This might be the hardest on the whole 30 day challenge! I don’t have just one favorite female anime character; I have 20. These include Haruhi (Ouran Highschool), Yuri (Angel Beats), Sayaka (Madoka Magica), Akane (Psycho-Pass), Satsuki (Kill la Kill), Tanya (Youjo Senki), Kino (Kino’s Journey 2003), Yuno (Mirai Nikki), Arturia (Fate series), Haruhi (Haruhi Suzumiya), Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena), Lain (Serial Experiments Lain), Shiki (Kara no Kyoukai), Sophita (Casshern Sins), and Kasuga/ Osaka (Azumanga Diaoh).
I love each of these characters with the same passion. Since I have to choose one, I’ll put a number on each and get a random number generator to pick. No, seriously. There are some really handy number generators if you Google it. And the number I got was 6. Going by order listed above, #6 would be… ooh, Tanya Degurechaff from Youjo Senki! Ok then, let me say a few words about Tanya and her anime.
When Youjo Senki was airing and in the preceeding months, I knew nobody else, IRL or online, who had ever heard of it. I watched it air and loved every minute of it. Now, a lot more people know about it because of Isekai Quartet, the crossover anime series of Spring 2019. It features characters from KonoSuba, Youjo Senki, Overlord, and Re:Zero. Thanks to that, a lot of people have watched Youjo Senki and now know all about Tanya Degurechaff.
Youjo Senki, which means little girl’s war chronicles, was given the english name Saga of Tanya the Evil. However, Tanya isn’t actually evil. She’s not a nice person, but she’s also not evil– especially not compared to the being she battles with, Sonzai X. I believe it’s mostly the religious west who view Tanya as evil since she is fighting with “god” (Sonzai X). Anyway, why do I love Tanya? Here are four reasons.
1. She is a Realist and Atheist
Unlike in America, where most of the college-educated class is still Christian, most college-education-level people in Japan are secular, which means they aren’t associated with a religion, and may be be agnostic or athiest. In Tanya’s past life, she was a Japanese man who was secular, and who worked rather robotically at his salaried business job. Unlike the majority of people, though, Tanya and the man she used to be took things a step further. They were die-hard free-thinkers and athiests, rational to the bone. I’m also a pronounced atheist, though not the type like Tanya who is that determined, bold, or bad-tempered. She is made to fit into negative sterotypes that westerners think are normal for atheists, and that’s a shame. But it’s still good for me to see a completely atheist character like Tanya represented in anime.
2. She is Courageous
Tanya is courageous. She complains and she gets afraid, just like a normal person. But in the end, she pulls through with her sheer ferocity and always comes up with meaningful results. Despite not being happy about fighting on the front lines, she fights hard anyway, and leads others. She keeps trying to find a way to outwit Sonzai X, even when it seems hopeless in the face of that being’s vast power and knowledge. Courage is a great character trait of Tanya. The little girl is mighty in battle partly because of her courage and partly because she is gifted with magic.
3. She Has Anger Issues
Just to be clear, I’m not saying that having anger issues is a positive quality. It’s really not. It’s a serious behavior problem for those experiencing the anger and those around them that are affected. I’m also not saying that anger issues are funny in reality. They are not. But this is just anime, so I think it’s alright for me to enjoy and laugh at Tanya’s rage problem. She is one angry anime bitch! And I love it! I love her passion. And the insane levels of anger and those ridiculous expressions she makes are just hilarious!
4. Her Dilemma is Interesting
As you finish watching Youjo Senki, you start to wonder where all this might be going. The world is in a dilemma because Tanya’s country– basically the equivalent of Germany– wants to expand their nation aggressively. That’s not the dilemma I’m talking about, though. I mean Tanya’s role in the war that is doubtlessly going to continue. Tanya knows this war, which is basically like WWI, isn’t good. She actually wants as little to do with it as possible.
Because of her talent for magic, she was put into the military at an early age. Her goal became living a simple and stable life, staying away from the fighting as much as possible. But the army– and Sonzai X– have other plans for Tanya. They both seem bent on making her fight on the front lines. They are steadily turning her into a little girl version of Hitler. If Sonzai X hadn’t given Tanya special powers, which she never asked for, she wouldn’t be as deadly on the battlefield and the army would need her less.
Tanya’s dilemma is that she has no choice but to keep propagating the war she knows is stupid. She has to keep fighting the evil Sonzai X, and she’s so mad at that being that she almost seems happy, in the last episode, to make war on the world. It’s possible she wants a war to end all wars. But in so doing, isn’t she becoming the puppet of Sonzai X, who she (rightfully) hates so much? It’s fascinating to me! I want to find out what happens next!
This has been Anime Rants’ Day 4 of the 30 Day Anime Challenge. I couldn’t choose a single favorite female character, so I just one out of 15 with a random number generator. That led me to picking Tanya for this post. And Tanya is frickin awesome! Be sure to put Youjo Senki on your watch list if you haven’t seen it yet!