Brave Witches Episode 7: On a Holy Night

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  1. Wanderer says:

    I was hoping Eila and Sanya would show up, because I knew they’d moved out to that area after the first disbandment of the 501st, but I hadn’t necessarily expected it. It would be nice if they could stay, and certainly there’s an in-universe justification that the 502nd is in dire straits and needs help fast or they’re going to lose their position. However, from the perspective of someone who has seen a lot of stories like this and has come to understand the patterns of them, I suspect this is simply a cameo. As much as we love these two, Brave Witches isn’t Sanya and Eila’s show. They’ll probably be heading off again shortly. Hopefully Rall will take the opportunity to ask them about the destruction of the Gallia hive before they leave, though.

    As for the Neuroi, you say it would be terrifying if they were using strategy… well I’ve been watching their actions over the last several episodes, and I’m appropriately terrified. When Lake Ladoga blocked their advance, potentially giving the witches time to prepare in the month before it would freeze naturally, the Neuroi immediately sent out a giant fan that froze the lake solid a month early. The fact that that unit was dangerous to the witches was pure coincidence. That wasn’t an attacking unit, that was a support unit designed to clear the way for their ground forces. In the next episode their ground forces took advantage of the frozen lake and moved into position to bombard St. Petersburg; and among the first targets they hit were the wtiches’ supply warehouses. That wasn’t an accident: they were hitting the girls where they were vulnerable. Rather than just sending out one unit at a time to try to defeat the witches in battle, which inevitably proves fruitless, these Neuroi are actually trying to win the war. They are attacking supply lines, denying resoureces to their enemy, advancing inexorably… They’re fighting smart, and the 502nd doesn’t have the resources to handle Neuroi that can fight smart.

    • Vantage says:

      Fixed as requested!

      You never mentioned anything about Eilanya! I had no idea, I was caught totally by surprise! I do agree that it’s unlikely they’ll hang around, as much as I would love them to. It’s enough getting to see them again after so many years, and there was genuinely no-one from the 501st that I would rather have seen than them (except maybe Erica). Hopefully they get a line or two (if only in a flashback) next week whilst Rall or Rossmann lead a discussion on how to deal with these pesky Neuroi movements amidst all the Krupi antics.

      Orussian Neuroi are scary. The Gallian (and to an extent Romanian) nests just sent out some Neuroi once every so often, and all they did was fly in a straight line and shoot beams out whenever Witches got close. The 502nd are up against a nest that’s taking the initiative… it’s almost like these Neuroi are more intelligent than they should be. It’ll be really interesting to see how this plays out (if at all) in the final few episodes.

  2. Wanderer says:

    It’s on the wiki, which I’ve perused at least a little. Also there’s a manga that covers what the members of the 501st were doing in the time between seasons one and two: Kimi to Tsunagaru Sora. it’s been translated in various places. Check it out.

    There’s definitely something about these Orussian Neuroi that their Gallian and Romanian counterparts lacked. If the 502nd can’t figure out a way to take the offensive soon, they’re going to lose Orussia altogether.

    • Wanderer says:

      Eh? This ^ was supposed to be a reply to Vantage above… I was sure I clicked reply there.

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