A small school ship docked at Ōarai, Ibaraki Prefecture, with no real claim to fame, this is its first time participating in the High School National Tankery Tournament. This is immediately following its Tankery class's revival after over twenty years of inactivity. Compared to the other schools, their selection of tanks show no unified theme — because they hardly have the time or money to select their tanks, Ōarai has to make do with an assortment of surplus tanks.note After their Tankery Club was disbanded 20 years ago, they tried to sell all their tanks. The tanks that remained were not of the best quality.
Companion Cube: Ōarai's tanks are almost treated like characters. While they are inanimate and perform noactions of their own, some tropes are prominently used in their portrayal, as opposed to the opposing tanks (which get a much less detailed portrayal, with ONE very notorious exception).
Five-Tank Band: In a variation, Ōarai's tank teams behave as a Five-Man Band by proxy, because of the ways they behave as units in battle. Starting Episode 5, the girls start referring to them not as "teams" but as though they were people (e.g., "Rabbit-san" as opposed to "Team Rabbit"), complete with Japanese Honorifics.
Multinational Team: Tank version — unlike the other schools, Ōarai has no single class of tanks, instead relying on an assortment of tanks from different countries (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan and USA).
The protagonists' team. They drive a Panzer IV Ausf. D, a German medium tank, updated in Episode 7 into an Ausf. F2 configuration with a longer 75mm Kwk 40 L/43 gun and increased frontal armor, and later in Episode 10 into an Ausf. H, with a new paintjob, spaced turret armor and sideskirt armor. Initially the only Ōarai team without a Theme Naming scheme, their team's name was later given to them by the other teams right before entering the national tournament.
Five-Girl Band: In contrast to the homogenous theme of the girls of other teams, the girls of Anglerfish Team complement each other.
The Leader: Of the Ōarai teams as a whole, with their leader Miho becoming, by default, de facto commander of the squadron.
Companion Cube: The reason it's given an entry in the characters page.
Continuity Nod: Miho uses the same model of tank in the manga prequel and the anime. This is even given a subtle Continuity Nod in Episode 1.
The main character of the anime and a scion of a clan of famous tankers. She left the discipline after a certain incident and transferred from Kuromorimine into Ōarai, since its Tankery class was defunct for over two decades. She was promptly drafted into becoming the leader of its first class in twenty years (as a loader, then later commander of not just her team, but of the school's squadron) after the Student Council discovers her experience.
Adorkable: She's somewhat shy and socially awkward, and Saori says that she got interested in Miho because she seemed "jittery".
She tries this on her mother in Chapter 7 of Little Army, but fails.
Battle Cry: Has often said the words "Panzer Vor"note a German army command for tanks to advance throughout the anime. May also count as her Catch Phrase.
Because You Were Nice to Me: Miho ultimately joins Tankery class because Saori and Hana, her first two friends at Ōarai, decide that they want to join the same class as her, even though they wanted Tankery. Even when the Student Council is berating her for not joining, the girls argue vehemently for her, which she later tells them no one has ever done for her before.
Be Yourself: The anime is about her finding her own way of Tankery. Her character song is open about this.
A Big Sister to Her Friends: Her first words to damaged or knocked out friendly units are to ask if the crew is alright, and is more than willing to jump out of her tank to rescue allies in danger — no wonder everyone in Ōarai's tank teams love, adore and respect her.
Big Sister Worship: Little Army reveals that she looked up to Maho and wanted to follow her footsteps.
On a meta-story level, the main plot of Little Army (Maho firing on the enemy flag tank while it was trying to rescue some of her own teammates who risk drowning) and the key of Miho's Dark and Troubled Past (Miho choosing to rescue her drowning teammates at the cost of her team's flag tank), happening between prequel and anime, are very similar.
Within Little Army, the prequel begins with Miho walking to Ōarai alone like she did in Episode 1, and in the ending, cuts back to the present and shows her walking to school, only for Saori to call out to her and for her to turn around and see all her friends.
Broken Pedestal/Rebuilt Pedestal: Her relationship with her older sister Maho goes through this twice — in Little Army. It was broken when Miho learns that Maho willingly fired upon an enemy flag tank rescuing a drowning tank crew from her own team, then rebuilt after their heart-to-heart conversation in later chapters; then in the anime, it was implied to have been broken again after Miho left Kuromorimine and tried to quit Tankery after her attempt to rescue a drowning teammate cost her team their tenth straight championship and earned her a cold-hearted dressing down from her strict mother (who is the head of the Nishizumi style of Tankery), then started rebuilding as Maho lending her team chopper to Mako in Episode 6 showed that she still thought highly of helping fellow players, even from opposing teams.
Calling the Old Woman Out: Downplayed, in that Miho never actively questions her mother's adherence to their Tankery style, though at one point she directly asked her if it was necessary for Maho to shoot the enemy flag tank rescuing a friendly unit. She was unusually forward to a degree that Maho found it uncharacteristic of her.
Closed Door Rapport: In the last chapter of Little Army, unsure of whether or why she should continue doing Tankery, she hides inside one of her family's tanks until Sakuyo, Chihiro and Hitomi convince her to come out.
Combat Pragmatist: Miho is often able to think up strategies and tactics on the fly, and will utilize whatever she has to win, such as luring a tank into a trap using false communications. While their effectiveness varies depending on the opposing team's chemistry and performance, this trait of hers is acknowledged as a major strength by all her opponents and Maho notes how it was just like Miho to fight her as she did, in her own style, that managed to defeat her. She also bluntly tells their mother that Miho is much more skilled than she gives her credit for.
Cute Clumsy Girl: Bumps into a light post in Episode 1 while turning to look at a bakery, and in class, she drops her pencil, then several other items while attempting to retrieve it. Later in the cafeteria she nearly trips after getting her lunch. She also implies that she's clumsy to her two new friends.
Dark and Troubled Past: After one of the tanks in her squad fell down a river, she abandons hers — the flag unit — to save them, losing the championship in the process.
Don't Call Me Sir: Suggests that one of her mother's students, being older, does not need to address her formally, but the student tells her that age doesn't matter since she's the instructor's daughter.
Expy: Of Miyanaga Saki from Saki. Unlike Saki, Miho has done nothing for Maho to hate her, and indeed, Maho loves her very much, enough to sacrifice her own happiness so that Miho can find her own way in the world.
Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: After being told to take Tankery by the student council, when she has a blank, unchanging stare until she and her friends were in the nurse's office.
Famed in Story: Many in Ōarai squeed at the sight of a scion of a legendary Tankery clan becoming one of them. Yukari was chief among them.
Friendless Background: Briefly alluded to this in Little Army, as, similarly to Yukari, she had difficulty finding friends who were interested in tanks before meeting Hitomi, Chihiro and Emi.
Genius Ditz: She is an excellent Tankery commander and generally competent, but also clumsy.
Heroic Sacrifice: During the match against Pravda, she is initially willing to surrender to avoid the possibility of people being injured in the shootout should she continue fighting, despite knowing that she will be disinherited should she fail to win.
I Just Want to Have Friends: In Little Army, she said she has long wanted to find people she can do Tankery with. In the main series, despite having believed that leaving Tankery behind is the right thing to do, she feels lonely at Ōarai until she meets Saori and Hana and is thrust back into the one thing she knows how to do.
I Know You Know I Know: In the practice match against Maho in Little Army, Miho says that Maho's StuG III not having a turret means attacking it from the sides is ideal, but...
Miho: "I'm sure big sis already knows that as well." (cuts to Maho)
Maho: "Miho's team is definitely going to come at us from our flanks."
The Leader: As the only Tankery veteran in the school, she is elected to this position; both as commander of Anglerfish Team and of the Ōarai squadron as a whole. She overlaps with all types: planning the attack before the match (mastermind), staying focused during the match (levelheaded) and inspiring her subordinates to follow her (charismatic).
Lonely Rich Kid: She is the youngest of the prestigious Nishizumi family and in Little Army, tells Emi that because she wasn't able to make any friends who shared her interest in tankery before meeting her, Chihiro and Hitomi, she hopes that the four of them can get along.
Nice Girl: Almost never gets angry or has anything bad to say about others, no matter how mean they are to her.
Nice to the Waiter: Gets along well with the Nishizumi maids, who are willing to talk with her about her problems. In the manga, it is indicated that she still maintains correspondence with Kikuyo via mail.
