– Saga of Tanya the Evil
– Yôjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil
– O Registro de Batalha de uma Garota
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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The Saga of Tanya the Evil Season 1 (2017)
A collection of notable music and song from this series.
– “Los! Los! Los!” by Yuuki Aoi (eps 3-4, 6-7, 9-11)
– “Sensen no Realism” by Niina Mako (ep 8)
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