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What would an ultra-rational Japanese salaryman do if he was reborn as a girl in a world where magic was real? Obviously, become the Empire's most feared magic soldier, while climbing the army career ladder at the ripe old age of nine. The only things standing in Tanya Degurechaff's way are a world war and maybe a supernatural being or two. But Tanya isn't about to let art What would an ultra-rational Japanese salaryman do if he was reborn as a girl in a world where magic was real? Obviously, become the Empire's most feared magic soldier, while climbing the army career ladder at the ripe old age of nine. The only things standing in Tanya Degurechaff's way are a world war and maybe a supernatural being or two. But Tanya isn't about to let artillery shells or deadly spells stop her when a cushy desk job is calling!


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What would an ultra-rational Japanese salaryman do if he was reborn as a girl in a world where magic was real? Obviously, become the Empire's most feared magic soldier, while climbing the army career ladder at the ripe old age of nine. The only things standing in Tanya Degurechaff's way are a world war and maybe a supernatural being or two. But Tanya isn't about to let art What would an ultra-rational Japanese salaryman do if he was reborn as a girl in a world where magic was real? Obviously, become the Empire's most feared magic soldier, while climbing the army career ladder at the ripe old age of nine. The only things standing in Tanya Degurechaff's way are a world war and maybe a supernatural being or two. But Tanya isn't about to let artillery shells or deadly spells stop her when a cushy desk job is calling!

30 review for The Saga of Tanya the Evil, Vol. 1

  1. 4 out of 5

    Selena

    Not my thing. Not my thing at all. The Saga of Tanya the Evil is the story of a salaryman who is punished by God for not believing hard enough in him (even though he's Japanese and probably a combination of Buddhist and Shintoist?) by being put in the body of a girl soldier in a WWII-esque empire that is in constant war. Info dumps and scheming by the gods (this time plural) ensues. This manga so far is half info dump, part war story, and part scheming gods. Pages are devoted to describing militar Not my thing. Not my thing at all. The Saga of Tanya the Evil is the story of a salaryman who is punished by God for not believing hard enough in him (even though he's Japanese and probably a combination of Buddhist and Shintoist?) by being put in the body of a girl soldier in a WWII-esque empire that is in constant war. Info dumps and scheming by the gods (this time plural) ensues. This manga so far is half info dump, part war story, and part scheming gods. Pages are devoted to describing military maneuvers and war fronts and magical technology. It doesn't flow well and results in a lot of standstills. Despite all the info-dumping, though, there's almost zero world building. The things I would have liked to have time spent on, like Tanya's childhood, is explained in one panel. "How'd I get here? I apparently have an aptitude for magical power. Next." Nothing about his/her training, nothing about his/her childhood in this strange world with the knowledge of a 30-something dude from modern day Japan. Not much time is spent on the characters. We get a decent idea of Tanya as someone trying to get out from under the thumb of the gods out of spite more than anything and just trying to not die. (S)he's resourceful and knows a surprising amount about history in our world and trying to use those info dumps to his/her advantage. Otherwise, I can't tell you a thing about him/her, any other character (they're mostly shot-term extras with names), nor the world at large beyond the fact child soldiers are okay. I guess it's a bit like WWII Germany and Russia mixed together, though with the distinct lack of details about the world, it's hard to tell. The thing I did like were the scheming gods. Not much is said about them, but the fact that they don't have any qualms with interfering with Tanya's life for their own benefit makes them surprisingly human. Even Christian God has a bit of humanity as He is exasperated with the fact no one seems to care about Him anymore (though why he takes out his anger on a Japanese guy who probably wouldn't be following Christianity if he practiced any religion at all is beyond me). I don't think this particular Isekai manga was for me. There's a light novel that this is based on, and maybe that's a little better paced, but I have not had a chance to read it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kaizaki

