Saga of Tanya the Evil
Story SynopsisOn the front line of the war, there's a little girl. Blond hair, blue eyes and porcelain white skin, she commands the army with lisping voice. Her name is Tanya Degurechaff. But in reality, she is one of Japan's most elite salarymen, reborn as a little girl after angering a mysterious being X who calls himself "God." And this little girl, who prioritize over anything else efficiency and her own career, will become the most dangerous being amongst the sorcerers of the imperial army...
- Author: Carlo Zen
- Illustrator: Shinobu Shinotsuki
- Publisher: Enterbrain (Japanese)
- Type: Light Nove
- Genre: Action, Fantasy, Gender Bender, Seinen, Mature, Psychological
- Rating: 4.7 / 5.0, 223 votes
- Status in COO: 7 LN Volumes (Ongoing)
- Completedly Translated: No
- Translator: Skythewood
- Licensed : Yes / Yen Press
Series Reviewsby fireutsie
This novel is good, if you love strategy, warfare, magic and world-war 1/2 settings. Then this novel is absolutely something for you.
As many other people pointed out, they didn't like the info dump as well as philosophy. But this is good in my opinion. I don't want a story where x and y do this, then they won with incredible odds and got tons of prestige from it. No, I want a detailed story where I can immerse myself in, knowing what different characters think and why they behave like that, as well as the necessary world-building. And even so, I think the info dump wasn't as bad as Mahouka where they literally went on for pages about how magic works.
All in all it's a good story, well written, and certainly enjoyable.
This is a story heavily influenced with deep philosophy about war and somewhat religion, the author theme is clear and concise, almost pragmatic. Though to be able to enjoy this the readers have to be accustomed on reading both academical and philosophical dissertations, actively engaging and questioning about the content that the author brought forth. If you're reading this series expecting it to be a regular narrative style, with more actions and dialogues then you probably won't be able to enjoy it.
The way the author write this series shows that he's doing a lot of research on the war as subject and a lot of contemplation to state his own opinion on war with the help of the characters in his story. Gladly he's creating believable characters each with their own philosophy so there are dynamic discussion/debate in reviewing a subject matter in the storyline.
Though maybe some people questioning "Why loli?", the author doesn't use it as a creepy fan service. It's instead used to juxtapose the contrasting concept of war and children/girl, it's to show how eerie it is when a child (a little girl at that) being dragged in a war as a soldier. It arises a lot of questionable issues; that even the characters in the story itself feels troubled about it.
It contains NONE of this:
- fan service. Despite the main character is a little girl the author never use her as fan service.
- "The enemies are evil and incompetent" The enemies have believable circumstances, not the comical incompetent enemies often depicted in Japanese light novels.
- "All of our allies are incompetent" Contrarily there are a lot of competent allies, most of them are intelectual. Usually side characters in Japanese light novels are depicted as dumb so the main character can be seen as intelectual, but in this series both side characters and main character are almost equal.
In conclusion, it's not the usual run of the mill light novel, it's a series mainly dissecting opinions and facts about war in an adult view point