Now you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, maggot?
“Today, you people are no longer maggots. Today, you are Marines. You’re part of a brotherhood. From now on until the day you die, wherever you are, every Marine is your brother. Most of you will go to Vietnam. Some of you will not come back. But always remember this: Marines die. That’s what we’re here for. But the Marine Corps lives forever. And that means YOU live forever.”
-Gun. Sgt. Hartman, Full Metal Jacket (1987)
You’re the saddest bunch I ever met,
But you can bet before we’re through,
Mister, I’ll make a man out of you.
I don’t understand, where did I go right?
Well, Tanya has made her bed, and now she’s got to lie in it. And that means assembling a battalion team that will follow her into battle and that won’t get her killed! But like everyone who has to drudge through a task that they’d really rather not do, Tanya takes every opportunity she can to either slow things down, or to gum up the works. It’s fascinating to watch her brand of self-sabotage, because it’s in an entirely different vein that what you would usually see. Rather than slapstick antics that would usually accompany this usual plotline, we have her playing things rather seriously.
I’m not sure what Tanya thought would happen when she saved that man’s life, but again, while the effect for us was obvious, it again somehow went completely over our little loli’s head. Tanya ran the meanest, most radical training program her military/businessman mind could muster, pushing everyone and everything to the limits of insanity and beyond. However, despite all that, it all ended up backfiring on her, as she comes to find out that the Imperial soldiers of not-Germany are made of sterner stuff than she thought. No, rather than sabotaging herself and running off all her candidates, Tanya instead gains their respect and fear and turns them indeed into an elite fighting force that would make many a nation proud.
Who knew being in the army could be this dangerous?
As you can see from my opening quote, Tanya basically plagiarized Sgt. Hartman for her inspirational speech. T. must have been a pretty big fan of the movie to have memorized it so well, which is surprising actually. I had gotten the impression that T. was quite the workaholic, who probably would have time or an inclination for such pleasures as “movies”.
This isn’t the first anime series to employ Full Metal Jacket into it military training scenes, but it is one of the most faithful I have seen in directly lifting quotes. I guess Tanya can get away with here though since that movie hasn’t been made yet in this universe. Though the writer in me prickles at the fact that this world’s Kubrick might get accused of “stealing” from Tanya.
Ask not, what your country can do for you! But what together you can do, for this loli!
You’re a spineless, pale, pathetic lot,
And you haven’t got a clue.
Somehow I’ll make a man out of you.
With the weak being turned into men, and training going well, it was only a matter of time before someone comes a’ calling as HQ has been quite patient with Tanya and now wish to see results. Seeing Rerugen again, he in interestingly subdued here, especially after what we saw last episode. He seems to be the only one of our high command officers who is concerned about Tanya’s obviously evil nature, and so it’s interesting seeing them go head to head for really the first time. Tanya has seemed to mellow out a bit since her early days, but I am glad to see that there is at least someone watching her with a slightly better moral compass. So when you see the two of them together in the same room, you can both feel and see the tension building between them. The two have had very little physical time together, and yet the first impression that each had on the other, lingers like a rotten stench. A “good opinion once lost, is lost forever” they say…
Both Tanya and Rerugen are similar in that they are smart, meticulous, organized, and have both a calm, unpulsed business side, but also an impatient, emotional one as well, especially when faced with something difficult that they personally believe should be a no-brainer. When the two clash, it becomes a battle of who can keep their emotions in check the best, and as of right now, that is unfortunately a fight that Rerugen is losing.
The man ends up having the feel of an antagonist even though I have to support his rightfully suspicious and fearful nature towards Tanya. The clash between the two of them ends up giving an unsettling feeling that there’s more to this than what’s on the surface, and it’s a feeling that doesn’t go away even after the two part ways.
Time is racing toward us till the Huns arrive…
Look, I’ve run out of inspirational speeches guys…this isn’t easy, ya know.
When we get to their first mission in the Duchy of not-Romania, our lovely psycho Tanya greets us with one of the most important factors of both world wars: that they completely changed the way wars had been fought previously, and ushered in the modern era of warfare. Like its real life WWI twin, Dakia is hopelessly archaic and obsolete in terms of their battlefield techniques and war tactics. This causes them to be much more of a liability to anyone they are allied and you just can’t help but feel bad for them, as our new strike group basically massacres them.
I think the odds were ever in our favor.
Tanya actually can’t believe how out of date Dakia is. Still utilizing mostly Napoleonic battlefield strategy, and cavalry tactics, not a single mage or even aircraft being employed. Even their communiques seem to be stuck back in the early 19th Century, being sent back and forth without thinking it necessary to perhaps use a bit of encryption in case someone else is listening. It’s so completely astonishing that both she and the audience are almost positive that there must be some kind of trap. I honestly did wait and wait and wait to see if Dakia was playing some gambit in order to lure in the not-German forces. They can’t be that out of touch with the rest of their contemporaries and still somehow be a working nation! But indeed they can and they have, and our birthday girl get a “flawless victory” mortal kombat style for her new strike team, on their very first time out! Complete with an amazing ( and morbidly funny) fireworks display, courtesy of the Dakia capital.
Alright, who was out of sync? Was it you, Jean? Come on, fess up!
Not bad for a rushed experimental rapid-response team that got put together in 1/24th the time with a leader who had 0/24th interest in the job…
You must be swift as a coursing river,
With all the force of a great typhoon,
With all the strength of a raging fire,
Mysterious as the dark side of the moon.
Now how’s that for a halftime show?
Yep, It’s just me this time, but don’t worry, you’ll see Sky soon enough. In terms of the episode, I’m liking the team so far. I haven’t learned any of their names yet, though at least two or three have made themselves stand out enough that I feel they will be more important characters as the series continues and I will eventually learn them. This episode was probably the most standard of the series so far. It’s a “boot camp” episode for half, and then some action that comes in later. We got introduced to another not-European country this time though they didn’t last very long. You have to wonder why HQ felt it necessary to send them there? They must have known already how ill-prepared and equipped Dakia was. For as little threat as they were, why send your best new team, especially since there were other forces in the area? I smell more to this than what meets the eye and I’m interested in finding out what that is.
One things I found interesting in the later part of the episode was that T./Tanya was always a “rulebook follower” her mantra was constantly to stick to the rules in any and everything. However here, she chastises one of her men who follows the rules so much, to the degree that he’s applying a rule to a situation that no longer requires it simply because “that’s what you’re supposed to do”. I like that Tanya can recognize the need to adapt and when you can do so. I’m not sure if that’s something she’s learned along the way or something that was always apart of her, but I’m just glad to see that she HAS. Next time, we’ll have to see if the fight is as easy next time, as it was this time around. Somehow, I doubt it…
Yeah, I’m 11. So?