And so the episode starts off with our crew visiting Mako’s grandmother in the hospital. Bearing a beautiful floral arrangement, Hana, Miho, and Yukari arrive to hear Grandmother scolding and berating a worried Mako.
While being informed of Mako’s participation in and superb performance with panzerfahren/tankwondo, grandma seems hard to please. But it seems it’s all a front considering what she tells Miho once everyone is leaving.
In a montage with voice overs, we find out that Mako’s only relative is her grandmother, her parents long since killed, and wants the most to be with her. Maybe the reason her grandmother is tough, is the fact she wants Mako to grow up strong. Understandable, she can’t be there for Mako all the time, and Mako needs to eventually move on. Going home aboard their courier ship, I realize how much Yukari has to be my waifu for this season.
While Saori and Miho talk about how Mako and everyone else had problems, Saori did point out Mako was herself worried. Having come to Ooarai alone, with such a past, we are shown a scene with the Nishizumi household basically with the head of the family scolding Maho for her role in what most likely the reason why Black Forest Peak was second place the previous year. Now in Random Curiosity and in WoT NA, there are discussions going on, about PTSD status and whatnot, and once again I’ll link to the relevant RC topic and GuP thread later in overall impressions.
Regardless, her mom lays down the Nishizumi heritage of pushing ahead regardless of what happens. I guess a ‘soft’ Nishizumi like Miho was something she couldn’t handle, but effectively telling her she was a disgrace isn’t something that is best said especially with already the weight of being the weak link that cost a school and name to be tarnished is good for one’s morale and sense of being. I know. I was there before. Not same circumstances, but similar.
Flashbacks are a bitch aren’t they Miho? Kinda want to be the guy to hug her and tell her it’s alright or something. Speaking of guys…daddy gone? I wonder if Ma-Nishizumi divorced or men have a lower status in this world, or at least with the Nishizumi name.
While we are treated with more sleepy Mako (this time abusing Rule Enforcer freshman), it seems Ooarai Girl’s Academy recognized their team’s win. Maybe it’ll mean more funding?
As Miho ponders on the effectiveness of the Panzer IV (rather, I’d worry about her entire team) and Yukari asking to have lunch with her in the tank (read as you will, my understanding tripped yuri flags), everyone ruins the glorious moment and they all have lunch in the tank garage (which makes the tripping of yuri flags even worse, damnit brain). In all honesty, I should stop watching these things half tired with some alcohol in the system. That said, I loved Mako’s excuse and her reaction to Saori threatening to rat on her.
And it seems the Student Council team seems to by hyping up Tankwondo/Panzerfahren, and while Miho seems more reserved, understanding that it was a skin-of-your-teeth win versus Saunders, Yukari seems to think otherwise. It would seem the school would think so too. While it would harken back to the reason she has such a shitty history with her family, to the rest of her team, the victory, even by that close, was awesome. I can see it, I do know even if one person knows the victory was close, but the rest of the squad knows they won the wargames and start shooting celebratory shots into the woods with their paintball guns, it’s further incentive to try harder the next time.
And yeah that example harkened back to the days as an US Army ROTC Cadet in college. It’s the experience, the comradeship, that makes it fun. I think it’s something that was lost within the Nishizumi name. Evident when Kay explained her reasoning for her actions after Alisa’s sneaky tactics and BFP goes ‘how naive’ shows that the ‘fun’ in a martial art is lost. Basically tryhard vs casual.
Getting back, a flashback scene shows exactly why she chose to run from it all. In an environment where winning must be obtained regardless of the cost, a person like Miho who can fit the trope ‘father to his men’ would really be broken for her to fit this role. But Yukari and gang does show that she did the right thing in their eyes, and that Panzerfahren, like most sports, have different ways to be tackled. be it ultra competitive, or for fun.
Cut to the student council room, the trio wonder if their guts and motivation would be enough to overcome their next opponent, Anzio, which seems to honestly be a strong contender when their minds are put into it. Also, dat riding crop and pizza.
And so we are treated to a training montage. Can’t help but feel some sort of annoyance that, since Miho is the overall expert, people would flock to her for advice. Thankfully Team A pitches in their talens (well…I can’t exactly call what Saori offers to do as talent).
No…I honestly think that’s not uh…useful. So while Yukari handles mechanical questions, Mako does driving (because she’s a fucking boss), Hana with paperwork, Saori with relationship advice, and Miho handles the actual strategy with the Student Council team.
