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Youjo Senki Episode 9: No one expects the potato


Well, this episode certainly makes it seem like we're heading into the final battle. What better way to do it than launching our main characters into the middle of enemy territory in a missile, right? Anyway, still got plenty of time for the operation to go wrong, a cameo from our recurring villain guy, and some more Being X trolling. Should be fun, right?

I'm curious whether the series actually reaches a resolution. We could get the standard "this is only the beginning" ending, an ending where the war is over but Tanya still has more turmoil ahead before "defeating" Being X, or just a nice, satisfying resolution to everything. Is it sad that I've been conditioned to think that last option is ridiculous?

Oh yeah...I totally remember this guy. Also, telling Tanya stuff is always safe, right?

Pretty deep, dude. I should probably hold my criticism of this discussion because, as they say, it's the first time they're dealing with a world-scale war.

Something I've been wondering for a while now is whether the shields the mages use are constantly on or activated when needed. It feels like most situations where they are used are ones where it would be impossible to react in time, which means they're likely just active in general. If that's the case, though, then it makes their situation significantly less dire than that of most soldiers. Would be nice to get a brief explanation on that one, but maybe that's just me.

You mean the human faces he uses to talk or the nutcracker?

Hasn't this girl learned not to try and see Tanya's actions in a positive light?

Stand back! He's going to try science!

Apparently V1 missiles were a WWII technology. Truly a blessed message from Being X, huh?

Spoken like a good engineer. Control? We don't need control! Just go straight at them!

I guess this means they're taking the bait?

So no pressure or anything.

Wait...that's your end game, Tanya?

Yeah, that's the voice I would use when reading that letter too.


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  • counteryou

    March 12, 2017, 1:32 a.m.

    The shields the mages use has two modes. With the passive mode, it can avoid 12.7mm bullets. With the active mode, it can bear one or two 40mm shells.
    Tanya's Type 95 is extraordinary and can bear a direct hit of 120mm shell if use all the output on defense.

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    marthaurion

    March 12, 2017, 7:23 a.m.

    you see...this is exactly what i wanted to know from the series

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    fantasy-magician

    March 26, 2017, 4:48 a.m.

    This is the problem with new world series kind... some 'term' just not introduced properly and viewer is expected to read original source...
    Counteryou already answered your question, but to give better information... Mage in Youjo Senki universe is like a computer in human body, in a sense it can be said they're the next step of human evolution. According to light novel, mage have superior mind not in term of intelligence but stronger mentality and their brain can multitask better. Tanya is especially good at this, because at some point in LN she works in three different paperwork in the same time using this.
    This is also how Mage can deploy multiple spells when on air apparently, with their flight and barrier spell as the main ones.
    So the 'shell' or rather barrier spell mage deploy as Counteryou said have two types, passive and active.
    The passive could be used indefinitely as long as they have enough energy, good enough to block small calibre bullets, shockwaves.
    The actives ones is more complicated, and while Counteryou's explanation isn't wrong... this is more like adding 'thicker layer' to specific part of their existing shell. It's stronger than the passive ones, can withstand machine gun fire at least but the power is relative to the mage's skill. Tanya off course can survive even artillery shell barrage if she put her all...
    Hope the info helps, we will update the wiki too to help new fans of this series.

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    marthaurion

    March 26, 2017, 6:26 a.m.

    yeah, that's really interesting. the use of extra brain power probably explains tanya's proficiency as well, since she is technically born with an adult brain (physically questionable, but within reason in a magical world).

    i still question the reaction speed of some of the shield activations, but that really does explain a lot. i wish the show would give me information like that...it's frustrating to be forced to know the original material when the information feels important.

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    fantasy-magician

    March 26, 2017, 7:15 a.m.

    Glad, my explanation helps. ..

    Reaction speed of some of the shield activations.
    re: As I said, the passive one is continuously active and only seen when an attack hit them.
    But FYI, there ARE some buff/doping spell that gives mages boost in reaction speed... in anime it's not shown but Tanya buff herself before fighting her first real battle in EP 2

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    marthaurion

    March 26, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

    that makes sense. i kinda assumed there'd be something like that. i think part of me thought that some of the reactions to stronger shots seemed too quick, but i admit that's going off a gut feel. id have to go back through and check again now that you've explained all of these shielding mechanics

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    fantasy-magician

    March 26, 2017, 9:59 a.m.

    Another interesting trivia about mage in Youjo Senki universe, that they're given preferential treatment to an extent in army like... they would be treated first for injury and more food portion. Though... the reason is practical, as they're scarce human resource and 'obligated' to eat high calorie food that in Tanya's description comparable to overeating in peace period.
    Which explain the EP 01 comment on, you have to eat even if you're too tired to eat. It seems because of their magic, the mages burn calorie like crazy...

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    marthaurion

    March 26, 2017, 1:14 p.m.

    yeah, that makes sense. again, too bad that didnt make it in. that's fun to know.

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