Anime name: Youjo Senki
It was actually really surprising for me to run into and eventually watch Youjo Senki. This was due to several circumstances. First, at that time I actually did not use MAL and instead relied on the top charts of another website to decide on what anime I should watch next. This had many MANY flaws and one of them was that only the most popular anime are shown in the front page, as such, lesser known but good anime are hard to be seen. This was the case with Youjo Senki, and as a result I did not notice its existence. The second and third obstacles were with Youjo Senki itself. Despite being adapted from a popular(debatable) Light Novel in Japan, it was being produced by a new anime studio NUT(formed from former Madhouse employees) and has little to no coverage and popularity with the western anime watchers. As such, little is known about this anime and there were not many recommendations nor did it gain a lot of popularity when it first started out. Not only did Youjo Senki have an unimpressive background and fanbase, it also had a very plain and typical type of “packaging”. As you can see from the cover art above and synopsis below, it definitely doesn’t seem impressive on the outside:
Tanya Degurechaff is a young soldier infamous for predatorial-like ruthlessness and an uncanny, tactical aptitude, earning her the nickname of the “Devil of the Rhine.” Underneath her innocuous appearance, however, lies the soul of a man who challenged Being X, the self-proclaimed God, to a battle of wits—which resulted in him being reincarnated as a little girl into a world of magical warfare. Hellbent on defiance, Tanya resolves to ascend the ranks of her country’s military as it slowly plunges into world war, with only Being X proving to be the strongest obstacle in recreating the peaceful life she once knew. But her perceptive actions and combat initiative have an unintended side effect: propelling the mighty Empire into becoming one of the most powerful nations in mankind’s history.
In fact, to me, it seemed like your typical lolibait anime which uses a loli MC and some lewd scenes to attract attention. Thus, even though I saw the anime once, I did not think much of it and didn’t try it out.
However, 4 weeks after Youjo Senki came out, when it was on episode 4, I happened to spot it on the top charts. I decided to take a look at what made this anime popular all of a sudden and went into the first episode not expecting much. And that is how I got into Youjo Senki. Continue reading “Anime afterthoughts: Youjo Senki”