An unnamed atheist Japanese salaryman, in the moment of being murdered by a disgruntled subordinate whom he had fired due to poor performance at work, is confronted by a self-righteous entity he refers to as "Being X", who condemns the man for not believing that "Being X" is God. He is sentenced to be reborn in a world that is similar to World War I Europe, mixed with early aspects of World War II and magic, in an empire torn apart by countless wars with all nearby countries. The salaryman is reborn as an orphaned girl, Tanya Degurechaff. According to Being X, if Tanya either does not die a natural death or refuses to have faith in Him, her soul will leave the cycle of reincarnation and will be sent to hell for the countless sins that Tanya has committed in her previous life. In the search for an escape, Tanya decides to enter into the Empire's Mages Division and fight in the war, hoping to reach a high enough rank as fast as possible to remain far from the battlefield, and in this way avoid the risk of being killed. Even if she's now forced to speak with a young girl's lisp, Tanya soon turns into a ruthless soldier who prioritizes efficiency and her own career over anything else, even the lives of those beneath her, especially those that get on her bad side.
– Saga of Tanya the Evil
– Yôjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil
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The Saga of Tanya the Evil, known in Japan as Yōjo Senki (幼女戦記, literally “The Military Chronicles of a Little Girl”), is a Japanese light novel series written by Carlo Zen and illustrated by Shinobu Shinotsuki. Enterbrain has published nine volumes since October 31, 2013.
The animation is pretty good, especially the background painting. The characters, however, have that almost cell-shading looks. There is some use of 3D CGI, but it is very limited.
Episode one did not leave a very good impression on me. It looks like just another magical girl with a gun trope. After seeing the second episode, it made a little more sense and sort of threw a curb ball. I had no idea this was an isekai anime on top of the previous trope. Somehow, the added layer of subplot made it more interesting for me.
There’s something off about our main protagonist. We understand and support her fight against Being X (fate) and her struggle to be free from a predestined path. But she is not exactly the most likable of a character. We empathize but not quite rooting for her either, so the show put me in that trance of caring and not caring at the same time.
The plot is the highlight as it captivated me to the end. It is an accomplishment to keep my interest when you don’t have a likable and relatable protagonist. I think my best description of this anime is if Overlord and That Time I Got Incarnated as a Slime had a baby. It isn’t as dark as Overlord but not pure rainbow fart sunshine either.
I recommend this anime to fans of war anime that have a hint of satire to it. The Saga of Tanya the Evil contains graphic violence and suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for young adults.
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- “Jingo Jungle” by Myth & Roid (eps 2, 12)
- “Los! Los! Los!” by Yuuki Aoi (eps 3-4, 6-7, 9-11)
- “Sensen no Realism” by Niina Mako (ep 8)
- “Sensen no Realism” by Niina Mako (ep 9)
The Saga of Tanya the Evil
A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.
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