    This is like, the perfect manga

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tania

    I started reading this manga just because the protagonist and I share name, that's all. I also watched the anime and it was ok. Not an amazing thing, but not a boring one either. But I do have problems with the manga. It may be just me, but this former salaryman turned into a little girl just becuse he doesn't believe in god thing, makes me think that the autor o whoever wrote this does believe women are weaker. (and also has a thing for underaged-like characters, yikes). Anyway, just for the his I started reading this manga just because the protagonist and I share name, that's all. I also watched the anime and it was ok. Not an amazing thing, but not a boring one either. But I do have problems with the manga. It may be just me, but this former salaryman turned into a little girl just becuse he doesn't believe in god thing, makes me think that the autor o whoever wrote this does believe women are weaker. (and also has a thing for underaged-like characters, yikes). Anyway, just for the historical facts it's okey, but the plot isn't a brilliant one. There are a lot of plot holes that I understood just because I've already watched the anime, but if you're totally new to this I'm pretty sure you're gonna get confused.

  4. 4 out of 5

    N9erz

    Set in a Worl War I Setting the "Little" Tanya is a war hero there because of her magic powers. But originally she is a Business man from tokyo - transfered in the Body of a woman during war times. Maybe because he had some Kind of brawl with god... Sounds really weird and it is so. The Story didn't grip me and allthough there is some Kind of dark Humor Swinging through I didn't catch the vibe. Simply not my Cup of coffee - to Military, to historical, to weird and exaggerated. So many loose Ends t Set in a Worl War I Setting the "Little" Tanya is a war hero there because of her magic powers. But originally she is a Business man from tokyo - transfered in the Body of a woman during war times. Maybe because he had some Kind of brawl with god... Sounds really weird and it is so. The Story didn't grip me and allthough there is some Kind of dark Humor Swinging through I didn't catch the vibe. Simply not my Cup of coffee - to Military, to historical, to weird and exaggerated. So many loose Ends that don't really fit into one Story that feels whole.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    I went into this after watching the anime adaptation, which turned out to be a good thing. The opening sequence of the anime is handled significantly better than it is in the manga--to the extent that, if I weren't familiar with the basic material already, I might not have pushed through that part. I don't want to do an entire review by way of comparison (especially since the manga is handling most other parts of the story better than the anime), so I'll summarize my issues with the beginning, t I went into this after watching the anime adaptation, which turned out to be a good thing. The opening sequence of the anime is handled significantly better than it is in the manga--to the extent that, if I weren't familiar with the basic material already, I might not have pushed through that part. I don't want to do an entire review by way of comparison (especially since the manga is handling most other parts of the story better than the anime), so I'll summarize my issues with the beginning, then be done with it. Simply put, the beginning of the manga feels rushed. It's like the author said, "Okay, you know this is an isekai--let's just get this guy to the other world, already." The back and forth between the protagonist and Being X is almost perfunctory in its brevity, whereas in the anime it felt a bit more ominous in how the protagonist's situation was drawn out, right before his death. Also, you never see Being X in the anime, leaving open the question of whether it really is the Abrahamic god it claims to be, or not. Here, it's very clearly a giant, old, bearded white dude, and putting a face to it makes it somehow less imposing. That aside, the rest of this is really quite good. It takes awhile for Tanya to realize that Being X is still actively meddling in her fate, which makes her overconfidence and false sense of security at times seem more believable. Once she makes the connection, there's a subtle shift in her approach to her situation, away from prestige above all and toward establishing safety for herself first. I look forward to seeing how further interference from Being X will change her actions as the story goes on--because I've seen how the anime ends, and I really want to see how Tanya goes about executing her plan. But I'm getting ahead of myself. This volume sets the stage nicely for the tale of a very unorthodox protagonist. Tanya starts out in the same mindset she had when she was a businessman in our world: rise up the hierarchy of society until you get to a comfortable position. But as the war rages on, she's gradually realizing she's in over her head, and I don't think it'll be long before true desperation starts setting in. I can't wait to see Tanya start prevailing against ever-longer odds. And the war, itself, is presented in exhaustive detail, from maps of troop maneuvers, to definitions of strategic terms, to combat and training exercises. I could see some finding it a bit dry, but I thought it was interesting. One thing that I'm not sure I liked as much is the depiction of the gods. I mentioned Being X above, but...I don't want to exactly spoil this, but let's say Being X isn't alone up there. It presents a muddled cosmology, but also the potential for things to get even more complicated for Tanya as the story unfolds.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Gordon

