I found the first episode of Warlords of Sigrdrifa interesting. I was not sure what to expect going in, though, as the artwork and the title did not hint at the overall direction of the anime. Basic rundown of the first episode is humanity sucks at fighting invading magical creatures called Pillars, Odin gives them a pilot named Claudia Braford, Claudia is good at taking out the magical creatures in her propeller powered plane (much better than those in jet powered planes), Claudia gets transferred to Japan, her transport plane gets attacked along the way, three pilots who would become her squad come to her rescue, they return to base only to be attacked again by another Pillar and ultimately prevail.
If you thought the U.S. military firing off nuclear weapons at an unknown enemy was a cliché, well, get ready for more of that. This of course leads to their defeat, as using nuclear weapons without research means you do not know how to defeat the creatures. The Pillars for their part, excel at producing other creatures that seem to act like aircraft, taking out scores of fighter planes that come at them.
I wonder why propeller powered planes excel in fighting the Pillar creatures, as opposed to jet planes; which should have superior speed and maneuverability; fail spectacularly. There may be a reason later on which I am not seeing, but it seems odd for now. Azu, Sono, and Miko also pilot propeller powered planes that are reminiscent of World War II era P-51 Mustangs, but those planes aren’t that much further advanced. Correct me if I’m wrong as I’m not too familiar with planes. I guess the planes are fitted with weapons that seem to be suited to taking out Pillars but I’m unsure of the planes themselves as platforms for those weapons.
Her future team of course is made up of various characters. Miko, the bubbly cheery one, Sono, the crazy yet quiet one, and Azu, who is the tsundere of the group. Kids seem to like Azu despite the fact that she seems to be exhausted by them, maybe the kids find it amusing to tease her.
I find it unfair that Claudia is nicknamed “Grim Reaper” due to missions involving her having a high (near total) casualty rate. She is successful in taking out the Pillars, a valuable skill considering the ineffectiveness of conventional air forces, this causes her unnecessary loneliness, which thankfully was dispelled by Azu during the final battle of the first episode when Azu outed her on communication system. It was nice to see that Claudia finally realized that her nickname had no bearing on how people in the base viewed her.
Of course, Azu is only hostile to because she does not like the idea of her deceased teammate being replaced by a stranger. At this point, I’m unsure as to the relationship between Azu and the deceased team mate. This is understandable, but that’s not Claudia’s fault either. She was pulled from her old team and all the relationships that came with it, a move that also angered her friends from her previous unit.
It is interesting that the Pillars need land in order to gain energy. You see in the first encounter above the ocean that the way to take out those Pillars is to wear them down, not try to overpower them. This is again confirmed during the final battle of the first episode when they had to force the Pillar to surface as it was in contact with the seafloor. It is also interesting to note that the Pillars; once defeated; turn into giant trees. I wonder if it is a reference to Yggdrasil, the world tree.
We’ll see how this anime pans out, I get the feeling a lot more Norse mythology is going to be referenced as the first episode seems to set that tone, well the reference to Ragnarok by Odin is on the nose. As of now, I am finding it interesting and hope it gets better as it goes on.
Watch on FUNimation.