Possessive Mechanic By Lena Little
Given the First-Episode Twist required to discuss future volumes, expect Volume 1 spoilers. Also, the organization of characters alone can be spoiler in some cases, so do be careful with that while reading. open/close all folders Main Characters Vladilena "Lena" Milizé Click for Part 2 Look Bloody Reina: Queen of the Eighty-SixVoiced by: Ikumi Hasegawa (Japanese), Suzie Yeung (English), Fernanda Ornelas (Latin American Spanish)Lena is a military officer of the Republic of San Magnolia assigned to command the notorious Spearhead Squadron. Various events eventually lead to her saving them from a Suicide Mission ordered by the San Magnolian government as a way to terminate all Eighty-sixers who somehow survived long enough to complete their terms. She ends up commanding the Eighty-sixers after the Gran Mur fell and, after the Federal Republic of Giad rescued them, becomes the Tactical Commander of the Eighty-Sixth Strike Package. Anger Born of Worry: Is quick to chastise Shin for his extremely risky combat tactics.
Bilingual Bonus: Her unofficial titles at the end of Volume 1, "Bloody Reina" and "Bloodstained Queen," together form a trilingual pun based off the Japanese pronunciation of her first name (what with Japanese having a difficult time distinguishing between "b" and "v" and between "l" and "r"), combining the English word "bloody" with the Spanish word "reina," meaning "queen."
Big Damn Kiss: Lena and Shin finally share their first kiss by the end of Volume 7. The biggest surprise is that she's the one who initiates it.
Bridal Carry: Is on the receiving end of this by Shin in a Volume 5 side story, where he decides to carry her back to base after noticing how cold and exhausted she was. Her fatigue was not enough to keep her from being flustered by it, though.
Broken Bird: Overseeing the defense of her nation against the large-scale Legion offensive in which millions of her countrymen and Eighty-Six were slaughtered, the destruction of her homeland, the deaths of her remaining family and all but one of her friends weighs heavily on her mind and she often questions her place in the world
Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The Gentle Girl to Shin's Brooding Boy. Her kindness and positive outlook on life slowly rub off on him and convince him to hope for a better future for the first time since leaving the Eighty-Sixth Sector.
Butt-Monkey: Quite a bit of the humor in the side stories is at Lena's expense, which isn't helped by her Sheltered Aristocrat upbringing.
Cannot Spit It Out: It takes a long while, much to the frustration of all their friends, for Lena and Shin to notice they love each other, and even longer for them to act on it.
Can't Hold Her Liquor: A Volume 4 side story reveals she is an absolute lightweight when it comes to alcohol, as Shin finds out the hard way.
Car Fu: In the Dragon Fang Mountain battle, her command vehicle Vanadis comes under attack by Legion forces. Lacking any weapons, she orders the driver to run over any Ameise that get in their way, betting that their 30-ton vehicle will easily be able to roll right over any of those 10-ton models.
The Cassandra: Her belief that the Legion has figured out a way to bypass their shutdown date and is massing forces for a final assault on the Republic is initially dismissed by the rest of the military. Unfortunately, it turns out to be true when the Legion launches their big offensive on the Republic.
Child Prodigy: Skipped grades right alongside Annette, and rose to the rank of major at the tender age of sixteen. She later becomes a colonel at eighteen, though that was more a formality than anything. She is also shown to have powerful recall, able to memorize entire multidimensional war maps and the enemy's positions on it, as well as predict their movements and move her own forces accordingly.
Child Soldier: Though she doesn't take direct action in combat the same way the Eighty-Six do, Lena is still only a teenage soldier serving as the tactical commander for the Eighty-Six.
Clingy Jealous Girl: In a very brief short story that takes place during Volume 1, one of her daily calls to Shin ends up catching him while Kurena is sleeping in his lap. While he thinks nothing of it note He does, briefly, feel concerned, but can't explain why as he explains to her what's happening, Lena is (unconsciously) clenching a pillow hard enough to strangle someone. After they are reunited in Volume 4, she also shows some mild discomfort over the other females around Shin once it really sinks into her that they've been separated for two years. This includes Frederica, not that she actually views her as a romantic rival, but more that she is a bit insecure that even little Frederica knows Shin on a personal level better than her.
