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Anzio Academy

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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 L3/33.
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Despite being a mere footnote in the main anime, their match against Ōarai is given more depth both in the manga and later on in The Real Anzio Battle OVA, but with completely different circumstances.

In the movie they show up to help Ōarai in the match against the University team, helping to take out the Morser-Karl as well as providing recon for Ōarai's team by riding on the roller-coaster tracks. They field one CV-33 in the match, possibly because it's the only tank that fit on the back of the pickup truck they came in, not being able to afford other options.


Tropes Anzio displays with confidence and enthusiasm, over a round of pasta!

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: During the introductory stinger of the said OVA, Anchovy was giving a speech towards the school's Sensha-do team. Just as she was about to reveal their "Secret Weapon", the bell tower tolls to signal noon time. Cue everyone present (save for Anchovy, Carpaccio, and Pepperoni) charging up the stairs towards the cafeteria.
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  • Big Eater: An entire school of them. In the OVA, Anchovy states that in order to buy a new tank for their school, she had to cut the meal times from three times to two. They also have food stalls that make it seem that they have a school festival every day. In the Motto Love Love Sakusen manga, some of their students exhaust the pasta supply for the entire ship after just a day of staying in Ōarai.
  • Edible Theme Naming: All main characters of the school's Sensha-do team are named after Italian food and ingredients.
  • Enemy-Detecting Radar: In the movie they provide this role for Ōarai against the University team by riding the the roller-coaster tracks above the amusement park.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Almost everyone tends to pepper their speech with bits of Italian words in between.
  • Leitmotif: Funiculì, Funiculà
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  • Multi-Track Drifting: As perfectly executed during the match's 5-on-1 "dogfight" involving Duck Team's Type 89 and a "squadron" of Carro Veloce Tankettes.
  • Noodle Incident: Played with. First played straight in how Anzio was able to advance to the second round of the sensha-do tournament was never elaborated upon in the animated material. Notable in that they were able to do this using only CV33s and Semoventes, as the P40 was only introduced during their match with Ōarai. Even Lampshaded in their own OVA when they simply mention "it was difficult". Finally zig-zagged into aversion in the suplementary material. They used the tankettes to lure the enemy tanks away from their flag tank, then took it down with their Semoventes.
    • A straight example is the number of times they have attempted "Operation T-Square" which is making a CV 33 tankette skip over a body of water through its speed. The only hint we get is Pepperoni's comment before they attempt another try in Der Film to escape a pursuing enemy tank and succeeding.
    Pepperoni: This has never worked!
  • Perpetual Poverty: With the kind of meal costs they have, its no wonder. This is also the Running Gag with Anzio, that they are one of the few schools even poorer that Ōarai.
    • Amusingly, if Anzio really wanted to, they could afford a rather decent tank lineup by reducing their meal times to just one, evidenced by the fact that they were able to buy a P40 medium tank by reducing their meal times to just two per day. It's just that Anzio cares more about the "fun" aspects of Sensha-do as opposed to the "competition" part so they do not put as much effort in sensha-do as in their love of food and partying.
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Their default school uniform includes a short black skirt to contrast their white pantyhose.
  • Supreme Chef: Practically most of the Academy's student clubs have food stalls around their complex. Their justification is that they have to earn their budget since Anzio itself is cash-strapped.

     Chiyomi "Anchovy" Anzai 
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Anchovy in the OVA 

"Confidence and enthusiasm!"

Position: Squadron Commander/Tank Commander, Carro Armato P 26/40
Voiced by: Maya Yoshioka (Japanese)

Anzio's squadron commander. Commands from a Carro Armato P 26/40 during the quarterfinals match against Ōarai.

While portrayed in the manga as a Jerkass, her anime version is practically a completely different character, being nicer and less tyrannical.


