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Valiona's Liveblog of Girls und Panzer
Regarding Tankery status as "class" or "club" - it seems to be a class that is handled by a club, because Tankery is a federated sport (which means that all students taking the class would certainly have to be federated, and likely belong to a club, to "officially" practise the sport). Real world example: archery in my country. To even fire a bow (let alone competitions), you MUST be a federated archer, and federative licenses are only handled through archery clubs, not through individual petitions. I don't know of any school offering archery (nor any specific sport) as an elective, but should one DO offer it, it would MUST have to be through a club. And for some reason, schools offering specific sports as an elective seems a smaller suspension of disbelief than 7-Km-long schoolships...
erana
erana,

That's an interesting explanation, although I wonder whether Miho or the others would have to deal with rules like those as part of running the tankery club if they applied.

I am curious, however, how the students joining the club over the course of the year works. Mako had to switch from calligraphy to get in, but I'm not sure what mandatory elective Mallard, Anteater and Leopon Teams were taking. Did they have to file paperwork to switch electives? Were they penalized for doing so?

On a side note, Oarai's ship is quite small compared to St. Gloriana and Pravda's.
Valiona
It's also noteworthy that the big reveal regarding the setting (that the school and surrounding town takes place on a ship) is almost certainly why the OP does ED duty just for this episode, as you'd see it there, too, at least heavily implied.
Nyperold
Nyperold,

That's a good point, although there are some things that the opening spoils, such as the order in which Oarai faces its opponents. Then again, I've seen a few other anime series since this one that have the opening as the first episode's ending credits, so it's not entirely unusual.
Valiona
And for all the cleaning, everyone's wearing their standard school uniforms (well, with certain touches on the part of some). Except Yuzu.
Nyperold
Actually, the names of the three judges were already revealed in the Gu P Playing cards that were included in the Japanese BD/DVD of Gu P. Also, it's also mentioned in the recent omake 8 of Gu P: Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu manga. The names of the judges are Kanon Sasagawa(the judge with the round glasses), Remi Takashima(the judge with a ponytail), and Hibiki Inatomi(the judge with the short black hair).
Jamibu
Jamibu,

I see. I hadn't heard about those playing cards mentioning the names of the judges; there's a lot of information revealed in GuP's supplemental materials
Valiona
Here are the playing cards if you're curious:

Jamibu
Can't post links. Sorry about that.
Jamibu
Mako's tardiness and credits: maybe Oaoai works by excessive tardiness taking away credits (which would also explain why Sodoko saod her good grades wouldn't be enough). Or maybe not. Just a possible explanation.
erana
erana,

That might be the case. Of course, another possible explanation is that Sodoko's grades are inferior to Mako's despite her superior work ethic, and she's somewhat jealous of Mako.
Valiona
Indeed, both things are not mutually exclusive. Strange are the ways of the mutually tsundere...
erana
There's a slight touch about Mako leaping onto the tank that I kind of like. She stumbles. Now, this isn't a Cute Clumsy Girl fetish, but kind of a tempering of the feat; sure, it would have been cool if she had leapt over the glacis plate and made a graceful landing, but this makes her seem... more like an ordinary human, even if she's doing this right after waking up and not long before falling asleep again. Me, I'd probably try hitting the dirt parallel to the treads and hoping for the best. (Assuming it looks like there's space to do that.)

...even if her expertise in texting does little good in tankery.

Of course. Why would texting contribute anything of value to the sport?
Nyperold
Nyperold,

That's a good observation and good point about Mako's less than perfect landing.

To clarify, Hana was the one who said that texting was unlikely to be useful.
Valiona
Spall liners won't help you if a shell impacts you directly, Miho! You still don't want to risk being the exception unnecessarily! (Although there may be a reason she's preferring the view from topside...)

