Märchen Mädchen Episode 8: Team Japan vs Team Russia

After the end of this episode it was announced the next one would be delayed by two weeks or so due to “quality control”. Something similar happened to Long Riders and sin: Nanatsu no Taizai. It’s also unknown when episodes 10-12 will air. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long. In the meantime let’s talk about what happened in this episode.

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Team India.

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Team Germany.

We begin by discussing a grave injustice…

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Team India defeated…off-screen.

We were robbed…ROBBED I SAY of witnessing the magnificence of Team India in action. All for the petty reason that was time constraints and sending the message of “Team Germany are the secondary villains”. I was deeply saddened by this. How dare you writers. Do you know how much I looked forward to seeing Team India?

DO YOU!?

Why couldn’t it have been those damn Yanks? Uuuuuuggghhhhhh.

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Team Japan ready to rumble.

Anyway on to the main event of the episode: Team Japan vs Team Russia. The battlefield was intentionally set in the tundra to give Team Russia the advantage, mainly because The Committee of 13 wanted the Cinderella Origin and to get it Team Japan had to lose.

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Snow storm.

Team Russia made the first move by having the Vampire witch use her weather manipulation magic to call forth a snow storm.

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KO.

Unfortunately their strategy of lowering Team Japan’s defenses via common cold failed and Comrade Vampire Nico Clone was the first to fall. Technically she wasn’t eliminated.

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Comrade Eva’s Origin, the Princess Who Never Smiled.

Next up was Comrade Eva and her deadly magical power of…telling bad jokes. Our heroines were no match for her “clever” humor. Mai couldn’t handle Comrade Eva’s “comedic genius”.

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Comrade Nadia’s attempted sneak attack.

While paralyzed with laughter Comrade Nadia would swoop in and suck up the girls into her mitten dimension. Unfortunately the paralysis was temporary and Comrade Eva used up all her “best jokes”.

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Comrade Maria’s Origin, The Gigantic Turnip.

Luckily for Comrade Nadia Comrade Maria made her move using her powerful magic, Enforced Cooperation. Think of it like puppetry.

As silly as Team Russia’s magic looks for the most part they’re quite powerful.

  • Weather manipulation.
  • Paralysis
  • Puppetry
  • Pocket Dimension
  • Nullify-Magic

The only reason it’s comical is because Team Russia is awesome. Speaking of awesomeness I can’t tell anyone who hasn’t seen the episode yet how they broke out of Comrade Maria’s magic. I just can’t. It needs to be seen to be believed…

Anyway Shizuka was about to hit the comrades with a powerful spell when Team Russia’s Ace made her move, which as we can recall from the previous episode was a double-edged sword.

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Headmistress Sugimura laying down the law on the Committee of 13.

The Committee of 13 was about to eliminate both teams due to both being unable to use their Origins when Headmistress Sugimura made them all look like old ragged fools and stopped them from going through with it.

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What a shock…Can you believe some peeps defended Lynne by saying she wasn’t the Yank who tricked Comrade Tatiana?

Why couldn’t Team America have got eliminated off-screen and Team Germany be the main threat instead? Damn Yanks.

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Team Russia fighting to the end.

Both teams considered going hand to hand. When Shizuka brought up that maedchen weren’t taught martial arts Mai revealed she’s skilled in some forms of combat. The Russians didn’t believe her and feigned being skilled Combat Sambo fighters themselves…only to repeatedly pay for it. Thanks to the “power of friendship-love” they were able to cast Auto-Life on each other.

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Back in action.

Hazuki saw how determined Team Russia were to grant Comrade Tatiana’s wish. Her Origin listened to her call and broke through Comrade Tatiana’s null-magic to restore her Origin. Unfortunately for her that meant only Team Japan’s magic would be nullified. However, Comrade Tatiana was grateful for what Hazuki had done and “feigned multiple injuries”. Her comrades saw her wish was granted hence they no longer needed to fight, forfeiting the match giving Team Japan the victory, much to the dismay of the committee.

We’ll have to wait a bit before finding what happens next.

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25 Responses to Märchen Mädchen Episode 8: Team Japan vs Team Russia

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  2. tbiscut74 says:

    A great injustice indeed. But stuff like this happens sometimes. Sad but oh well. Hopefully we’ll still get to see them since the defeated have to work.

