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Actions Speak Louder Than Words: On the limitations of analysing familial dynamics in Girls und Panzer through dialogue

It’s not what my words mean underneath, but what I do, that defines me.

The English idiom, that actions speak louder than words, is a familiar one: its base meaning is quite simply that action is, if not more meaningful, at least more noticeable than just idle talk. After all, action and the will to act, denote a commitment to one’s promises, without which, the words merely become that’s quite devoid of meaning. Anyone can say something and intend for it to have meaning, but without the action component, to see something through, there is no meaning behind these words. Consequently, when there is an attempt to conduct literary analysis based on the words behind something, one must be skeptical as to whether or not anything meaningful was said at all. Thus, when the topic of family structure and interactions in Girls und Panzer is brought up, one must wonder whether or not the choice of words and speech patterns can lend themselves to the bigger picture, and in particular, there is one editorial out there that fails completely to make its argument relevant relative to Girls und Panzer.

  • This post’s central message, or thesis statement (as it were) is at the bottom: the depiction of different familial circumstances for everyone (save Saori) in Girls und Panzer is to set the stage for what led Miho to enroll at Ooarai and her initial hesitation to take up Panzerfahren. Hana’s family is painted as very traditional and refined, acting as sort of a parallel for Miho’s situation.

  • Speech patterns and honourific use tells very little about this sort of dynamic: yes, it hints that the Isuzu family is old-fashioned, but then that leads to the question: “so what?”. Rather than words, actions have a much more significant contribution here; Yuri’s disowning Hana demonstrates her rigid compliance with a traditional outlook on life, and more importantly, parallels Shiho’s intent to disown Miho for similar reasons.

  • Ultimately, Yuri rescinding of said decision speaks volumes about open-mindedness and acceptance. This again will again foreshadow Shiho’s acceptance that Miho will follow her own path and illustrate that it is actions, rather than words, that tell a more compelling, complete story about the characters within Girls und Panzer and any sort of fiction in general.

In Girls und Panzer, parental approval of their progeny’s interests and decisions is not something that was missed by audiences. Earlier, I had elected not to discuss it because this aspect was secondary to the anime’s core message of cooperation, teamwork and sportsmanship over the single-minded pursuit of victory. After all, this situation was resolved for Hana rather more quickly than it had been for Miho: Girls und Panzer shows that the former’s mother, Yuri Isuzu, would go to those lengths and disown Hana for deviating from the family path, paralleling Miho’s own situation. In the aforementioned editorial, it is mentioned the manner in which Yuri addresses Hana (through a more formal suffix) is reflects on how the Japanese language can provide insight into relationships merely based on how people address one another. An intrinsic part of the Japanese language, the editorial argues that Yuri’s speech patterns indicates her desire of upholding a proper, formal image, and that this desire is imparted upon Hana. Thus, when Hana expresses a want of following her own path, this shock leads Yuri to disown Hana. This stands in stark contrast with the Akiyama family: Yukari’s parents are fully accepting of her hobbies and also are said to speak as a contemporary family might. Far from the stiff environment in the Isuzu household, the Akiyamas paint a picture of a warm, inviting family. Thus, we have differences in the two families that juxtapose one another. Throughout Girls und Panzer, passing references are also made to Mako’s relationship with her grandmother, and Saori’s close bonds with her father. However, this raises the question: what is the significance of all this to Girls und Panzer? Clearly, the contributions of presenting such differences in family cannot be limited to breaking the trend of anime where the parents are largely absent, otherwise, there would’ve been minimal incentive to include such details.

  • The dynamic between Yukari’s mother and father is humourous, laid-back and informal, but polite, as well. Granted, the Akiyama family exhibits different speech styles compared to the Isuzu family, but quite similar to before, it is the use of visuals, rather than words, that allow viewers to appreciate the differences between the two families. Watching Yukari’s father sink into a bow and attempt to join the girls’ conversation is perhaps a more explicit indicator of the differences, and for a vast majority of the viewers, this difference becomes more important than how they converse.

  • Mako gazes longingly at a photo of Yukari with her parents, presumably after being accepted into Ooarai. This photo is another visual cue that the Akiyama family is a happy one, and segues neatly into Mako’s background. In my experience, I’ve found that making use of visuals and actions is a far more effective means of communicating an idea across to any audience, as opposed to just words and dialogue. Consequently, when I consider the relevance of more subtle details within an anime, I value visual cues and character actions as being more indicative of plot-related elements.