Yuri's treatment of Hana beforehand helps, as does her development later, but I was expecting a better reason for her vehemence. Maybe it's just Values Dissonance with any culture that expects you to carry on the family business regardless of how you feel, but... I don't know. I would have believed it better if I had found out a tank killed her husband, or her sister died doing Tankery, or something.
Nyperold
Nyperold,

It's possible that a reason like that would have helped explain Yuri's reasons, but it might have come off as cliched. This does help show that not only has tankery started going out of style, but there are traditionalists who don't like it, either.
Valiona
Actually, the matches are televised but the finals is the one that is televised LIVE.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

I see. Perhaps it might have been nice to see some people watching on television later, although most of Oarai's fans like to travel and watch the match in person.
Valiona
Which is why the DVD for the one battle costs more than the TV Collection DV Ds, the OVA DVD, the main manga series, and the series set in the past combined. (And this why the manga version of the battle is my sole exposure to it thus far.)
Nyperold
Nyperold,

I first watched it, along with the rest of the series, on Crunchyroll.
Valiona
Huh, interesting. I only knew "Fruits Basket" as a series I've neither watched nor read.
Nyperold
Nyperold,

So did I, until I read the translation notes. You can learn a lot about various things from them, from various aspects of the Japanese language to Japanese culture.
Valiona
Hmm. It's hard for me to really classify anyone as a "bad guy", as such, as bewildered as I am that there are so many characters who disdain Miho for putting saving lives ahead of winning a tournament. (Including a certain character who makes a decision that's only shown in the manga, IIRC; I might bring it up at or beyond the appropriate chapter if I'm given reason to.) I think for me to go that far, they'd have to stoop to sabotage, or blackmail, or deliberately continue to attack a tank that has its flag up (or undermine the meaning of the flag by having it go up without disabling the tank), or attacking a person. All of those would have official consequences, I'm sure.
Nyperold
Nyperold,

I only count three or four characters- Shiho, Erika, Manga!Anchovy and possibly Katyusha (although she seems to chide Miho on enabling her victory rather than genuinely disapproving of it), and all of them qualify for Jerk Ass status in various other ways. The Values Dissonance page suggests that we're meant to see this as a natural consequence of Miho putting duty over friendship, but given the way the story is written, I find that hard to believe given the various degrees of unlikeableness in the ways the characters are portrayed on this matter.

Attacking a tank that has its flag up or firing directly on humans are officially against the rules. I found an image showing the rules, and can't remember where I found it, but says that those two offenses are punished by disqualification
Valiona
The song that sounds instead of Katyusha is not Polyuska Pole - that's the one that sounds during Episode 9 winter scene. The "Tetris Theme" song is "Korobeiniki" ("Peddlers"), a XIX-century folk song. Amusingly about a girl named Katyusha, too (albeit it's doubtful that was the reaon they used it...)
erana
Yukari's failing to stand her ground is a textbook case of high self-confidence within her area of expertise, low out of it. (Maybe there should be a trope for that kind of characters...)
erana
erana,

That's a possibility, but one would think that Yukari, having watched Miho from afar from so long, would consider herself an expert on "Nishizumi-dono" or feel strongly enough about her that Erika wouldn't deter her.
Valiona
>consider herself an expert on "Nishizumi-dono" I usually restrain myself from making "meta" answers like "I chuckled", but I must say, I chuckled.
erana
The BD version of Gu P episode 10 fixed the pre-battle greeting with their Tankery Uniforms instead of the school uniforms.

Jamibu
Jamibu,

That's an interesting fix. It seems as though it was what they intended to happen in the first place, since I do have to wonder why the girls would have to change into their tankery uniforms on-site.

In light of that, do Darjeeling, Orange Pekoe and Assam still wear their school uniforms in their post-match meeting with Miho in Episode 4 of the BD version?
Valiona
Valiona

Yes, they still wear their school uniforms when they meet up with Miho and co. in the BD version.
Jamibu
"arousing Mako's... interest", or so says the fandom
erana
And thus, the only time we see Mako laugh. (Unless she does in "This is the Real Anzio Battle!") I can't think of another time in the anime when she's shown a positive emotion. In the manga, one time that I can recall, and it's another occasion.
Nyperold
About the Hetzer's specific sound: what the translators actually point out (in this manga and in the Maginot spinoff, from the same mangaka) is that the mangaka likes to give specific sounds to specific tanks. They even pointed to a youtube vid of a one of such tanks restored and running. Amusingly, the "custom sound" was quite spot-on.
erana
erana,

That's an interesting detail about the sound effects. I may get to Maginot's spinoff at some point.
Valiona
I think the key word of Maho's "could be expelled for losing a single battle" is the "could". As in, if the loss REALLY is the student's fault. As she says it to her less-than-well-behaved team, I feel her words have the implied meaning of "...or else" to get them to stop bickering and concentrate on teh actual match.
erana
erana,