    How they got out of Maria’s puppet magic was epic. I truly love Team Russia. They are truly awsome. No question.

    A German Leader who can see all possible futures and change them? Sounds like one of my all time favorite shonen villains. (bonus points to people who can guess it.)

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  3. Dante Smith says:

    Damn what a waste, the hype for Indian team was a waste as the writer decided to use Kraut Magic to defeat off-screen. At least let us see the damn battle please….

    I can only imagine how terrifying team Russia would be if they weren’t a bunch of clowns. While lackin firepower, they do have EXTREMELY powerful utility, too bad we’ll never get to see their true potential.

    So Hazuki granted Tatiana her wish, wonder if she could do the same for Yumilia and her “imouto’s”. They deserve alot better than what they’re having right now.

    Also that last bit involving sets of maid costumes 🙂 Nothin’ beats Yumilia in cute costumes.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Disappointed to the max by that.

      Let’s hope the coalition will find a better home after Hexennacht.

      Precisely. They’re wonderful and powerful.

      Yumilia looked adorable all high and mighty in her maid outfit.

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  4. Nick says:

    That second screen cap of Team Germany, everyone looks so smug.

    Also, Team America needs to lose. Always up to no good.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Mauron says:

    Delays are quite evil. I need more of this… and novel translations…

    I hope Hazuki’s hopping was effective.

    Eva’s Origin is awesome. What do you call a cross between an elephant and a rhinoceros? El-eph-i-no.

    The Committee of 13 has to up to something particularly bad if they’re against the magic that can restore damaged Origins. The whole Hexennacht might be part of their plans.

    I am utterly, utterly shocked at Lynne’s direct involvement in the Origin snatch. That seems like the perfect time to use a pawn who can take the blame if something goes wrong.

    Team Russia’s combat prowess was impressive.

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    • OG-Man says:

      The cuteness of Hazuki hopping was truly powerful, yes.

      Eva could have won the match for her team had she resorted to puns.

      The Committee is shady enough as is. Dirty hags.

      I’ll give her an extremely small credit. She’s willing to get her hands dirty every now and then.

      Most impressive.

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      • Mauron says:

        Comrade Eva probably didn’t have enough prep time because she was helping Comrade Tatiana with other people’s homework.

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  6. Alexis says:

    Hola Sr. OG
    Tenía la corazonada de que vos iba a estar molesto por lo que pasó en el capítulo, yo también lo estoy pero en parte, mi molestia no es con la historia, es con los productores.

    Yo aún tengo la esperanza de ver mas de 12 episodios, por lo menos un par de OVA’s, apuesto que la historia de las novelas es mucho más extensa y explicita en cuanto a los personajes, sus relaciones entre ellas, la historia de sus escuelas, el poder de sus originales y sobre todo las antagonistas ¿que se traen entre manos esas viejas brujas? ¿están patrocinando a las gringas para seleccionar los originales que valen la pena y apoderarse de ellos? Sería un desperdicio no abordar estos puntos, además, hasta donde yo sé no hay otra serie en donde se mencionen una buena cantidad de cuentos de hadas clásicos y eso me gustó muchísimo, se me hace más interesante en comparación con Toji no Miko y no piense mal, esa serie la veo, si me gusta, pero el concepto ya se ha visto y aún así va a recibir 24 capítulos, no es justo. Ojalá que esté equivocada pero tengo la sensación de que hasta este episodio al estudio no le interesaba mucho en adaptar dignamente a la serie, quiero pensar que cambiaron de opinión dado a la baja calidad del episodio y van a ser algo mucho mejor.

    Pasando a cosas agradables Agathe tiene el Geass que usaba Bismarck Waldstein que le permitía ver segundos en el futuro y que es muy útil. No sé que sigue pero espero ver a las británicas dándole verdadera batalla al equipo gringo que al parecer puede ser el final boss del equipo nipón. Es en serio, quiero ver a las británicas, quiero ver a Arthur y de su equipo me llamó la atención la chica del monóculo.

    Esperaremos esas dos semanas, el tiempo se me va a hacer muuuuuuuuuuuuuy largo.

    cyao
    Alexis

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    • OG-Man says:

      Fue una injusticia.

      Esperemos que verdad habran mas capitulos porque este show merece mas amor.

