The Saga of Tanya the Evil
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Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher!
When the average Japanese salaryman is suddenly thrown into in a world wracked with warfare and hardship by a supernatural power, they might first think to hide or run away. But not Tanya Degurechaff. A calculating and utilitarian man has been reborn as a child soldier. This young girl will do anything to rise in rank and find a way to live a life of comfort, and woe to any king, country, or god who stands in her way.
First off, I really liked the art and the colour palette used for the colour pages, it was kind of gritty and lent it a vintage, WW2 air. Which of course fit very nicely with the story and the setting, which is kind of 30's, WW2 but alternate kind of thing!
Our MC was kind of a douche before he was reborn and he had it coming really, I'm not going to lie. But I have to say, I did really like Tanya as an MC, I was oddly rooting for her to get her revenge on Being X and the other characters she didn't like and so on. She made me chuckle, and her inner monologue was priceless. I absolutely loved how they showed her inner thoughts and then the inner thoughts of some of the characters she was talking to, and they completely didn't line up. It was freaking hilarious.
There's plenty of action and battles as well as strategy, plus helpful little boxes pop up informing you of what the different tactics and strategies are as well as other things mentioned throughout like historical battles and so on.
It's actually oddly humorous because Tanya keeps getting the opposite of what she wants and the Gods are genuinely, 100% messing with her. I'm so curious to see what things are going to be thrown at her next! Plus she just wants to chill out in the rear out of danger but keeps getting pulled into helping a mad scientist with his dangerous experiments and being thrown out on to the front line. She's like a vengeful, spitting cat, she really reminds me of the old witch woman from Emperor's New Groove when she's in cat form. That's Tanya exactly!
Tanya is totally psychotic and she does waffle a lot, this volume is establishing everything but towards the end a new character is introduced who could prove to be interesting. A fellow Tanya perhaps? The art is beautifully drawn though, particularly the backgrounds and the landscapes, and it's certainly an interesting take on the whole "Reborn in another world" trope. One of the more interesting ones so far. The only reason I gave this three stars instead of four was because I was a bit confused about who was on which side at the beginning, and there was just so much narrative at one point!