Ōarai Girls' Academy (Anglerfish Team | Duck Team and Hippo Team, Rabbit Team and Turtle Team)
Rival Schools: Rival Schools (St. Gloriana Girls Academy, Saunders University High School, Anzio High School, Pravda High School, Kuromorimine Girls High School)
Others: Der Film Characters | Das Finale Characters | Other Characters
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 Sensha-do Tournament, which is immediately following its Sensha-do 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 All of the main characters are students from the school and members of it's Sensha-dō team while being divided into teams with their own respective tanks.
For members of Shark team, see the Das Finale Characters page.
- Always Someone Better: St. Gloriana and Jatkosota were the only schools Oarai can't beat. In the former's case, it's because of Oarai lacking experience in Sensha-do. And as for the latter's case, it's because their Fragile Speedster tactics has proven too much for Oarai to handle.
- Animal Theme Naming: All the tank teams' names are animals of some sort.
- Combat Pragmatist: Under Miho's leadership, Ōarai is not above using Confusion Fu and Crazy Enough to Work tactics to win. That being said, doing these kind of tactics require teamwork and wits to work.
- Companion Cube: Ōarai's tanks are almost treated like characters. While they are inanimate and perform no actions 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).
- Confusion Fu: Their style is described as mostly going against standard tank unit formations and strategies. This gives them a big advantage over the other schools' Sensha-do clubs due to their unpredictability.
- David Versus Goliath: Their opponents always have the advantage of numbers, equipment, and experience. In the movie, Miho even lampshades this the night before their 8vs30 match with the University Team. This is averted when the rival school teams join up with them to make the numbers in defense of Ōarai's school.
- The Dreaded: As shown in the spinoffs, the teams from Ooarai have become objects of awe (and terror) to students of other minor school ships, due to their performance in the recent year's high school Senshado championship, as well as their underdog victory against the all-star University Team. Indeed, every time Ooarai is mentioned in a spinoff, they're usually framed in a way reminiscent of the Final Boss in any other series, down to dramatic shading and shaded eyes.
- Impossible Task: Their match with the University Team was so stacked against them that even Miho thinks they have no chance of winning. To elaborate, they are to face the combined team of the best sensha-do practitioners in the University level. They have to face 30 tanks. Finally, they have to face them in an Annihilation Match, meaning to win, they would have to eliminate every single enemy tank.
- Irony: The underdog team from a nobody school no one expected to win becomes the most feared group of tankers in the high school Senshado circuit.
- Line-of-Sight Name: The team names are a reference to their tanks' appearance/characteristic or to something happening with / to them:
- Anglerfish Team was forced to do the eponymous dance.
- Duck team's Type-89 looks like a duck from the side.
- Rabbit team's M3 was found in a rabbit pen.
- Turtle team's 38(t) looked like a gray turtle. Being upgraded into a Hetzer made the resemblance even more prominent.
- Hippo team's StuG is a squat tank that was found in a pond.
- Mallard team's B1 looks like a large duck as well.
- Leopon team's Porsche Tiger is a hybrid.
- Anteater team's tank has that squiggly antenna poking out the top that kind of looks like an anteater's tongue (reinforced with the rhythmic gymnastics ribbon on its tank emblem).
- 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). In the movie they are joined by 4 German tanks, 3 American Shermans, 3 British tanks, 4 Russian tanks, an Italian tankette, a Finnish assault gun, and 6 Japanese tanks.
- Ragtag Bunch of Misfits:
- All of the members of the Oarai Sensha-do club, with the exception of Miho, have no Sensha-do experience and have quirks in one form of anothernote
- In the movie, their ragtag band becomes bigger when members of the other rival schools temporarily ally themselves with the main cast. So now they have the very British ladies of St. Gloriana, the very American ladies of Saunders, the very Russian Pravda girls, and the serious girls of Kuromorimine. In addition, there's the charge-happy and loud Chi-Ha-Tan girls, and the low profile Continuation High girls. Oh yeah, the Anzio trio are there too.
- Their tank lineup is also this. All other schools tend to field duplicates of at least one type of tank, and often field them for specific roles. Oarai, on the other hand, doesn't even have enough tanks to hit the maximum for matches, to say nothing of the fact that their tanks are from all over the place. This has led to them finding several creative uses for the tanks they do have access to.
- Sailor Fuku: The school's default uniform both in school and in their Sensha-do uniforms. After all, they are sailors.
