds of warfare, and new art, it doesn't lose its luster.
Also, MYTH & ROID does not disappoint with their song "Remembrance." Definitely, a more somber piece that fits the loss and agony of war.
Overall, this movie is more of the Youjo Senki that we know and love, and definitely worth the watch.
I have already read up on the light novels and they adapted this very well into the movie. They did do a very good in managing the chapters and time. Though this did leave out some details that made the light novel enjoyable, but I understand they had to do it to not make it too boring. The only thing I do regret about it was that they left out the African Campaign, I guess they wanted to get straight into the fight with Mary Sue.
The art is pretty ok, but there are some points where the CG gets
whacky. But overall it is decent and doesn't really bother me.
I'm pretty sure this has been overstated to death ,but the sounds in this series is seriously amazing. Nothing to say much about it.
Characters were the same from the original series. Interesting as usual but this movie gives less insight on the character but more on the feud between Mary and Tanya.
Overall, I'm just glad we had more Youjo Senki. I am personally satisfied as I got to understand more about what happened since the novel lacked some maps.
I can still feel the dread curling in my stomach as I watched each and every moment of this wonderful movie. As an avid action fan, I couldn't help but be thrilled at Degurechaff's victories and dread her losses/missed opportunities. The story jumps right in without any recap, so it's best to watch the previous series, but let's be honest if you're here for this movie specifically you would've watched the series. The music and art are spectacular as always with the sounds always amped up for dramatic effect or quieted down to amplify the sense of death/not blow your ears out which I appreciate(a
lot). As someone who knows these characters I'm fine, but outside of those who know it's hard to get a sense of who each person is and what there purpose/ reason to act the way they do, again this is probably intentional as to redirect to the main series. Nevertheless, the actions scenes are phenomenal and while the gore is only slight it does reach the intended course to make the audience understand that while the story is thrilling, it is by no means an advocate for war. I enjoy how that while only elaborated slightly, the various number of characters have different ideals and objectives each portrayed with various degrees of success. At times I wanted to yell at certain characters and other times cheer for them, the fact the movie made me feel that , overall makes it a damn good movie. I can't deny part of my enjoyment comes from the sheer thrill I get from watch Degurechaff's face morph in utter delight or despair as she faces being x. I hate being x as a character but love him as a villain, his existence makes me sympathize with Degurechaff so easily and his role lights the story in a new perspective. I feel like I'm rambling, so I'll just conclude by saying this is a damn good movie that you have to watch preferably with popcorn and soda , so you can spew at the person next to you when you feel really happy or pumped up or pissed(JK :) Don't really do that unless you know them real well and won't get sued or anything:))
The only think I didn't like about this was that the CGI was at some points bad, but that's a common problem within most anime... just look at Dragon Ball Super: Broly.
This was everything and more that I was expecting. The sound design was phenomenal... NO everything was phenomenal. As stated the CG was at some points bad, but not distractingly so. Story wasn't too complex, but it didn't need to be.
In the movie the characters from the series stayed as great as they were and even the newer characters worked great in the story and Mary Sioux's character development and change from a
calm and collected character to the dark side was beautiful.
The only downside to this is that I can only give it 10/10 where as this deserves at least 11/10.
Youjo Senki Movie picks off right where the anime series left off, and it's every bit as good, and in many ways even better than before.
If you haven't watched the anime, go do so now. I won't repeat my review in depth, but let's just say that production values have been cranked up even further, the solid story and characters remain, leading to an amazing visual and storytelling spectacle.
If military and magic anime is your thing, you MUST give this a watch.
Like seriously, it's good. Story is a direct continuation from the anime, the art and sound are absolutely mindblowing yet again, and the
main character continues to impress with every scene.
I'd like to preface this review by saying that Youjo Senki anime series is probably the show I enjoyed the most in more than 10 years of watching. It's one of the few shows that I gave a 10/10 alongside Rakugo and HxH, but I gave this movie only an 8.
The stuff I enjoyed first before I rant. It was an interesting take to have an actual Mary Sue to be the main antagonist named "Mary Sioux". She even has the revenge backstory and the ancient "I suck at practice but I kick ass at the real battlefield" trope that mainstream shounen protagonists used to
have. Our main gal Tanya now looks like the generic anime villain she has to defeat in order to "save the world from evil". It's the believer of blind faith against the chosen man that detests His presence.
However, I noticed that there were parts that the quality didn't look like it was a theatrical release, but rather a weekly show struggling by its schedule. I expected less use of 3D models for mob characters for the movie, but alas, only certain fight scenes had that 2D sakuga feel. Without going into spoilers, the church punching scene against Mary was the one I felt the most lacking.
I praise the amazing pacing of the anime series where 24 minutes felt like an hour's worth of entertainment. It had an amazing balance of fast-paced action and toned-down character scenes, which made us like Tanya even more as the protagonist fighting against fate. This movie, however, felt like they omitted those character scenes to fit all the information in the span of 2 hours. This statement might rustle some jimmies, but I had this nagging thought in my brain while watching mid-way through the movie: "Am I watching a recap episode of a series like what they did in Episode 6.5?". I wish this was made as a half-cour season 2 instead where the similar type of pacing in the first season was used.
This is how you properly use the budget of a movie to enhance animation, art, and sound. I cannot stress enough how much the sound in particular enhanced all of the action scenes. This movie is a much watch with high-quality headphones or a surround-sound system.
Animation wise the fights are spectacular and exciting. Later in the film, when they face the federation, CGI is utilized properly to create a massive horde of men that really creates a sense of dread. The stakes are raised and the sounds of war really cements a feeling of dread in the latter portion of the film.
Unfortunately, the movie is
not a contained piece. It acts as a bridge between the first and eventual second season. This holds it back in the story department in my opinion. Despite the antagonist, Mary Sue, having an excellent vocal performance and expressive animation-- her characterization suffers from being introduced in a movie.
I feel this movie will stand as a much better work once season 2 is introduced. Right now it just has me itching for more. I wont go into spoiler territory, but the ending of the film and opening scene are implying some BIG moments in the future of this franchise.
Story 7/10 - Acts as more of a bridge rather than a contained work. It is more so a tease of what's to come.
Art 9/10 - Amazing and expressive animation. CGI is utilized properly, although is still somewhat detracting. (CGI still has that effect on me)
Sound 10/10 - The best use of sound I have heard in an anime period.
Character 7/10 - Side-characters are expressive and fun-- but somewhat unremarkable. Tanya is given more emotional depth and an undying hatred of communism that is hilarious. Mary Sue has potential and needs more than just a movie.
Enjoyment 10/10 - The battles are what gave me the greatest enjoyment and pleasure from viewing this. I have to give it a perfect score for enjoyment or else I would be lying to myself. Their was an audible cheer in the theater during a 'special' moment towards the end of the film when Mary Sue and Tanya have an intimate exchange in a church. Outstanding moments.
Overall 8/10 - Held back by its bridging nature rather than being a standalone story. I feel if we ever get a conclusion film following a future final season-- something like "The End of Tanya the Evil" it could easily be a 10/10. Only time will tell though.