Saga of Tanya the Evil follows Tanya von Degurechaff, a young girl in a quasi-world war 2 Germany who fights as a soldier.
Of course, in an anime nothing is ever that simple. Tanya is the reincarnation of a cold-hearted, atheist Japanese salaryman. Sentenced by ‘God’ or in Tanya’s word ‘Being X’ to live in this war torn land and fight as a mage in the army. The ultimate goal so it would seem, is to make Tanya a believer in the divine.
For the female version of the character, the one we see predominantly in the series, we get Monical Rial at the reins and she does a wonderful job. The cruelty, the insanity, and the pure cynicism of the character really come through in her performance. As the title character and the focus of many of the scenes, she has to carry a lot of the show herself and she handles this perfectly. For the male version of Tanya we see for a brief time at the beginning of episode two, Josh Grelle plays the role. Honestly, I wish we got to see more of male Tanya because those few minutes we spent with him in voice alone spoke volumes for what kind of personality this businessman had and his views on the world.
Since much of the anime is narrated by Tanya, the side cast often doesn’t get a lot of time to shine but the scenes they do have each actor perform very well. Jeannie Tirado plays the role of Viktoriya Ivanovna Serebryakov, a bright eyed young soldier who serves under Tanya perfectly. With a lightness to her voice that shows just how much of a greenhorn the character is, while still having a slightly battle torn edge to it. The rest of the cast is made up of the older gentleman at the capital and none of them have really done anything to stand out as characters yet, but each voice actor has done a wonderful job with what they’ve been given.
I’d like to comment on ‘God’/’Being X’s’ voice, however as of the time I’m writing this article the English VA has not been publicly announced.
Saga of Tanya the Evil is streaming now on Crunchyroll and Funimation. If you like a good alternate history, magic, or war stories but with an interesting twist, this anime is worth a look