No One Gets Left Behind: Her philosophy, which put her at odds with her own family's "win at all costs" policy. She doesn't think twice about leaving her tank to save a crew in distress. In the finals, she even managed to save Rabbit Team from sinking by leaping across Ōarai's tanks, tying a rope around it and leaping back, enabling the other tanks to drag it through.
Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: She finds herself unfavorably compared to her mother and sister, but she's the foremost expert on Tankery in Ōarai, which brings her to the forefront of their Tankery class's renaissance. Erika remarks on this once, commenting that the school must be weak if she managed to become its commander. Downplayed, if not straight-out subverted, in that Maho believes that Miho is as talented as herself.
What Maho does to her during the finals — Maho has been watching her little sister's matches, so naturally she has countermeasures in case Miho tries to repeat her trick of dragging the enemy into Urban Warfare. Which she does.
Maho also does this in the practice battle in Little Army. Miho is understandably less than confident in her plans because she knows how skilled Maho is. After she barely avoids defeat thanks to luck, Miho, after getting a Heroic Second Wind, decides for a final confrontation with Maho, knowing that they're not skilled enough to escape her. She just barely loses.
OOC Is Serious Business: Twice in Little Army. Maho notes to Miho how unusual it was for her to question their mother over Maho's aloof behavior, and later Sakuyo also tells her how surprised she is (as are Chihiro and Hitomi) to see her get into a fight with Emi after the latter states she hates Maho, whom she never met before.
Rousing Speech: Played with. Miho's natural meekness makes her suck at the usual techniques that make a good speech, so her results when trying vary. When rallying her teams mid-battle, she resorts to tactical analysis which her teammates take as rousing (such as the matches against St. Gloriana and Saunders). When she does try, she fails miserably, like her first two against Pravda (more so with the second, where she speaks fluently and convincingly... to convince Ōarai to surrender); come the third, upon realizing that defeat or capitulation would cause Ōarai to shut down for good, she gets it right — and even that doesn't work because morale dropped quickly afterwards; the fourth (at Momo's request) fails miserably; and come the fifth, she just drops the speeches and gets the team to join in the Anglerfish Dance. She does give a somewhat decent speech before the finals, saying that no matter what happens, she will consider Oarai her alma mater. Finally, after Ōarai wins the tournament, and Miho is asked to say something to the team, she stammers for a moment (causing the background music to stop dead), then yells "Panzer Vor!".
Second Year Protagonist: Her first year involved a traumatic event involving Tankery, which lead to her transfer to Ōarai for her second year.
Squee!: As a Continuity Nod to Little Army, when she first saw the (then) only Ōarai tank — a Panzer IV Ausf. D, the same one she commanded as a ten-year-old with her childhood friends — her expression and voice both soften considerably and she caresses the old tank's armor.
Stepford Smiler: At times, such as after Maho coldly walks off with their mother in Little Army, or when she acts as though nothing happened the day after being told that she will be disinherited if she loses the semifinals in the main series manga.
Tactical Withdrawal: In stark contrast with her family's straightforward approach, every battle she fights is ultimately won (or at least narrowly lost) through retreating from unfavorable situations, rallying, then attacking again.
Take a Third Option: Miho's choices in the finals seem to be winning the match or saving her friends. Operative words being "seem" and "or".
White Sheep: Left her family due to her disagreement with their combat style, and even Maho seemed to show no opinion over Miho's victory against Saunders in Episode 6. In the final episode, Maho openly tells Miho that her own style triumphed and that she's happy that Miho found her own path. Even Shiho claps for Miho.
"World of Cardboard" Speech: At the end of Little Army, she gives one on her reasons to go into Tankery, which provides her character quote.
You Are in Command Now: Miho is increasingly given more responsibilities due to her experience, despite initial reluctance — first as tank commander after Saori fails at it, then later appointed by the Student Council as squadron commander before their first match, after she raises concerns about Momo's plan.
The main character of the light novel adaptaion, Saori is a redhead with a string of failed searches for romance. She's one of Miho's first friends since her transfer to Ōarai. She becomes Anglerfish Team's radio operator due to her love of small talk.
A Friend in Need: Risked expulsion together with Hana (or so they thought) by defending Miho's decision not to take up Tankery before the Student Council.
Cool Big Sis: To the girls of Rabbit Team, giving (untried) love advice, explaining things, leading their search team, and comforting the panicking younger girls when they're hopelessly lost.
Casanova Wannabe: A rare female example. She'd have an Urban Legend Love Life if anyone believed her for more than five minutes. So infamous is she for her failed attempts that the girls of Rabbit Team once jested that she has a more successful "romance" with the Panzer.
"No matter for how long I kept arranging the flowers, I felt like something was missing. But I want to work with stronger flowers!"
Voiced by: Mami Ozaki (Japanese), Caitlynn French (English)
The other first friend of Miho since her transfer to Ōarai, Hana is the daughter of a family of ikebana (flower arrangement) professionals. She initially sat at the driver's seat, but the thrill of hearing the roar of shells inspired her to man the Panzer's guns.
A Friend in Need: Risked expulsion together with Saori (so they thought) for defending Miho's decision not to do Tankery.
Big Eater: It's subtle, but she always has bigger portions than her teammates when they have a meal. In Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu, this is made into a joke when Saori, seeing that she's gained weight, worries about inadvertently taking larger servings while around Hana.
The Big Girl: She's the gunner for the Anglerfish team. She's proud of her accuracy.
Black Sheep: Disowned by her mother for doing Tankery. She still comes to watch the match against Pravda in Episode 8, and their next meeting at a flower exhibit brings mom around and Hana is welcomed back into the family.
Fantasy-Forbidding Mother: Yuri initially opposes her daughter's interests and wants her to stay in the family's ikebana business.
Friendly Sniper: Soon after being assigned as gunner, she does some impressive shooting with a low-velocity 75mm KwK 37 L/24 cannon.
Lady of War: She's tall, elegant and gentle... and fires live ammo. Tankery and ikebana are all the same to her.
Meaningful Name: Hana means "flower", and in case you haven't noticed yet, she's an ikebana specialist. It also means "nose", in conjunction with her sense of smell.
Nerves of Steel: In addition to standing up to the Student Council to defend Miho's (initial) decision not to do Tankery, she's the only member of the search party in Episode 7 who doesn't get scared of the "ghosts" inside the school ship, and is determined to go see Mako's grandmother despite hearing her yelling. Yukari lampshades this.
The Nose Knows: Has a keen sense of smell, honed by years working with flowers. She helps pinpoint an abandoned tank on the school grounds by being able to detect the smell of iron and oil in a forest.
Not so Above It All: Despite being seemingly one of the more down-to-earth members of the team, she randomly plays with a tent rope in OVA 2, and starts arranging the weeds in the spinoff manga. In the same spinoff manga, she actually laughs uncontrollably at Assam's terrible jokes.
Oh Crap: Her reaction when Yukari mentions she's doing Tankery in front of her mother, not knowing Yuri does not approve.
The Ojou: Similar to Miho, but to a family of a different specialty.
What the Hell, Hero?: Complains about the Student Council threatening Miho with expulsion over not taking Tankery. It's only what it seemed like at the time.
"Please give up on Nishizumi-san."
Worthy Opponent: Of sorts to Saunders' second-in-command Naomi, as revealed in the spin-off manga.
Yamato Nadeshiko: Tankery is supposed to mold girls into this, but she already fits the bill; polite, elegant, skilled in traditional art forms and possess Nerves of Steel.
The main character of the manga adaptation, Yukari is an energetic tank fangirl who hides severe fitting-in issues. Then she met kindred souls in the form of Miho, Saori and Hana, inspiring her to become the gunner, and later the loader and de facto second-in-command of Anglerfish Team.
Adorkable: Look into her interactions with Miho, particularly when she begins to act flustered.
Ascended Fangirl: A girl who loves tanks, and gets to be a crew of one of them, more so commanded by her idol, a Nishizumi. In the manga, for the match against Anzio, she gets to command a newly-restored Char B1 bis because there wasn't enough time to recruit three new members to man the tank before the match.
In the manga, after hearing about Miho being threatened with disinheritance.
Played for laughs in volume 4 of the spin-off manga, when she sees Kay kiss Miho on the cheek.
Crazy-Prepared: She carries a military-issue mess kit around, and is genuinely surprised other people don't do the same. Taken Up to Eleven in the fifth OVA, much to Erwin's amazement.