- The Team: In a variation, Ōarai's tank teams behave as a team by proxy, because of the ways they behave as units in battle. Starting at 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.
- Took a Level in Badass: Again, with the sole exception of Miho who simply regained her badass creds, the members of the Sensha-do club started out as rookies who couldn't drive or fire straight and became a formidable tank unit.
- True Companions: The Ōarai girls form a large one, and each individual team is a smaller fellowship within the larger one. Outside of Anglerfish Team, they're bound together by common interests (history, volleyball etc). This is commented upon by their rivals. Some in a positive light, others, not so much.
- Miho sucks at Rousing Speeches, but the first time she manages to nail one is when they learn that, unless they win the tournament, the school will be closed and the girls will likely be split up, with these simple words: "I want to keep doing Sensha-do. With all of you". Cue all the team springing into action.
- Episode 10, a breather which centers on their preparations for the Final Battle, devotes little screen time to the new tanks and gear: what's shown instead is Miho's second Rousing Speech (a heartfelt declaration to the entire team of her intention to do her best for them), and how each individual team spends the night before the battle bonding.
- Underdogs Never Lose: Played straight for the most part. Oarai Academy is a nearly broken school with really old and abandoned tank club that is freshly restored with a bunch of inexperienced crews (with exception of Miho, who was previously from Kuromorimine's Sensha-do team), in the setting where everybody else treats the sport as Serious Business. At the start, all they had were 5 tanks, very few recruits, and a strategist who's considered an outcast of the elite. True to the trope, they beat every other major team, no matter how overwhelming them are, at the very last seconds due to the their ability to act quicker in Double Knockout situations. The only exceptions were their loss in the practice match against St. Gloriana, their win against Anzio (as elaborated during the Seventh OVA) Explanation , their loss in the second match of the Commemorative Cup against Jatkosota during the events of Little Army 2, and their loss during their team-up with Chi-Ha-Tan in the rematch against St. Gloriana and Pravda at the beginning of Der Film.
- Weak, but Skilled: They don't have the massive numbers and firepower compared to other schools and their tanks have maintenance issues that need to be tended to often due to years of neglect. They are really excellent performers in spite of the issues.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being the champions of the 63rd Sensha-do Tournament, they were bested by Jatkosota in Little Army 2 just to show how skilled their opponents are.
- Worf Had the Flu: At the beginning of Der Film, Chi-Ha-Tan's recklessness costed both teams the match against St. Gloriana and Pravda.
- Team A/Anglerfish Team
- Team B/Duck team and Team C/Hippo Team
- Team D/Rabbit team and Team E/Turtle team
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 Sensha-do right before the match.
- Break the Haughty: In the movie after the closing of the school
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals:
Mako: "Seeing Sodoko gathered like this feels bad."
- 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, 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).
- Not So Above It All: In the movie they give up trying to uphold public morals after the school is closed. They quickly become lazy and take on a delinquent attitude.
- Self-Deprecation: In the 6th OVA, they make fun of the fact that they all look alike.
- The Sixth Ranger: They join the Sensha-do Team in time for the Pravda fight.
- School Swimsuit: The three of them wear theirs in Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu, and Sodoko, being a stickler for the rules, believes the other girls should do the same.
- Theme Naming: After Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, itself a reference to Sodom and Gommorah, directly or indirectly, chosen for intentional Irony.
- In Motto Love Love Sakusen, it is revealed that this extends to other Committee members, at least two of whose names are puns for Sadism and Masochism
- Those Two Guys: They are indistinguishable except for one or two traits. This is why their Fandom Nickname is "Sodoko Collective".
Renault/Char B1 bis
- Artistic License: See below in the Stone Wall entry.
- Companion Cube: The reason it's given an entry in the characters page.
- Damned by Faint Praise: Anzu gives a less than enthusiastic response to hearing about its acquisition, saying "Guess it's better than the Type 89."
- Stone Wall: The tank's thick armor, and how it was historically durable enough to continue functioning despite multiple hits over long battles, is often mentioned (even openly discussed in Episode 10.5) and the tank is portrayed as such, even if that only would apply against the smaller weapons of early-war designs. However, it's realistically taken out by a single shell from an IS-2's 122mm gun and a Maus's 128mm gun, with the latter even causing it to flip length-wise.
The head of the Morals and Discipline Committee, as well as Mallard Team's tank commander, radio operator, and one its of two gunners and loaders.
