「勝利への道」 (Shouri he no michi)
“Path to Victory”
I find it strange Youjo Senki has had a second delay in an episode’s translation—and one so close to the season’s end—but given how delicious this week came to be, I’m in a forgiving mood. Youjo Senki largely dispensed with the action and focused heavily on the strategic picture this time, one area guaranteed to turn me right on.
Part of the reason for me is how realistic the Empire’s plan was. Originally I found it strange how everything was bet on a mage rocket drop on the enemy headquarters. Normally you do not know the exact command location, and typically staff level command is positioned far in the rear beside a logistical hub (i.e. town/city) with decent defense. Destroying a high level HQ will also do nothing to disrupt the lower level commands critical for maintaining the front. The key was this attack was on the communications centre, not the true HQ. Communication hubs are more easily located—although Tanya’s personal failure showed how difficult it can still be—and destroying them will wreak unholy havoc on command hierarchy, especially in the nascent age of radio. This was an excellent bit of strategic display, but quickly became overshadowed by the actual offensive. I should not be all too surprised the 1940 Ardennes offensive popped up here given everything else so far, but it’s still nifty seeing this attack play out in WW1 conditions. Particularly fascinating too was starting it off with a tunnel detonation right out of the Somme and Vimy Ridge, literally ripping a hole in the Republican lines. How the Republic and now not-Britain respond to this attack will be incredibly interesting.
The other major development this week of course rests with our one-eyed Anson Sue, now fully back from the dead. Anson certainly has powered up a few levels, apparently transfixed on annihilating our little blondie to the detriment of all else. Given how quickly he dispatched Glantz—see, told you he would be the first—he certainly is a threat now, but it remains to be seen just how effective his god-powered form actually is. It’s already a given Tanya will defeat Anson (again) like any protagonist worth their salt, but I’ll be slightly irritated if it’s a cakewalk like before. Provided Glantz actually died, however, and a few more squad members bite the dust before Tanya finishes our flying Terminator off, I’ll be one happy camper, especially if Tanya herself has trouble finally putting him down.
With Youjo Senki now at the endgame, the only questions remaining are where this story will see us off, and whether the war will be over in time for
Christmas the end credits. Given the rumours about this show actually being a two cour affair and how far Youjo Senki has deviated from the light novels, lots of options exist for concluding this season. One thing you can be sure of though is that the final two episodes will be very entertaining.
Unlike rockets, the tanks here are not God-inspired. Besides seeing Panzer III Ausf. Js a good ~17 years early, the Republican commanders were well aware of tanks and mechanized infantry, indicating the concept existed before Tanya (and God) entered the picture.
John Bull for the curious is the personification of Great Britain, basically Britain’s version of Uncle Sam.