Dressing as the Enemy: While infiltrating Saunders, she wears the Saunders school uniform. In the fifth OVA, she and Erwin steal some of the Pravda team's overcoats and talk to Nina, a Pravda student who doesn't recognize them.
Fangirl: Of tanks. She all but cuddles the Pz38(t) when it was found.
Friendless Background: Yukari was so obsessed with tanks, she had virtually no common ground with schoolmates until she met Miho.
Friendly Sniper: During her brief time as gunner, she gets 3 kills with 3 shots despite not having any Tankery experience.
Genki Girl: Even outside Tankery, she acts quite lively.
In the first OVA, she's shown to know all her three sizesnote Although the first two measurements were already revealed during the uniform fitting in Episode 5 (with elated gasps from Yukari no less), the third wasn't. Judging by Miho's embarrassed reaction, she got them right.
In the manga, because of her respect toward her fellow history-buff and superb performance as the commander of the Char B1 bis during the Anzio match, Erwin calls her Guderian. In the anime, she gets the nickname after helping them find the Char B1 bis.
Secret Keeper: In the manga, is the only one besides Miho who knows that Miho will be disinherited if she loses to Pravda.
Squee!: Tanks evoke this reaction on her ("Panzer High", as Miho puts it), and a more heartwarming one when one of the tank crew Miho saved during her tenure at Kuromorimine thanks her for saving her (and her comrades).
The Spymaster: She (mostly) successfully infiltrated Saunders. In later episodes, she's Miho's first choice for scouting.
Super Strength: In OVA 1, she hurls Mako airborne using only her left arm; a result of spending time lifting heavy tank shells and workouts, as she states during OVA 2.
The Team Wannabe: When the Tankery teams are assembled at the end of the first episode, she is seen standing behind Miho, Saori and Hana. Later in episode 2, she is seen admiring Miho from a distance behind a tree as the girls look for the tanks in a parking lot. At first she seems unimportant, but when Miho look back at the tree, Yukari hides. When they start walking away, Yukari tries to follow them, but then Miho starts talking to her, and she ends up becoming the fourth member of their group.
Unwitting Instigator of Doom: When Hana is introducing her friends to her mother, Yukari mentions that she's in a different class from Hana, Saori and Miho, but they're doing Tankery together — oblivious to the fact that Yuri Isuzu doesn't know of and disapproves of her daughter's hobby, and later apologizes for what happened next.
With Due Respect: Yukari likes to use military terms, addresses Miho and the crew by the very formal "-dono", and invokes this trope verbatim when defending Miho from Erika's Trash Talk.
You Are in Command Now: In the manga, in order to field the newly-restored Char B1 bis for the match against Anzio, Miho had to form a new three-person team for it by drawing from Ōarai's existing crew pool. Yukari was chosen to take the commander's seat (along with Team Hippo's Erwin as gunner/loader and Team Rabbit's Aya as driver) until three new members could be recruited to man it.
You Did the Right Thing: Her opinion of Miho's past decision to save the crew of sinking tank even at the cost of a championship.
Saori's childhood friend and a gloomy fellow with a string of tardiness and absences stemming both from her dislike of rising early in the morning and, so she claims, a low blood pressure. She only joins the team because of the incentive of clearing her record.
A-Cup Angst: She's not proud of her chest size, as shown when doing some Skinship Grope on Saori in Episode 5. In Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu, the version of herself that has grown up (Mako is also the shortest member of Team Anglerfish) also has a large pair of breasts.
Blue with Shock: In OVA 3, when her agoraphobia kicked in after climbing the pinnacle of the ship. The girls sans Saori wonder if she's ill.
Brilliant but Lazy: Mako is one of the smartest girls in Ōarai who can learn tank driving just by reading the manual. However, she hates getting up early and is generally unmotivated due to "low blood pressure".
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Mako is always at the top of her grade and can learn to drive a tank just by reading the manual, but anyone who wants her to work for them must deal with lethargy. Luckily for them, her fear of her grandmother outweighs her distaste for waking up early.
Childhood Friends: With Saori; they've known each for a long time, indeed, long enough for Saori to know about her grandmother.
Towards Midoriko Sono, aka "Sodoko". During episode 8, after being asked to train Sodoko's team on how to drive the Char B1, Sodoko gets a little snooty, upset at the prospect of having to ask Mako for help, and tells Reizei to train them thoroughly. Reizei responds by saying "hai hai" (Japanese for "yes"). Sodoko tells her not to say it twice, so Reizei says it once, but then stretches it out...
While the rest of Anglerfish Team is protesting Erika's mockery of Miho, and Miho sits there passively, Mako chimes in to remark about how humiliating it would be for those in the "ivory tower" to be beaten by a team they thought were unworthy of participating in a tournament.
The Drag-Along: Mako would rather not be doing this tank thing; Saori does the dragging by reminding her of the pardon.
Dramatic Drop: Drops her cell phone after hearing about her grandmother being hospitalized.
In-Series Nickname: Sodoko counterattacks at being called so by Mako, by calling her "Remako", except nobody followed suit, so she switches back to calling her on a Last Name Basis.
Instant Expert: Episode 3. Mako, without previous tank driving experience, manages to do it after briefly glancing at the manual. This is lampshaded by some members of Duck Team (anime) and Sodoko (manga) when she tries to teach it to them, without taking into account how long it would take ordinary people to learn.
Sodoko: "Don't screw with me! You think it's normal to know how to do it just after looking at the manual?"
Kindhearted Cat Lover: Her cellphone has cat purrs as ringtone. One can argue that a cat is also her character motif, since she's just like a cat, and is shown sleepily poking her head out of the tank in front of a cat in the opening. In the manga, Saori even calls Mako and Sodoko "like cat and dog".
Late for School: 235 times and counting when she was introduced, which increases to 251 late arrivals, 12 unexcused absences and 5 excused absences as of the finals. It's easier to count the number of days Mako isn't late for school.
Malicious Misnaming: Often calls Sodoko by her nickname against her wishes, although she's not the only one to do so.
She's typically cool-headed at best and lethargic at worst. When she hears about her grandmother collapsing, she becomes determined to get there, even considering swimming an impossible distance if necessary. It also comes to the point that the perpetually sleepy Mako has been losing sleep over her grandmother.
After the finals, in response to Sodoko clearing her truancy record, she lets out a whoop and glomps her.
Punny Name: "Reizei" sounds a lot in Japanese like "lazy".
The Quiet One: Compared to the rest of Anglerfish Team, since she rarely speaks in a given scene that doesn't specifically involve her. This is lampshaded by her Tsundere grandmother.
Hisako:"You're always too quiet, like some anti-social!"
Sugar and Ice Personality: As Miho points out, despite seeming more aloof than the other girls, her interactions with her grandmother and willingness to help Sodoko show a warmer side. Her reaction to Miho saving Rabbit Team is more understated than most, but her smile is proof that she's impressed.
"Well Done Granddaughter" Gal: It's implied that in spite of her bickering with her grandmother, she isn't just scared of her temper, but wants her to be proud of her. Her image song also shows her fear of disappointing her.
"I'll be damned if I give up here!" (While surrounded by multiple late-war German heavy tanks and tank destroyers)
Dumb Jock: They're sensitive about being perceived as this, and in Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu, express a desire to perform well in the sports test to erase the shame of how badly they did on the quiz.
Lady Looks Like a Dude: Short hair, wears shorts and a tee shirt, and AA-cup breasts. If it wasn't for the fact she's a student at an all-girls school, you might think Noriko was a boy.
Older Than She Looks: She's the only second year in the Duck Team, but you won't know that when she stands beside her teammates, who not only tower over her, but also have fuller figures.
Wingding Eyes: When going through "volleyball withdrawal," her eyes are replaced by volleyballs, and she ends up striking her well-endowed teammates Akebi and Taeko in the breasts as though she were spiking a ball.
The likewise hot-blooded driver of the Type 89, often pushing the otherwise below-average tank beyond its limits.
A-Cup Angst: In Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu, especially when in the company of either Taeko or Akebi.
Badass Driver: She's able to do things like running her tank off-road at its maximum road speed and somehow not throw a track, or even balancing the tank on its nose while runing away, as flag tank, from six Pravda tanks. That's right: her tank is driven by the very power of guts.
