On any other day I would have a lot to dislike about this episode. Absolutely no one—well, expect god-mode Anson—died, including the death flagged Grantz. Anson’s rampage was stopped short and quite underwhelming given the preceding events. And then there’s the noticeable lack of damage—barring a gunshot—to Tanya herself. I could criticize these points, but I won’t because that would remove the sh*t-eating grin plastered across my face. This week was unabashedly awesome. Period.
The aerial battle was arguably the best part, featuring some amazing animation (for Youjo Senki) and showcasing several delicious facial expressions. While the denouement made it seem a cakewalk, the tension was definitely tangible as our resident Terminator shotgunned men out the sky and had Tanya noticeably nervous for the first time. The cherry on top though was watching Anson bulldoze his way into Tanya’s personal space just to blow himself up, particularly when he came back alive not once, but twice. God may work in mysterious ways, but I think this case is an exception. Viktoriya especially deserves brownie points for being the one who actually saves the day, showing Tanya does have a blind spot or two.
What really made things here, however, was the battle’s aftermath. We had Paris peacefully occupied and yet more WW2 in the form of Dunkirk. The interesting bit though lies in the semantics of these events. The Republic noticeably only signed an armistice, which means an end to the fighting (and willingness to negotiate peace), not the state of war. This is why Tanya was freaking out, because it means the Republic can choose to resume the war at any time. The whole worry about that Brest evacuation? Critically important because it salvages the majority of the Republic’s remaining military strength and places it behind the protection of not-Britain’s navy. Unlike our world’s Free French who all but started with nothing, the Republic retains a solid foundation for striking back at the Empire whenever they desire. As Tanya despairingly noted, the armistice is but a prelude to a larger and longer war.
Particularly satisfying too was seeing Tanya actually break down when the realization sunk in. This I admit was just desserts, the first true “defeat” Tanya has ever experienced after a string of wild successes. The salesman loves the efficiency of rules and bureaucracy, but I have a suspicion he never expected these systems could actually work against him. Whether God had a hand or not in swaying the armistice orders, Tanya has quickly learned just how far advice gets absent of authority. How our little loli deals with this comeuppance will be very interesting indeed.
With the fighting largely over and only one episode remaining, it’s anyone’s guess how Youjo Senki will end next week. Considering Tanya’s attack was bluntly shut down, I couldn’t guess how she might respond, but you can be guaranteed a response is coming. Might not be as wild as disobeying orders, but our little loli won’t leave things unfinished. Not when her life of peaceful bliss is back on the line.