Saga of Tanya the Evil sparks controversy in China

The Japanese website Record China recently reported that the anime adaptation of Saga of Tanya the Evil (jap.: “Youjo Senki”) has sparked a controversy in China.

Saga of Tanya the Evil: Anime a degradation of China

On September 15, 2021, an article appeared on the US-based Chinese website Duowei News criticizing the anime “Saga of Tanya the Evil” as “militaristic” on the Chinese Internet and condemning it for allusions to the Nanking incident.

The discussion was sparked by a verified user of the social media platform Weibo, who was outraged that the anime is available on legal providers such as Tencent Video and iQIYI in China, although this would “glorify militarism and degrade China.”

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The Duowei News article shared these views, adding that the two speakers Saori Hayami (Viktoriya Ivanovna Serebryakov) and Haruka Tomatsu (Mary Sioux) also participated in the series “The Irregular at Magic High School”, which is also an insult to China.

In addition, the speaker Aoi Yuuki (Tanya Degretschow) has already advertised “Saga of Tanya the Evil: The Movie” in Nazi-like military clothing, thus stirring up the military feeling of the Japanese.

A second season of “Saga of Tanya the Evil” is currently in the works. A start date for the sequel is still pending at the current time.

Trailer for the series

Saga of Tanya the Evil Storyline

It is June 1923 when a young girl with blue eyes and blond hair completes the last units of her training at the Imperial Military Academy. The girl’s name is Tanya Degurechaff and she is studying at the Third Patrol in the Northern Military District, the »North Theater«, as part of her military service in the armed forces.

This training was only the first step towards a dazzling career as a magician of aviation – but her fate was to take an unexpected turn.

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