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"CHARGE!!!"
―Chi-Ha-Tan

Chi-Ha-Tan Academy is a Japanese-themed high school in Girls und Panzer. They operate Japanese WWII Tanks.

Background

The school has links with local school-ship construction. The school was sandwiched between an area that produces fine horses, and the industrial heartland. The school has a fine archery and Naginata tradition, done on horseback.

Like Kuromorimine they moved into tank driving after WW1 ended, and they started driving tanks Japan made themselves. The first instructors were WW1 veteran tank drivers.

The school's best performance was when they reached the 4th round once. But recently they have been repeatedly crushed in the first round. Most recently they got annihilated by Kuromorimine at extreme range before they could even fight back. This is despite what they did to improve their tank's performance.

The school culturally ended up with girls with strong maternal instincts. The school has a huge library that is renowned in the country, and students even publish their own books. And as mentioned earlier, they still have a fine equestrian tradition.

Tactics

Their main "strategy" is to suicide-charge against the enemy, which always ends with the destruction of a lot of their own tanks without really damaging the tanks of the other team. This led to the victory of Pravda - St. Gloriana team in the first match of the movie.

In the match against Selection University, this "strategy" doesn't end well either, so they choose another tactic : hiding in water under upside-down boats, waiting for the enemy to pass in front on them, before shooting. However, the second time, they try to hide inside balloon-ducks, but one of them bursts and this reveals their position to the enemy.

In Girls und Panzer

Anime

The school is mentioned in a screen when the tournament's bracket is revealed, as Kuromorimine High School's first opponents. It is later seen that they were annihilated by Kuromorimine.

Der Film

They have a bigger role in the film as they create a compound team with Ooarai Girls High School for a friendly match against a compound team of Pravda and St. Gloriana, match that was see at the beginning of the movie. They also join the Ooarai compound team against Selection University.

Uniform

Chi-Ha-Tan's Sensha-dō uniform consists of a brown tanker jacket with red collars (or white for the commander) and a mustard-colored skirt. The color of their skirt is heavily reminiscent of the color of the uniform worn by IJA soldiers in the Second World War. They also wear brown stockings and black shoes. Most of the girls depicted usually wear their hair in some sort of braid or ponytail, with the noticeable exception of Commander Nishi and Hosomi.

Members

Chi-Ha-Tan

Kinuyo Nishi

Main Article: Kinuyo Nishi

The overall commander of the Chi-Ha-Tan Academy Sensha-dō team. She is competitive and sometimes hotheaded, but can also be thoughtful and polite. Incredibly formal to the point of comicality. She is also the commander of a Type 97 Chi-Ha.

Haru Tamada

Main Article: Haru Tamada

She is the commander of a Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha, as well as the vice-commander of Chi-Ha-Tan. A hot-blooded traditionalist.

Hosomi

Main Article: Hosomi

She is the commander of a Type 97 Chi-Ha. She is easily recognizable due to her unusual hairstyle (victory roll).

Fukuda

Main Article: Fukuda

She is the commander of the Type 95 Ha-Go. She is a bespectacled junior member. Eager to follow her seniors' example by charging towards the enemy, but is often stopped by the Ooarai team members from doing so. She later learned to emulate Oarai team's tactics and advises Nishi-san.

Minor Characters

Nagura

Main Article: Nagura

She is the commander of a Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha.

Hamada

Main Article: Hamada

She is the commander of a Type 97 Shinhoto Chi-Ha.

Teramoto

Main Article: Teramoto

She is the radio-operator of Hosomi's Type 97 Chi-Ha. She also seems to love photography, as she often carry an ancient photographic camera.

Ikeda

Main Article: Ikeda

She is the commander of a Type 97 Chi-Ha.

Kubota

She is the commander of a Type 97 Chi-Ha.

Vehicles Operated

Tanks

Trivia

  • Their suicide Charge is based from Japanese WWII Banzai Charge.
  • Their theme song is Yuki no Shingun , which is the song Erwin and Yukari sing while scouting during the battle Ooarai vs. Pravda in the episode 9 of the series. An instrumental version of it is played during the movie.
  • Implied to have an extremely strict schedule, especially in regards to food served, as pickled vegetables, stuffed Onigiri and boiled dishes are considered delicacies by the students.
  • Their school ship is based on and named after the Akagi, an aircraft-carrier part of the 1st Air Fleet nicknamed "Kido Butai" of the Imperial Japanese Navy that launch the attack on Pearl harbor. The Akagi meets her demise during the Battle of Midway.
  • The word retreat literally isn't in their vocabulary. They use the terminology, "advance (charge) to the rear!" instead.
  • The Name of the School is based on a Japanese WW2 Tank, the Type 97 Chi-Ha.
  • Has a tendency to exclaim: "It's shameful!" when reporting knocked out friendly units.
  • Ironically, even though their motto is to always charge, it appears that the girls of Chi-Ha-Tan are actually quite bashful when it comes to love, as seen in the 4-koma spinoff.

Gallery

Tanks

  • Type 97 Chi-Ha
  • Type 95 Ha-Go
  • Type 97 Chi-Ha Shin Ho To
  • Type 2 Ka-Mi Amphibious Tank

Others

Schools in Girls und Panzer
Schools in The Anime Series Anzio Girls High SchoolKuromorimine Girls High SchoolOoarai Girls High SchoolPravda Girls High SchoolSaunders Girls High SchoolSt. Gloriana Girls High School
Schools in Der Film Chi-Ha-Tan AcademyJatkosota High SchoolSelection University
Schools in The Mangas BC Freedom High SchoolBellwall AcademyBonple High School ♦ Gilbert High School ♦ Maginot Girls' AcademyTategoto High School ♦ Tatenashi Girls High School ♦ West Kureoji Grona High School
Schools in Supplemental Material Blue Division High SchoolCount High SchoolGregor High SchoolKoala Forest High SchoolMaple High SchoolViggen High SchoolViking Fisheries High SchoolWaffle AcademyYogurt Academy

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