  • While Mako and her grandmother appear to have a rocky relationship, theirs is actually very cordial, with both deeply caring for one another. This post demonstrates why words alone are insufficient in illustrating a particular aspect in fiction (but especially pertaining to anime): actions give insight into a character’s true disposition, and their words merely act as a supplementary component in helping viewers rationalise their decisions.

What motivates this is the fact that these familial differences set the stage for Miho’s character growth. Miho’s background as the daughter of a well-known tactician, Shiho Nishizumi, means that her every decision in Panzerfahren has a consequence. Her failure to win a year earlier led her to leave the Black Forest school, and Shiho also considers disowning Miho for sullying the family name. By providing these contrasts, whether it be the warm air surrounding the Akiyamas or Yuri’s eventual reconciliation with Hana after learning that Hana’s interests in Panzerfahren have allowed her to follow in the true spirit of flower arrangement, the gravity of Miho’s situation is made clear. This is what the aforementioned editorial misses: the dialogues and characters’ mannerisms become of limited value without context, which naturally limits the potential of discussion. Here, the “action”, rather than the words, leads to a definitive conclusion: the emphasis on families in Girls und Panzer foreshadow Miho’s past and reasons for making the decision that she does. Such an impact could not have been achieved without this focus on families, and quite similarly, the presence of these different family structures are inconsequential if they do not have a clear connection to the story; a part of the genius in Girls und Panzer is the writers’ ability to tie these elements together by making use of the characters’ actions and decisions, rather than the minutiae in how they converse with one another.

Anglerfish War!

The girls perform the Anglerfish dance in various localities around Ooarai.

  • For all parties, yes, the entire episode is set to Sasaki Sayaka’s Ankou Ondo. It’s beautifully animated, but the song is somewhat difficult to stomach.

  • Ooarai, if I have not yet mentioned this, is a town with an estimated population of 19,606. A cursory glance at this episode reveals a handful of locations that are in the town of Ooarai. For some of the more obvious locations, I’ve supplied links to Google Maps.

  • The volleyball club preforms their portion of the dance in front of Aqua World, a 19,800 square metre aquarium that houses 60 tanks, housing marine mammals at the aquarium include sea otters, California sea lions, and spotted seals.

  • This is probably a generic field somewhere in Ooarai. The town’s economy is centred around fishing and processing of marine products. It is hardly any surprise that there are so many marine wildlife motifs in the area.

  • My limited patience and the fact that Google Street View is not totally ubiquitous in the Ooarai region precludes the possibility of finding all of the locations, especially the more obscure ones. If memory serves, the Ankou Matsuri (Anglerfish Festival) is a real festival: the last one was held on November 18, 2012, in Ooarai.

  • The remainder of the episode becomes one long montage illustrating the different members of the Ooarai Panzerfahren team dancing in different areas.

  • The girls even end up dancing inside the Ooarai Marine Tower, a 60-meter high structure that offers a good view of the Ooarai area. Admissions are 330 yen for adults and 160 yen for children.

  • However, I’m not about to scroll through gigabytes of map data to find the exact bridge that the history club dances on. That task will be left as an exercise to individuals who live in the region and actually know where stuff is.

  • I believe this is one of the hotels near the aquarium (from the kanji), although this is pure guesswork. One thing’s for sure: the creators placed a lot of effort into ensuring the backgrounds were realistic.

  • This image depicts the area in front of Ooarai Station. The dolphin statue and the design of the station are replicated down to the brick. The anime has done much to bolster the already strong tourism industry in the area. On this side of the world, tourism sees a similar increase wherever celebrity figures visit. A year ago, when the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge visited my town, tourism rates sky-rocketed.

This OVA is on the short side: a total of 3 minutes and 50 seconds, only 2 minutes and 57 seconds of the episode is actually content, with the remainder of the episode being the opening and ending sequences. Whereas I had anticipated an episode about the history of the anglerfish dance, I was painfully subjected treated to the full length of the anglerfish song. The inclusion of various locations in and around Ooarai was a nice touch, although I’m not about to try and find all of the areas.

Girls und Panzer Episode 12- This fight won’t be dismissed!

This is the ending that fans might not have needed, but definitely deserve.

