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"We're fighting last year's champion, Pravda Girls High School. We have to win no matter what. If we lose, it's all over!"
―Momo Kawashima
"Snow, Russia, and war make me think of..."
―Erwin

Episode 8 "We're Fighting Pravda!" "Prauda Sen Desu!" (プラウダ戦です ! ) is the eighth episode of Girls und Panzer. It originally aired on December 3rd, 2012.

Plot

On the Pravda Girls High School carrier, Katyusha hosts Darjeeling for tea, and it is revealed that St. Gloriana Girls College was defeated by Kuromorimine Girls Academy in the semi-finals.
Ep 8 Katyusha and Nonna

Katyusha unimpressed by Ooarai

Meanwhile, in Ooarai, the restored Renault B1 bis is crewed by members of the Public Morals Committee; Midoriko Sono, Moyoko Gotou and Nozomi Konparu, who join the Sensha-dō club as the newly formed Mallard Team. The student council invites Miho Nishizumi to have dinner with them, as they have something important to share; however, they avoid the elephant in the room, and Miho leaves without learning anything. At the Nishizumi house, Shiho Nishizumi announces her intentions to disown Miho, prompting Maho Nishizumi to take her to observe Ooarai in the coming semi-final match.

Miho proposes a cautious approach to the match, but the other excited Ooarai crews overrule her, opting for an aggressive assault. Following a series of easy kills over the opposing team, Miho is struggling to keep her team under control. The Ooarai tanks rush forwards to attack Pravda's exposed flag tank, and in doing so, fall into a carefully prepared trap.

Ep 8 Miho

Miho trying to stop her team

Pravda's ambush quickly surrounds the Ooarai forces and bombards them from all sides. The Ooarai tanks are forced to seek refuge in a large church. During the retreat, the main gun of the M3 Lee is destroyed, the Panzer IV's turret is jammed, and the StuG III gets its tracks blown off, but Anglerfish Team manages to push to crippled vehicle to safety. As the church threatens to collapse under enemy fire, the barrage suddenly stops.

Members of the Pravda Sensha-dō club approach under a ceasefire. Katyusha gives Miho three hours to surrender peacefully. Aware of the inherent dangers of fighting to the bitter end, Miho inclines towards accepting the offer to ensure the safety of her teammates. The Ooarai girls consider that making it as far as the semifinal is an achievement in itself. However, the student council vetoes the decision by revealing that unless Ooarai Girls Academy wins the championship, the school will be closed down.

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Episode 7

"Anzio is the Next Up!"

Episode 9

"This is a Desperate Situation!"

Characters Introduced

Tanks Appearing


Main Events

  • The semi-final match against Pravda begins. But, the high spirits of Ooarai sensha-do girls will have an impact on the early course of the match.
  • A three-hour ceasefire is imposed, during which Katyusha demands that Ooarai surrender the match.
  • It is revealed that Ooarai Girls Academy will be closed down unless they win the Sensha-dō tournament.

Trivia

  • Momo Kawashima mentions the 50th Parallel North, from 1905 to 1945 the parallel marked the separation between the Russian part of Sakhalin island and Japanese part (known as the Karafuto Prefecture).
  • This is the first time that Momo Kawashima smiles in person when remembering last year's Summer Festival. The second time is in OVA 2.
  • When Katyusha & Nonna arrive to meet Ooarai, the segment La Fée Dragée from Tchaikovsky's 1892 opera The Nutcracker can be heard.
  • The Pravda march, Katyusha, was sung at the beginning of the match.
  • Momo Kawashima's answer to Katyusha's ultimatum "NUTS !!!", is a reference to General Anthony McAuliffe's answer to General Von Lüttwitz's proposal of surrender during the Siege of Bastogne on December 22nd 1944.
    • Furthermore, the chapel Ooarai was using as a shelter and temporary HQ resembles a similar chapel in the town the 101st Airborne used during the siege.
  • Just before the match, Midoriko Sono, in a vain attempt to scold other student for "not following school regulations" is confronted by Erwin with a Bon Jovi line : "It's my life. It's now or never..."
  • The StuG is the only Ooarai tank to have a winter camouflage during the match.
  • The over extension of Ooarai's forces, followed by the Pravda encirclement and siege, is also most likely a reference to the decisive Battle of Stalingrad of 1942-43.
    • Ooarai's tanks that are surrounded by Pravda can be a reference to Operation Uranus, which was an operation launched by the Russians to encircle the German 6th Army.

Gallery

 
Girls und Panzer Anime
First Anime Season Episodes Episode 1Episode 2Episode 3Episode 4Episode 5Episode 6Episode 7Episode 8Episode 9Episode 10Episode 11Episode 12
Recap Episodes Episode 5.5Episode 10.5
OVA Episodes OVA 1OVA 2OVA 3OVA 4OVA 5OVA 6OVA 7OVA 8
Animated Movie Girls und Panzer der Film
Final Chapter Part 1 ♦ Part 2 ♦ Part 3 ♦ Part 4 ♦ Part 5 ♦ Part 6