- Berserk Button: Has a few pet peeves — rule-breakers, arrogant people, or being called "Sodoko" (though her friends on the disciplinary committee may be an exception - see below under In-Series Nickname).
- Butt-Monkey: She's never taken seriously by the rest of the student body, which gets on her nerves.
- Character Development: The threat of Oarai's dissolution in the movie and the temporary spiral of the Morals Committee into delinquency causes her to state that rules are meant to be broken when one of her teammates expresses doubt over a risky maneuver.
- Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: When Mako climbs into their tank to help The Team get up a hill in the match with Pravda, she complains about her getting into another team's tank without asking.
- Death Glare: In Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu, she gives one to Miho when she complains about the harshness of the new rules, and then forces her to dye her hair.
- Despair Event Horizon: She took her school closure and sale as scrap quite worse than most of the other girls. She was helped out by Anzu's good news, but it wasn't enough. It had to be Mako who finally brought her back - both metaphorically and literally.
- 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 Sensha-do, as an elective, is bound by school rules. No one pays her any mind."You know this is a class, right?! You have to follow the rules!"
- I Gave My Word: At the finale, she deletes all records of Mako's truancy, fulfilling one of the stipulated benefits of joining Sensha-do, as well as a promise she made late in the battle. Cue glomp from Mako.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Of the trio, she can be identified by her chin-length hair.
- In-Series Nickname: "Sodoko". Most people call her that; even the very polite Miho refers to her as "Sodoko-san" in Episode 10.5.
- A 2015 Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu 4koma heavily implies that the shorthened nicknames of Morals Committee members might be made and intended for Committee internal usage.
- Oh, Crap!: After noticing that her School Swimsuit has her nickname instead of her last name.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Gomoyo's blue in her short temper concerning rule-breakers.
- Sitcom Archnemesis: Versus Mako because of her chronic tardiness.
- 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. See above under In-Series Nickname for more details.
- 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.
The second member of Mallard Team and its driver.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Of the trio, she can be distinguished by her shoulder-length hair and wide-open eyes.
- In-Series Nickname: "Gomoyo"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Sodoko's red, in that she is always patient, and is notably calmer about accepting help from Mako.
The third member of Mallard Team and its other gunner.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Of the trio, she can be identified by her drooping eyes and ear-length hair.
- In-Series Nickname: "Pazomi"
- Named After Somebody Famous: After Pier Paolo Pasolini
- Big Ol' Unibrow: Develops a downplayed one in the movie after their school is closed. It disappears after Mako brings them back to save their school.
- The Quiet One: In the manga, Sodoko even introduces her on her behalf when joining the team.
- Tareme Eyes: This is her distinguishing visual trait in the trio.
A trio of Gamer Chicks who met each other in an online tank game. They drive a Type 3 Chi-Nu, a Japanese tank made to face the Allied invasion during the last days of World War II. They join only after the match against Pravda, meeting each other face-to-face for the first time.
- Absolute Cleavage: Downplayed with the way they wear their uniforms without the green undershirt. The shirt's V-neck doesn't reach all the way to the belly, but even the supposedly flat-chested Nekota certainly shows some assets◊. note
- AscendedFangirls: Tank gamer chicks that join a tank team in real life.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: They join only for the last battle.
- Gamer ChicksNekota: "If you take online games away from us, what have we left?"
- Geek Physiques: Played straight originally, averted in the movie where they spend a significant amount of time doing physical training and end up being in better shape than any other Oarai team.
- Hikikomori: Piyotan has not been to a pool in ten years, while Momogawa has not been out in the sun in twelve years.
- In the movie. they fear becoming complete NEETs after hearing Ooarai might be shut down.
- I Know Mortal Kombat: Deconstructed. They quickly find out that driving real tanks is not the same as driving virtual tanks.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Are able to effortlessly lift tank shells like paper but still have a lithe body type.
- Nerds Are Sexy: All of them wear their uniforms in ways that show a bit more skin, likely trying to invoke this trope.
- Theme Naming: After "cute" animals — kitten (Nekota), squirrel (Momogawa) and chick (Piyotan).
- Took a Level in Badass: Big time in the movie after Finally taking out their first tank in the friendly match and then working out to become the physically strongest girls in Ōarai, so much so they can lob heavy tank shells one handed and break the driving lever for their tank from sheer force.