Ooarai’s team manages to defeat the Maus through a team effort, but Turtle Team’s tank is damaged and disabled. The main Black Forest force descends on the town. In the fierce fighting, Ooarai’s tanks are dispatched, but Leopon’s team blocks off a doorway, cutting off Miho and Maho’s tanks from the rest of Black Forest’s forces. A tank duel ensues between them, and Miho barely emerges victorious, winning the match in the process. The Ooarai crew and their fans celebrate their victory, ending with a parade through the town.

  • We begin by commenting on the highly novel, innovative means Miho uses to take out the Maus. Miho is willing to adapt ideas that are useful regardless of whether they are hers or not, bearing to mind Grand Admiral Thrawn from the Thrawn Triology. Similar to Miho, Thrawn is able to turn battles in his favour through charisma and skill, and plagues the New Republic for a short period of time in the Expanded Universe.

  • Drawing inspiration from Saori, Miho decides to use the Hetzer as a wedge, immobilising the Maus. The Type 89 is then sent in to stop the Maus’ turrent from rotating, buying Miho enough time to shoot the Maus’ weak spot. The effort of taking out the Maus disables the Hetzer; the latter ignites, and the Student Council bid Miho the best.

  • In the absence of field infantry, artillery and air superiority, Ooarai is able to take down the Maus. Ordinarily, the appropriate reaction would be a concerted artillery bombardment and/or air strike, but, seeing as these are absent, we will presently accept Miho’s unusual strategies. Of course, having air power would rather defeat the purpose of Panzerfahren: recalling how Black Forest organises their armour columns, a single strafing run from an A-10 Thunderbolt would end a match in less than 10 seconds.

  • The first years make a reference to Kelly’s Heroes, a war-comedy from the 1970s and acting as yet another clever callout to existing, famous war films. I was most impressed about the first years’ opportunity to shine in this episode, indicating just how far they’ve come since running away back in episode four from St. Gloriana’s onslaught.

  • Elsewhere, the Volleyball team are able to dispatch a Black Forest tank before drawing their file. The teams that did not have a significant chance to shine do so in this episode, and the Volleyball team is no exception, showing that the Type 89B is a capable weapon in the right hands.

  • The Jagdtiger is a German heavy tank destroyer, equipped with a 128 mm PaK 44 L/55 main gun that could down any Allied tank during the Second World War.. Carelessness causes it to fall into a dry canal, warping its main gun and giving the first years a firepower kill. The first years are taken out at this point, as well.

  • After Miho and Maho head into a derelict school, the motor club move their Porsche Tiger in front of the entrance, buying time and taking a severe beating before crumbling. It puts up an impressive fight: its armour survives a sustained pounding for several minutes before it is taken out. Its usefulness does not end here; despite the mobility kill inflicted on it, it acts as an obstruction and prevents Erika’s column from entering.

  • The final fight is a staged as a classical duel between Miho and Maho. Despite the seemingly calm appearances of both combatants, the emotions and tensions can be felt in this scene.

  • Miho goes into the final battle with the RX-93 v Gundam Panzer IV Ausf. F2, and a crew that is willing to follow her to the ends of the earth. (Char’s Counterattack jokes will abound for only one more image, I promise.)

  • Maho and her company operate a MSN-04 Sazabi Tiger I. Very little is known about her crew, but their performance might be the difference between a victory and loss: their gunner will miss a vital shot a handful of times in their upcoming battle.

My heart was racing throughout the entire episode, something that insofar, no anime has been able to do. This honour is reserved for The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall, two movies that were able to keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time, and as such, when an anime is able to invoke the same sense of excitement, it would not be unreasonable to conclude that the anime is well-crafted. From start to finish, this finale was a hugely satisfying watch, as we see Ooarai strive to fight off total annihilation through a combination of teamwork, ingenuity and determination. Miho’s decisions and methodologies allow her to keep her team composed even against overwhelming odds: not even the deployment of a prototype super-heavy tank is enough to keep them from putting in their best efforts. Moreover, it appears that Miho’s tendencies as a leader are now propagating through the entire team, with all of the tank crews beginning to adapt to situations and attempt to make the most of it, whether it is the first years’ capable use of terrain to annihilate the Jagdtiger, the volleyball team’s successful diversions or the mechanics team’s last stand against the enemy column, each and every team has illustrated that they have, for better or worse, completely embraced Miho’s unique approach to Panzerfahren. As the other units buy time for Miho, she enters an abandoned courtyard for one final confrontation with Maho. Subsequently, the one-on-one battle is about as good as it gets for armour. Miho’s final move is the same as against St. Gloriana, and this time, having a superior main gun, she is able to succeed in taking Maho out. It is a tense few seconds, but a glorious final outcome for the episode.

