To be fair, the former is a risk with any motoring club, and for the latter the organization did think of stopping the match that day. The ammo could have been specially formulated so it would burn but not explode (their material science has "carbon" armor after all). though the "sport" does clearly overemphasize realism and freedom rather than safety. It also condones the most absurd equipment inequalities of any sport :-)
What makes it nightmare fuel, rather than the risks themselves, is that the risks they are taking are mind-staggering for a school-level sport. It's like giving blank-loaded guns and real bows with blunt arrows to toddlers to play cowboys and indians... They are bound to have several mourning parents sooner than later. Plus, the deaths they are facing are truly horrific: burning alive, gross mutilation... so said mourning parents will have to face closed caskets.
Maybe that's why they don't let the boys do it. The fact Sensha-do is so un-regulated after so many years is a sign that despite the risks, statistically it must have been a very safe sport. Might have been some close shaves, but no actual deaths. Otherwise the safety-nannies would have won out and Sensha-do would be much less interesting to watch...
This◊ Episode 11 scene. Oh, God, this episode 11 scene.
OP here. I rest my case.
404 errors are pretty terrifying, yeah.
Episode 12 brings even more ways of getting killed in an accident. Turtle team about of being crushed, tank and all, under a huge weight (188 tons), and Erika risking being beheaded by poping the head out of the turret while her tank drives under a low ceiling (just one bump, and...).
Well, to be fair, the authorities could hardly have predicted these moves. And in the former case, you did notice they built in enough safety margin in the protective scheme that the Hetzer wasn't crushed.