Youjo Senki: Saga of Tanya the Evil Episode 5: My First Battalion
Tanya shows her ruthless side again. I felt so bad for the troops taking on her harsh training, but it was hilarious seeing Tanya with a dumbfounded expression when they continued on their training after the avalanche.
We get back into the action with this episode. With the help of the overly efficient Viktoriya and many “tests”, Tanya has gathered her battalion. Not all of them passed the test she used and she had to lower the standards for the mages, and she asked for one month to train them all. Zettour made it clear Tanya could get a little rough with them, and of course she would. Visha knew it was going to get bad. And yeah it kinda did as airstrikes rained down on them for 36 hours. And after that Tanya made them all march for two days to reach a certain destination. Some of them were breaking down and one of them yelling made them cause an avalanche but luckily none of them died. Hoping this would all scare these men away, Tanya was left surprised to see them continue. They have all passed her training and now they have all become an official battalion.
It’s then that Tanya’s battalion is to be sent off to the southeastern border to fend off the Dakian army and boy did they do that. THEY DID THAT. It was a complete one-sided massacre on their part. The mission pretty much served as the battalion’s live-fire training as the Dakian army had no mages, no aerial troops, and just a lack in technology in general. Tanya and the others took the skies and were easily able to wipe out the army below them, as the Dakian troops feared for their lives. They then went off to find the HQ, which was out in the open, and another bloody massacred transpired. Honestly, it was a disaster for the Dakians. I wasn’t sure at first what real country the Dukedom of Dakia was supposed to represent. At first I thought it was Austria-Hungary…but…duh, they were allies with Germany. But comparing the map this episode with a map of Europe during WWI, I think it’s supposed to be Romania? I hardly remember much about WWI from what I learned in high school because I remember learning more about WWII. I don’t know if the Dukedom of Romania accurately represented one of these countries historically in their lack of technology at the time, which made them meet their demise. Either way, it was a little painful to watch.
Tanya takes it even further and they all fly to Dakia’s capital and shoot it down. But, for respect, Tanya gives the city the international wartime law announcement and it was unusually hilarious after such a bloody and intense episode. I don’t think Tanya meant to make herself sound like she was telling them all a kid’s prank, but it worked in their favor and they pretty much destroyed the city.
It’s been awhile since we’ve had a crazy episode like this in the battlefields so this was a pleasant watch. Even though Tanya wasn’t excited about this battalion thing in the beginning so much, she seemed to have fun. Crazy monster.