  • I included this screenshot of Miho because it’s perhaps the most serious we’ll get to see of her in the entire series. The final duel resonates with me, and in fact, fits surprisingly well with Aurora from Char’s Counter-attack. The entire scene has all of the same emotions as when Char and Amuro’s final duel become increasingly personal in nature.

  • After a short-lived period of griefing the Black Forest Armour, the volleyball team experiences a catastrophic kill, although owing to the safety precautions in place, no serious injuries result.

  • As the remainder of Ooarai’s crew and the audience watch on, Miho chooses to go with a risky manoeuvre that had previously failed, completely wrecking the  Panzer IV Ausf. F2 before going in for their final shot.

  • When the dust settles, Maho’s tank is immobilised. A duel-type showdown was not within the scope of my predictions, but in retrospect, acts as a suitable means of settling the series.

  • Thus, the end result is consistent with what I was expecting. It is not cliché in any way; I believe the world people are looking for is ‘spectacular’. ‘Awesome’ is a reasonable substitute. 

  • This is the ending we’ve all been waiting for, and I imagine that a great number of people have been wondering why I was unable to put out the reflections to this episode sooner. The answer to that is that I have been inundated with exams over the past week, so I have not had time (until now) to quickly go through the episode and obtain screenshots.

  • Miho and Maho shake hands as a gesture of sportsmanship before parting ways. I rather wish the parties at AnimeSuki would do the same now that the serious is over: these rather uncivilised discussiosn going on at AnimeSuki presently includes whether or not Black Forest is penalised for their loss, as well as whether or not Shiho will disown Miho after this battle. For the present, owing to inconsistencies between the anime and manga, we will leave these as open-ended elements that do not require discussion.

  • I’ve waited a very long time for this scene. The anime might have ended, but there are still three OVAs to be released, and of course, the constant, never-ending fights on AnimeSuki continue. Recently, it’s gotten to the point where moderators have intervened, and I am left thankful that I am not involved.

  • Contrary to what is being thrown around at AnimeSuki, I will conclude that Shiho is reasonably impressed with Miho’s performance. We recall that golf-claps originate as a polite means of quiet applause without interrupting the golfer’s focus, and Shiho is seen using one here out of polite congratulations rather than sarcasm.

  • Girls und Panzer Season two potential? Nothing is to say that one is/is not likely. If a second season is to be made, I would hope for competitions against international teams, as well as greater exposition into Miho’s relations with Maho and Shiho.

Girls und Panzer is, for good reason, the top anime of the Fall 2012 lineup, reminding viewers that their prima facie expectations of a series may not necessarily be an accurate indicator of what an anime has the potential to be. I myself came in with moderate expectations and an open-mind, something that would later prove to be a viable decision. Having started the series later than most, I eventually caught up and found myself in great anticipation of the final two episodes. When said episodes delivered content that exceeded expectations, I was most impressed. The series ultimately reflects on the quality and quantity of research that goes into ensuring the minute details are correct, with the end result that the technicalities are polished, consistent and fun to observe. From a story-and-characters point of view, we have high school girls (common) doing Panzerfahren (completely unexpected): while this potentially had the risk of being reduced to cliché and unoriginal story, the directors of Girls und Panzer are able to completely avoid this. The story is standard, but the character interactions are not unrealistic, themselves being fun to observe. Thus, I conclude that Girls und Panzer represents what anime in general should be: unique, refreshing and most importantly, fun. Lacking any major fanservice and yuri during its main run to distract from its primary goal, the series is entirely dedicated to telling an underdog story and their journey towards the top. armed with a solid story and premise, reasonable animation (while generally good, the CGI moments are a little rough) and a fitting soundtrack, Girls und Panzer ends up being one of the most novel and innovative anime I’ve seen for a while. Individuals looking for a series with a great deal of mechanised warfare would do quite well to pick this up, although truth be told, this series could be enjoyed by almost everyone, save the most closed-minded of self-proclaimed anime critics.

School Ship War!

The academy ships are introduced in greater detail. After exploring the deep interiors of the academy ships, such as the navigation and food production sectors, the girls go to a hot spring.

  • Remember when I wrote that kick-ass post about the Ooarai Vessel compared to the UNSC Ininity? The third OVA does exactly this, although since they have access to all original source material, the end product ends up being rather more official than my own thoughts.