The Type 3 Chi-Nu
- Companion Cube: The reason it's given an entry in the characters page, though it has the least characterization of all Ōarai tanks.
- Historical In-Joke: The Real Life Chi-Nu never fired a shot in battle. Guess what happens to this version. The movie dispels the joke though.
- Red Shirt: They are quickly taken out to show how dangerous Kuromorimine can be.
- Taking the Bullet: Its only contribution to the final tournament battle is taking a hit for the flag tank.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the movie, they start to train physically, which positively affected their effectiveness in both video game and actual tank battles. In the Alice War OVA they states that they average about 2 tank kills in practice matches ever since their training.
Tank commander and radio operator of the Anteater Team, who introduced her online friends to Miho while scouting for extra hands.
- Beautiful All Along: Without her glasses, she's quite a stunner.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Almost literally! She wears cat ears. However she doesn't last long enough to demonstrate the talent aspect.
- Effortless Amazonian Lift: In the movie becomes strong enough to effortlessly lob tank shells
- Expy: Of female characters from Leiji Matsumoto's works.
- Holding Out for a Hero: Specifically defies it, as she offers to join the team to help them any way she could, even before knowing if there was a tank available.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Stands 168cm, though she's conscious about it, so she tends to lean forward a bit to reduce her profile.
- In-Series Nickname: She refers to herself as Nekonyaa when talking to her online gamer friends and to herself.
- Meaningful Appearance: Wears a cat-ear hairband as a reflection of the "Neko" in her name. It's also a form of Aluminum Christmas Trees, since a bioelectrically-controllable hairband with that exact design exists in Real Life.
- Opaque Nerd Glasses: All the time, even at school. As shown by the opening animation, it's likely to hide the fact that she looks like a character straight out of a Leiji Matsumoto series.
- Rapunzel Hair: Has the longest hair of anyone in the cast, all the way down to her hips.
- Shrinking Violet:
- She walks up to Miho and makes her request to join the team with a quavering voice and fidgeting fingers, indicating that she's fairly nervous.
- She also attempts to approach Miho in the hall during OVA 7 (chronologically earlier) but is unable to speak at all.
The second member of the Anteater Team and its driver.
- Bare Your Midriff: Her shirt is shorter than most.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her original design concept was peach + EGL, though the latter is less visible. She still wears a thematic eye patch, frilly collar, flashy footwear, and somehow ties her scarf into a bow.
- Eyepatch of Power: Shaped like a peach. It seems to be just an accessory, given that she's seen with it hanging around her neck in the final credits.◊
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Shorter than the other two girls but no less weaker, to the point of breaking off the driving lever in the movie.
- Reality Ensues: She finds Real Life tanks aren't driven quite exactly the same as their nameless online tank game counterparts. Anglerfish Team is certainly glad for it!
The third member of the Anteaters and its loader and gunner.
- Buxom Is Better: Largest in Ōarai and possibly the whole show.
- Boobs of Steel: Becomes one of the physically strongest in Ōarai, along with her teammates in the movie.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Both she and Nekota stand at 168 cm (around 5'7"), making them among the tallest girls in the Ōarai teams (barring the volleyball freshmen).
They are members of the Automotive Club, and serve as the mechanics for Ōarai's Sensha-do Class. Their role is critical in ensuring combat readiness of the refitted tanks. They are first mentioned in Episode 2 and seen in Episode 8. They drive the Porsche Tiger aka Tiger(P), a German tank notorious for its cantankerous engine and transmission, yet packs a heavy punch and is also durable, for the Finals match.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: They join Ōarai in the Finals.
- Bound and Gagged: How their entire team ends up in a Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu chapter when Nonna thinks they're interfering betwen Katyusha and her.
- Cool Car: Revealed to own one in the movie, based of the Toyota Soarer, complete with racing bucket.
- Miss Fix It: All four of them are skilled at fixing broken tanks. They can fix the Porsche Tiger while it's in motion!
- Other Stock Phrases: A tank-version of "Over My Dead Body". They use the wreckage of their tank to bar the path to where the Nishizumi sisters are locked into their final showdown.Erika: (Seeing as the Tiger (P) was still in the way) Recovery trucks, hurry up!Nakajima and Hoshino: Nah, take your time...
- Patchwork Kids: Their namesake animal is a hybrid of a male leopard and a lioness.
