March 12, 2017

That is F-ing twisted!

A number of hours ago I mentioned in a comment that I'd watched the first episode of "Youjo Senki", also known as "The Saga of Tanya the Evil."

Holy shit!

This is not your typical magic flying girl soldiers kind of anime. Hell no! This is to Strike Witches what Madoka Magica is to Sailor Moon. The first episode was merely setup of the current war situation. The second episode gives us Tanya's back story. And it is a trip, temporally, theologically, and dimensionally.

Yeah, the "Heroine" is a socipathic atheist being punished by God with a really unfortunate reincarnation in order to push "Him" into such straits that "he" will finally admit to faith, and he's determined to live this life as a gigantic "Fuck you" to God--or "Being X" as he allows the divine to be called.

Sweetness and light it ain't. And that's only two episodes in.

Posted by: Mauser at 05:05 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Oh god, this show is hilarious! I cannot stop laughing at the hapless Tanya. Serebryakoff was totally great as a supporting character too, it's too bad we probably won't see any more of her. Wwwwwwwww

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at May 23, 2017 07:40 AM (XOPVE)

2 One other thing about Tanya you might find interesting is their surprisingly insightful portrayal of the early 20th Century Europe and the prevailing ideas of its ruling elite. I'm saying that because of your surprise about the roots of the European Union, which always was about "French rider mounting German draft horse" -- even after the French defeat in 1940. What Tanya gets right though is that Vishy Government, usually dismissed as traitorous nowadays, was a fully legitimate government of France and a founding member of the EU. Of course that union was terminated by Gen. Patton's tanks entering Paris, but it re-constituted itself as soon as practical. Same goes for the ideas that the war ends with the peace treaty on the other side and that only some people realized how outmoded that idea was, even under Hitler. I've read accounts of people in the street congratulating each other when Germany conquered Poland, because they thought the victory would bring the peace. Although, I am curious if these aspects of Tanya are much too subtle for Americans to grasp.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at August 03, 2017 10:34 AM (pjL8P)

3 Frankly, considering how alternate the history was, I didn't spend much time considering the geopolitical parallels.

Posted by: Mauser at August 03, 2017 07:25 PM (TYvUn)

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