That's an interesting suggestion. In any case, as I said, it has the intended effect, although I do have to wonder how much Maho believes it, given that she's going along with being heiress so that Miho will not have to, rather than because she believes in it.
Valiona
Actually that's my point. I feel Maho saying that is she having one of her VERY rare humor moments in mercilessly teasing the bickering twosome into frightened good behaviour while keeping her trademarked poker face. Of course, that's only one possible interpretation. Another is she saying that fully in jest but (since she positively sucks at jests) being taken dead serious. Honestly, I don't know whick of both possible interpretations would be more amusing. And, since she being actually cruel there (she MEANING what she says) would be very OOC for her, it's very likely one of the two humorous explanations is the real thing. Who could have guessed, stoic tragic heroines could be so funny?
erana
erana,

That's worth considering. Of course, another possibility is that she's saying it not as a threat but as a warning; believing that her crew doesn't deserve to get expelled, she says what she does so that they shape enough so that they don't.
Valiona
"Perhaps someday, when she has more experience, she'll be able to debate with Shiho on more even footing."

She already did, with deeds instead of words. Full details in the Girls und Panzer/Awesome page, but the abriged version is, her decission to stop to rescue Rabbit team in the last battle was actually the pivotal factor for her ultimate victory. Next time Shiho says it's foolish to stop to help a crew, Miho will just say, "Funny that you mention that..."
erana
erana,

I agree that it's quite an accomplishment, but we have yet to see how things play out between Miho and Shiho in the long run, since Shiho's last scene ends on an ambiguous note in the manga and anime. Most of the fanfics that I've read that return to the issue involve Shiho being unchanged by the experience, or even going ahead and disowning Miho in spite of that. As such, we have yet to see a "real" debate between Shiho and Miho on this matter.
Valiona
Regarding the timeline of the OV As, the guys who fan-translated them made a rather exhaustive analisys of WHEN they happen. The short version is: OV As 1, 2, 3 most likely happen during episode 5 (right before the training montage), OVA 4 happens neccesarily betwen episodes 7 and 8, and the nemaining OV As need no guessing, being explicit. Full details here
erana
(can't delete nor edit comments) link above is for an archived imageboard thread and should link to an specific post (this seems not to work in some browsers - if it loads the tpo of page, search for three consecutive posts made by "Ye Olde Sub")
erana
erana,

Thanks for the link. Those sound like plausible settings for all of the OVAs.

I'm personally curious as to why OVA 4 was put there, apart from not wanting to "spoil" the story by having the teams that hadn't joined yet in on the dance, although Anteater and Leopon Teams are featured quite prominently in the opening, and the Auto Club had appeared occasionally by that point.
Valiona
I have a theory (wel into WMG territory) that it was a "filler" ova. I mean, its likely that when they decided to make 6 ovas they soon came with ideas for 1, 2, 3 and 6, yet 5 is (or so they said) inspired by the unexpected fan popularity of Yuki no Shingun; if that's true, it means they had NOT come with six good ideas for ovas right from the beguining. Meaning 4 (an amusing but scriptless ova) could perfectly be a case of "Hey, no idea what to do for the last ova slot we need to fill - what if we make ANOTHER song-inspired one?".
erana
erana,

I do suspect that the OVAs were conceived and animated after the entire story was thought out. That may be why the Anglerfish Dance video was made, as something that's fun, if not enough to stand on its own.
Valiona
erana and Valiona,

For me, I appreciate that they did the Anglerfish Dance OVA since I(and some fans) wanted to see how the dance was done. We only got a glimpse of it on the series proper. Though if you've noticed that they made a slight change in a certain dance move(the hand waving) so it's a little easier to follow/do. Though I wish they had a version of the song where the Oarai team were singing the song since I like their version when they sang the Ankou song in episode 9.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

you could ask the fansubers - they're known for making fan ovas themselves.