- Stealth Pun: And just like the leopon, the Porsche Tiger is itself a hybrid.note
- 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. note it was a mistake. note
- Theme Naming: Named after Japanese race car drivers.
- Wrench Wench: All four of them are girls in the automotive club.
Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger (P)
- The Alleged Car: 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.
- Awesome, but Impractical: In Real Life, the tank was found to be ridden with too many mechanical defects to be used in battle. Contrast with Difficult, but Awesome below.
- The Big Guy: During the finals, its sheer size and thickness blocks the rest of Kuromorimine, thus allowing Miho to settle the score one-on-one with Maho.
- Companion Cube: The reason it's given an entry in the characters page.Nakajima: (While fixing the engine on the move) "There, there. You'll feel better soon."
- Difficult, but Awesome: The reasons outlined in Awesome, but Impractical above made the Leopon girls the obvious choice to crew it.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Downplayed, as it doesn't involve actual superpowers but rather, "tech level above what was available in the 1940's" (the setting's closest thing). The Tiger(p) is badass enough per se, yet a bit of Loophole A Buse from Leopon Team gives it an one-time tech boost in the Movie.note
- Explosive Overclocking: The Tiger (P)'s electric motors were boosted to their maximum in The Movie, to allow Katyusha's T-34-85 and Erika's Tiger II to slipstream and catch up with the faster Pershings. This came at the cost of wrecking the drivetrain, and therefore putting them out of the match.
- 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.
- Loophole Abuse: The Movie revealed that while they were precluded by existing Sensha-Do regulations from modifying the main engine, it did not prohibit them from boosting the Tiger (P)'s electric motors. Which they did.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: In the movie shown to have been upgraded by the automotive club to allow the tank to reach ludicrously high speeds, at the cost of wrecking it.
- 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, meaning it also must had been disassembled and reassembled to get it inside the room - which heavily implies the poor tank was the subject of a classic "assemble a car inside a building" prank, back in Ōarai's former Sensha-do 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 Peeping Tom: Even if a non-sentient, inanimate object, the tank is accused of being one by Tsuchiya, in jest of Hoshino wearing her usual attire near it. Hoshino's reaction, however, is of thinking it plausible.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Invoked in the Final Battle as it blocks Erika's squad from intefering with Miho and Maho's polite family chat. Bonus points for being the tank to utter the line through non-verbal comunication.
Tank commander of Leopon Team and its radio operator.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: Unfazed by the engine catching fire.
- In-Series Nickname: "Nakajima of the Rain".
- Wooden Katanas Are Even Better / Batter Up!: Combines both tropes humorously with her "Self-Defence Equipment: Leopon Sword"; a Leopon brand baseball bat.
The main gunner (and occasional driver) of Leopon Team.
- Ambiguously Brown: She and Suzuki have a somewhat darker skin tone than most of the rest of the cast.
- Badass Driver: Has the title of "#1 Fastest Girl of Ooarai", and suggests accel bags for best drifting the tank.
- Custom Uniform of Sexy: Wears her work overalls with the upper part rolled down and sleeves tied around the waist, revealing her sleeveless shirt underneath.
- Modesty Towel: After losing her clothing in an improvished drum bath. Defied by her but Enforced by Nakajima.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Motto Love Love Sakusen plays up this aspect of Hoshino's character significantly. During a heatwave, when the other members of the Automotive Club are all wearing their overalls Hoshino-style, Hoshino goes one step further and goes topless. When that doesn't fly, she settles for wearing a bikini instead, earning the entire Automotive Team a scolding from Sodoko when the rest of them follow suit.
- Tsurime Eyes: The only member of the team who has these.
The loader of Leopon Team who dreams of one day owning a Sensha-do club.
- Ambiguously Brown: She and Hoshino have a somewhat darker skin tone than most of the rest of the cast.
- Goal in Life: To own her very own Sensha-do club.
- One Steve Limit: she's not related to Caesar, aka Takako Suzuki.
The main driver of Leopon Team.
- Badass Driver: Enthusiastic about the idea of drifting the tank; also, she revved up her tank for a wheelie.
- Genki Girl: Very enthusiastic of the thought of drifting the Tiger(P).
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Tries to play to this stereotype. See her In-Series Nickname.
- In-Series Nickname: "Dorikin", after "Drinking Bar Friday", one of her favorite Catch Phrases. This is a reference to her namesake's "Dorikin" moniker, which in his case, stands for "Drift King"