    I never knew about this Tanya the Evil stuff until the Fathom Events movie last month. I love anime, so I decided to give it a go. I really liked the movie, so I decided to pick up the manga. I'm now working on book 2. Personally, I don't think Tanya is evil. Not very nice, really, but you can't blame her for her resistance to Being X and the other gods playing with human lives like chess pieces. As an atheist, I'd probably get my back up too if I discovered that gods existed and they they just I never knew about this Tanya the Evil stuff until the Fathom Events movie last month. I love anime, so I decided to give it a go. I really liked the movie, so I decided to pick up the manga. I'm now working on book 2. Personally, I don't think Tanya is evil. Not very nice, really, but you can't blame her for her resistance to Being X and the other gods playing with human lives like chess pieces. As an atheist, I'd probably get my back up too if I discovered that gods existed and they they just jerked people's chains all day! Although I know the whole thing is tongue-in-cheek, I have to say I got a little annoyed at one page in the first book. Tanya is saying that she learned from her previous lifetime that you shouldn't blindly trust humanism because it led to several well-known genocides. Sorry, but those genocides had nothing to do with humanism. That's an old religious apologist's trick to make atheism look like it's as responsible for wars in the world as religions have been. Not even close. But I digress. These are totally fun books about a really whacked-out world that has shades of our own, except it's magic, and intriguing characters that you can't help but love, even if they're (somewhat) evil!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Desde el primer capítulo no me gustó. Y que quedé claro que a mi el anime y la novela me encantaron. El problema con el manga es que al ser una adaptación de tremenda novela (es larga para ser una light novel, si tiene acción pero lo principal son las explicaciones y los diálogos, y pasan un montón de cosas solo en el primer volumen) tiene que condensar muchos sucesos y luego necesita muchos cuadros de dialogo. Lo cual no es malo, pero a mi gusto deja mucho de fuera y al pasar por los eventos de Desde el primer capítulo no me gustó. Y que quedé claro que a mi el anime y la novela me encantaron. El problema con el manga es que al ser una adaptación de tremenda novela (es larga para ser una light novel, si tiene acción pero lo principal son las explicaciones y los diálogos, y pasan un montón de cosas solo en el primer volumen) tiene que condensar muchos sucesos y luego necesita muchos cuadros de dialogo. Lo cual no es malo, pero a mi gusto deja mucho de fuera y al pasar por los eventos de la novela en pocos capítulos, pues como que uno no puede ni digerirlos cuando ya estamos en otro asunto. Por esto mismo, se pierde mucho de la lógica que utiliza Tanya (la cual me encantaba leer en la novela) y esto es mi mayor problema con esta adaptación. En conclusión, para mi esta es una historia que vale la pena digerirse paso a paso, y la novela la presenta de forma magistral. Si alguien prefiere una adaptación más dinámica para eso esta el anime. El manga es, en mi opinión, un extra pasable sin pérdida.

