There are times when I wish you really could just find reparable tanks just about anywhere, but the sad reality is that knocked out tanks are very prone to have unexploded ordinance in their hulls. Thankfully the Great Tank Fetch Quest ended with everyone in one piece and while they Type 89 is barely worth the scrap it’s made of, I suppose you can’t argue against finding something for free. However I can’t help but wonder why the Type 89 was left in the cleft of a mountain, it was almost as if a more intelligent species decided that the best use of a Type 89 was to shoot into a mountain. If there is one thing that is better than a free tank, it would be free maintenance courtesy of someone else. I hope that the automotive club will take a new liking to treads instead of tires.
The crew of the Panzer IV is gains one new member and Yukari is very enthusiastic about her new job, I for one think that she was born with an Iron Cross. Even if she wasn’t given her ever present mess kit, I think she might also be keeping a few K Rations too. Mako makes her first appearance and hopefully being drafted as the driver will serve her well. If nothing else the noisy engine of tanks will be plenty enough to keep her awake. Miho seems to have a very accomplished one-sama who has a super nice Panzer VI, as much as poor Miho seems to slave away in her one-sama’s shadow I am sure that they will come together eventually. Maho might well be the final boss or a mid-boss and if that is the case Maho’s Panzer VI is more than a match for all five tanks of Miho’s platoon, more over I suspect that Maho is a Tiger Ace. Thus if they stick with their tanks as is I think we can expect a more lopsided engagement than Wittmann vs. British 22nd Armored Brigade, 7th Armored Division at Villers-Bocage.
Saori is trying extremely hard to prove that she is into boys by boasting that she has boyfriends in every port… I am selling this notion, at most she is single, but more likely she is in denial about her growing yuri affections. Saori did spray down the rest of the crew for her own wet t-shirt contest and was seemingly over joyed when the female tank instructor was coming. Then there is the issue of her using megane mode and cooking up dinner for her friends and talking about how it was all “practice” for courtship. I am sure they adhere to some “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy but in Saori’s case I don’t but I can tell… Also blatantly asking Ami if she was popular was a clear play to see if Ami was still on the market.
Speaking of Tank Instructor Ami, she made the biggest entrance so far. Not only does she arrive from the back of a C-17 she lands just right to flip a Ferrari. To show how much contempt she has for rich boy vehicles, she even backs right into it. There are few things that show as much contempt for something than running it over with a main battle tank. Ami gets to play with a new Type 10, but I do feel bad for her in that she can’t go play with the kids because her tank is OP compared to the abysmal Type 89.
As for the Type 89 I was laughing a bit when the Team Volleyball wanted to take on the Panzer IV, granted at least they had some grasp of their technical inferiority and cut a secret non-aggression pact with the StuG III. Saori is many things but she is not a tank commander. Saori is however, quite power hungry and wants to take over the Panzer club by knocking out the school president. Team A, or rather the A-Team had the right of it when the commander is supposed to be use kicking signals to the driver. Tanks were noisy back in the day they didn’t have headsets for the whole crew. Since you couldn’t communicate verbally you communicated with signals, only I suspect that the girls are smaller than the ideal tank crewman the Panzer IV was designed for. If they ever had to incorporate Soviet Armor they can make the transition more easily given how the idea tank crewman of the era was 5’4”.
The fetch quest aside I cannot wait to see them take on Maho and her Panzer VI, that would be a good fight because either they will need upgrades or they make up the wonkiest reason ever devised so that at Tiger I loses to the lowly Type 89.