Valiona, that gets me to ask - will you cover the fan-made "Tank Wars" ova?
erana
Jamibu,

You have a good point about the OVA showing how the dance is done, and that's an interesting observation about the handwaving.

erana,

I'm not sure I'll cover the fan-made "Tank Wars" ova, since it's not part of the main canon.
Valiona
About "first class" (most of Ankou team) and "second class" (Yukari), they mean the different groups of each course, not "first rate" and "second rate". At a maximum of, say, 30 students per class, even a school as "small" as Oarai is bound to have more than one.
erana
On a different note, as for the localization being far smoother than the fan translation, it's worth noting that the main translator of the fan-translator group whith which it's not a big secret I'm somewhat involved is not a native English speaker, and it shows in some of his lines being a bit awkward.
erana
erana,

Regarding the "first class" and "second class," I'd heard from someone else that Yukari "(is) not only in a different class, but a different faculty." and he also said that supplemental short dramas with the BD indicate that she has more problems with her studies.

That's an interesting revelation. Of course, regardless of whether the fan translations are done by those with English as a second language, I've noticed that fan translations often a bit more literal than the localizations.
Valiona
Valiona,

I just would like to point out that in OVA 4, The 6 Oarai teams were dancing the Anglerfish dance at some of the locations found at the real Oarai town in Ibaraki and not on the Oarai Schoolship. It's a way to promote the town for those who would want to see those places for their anime location pilgrimages.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

Thank you for pointing that out; I edited the entry
Valiona
Rather than Rabbit Team's performance "taking a dive" as a result of the OVA being set midway through the series, I'd say that the OVA is set in showing how their competence actually rises at that point. In episode 5, they showed the courage. In OVA 7, they showed the gunner skill and the leadership. In episode 9, they showed the driver skill. In episode 12, they showed it all to become the killer rabbits!
erana
"Erwin has typically acted as the sole representative of Hippo Team for tankery-related matters" Actualy, in episode 4 is Caesar their sole representative.
erana
erana,

Those are some good observations. Of course, from what I've heard, many viewers don't have as positive a view of Rabbit Team's competence, focusing instead on their mistakes.
Valiona
Valiona,

Keisoku High School is Continuation High School, a Finnish-themed School. BTW, there are some interesting info about the different schools of the Gu Pverse shared on the Girls und Panzer thread here at TV Tropes: Here are the links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6

Also, Girls und Panzer: Little Army will be getting a sequel manga soon.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

Thank you for this information. It'll prove useful when I write fan fiction, although I do notice that it contradicts a few bits of what I already wrote (for example, that the Nishizumi school was founded by Shiho's grandmother).

The idea of having a sequel manga to Little Army sounds exciting. Do you know anything else about it? Will it take place between Miho's graduation from elementary school and the start of the series?
Valiona
Valiona,

Not much info of that yet except that it will start on Monthly Comic Alive(the magazine that published Little Army) next month, April 27, 2015.

Also the Girls und Panzer Movie's release date is now on November 21, 2015 in Japan, its runtime now at 120 minutes from the previously planned 90 minutes, and Choucho will perform the film's theme song.

More info:Girls und Panzer RoundUp

Jamibu
Jamibu,

I heard about the new release date 30 extra minutes before, but that and the rest is interesting information.
Valiona
"which the translator notes point out don't actually exist" actually it was an author's note :)
erana
"how many school ships have both elementary and middle schools on them."

remember they are (most of them) "academies", which by definition is an educational institution offering several levels of education. Most are said to have (at least) middle and high schools (not elementary - OVA 3 states those are on land!), but others (like Gloriana) have "college" somewhere in their name, so...
erana
erana,

I see; I wasn't usually expecting author's notes in the margins between panels. That seems to be where the translators (fans or official localizers) put their notes.

That's a good point about the "academies' although interestingly enough, we've never heard about Oarai middle school, and there are a few schools that are specifically referred to as high schools.
Valiona
Re, notes, Maginot's mangaka has put notes in a few of the chapters. /ak/ clearly labels their own . As a point of fact, in chapter 2 the mangaka puts an author note stating a wrong fact about the FT-17 and /ak/ duly put a TL note correcting the author note! :)
erana
chapter 5 has been translated, download link should be available soon
erana
erana,

I found it. I'll put an entry up for it along with Ribbon Warrior Chapter 2.
Valiona (edited by: Valiona)
It must be said of this series that the guys at the imageboards had a VERY hard time trying to come up with "anything lewder than the original", and sometimes they just plain didn't manage to. You know which scene I'm talking about.
erana
re, "Away" game, Oarai first battle was fought in Oarai, making it a "home" game. They even used the terrain knowledge to their advantage. Since the actual tournament games are, as you say, "away" games for both teams, Oarai's need for more training includes having "away" games, since they can't count on terrain knowledge for them.

