What I really wanted to call this post was
‘Why has Youjo Senki found it’s way into my Best Animes list’,
but for you to understand why you need to know a little bit about me. Firstly, for reasons I cannot explain, my friends call me Tania. Secondly, I’ve always liked to think of my myself as the cute on the outside, bitchy on the inside kind of character. Kinda like a kawaii girl who is just indifferent to life and gives zero f**ks. So you can imagine how excited I was when a new anime called The Saga of Tanya the Evil knocked on my door.
But my weird life aside, have you actually seen Youjo Senki?
It’s just pure hilarious madness, period. From the very first episode, you can’t stop laughing at the absurdity of a 9-year-old lieutenant. You can’t really tell that she is pure evil inside until the end of the first episode, and by then you’re already hooked. With every new episode that comes out, her life gets more and more complicated to a point where you can’t help root for her to be okay.
Youjo Senki (aka The Saga of Tanya the Evil) is an anime that follows the life of Tanya Degurechaff, a child that by the age of 9 has already made her way to the position of Second Lieutenant in the imperial army. Tanya lives in a world of war where her home country, The Empire, is fighting off enemies from all sides. With an aptitude for magic use and a desire to survive Tanya joins the army. Her goal? To move her way up within the military, thinking it’s the smartest way to ensure that she will live.
Why you should watch it!
But what makes this anime great is the way that life just throws curve balls at her from every corner. The second episode of the season is just a mind trip that completely changes the game. Honestly, I have watched its first 10 minutes a good 5 times. The realization that every single thing she does is a calculated move is incredible, and the way that the writers have been able to keep up with this while still keeping the audience interested is just amazing. Even though we know her personality inside and out, her moves are still able to surprise you.
When the element of surprise does not come at the expense of character development, that’s when you know you’re doing it right. And the creators of Youjo Senki are DEFINITELY doing it right. Speaking of the art and animation, both are quite amazing! You will never get sick of the awesome way that she and her soldiers move around the sky with their weird flying magic.
I honestly think that Youjo Senki is making its way to be one of the best anime of the season. So if you have not seen it yet, make sure to check it out! And if you have seen it, comment your thoughts on my new favorite anime