Drives Like Crazy: Drifts and weaves all over the place, including hitting trees. Against Pravda, it's more like "Drives Like Their Lives Depended on It".
Gag Boobs: Her significant assets are often the target of Noriko during her "volleyball withdrawal" episodes in Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu. Showcased even more in the 4th chapter where, due to the Student Council mixing in sea water in the pool water to save on budget, her boobs actually float.
Phenotype Stereotype: Averted. Despite being tall, blonde and blue-eyed on top of being VERY well-stacked, Akebi is apparently pure-blooded Japanese. This is lampshaded in chapter 4 of Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu by Kei, who, after a glance, wonders why she isn't in Saunders instead.
A team of history nuts who all take their nicknames after famous personages. They drive the StuG III German assault gun/tank destroyer. Despite starting off as rookies, their passionate interests and level heads make them better then most of their teammates, save for Anglerfish Team.
Catch Phrase (doubles as Running Gag): Oftentimes when one of them happens to say something which strikes the fancy of the rest, they tend to scream "That's it!" in unison. When they consulted Yukari as to their StuG III in Episode 7, she made a favorable comment and all of them uttered the said Catch Phrase.
The Big Guy: Of Ōarai's tank teams — Hippo behaves as their knockout punch, having the most powerful gun and the thickest frontal armor (until the Tiger(P) joins the team).
Cloudcuckoolander: They're so obsessed on living up their 'soul names', they do and use things of their respective specialized history. See no further than their choice of swimsuits from the first OVA.
Large Ham: The flashiest of all the squads, with their outfits, quotations of history, and shamelessly loud presence.
One of Us: They're nerds when it comes to history, military history in particular.
Logical Weakness: The lack of a rotating turret means the only way to hit anything behind or to the side of the tank is to turn around. While Miho was saving Rabbit Team from the river, the StuG III is unable to return fire for this reason. Miho considers exploiting this in the practice match with Maho, but realizes that the latter would be expecting this.
Lady of War: As the only girl to practice two out of three martial arts stated to "emphasize a woman's femininity and dignified grace" (kyuudou and sensha-do), she should be, but this is not the case. Her dignified grace is usually everything but. Just check her choice of swimsuits in OVA 1, from a red loincloth to a golden sarashi.
A team of six freshmen driving the American M3 Lee tank. The girls themselves form the single largest concentration of cuties in the show. They are also fans of old movies and TV shows.
Badass Adorable: All the girls (particularly the Ōarai squadettes) certainly fit the bill, but special mention goes to the Rabbit girls for leaning more on the "adorable" part. The Kuromorimine match proves the "badass" part of Badass Adorable).
Butt Monkey: They get more than their share of bad luck.
In Episode 3, they try to run, but their track happens to be on a slick patch - this is on a ship where even a wooden suspension bridge is specifically covered with steel plate for tank usage and tough enough to take direct shell hits - causing the track to get stuck and snap.
In OVA 2, their attempt to sneak in dinner a little early turns into a conflagration.
In Episode 5, they demonstrate reasonable basic skills in reconnaissance for their first try, but fall victim to Alisa's radio-interception (and also Alisa's skill in coordinating the movements of the two converging platoons). They also made the correct fire distribution decision when engaging Saunder's "Charlie" and "Dog" tanks, but it is nullified because they missed the other tank. (After this, the enemy tanks' armor and firepower rapidly increase, so that was their last chance to get a conventional kill).
In Episode 7, they find the Tiger(P), but they get lost first.
Theme Naming: All named after members of the Japanese women's football team who won the 2011 World Cup.
Took a Level in Badass: Their courage and performance (or lack thereof, in both cases) in the first two battles are a joke. However, come the tournament they have become brave and effective, culminating in their takedown of two of the heaviest tank destroyers in history during the finals.
Boring but Practical: Historically, the M3 Lee was only an interim design to quickly get a 75mm-armed tank on the field as soon as possible, but managed to attain remarkably good performance, given its limitations. Within Ōarai, it is used as a "poor man's StuG III", sometimes joining the latter in tank hunting (even dealing the final blow to the first Saunders tank to get caught in an ambush), plus taking over when the StuG III is taken out in the Final Battle.
Companion Cube: The reason it's given an entry in the characters page. This is best exemplified by the following lines, uttered after it is damaged in battle:
The Ditz: Such as when she says tanks are strong but no match for monsters like Godzilla as though it is a deeply profound thought.
Don't Think. Feel: In Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu, Miho tries to teach her some driving techniques, which go in one ear and out the other. When they get into the tank, Karina does a good job and comments that she didn't think about it.
Only Sane Woman: During the (manga only) fight against Anzio, she takes the Char B1 along with Yukari and Erwin. With two Large Ham history-buffs who spout historically doomed expeditions when they're caught in a bad situation as teammates, she's definitely the most sane girl in that tank.
Precision F-Strike: It may just be an artifact of translation, but when facehugging the Jadgtiger...
Voice with an Internet Connection: Played with. Her attempts to get tank driving instructions off the internet failed spectacularly- one person told her "Google it!" and another tried to trick her into taking her clothes off. At least she was smart enough to ignore the suggestion given to her.
Zettai Ryouiki: Grade-A (and two-thirds of whats needed for a Grade-S!)
Curse Cut Short: Her reaction upon being fired upon as she was trying to attack Kuromorimine for the third'time in a row.
Didn't Think This Through: She admits that she overestimated Ōarai's available tanks and other resources for winning the tournament, but couldn't think of any other ideas to keep the school open.
Do Not Go Gentle: Part of her reason for making the deal to keep Ōarai open if it wins the tournament is that she doesn't want to spend an entire year waiting for Ōarai to shut down, but to be able to have hope.
Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Has them at times in the manga in more serious moments, such as confirming Momo's statement that the tournament determines Ōarai's fate.
The Extremist Was Right: In order to revive a Tankery program 20 years dead, she resorts to extreme actions such as offering tremendous incentives (just one of them is 200 excused absences) and drafts Miho (the only Tankery veteran) despite her trauma, even letting her think that she'll be expelled if she doesn't. She is vindicated by enough new members to fill four tanks and Miho becoming invaluable to The Team in addition to reclaiming her love of Tankery. If your beloved school was threatened with shut-down, you'd resort to extreme action too.
Girlish Pigtails: In keeping with her relaxed nature and in contrast with her serious position.
Giver of Lame Names: While Momo laments the nicknames given to their various tanks, which are named after animals, Anzu simply says the names sounded cute and rolls with it.
Let's Get Dangerous: The first time she does something during a match proves she can hold her own against the best.
Master of the Mixed Message: She remarks to Miho that she "won't be attending school for long" unless she joins Tankery class, which Saori and Hana interpret as expulsion. Turns out she is referring to Ōarai itself, which would shut down unless it wins the upcoming tournament, thus Anzu badly needed Miho's experience and training. In a later conversation with Miho, Anzu admits that she had to be vague because she doesn't want Miho to worry too much during her first year at Ōarai.
OOC Is Serious Business: Lampshaded in the manga by Yukari when Anzu stopped smiling and said that defeat is not an option.
Perpetual Smiler/Stepford Smiler: She's almost always optimistic and cheerful, but she has to be to keep up to avoid falling to despair at the insurmountable challenge of saving the school.
Student Council President: Her status as this makes her the nominal leader of the Tankery team starting off. It's also how she was able to swing the deal to save the school.
The much put-upon Vice-President of Ōarai's Student Council as well as the driver of Turtle Team.
Badass Driver: Rivals Mako when cornered. During the match against Pravda, she puts speed into Tankery!
Beleaguered Assistant: She's the only one doing any physical work at the council while Anzu lounges around and Momo barks orders.
Ms. Fanservice: Somehow wound up washing her team's Panzer 38(t) in a two-piece bikini in Episode 2.
Nice Girl: She's polite and courteous to others, is visibly uncomfortable with Anzu's attempt to pressgang Miho into the tankery team even if she knows why Anzu is doing it, and is openly appreciative of Miho's more compassionate approach to Tankery.
Saying Too Much: When Miho remained adamant about her refusal to join Tankery class even with pressure from Anzu, Yuzu hysterically cries that their school's "finished". Neither Miho nor her friends pick up on that, possibly taking it as an exaggeration. Eight episodes later, Miho finally learns what Yuzu really meant.
"Listen up, you cowards! Next is the semi-finals! We absolutely have to win! It's all over if we lose!"
