As usual, spoilers abound. And since this is cutting to my sleeping time, my impressions will be rather reserved until I update them when at my lunch break.
That.. That Type 89. It is made out of God Tier Metals. Katyusha starting to cry really pulled at me, mainly because…well, IkaMusume. But I think she deserves points for admitting Ooarai was good and getting off Nonna’s shoulders to shake Miho’s hand. Maho points out that, while her mom says they won because the enemy got careless, she acknowledges that Ooarai actually has skill. Miho, as lots of have people pointed out, is an able commander, a mixture of Rommel and Richard Winters in being able to do the right thing at the right time and leading from the front. Maho has her work cut out for her, while Shiho will continue to believe her way is the way to victory. (Which Saunders…Gloriana…Pravda…hell just about everyone noted it wasn’t.)
And all thoughts of Maho being good just about erased. She’s damn cold.
While the finals are upon them, even with the other clubs devoting their budgets to Panzerfahren/Tankwondo/Sensha-do, it would not be enough it would seem. This would be bouyed though with the news that the last tank that was obtained had just finished repairs. Unfortnately though…it’s the Tiger (P), which I’ve been told…wasn’t exactly the most mechanically reliable. So once again the girls go out to look for tanks…and Team Rabbit doesn’t see the tank right behind them. SAKI! TURN AROUND!!! LOOK!! IT’S A TANK!!!
Also, Nekota is introduced. And as stated by Commie, they’re all World of Tanks nerds. Trolololol subs. Regardless, we got the Chi-Nu team with Anteater, Tiger (P) with Lion (Mechanics), and Turtle upgraded their Pz 38(t) into the Hetzer. And shit, if Nekota and her friends are gamers, then the automobile/mechanics club are all Initial D fans. Tank drfting…I can see it on an ELC AMX, the T-50, hell on most light tanks…but a Tiger (P)? Regardless, we see the girls upgrading their tanks, and pretty soon my own Panzer IV will be visually modified to the new standard.
Now that out of the way, Mako arrives, informing the rest that her grandmother is now out of the hospital and will be watching the finals. Hana leaves to go to a floral arrangement exhibition, and the crew goes to see Hana’s work. She says that her part of the team has made her work more inviting, and her mom agrees. Hana has always been perfect, but lacking in individuality, but her time with tanks have, you can say, turned the student into a master. It’s like someone trying to mimic Monet, yet once on their own, strikes a new, very different and exciting path.
The day of the last match, Miho admits that Black Forest Peak was her old school, but now admits Ooarai is her home. Home is where the heart is, and Black Forest Peak has long been another ‘roof’ over her head. I doubt she got the same treatment back at her actual home, but now, Ooarai has proven to be where her heart truly lies. With comrades who would follow her anywhere.
With nothing left but the tournament, just some bonding time. I’m now VERY hungry, and a poptart ain’t cutting it. Amused though that when Saori exclaims that she had news, everyone jumps into thinking she had a fiancee. Well, her damn fault for acting like a man-chaser. Granted, getting license 2 and skipping grades 3 and 4 is hard, feel so sorry for Mako trying to teach Saori.
Although, my heart…you’ve shot me down Yukari. ;-;
I honestly love how anime in general uses music. The slowed down version of the Ooarai theme, really pulls at my hearstrings, especially when seeing how each crew, even the two newest ones, are spending the night before the match that will decide if they can all meet together again later, or never again. From the Lion team still working on their problematic Porsche Tiger, to Rabbit team watching Kelly’s Heroes, there honestly cannot be a greater bond than thsoe who fight together. This might be a fictional martial art, but it seems like, it’s these bonding aspects that remind me so much of what made Band of Brothers great. It was the comradeship that these characters share. There is no mistake when I often bring up Richard Winters of Band of Brothers fame, mainly due to the fact that Miho is an example of aspects of his leadership style, and the producers often point out that it is often Ooarai’s dedication that wins matches.
Those touching scenes over, we arrive at what i assume would be the JGSDF’s tank training grounds, and while Yukari is excited, it seems Mako is doing all she can to keep from passing out. And surprise surprise, Miho seems to have taken a leaf out of Nanoha Takamachi’s book, and is friends with practically all of her opponents, who stop by to wish her luck. And of course we have ultimate fan #1, Darjeeling starting it off. Granted, Erika is still a bitch, and Maho is a very tough egg to crack.
While that happens though, while my thoughts were dashed, it was good for Miho to see positive reinforcement in the form of the crewwoman she saved the previous year.
Match start, and already we see the difference in firepower, JagdPanzer IV, Tiger, JagdPanthers, Ferdinands, this will be a tough shell to crack, even if Ooarai has the Hetzer, StuG III, and Ausf. H. I am liking though that the girls, even the new ones, have perfected the rolling wedge. Unfortunate though, that BFP had encountered them quickly. With the opening shots,
Panzerleid (or do my ears decieve me?) Erika plays (confirmed by LoweGear), which is rather predictable considering the theme, but still, this adds only to the overwhelming feeling when holy shit, being fired upon by twenty tanks, most of them would be hard to kill even in comparable tanks.
With everyone slightly freaking out (not int he same manner as their first match with St. Gloriana, a commendable improvement), they still fall under the combined fire of BFP. The Chi-Nu was the first to be knocked out, mechanical failure (or a stuck gear) convinently and fortunately shielded Miho’s tank (flag) from Erika’s Panther, and thus the series
ends is postponed until the Spring 2012 season.
- Nice, tidy way to wrap up the plot. I supposed this was due to it’s original slated run of 12 episodes.
- Goddamn TrollSubs.
- None at the moment, I already noted myself up in the writing, no need to repeat here.
- Erika, which is also the name of BFP’s vice commander.
- Kelly’s Heroes (thanks to LoweGear)
- I expect Peo01 to make comments. Nay, I require him to.
- Moomba from Random Curiousity have noted the ominous theme coming from Hana’s flower arraingement. Goddamn I missed that.
- Chibi of the week is Lion team with their Tiger (P).