While Miho does state that the crews are motivated, the tanks are less than adequate, which leads to Hana pointing out that the records indicate that Ooarai has more tanks, leading to another tank search on the Academy warship, and the existence of why the Academy warships were built. Apparently they were built so that those aboard had a feeling of being cosmopolitan and independent. Makes some senses, especially if the ships take on the designs and characteristics of a host or theme nation. I mean we have Ooarai that seems like a generic flat-top, Saunders had lines going to the Nimitz or USS Enterprise (CVN-65), etc…
Back to the searches, it seems Mako inadvertently discovered a tank cannon (7,5cm KwK 40 L/43, as seen with the ball-shaped muzzle brake) being used as a laundry rod (although my family wouldn’t use such a rusted thing, it would defeat the purposes of laundering the clothes), while History team with Yukari finds the Renault Char B1 Bis. Which was used in battle by France and by which Heinz Guderian would write that it was a rather formidable tank. While the teams have assembled, Rabbit team seems to have gotten lost within the bowels of the vessel (understandable considering it’s size) and Team A goes to look for them.
With a little friendly ribbing, ghosts, Mako nearly having a heart attack, and Sergeant Oddball now being referred to as ‘Guderian’ by Caesar (seems like each member of the team takes on a soul name for each other), we find Saori keeping the Rabbit team from falling apart. One thing that struck me is that I thought Compasses won’w work inside/aboard a ship. Especially one with electrical wiring and whatnot. Wouldn’t that go haywire? Not entirely too sure, but eh, overlooking that for now. So indeed they find em.
A friggin Tiger. Now the next scene is the Panzerfahren crew relaxing in the hot springs, and I am not taking screenshots of em for obvious reasons, the next part was a massive (to me) cop out. While it shows throughout the episode the greater state of readiness Ooarai has been achieving, I would honestly love to have seen an episode detailing the battle with Anzio. Because Rabbit and Duck aren’t knocked out this time! I want to see some progress that isn’t implied!
Then again, the Italians, while not pushovers and fought with distinction against the Allies, kinda did fall apart in the end, and from what it looks like, the two Anzio tanks in the background seems to have been KO’d by their own shitty driving. No doubt Anchovy (the Anzio commander) represents the stalwart Italian fascist officer who continues to fight even when Italy surrenders. Still, feels like a cop-out but I understand that as a 12-episode series, can’t exactly leave time for an enemy team that shows less coordination than Ooarai in its battle against St. Gloriana.
Now onwards against the Soviets!
- My first is on Miho’s family. Her mother seems completely strict, and from my point of view, completely uncaring. Only wanting to win, something she no doubt impressed on her eldest daughter. It would seem she has yet to put this on Miho when the incident occurred, or that Miho has had some other source of inspiration or something that kept her being the one who cares more for her subordinates than an objective (posisbly a relative like her father, or someone in history). I can respect a person that would take it all to win, but even more if they can achieve that whilst being completely caring about the soldiers under their command. Possibly a reason why General Rommel is widely respected.
- The second is on the team Miho inherited. Coming from a ‘win regardless of the cost’ line of thinking, to be thrust upon people who have never experienced such shame but rather, preferring the camaraderie that Panzerfahren/Tankwondo brings, is rather lightening. It reminds me of one of the reasons I enjoyed Army ROTC. The comradeship between cadets, many of whom would be commissioned officers upon graduation, scores more to have enjoyed the experience. We got together, talked military, drilled military, and took with us lessons that would do well in both the military and civilian life. It’s the group that Miho can do best with, and something she can work on in bringing Ooarai to the top, at least to meet her elder sister in battle.
- Thirdly, the universe. I want to know how Panzerfahren was formed. When Hana and Yuzuko were going through the old Panzerfahren/Tankwondo paperwork, it would seem that it started in 1920, shattering my theory (in whole or in part) that this series is merely a ‘future history’ version. Panzerfahren came about in the 1920s? It was a time of prosperity for many places, particularly the US, but not Germany. Indeed it would probably give rise to WWII still since Rommel-chan’s soul name would be an in-universe version of Rommel, same with Yukari with Gudarian. The creation of the Academy Warships was a nice touch, and eggs us more into why the general premise is there.
- Fourth, is Anzio. It seemed that they were made to be the joke school. I mean it’s commander is named Anchovy and their emblem is that of a Pizza? Nevermind that Italian tanks were no better than some models (they had good, comparable models mid-war iirc) but seriously. This should’ve been billed as a character episode, but then again, with the matchmaking in the universe and the production needs in the real world, it was gonna be a given. On the other hand, Pravda would be hard, and am excited for that.
- Fifth, the 7,5cm KwK 40 L/43 was shown. It was teased earlier with the silhouette in the eye-catch, but actually sporting it. It brings a whole bunch of new challenges for the team. I’m also wondering if the Panzer IV will be redone according to the Ausf. F2 design or the Ausf. G prior to the mounting of the L/48. Regardless, Ooarai now has a tank that can safely engage the T-34s that Pravda has, and with the addition of the Renault Char B1 bis, maybe have another team. I would think it’s just the Ausf. F2 mainly due to lack of sideskirts, but we shall see.