Three girls first seen in the opening, the members of the Public Morals Committee take over crew duties for the French Char B1 bis from Yukari, Erwin and Aya beginning with their match against Pravda. Collectively, they serve as The Sixth Ranger, joining Tankery right before the match.
Inexplicably Identical Individuals: All three of them. Art style aside, they share the same short black hair and voice actress. This may be justified. Being part of the Disciplinary Committee, they have to stand as an example of cohesion for the rest of the student body, hence the similar hairdos.
Lampshaded in the sixth OVA, where in a "Hidden Talent Contest" they perform a multiplication trick which consists of Gomoyo and Pazomi stepping out from behind Sodoko.
In Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu, it is revealed that there are more than 100 members on the Disciplinary Committee, who all look like Sodoko with slight variations (for example, one has a Blush Sticker, another has Eyes Always Shut and so forth).
Mako: "Seeing Sodoko gathered like this feels bad."
Self-Deprecation: In the 6th OVA, they make fun of the fact that they all look alike.
Gung Holier Than Thou: Insists that everyone follow the rules and often complains about freshmen wearing makeup or the Hippo Team's costumes. She says that Tankery, as an elective, is bound by school rules. No one pays her any mind.
"This is a class."
I Gave My Word: At the finale, she deletes all records of Mako's truancy, fulfilling one of the stipulated benefits of joining Tankery, as well as a promise she made late in the battle. Cue glomp from Mako.
They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Really hates her nickname, especially when it's Mako who is calling her that. Interestingly enough, after the Char B1 bis gets flipped over by the Maus, she and the others report in with them.
Tyrant Takes the Helm: In Chapter 6 of Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu, she gets the chance to exercise her authority to the fullest extent and goes mad with power, even cracking down on the girls' hair colors and styles.
Ms. Fix It: All four of them are skilled at fixing broken tanks. They can fix the Porsche Tiger while it's in motion!
Over My Dead Body: Tank-version. They use the wreckage of their tank to bar the path to where the Nishizumi sisters are locked into their final showdown.
Erika:"Hey you! Move over!"
Suzuki:"Well ma'am, we'll be moving over slooowly."
Patchwork Kids: Their namesake animal is a hybrid of a male leopard and a lioness.
Sudden Name Change: Two of them had their names switched when introduced in Episode 10.5 from what they had been named in the official website. Apparently note (due to they being also having their crew roles switched, while they were shown in Episode 11 to keep their long-standing crew roles) it was a mistake. note For now, since actual episodes have canonicity preference over recap ones unless stated otherwise, we're using the old names unless it turns out, it was not a mistake and the names are changed again in the BDs.
Wrench Wench: All four of them are girls in the automotive club.
The Alleged Tank: The Tiger(P) might have the best gun and thickest armor out of Ōarai's tanks, but it is horribly prone to mechanical failures. In rapid succession, it gets stuck in mud, overheats, and catches fire. The Automobile Club's reaction says it all.
Lightning Bruiser: If the girls manage to get it to work in battle, the Tiger(P) is much better armed and armored than any other Ōarai tank, while being just as fast.
Practical Joke: The tank first appears fully assembled in a small room deep in the school ship's bowels accessible only through man-sized passageways, and it's mentioned in Episode 10 that it had to be disassembled and reassembled to get it out, which heavily implies the poor tank was the victim of a prank back in Ōarai's former Tankery years.
Team Spirit: Relies on this when Ōarai's other tanks tow it so it can climb the hill fast enough during the battle with Kuromorimine.
The schoolship representing Kanagawa Prefecture, St. Gloriana (named after The Virgin Queen) uses British tanks (Matilda, Churchill and Crusader are all seen, along with a "Pink Panther" scout car, while supplementary materials also include a Cromwell), and maintains a very British attitude. They have a tradition of sending tea to teams they deem worthy rivals.They are the first school Ōarai face. It was a practice match ending in St. Gloriana's victory. Miho's skills impressed St. Gloriana's team leader, Darjeeling, enough that the latter takes a shine to the Ōarai girls and attends all their subsequent matches in the tournament proper. Unfortunately, no rematch ever takes place, as St. Gloriana is taken out by Kuromorimine in the semifinals.
St. Gloriana's commander. Commands from a Churchill Mk VII during the St. Gloriana-Ōarai practice match.
Badass Boast: Declares that she will defeat Ōarai without spilling a drop of tea.
Combat Pragmatist: Is not above using superior numbers against a lone tank. Which, given that it's Miho's tank, is entirely understandable.
Dramatic Drop: Drops her teacup in the middle of the battle, as a sign of facing pressure from Ōarai.
Graceful Loser: Doesn't mind her school's loss to Kuromorimine. In fact, she seems to prefer it, as it gives her the opportunity to observe how much Ōarai (and Miho in particular) Took a Level in Badass.
Saunders' leader and commander of an M4 Sherman during the Saunders-Ōarai match.
Badass Creed: See her quote above. Let's put it in perspective: in a world where Tankery is Serious Business enough to justify disowning one's daughter over preferring lives to victories, she firmly believes the opposite. She utters it only once, so it could be a Badass Boast, but she then she lectures Miho about it, after having behaved that way all the battle and before and after it, making clear it's a creed and not a boast.
Boisterous Bruiser: Typically American boisterousness combined with a typical American 30-ton war machine leads to this.
Cavalier Competitor: Being spied upon? No biggie. Losing first blood to the enemy? Surprising, but interesting! For her, tank combat is fun.
Eagleland: Not actually American, but she represents Type 1 as the friendly sportsman with a lot of firepower.
Foil: Nicely contrasts with Anchovy, given that she's laidback and enjoys exciting matches, while Anchovy values victory above all else. This is nicely emphasized in that Kay's match is shown in the anime, while Anchovy's in the manga.
Genki Girl: Her energy during a match (or outside a match) is unrivaled in her team.
Graceful Loser: Embraces Miho after her loss to Ōarai, then teaches the latter her creed.
Let's Fight Like Ladies: Only pursues Ōarai with four tanks, because one of her teammates was intercepting their radio transmissions.
"This is Tankery, not war."
Informed Attribute: Darjeeling's claim that Saunders often uses "dirty tactics" becomes this, unless Darjeeling somehow knew about Alice intercepting radio communications.
Large Ham: A genki girl that loves her sport in a sherman tank? Yes, this is the result.
OOC Is Serious Business: While genuinely energetic, she becomes stern and subdued while telling Alice that she wants a word with her regarding her radio tapping, which ended up backfiring and costing them the match.
Phenotype Stereotype: Like Darjeeling, she has the Anglo-Saxon blue eyes and blonde hair gig going for her. Her hair is more strawberry blonde as opposed to Darjeeling's paler color to give off the more wild American vibe.
Saunders' third-in-command. Commands the flag tank, an M4A1(76)W, during the Saunders-Ōarai match.
All Love Is Unrequited: Mentions a guy she likes called "Takashi" who doesn't like her back while her tank is fleeing from Ooarai, though considering her mental state at the time, she could have just been babbling. She also implies that Takashi likes another girl, but gives no indication as to whether his love is requited. It's a very cryptic Shout-Out: Hirano voiced Suzumiya Haruhi, and Takayuki Narumi is whom Suzumiya Haruka is in love with.
Awesomeness by Analysis: She might not be the best tank commander around and clearly needs a remedial course on good sportsmanship, but episode 5 shows why she's Saunders' Vice-Captain:
She accurately guesses Ōarai's positions at the time of the radio transmission (time-distance calculation + terrain analysis), translates the very vague "leftwards direction" into a specific set of coordinates (more terrain analysis) and accurately estimates how fast Rabbit Team would get there (time-distance calculation, and it wouldn't have worked unless she got the first two approximately right). She then coordinates the movements of two platoons so the platoon moving in the open comes into view shortly before the flanking platoon moves in through the forest and counters Ōarai's reinforcing element by moving in Naomi's platoon (latter is not quite as impressive because her team has visual contact now, but still requires time-distance calculations). She also figured out the feasibility of withdrawing two tanks back out of commitment and into envelopment ahead of Ōarai's tanks (same). Keep in mind that all this was accomplished using only a radio and a map, without even seeing the battle unfold.
Boisterous Weakling: For all her boasting, she's an ineffective tank commander. In an amusing symmetry with her calling Ōarai "weaklings". This is Discussed in the second recap episode (and downplayed because Miho is thatnice).