  8. 5 out of 5

    L. Luck

    I am pretty iffy on this series from this first volume. It has some interest, but many aspects are not developed/explained well (and there is a lot of explaining) and may be worrying later on. An expansionist, German-style nation at war with neighboring nation in a story called Tanya the Evil is concerning. If they have the war crimes and despicable historical events making a return in some tangible fashion, then it's troubling to hear it from the perspective of Tanya, someone who, even if we do I am pretty iffy on this series from this first volume. It has some interest, but many aspects are not developed/explained well (and there is a lot of explaining) and may be worrying later on. An expansionist, German-style nation at war with neighboring nation in a story called Tanya the Evil is concerning. If they have the war crimes and despicable historical events making a return in some tangible fashion, then it's troubling to hear it from the perspective of Tanya, someone who, even if we don't try to, we sympathize with. But if they don't have the atrocities, then it's revisionist. A Germany that's war-hungry and expansionist, but not inherently evil is not a good thing to have. Where this story is going to go concerns me. And I am sure that the protagonist being a little girl in a war won't be unabused. I am continuing on in the series, but with extreme caution. I am reading for the interesting character study, not a rundown of the evils of war and humanity. If I wanted that, I'd read the millions of other nonfiction war stories. 3☆

  9. 5 out of 5

    Zemmiphobe

    2.6 I got this book for title because I am a firm follower of sagas in general and the name Tanya in particular. When I read about it, I thought the concept of a business man being reincarnated into a girl sounded pretty interesting and the fact that she becomes a higher ranking military officer at 9 sounded kind of kick ass. Overall the follow through on the story was a bit lacking. The concept was pretty complicated and the story and explanation failed to live up to it. The artwork also added t 2.6 I got this book for title because I am a firm follower of sagas in general and the name Tanya in particular. When I read about it, I thought the concept of a business man being reincarnated into a girl sounded pretty interesting and the fact that she becomes a higher ranking military officer at 9 sounded kind of kick ass. Overall the follow through on the story was a bit lacking. The concept was pretty complicated and the story and explanation failed to live up to it. The artwork also added to the confusion. It was a dark (wartime/battle) setting done in black ink. It made a lot of black on the page and not the easiest to make out. The highlight of the book were its random historical military facts and the humor of trying to maintain a particular professional image just to have everyone misunderstand who you truly are. I would read further if I could come across them free (library/friend) but I didn't like the first volume enough to buy the second.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashe Catlin

    A douchebag business man ends up in the presence of God, God doesn’t like doubebags so he turns him into a girl and throws him into a war. There are some great moments in this, the problem is all the good stuff is at the beginning. After it gets pasts the first 2 chapters it just recycling jokes, like he’s my boss got to look intimidating and the gods being puzzled as why we don’t worship them anymore. I do love how nonchalantly god introduces himself as the creator and the first time Tanya goes A douchebag business man ends up in the presence of God, God doesn’t like doubebags so he turns him into a girl and throws him into a war. There are some great moments in this, the problem is all the good stuff is at the beginning. After it gets pasts the first 2 chapters it just recycling jokes, like he’s my boss got to look intimidating and the gods being puzzled as why we don’t worship them anymore. I do love how nonchalantly god introduces himself as the creator and the first time Tanya goes nuts in battle. The splash pages of her face when she goes crazy are fun, aside from that everything is kind of shall you don’t get to really know anyone. Mixing magic with war is an interesting idea as it’s not used in a fantasy type of way, it does get used for a cop out. (view spoiler)[Early on Tanya self-destructs but you see later it just blew off her clothes, it killed everyone around her but she’s fine just naked. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Darjeeling

    This might be the edgiest comic I have ever read. The cute thing is it probably doesn't even come across as edgy if your Japanese, it just takes it's inspiration from history, like allot of fiction does and that's fine. I imagine the addition of the occult and religion is quite shocking to Americans, especially the way the book does it (They were freaked out by Harry Potter), but again, just adds a little extra zest. The Scene with the gods of the worlds major religions just standing around chat This might be the edgiest comic I have ever read. The cute thing is it probably doesn't even come across as edgy if your Japanese, it just takes it's inspiration from history, like allot of fiction does and that's fine. I imagine the addition of the occult and religion is quite shocking to Americans, especially the way the book does it (They were freaked out by Harry Potter), but again, just adds a little extra zest. The Scene with the gods of the worlds major religions just standing around chatting about mortals these days reminds me of Terry Pratchett. The author has also clearly done actual research on the history, politics and religion they are drawing inspiration from before writing this, and it is interesting to see the west through the lens of another culture. Cultural appropriation for the win.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Soobie's scared

