Brave Witches Episode 5: Deadly Battle in the Freezing Cold

Vantage

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  1. Each week this show just proves how much more enjoyable and solid it is in comparison to its predecessor–which I’m still enjoying, just Operation Victory Arrow 3 and the Movie left!

    I suppose even the Neuroi have to obey physics at a certain point and this wasn’t one of those particularly hard-to-crack ones in terms of armour to begin with, so I can see how the intense cold could’ve made it frail enough to submit to an explosion made from tank-grade fuel and combustibles. They’re also very animal-like, so while they make surprises advances and tactics at times, I’m sure they’re even more prone to just barely meeting requirements and having almost too much confidence in their regeneration (who knows if that’s even an original trait!).

    That aside though, this was definitely my favourite Neuroi and takedown yet, as cool as the hook-line-and-sinker plan in Operation Victory Arrow 2 was. As a final note on the old cast, could it be that Sadako’s teacher was Mio (Must. Resist. WIKI!)? “There’s nothing a Witch can’t do” is ‘her’ saying as I know it, unless she learned that from someone else who uses it often.

    I definitely look forward to learning more about the cast’s past and seeing how they grow in the future. Seeing Rossmann call out our “fake countess” was a real treat, though, the energy she put into those gestures of disapproval was unexpected! On the other hand I quite like Gundala’s lack of energy in a sense. And last but not least, yes, Kanno continues the tried-and-true thawing tsundere technique.

    • Oh and I forgot to mention this last week (pixiv[.]net/member_illust[.]php?mode=medium&illust_id=59790333) but I wonder if someone will commemorate this battle just like Hikari’s first official fight with the squadron :D I guess this week’s would be considered her first real team battle despite having been with the whole group last week in which they all kind of did their own thing.

      • Vantage says:

        That’s beautiful. I don’t often browse Pixiv for leisure, but every once in a while I’m reminded that there are some seriously great artists on there who can produce seriously great pieces.

    • Wanderer says:

      ” As a final note on the old cast, could it be that Sadako’s teacher was Mio (Must. Resist. WIKI!)? “There’s nothing a Witch can’t do” is ‘her’ saying as I know it, unless she learned that from someone else who uses it often.”

      Sadako and Mio were both stationed in Libau, just like Takami and Rall and many other characters.

      • Vantage says:

        There needs to be a spin-off detailing the events of Libau, if there isn’t already!

        Also, I’ll probably do a double post (last week and this weekend’s) for Strike. I intended to get it out sometime this week, but… stuff happened and suddenly it’s Friday. I’ll find some time. I’ll do it for Rinne.

    • Vantage says:

      I still need to watch all of Operation Victory Arrow. It’s interesting that you prefer Brave Witches to Strike Witches – I take the opposite view (for now) but I’m very conscious that it’s a nostalgia thing. I’m sure I would have reacted differently to much of what I first watched in 2007 or 2008 if I’d only watched them now! For series really dear to me like Zero no Tsukaima, watching them for the first time today would just make me tired of the cliches that in reality they were the amongst the first to popularise.

      It recently dawned on me that if manipulating physics like that is a possible route, then as dangerous as it could get for the 502nd it could be a benefit for them too given that they know how to deal with it. It’s most likely always that cold in Orussia, if not even colder.

      Rossmann is cute! And Rall is cute too! Everyone is cute!!!