Well, but for the finals. See OVA 2.
erana
erana,

I know, and that's a good point about battles in which they don't have territorial knowledge. Of course, OVA 2 was also a way for them to gain knowledge of the arena, although I have to wonder what exactly they learned from it that they didn't learn from looking at a map.
Valiona
There's a lot of difference betwen reading a map and having been there. Like, a map's height line isn't usually drawn with such enough precision to know if a particular ridge of terrain is just high enough to hide a Hetzer behind or just low enough for it not to be hidden. Things like that.

Also, I think to remember that Miho's (and Alice's and Maho's) skill with a map are treated as the exception (in comparating them with Rommel's), not as the norm.
erana
"That night, Rin has an erotic dream about Shizuka riding her, which she blames on Shizuka."

Valiona, you're a true master od understatement.
erana
Valiona,

Incidentally, I have to wonder why Carpaccio has not appeared so far in this spinoff

She appeared in the first chapter of Ribbon Warrior but no speaking lines.
Jamibu
"but it's not clear whether the shot succeeded in defeating her" Short-range direct hit on a tank (AMC 35) with maximum armor thickness of 25mm with a gun (Type 94 37mm) able to penetrate 40mm at 500m (and 20mm at 1Km...) I'd say it's painfully clear it did suceed.
erana
Jamibu,

I see. Still, that's more of a cameo than an actual appearance.

erana,

That's true, although we didn't see the white flag pop up. It reminds me a little of the Type 89 taking a hit at the end of Episode 9, and just barely pulling through at the beginning of the next episode.
Valiona
re, MLLSD, last chapter (being typeset as I write this) is so unusual you might want to start by it, as it's the only chapter so far to feature tank combat. Among other things
erana
"...fewer tanks, seeming less disappointed about the latter than most would expect from her."

She likely knew that there was in store for her a chapter of her date with Miho and another chapter of Miho embracing her tenderly and tearfully
erana
erana,

Perhaps that would be of great... interest... to Yukari, but considering how she gets when she sees a tank, one would think that she'd be more displeased with preemptively being told that there would be less of one of her great loves in there, as opposed to having time to slowly realize this.
Valiona
Re, loader strength, you might want to pothole it to Running Gag because they make that joke with every loader, from Yukari to Nina
erana
"fake nails can peel off in the bath",

rather Miho scares Saori senseless by casually mentioning they can get caught and gouge your hand when riding a tank

"Ka~shima"

that's just Anzu's way of slurring the "wa" of "Kawashima" unto almost silentness when adressing her (if you notice, se just draws out the "a", making the "w" almost silent, "Kaaaasima") - it's a quite distinctive thing in her speech pattern
erana
I don't take Motto Love Love too seriously because it is a comedic spin-off from the start. The author will exaggerate their personality and downgrade their character for comedy. For me, it is official but not necessarily canon to the story.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

I see what you mean, but for some of the side characters, such as Katyusha in Chapter 2 and Darjeeling in Chapter 5, MLLSD generally does a better job of keeping their personalities somewhat more nuanced, or showing sides of them we haven't seen before, while also keeping it funny. That's part of the reason why I tend to like the non-Oarai chapters more.
Valiona
Maybe the most humorous part of this chapter is totally meta. Most chapters are done in the /a/ (anime and manga) board of a certain imageboard, yet this one marks the first time a chapter was "claimed" by its /u/ (yuri) board instead (as in, typeset and posted there before the "official" typesetter could do it -complete with "tsundere gift" lines in the typeseting credits).

Not that I complain, mind you.
erana
re, blank panels, it seems you read it right from the first batch in the imageboard thread (just in case you didn't knew, the translator goes by "Momo" because how often he misses). It has since been corrected and posted to the /ak/ wiki.
erana
erana,

I downloaded it from the AK Scans wiki as soon as it was available. Perhaps they got it from the first batch in the imageboard thread.
Valiona
erana and Valiona,

Yup, the one doing the typesetting forgot to put the corrected page into the batch and has already provided a new link for it. You'll just have to wait for the new link to be put on the AK Scans wiki.
Jamibu
Alas, the Yaketty Sax is a translation gag (/ak/ usually doesn't do them - for this one made an one-time exception to the policy)
erana
erana,

I see what you mean. It certainly fit the scene in this case, though.
Valiona
"out of a compartment on the side of the drum" should totally pothole to Crazy-Prepared
erana
While you may think this a "relatively weak" chapter, this one happes to be one of the scanlator team's favorites. Mentioned just to offer counterpoint.
erana
erana,

That's a good suggestion; I added it in.

