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Renta Tsuji is a supporting character in Girls und Panzer, and is viewed as the antagonist in Girls und Panzer der Film.

Background

Renta Tsuji is a MEXT official whose job is the administration of Japan's fleet of high school carrier ships. He has considerable influence in his field, in addition to having a hand in the legal branch of the Sensha-dō Federation.

Renta Tsuji first appears during Episode 9, during a flashback to a time shortly before Miho Nishizumi transferred into Ooarai Girls High School. He holds conference with the members of Ooarai's student council to unilaterally announce to them that their school carrier will be decommissioned at the end of the following year. The school and town are to be closed down as a consequence. 

The premise for this decision was that it was part of a 'review' of underperforming schools that found Ooarai Girls High School to be over budgeting, and undistinguished in any given area. During the proceedings, he mentions that in the past, there was a flourishing Sensha-dō club at Ooarai. This leads Anzu Kadotani to abruptly revive the Sensha-dō club in Episode 1, after receiving a verbal agreement from Tsuji indicating that Ooarai will not be closed down if they are crowned champions of the 63rd High School Sensha-dō Tournament

Renta Tsuji appears once again in Girls und Panzer der Film, whereupon it is revealed that he has reneged on his end of the deal and pushed forwards the decommissioning process irrelevant of Ooarai's tournament win. He claims that the agreement made previously was purely verbal, and hence not legally binding. In response, Anzu Kadotani protracts negotiations, using the backlash caused by the closure of the Sensha-dō champions to gather political allies amongst MEXT and the Sensha-dō Federation. Renta Tsuji is subsequently pressured into a compromise, this time supplemented by a written, signed agreement, that sets up a high-stakes annihilation match between Ooarai Girls High School and the strengthened team from Selection University, a dedicated Sensha-dō centre for higher education. 

Directly prior to the match, Renta Tsuji used his influence within the Sensha-dō Federation to stack the odds heavily against Ooarai. In addition to being a match fought under annihilation rules, the match allowed teams of up to thirty tanks per side. Tsuji also arranged for a controversial artillery piece, the Karl-Gerät 040, to be approved for Sensha-dō use at the last minute, allowing Selection University to deploy one against Ooarai.

Appearance

Renta Tsuji is a tall, thin man with dark hair and large, rectangular spectacles. He wears a formal business suit and tie.

Profile

Renta Tsuji is depicted as being cold and manipulative, not above abusing his position and power to leverage the course of events in his favour. He acts aloof towards the high school students, and is openly contemptuous towards the Ooarai students, belittling their tournament victory by attributing to "luck". Outside of the office, however, he is shown to openly furious at each of his setbacks, and is constantly scheming to get his own way.

Trivia

  • Renta Tsuji's claim that Ooarai is being shut down due to expenses is suggested to be false in the Anzio OVA, as Anzio Girls High School is having far greater financial difficulty in comparison.
  • In Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu! it is indicated that Renta Tsuji's true motive for closing for Ooarai is some undisclosed past grudge he has against the school.
  • As of after the film, Renta Tsuji is still attempting to get Ooarai shut down, but has lost the support of most of MEXT.
  • The only person shown to visibly intimidate Renta Tsuji was Shiho Nishizumi.

Gallery

Characters
Ooarai Girls High School Anglerfish Team Miho NishizumiSaori TakebeHana IsuzuYukari AkiyamaMako Reizei
Duck Team Noriko IsobeTaeko KondouShinobu KawanishiAkebi Sasaki
Hippo Team ErwinCaesarSaemonzaOryou
Rabbit Team Azusa SawaAya OonoAyumi YamagouYuuki UtsugiKarina SakaguchiSaki Maruyama
Turtle Team Anzu KadotaniMomo KawashimaYuzu Koyama
Mallard Team Midoriko SonoMoyoko GotouNozomi Konparu
Leopon Team Satoko NakajimaHoshinoSuzukiTsuchiya
Anteater Team NekotaMomogaPiyotan
Miscellanous Taiga Ou ♦ Sadoka ♦ Mazoe
St. Gloriana Girls High School DarjeelingOrange PekoeAssamRosehipRukuririNilgiriEarl Grey
Saunders Girls High School KayAlisaNaomiHelmet-Chan
Anzio Girls High School AnchovyCarpaccioPepperoniSiko
Pravda Girls High School KatyushaNonnaKlaraNinaAlina
Kuromorimine Girls High School Maho NishizumiErika ItsumiKoume AkaboshiRitaikoGeshikoSangouMaukoSheska
Chi-Ha-Tan Academy Kinuyo NishiFukudaHaru TamadaHosomiNaguraHamadaTeramotoIkeda
Jatkosota High School MikaAkiMikko
Tatenashi Girls High School Shizuka TsurukiRin Matsukaze ♦ Haruka Endou
Bonple High School JajkaUszka
BC Freedom High School Asparagus ♦ Moules ♦ Bordeaux
Maginot Girls Academy Éclair ♦ Fondue ♦ Galette ♦ Madeleine ♦ Colombier
Bellwall Academy Tiger I Crew Emi NakasugaHitomi YuzumotoKitaTakamiNagisa Shiratori
Jagdpanther Crew Neko Yamamori ♦ Yano ♦ Koharu Sakai ♦ Kanbara ♦ Hirono
Elefant Crew Chifuyu Doi ♦ Terauchi ♦ Wakasugi ♦ Kunihiro ♦ Nogata ♦ Enami
T-44 Crew Youko Minami
Panzer II Crew Kashiwaba Sisters
West Kureouji Grona Academy Kiri Shiratori
Selection University Alice ShimadaAzumiMegumiRumi
Japan Sensha-dō Federation Ami ChōnoShiho NishizumiRenta TsujiChiyo ShimadaShichiro KodamaKikuyo IdegamiKanon SasagawaHibiki InatomiRemi Takashima
Non-Affiliated Yoshiko AkiyamaJungorou AkiyamaHisako ReizeiShinzaburoYuri IsuzuChihiro YusaBoko

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