August 09, 2008

Strike Witches -- Sanya's song

Does anyone know what that piano piece is, that is featured in episode 6? They say that Sanya's father wrote it for her, but I bet it's actually something classical, and I wonder what. I like it. (It starts playing at 18:56.)

Brahms, maybe? It doesn't sound like Beethoven but it's definitely 19th century.

UPDATE: One of the reasons, I think, that the ep 6 battle is so interesting is that that piano piece plays behind it, and it's not the kind of music we associate with combat. It's slow, contemplative, sentimental. It should be jarring, and yet it really works.

UPDATE: I'm reaching the point where I can begin to pick things out in the Japanese dialog that aren't easily translated.

One is the fact that Sanya uses her name for self-reference instead of some kind of pronoun. That's something that children do, or child-like adults. It's a subtle way to idicate that Sanya is "slow". It doesn't come through in the English translation, because there's no obvious way to represent that kind of thing briefly in English.

UPDATE: When Eila switches to her MG42, she ends up firing continuously for 24 seconds. If she's firing at a rate of 1200 rounds per minute, a typical speed for the MG42, that means she fired 480 rounds.

Which is a lot of ammunition. Anyone have any clues where she stored all of it, Max? (None of your business, Sam.) Or why the barrel of her gun didn't overheat?

Ah, well, why am I trying for logic and consistency in this thing, anyway?

UPDATE: I've got that piano piece running through my head now -- which is actually rather pleasant, because I like it a lot. Damned sight better than the earbug I caught about three weeks ago that I don't want to try to remember because it'll happen again.

UPDATE: Aw, crap; now I've switched to the other one. I hate that song!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 03:26 PM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 I've been wondering just how many reloads Sanya has for the rocket launcher.

Posted by: ubu at August 09, 2008 04:44 PM (Sbkwn)

2 It's got nine tubes, and she's never fired more than nine times in any battle so far. In the one at the end of ep 6, Eila only fires it 6 times. At the beginning of ep 6, Sanya fires all nine rounds. And she used all nine in the battle at the very beginning of ep 1.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 09, 2008 04:52 PM (+rSRq)

3 It's too bad Don gave up with ep 5; he would be my best chance of someone who could identify that piano music.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 09, 2008 04:53 PM (+rSRq)

4 As to why she doesn't run out of ammo, or why the gun doesn't overheat, it's magic.  Don't kill catgirls over a show like Strike Witches.

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 09, 2008 07:47 PM (AW3EJ)

5 Yeah, I know... sheesh...

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 09, 2008 09:17 PM (+rSRq)

6 Actually, in episode 2, as I pointed out, Sakimoto's gun does overheat, and she discards it.  That's why Miyafuji had to bring the other gun.  And why we won't see it happen again (no plot-related need for it.).

Posted by: ubu at August 09, 2008 09:31 PM (Sbkwn)

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