  • The entire episode kicks off when Hana wonders why schools are built on sea-faring vessels. Saori attempts to answer, but fails, so Mako and Yukari step up to the plate. In their universe, this approach is supposed to foster increasing independence in people.

  • A handful of the vessels are illustrated here, and clicking on the images will bring up a 1920 by 1080 version. I have deliberately altered the original image such that the school and vessel names are superimposed onto the image. I assure all readers that all of the images on my site are not altered unless specifically stated. Now, this detour aside, we return to the main flow of events. I also give permission for this image to be used anywhere, without attribution to the source (a quick reverse-search will yield where the original image was from).

  • The earliest school ships were recorded in the Roman Empire. The girls’ discussion raise several conflicting points on the school ships’ origins, similar to how Panzerfahren has contested origins.

  • It is logical that Oceanic nations, such as Italy, would have these vessels as well. What is not logical is the engineering and physics behind such vessels: if they have existed since ancient times, then their building would imply a general disregard for structural physics that made such ships impossible in reality.

  • Much like in reality, the British in the Girls und Panzer universe would design vessels that inspired most of the modern vessels. Ooarai’s Zuikaku is said to have been built immediately following the Second World War, which leads me to wonder how the war ended in their universe: in reality, following WWII, the nation was occupied by the Allied forces until 1952, and through American influence, would experience a significant economic boom beginning in the 1960s. 

  • The girls turn out to have used the wrong flight of steps: the ascending steps are on the other side of the tower, and the arrangement is to optimise safety in the event of emergencies. This goes to show just how much research was directed into the show.

  • The view up here is spectacular. The fact that there are visible hills, mountains and cliffsides suggest a limited capacity to terraform artificial surfaces, like the Forerunners did for Halo. By this point, I’m going to suspend all disbelief and simply accept that things in this universe are unique.

  • This is a bigger version of the image from back in the preview post I made a while back. The Ooarai vessel is home to 30000 people, including all of the students, staff, service employees and families. Larger vessels can hold up to 100000 people. Consider that the UNSC Infinity, by comparison, have a staff of 17151.

  • Students are assigned roles based on their speciality: individuals in the naval department obtain real-world experience by actually manning the bridge.

  • A wall of plaques illustrate the number of schools in the system

  • This episode is beginning to turn into a Japanese version of one of my favourite Discovery Channel programs, Mighty Ships. As with Mighty Ships, the engineering sections of the ships are explored in detail, and at least once per episode, we see some sort of complication with a vessel’s engines. On these vessels, power is supplied from a variety of renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectric, wind, solar and oceanic thermal means. Multiple novel sources, such as waste incineration and kinetic recovery are also mentioned.

  • If one is in agriculture, then they must take practical courses to complement their studies. I believe that those are tomatoes they are growing. For clarification, the tomato is a fruit from a biological perspective: the ovary, together with its seeds, are part of a flowering plant. They are used as vegetables strictly from a culinary perspective.

  • Fish farms are also located in the bowels of the Zuikaku.

  • The construction of the school ships precludes the possibility of living below deck, given that the ship consists of multiple bulkheads. Thus, living quarters are situated on the surface.

  • The school ships have a shallow draft to ensure that they can dock with standard docking piers. While outlandish, I am impressed that the creators took the time to ensure that their logistics make sense given what we already see.

  • After being tired out by walking all around the vessel, the girls are given a seemingly iron-clad excuse to go take an open-air bath. While the main series is relatively fan-service free, the OVAs deviate from this trend, being more free to explore things.

  • Like, that’s pretty much all I have to say, right? I mean, this episode was pretty much t3h pwnage and stuff.

  • Truth be told, this was probably the most interesting of the OVAs thus far, addressing something that has been on the minds of the fans since episode one illustrated a super-massive aircraft carrier. 

  • Thus ends a rather long discussion for an OVA: despite being half the length of a regular episode, discussion nonetheless spans twenty images, the same as for the finale episodes. Consider that my other posts on Girls und Panzer only have ten images at most, for events occurring in five episode intervals.

