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The Many Appearances of Tanya Degurechaff

Tanya Degurechaff rules the multimedia sphere

When it comes to isekai protagonists, they don’t come smaller, cuter, or wickeder than Tanya Degurechaff. Once a cruel salaryman, Tanya has a new life in an alternate wartime Europe. Allegedly she’s there to learn faith and kindness… but it’s not really going that way.

As Tanya climbs the ranks in this new world’s magical military with her God-given powers, she’s also showing up all over the media sphere. Here are the many places you can witness the story of The Saga of Tanya the Evil.


The Original Light Novel

Tanya Degurechaff in the original Tanya the Evil light novel

Like so many series nowadays (especially isekai series), the adventures of Tanya Degurechaff started in prose form. After gaining popularity on web novel platform Arcadia in 2012, author Carlo Zen teamed up with Shinobu Shinotsuki a year later to make the jump to light novels.

Tanya’s exploits are already 12 volumes long in Japan and still going strong!


The Manga Adaptation

The Saga of Tanya the Evil as seen in the manga

Tanya Degurechaff comes even more to life in the light novel’s manga adaptation. Featuring art by Chika Toujou (Code Geass: Oz the Reflection), the manga kicked off in 2016. It’s already 19 volumes long and, like the light novels, still rolling.

If you want to dive into Tanya’s adventures but are craving even more visuals, the manga adaptation is the way to go!


Anime Adaptation

Tanya Degurechaff makes the leap to anime

It was only a matter of time until Tanya Degurechaff got her own anime! The animated adaptation started in 2017 and brought the wicked nameless salaryman’s exploits to a whole new audience. Viewers unfamiliar with the light novel or manga were in for a big surprise when Tanya’s back story dropped early in the series!

In fact, the show proved so popular that more of Tanya’s story got animated! The 2019 film sees her facing off against Mary Sioux, the only other character in the story (besides literal God, of course) who stands a chance against her. The film did well both in reviews and at the box office.

As for more anime outings for Tanya? Well, there’s been one so far…


Isekai Quartet

Tanya is even smoller in Isekai Quartet

Somehow, Tanya Degurechaff is even smaller and cuter… and we imagine that’s driving her crazy. Chibi gag anime Isekai Quartet unite Tanya with Subaru from Re:ZERO, Kazuma from KONOSUBA, and Ainz Ooal Gown from Overlord. The four (and friends) find themselves in a traditional Japanese high school, living an everyday life. But who brought them there?

The show pokes fun at the isekai tropes of all its shows, but also lets its stars get to know each other and meet people who can empathize with their unique plights. Tanya and Ainz Ooal Gown in particular get along really well.

Are you ready to meet Tanya across her many appearances? Which is your favorite?

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Kara Dennison

Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and presenter with bylines at Crunchyroll, Sci-Fi Magazine, Sartorial Geek, and many others. She is a contributor to the celebrated Black Archive line, with many other books, short stories, and critical works to her name.