Tropes for the Duce

  • Adaptational Villainy: Is far more of a jerk in the manga.
  • All There in the Manual: Her actual name, Chiyomi Anzai, is not mentioned in the OVA or the manga adaptation.
  • Badass Cape: Wears one in the anime.
  • 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: Apparently, Chapter 7 of the Motto Love Love Sakusen spin-off manga portrayed her as this: first, her appearance during the meeting of the teams who got beaten by Ōarai Academy during the tournament (including St. Gloriana) was apparently blocked with a conveniently-placed speech bubble; second, she later got hit in the face (knocking her out in the process) by a scale model of a dragon wagon (courtesy of an irate Katyusha); and third, she was apparently left behind at the said meeting place, unaware that the others have left.
    • Extends even to her teammates at Anzio in the post-credits stinger of the Seventh OVA: she takes the entire team to the battleground (in the middle of the night) to cheer Ōarai on in the Tournament Finals. They made camp there, but apparently slept for the entire day, completely missing the match itself.
    • She gets subjected to quite a bit of physical comedy in Motto Love Love Sakusen, e.g. getting almost drowned while practicing swimming.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: In the movie, she proposes "Operation T-Square"note  in order to escape a pursuing Pershing tank. It works. Also, Pepperoni's statement prior to this implies that they have attempted to do this many times in the past.
    Pepperoni: This has never worked!
  • Dartboard of Hate: Manga only. Hits a photo of Miho with a riding crop, and appears to have one of Kay posted on the same bulletin board.
  • Defensive "What?": Manga only. After Miho asks her if she believes that her and her teammates' efforts are meaningless because they lost.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: In the OVA, she becomes friends with Miho and Ōarai after Anzio's loss, and even goes to cheer for them in the finals... until they botch that too.
  • Drill Hair: Has a couple of these as part of her Mega Twin Tails.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Manga only. When Miho points out that her bonds with her comrades are most important, Anchovy points out that it’s a commander’s responsibility to bring victory to them.
  • Foil: Manga and Anime versions are this to different characters:
    • Manga version 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.
    • Anime version is a foil for almost every other school's team commander, as they are from schools that take Sensha-do very seriously and their teams often follow an almost military structure (or even their captains have actual authority in their schools), while in Anzio Sensha-do is just another club playing for fun, apparently no more important than the other clubs, and whose captain leads through personal charisma.
  • Full-Name Basis: Likes calling Miho Nishizumi by her full name in a manner reminiscent of Franziska Von Karma, in addition to the latter’s attitude toward winning. Downplayed in the anime version, where she drops the Full-Name Basis when congratulating Ōarai for their victory.
  • General Failure:
    • In the manga only, her plan to lure Ōarai into a trap briefly gives her the advantage, but she gives Ōarai 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.
    • In the anime, her defeat was Pepperoni's fault.
  • Giving Someone the Pointer Finger: Manga only. When telling Miho that she doesn't accept her way of Sensha-do, this trope makes the statement all the ruder.
  • Graceful Loser: in the OVA, she's shown to have no ill feelings towards Ōarai after her defeat, even going as far as to invite them to their feast after the match and even making an effort to cheer for Ōarai for the finalsnote .
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In the manga version, 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.
    • In the Anime version, the carefree attitude of her team is revealed at the end to be the Anzio Sensha-do style: highlighting the "sport" part and downplaying the "martial arts" part and having as good a time as possible when practicing it while still striving for victory.
  • Hot-Blooded: Both versions show her as a high throttle girl.
  • Insistent Terminology: Don't address her as anything other than her name.
  • Italians Talk with Hands: She may not actually be Italian, but both versions do this.
  • Jerkass:
    • In the Manga she openly calls Miho's way of Sensha-do weak before the start of their match, 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.
    • This is completed averted with her anime version,
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Manga only. 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.
  • Joke Character: The anime (prior to the seventh OVA) doesn't show the fight, just the result.
  • Large Ham: In the OVA, she's loud, bombastic, and pretty much likes being the center of attention.
  • The Leader: The charismatic leader of Anzio's sensha-do team.
  • Mega Twin Tails: Easily the largest set in the whole show. Carpaccio and Pepperoni accuse her in the movie of using a wig, which she vehemently denies.
  • My Name Is Not Durwood: Gives one to Anzu in The Movie:
    Anzu: Sorry for the wait, Chovy.
    Anchovy: Don't call me Chovy!
  • Nice to the Waiter: Anime only. After every game, win or lose, Anzio offers a huge feast, not just for both teams, but also for the game staff.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: In the manga, Anzio starts out with the advantage. In the anime, her cunning and tactics allow Anzio a chance to get that advantage. At least until they botch it.
  • Putting on the Reich: Her school's uniform is almost a carbon copy of Mussolini's fascist army uniforms, and she is also seen in the OVA wearing various extremely gradiose copies of Mussolini's wardrobe, such as a massive cape and riding crop.
  • Red Baron: "Duce"
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: In the first few pages of Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu Chapter 17, she got a request from some of her "fans" to model in a bikini with her subordinates. She wasn't that much into the idea, but with some whisper-to-ear persuasion from Carpaccio, and with the rest of Anzio cheering her on, she obliged. Immediately, she shied away after the shoot (despite the fact that she had pretty decent proportions).
  • Retcon: Of the Rewrite variety. The OVA that depicts the Anzio fight (previously seen only in the manga) was radically different. Anchovy's personality and behaviour (alongside about 75% of the tropes related to her) was completely inverted, changing her from a victory-obsessed Sore Loser to a fun-loving charismatic commander.
  • Say My Name: Manga only. Screams “Miho Nishizumiiiiii!” just before her defeat.
  • Second Place Is for Losers:
    • In the manga, she thinks that it's a commander's duty to bring first place to her subordinates.
    • In the anime, she is seen tired of other teams thinking of Anzio as "losers", and strives to reach semifi- nah, FINALS!
  • Secret Identity: Of the King Incognito variety, according to this Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu strip.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Manga only. After Miho says there are more important things than victory, namely her comrades, Anchovy tells Miho that if her comrades are so important, she should do her job as commander and win.
  • Sore Loser: Manga only. Doesn't take her defeat at Ōarai's hands well. Inverted with her anime version, where she's a Graceful Loser instead.
  • They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Always wants to be referred to as "Anchovy", or the more honorific "Duce". She even corrects Anzu when she calls her "Chovy" both in the Anzio OVA and The Movie.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Manga only. Late in the match, and into the post-game, she freaks out.
  • Whip It Good: Carries a riding crop.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Green, hair, actually. Though some supplemental materials imply she dyes it.