- Lastly, the Tiger. Who knows how it got there, no doubt it was Ooarai’s but still. Would Miho and her crew switch to the Tiger? Or will it be utilized by some other group? It would pack quite a punch for Ooarai, but I’m guessing it would be best used as the last resort. It might be added just prior to the beginning of the match against Maho and Black Forest Peak (speculation!) but who knows. It would make for an effective trump card, but for now, I am unsure if I can see Miho and Anglerfish in the Tiger. Just not yet.
- Edit to Last Point: Have been informed in comments it’s a Tiger P.
- Chibi of this week is actually Team A sporting Tournament uniforms, and the upgraded Panzer IV (Ausf. F2?).
- Link to the GuP thread.
- Link to Random Curiosity when it arrives.
Also, this was done by WoT member Peo01, all credit to him in this post.
Seriously Yukari was my favourite character to begin with, now that she dreamed of a Leopard’s 120mm L55 smoothbore… … speechless.
So we mostly knew about the 75mm comming, but a B1?? REALLY?!?! I mean… yeah it’s an upgrade to the Type 89… I guess… but with it’s 7 gears back and 1 forward it should
be hard to drive. (Note: I’m not being racist against french, and I love my B2 in WoT and Hotchkiss (with Stuka zu Fuss) in company of heroes)
Now for the ending, it’s a Tiger turret… but is it just me or does the hull look nothing like the Tiger (H)’s hull?
The tank also seems rather small seeing that Saori and the first years aren’t even standing, so they would be taller than the hull.
I’m also rather puzzled by the round hatch(?) on the right side of the hull.
It couldn’t be a Tiger (H) front, because the turret of a Tiger (H) is in the middle of the tank, there is no maintenance hatch on the side of a Tiger (H) either, atleast
I’ve never seen one.
There are two other tanks that used (would have used) the Tiger turret, these being the VK3001 (P) and Tiger (P), both of them have the turret at the front of the tank,
thus the round hatch could be the mg pod, and you just can’t see it clearly due to poor lighting.
But if it’s either one of those the slightly visible object to the right of the round hatch is weird, there were no such things on either vehicle.
My guess after all is that it might be only a turret and the hull is missing.
I could do with a Tiger (P), too, it’s a good tank, just never entered the field.
Sidenote about the turret:
It has both the old commanders cupola and the optic has two holes, making it easy to spot as a early production Tiger turret.
Note: In WoT the early turret is mounted on the Tiger (P) and the later turret on the Tiger (H), but that’s only WoT and we all know about wargaming’s
As for the really short combat against Anzio, …well I wouldn’t have minded them showing a bit more, especially after telling us that Anzio can be a fiercesome
enemy if they try.
*sigh* … now we all know that Italy did a … … good job fighting the british troops in africa, but honestly?
While I do know that a couple of their infantry units fought till they had no ammunitions left and even then refused to give up until they ran out of food and water,
their tanks… and their strategies… were mostly mediocre and I think the only things that kept the allies from overrunning africa were tons of luck and Rommel with his “unorthodox” strategies.
I think they wanted to show us that, Anzio tried hard, but lost due to bad strategy.
*looks at three Anzio tanks right next to each other below a hill and the Ooarai girls on top of the hill*
Plus look at that really good Sermovente tankdestroyer, I loved that thing in Codename: Panzers, it’s a really good tank (It was a good tank irl, too.),
but just like the Stug it’s better to use it for ambush or support tactics, having it up front is… not so clever.
On a final note, I remember my theory about why Miho quit Panzerfahren, now that we know I’d like to smack her, she saved her people’s lives, that’s a hundred times more
important than victory, geez she’s what people mostly name a hero.
Feeling bad about something like that. <.<
I can partially understand it though, after what she must have been through with a mother and sister like that,
even though neither of them didn’t seemed to be that bad.
Strict, and maybe somewhat cold (emotions, you gotta show them for others to know about them), but certainly not bad characters.
All in all a great episode, I haven’t even covered everything I tend to focus on the more specialised things, and hope that a certain someone is updating his blog soon.
I love reading other people’s opinions.
One last note: About the documents Hana looked through searching for info about the B1…
If those are tanks the school once had and that are missing and most likely somewhere on the carrier… … holy sh*t!
Again video quality get’s me to guess, but do my eyes deceive me or is that a king tiger on the 2nd sheet?
Plus the tank on the 3rd sheet seems rather large, too.
Sheet 1 and 4 seem to be the same, which is rather weird since it’s not logical for Hana to look at the 4th sheet even though the 1st is the same.
However it would be if the tank on sheet 1 was a Pzkpfw B2, which is a slightly different version of the B1, used by the germans after capturing a couple of those.