Girls und Panzer – 11
「激戦です！」 (Gekisen Desu!)
“A Fierce Battle!”
Ah Girls und Panzer, how I have missed thee. In one single episode, it reminds us why it was the best show of last year and completely blows away anything else that has aired since. Like holy shit that was a good episode. Manly tears were shed. It wasn’t even the finale and it still managed to ramp up tension to new levels and I remain baffled how it can continue to do so every episode without fail. At this rate, the finale next week is going to be one hell of an experience!
I love the use of tactics – how Oarai manages to even the odds ever so slightly through clever planning and brilliant teamwork. So far this has been the most tactically heavy battle since the series started, with Miho full of ingenious plans to throw off the opposing team. Smoke was a fairly easy one to guess, but I’m sure I wasn’t the only one surprised to see Oarai towing the Tiger P to make up for its slower speed! I marvelled at some of their more daring strategies – this was certainly an episode in which the Hetzer shined as the student council showed us exactly how it’s meant to be used! Watching them infiltrate the enemy lines was nothing short of hilarious, especially seeing how Kuromori reacted!
This episode really drives home the reasons why I’ve been looking forward to the eventual showdown between Miho and Maho. Both grew up together, trained together, and seem to know exactly what the other is thinking and how best to counter them. While Erika wanted to go all out right off the bat and waste shells, Maho easily read Miho’s move and held her back – in fact, she seems to have anticipated almost every move Oarai would make! On the other hand, Miho knows exactly what to use against her former school to throw them into disarray and allow an escape and momentary reprieve. There’s a lot of back and forth as the two push against each other. At this point, I don’t want to make any solid guesses as to which one will emerge victorious!
Of course, it wouldn’t be Girls und Panzer without those spectacular moments that completely take your breath away. It might not be quite at the level of Pravda and their use of Katyusha, but seeing Kuromori in formation while Panzerlied played in the background was almost as amazing. Seeing how strongly the other teams all root for Oarai now was also beautiful – Miho makes friends of those she faces, not enemies. To be honest, I kind of expected some sort of repeat of Miho’s experiences in her previous final match – it just seemed like it would be fitting to bring it back now when it’s been a running theme for so long. It was a tough choice to make, but given how well we know her, I’d say it was quite obvious which decision she would come to. Watching her leap from tank to tank in order to save the Rabbit team was awesome. Miho is pretty fucking badass.
We end this penultimate episode quite nicely. I’m a little surprised that Miho didn’t anticipate a trap when urban warfare was always the logical choice to try and even out the odds between the two teams and Maho would undoubtedly have picked up on that. But then again, who expects to find a Maus hiding out away from combat? Watching it roll out was terrifying and it’s plainly obvious that Oarai have no chance against it given that everything bounces and it has enough firepower to blow them away. As I see it, all they can really do is ignore the Maus and go for the flag tank (man they were lucky the Maus didn’t end up being the flag tank) – taking it down with their firepower would be somewhat unreasonable!
tl;dr: @MoombaDS – #Garupan returns and blows every other show away. Kind of like a Maus!
- Is that a copy of Moeyo Sensha Gakkou I see there?
- The mechanics were clearly the best choice for the Tiger P!
- It was a little sad to see the history team go out like that, but also a little funny watching their shell bounce off harmlessly!
- Poor Erika.
- I can’t get over just how insane the Hetzer was this week!
Note: I will be away for a little over ten days starting Friday so the finale post will be delayed until my return. Thanks for understanding!