She exhibits the strongest traits of possessive jealousy in Volume 7 when a one-two punch of events hits her in rapid succession: she sees Shin talking and joking with Olivia Aegis and is stunned to realize Shin has never acted so comfortably and relaxed around her, and then a passing remark from the mechanic Guren tells her that Shin once had a beautiful female captain named Alice that he was very attached to who looks remarkably like Olivia. This realization sends her into a near-catatonic stupor as she stumbles back to her hotel absolutely convinced Shin sees Olivia as a Replacement Goldfish for Alice. She's self-aware enough to acknowledge that she's being greedy, as she's never made a claim to Shin's heart but still doesn't want another woman to snatch him up, and ends up ashamedly admitting this to Annette back at the hotel.
Colonel Badass: She's a full-on Colonel as the commander of the Eighty-Sixth Strike Package, and she most definitely proves her chops at it, especially during the Dragon Fang Mountain operation in Volume 6.
Curtains Match the Window: She has silver hair and eyes, like all (pureblood) Alba.
Death from Above: Just as Spearhead Squadron is sent on its suicide mission she manages to hack control of the interceptor cannons, allowing her to pull this on the Legion. She maintains it even after being demoted and assigned to a different unit, much to her commanding officer's chagrin.
Decoy Protagonist: The trailers and marketing for the second season of the anime sets her up as the main focus of the new story arc. This is in spite of her appearing a grand total of FIVE times in Volumes 2 and 3 of the light novelnote her appearances are only Volume 2's prologue & epilogue, and Volume 3's prologue, final chapter, and epilogue.
Devoted to You: To Shin. As a commanding officer, she can't afford to put one soldier's safety above all the rest, but she makes it clear to him that he is the one she's waiting for at the end of each and every battle. The main reason Lena strives to end the Legion war is to free Shin from the chains of battle and finally heal his scarred heart.
Doomed Hometown: By the end of Volume 1 the Republic is almost completely destroyed. Lena survives, but her family was killed off and she has to work in the Federacy as a way to continue fighting the Legion.
Dude Magnet: Played with. By Volume 4 it is never explicitly specified if others among the Eighty-Sixth Strike Package find Lena attractive note by Volume 7, Kurena of all people grudgingly admits that she's beautiful. Nevertheless there is an unspoken agreement amongst the Eighty-Six that Lena, for all intents and purposes, off-limits.
Everyone Can See It: It doesn't take long for the Eighty-Sixers and their other coworkers to notice that Shin and Lena have fallen hard for each other.
Failed a Spot Check: Amusingly, in Volume 7, Lena completely fails to realize Captain Olivia Aegis is a man because the only physical trait she focuses on is his long, smooth hair. It's only after Shin point-blank tells her the truth that she finally takes a closer look at him and realizes the more obvious masculine physical features that he has that she totally missed noticing.
Famed in Story: "Bloodstained Queen", "Bloody Reina", "Queen of the Eighty-Six". All are infamous monikers associated with Lena, who has earned a reputation as a tactician with few peers as well as the de facto leader of the Eighty-Six.
Grade Skipper: It is mentioned in the Black Tag Daily Life short story that she skipped several grades and graduated from university early.
Hair Antennae: Has two small cowlicks, which help represent her Sheltered Aristocrat background.
Hypocrite: She starts to see herself as one after Theo calls her out on acting like she cares about the Eighty-Six's when she's not actually doing anything to help them other than trying to minimize their casualties. While Shin tries to reassure her that she doesn't have to feel this way since she's likely not in a position to make any real change to the treatment of Eighty-Six's, it still bothers her and she resolves to fix this, her first step being actually learning the names of everyone in Spearhead Squadron.
Inappropriately Close Comrades: With Shin. Under normal circumstances, blatant fraternization between a commanding officer and a direct subordinate would've been swiftly punished. Fortunately for them, the situation is anything but normal. If anything, their own superior officers tacitly encourage it.
