Youjo Senki – 03

That’s a wrap for WarLOLi! Thanks for Watching!

 “Quem deus vult perdere, prius dementat.”

-Boswell’s Johnson, 1783

If you don’t succeed the first time, try, try, and try again. That cuts for both our titular character and her antagonist.

Tanya would rather have a pint *…but there’s this law

Anything that can go wrong… (there are three links in the title above!)

…will go wrong. Well, it looks like things keep going up and down and down and up for our WarLOLi. To be sure, she has a glorious plan in mind, and in her shoes, wot with her capabilities, along with what we’ve been shown, I think most of us would probably pursue the same plan; get as comfy and as safe as possible away from the front with the war going on. She’s sly on the receiving end too, being careful not to overextend her hand. It wouldn’t do to have the higher-ups see that she intends to get as much gold as she can brick out of the situation. So with orders in hand to report for instruction school, with testing new tech in mind, you can probably see how she’s become quite pleased with herself. It’s better than the front, no matter what.

…glorious misunderstandings…or Tanyo vult…

But, as they say, life does happen when you’re busy making other plans, beautiful girl, and boy does this part of life have a beatin’ in mind. This is a great example of how much I’ve come to love the magic on display in this show. In the hands of mortals, it’s a facilitator, an edge, applied to technology for the most part, and is functional in such a mundane and mechanical way. Still, it’s just another level in play. It’s a remarkable contrast to the other form of magic/miracle we will see, but more on that in a bit. In as much as war pushes science and tech, it pushes magic and magitek, and lives pay the price one way or another, “The march of progress always has victims”.  Tanya folds into this larger world, but only in so much as it facilitates her next step, at least that is what she is hoping. But she wants out of this newfound danger; she clearly states she’d be better off at the front.…How does this even happen? Get clearance to leave because the tech is dangerous and stupid, but oh stick around and test it one more time before you go. Damn higher ups! Well that’s Deus vult for you I guess…

…careful what you wish for…

Deus ex Machina

Say your prayers…

So the Elenium Type-95 pretty much seems to be purpose built to have nothing but problems. It’s an alpha build for one thing and that’s always trouble, but more than that, it’s a plot driver. In this case it’s got one hell of a gremlin riding around with it. Hell? Heaven? For Tanya it’s academic, but for Being X it’s a matter of importance. In this regard and as we saw her do earlier, Tanya was careful not to overextend her hand. By contrast, I think Being X is overplaying. Because, so far X pretty much left Tanya alone for ten years, and given the track she was on, given the pitfalls of a nation at war, and her inwardly planned, functional on the outside but largely noncommittal nature to it, control would have fallen out of her hands sooner rather than later. Being X could have had her in the fold. But…that’s really underestimating her stubbornness, isn’t it, especially when it comes to the necessary faith Being X craves.

…she’s a clever one…

…and Being X might just be playing Tanya’s game, whether or not either one of them knows this – either at all or yet to know – I’m pinning Tanya as a schemer on many levels, there are some plans she’s not telling us about. But in another instance, I’m taking Being X as a story character, a god that needs human faith to keep it going, to validate itself, lower case g here. In that regard, symbolizing him here as a very simple machine, a nutcracker doll, – a pretty toy that in most cases isn’t even used to do the job it’s named for is apropos; I’ve used well built one’s to try to crack a nut, they’re codswallop. So, If Tanya sees miracles as misunderstandings, then Being X will make it clear, and clear-cut as it possibly can in this situation, god in the machine indeed, but in this case still a simple machine, as the mortal is dictating it be. As I said, Being X seems to need Tanya/T. far more…But despite that, her fortune in war so far is built on some toothless prayers So what effect does this have on the people around her, and indeed for the rapid response team being built? That looks like where she needs to keep her head…

Let Thine Will Be Done…

Somehow her natural smile is actually creepier than her slasher grin.

Well, what have we here? In the continued adventures of Tanya the Evil, Our salaryman, who I have taken to dubbing “T.” out of the fact that he is without a name, is chilling pretty nicely in his miniature female body, after having won that shiny silver medal. It seems that tiny 9 year-old girls on the front lines though, is not the image that the not-German Empire wants to show, so they have sent Tanya to work in the military R&D department. She of course could not be more happy as her greatest desire is to stay as far from the front lines as possible, find a cushy job and just stay in the background.

Of course, it doesn’t really turn out that way….

Ah, the fate of research assistant…glad to know that some things stay the same no matter what dimension.

Tanya actually jinxes herself when she decides to pull out “Murphy’s Law” in her conversation with Mad not-German Doctor #1,849. In fact, it is one of several times that our lead continues to curse herself throughout the episode through the her own words/thoughts, and you just know it will just keep on coming. LOL

Tanya is an interesting character in that while I don’t hate her, you also enjoy watching her plans get toppled again and again. We see her once again meeting with “Being X”, after once again jinxing herself by her own hubris. I actually didn’t expect him to make an appearance again so soon, but seeing him and Tanya go at it is rather hilarious. Seeing her sassing off and laying the disrespect on thick, all the while knowing that this isn’t a game she can win, is rather intriguing. “Being X” is exasperated with Tanya, but if he gave up that easily, what kind of divine being would he be? And it’s not like time or reality is a factor, so let’s let the beatdown begin. *snigger, snigger*

Umm, if you don’t stop following me, I swear I’m going to call the cops.

Anything that can go wrong… 

So, we get to the reason why Tanya prays every time she’s in battle, and find that it’s because of a miracle/blessing/curse that she was bestowed with during her R&D testing days. After having mouthed off once again to “Being X”, you knew she was in for it. His ominous “Oh I don’t know about that…” just put the biggest smirk on my face. And then we get to the final test, and to be honest, I have no problem with the scene whatsoever. If you really think about, this normally would have been the average or ideal situation when someone would have called out for help (a miracle if you will) from the divine, even if unintentional. And it would also be about the moment, t