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The Saga of Tanya the Evil: the Movie

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The Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie
Directed byYutaka Uemura
Screenplay byKenta Ihara
Based onThe Saga of Tanya the Evil by Carlo Zen
Music byShûji Katayama
Production
company
NUT
Distributed byKadokawa Daiei Studio
Release date
January 8, 2019
Running time
115 minutes
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

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The Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie (劇場版 幼女戦記 Gekijouban Youjo Senki) is a 2019 Japanese animated fantasy action film based on the Saga of Tanya the Evil light novel series,[1] intended as a sequel to the anime series that aired in 2017.[2] It was released in Japan on January 8, 2019.[3] The cast and staff reprised their roles from the anime TV series.[1]

Plot[edit]

The plot of the film follows directly after the events of the last episode of the anime TV series.

The movie opens in a church, years after the war. Adelheid von Schugel, now a priest, explains to a churchgoer of his belief that the Empire was at war with the whole world because all the other nations feared it.

In the past, he 203rd Aerial Mage Battalion are on sortie in Africa against Free Republic forces. Initially, the Imperial forces appear to have lost the battle, but the 203rd helps the Imperial side gain a decisive tactical advantage by completely destroying the Free Republic's headquarters. As the battle draws to a close, Tanya announces triumphantly that the 203rd would return to the Empire for R&R, much to the pleasure of the 203rd's soldiers. However, upon their arrival in Empire, Zettour orders the 203rd to an immediate reconnaissance mission on the Empire's eastern border with the Russy Federation.

At the border, the 203rd covertly observe the movements of Federation forces, including the preparation of a long-range railway gun and the stockpiling of war materiel. However, just as the 203rd prepare to retreat, the railway cannon fires, and the 203rd receives radio messages from Strategic Headquarters warning that the Federation has declared war on the Empire. Following this, Tanya orders the 203rd to go on the offensive, and the entire enemy encampment is destroyed. After some consideration, Tanya proposes a direct attack on the Moscow, the capital city of the Federation, to which Weiss responds with shock. However, Tanya dismisses his worries and assures Weiss that Moscow's AA defence is so poor that a Cessna could be landed in the Red Square unmolested. Tanya silently expresses pleasure at the chance to disturb the Federation. Later, HQ authorises the attack.

Meanwhile, Warrant Officer Mary Sioux, who has enlisted in the US Army as an aerial mage, is on a train towards Moscow with other multinational military volunteers of the 42nd Flying Division. She writes a letter to her mother, sharing her experiences in recruit training, expressing that she is well, but misses her mother. She also mentions her goals for having joined the 42nd: to destroy the Empire which killed her father, Anton Sioux. Having arrived at Moscow, Mary's commanding officer Lieutenant Colonel William Drake, meets his uncle, who discloses to Drake of the various events within the Federation. Drake leads the 42nd towards their barracks.

Elsewhere in Moscow, the 203rd has arrived, and begins a devastating assault. Several 203rd soldiers express joy that the AA defences were as poor as Tanya had predicted. They use the attack as a means of recording propaganda footage. Loria, a member of the Federation's cabinet witnesses Tanya singing and becomes grossly infatuated with her.

The 42nd, who were conducting a training exercise, suffer casualties as a result of the attack. Mary, witnessing the 203rd playing Imperial music over Moscow, becomes agitated. She refuses orders from Drake and takes off to engage the 203rd, forcing the remaining members of the 42nd to also engage in battle. The 203rd experiences minimal losses; in contrast, the 42nd takes grievous losses. Mary becomes enraged after discovering that Tanya is carrying her father's rifle and engages Tanya in a duel, but is defeated. However, as Mary falls to the ground, a blinding light flares from her. Soon after, the 203rd retreats. Mary is found lying in a crater, gravely wounded. As she loses consciousness, her eyes turn yellow as she begs God for power to kill Tanya.

Late at night at Imperial East Border Temporary Camp 21, the 203rd and other Imperial soldiers celebrate their successes and become drunk. Some time after, the 203rd receives emergency orders to assist the 3rd and 22nd Divisions, who haven been encircled at Tiegenhoff. Tanya gleefully notes that retaking control of Tiegenhoff would allow the Empire access to a railway hub connecting all railway lines into the Federation. Later, the 203rd succeeds in defending Tiegenhoff, much to the delight of the encircled soldiers. Back in Moscow, Loria finds out about Tanya's presence at Tiegenhoff and advocates the use of massed manpower to capture the city, which is approved. Elsewhere, the 42nd prepares for battle at a Federation airfield, including a miraculously-recovered Mary.

The next day, the Federation begins a human wave attack on Tiegenhoff. The fight continues into the next day, with the arrival of the 42nd. Additionally, the Federation attempts to launch a bomber flight across Tiegenhoff, escorted by a massive number of fighters. Mary breaks off and duels Tanya in a rage, all while exhibiting her massive magical power. The 203rd successfully shoot down the bombers.

While Tanya duels Mary, she comes to the conclusion that Mary has been influenced by Being X, who granted Mary her power to pressure Tanya into worshipping it. Tanya fires off her strongest spell, but does not kill Mary. Mary incapacitates Tanya and violently assaults her, and then stares up at the statue of an angel in joy. Tanya then uses the opportunity to wound Mary, but before Mary is killed, Drake rescues the grievously wounded Mary. Drake receives a radio message from the 42nd, who has taken massive losses, that the Federation army is retreating. Later, while staring at the countless dead of the battle, Tanya monologues that her envisioned 'peaceful life' is unlikely to materialise due to Being X's meddling.

Ten days later, Tanya successfully convinces Strategic Headquarters to let her transfer to the rear for two months to do research on battle tactics. In a church, she expresses elation at having been removed from the frontline, and insults Being X.

Two months later, Tanya is informed by Zettour that she has now been given control of Salamander Kampfgruppe: a combined arms unit comprising artillery, infantry, armour and her own 203rd in order to investigate her own research on combined arms tactics at the frontlines. Tanya then expresses rage at Being X.

Cast[edit]

Character Japanese voice
Kurt von Rudersdorf Tesshō Genda
Matheus Johann Weiss Daiki Hamano
Pierre Michel de Lugo Takaya Hashi
Victoriya Ivanovna Serebryakov Saori Hayami
Rhiner Neumann Daichi Hayashi
Wilibald Koenig Jun Kasama
Vooren Grantz Yūsuke Kobayashi
Severin Bientot Ryokan Koyanagi
Erich von Rerugen Shin-ichiro Miki
Isaac Dustin Drake Binbin Takaoka
Adelheid von Schugel Nobuo Tobita
Mary Sioux Haruka Tomatsu
Tanya von Degurechaff Aoi Yūki
Hans von Zettour Hōchū Ōtsuka

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Saga of Tanya the Evil Light Novels Get Anime Film". Anime News Network. January 6, 2018. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  2. "Saga of Tanya the Evil Film Will Be A New Sequel to TV Anime". Anime News Network. January 7, 2018. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  3. Ressler, Karen (October 9, 2018). "Saga of Tanya the Evil Sequel Film Reveals 2nd Key Visual, February 8 Premiere". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 19, 2019.

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