On the one hand, it was a huge bummer that the last two episodes of Girls und Panzer were delayed three months until the end of March. On the other hand, MAN was it worth the wait. The Katyusha scene from episode 8 having just missed the list last year, Panzer was a real sleeper hit, and the finale delivered spectacularly.
Our first taste of beauty is watching Turtle Team’s little modified Hetzer zooming around the battlefield wreaking utter havoc on the other team’s formation. Nishizumi long jumping from tank to tank. Three tanks teaming up to take down the monstrous Maus. The incredible street battle in the city, with exciting and clever cinematography and really well-done maneuverability tactics.
And then it’s the showdown between the Nishizumi sisters – the conflict we’ve been building up to all this time. Miho vs. Maho. The unpredictable new school style of tank-won-do vs the time-tested Nishizumi method. The last chance Miho has to win the battle and save her school.
It’s a superbly-directed scene. Even once you get past the initial shock of “OH MY GOD SHE JUST DRIFTED A TANK,” the angles and the timing and the raw power of the final face-off come together to make it a true spectacle to watch. The tension just hanging in the air for that split second before the shots are fired, so thick you could cut it with a butter knife. But Tsutomu Mizushima ain’t about to use no (girls und) pansy butter knife. No, he is blowing that tension to tiny bits with the deafening roar of two simultaneous tank rounds.