Paper-Thin Disguise: In Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu, she only uses a pair of fake sunglasses as a disguise.
Revenge: In Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu, she decides to infiltrate Ōarai to steal its classified information in revenge for Yukari infiltrating Saunders. However, her disguise is... less than stellar, as Leopon Team finds her suspicious immediately.
The Reliable One: They fill the trope so closely that quoting verbatim the first two paragraphs of its page would accurately describe their on-screen time.
An Italian themed school, representing Aichi Prefecture. Noted to be highly motivated, they have been shown to deploy a Carro Armato P40, a Semovente 75/18, and a Carro Veloce L3/35.Despite being a mere footnote in the anime (though it is slated to appear as an OVA), their match against Ōarai is given more depth in the manga.
Chiyomi "Anchovy" Anzai
"The person who turned her back from Panzerkraft... we definitely won't lose to you..."
Position: Squadron Commander/Tank Commander, Carro Armato P 26/40
Voiced by: Maya Yoshioka (Japanese)
Anzio's commander. Commands from a Carro Armato P 26/40 during the quarterfinals match against Ōarai.
Breather Episode: The battle against her, sandwiched between Saunders and Pravda, both highly regarded schools that pushed Ooarai onto the brink of defeat, is considerably easier. It's also Played for Laughs, as Ōarai didn't even have to fight all the way until sundown.
Dartboard of Hate: Hits a photo of Miho with a riding crop, and appears to have one of Kay posted on the same bulletin board.
Foil: Nicely contrasts with Kay, given that she's values victory above all else, while Kay prefers exciting matches. This is emphasized in that Kay's match is shown in the anime, while Anchovy's is shown in the manga. She also contrasts with Katyusha in that both look down on Miho and insult her decision to save one of her tanks at the cost of the tournament win, but while Anchovy strives for victory out of a feeling of responsibility to her comrades, Katyusha mainly does it for the sake of her own pride, and Anchovy is a Sore Loser while Katyusha is a Graceful Loser. She also contrasts nicely with both of them in that the other two are good commanders, while she isn't.
General Failure: Her plan to lure Oarai into a trap briefly gives her the advantage, but she gives Oarai far less trouble than their other opponents despite outnumbering them. Unlike other matches, the match doesn't go down to isolating and disabling the enemy flag tank.
Hidden Depths: While obsessed with victory, she says it's a commander's obligation to her team, and as she and Carpaccio are walking away after Anzio's loss, Anchovy apologizes to her, indicating that she blames herself for the loss, in spite of her anger toward Miho and her school.
Jerkass: Openly calls Miho's way of Tankery weak before the start of their match in the manga, and makes disparaging allusions to Miho's decision to sacrifice victory to rescue her teammates. After losing, she outright accuses Miho of being responsible for her team's defeat in the last tournament finals.
Jerkass Has a Point: Ōarai’s continued existence, something everyone is willing to fight to protect, rides on her team's success in the tournament, although Miho doesn’t know that and it’s unclear whether Anchovy does.
The Stoic: Calm and even-tempered compared to Anchovy.
Pravda High School
A Soviet Russia-themed school, representing Hokkaido as a whole. Their line-up consists of T-34/85s, late versions of T34/76s, an IS-2, and a KV-2.The winners of last year's tournament, breaking Kuromorimine's winning streak.
Foil: She contrasts with Anchovy in that while both look down on Miho and insult her decision to save one of her tanks at the cost of the tournament win, Anchovy strives for victory out of a feeling of responsibility to her comrades, but Katyusha mainly does it for the sake of her own pride, and Anchovy is a Sore Loser while Katyusha is a Graceful Loser
Freudian Excuse: A flashback in Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu indicates that some of her schoolmates didn't take her seriously because of her height.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Tends to be very bossy and arrogant, not to mention rubbing the blame for Kuromorimine's loss last year to Miho, but is nevertheless a decent kid at heart, whose attitude can be easily explained by her severe stature issues.
Sand in My Eyes: Tried to deny to Nonna that she is about to break down crying after their semifinals loss.
Sweet Tooth: Usually seen munching on sweets; some of them ending up on her cheek. She even eats jam directly without spreading it on bread or mixing it with tea! To Darjeeling, this ammounts to Jabba Table Manners.
You Have Failed Me: Katyusha warns her teammates that, should they be get taken out, they'll be punished with... 25 days of supplementary classes in a dark classroom. It's unlikely she is serious about that — after all, sacrificing a few tanks in a Defensive Feint Trap, as well as protecting the flag tank with the bodies of the other T-34s, which implies getting taken out, were her own orders.
"You're probably thinking you couldn't do that, right Katyusha?"
Position: Tank Commander/Gunner, T-34/85, then IS-2
Boobs of Steel: The most well-endowed girl in the entire cast, and among the best gunners.
The Cast Show Off: Sumire Uesaka is not only a foreign language major specializing in Russian, but is also a huge Russia otaku, so she understands her Gratuitous Russian. An official tweet even said that the "Cossack Lullaby" in Episode 9 was ad-libbed by Uesaka herself (the original script called for her to sing any lullaby).
Cold Sniper: Knocked out all of Ōarai's tanks that were hit during the match. The flipping of the Pz.38(t) was particularly brutal.
Cool Big Sis: Serves this role towards the childlike Katyusha by keeping her line and also giving her piggyback rides.
Covert Pervert: The implication of a revelation in Episode 10.5 that she keeps a "Katyusha diary".
Eye Scream: Victim of an accidental poke in the eye by Katyusha. Luckily, she only needed to get eye drops from the nurse.
Huge Schoolgirl: The tallest girl in the cast, with official materials listing her height as 172 cm. This fact is highlighted even further given how she's paired with the diminutive Katyusha.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: Without Nonna , Katyusha would spend too much time napping and let her ego get away with her
Servile Snarker: Katyusha’s second-in command, and the only person who can tell Katyusha to wipe her face, point out her ulterior motives and make fun of her analogies and get away with it without getting yelled at.
Sugar and Ice Personality: Seems aloof and detached most of the time, but shows a warmer side around Katyusha, and smiles when she and Katyusha greet Miho before the finals.
Miho's previous alma mater from Kumamoto Prefecture and Ōarai's eventual archnemesis, specializing in German tanks such as Panzer III, Panzer IV, Panther, Tiger I, Tiger II and Maus, as well as the Jagdpanzer IV, Jagdpanther, Jagdtiger, and Elefant tank destroyers.Heavily associated with the famed Nishizumi family, they are renowned for winning the National Tournament 9 times in a row and came close to a 10-win streak when an act of charity by Miho, then commanding their flag tank, towards the crew of a sinking friendly tank cost them the championship to Pravda.
"As long as I’m the inheritor of the Nishizumi school, Miho will be free."
Position: Squadron Commander/Tank Commander, Tiger I
Voiced by:Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Kim Prause (english)
Miho's older sister, heir to the Nishizumi school of Tankery, and leader of Kuromorimine's teams. She commands from a Tiger I.
Always Someone Better: To Miho. As early as Little Army Maho never fell for her sister's unconventional tactics. When someone brings up the Nishizumi around Miho, it's to compare her to her elder sister.
Aloof Big Sister: She had a serious falling out with Miho. Not due to any personal disagreement, but because she's the heiress to Nishizumi-style Tankery and so she can't go against her mother's edicts, no matter how much she secretly encourages Miho's path.
Anti-Villain: Type IV, as in "Villain in Name Only", because deep down she genuinely cares for Miho and her chosen path in life, even if she has to overtly break her heart.
"Nishizumi-ryuu Panzerkraft means always finding a way to move forward." "There is no running away in the Nishizumi-style." (said just before her duel with Miho begins in the finals)
Beneath the Mask: Her poker face is prominently shown throughout the anime — mainly when her family is involved. Little Army shows us that she loves Miho dearly.
Busman's Holiday: Played with in Little Army. She spent her entire summer break at the tournament, but gets some time out of school to compensate for that. She ends up getting in a tank match to help Emi reconcile with Miho and learn more about her, and is once shown coming home from helping out with Shiho.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: She knows all about Miho's combat pragmatism and is aware that underdogs shouldn't be underestimated. She watched every one of Miho's matches in the tournament and her practice match against St.Gloriana.
