Youjo Senki – 03
OP: 「JINGO JUNGLE」 by MYTH & ROID
「神がそれを望まれる」 (Kami ga sore o nozomareru)
“Deus lo Vult”
Introductions continue apace as Youjo Senki fills in the remaining backstory gaps this week, although with a more sinister, antagonistic tone. This week is all about the forced conversions, where God makes another appearance in the name of instilling some faith in our atheistic salaryman. The emerging fight between Tanya and God is quickly becoming my favourite part of this show, buoyed—as discussed last episode—by the changes made to Tanya’s meetings with the omnipotent individual. There is no face to face meeting with Grecian god figures or ascendant Buddhists, just a freeze in time and some choice words for our little loli. It adds a degree of power and fear lacking in the source material by showing God to truly be beyond all understanding.
What particularly helps the burgeoning spat too is how personal it is becoming. God apparently never got the memo that forcing someone to pray will likely not encourage them to believe. Yeah you might get a prayer or two, but don’t expect any serious instilment of faith—unless you’re apparently a mad scientist with visions of grandeur. God’s deliberate focus on Tanya is also anime-original, as God never took a personal interest in Tanya in the source, and made the computation jewel function there mostly because of coincidence rather than deliberation. The emotional shift works here though because of that hefty bit of irony coming from God calling the computation’s device “success” a miracle. Either this guy is truly too ignorant to realize the semantic difference between miracles and curses, or we have one hilariously talented troll on our hands. Either way is equally disturbing, but both alone irritate the hell of Tanya and get her wanting explicit revenge against our faceless God. I cannot wait for the next inevitable meeting between the two.
Tanya of course remains devoted to her path of easy living, regardless of God’s new obstacles. While I had a chuckle at trying to downplay her excitement for receiving that training/R&D role, I definitely got a kick out of that chat regarding Viktoriya’s recommendation. Making Tanya appear caring and human indeed, which while fitting with the persona, is only half the explanation. Viktoriya clearly possesses a modicum of skill Tanya recognized, something which if nurtured could help grease the machine propelling Tanya to the top—it’s always good having friends in important places remember. Our salaryman is not a vindictive man after all, personal vendettas for him only sap resources away from the tasks at hand. A useful cog is something to be abused, as Viktoriya will likely discover the hard way.
Next Time: Murphy’s Law in Action
Although Tanya may be headed back to rear lines for training, don’t expect that to last for long. The Empire General Staff are in need of a rapid response unit, and some “mysterious person” just so happened to point Tanya’s file out to them. Our little loli is likely not long for the comforts of quiet nights and soft beds, the horrors of war demand their sacrifice.
Deus lo vult as seen here is grammatically incorrect Latin, it’s a Catalan lower class (i.e. non-ecclesiastical) corruption of the correct deus vult form. Edward Gibbon actually discusses this in Chapter LVIII of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
For the curious, Italian Red Devils are red-painted grenades used by the Italian army in World War 2. Their notoriety stems from the uncertainty of whether the one you’re holding will spontaneously blow up in your hand without warning.
Tanya’s nutcracker is hilarious when you remember Youjo Senki’s producers are Studio NUT.
Full-length images: 11.
ED: 「Los! Los! Los!」 by Tanya Degurechaff (Aoi Yuuki)