Insecure Love Interest: By Volume 7 Lena feels like she shouldn't even think about being together with Shin because she is a Republic citizen - the people that made his life hell and stole his future. Fortunately, her friends talk her out of this mindset.
I Owe You My Life: She was saved from the Legion by Shourei, an Eighty-Sixer Juggernaut pilot, as a child, and while she'd previously been taught by her father about the injustice of their plight, that was where her determination to protect them and better their lives became unbreakable.
The Last DJ: Lena is one of the few Albans left that still treat the battle against the Legion seriously and treats the Eighty-Sixes as humans instead of subhumans. In fact, her treatment of the Spearhead Squadron (including sending them fireworks illegally) and unauthorized use of interception cannons ends up getting her demoted from a Major to a Lieutenant after Volume 1 (she got promoted again after the wall falls).
Living Emotional Crutch: She increasingly becomes one to Shin, who seems to really appreciate the time they spend talking to one another over the Para-RAID. It becomes really apparent in Volume 3 when Shin realizes that the Republic had fallen to the Legion and that Lena was unlikely to survive the subsequent slaughter. It nearly pushes him over the Despair Event Horizon and he's only really saved when he finds out that she survived the fall of the Republic.
Love Before First Sight: In the anime it's apparent that Lena started developing romantic feelings for Shin long before they actually met face to face.
Love Epiphany: Volume 7 as a whole is Lena realizing her deep love for Shin. Of course, she also comes to realize that knowing about it and doing something about it are two very, very different things.
Luminescent Blush: Blushes like a tomato when she realizes she's developing a crush on Shin. Her most spectacular blush in the light novel occurs when she calls Shin late at night on the Para-RAID after her first encounter with the Black Sheep and catches him in the shower.
Manipulative Bitch: In a surprisingly ruthless moment for Lena, she approaches Annette after their falling out, asking her to get access to the interceptor cannon control network and to upgrade her Para-RAID to be able to sync eyesight. Annette of course refuses at first, before Lena, having done some digging, informs her that Shin, her Childhood Friend whose family she let get deported, is the Leader of Spearhead Squadron, asking if she plans to abandon him again. A frightened Annette outright calls her the devil, only for Lena to retort that so is she. After she's demoted to captain and assigned to a different squadron she continues supporting her force way more than any other Handler, providing them with more supplies than normal and even interceptor cannon support, all without authorization. When her commanding officer tries to rebuke her for it and the complaints he receives she simply replies there wouldn't be a problem if he just gave her the authorization and proceeds to take his career hostage, as she and her squadron have the highest kill ratio and are currently making him look good but the opposite would happen, and torpedo his chances at promotion, if she were to stop supporting her squadron.
Mirror Character: Volume 7 points out that ironically, Lena has become extremely similar to the Eighty-Six in terms of personal trauma. Like them, she has lost her family and home, and the only thing she really has left is a connection to a home country that she hates and a sense of pride driving her forward. In her case, her pride comes not from fighting to the end on a battlefield, but in being someone who needs to be relied on, which she uses Shin as a crutch for. The members of the Strike Package are very aware of this and are rather worried about her, especially because her trauma is so much more recent than theirs and having never fully processed it, one wrong move could easily spiral her into despair.Rito: She's just like us. All she has is her pride, so without that, she doesn't know what to do with herself. But there's one difference... Lena lost everything recently."
Mission Control: Her main job as handler is to serve as one to the Eighty-Six; though in practice most handlers only monitor their processors and leave battlefield decision making to the Eighty-Six. Lena eventually starts taking a more proactive role in battlefield operations in order to increase her subordinates chances of survival.
Ms. Fanservice: A lot of the series merchandising and promo images revolve around her and aren't afraid to get saucy.
My God, What Have I Done?: While seemingly minor in the grand scheme of things, she's absolutely kicking herself for never thinking to ask the names of Spearhead Squadron's members and only realizing her mistake when Theo calls her out on it after Kaie's death, having referred to them by their call-signs until then. She is allowed leeway here as the Eighty-Six themselves have only ever referred to each other by their call-signs in her presence, and thus wouldn't have known that these names aren't actually what the soldiers want to be called. She still feels guilty regardless.