Deus Exit Machina: In the last chapter of Little Army, when Miho secludes herself inside a tank while burdened with her doubts about continuing with tankery and Emi's impending departure, Sakuyo points out that Maho was usually the one to coax Miho out, but Maho has since returned to school.
Determinator: As mentioned above, this is a fundamental principle of the Nishizumi school of Tankery. It also applies to her personally. She took up the mantle of school heiress so Miho would be free to find her own path.
Final Boss: Not only the head of the final opposing team, but she also commands the flag tank, and her and Miho's tanks wind up facing each other one-on-one.
Friendly Enemy: To Miho during the practice match, which was the result of a challenge Miho made in order to reconcile with Emi and help her learn more about Maho.
Graceful Loser: She doesn't mind losing to Miho in the finals. After all, she won on a personal level — to allow Miho to succeed in her own Tankery style.
Hidden Depths: Little Army shows that she is a kinder individual than she first seems, especially toward Miho for whose sake she strives to live up to being the Nishizumi heir.
Heroic Sacrifice: Metaphorical example — by becoming the perfect Nishizumi-style practitioner, she sacrifices her own sense of morality so Miho would be free to follow her heart.
Ice Queen: Very cold and distant. Little Army confirms that this is just an act to complete her image as the Nishizumi family heir.
I Did What I Had to Do: In Little Army, when Miho asks her if she ordered her tank to fire on Emi's older sister's team's flag tank when it went to rescue another tank from Maho's team. There is some indication that she may be pretending this is the case, as she seems pained when it it is first brought up.
"...Miho. What I did was Nishizumi style Panzer-kraft. I gave the order to shoot."
Jerkass Façade: Forced to act abrasively towards her little sister in order to allow her to follow her style. During Little Army, she's friendly toward Miho until Shiho arrives, at which point she has to coldly brush off Miho when she asks about her decision to shoot the enemy flag tank that was trying to save her teammate. After Miho summons the nerve to ask their mother about the necessity of such an action, which Maho noted was unlike her, she later privately apologizes to her for her sudden change in attitude.
The Leader: Of Kuromorimine. Like her sister, she overlaps in the types: planning ( hide a Maus in the town in case Miho tried to force Urban Combat), levelheaded (The Stoic), and charismatic (the perfect Nishizumi style practioner).
Meaningful Name: Most likely the Nishizumi clan is related to Nishizumi Kojiro, a famous tank hero during the Sino-Japanese War.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Implied. For all her efforts in keeping Miho from the pressures associated to being a Nishizumi, this is all came to naught when Miho follows her into Kuromorimine anyway.
Nice to the Waiter: She's friendly and courteous to the Nishizumi family maids, in contrast to her mother.
Allows her team chopper to carry Mako quickly to the hospital to see her bedridden grandmother.
When Shiho seems ready to conclude that Pravda will beat Ooarai, Maho asks her to stay, convinced Miho has a chance to turn it around, which indicates that she thinks more of her and Ooarai's potential than she lets on, as does her statement that the win was a result of her own skill, rather than her opponent's carelessness.
In Little Army, she gives Emi some ointment after she hits her head on the inside of the tank. Emi, who had previously hated her, takes note of the action, and begins to warm up to Maho.
The Stoic: She rarely shows emotion, as befits the heir of the Nishizumi school. The one time she lets her facade slip when she's trying not to is when she sees that Miho has brought her friends over in order to ask her mother whether it was necessary for her to fire on the flag tank that was rescuing her teammates. Her expression turns surprised as she says "Miho...".
Tragic Heroine: It's revealed at the end of Little Army that the reason she puts on her Jerkass Façade is to free Miho from the constrictive Nishizumi-style Tankery, so she can find her own way, only for it to be voided when Miho takes up the style anyways between prequel and anime and then quitting Tankery altogether. Then she is forced to confront her sister while wearing the Jerkass Façade she put on trying to protect her. Thankfully, in the end, Miho succeeds and declares that she has found her own way of tankery
Ungrateful Bitch: What Emi thought of her orders to shoot down the enemy flag tank en route to rescuing one of her own teammates. Dowplayed, in that she seems genuinely remorseful over that.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Little Army reveals this, both in her interactions with Miho until their mother returns home, and flashbacks showing the two as young children. Despite her aloof facade, though, she does still care for Miho as much as ever, as seen after the final match.
Villain Respect: When Shiho attributes Ooarai's success against Pravda to blind luck and the enemy's carelessness, she openly disagrees and explicitly atributes it to Miho's intellect and Ooarai's motivation and teamwork spirit. In the practice match against Miho in Little Army, she seems pleased when Miho manages to avoid a few of her shots.
Walking Spoiler: A fair number of her tropes are spoilers, particularly how she trulyfeels about Miho.
The Dragon: She's Maho's Number Two, and because of Kuromorinmine's status as the team to beat, she qualifies as the bad guy's champion.
Establishing Character Moment: Immediately greets Miho with a sarcastic reference about being her predecessor as vice-captain. While leaving, she suggests that Ōarai is definitely going to lose, with the only question being how badly, and should not even have entered the tournament.
Fan Nickname: Tank Sumire. She's not able to do the cool things in the battle because her opponents do their best to thwart her.
Foil: To Yukari. Yukari likes Nishizumi Miho while Erika likes Nishizumi Maho (notice the emphasis). Erika quotes Guderian, while Yukari would like to claim Guderian as a nom de guerre.
Erika: "I think someone needs to mind their own business."
Yukari: "I'm sorry."
Smug Snake: Maho appears to be the only person she treats with a modicum of respect.
Tantrum Throwing: When she was unable to use her main gun against Ōarai, she fires her tank's machine gun at them in frustration over being tricked into falling into a ditch.
Villainous Breakdown: When her Tiger II suffers a breakdown in Episode 11 due to no reason other than being an historically breakdown-prone Tiger II, she curses, screams, raises her fists and stomps the ground; on national TV.
"We just fixed that! (beat) Hey! Our track is really heavy!"
The unnamed commander of a Jagdpanther in Kuromorimine vs. Ōarai, whose tracks Anzu destroys twice.
Sodoko: "What's so 'mouse' about something that big?!"
Hero Killer: It has the best record of taking out Ōarai tanks of any single opposing tank. Mallard and Hippo Team are taken down, and Turtle Team is damaged to the point of collapse in the process of defeating it.
The Juggernaut: Its armor is so strong that Ōarai's tanks can't hurt it. Five of them fire simultaneously but it shrugs off the shots and continues moving. Miho's plan to defeat it includes stopping it as step 1. She had to shove Turtle Team under its tracks and then direct Duck Team over Turtle to block its turret.
Mighty Glacier: It shrugs off everything Ōarai can throw at it and can take any of them out with one hit (even near misses can toss their tanks around), but is very slow.
Combat Referee: Oversees the initial training match, as well as the finals.
Cool Teacher: Airdropping her tank, tankery relationship advice; yes.
Dynamic Entry: She paradrops her tank from her transport on the principal's Ferrari, and then backs down on it again, crushing it.
Innocently Insensitive: When she sees Miho among the assembled students, she points out that Miho's mother has done quite a bit for her, makes a polite inquiry about how her sister is doing, and says the Nishizumi school has a long history. Despite having no ill intentions toward Miho, Ami upsets Miho by bringing up her family issues, but Saori quickly moves to Change the Uncomfortable Subject.
Kaiju Defense Force: Is a member of the Fuji School Brigade Tank Training unit, aka Top Gun for tanks.
Character Development: Starts off hating Tankery and everything associated with it, even disowning her daughter after hearing of her involvement in it. She then attends some of Hana's matches and reconciles with her after realizing that Tankery has helped her develop her own style of flower arranging, and is cheering and enjoying herself in the finals.
Fainting: She faints dead away upon being told her daughter is involved with Tanks! She looks as though she's about to pass out for a moment when Hana reaffirms her determination to continue with tankery.
Foil: To Miho's mother. Both disapprove of their daughters doing Tankery, but Shiho disapproves of the way Miho does it, while Yuri doesn't like Hana doing it at all. Additionally, Yuri is, apart from her reaction after finding out about her daughter doing Tankery, warmer and more supportive of Hana, as she argues that her flower arrangement is good and fitting with the Isuzu style as it is, while Shiho considers Miho a disgrace to the family.
I Have No Daughter: Does this to Hana after learning about tankery but they later reconcile.
