From: Eastern US
Thanks to the OP who first showed a link to the Japanese anime Girls und Panzer. I ended up watching all 12 episodes (the season finale came out just last week). For WWII tank afficionados the show is well-worth watching, for the meticulous detail and loving care the animators put into portraying the qualities and foibles of dozens of different tanks. A quick search will find several sites that stream the episodes with english or german subtitles, for free.
The series features good music; two cheerful J-Pop theme songs, and several historic Panzer/military marches including the German Panzerlied, the Russian Katyusha, the English Grenadier Guards, and the US Battle Hymn of the Republic and the Army (Caissons) Goes Rolling Along.
The plot is wholesome, light-hearted, and pleasantly ridiculous, as high-school girls study the ::ahem:: traditional female martial art of Sensha-do, variously translated as "Panzerfahren," "Panzerkraft," or "Tankery". In addition to fabulously rendered battle scenes, there are great lines, such as:
"They say it is perfect training for women."
"Well, it is true that I've never heard of men doing tankery."
"Guys and tanks seem kinda mismatched to me."
"If we fire enough times we are bound to hit them!"
"It's like that in love, as well."
"No. One shot. One hit."
"I've never felt that I wanted a rotating turret more than I do now." (StuGIII commander)
"Push it back with your willpower!"
"Great idea, but not very plausible."
". . . because that's 'tankery'. This isn't war. The tanks would be sad if we forgot that."
"Get your light tank off (of here)."
(Offended tank commander): "The Type 89 is not a light tank. It is a heavy tank."
and my personal favorite . . .
(M3 Lee Tank Commander)"It's time to put into action the plan we spent all night devising, a plan we call --"
(entire crew of 6 freshmen girls): "Operation Kellys Heroes!"
< Message edited by Blackhorse -- 4/2/2013 1:26:09 AM >
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Oddball: Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?