Fair enough. I suppose part of the reason I didn't really like it is that I never found Leopon Team especially interesting.
Valiona
There's no missing word. She's just rambling.
erana
"the fact that only females are giving chocolates to each other complicates things"

Some folks who seem a bit obsessed over certain things have pointed out that the vast majority of the girls are giving each other plain, normal, factory-ought chocolates, which seems to be typical of friendship choco, and/or specifically state their gift to be so, yet there are two girls who painstakingly make handmade personalised gifts, something more typical if intended as romantic gifts, and do NOT state it to be friendship's (like the Hippo Team girls do with their history-themed, four-pronged "friendship choco attack"). Those two girs are Yukari (for Miho) and Erika (for Maho). Draw your conclusions.
erana
Araippe is Oarai's official mscot. This chapter is as meta as that old promo material of Oaraider teaming up with Miho.

Also,

MLLSD is not on hiatus - it's the only Gu P series that's still being translated as soon as it is released. Last chapter (Usagi team goes OPERATOR versus a fearsome [[spoilers:cockroach]]) was translated last week and is awaiting typesetting. (Just so you know).

As for Trench Flowers, thing is, it's a new series /ak/ was translating, but they had fallen too far behind (it's on chapter 7 yet no work had been done, yet) because of the large number of Gu P material (MLLSD, Maginot, Red Ribbon, and now Little Army 2) being usually their #2 priority, right after #1 (Upotte). You can reasonably expect translation to catch up in a month or so, if you are wondering.
erana
erana,

To clarify, I said that the translation for the *other (Girls und Panzer) series* were on hiatus, not M Ll SD.

I see what you mean. I'm looking forward to new chapters being translated.

On a side note, I'd like to thank you and everyone else who commented; this liveblog has now surpassed my Team8 liveblog in terms of how many comments it's received.
Valiona
re, new chapters, typesetter will start tomorrow or so he said
erana
MLLSD chapter 25 has been typeset and should be uploaded soon (Tm)
erana
erana,

That's good to hear. I'll keep an eye out for it.
Valiona
/ak/'s translator has stated he wants to do LA 2, just that it's still on hiatus because he wants to catch up in Maginot and RW first (in that order), he said.

I don't think this chapter is particularly humilliating for Usagi Team - yes, they look like cute girls afraid of 'roaches, all right, but they also keep their series-long tendency to start out as afraid and inefficient, then brave up and finally defeating their powerful enemies al by themselves. What? Did you really expect that tendency to be played out seriously? In MLLSD? Not even Miho would get that!

Also, Saki's jump is such a Shout-Out to Master Yuppa's own jumps in Nausicaa (just twin bugswatters instead of twin ceramic blades) that my sides hurt just by watching it...
erana
erana,

That's good to hear, even if it isn't quite what I saw on the "Projects Status Page."

It's true that Rabbit Team is like that in canon, but here, Saki was the only one who made meaningful contributions toward defeating the enemy.
Valiona
I think what the /ak/ translator means about "too much bla bla" is that the more dialogue the more he'll have to translate the thing. You have to understand that he is translating all Gu P manga plus other manga outside Gu P as well.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

spot-on. He actually asked for the hiatus on Gu P precisely because he was starting to have quite the backlog [[spoilers:which includes the Gu P Anthology]], with so many panzer stuff. Plus his usual answer when a character goes "wall of text" mode (like Shizuka in last RW chapter's raws) is along the lines of "oh, no, notto diso shitto agen".
erana
erana, Jamibu,

That makes sense, and I'd suspected that something like that was the case. MLLSD definitely seems to have the least dialogue of all the spinoffs, so that may be why it's the easiest to translate, and that may also be why no one seems to have tried to translate the light novels (pure text).
Valiona
BTW, maginot chapter 7 has been T Led, now waiting for typesetter (you can read it now in the imageboard archive if you dare visit that place)
erana
And now MLLSD chapter 26 has also been translated and is waiting for typesetting, in case you want to check it in the aforementioned archive
erana
erana,

Thanks for letting me know. I generally wait for the scanlated chapter before liveblogging, though.
Valiona
would edit previous comment instead of multi-post, but can't edit comments. Whatever. Ribbon Warrior chapter 7 translated. And oh boy, did we get Yaika right...
erana
The next Maginot is chapter 8 but still no TL for that yet. Ribbon Warrior Chapter 7 will be released soon.

