With the series having only a few episodes left, it's time to start in on the more serious plot with a bit of humor mixed in along the way. In order to prepare for it, things are ramping up for this Strike Witch unit as they're being assigned a new member for a particular operation. This brings in Hanna Marseille, who served with Hartmann at one point and talks laughingly about an obnoxious commander named Barkhorn, which means she's pretty much right at home in this group as she causes a bit of tension from the start and continues to do so well into mission planning. Not surprisingly, rank and hierarchy are pretty much problematic for the Witches since there are plenty who have something of a superiority complex because of their abilities on top of a general superiority complex.
Marseille in particular has a bit of a rough and tumble sense of humor and her relationship with Hartmann has the two of them playing things up a bit. But for Barkhorn, it just sets her off and she ends up throwing them in a temporary brig of sorts to cool them down a bit and to try and ease some of the tension. There's a bit of history to this as we see the kind of mindset that Marseille has and it becomes pretty clear that she's all about the victory and that's it. As the episode goes on and we get the montage segment of Marseille going through the routine, we do see that in some ways she's not all that as she's not exactly out of shape but she isn't used to the kind of basic rigors that a lot of the Witches go through. It is nice to see her being competitive with Hartmann, who doesn't return the competitive nature, and to see that the two are decent friends overall even with all the issues in their friendship.
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