The beginning of episode seven threw me for a loop because I had totally forgotten who this Colonial Sioux was. At first I thought it was the man Tanya convinced out of the front lines, but of course the dialogue doesn’t match that in any way. Later- it’s revealed that this is the man who fought Tanya before she was sent to the rear echelon for the first time.
After Sioux is given some screen time we move to Tanya who is giving a presentation to members of the top brass that exhibits a way to win but prolongs the war. She gives the boys a harsh reality check and informs them that they will run out supplies if any offensive strike is performed now. This really upsets some bearded dude who calls Tanya a “bitch” before she is asked to leave the room.
What’s strange is how unnecessary this meeting was. Rerugen and Rudersdorf call Tanya to a private meeting where they discuss Tanya’s opinion on the war. Here Tanya figures out that the land campaigns are a diversion and that there is going to be a sea landing. She’s a smart cookie and that takes Rerugen by surprise, though it shouldn’t considering she is a proven genius.
Tanya’s battalion is sent to blow the cannons that are protecting the Fjord where the sea landing is planned. They have 30 minutes and are terribly successful. There is a bit where the man who first met Tanya exhibits hatred for her, but his life is swiftly ended by her uncaring hands.
After a successful takeover of the Fjord, the Empire moved to take the capital and the ending credits stated that the Entente Alliance was expected to surrender.
This leads us into episode eight where the Alliance has not surrendered, but is instead putting up quite a united front against the Empire. I do wonder why the Alliance chooses to fight a battle they are, based on the evidence presented to us, going to lose. Is it stubbornness or a misplaced sense of right of wrong?
In war, it’s typically frowned upon to attack civilian homes and towns. We see an example of this during Tanya and her battalion’s first outing when they attack a foreign city after first warning them of their approach. It’s the law. You cannot attack citizens without first warning them in some way so they can escape. Why take over a land if there are no people to rule?
Similarly, you can’t simply enter or bomb a town easily if your own citizens are still hulled up there. However, if you can prove that everyone in that town is or was an enemy- you can kill all those who theoretically oppose you within reason. This common, dirty tactic that is a thread between our and Tanya’s new world.
Tanya is informed that the rear has been compromised by a rebellion in a city with Alliance sympathizers. Losing such a valuable resource with food and ammunition will hit the Empire hard, and they wish to deal with the rebels accordingly.
The superiors inform Tanya that they are going to prepare an evacuation order and notify this city that anyone left there will be viewed as hostiles. This frees up any inhibitions a soldier would have fighting so close to civilians. Of course, this also mean that that all townspeople will be considered hostile. Even non-combatants.
This bothers one of Tanya’s soldiers to the point that he turns on her at the end of the episode after Tanya is given orders that essentially tell her to kill everyone that was left in the city as they flee to safety.
Not only does Tanya’s own battalion find this mission difficult, but the Alliance is horrified at the Empire’s destruction of their own city just to put down rebellion and save face. It’s a terrible comment on war efforts everywhere. How does hurting your own people help your own people?
It doesn’t. It only builds more dissent.
The end of this episode shows us that Tanya didn’t Colonel Sioux. He’s still alive and God apparently told him to kill Tanya. This is likely to instill not only new purpose to Sioux, but also new vigor into the Alliance’s effort.
Episode eight of Saga of Tanya becomes more of a commentary on war itself and the sacrifices men in high towers make without empathy. It’s a great addition to the series; however, considering the past few installments I do wonder where Being X has gone and when we will see more his plan. If Tanya suffers from anything, it’s from giving us too much Being X all at once because all most of us can think about is Being X and where he plays in every episode. It is a topic that I believe often distracts me from enjoying the show to the fullest.