But there's some bad news, the /ak/ translator decided to drop the translations for Little Army 2. Though he might bother about it in a few months or so again.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

Thanks for letting me know the number of the next Maginot chapter; does that mean that the raw is already out?

It's good to hear that Chapter 7 of Ribbon Warrior will be released soon, but it's quite unfortunate to hear that about Little Army 2. Did the translator say anything about his reasons for dropping it, or give any indication as to whether it was on hold or cancelled?
Valiona
Valiona,

The Maginot Chapter 8 raw was out last June 19 on the Comic Walker manga site.

To quote the /ak/ translator about LA 2:
I'm dropping translations for this from my backlog for good. Might bother about it in a few months or so again.

He is still providing the raws for the LA 2 chapters but the translations are out of the question for now unless another translator comes in to help in TL to lighten the /ak/ backlog. Or he's waiting for the Maginot spin-off to finish since it will be a short series AFAIK.
Jamibu
Forgot to say that Little Army 2 is on chapter 3 now.
Jamibu
The /ak/ translator updated the Project Status page of /ak/ wiki and this is the status of Little Army 2:

Little Army 2: no translator/raws only

and

Girls und Panzer: planed translation for Little Army 2 dropped for now.
Jamibu
Actually, SOUMA should've been SOMUA. A v2 of the chapter was released to correct the typo.

BTW, Maginot spin-off manga ends at chapter 10. The final chapter raws were just released today(Aug. 19th) at the Comic Walker site.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

I think I saw a post later on, but that wasn't in the chapter I read.

That's interesting to hear that there are two more chapters, and similar to what I expected. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest translated.
Valiona
Actually, it's a different girl who said that the Kawashiba sisters are the two top Auto club members . She is also has twintails and she was the other crew of the Panzer II with the twin sisters. BTW, the first volume of this manga that was released recently had a couple of corrections(the Centurion of Kilimanjaro became a Black Prince) and additions like the names of all Bellwall Academy Senshado members. Hopefully, we get the names translated soon.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

I see what you mean and made the changes.

That's some interesting explanation, and it does explain why Kilimanjaro was boasting about her Centurion, but ended up crewing a Black Prince.
Valiona
Well, we have some clue about the girl that Emi bumped into. She's wearing Kuromorimine's uniform.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

Good catch. It's a bit hard to tell what she's wearing under the hoodie (you can just see the collar and the skirt), but that's an interesting clue to who she might be, even if we haven't seen her before.
Valiona (edited by: Valiona)
New chapters 6.5 and 7 are up on /ak/.
Jamibu
I'd like to inform you that you missed a chapter. You haven't read Chapter 6.5. Actually, Chapter 6.5 and 7 were both published in the same issue.

I'm quite enjoying Little Army 2.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

Thanks for letting me know. I'll make an entry for the chapter when I find it.
Valiona
Oh so that is why I cannot see my comment. Sad to hear that your ending the liveblog but I understand your reasons why. Besides, the translators are kinda lagging behind on doing the Gu P manga for a while. Anyway, I just said on that unseen comment that the dates you said are Saori(June 22) and Mako(September 1) birth dates and not date of issuance of their Tank driving license. The date August 10 is for issuance date of Amateur Radio Operator license of Saori different from the tank driving license seen in the scene.

The one that Ami and Anzu talked to was the director of Japan Senshado Federation, Shichiro Kodama. His name, Tsuji Kota, and Chiyo Shimada are on the document of agreement shown by Anzu.
Jamibu
Jamibu,

Thanks for the directors name and the information on the dates. It might have been nice if someone mentioned Tsujis name at some point, since he went from being someone who appeared in a single scene of the anime to being the villain of sorts and the reason for over 75 percent of the film.

I also thank you for taking the time to comment again, and being a regular commentator- not many people seem to comment on liveblogs these days.
Valiona
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