The Saga of Tanya the Evil #01 — Nazi Mer-People vs the World

January 6th, 2017

I was always against human-trout marriage.


There's something pretty hilarious about how it tries to portray the gruesomeness of trench warfare at the start. Soldiers running around, some explosions sending them comically flying, someone 40 feet away yelling about their eyes, a guy trapped under a tree branch… Saving Private Ryan eat your heart out. And then a woman on half-skis with pupils the size of dinner plates falls out of the sky and puts up a magical barrier to save Random Guy from a pack of leering, sadistic soldiers slowly closing in on him before it cuts up to a little girl who vaporizes the entire enemy encampment and ends the battle with a single bullet, which is then explained to us as being an explosive spell, in case you missed the explosion. It's already weird enough that it's trying to get us to root for the proto-Nazis, but then it begins things with a single super-Nazi winning a battle with a single shot. Oh, but then it spends a few minutes hundreds of miles away in an office with people explaining that despite everything we just saw, the Nazis are actually losing and are the put upon underdogs because the rest of the world can't understand their greatness. We're barely six minutes in and it's already both hilariously toothless and obliviously schizophrenic. Pretty well animated at the parts where characters all shut the hell up at least. Same can't be said for the frankly horrifying fish-eyes that they seem to believe all females have, like the extra X chromosome came from a grouper or something.

That's pretty much how things would stay for the rest of the episode. Overly long expository bits about how Team Protagonist was fighting against all odds and at a huge disadvantage, while what it actually showed was them effortlessly laying waste to absolutely everything that gets in their way, including the enemy jet-horses. Yeah, I get that Tanya is supposed to be heartless, not just from the title, but from all the characters announcing it to massive musical stinger at the end, but therein also lies more schizophrenic issues. The other 99% of the episode, she's just pragmatic. The only 'evil' comes from a grin during battle, and the ending declaration that… she's evil! To another sadistic grin. Remove those 5 seconds from the episode, and the title makes absolutely no sense. Also, the existence of mass-produced jet-horses raises further questions about why trench warfare is a thing at all in this weird universe.

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7 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Neclord X says:

    What I don’t get is the “is a Salaryman reincarnated as a lolita” premise. Watching the episode doesn’t look as if that is relevant at all. probably not will be in the future. This could have worked exactly the same without the disturbing premise that sounds more like the delusion of the author than a necessary part for the story.

    Aside of that…well, MOTHERFUCKING flying magical horses and explosions. Stupid? Yes, but it is also pretty badass.

    Overall I liked it, but still find the premise disturbing

  • The Phantom says:

    annnnd this the best show so far. Can’t help but morbidly watch how this blondie descedn into madness, will be fun to watch for sure.

  • Longhaul says:

    Imperial Germany ≠ Nazi Germany, forgive my autistic nitpicking.

  • PP2 says:

    Gotta love how the Nazis are introduced as “we are the best, but there’s people around us, since they might attack us some day we’ll just go ahead ahead and start a war with all of them at the same time… this is all their fault for existing”. Accurate at least.

  • DoucheBoss says:

    I bet the author just wanted to write some crazy story about WW1 with magic and stuff, but since the whole isekai genre is in fashion right now, he had to put in the whole “salary man reincarnated as a loli” premise.

  • LUNI_TUNZ says:

    I laughed my ass off after the Saving Private Ryan-esque intro, fucking ANIME GIRL DROPS IN TO SAVE THE DAY.

    That was pretty damn ridiculous.

  • we says:

    The fact that you think ww1 era germans are nazis is pretty cringe worthy….