    Non so cosa dire... L'ho comprato per la copertina. Non conoscevo né l'anime, né i romanzi. Così mi sono buttata nella lettura senza sapere cosa mi aspettasse. C'è Dio. O qualcuno che gli somiglia. Visto che gli umani non hanno più fede, tutte le divinità si mettono in testa di far tornare la fede agli uomini. E mettono in piedi un piano assurdo. Dall'altra parte c'è lei/lui: Tanya. Originariamente un impiegato giapponese, si ritrova nei panni di una ragazzina di nove anni alle prese con una guerra Non so cosa dire... L'ho comprato per la copertina. Non conoscevo né l'anime, né i romanzi. Così mi sono buttata nella lettura senza sapere cosa mi aspettasse. C'è Dio. O qualcuno che gli somiglia. Visto che gli umani non hanno più fede, tutte le divinità si mettono in testa di far tornare la fede agli uomini. E mettono in piedi un piano assurdo. Dall'altra parte c'è lei/lui: Tanya. Originariamente un impiegato giapponese, si ritrova nei panni di una ragazzina di nove anni alle prese con una guerra. Un mondo talmente assurdo che i bambini vanno in guerra e guidano plotoni. E gli adulti gli danno anche retta... Adesso leggo anche il secondo volume e poi deciderò. Troppa religione, però.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cheshire

    this series is about a Japanese salaryman who gets reincarnated as a little girl in a world war environment. the main character Tanya, is cast into a world war setting full of magical elements and a familiar past conflict. There is a dark setting and a character who is not surrounded by a harem of male or female sidekicks that pine for the central characters affection as most Isekai themed novels promote. Plus, the artwork is stunning and Tanya is definitely the anti-hero that the genre desperat this series is about a Japanese salaryman who gets reincarnated as a little girl in a world war environment. the main character Tanya, is cast into a world war setting full of magical elements and a familiar past conflict. There is a dark setting and a character who is not surrounded by a harem of male or female sidekicks that pine for the central characters affection as most Isekai themed novels promote. Plus, the artwork is stunning and Tanya is definitely the anti-hero that the genre desperately needs.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Pruitt

    I enjoy the parts told from Tanya's perspective but it keeps showing other officers talking about events that weren't shown making the book hard to follow at times. I read part of volume 2 and it does the same thing which makes me think the whole series is like this. Very confusing when these switches take place to catch up to what exactly has occurred and keeps the reader from knowing for what reason Tanya did some events. I enjoy the parts told from Tanya's perspective but it keeps showing other officers talking about events that weren't shown making the book hard to follow at times. I read part of volume 2 and it does the same thing which makes me think the whole series is like this. Very confusing when these switches take place to catch up to what exactly has occurred and keeps the reader from knowing for what reason Tanya did some events.

  15. 5 out of 5

    The Earls List

    What a fun and novel set up! Death and a chit chat with the creator! Oh and all the attitude is interesting I think “being x” is my favorite person but it’s only the first volume and it felt more like a back ground story then the real meaty part that is (hopefully) to come! The art is great with clean lines and even though she is small, Tanya be nothing less then fierce! Bring it on in volume 2!!!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Mumford

    I’d say closer to 3.5 than 3. Started reading after watching the anime. Interesting concept overall and I’m a history buff which the manga references and I was immediately hooked on another dimension’s version of WW1 but could’ve left the divine part out as it feels superfluous throughout the story.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Westen

    Over all not a bad series, but I'm still not entirely sure what to make of the concept of a middle-aged businessman being reincarnated into the body of a nine year old girl. Still a little weirded out by that. Over all not a bad series, but I'm still not entirely sure what to make of the concept of a middle-aged businessman being reincarnated into the body of a nine year old girl. Still a little weirded out by that.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Sporrer

