Youjo Senki Episode 1 First Impressions

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This show revolves around Tanya, a 9 year old girl  who used to be one of Japan’s most elite salarymen, reborn as a little girl after angering a mysterious being who calls himself God. This little girl, who prioritizes efficiency and her own career over anything else, will become the most dangerous being amongst the sorcerers of the imperial army. First off, I’ll start with what was good about this first episode; When Tanya went murder on the enemy team. The rest? Well it really suffers from terrible design choices, like the flight boots or the horrible flying toilet horses. While I haven’t read much of the LN I do read the manga. In the LN I’ve heard that they’re described as wearing heavy armor and in the manga they look really awesome.

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The first episode of this show begins with a battle and we see nothing but some random conversations and many characters being thrown with a couple of minutes of screen time and killed for no good reason later. So far this anime has surprised me in regards to how refreshing the main character Tanya is. With most action anime’s releasing featuring the “Goku save the world” kind of protagonist, I can’t stress enough how refreshing it is to see a main character that has unique motives and beliefs that may not particularly be perceived as “for the greater good.” It’s almost like the main character Tanya is portrayed as a human with unique emotions, crazy right?

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Well I would dare to say that this anime is the more better and interesting version of Shuumatsu no Izetta (Izetta: The Last Witch) in term of its world war setting, magics in WW, and women in war. The art of the “Saga of Tanya the Evil” is nothing particularity ground breaking, though the action scenes tend to have their moments. This is particularly true when magic is used, with the bright blues and yellows falling on the grey, dingy battlefields of WW1. The fights where Tanya is present particularly seem to “Pop.” Also I’m a big fan when any kind of anime makes anyone’s pupils shrink. Something about how sinister it makes them look. This anime features a lot of that, love that shit. Much like the art of Tanya the Evil, the sound design is fairly standard. However also like the art, the explosions and the “woosh” sounds (For lack of a better word) particularity shine during the action scenes. Again, especially the ones that feature Tanya as the main combatant. I’d recommend this anime to anyone that enjoys anti-hero protagonists or WW1/Magic weapons.

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5 thoughts on “Youjo Senki Episode 1 First Impressions

  1. I was actually pleasantly surprised with this one. I watched the dub on Funimation with low expectations. I thought it was awesome. You have to keep watching but after the first episode it just gets better and better. A lot of the show boils down to her wanting to leave combat and get a chill assignment but she is so good at her job she constantly pushed to the front. Her whole story is a huge conflict with choice vs predestination. it was very unique for a war anime.

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