It’s been so long since I’ve watched the oddly popular Girls und Panzer that I had completely forgotten they promised us a proper retelling of the match against Anzio – thankfully, this OVA ended up making an otherwise banal Friday quite entertaining! I’m glad they didn’t start off immediately with the match, and spent a bit of time on several slice-of-life and training scenes first – sometimes I think Girls und Panzer would have done just fine as an iyashikei. I mustn’t forget that technically, this could be classified as a show about cute girls doing cute things. If “cute” can be defined as live combat with armoured war vehicles, that is. They set aside a quick introduction for Anchovy and the rest of Anzio too – and as expected of this show, they’ve stayed true to history and formed a whole new Cult of the Duce with the feisty Anchovy at its core. I’d take her over Mussolini any day though – Anzio joins Pravda and Kuromorimine in being schools who represent countries with historical dictators around the WWII period! One thing I didn’t get was why they all loved to party and snack – to the point that by reducing the amount of snacks they buy, they suddenly have the funds needed to get a new tank o.O They even used it to close the plot hole of why Anzio never came to cheer on Ooarai in the final – they were all too wasted!
While I was once again reminded of my woeful lack of technical knowledge on anything to do with tanks, at least I now know that the Carro Veloce and P40 exist – and as ever, the actual tankery combat continues to surprise me with how fluid and exciting things can get. Unlike Ooarai’s previous and future battles though, they managed to smash out a complete victory over Anzio despite being the perpetual underdogs – after Anzio’s little trick with the cardboard tanks was revealed, things seemed to go fairly smoothly in Ooarai’s favour, with Miho’s expertise and decisions proving to be as impressive as ever. And even the Volleyball Club alone was enough to take out four CVs all in an instant! Perhaps Ooarai’s later struggles were predominantly because their opponents were just that good – while it’s not like Anzio were slouches, Pravda and Kuromorimine were on a whole other level. They still lost pretty badly though, to the point that it was probably Ooarai’s easiest victory in the tournament. I can see why it was skipped when time constraints became an issue.
Well, at least they were up against Italy and not Brazil, right? Now that would have been awkward.