    Der Anime hat einen gewissen Charme, der Manga leider nicht :s

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    3.5 -- Quirky and weird!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Wecker

    Great read I really enjoyed reading this. Having seen the anime first, it’s different enough to be enjoyable but still easily recognizable. Highly recommended

  21. 4 out of 5

    Thalia 'The Book Niffler'

    The manga is just too underrated and at least 2x times better than the anime (don't take me wrong loved the anime too) The manga is just too underrated and at least 2x times better than the anime (don't take me wrong loved the anime too)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I was bored from the very beginning. I think this just isn’t my kind of story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Severin Provance

    Took a while getting into it, but quite entertaining in the rhythm.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Six

    I enjoy the twist and the sense of humor.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Buren

    By far not as impressive as the light novels

  26. 4 out of 5

    S.Q. Eries

    In Summary If you like simple stories, Tanya the Evil is probably not the best choice. The main character has a complicated backstory, and the World War I-esque setting involves military strategy and politics. However, if you enjoy multifaceted stories and defiant personalities and you can tolerate some graphic violence, Tanya is worth a look. The Review Tanya the Evil is difficult to categorize. It’s got magic, World War I style wargames, and politics as well as reincarnation, dark humor, and a ki In Summary If you like simple stories, Tanya the Evil is probably not the best choice. The main character has a complicated backstory, and the World War I-esque setting involves military strategy and politics. However, if you enjoy multifaceted stories and defiant personalities and you can tolerate some graphic violence, Tanya is worth a look. The Review Tanya the Evil is difficult to categorize. It’s got magic, World War I style wargames, and politics as well as reincarnation, dark humor, and a kind of existential brawl with divine elements. That sounds like a real mishmash, but amazingly, it works to create a compelling story. The setting is an alternate World War I Germany, but the main character actually originates from our modern Japan. He’s a highly intelligent, ultra-rational salaryman who knows how to work the system to get what he wants. Unfortunately, he fails to account for the irrationality of emotion, which results in an untimely death. However, despite meeting God upon his demise, he refuses to acknowledge Him as such. So the Creator decides to instill faith in the faithless man by reincarnating him—memories intact—as a female in a war-torn world where everything he’s relied on doesn’t exist. As such, this first volume of Tanya winds up being a dense read. For those familiar with the anime, the manga provides more details on the strife brewing between the Empire and its neighbors, as well as the rationale for Tanya’s various military assignments. Because Tanya retains her Japanese salaryman memories, she often makes comparisons between her situations and similar examples from our world. For those unversed in world history, explanations of her references are inserted into the narrative, which is very handy for clarification but does slow down the pace. Interweaving in the midst of the complex setting are two storylines. The first is Tanya’s refusal to acknowledge God—or Being X, as she calls Him. Unlike the anime, where God creepily communicates to Tanya by possessing others, this representation is the Michaelangelo type, albeit one characterized by the worst stereotypes of the Creator. Also, God doesn’t act alone; in this version, there’s a consortium of divine beings at work to change the faithlessness of mankind. The second storyline is Tanya’s efforts to survive in her new world and attain her goal: a cushy desk job far from the front lines. Considering she’s essentially a conniving adult in a child’s body, she’s got a significant advantage, especially when it comes to combat and military strategy. However, just as when she was a salaryman, she often misreads emotions, and much of the humor comes from the contrast between Tanya’s thoughts and those of the people she’s trying to manipulate. Regarding illustrations, Tojo-sensei skillfully uses a range of styles to convey the narrative. Crisp maps and diagrams convey a broad view of the military theater. Political interactions between nations are depicted using cartoonish animal mascots. Combat scenes are gory, and Tanya’s crazed looks certainly convey the insanity and desperation of war. However, her frustrated expressions when her efforts to attain a cushy job get stymied are quite funny. Extras include first four pages in color. For more manga and book reviews, drop by my blog Keeping It In Canon!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  28. 4 out of 5

    NutterNort

  29. 4 out of 5

    Devil Gaming

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Brest

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