Nice Girl: She stands out as quite possibly the only person in the military chain of command to not display Fantastic Racism towards the "Eighty-Sixes" and actually value their lives, or at least is one of the only Alba to be openly appalled at their horrendous treatment by the Federal Republic of San Magnolia.
Non-Idle Rich: Lena comes from a wealthy noble family, but rather than hiding behind the walls and pretending everything is alright, she joined the military academy and did her best to ensure the Eighty-Six remain alive as long as possible.
Not So Stoic: While Lena becomes The Stoic after Spearhead Squadron leaves, there are moments where the old her peeks through, such as when she's late to her normal meeting with Annette and looks flustered as a result.
Official Couple: With Shin. In Volume 9 they finally make it official.
Oh, Crap!: Has one when she realizes that Spearhead Squadron decides to continue the fight after she saves them from Rei's Dinosauria.
Only Sane Woman: She's the only member of the Republic military not in denial over the state of the war.
Out of Focus: Volumes 2 and 3 of the light novel are largely told from Shin's perspective, due to the focus being on his time with the Federacy, with Lena only making a couple of appearances in each book.
Overranked Soldier: She holds the rank of Major at just 16 years old. Regardless of her talents, no sane military would ever give such a high ranking position to someone fresh out of the academy. Unfortunately the Republic military is a clown car full of idiots who see no problem in putting a teenager in charge of a crucial military sector. Then she becomes a Colonel at 18 years old.
Pastimes Prove Personality: Lena is often seen doodling in her diary while talking with Spearhead Squadron over the Para-RAID, and following Kaie's death and Theo's "The Reason You Suck" Speech, part of her efforts to get to know Spearhead's members on a more personal level include drawing simple pictures of all their faces. In keeping with the stereotype, Lena is passionate, sensitive, and idealistic.
Photographic Memory: Is noted as having exceptional memory, able to vizualize and adjust to a rapidly changing battlefield on a three-dimensional space in real time with pinpoint accuracy.
Red Baron: By the end of Volume 1, she's famed in-universe as the "Bloodstained Queen" and "Bloody Reina." By Volume 9, she's also called "the Silver Queen" by Major Gilwiese to rally his men after she gives the order to kill all the Theocracy Child Soldiers who won't stop attacking them.
Riches to Rags: Her family's wealth and status essentially went up in smoke when the Republic fell. Though she didn't really care too much for that lifestyle anyway.
Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Part of the reason she's able to get away with voicing her anti-government views, even revealing the truth about the supposedly automated drones to an entire class of students despite the teacher's protests, is because her Honorary Uncle is a high ranking officer. Annette points out that this is surprisingly devious for her.
Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: She's not above bribing other Republic officers to get what she wants for her 86 squadrons, first seen when she bribes a logistics officer to smuggle celebratory fireworks to Spearhead on Revolution Day, and she continues to do so as she continues commanding other squadrons.
Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: How Lena ultimately justifies hijacking the interception cannons to decimate the Legion forces opposing Spearhead Squadron during their final mission for San Magnolia. The justification actually works on multiple levels; while helping Spearhead survive is clearly the morally correct choice, Lena claims she didn't do it for Spearhead's sake, pointing out that allowing an enemy force of that size to breach their front lines would be a bad thing even by the supremely warped standards of San Magnolian tactical dogma.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: Admittedly, it's hard to call Annette a villain, but when Annette calls her "the devil" after she guilt trips her into helping Spearhead Squadron by mentioning how Shin's their leader, Lena promptly replies that the both of them are.
The Siege: Oversaw the final defense of San Magnolia against the large-scale Legion assault that was a protracted battle lasting over two months. Hopelessly outnumbered, outgunned and surrounded on all sides, millions of Alban and Eighty-Sixers were slaughtered. Were it not for the rescue forces from Federal Republic of Giad, San Magnolia would have been slain to the last man.
Significant Wardrobe Shift: Besides dyeing a strand of her hair red, she switches her regular blue uniform for a black one, signifying the loss of her idealism but also her newfound determination. She switches both her uniform and her hairstyle back to how they originally were in Volume 4 after Shin asks her