Youjo Senki comes to its incomplete end, which was expected, only leaving us wanting more.
Tanya attempts to have a word with Zettour but instead has a chat with Rerugen about her concerns regarding the possibility that the enemy might come back for revenge. Her reasoning is the immense hatred and fear the enemy holds against them. Tanya has experienced people doing some illogical things when consumed with hatred towards something; she was originally killed because someone hated her, and she was about to be killed a second time because someone who hated her blew up in her face. She has reason to believe that the Republicans will be back for revenge.
Logically, it is stupid to come back for more; the Empire defeated them once and they can do it again. But the Republicans have this hatred which drives them towards getting revenge; in many cases, most humans favor emotions over what’s reasonable. We even see this hatred breeding among the new generation as Anton’s daughter volunteers to join the American army so that she can defeat the Empire to prevent more families from losing their loved ones, just like she lost her father. And guess what? Kami-sama is aiding her, just like he aided her father.
Apart from loathing, the Empire has made such a name for themselves that their neighbors fear them. The not-UK country in the west, the not-USA country further west, and the not-Russia country in the east, all fear the rise of a superpower in the middle of Europe. This gives even more reason to believe that there is every chance that the enemy will come back for revenge.
And with such fear on two fronts and hatred on the third, the Empire is in a bit of a pinch because Tanya’s fears come true. The remnants of the Republican army are active in the south and want to free their nation from the Imperial oppressors. Strategic command did not see this coming as they were only assuming the possible logical outcomes and not ones based on emotions. Now they don’t know which front to protect more; the east, west or south. They have to put down the Republicans but there can also be an attack from either of the other sides first, therefore, they can’t afford to send a big army to the south as they would then risk having weakened defenses on their other fronts. This is a big failure on part of Strategic HQ.
In the end, they settle for sending Tanya’s battalion to the south because they’re an elite force. And before going into battle, Tanya expresses her hatred towards Being X for throwing her into such a messed up situation and for targeting her at every available opportunity.
This finale contains some key speeches to understand the show’s ideological implications. Watch:
Youjo Senki has been a fine show throughout its 12 episode run. It did stagger slightly at first, but after its week-long break it came back very strong with all sorts of excitement through looking visually superb. The fights in the eleventh and eighth episodes stand out as being the best this show has delivered. Every explosion seen here was gorgeous without exception; some were more extravagant while others less so, but all looked brilliant.
As far as aspects other than the visuals go, this show managed to quite nicely depict the battlefield setting. It showed the dangers and the effects it has on others, to an extent, pretty well. The display of how humans can do unreasonable things when their feelings take over them was a nice touch here. The setting really makes such aspects come out wonderfully.
Overall, Youjo Senki has been a thrilling ride especially after its midpoint. Its visuals have been the strongest part here, as it has really brought out the intensity of the battles. NUT may be a new studio, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t do some wonders in the animation department. The show leaves us with one big question: “season 2 when?”
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