Keigo: Speaks formally, and even calls her daughter "Hana-san"
Kimono Is Traditional: She is always seen in one because she's that kind of lady; head of the Isuzu flower arranging school and all.
Parents as People: In spite of taking Hana's decision to participate in Tankery poorly, she cares for her, and her initial reaction after coming to is worry that something is troubling Hana.
Serious Business: She disowns her daughter over her choice of school club! Truth in Television, unfortunately. She mellows when Ōarai gets into the finals, and upon noticing that Hana's flower arrangement has improved as a result of doing tankery. Also Truth in Television, naturally.
So Proud of You: When seeing that Hana's flower arrangement has improved thanks to Tankery. Again after Hana's team wins the tournament.
"She's pretty antisocial, but thanks for taking care of her"
Cool Old Lady: Quite energetic in her old age, and this dispels some of Miho, Hana and Yukari's worries about her as they hear her outside her room.
Don't You Dare Pity Me!: She has some elements of this in her hospital visit, such as insisting that Mako not treat her like an "invalid" and vehemently insisting that Team Anglerfish was worried about Mako rather than her.
Foil: To Hana's mother. Both disapprove of their daughters doing Tankery, but Shiho disapproves of the way Miho does it, while Yuri doesn't like Hana doing it at all. Additionally, Yuri is, apart from her reaction after finding out about her daughter doing Tankery, warmer and more supportive of Hana, arguing that her flower arrangement is good and fitting with the Isuzu style as it is, while Shiho considers Miho a disgrace to the family.
Hime Cut: To emphasize her 'tankery nobility' status.
"The Nishizumi-style is a symbol of strength for Panzerkraft. Thus the Nishizumi-style itself is Panzerkraft."
Ice Queen: To an even greater extent than Maho and unlike Maho, she not pretending to be one. Her daughter Miho and Kikuyo, one of the family maids, are intimidated just being in her presence, and Miho's friends are scared to approach her after just one meeting.
I Have No Daughter:Planned on doing this to Miho, but so far has not formally delivered the news, and may have changed her mind. If she did, anime viewers are never made aware of it. The manga makes it explicit for extra Jerkass points she sent Kikuyo, the maid, to tell Miho that Shiho is going to disinherit her if she loses the match against Pravda right after a very narrow and in her own words, embarassing victory against Anzio. Obviously, even though Ōarai won against Pravda, it wasn't the kind of victory that Shiho wanted and she remains unimpressed with Miho. She wanted Maho to defeat her because "the world only needs one Nishizumi style"..
Jerk Ass: Typically fairly cold and abrasive with most people. Even her favored daughter Maho has to get a very significant accomplishment to get any praise out of her.
Kick the Dog: Threatening to disown your own daughter over tankery is bad enough, but not even bothering to tell the person in question personally, and instead giving the unpleasant task to the person's Parental Substitute is even worse.
Kimono Is Traditional: Typically seen wearing one when she's not wearing a suit. Again, this to highlight the 'tankery nobility' thing about the Nishizumi clan.
Meaningful Name: Most likely the Nishizumi clan is related to Nishizumi Kojiro, a famous tank hero during the Sino-Japanese War.
Parental Favoritism: Strongly favors Maho. In Little Army, when she happens upon Miho and Maho, she congratulates Maho for winning the tournament, and barely acknowledges Miho's presence.
Perpetual Frowner: Always has a cold and detached expression on her face. Until the ending of the first series, while clapping for Miho's victory.
Old Retainer: He's clearly young, but he definitely acts with the best interests of the Isuzu family in mind; he's not merely doing a job.
Super Strength: Downplayed but still valid. Not only can he pull a rickshaw that has four members of Team Anglerfish in it, he can run very fast while shouting.
With Due Respect: He begs Hana to confront her mother after she discovers her daughter is doing Tankery, saying that it might not be any of his business, but he believes it would be best of her to tell her mother how she feels. He protests when Yuri decides to disown Hana.
Game-Breaking Injury: She sprains her ankle after accidentally falling off the tank, leaving her unable to drive. With her unable to drive, Hitomi lacking the skill to do so, and Miho unable to drive the tank alone, they're stranded until Emi shows up.
Invisible Parents: Her parents, like Saori's, are never shown, but it's implied that her mother is very strict.
Lovable Jock: Before doing tankery, she played soccer, and ends up going to a sports school.
Not So Different: She's able to understand Maho's behavior around Shiho by virtue of the fact that her own mother is reportedly very strict.
Team Mom: She cares a lot about Hitomi and is able to keep Emi's vitriol at bay.
Vitriolic Best Buds: With Emi. She doesn't hesitate to call her out on a lot of things, and due to Emi's thorny attitude toward just about everyone, she gets to call her out a lot of times.
What the Hell, Hero?: A few toward Emi, especially when she sees her as taking out her resentment toward Maho on Miho.
Hitomi Yuzumoto: Loader
Cannot Spit It Out: She doesn't tell Chihiro or the others about her practicing on her own, making them wonder if she has lost interest in Tankery.
Childhood Friend: With Chihiro. They've known each other for much longer than they've known Miho or Emi.
Cute Clumsy Girl: She often trips when she's excited, and is said to have been bad at sports because of that.
Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: Chihiro fears that Tankery is the next in this series. For the moment, she's more committed to it than she is to most of them. Ultimately, she remains committed to studying Tankery even after her and Miho's tank group disbands.
Genki Girl: She is very interested in Tankery. Unfortunately, she also has a bad habit of not being able to focus on a particular interest for too long.
Invisible Parents: Her only reference to her parents is "My mom's gonna be so angry", after she ends up running late returning home from the test run with the tank.
Establishing Character Moment: In contrast to most of the rest of the class, she's not in the least bit excited or happy over the news of Maho's tournament win.
Expy: A hotheaded German/Japanese girl who's irritated by Japanese Politeness and has skill piloting a war machine? In these regards, she has some similarity to Asuka.
Fiery Redhead: She's not only brutally honest, but also fairly short-tempered in comparison to her friends.
Foil: She is typically fairly blunt about her feelings, no matter how much it upsets Miho or any of her other friends. This contrasts with the gunner of Maho's team, who sucks up to her despite bickering with the loader.
Jerk Ass Has A Point: It turns out that she has a fairly legitimate complaint about Maho, and Miho is upset to hear that what she said is true.
Last Name Basis: Typically calls Miho and her friends by their last name and "-san", even after they switch to calling her by her first name, but calls out Miho's first name while saying goodbye to her.
Meaningful Echo: Invoked non-verbal example. After seeing Miho troubled, she takes her elsewhere and grabs her hand, recounting a time in Chapter 2 when Miho did the same thing to her, resulting in Emi becoming "nervous" and speaking honestly about herself.
Saying Too Much: Miho finds out she's knowledgeable about driving tanks when she complains about Maho having the advantage due to a powerful German tank, and later identifies the Panzer IV. She lampshades it when she mutters "I said something stupid like that without realizing it."
Serious Business: Not as much as the Nishizumi school, but she's fairly into tanks and seems to see most of her peers as playing around. In the end, part of her reason for returning to Germany is to find her own way of doing Tankery, much like Miho is.
Sore Loser: She's part-German, thus she doesn't like Maho, who led the victory of Japan's team against the German team. Her big sister being in the aforementioned team doesn't help any. She does contend that Maho would have won without taking the opportunity to shoot the enemy flag tank as it went to rescue one of her team's tanks, which could indicate that losing was not the main issue.
Koan: After Miho's argument with Emi, Sakuyo tells Miho that not everything goes cleanly in Tankery, and that sometimes, shootouts are necessary. Miho realizes that in order to reconcile with Emi, simply talking may not be enough, and decides to arrange a tankery match between her crew and Maho's.
Meaningful Echo: Echoes Maho's description of Tankery as a way to improve oneself as a person.
My Mistress Right Or Wrong: When Miho asks about her opinion on Shiho’s description of the Nishizumi school's approach to Tankery, Sakuyo sadly refuses to answer, saying that she’s "indebted" to the Nishizumi school and can’t give her opinion on her mistress.
Gunner: "Ahh, I've been waiting for this day for so long... I'm riding in the same tank with the next family head, Maho-sama... I'm so honored~" Maho: "Ah, oh, I look forward to working with you." Gunner: "Please let me ride with you again after this-" (gets hit in the back of the head with a water bottle) Loader: Stop using flattery, you schemer!