「フィヨルドの攻防」 (Fiyorudo no koubou)
“The Battle of Fjord”
Who knew it took only a weeklong break for Youjo Senki to turn positively morbid. After leaving off with some hints towards a future rivalry with the not-Frenchman Anson Sue, this episode fulfills that teaser by giving us more, and then some. With a family sent overseas and an ominous Christmas present given by a loving daughter, Anson’s death flag was hanging pretty high from the start, although I didn’t expect him to fizzle out within 20 minutes. Given Youjo Senki’s lack of challenge for Tanya, I honestly hoped Anson would prove up to the task, if not by defeating the little loli at least giving her a decent thrashing. We had this initially too, with Anson going full terminator after glimpsing Tanya and providing some wonderful fireworks. Hell the invasion setup even allowed for some setback, given the scenario is based off of Germany’s 1940 invasion of the Oslo fjord. Sadly, however, I guess it wasn’t meant to be as Anson just as quickly found out this loli has no forgiveness.
What somewhat gets my hopes up for the future here is a clear front to Tanya is being formed. Anson’s sad death is the immediate indication, what between the literal Chekov’s gun and focus on the family members—notably the daughter—but it’s not the only one. Tanya herself is quietly assembling an array of scared and/or enraged individuals, united not so much by fear as by jealousy. The Northern Theater General Schreise is the obvious example thanks to Tanya’s ignorant contempt towards social niceties, but even men like Rudersdorf could prove a serious stumbling block. Tanya’s deduction of the naval landing for example clearly shocked Rudersdorf, as I expect he never pinned her a serious strategist—pint sized battlefield monster maybe, but not staff officer material. Rudersdorf could act to blunt Tanya’s ascension through the ranks if he deems her a threat to the lives of her subordinates, especially if her variety of discipline risks application to the average soldier. Furthermore the stark difference in intelligence Tanya shows could backfire spectacularly if allies deem her a threat to their careers, particularly if she continues along without a blemish to speak of. Strange to think of allies as potential enemies, but self-interest is a serious concern when power, prestige, and lives are on the line.
Also assisting in the buildup to the unknown are the hints dropped regarding the ever reliable Being X. Anson was the first mage here besides Tanya to noticeably pray when performing spells, and there’s nothing that states this God only finds time for bothering the little loli. Given how Tanya has lost the divine creator’s patience, I could actually see Him start giving “guidance” or advantageous luck to a few skilled individuals capable of humbling Tanya. Considering God is willing to move nations against Tanya’s blasphemy, I’d imagine helping an enemy leader or two is a plausible option should the opportunity present itself. With a few concerned allies and some obvious event flags, a true challenge may not be that far off. Just going to have to see what next week brings.
Considering the Operation Weserübung basis of the naval invasion, I’m guessing the main ship here is an fictionalized Admiral Hipper-class (likely based off the Blücher) while the others are Dresden-class.
Tanya may be socially ignorant, but she is right regarding command indulgence. I mentioned it before, but World War I staff officers were notorious for their living standards. For the Entente it took until the 1917 Nivelle offensive before such attitudes began changing in earnest.