      Eso si. Esperemos que el equipo ingles no se eliminen fuera de la pantalla como el equipo indio.

      Tengamos paciencia amiga Alexis.

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  7. Curses, writers! I knew instantly when watching what happened to team India “Someone’s not gonna like this…” And indeed, it was sad.

    The German leader can, rather than see the future, see possibilities and work to realize them? Cool. Even if villainous. Also, potentially quite difficult to beat. Basically, you’d have to do something completely unexpected, or something.

    Comrade Eva would be super-effective against me. As long as she increased her joke repertoire. Wouldn’t even need the magic portion, really, I’d be paralyzed either way.

    The instant I saw Comrade Maria’s magic and where her attention was focused, I knew how it was gonna end. Doesn’t make it any less hilarious, though.

    The committee of 13 seems up to something…along with the Americans and Germans, perhaps…?

    Finally, Hazuki’s magic made me realize…what if…she has the Fairy Godmother’s powers as well? Which she can apparently access even when her magic is otherwise dispelled. “If she wishes for something sincerely, with all her heart, for another person and never for herself/not for her own benefit, then that something will come true.” Sort of, maybe?

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    • OG-Man says:

      Whyyyyyyy? “Sobs”.

      Team Japan vs Team Germany should be an interesting battle.

      Oho. I’d like to see you go up against Comrade Eva.

      That scene was SO GOOD!

      Dirty hags.

      That could be the secret to her magic.

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      • offers hugs and/or headpats and/or comfort of some kind Truly, an injustice. Hopefully, if the show goes the way it might go, we could see them take part in a final battle, or something.

        It would be a short, short fight, and very easy for her. That’s all I can say. Puns and bad jokes are my weak spot. Unless I don’t get the joke, in which case it loses effectiveness entirely.

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      • OG-Man says:

        At least we’ll be blessed by Indian maids in the meantime so that’s a fair consolation prize.

        Hehehe.

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    • Mauron says:

      I feel your pain/amusement with Comrade Eva. I knew the first joke from the setup, and still laughed.

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  8. Giack31 says:

    I didn’t know about the delay. That’s sad

    I knew you were going to be sad over Team India. I too wanted to see every battle but if you start the tournament in episode 8 some things have to be cut.

    Team Russia was great like last time. They are really powerful and watching the way their power were “defeated” was hilarious. At least they still got what they wanted in the end.

    I loved the Headmistress being a badass and standing up to the Committee

    I really want to know more about the other teams and their members (some look very interesting) but with the time constraint I fear most of them are going to receive the same treatment as Team India.

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  9. Koi says:

    Hazuki is admirable. She has a lot of honor that she refused to fight a team who were handicapped by an outside force.

    Tatiana also has honor. She rather lose than taint her honor, especially the opponent she was meant to fight went out of her way to restore her credibility.

    I’m starting to think that the Origin actually picked a character for Hazuki. Its just that it wasn’t the titular heroine but actually the fairy godmother.

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  10. x says:

    Team Russia had that match one, but i did turn out to have a nice ending.

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  11. K says:

    Mahakali could see her victory as clear as day. Unfortunately, that was just one of many futures that she could not have foreseen. What a pity.

    The Committee would stoop so low as to make a mockery of Hexennacht law. Good thing Principal Sugimura put them in their place but that’s not going to deter them from trying some other underhanded plot to steal Cinderella, I bet.

    Team Russia’s abilities seem impractical if used individually, however when used together, a terrifying strategy is born. They just have to account for some unforeseen circumstances, like Maria hopping straight into a tree which was hilarious. Also, I found that Stalin joke Eva told funny even though it was supposed to be a crappy one.

    Whoa, Mai knows some martial arts and she walloped our Ruskie friends. However they were fueled by Friendship Power and would not stay down! It was as if Cinderella, and Hazuki, rewarded their tenacity because Tatiana’s Origin was completely restored…to Team Japan’s detriment, except not really.

    That was a fun match, all things considered.

    Lastly, your Lynne-detecting skills were top-notch because I wasn’t so sure it was her since she lets others do her dirty work. I guess there are things that she can’t leave to other folks.

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  12. yurimylove says:

    should’ve used rain — guaranteed to send those Japanese girls bed-ridden with fever 😀

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