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"We will fight in Tankathlon!"
―Shizuka Tsuruki

Tankathlon is the fictional martial arts of the spin-off manga Girls Und Panzer: Ribbon Warrior (ガールズ&パンツァー リボンの武者, Girls Und Panzer: Ribbon no Musha).

Background

Tankathlon is an unofficial form of martial arts, like senshado it uses tanks as weapons, however it lacks Japan Senshado Federation's (JSF) regulations and approval rules, traditionalism and values of it, which makes it marginalized among senshado practitioners and seniors. It involves two opposing teams, each possessing their own set of tanks, combating in Flag Battle matches, the only type of match known for now.

Many school carriers senshado teams are adopting tankathlon for various reasons, which are: lack of a big arsenal, practicing matches, different in-battle challenges, interest in this type of setting.

Rules

As tankathlon is unconsidered by the JSF, it has its Tankathlon Committee, they are responsible to set the opponents, the matches' date, place and any other matter involving the event, however, unlike JSF they will not cover the costs for repairing the damages caused to structures or viewers and others conditions included in Senshado Competition Regulations.

For now, there is only one known rule, where the tanks' weight must be below 10 tons, limiting the battle for light tanks only, also known as tankettes.

The lack of rules allows the matches to unofficially happen anywhere, both in rural settings, where viewers can stay in the middle of the battlefield watching if they want and in urban areas, where the citizens/viewers are in the middle of the match. It is the total responsibility of the viewers to ensure their own safety against being hit by a tank or shells.

Tank Shops

Tank shops only sell products sanctioned by the Senshado Federation, when Rin and Shizuka go to buy some equipment so they can upgrade the Type 97, Rin doesn't find anything related to tankathlon. However, Shizuka demands for the shop owner to provide tankathlon materials and supplements, he then leads them to the basement of the shop with a huge area dedicated to tankathlon. The shop owner also explains the JSF is being annoying regarding tankathlon materials lately, implying that the JSF heavily regulates the materials and equipment used in Sensha-do as a whole.

Teams

These are the teams that currently practicing Tankathlon. While some schools use their real name other more prestigious school practicing under an alias for not compromise themselves in an unofficial sport:

Anzio Girls High School:

Bonple High School:

Centipede Team:

Chi-Ha-Tan Academy:

Chindits:

Duck Team:

Fifth Republic Platoon:

Flying Tankers Volunteer Group:

Gregor High School:

  • Leader: Unknown
  • Commander: Unknown
  • Vehicles: Lt vz.38

Guy Fawkes Team:

Katyusha's Volunteer Army:

Kebab High School:

Maginot Girls' Academy:

Maple High School:

  • Team Name: Unknown
  • Leader: Trout
  • Commander: Trout
  • Vehicles: Light Tank Mk.VIB (with unknown gun ????)

Nibelungen Team:

Polite Girls:

Schwarzwald Kampfgruppe:

Tategoto High School:

Viggen High School:

  • Leader: Unknown
  • Commander: Unknown
  • Vehicles: Stridsvagn m/40

West Kureoji Grona High School:

Trivia

  • Kuromorimine, Pravda & St. Gloriana are the only schools to be represented by two separated teams: Chindits (led by Orange Pekoe) & Guy Fawkes Team (led by Darjeeling) for St. Gloriana, Nibelungen Team (led by Maho) & Schwarzwald Kampfgruppe (led by Erika) and Katyusha's Volunteer Army (led by Nina) & Polite Girls (led by Katyusha, Nonna & Klara) for Pravda.
  • All teams that don't use their true name use one that reference the country they represents:

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