     Carpaccio 
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Position: Tank Commander/Loader, Semovente 75/18
Voiced by: Saori Hayami

Anzio's second-in-command and a long-distance Childhood Friend of Hippo Team's Caesar.


Tropes for Carpaccio


     Pepperoni 
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Position: Tank Commander/Gunner, Carro Veloce L3/33
Voiced by: Yo Taichi

One of Anzio's senior tankers, she's in charge of commanding Anzio's tankettes. Not the sharpest tool in Anzio's shed.


  • Bound and Gagged: In Chapter 17 of Motto Love Love Sakusen, Duck team apparently kidnaps her after Ōarai successfully retrieved Momo from Anzio.
  • Boyish Short Hair: The only giveaway that she's a girl would be a braided strand hanging on her left.
  • Determinator: Fitting, as her Veloces' opponent is Duck Team's Type 89. Several times the latter tank repetitively shoots the 5 tankettes, and they still kept coming since their flags aren't out yet. When her own tankette got flipped, she got thrown out of it before she starts running and pushing it right side up.
  • The Ditz: Not exactly the sharpest among Anzio's Sensha-do crews.
  • Dumb Jock: Since sensha-do is a sport, she fits in the category. She's not only a good sensha-do practitioner, but she's also pretty athletic and good at regular sports like volleyball and swimming, as shown in the Motto Love Love Sakusen manga. As noted above, she's not really that good in the thinking department.
  • Hot-Blooded: She is prone to loud outbursts when she gets fired up. In the Motto Love Love Sakusen manga, she's recruited by Duck team twicenote  because of this trait.
  • Idiot Ball: She's put in charge of deploying the decoys to be used in fooling Oarai. Unfortunately, she puts up ALL 11 decoys when Anzio only has 10 tanks, leading to Oarai seeing through the deception.
  • Irony: Her statement about using one's brains in battle becomes moot when she botches their well-thought-of strategy of placing decoys to lure Ōarai into an encirclement trap by placing all eleven decoys in their assigned places, causing Ōarai to see through their ruse.
  • Large Ham: Rather boisterous aboard one of Anzio's tankettes, serving as tank commander.
  • Loose Lips: Unwittingly reveals the type of tank Anzio just recently purchased to Yukari during the latter's infiltration of Anzio.
  • Noodle Incident: Her cock-up in setting up all of Anzio's cardboard decoys in the seventh OVA wasn't the first time, as inferred from Anchovy's statement:
    Anchovy: I kept reminding her about this! Why would she forget about it?
  • Supreme Chef: Can cook an Napolitannote  pasta dish quite well, as Yukari found out during her infiltration.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Her hair is dark blue.

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