Saga of Tanya the Evil Episode 1

Overview:

Tanya is part of the imperial (totally not German) army in 1923. She’s a mage who can fly and blow things up. Apparently they are under attack from the allies.

Review:

I’m pretty much going to pass on this one. Between the really ugly character designs, the focus on alternate version of the world wars, and the truly annoying voice of Tanya, this just actively put me off from start to finish. While it isn’t fair to compare, the timing makes it inevitable that this will be compared with Izetta, also an alternate history story that featured magical intervention in warfare. I was amazed last season when Izetta grabbed me during episode 1 because I don’t like war stories and I really don’t like things that focus on the world wars. I generally prefer sword fights to guns. However Izetta’s first episode was beautiful and filled with characters that intrigued me. Tanya is full of characters that don’t really seem to have any character and it is ugly to look at. All and all, I’m probably passing on this.

Saga of Tanya the Evil is available on Crunchyroll.

 

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10 thoughts on “Saga of Tanya the Evil Episode 1

  1. No real information on why the war started, despite the main character asking as if they shouldn’t had already have known, a parade of names which don’t have some type of personality to make them memorable, and a gimmick of some kind of renowned soldier reborn into a little girls body? I’m sticking with this for one or two more episodes but I really need shows to not introduce a dozen or more characters in the first episode. It isn’t just jarring but seems pointless unless you are going to tell us who they are each episode. After all, who is going to keep referring to episode 1 to know who is this person speaking?

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    1. Or at lesat make it clear which characters are going to be significant. That’s okay, I’m not bothering with this one for now anyway but I am curious as to what everyone else makes of it.

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  2. This ep was amusing but really it did an awful job introducing the characters and idea of the series. It’s just a whatever kind of thing, I’ll see where it goes. I disagree tho Tanya’s seiyuu is great and she did just fine as the killer loli.

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  3. This one didn’t leave much of an impression on me either. So little in fact that I struggled to even write a post about it like I was originally planning.

    I doubt I’ll be getting round to this any time soon, or even if I’ll finish it ever.

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  4. The first episode pulled me in a bit but I have to agree. Looking at the anime itself with a more critical eye, there just wasn’t a lot of material or information given regarding the characters or their history, etc. I will continue to watch it as it will only improve in time, but I’m a little skeptical as to if it will deliver or repeat the same thing over and over.

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  5. As a history otaku I pretty much have to see this through, but I do agree that that the first episode didn’t do much to establish any of the characters aside from some very small insight into Tanya her(him?)self.

    It’s too bad you didn’t like the voice acting though. Aoi Yuuki is really good imo, but given your general feelings about children in anime I can see why you would find this role annoying.

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