The time is UC 1926. The Imperial Army's 203rd Air Mage Battalion led by Major Tanya Degurechaff has won the battle to the south against the Republic's stragglers. They expected to be given a vacation after returning victorious, but instead receive special orders from Staff HQ as soon as they get home. They are told that there were signs of a large-scale deployment near the Empire-Federation border. Faced with the prospect of a new major enemy, the desperate Empire fans the flame of war. Meanwhile, an international volunteer army spearheaded by the Commonwealth set foot in Federation territory. As they say, the enemy of an enemy is your friend. They suffer through misfortune purely out of national interest, and among them is a young girl. She is Warrant Officer Mary Sue, and she takes up arms hoping to bring the Empire, who killed her father, to justice.
Source: Fathom Events
This anime continues to surprise me. The series itself was good and unique in the way the show got better with every episode. This movie is more of the same. Tanya meets her fellow mega magic rival, Mary Sue. Mary Sue comes off as insane as her screwed up origins. She wants revenge for a murderous father who invaded a peaceful neighbor and a tried to kill a little girl on a training scouting mission. If this is supposed to set up for a good guy counterpart to Tanya, it fails miserably. Good guys don't go starting wars; invading nations; or trying to murder children and if he was supposed to be an ideal loyal soldier? Mary's father fails at that too. What soldier would become so Ahab obsessed with one opponent who outfought them in battle just to survive? While the movie was great and had awesome fight scenes especially between the two rivals and secondary between Viktoria and a enemy commander, there were a few things that could have been better. One of my complaints is with the WWF style posturing during one of the fights to the death. It was unrealistic and made one of the fighters looks unnecessarily weak to their rival. It kind of defeats rivalry if one has time to flaunt it after their fight without making sure if final victory. The absence of an appearance by "being x" was noticeable. The end that foreshadowed another season may have been the best part and once again it's the result of Tanya trying to do one thing but getting sucked into another like the tool of being x acting as a puppet master. This movie more than the show does give a strong impression of how good her and her elite troops are which really makes the movie shine. It's sadly realistic albeit somewhat comical how some people see themselves as good such as the allied and federation leaders no matter how much bad they do. Overall a great movie truly carrying on quite justly the continuing story of Tanya.
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