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"Do your best everyone!"
―Anzu encouraging her team while slacking off

Anzu Kadotani (角谷 杏 Kadotani Anzu) is the tank commander, radio operator, and sometimes the gunner of the Turtle Team and one of the three secondary protagonists of Girls und Panzer.

Profile

Anzu is a third year student from Ooarai Girls High School. She is the president of her school's student council. She re-founded Oarai's Senshado Club and became the commander, radio operator and later gunner of Turtle Team which operates a German Panzer 38(t), later turned into a Hetzer during the battle with Kuromorimine High School.

Appearance

Anzu is a short girl with a long twin ponytail, reddish brown hair and a pair of red brown eyes.

Personality

Anzu is well-known for being manipulative. She seemed to be quite cold and aloof at first, apparently forcing Miho Nishizumi to join the Sensha-dō team, much to the latter's reluctance. However, she was later revealed to actually be kindhearted and friendly, with her apparent imperiousness being motivated by her strong attachment to the school. She is mostly shown to be cheerful, perpetually smiling and cheeky regardless of the situation. She is also famous for being extremely lazy and indolent, always relaxing and fooling around while others (especially Yuzu) do the work.

However, she always lends support when people get in trouble, and she has shown herself to be quite determined and a quick learner when she actually tries at something. She is also a surprisingly good leader, and behind her laziness is also a sort of management style, as she can micromanage everything effectively in her laid-back way.

She is also notorious for loving sweet dried potatoes, which she is frequently seen eating, even during Sensha-dō matches.

Background

Anzu became the Ooarai Girls High School student council president when she was just a first-year, along with Momo and Yuzu, but how they came to their positions was not shown. She was responsible for the revival of Ooarai's Sensha-dō team in a bid to keep the school from closing due to financial problems and decreased enrollment (although this fact was not revealed until much later). She first forced Miho Nishizumi to join the team because she knew Miho's background as the only student in Ooarai with Sensha-dō experience; at first Miho refused, but, when her friends stood up for her to Anzu's supposed threats, she relented.

For their first mock-up match, supervised by their instructor Ami Chōno, Anzu was assigned to the Panzer 38(t) as the commander/radio operator, along with the rest of the student council which included the PR manager Momo Kawashima and the vice-president Yuzu Koyama. Later, her team was dubbed "Turtle Team".

During the semi-final round match of the Sensha-dō competition against Pravda Girls High School, the secret about Ooarai's possible fate is finally revealed by Momo Kawashima during a desperate moment. (but the Student Council had almost revealed it already to Miho before but still kept it a secret since they do not want to give Miho too much pressure), and Anzu confirmed that a victory in the Tournament was necessary to save their home; this spurred Miho and all the others to keep fighting on. In the subsequent fight, Anzu showed her own determination by finally taking over the gunner's position from Momo, and instructing Yuzu to drive dangerously near Pravda's vanguard tanks to allow her to shoot at them at point-blank range; she managed to take out two of Pravda's tanks and damaged some more before being hit by Nonna.

Prior to the final round match of the Sensha-dō competition against Kuromorimine Girls High School, Anzu bought a kit to convert their Panzer 38(t) into a Hetzer tank destroyer to improve their lineup, with herself as the gunner; she proved her sharpshooting skill by crippling several enemy tanks with well-aimed shots.

Later, she participated in the festivities for Ooarai's victory, going so far as to hug Miho to express her gratitude. During the banquet, her team was declared the winner of the Hidden Talent Contest much to everyone's protests and disappointment, all but confirmed when it was revealed that the grand prize was a huge quantity of sweet dried potatoes which made the others settle down.

Trivia

  • The members of the Turtle Team all have fruit-based names. As for Anzu's case, her name means "Apricot".
  • It is stated that she along with Yuzu and Momo already became the student councils on their first year.
  • Her favorite flower is Sunflower and her favorite tank is the T28 Super Heavy Tank.
  • In nearly all episodes, including OVA's she is seen chewing dried potatoes, proving her love with the food.
  • In the first episode, when she was pressuring Miho to join the fledgling Sensha-dō team, she remarked "if you don't join, you won't be here for long". Miho, Hana and Saori assumed that this was a transparent threat of expulsion if they didn't give in, but it later turned out that she was ominously referring to the danger of the school being closed at the end of the year if they didn't win the Tournament or even join the Sensha-dō club.
  • When she served as the gunner during the second half of Pravda match, she shows to have a high shot accuracy, probably rivalling to Hana's. She is shown to only missed one shot while attacking the vanguard of Pravda. Even though she only manage to make two tanks immobilise, the other tanks did suffer damage and caused delay for joining the Pravda's main force of.
  • She is good at cooking, as shown in the second OVA.

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