The anime is titled Girls und Panzer, but until this OVA, very little mention of the school ships have been made. This short episode rectifies that and ergo, feels a lot like an episode of Mighty Ships, illustrating the facilities and logistics that make the operation of such a vessel possible, including self-sufficient agriculture and more details about the vessel’s power source. From the sheer scales involved, one is able to rapidly understand why maintaining such a vessel would be costly. With this OVA done now, we are left awaiting the finale, which will air on March 25. As before, readers can reasonably expect a large post. The next OVA is about the Anglerfish dance and is set to release on April 22.

Survival War!

The Ooarai girls go on a camping trip. After setting up tents and going for a swim, Yukari offers her selection of rations with the others, only for everyone to opt for barbecue instead. The freshmen end up burning everything, but the student council manage to salvage the meal.

  • The whole point of this camping trip is supposedly to bolster team spirits. Because this episode is very light-hearted and generally relaxed in nature, I have nothing to really add to any of the scenes. Like last time, I’ll throw in the odd 007-style one-liner and that’ll be about it.

  • As per usual, the first years jump head-first into a situation (in this case, a body of water of some sort), while the older students are rather more reserved. The festivities around this episode end up surpassing those of the previous OVA.

  • After Yukari’s attempts to get everyone into setting up zeltbahn tents fails at Miho’s hands, Yukari bursts into tears. This moment is remarkably heartwarming. 

  • The history club clearly has the coolest gear out of everyone, but given the atmosphere this episode evokes, I imagine such attire to be somewhat uncomfortable in the temperatures. Thus, cool is not necessarily cool, and being cool is not sufficient to be cool.

  • This is one of those few, rare moments where Momo is seen smiling. Viewers who were left feeling shafted by the turn of events in the last OVA will be quite pleased to know that the weather in this one stays nice. Prime examples follow in the next few screenshots.

  • Yukari’s spirits return when she brings out a collection of rations from a diverse range of nations. I’m not sure how long rations can keep for, but one thing is certain: the Student Council’s suggestions about a BBQ are rather more appealing.

  • Exasperated Miho is particularly endearing; she is responding to the first years’ misinterpretation between ‘simulation’ and ‘ration’. From an English perspective, there’s really no way of mixing those two terms up, but in Japanese, the pronunciations are sufficiently similar, leading to this scene here.

  • The first years spam the word spam to vivid imagery, much to Azusa’s indignation. They subsequently express total shock at the extreme cost of the rations: cost is directly proportional to taste, and we are treated to a short trivia section on the history of rations.

  • I felt like including this image because it is the second time Yukari sheds some tears, albeit in response to onions. Cutting onions damages their cells releases enzymes called alliinases that break down amino acid sulfoxides to generate sulfenic acids. A specific sulfenic acid, 1-propenesulfenic acid, is rapidly acted on by a second enzyme, the lachrymatory factor synthase (LFS), giving syn-propanethial-S-oxide, a volatile gas known as the onion lachrymatory factor or LF. This gas diffuses through the air and soon reaches the eye, where it activates sensory neurons, creating a stinging sensation. The tear glands respond by producing tears in order to dilute and flush out the irritant.

  • Yukari explores a complex, roundabout way of cooking rice here. For the record, using an electric rice cooker is the only way of cooking rice for me. Rice accompanies almost all of my evening meals, and for the curious, I am quite capable of eating rice with a NES controller.

  • The first years start a mega-fire when their food ignites.

  • After the first years somehow cause a flare-up, wrecking some of the food, Anzu steps in and demonstrates that besides being pro at getting the headshot, she’s also pro at cooking.

  • I’m going to start a fist fight somewhere when I say that I do not agree with the translation of itadakimasu (Literally “I humbly receive”) as rub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the grub, given that such a translation crudely destroys the original meaning. Owing the inherent difficulties in its translation, I would probably say that thank you for the food is the best possible translation if one were to translate it entirely into English.

  • We find out that cooking is one of Anzu’s hobbies: a rather useful skill in general. 

  • The episode ends with the girls admiring the infinite beauty of the cosmos. Because I live in suburbia, street lights dominate and as such, I cannot see anything beyond magnitude 5 starts with the naked eye. The Milky War is invisible to the naked eye where I am, requiring that I break out the binoculars to see it.

  • It is not unreasonable to assume that this episode occurs immediately after the first OVA, between episodes nine and ten.

The second of the OVAs is roughly 10 minutes in length and thus, acts in the same manner as did the previous OVA, Water War!, being light-hearted and fun to watch. The irony here is that there’s more water and more swimsuits than in the previous episode. At its core, this is a camping episode with a great number of Monty Python references thrown in, especially concerning the spam.