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"Your humble Yukari Akiyama Tank Corner!"
―Yukari in her own special Tank Corner

Yukari Akiyama (秋山 優花里, Akiyama Yukari) the loader of the Anglerfish Team and one of the five main protagonists of Girls und Panzer

Profile

Yukari is  a second-year student from Ooarai Girls Academy. Yukari's father is a barber and her house doubles as a barber shop. She's also the loader of the Anglerfish Team's Panzer IV.

The manga is told from Yukari's point of view. Through it, we learn that Yukari has been in love with tanks since she was little, but as other girls found interest in other things, she became isolated and ostracized by her classmates. When Ooarai reveals that its sensha-dō program is being revived, she wastes no time in joining, finally finding a sanctuary where she can be herself. She is even more overjoyed when she learns that Miho Nishizumi has also joined, though under very different circumstances.

Appearance

Yukari is a girl with short and curly dark brown hair and dark brown eyes.

Personality

Yukari has a cheerful personality and is a dedicated tank enthusiast. Her hobby is collecting scale models of tanks, as well as relics from tanks and wars like wheels, tracks, jerrycans, shells... She has a great respect for Miho, and habitually refers to her as "Nishizumi-dono". She even remembered Miho's vital statistics, such as her three sizes from Water War! OVA.

Background

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Yukari is the third new friend of Miho, since her transference to Ooarai Girls Academy. She admires Miho intensely, almost like a starstruck fan. Yukari followed Miho's exploits during the previous Sensha-Dō Finals, but respects her decision to save her teammates unlike Miho's mother, who didn't condone the decision.

During the mock-up match against the other girls from Ooarai's Sensha-Dō Team (which was supervised by their acting instructor Ami Chōno), Yukari acted as the gunner for Miho's tank team and managed to hit every other tank on the field. After they won the mock-up match, Yukari offered to be the team's loader to allow Hana Isuzu to use her new found skills as a gunner. Later, Yukari's tank team will be called "Anglerfish Team".

Unknown to the rest of her team, Yukari infiltrated Saunders University High School's ship disguised as a Saunders student to learn about their strategies for the upcoming match against Ooarai in the national tournament. She managed to learn which tanks Saunders planned to use, as well as their general strategy. When Yukari returned, she was surprised by Miho and the rest of the Anglerfish Team. They had come to visit her home as they were worried about what had happened to her. Yukari then showed the Ooarai girls the self-made video of her Saunders' campus infiltration.

During the semi-final sensha-dō match against Pravda Girls High School, Yukari once again infiltrated an enemy territory along with Erwin in order to do reconnaissance and find the locations of Pravda's tanks, including their flag tank.

Infiltrated School

Yukari was notoriously known as spy and infiltrate several schools (usually the next opponent of Ooarai) to find out about their strength and weakness as well as the tank deployment of each school with mixed result. Some of the school infiltrated by her are:

Yukari's spy action inspired Shizuka Tsuruki to follow her paths when she infiltrating BC Freedom and Kuromorimine. Shizuka's infiltration to Kuromorimine got busted, though, by Erika Itsumi and Maho Nishizumi since they know every member of Kuromorimine's sensha-dō team.

Trivia

  • Her favorite flower is the Dandelion and her favorite tank is the Polish 7TPdw (two turret version).
  • She has her own Girls und Panzer special called "The Humble Yukari Akiyama's Tank Corner" (Fushou - Akiyama Yukari no Sensha Kouza), which is 6 episodes long.  Each episode comes with its respective Girls und Panzer BD/DVD like the OVA episodes. Each episode is roughly 5 minutes long, and has Yukari talking about the characteristics and history of certain tanks in the show, following a certain theme each episode (e.g. episode 3 was about American tanks).
  • When she inflitrated Saunders University High School she calls herself as Sergeant Oddball. This was a reference to the Sherman tank commander of the same name played by actor Donald Sutherland in the movie Kelly's Heroes (1970).
  • Yukari's birthday is June 6th, the same date in 1944 as the start of Operation Overlord, commonly known as D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy.
  • It could be ironic that Yukari has messy hair while her father is a barber, but it is revealed in the Chapter 13 of Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu! that whatever the hairstyle her parents made, her hair would always return to her original fluffy form.
  • In spin-off manga Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu! Hana seems considers Yukari's hair as perfect means for flower arrangement as she oftenly arrange flowers in Yukari's hair.
  • In the first Das Finale OVA, Yukari has assumed rank of vice president of Ooarai Girls Academy replacing Yuzu.
  • When being pressed by Shark Team members in their first encounter, Yukari prepared a Stielhandgranate to defend herself.
  • Yukari has infiltrated four different schools (Saunders University High School, Anzio High School, Pravda High School, and BC Freedom High School) in their own school and in their territory in Pravda's case during a match which proved that she is skilled in undercover espionage. Because of that, she is always become a spy for Oorai Girls High School's Sensha-do Team to collect info about their opponent in the next match.

Gallery

Main article: Yukari Akiyama/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
Shark Team OginMurakamiCutlassFlintRum
Miscellanous Taiga OuSadokaMazoe
St. Gloriana Girls High School DarjeelingOrange PekoeAssamRosehipRukuririNilgiri ♦ Vanilla ♦ Cranberry ♦ Earl Grey
Saunders Girls High School KayAlisaNaomiHelmet-Chan
Anzio Girls High School AnchovyCarpaccioPepperoniAmaretto ♦ Gelato ♦ Panettone
Pravda Girls High School KatyushaNonnaKlaraNinaAlina
Kuromorimine Girls High School Maho NishizumiErika ItsumiKoume Akaboshi ♦ Leila Rou ♦ RitaikoGeshikoSangouMaukoSheska
Chi-Ha-Tan Academy Kinuyo NishiFukudaHaru TamadaHosomiNaguraHamadaTeramotoIkeda
Jatkosota High School MikaAkiMikko ♦ Touko ♦ Lili
Tatenashi Girls High School Shizuka TsurukiRin Matsukaze ♦ Haruka Endou
Bonple High School JajkaUszka
BC Freedom High School Ribbon Warrior Asparagus ♦ Moules ♦ Bordeaux
Das Finale MarieAndouOshida
Maginot Girls Academy Éclair ♦ Fondue ♦ Galette ♦ Madeleine ♦ Colombier
Tategoto High School Aung
Maple High School Trout ♦ Amber ♦ Oleo
Kebab High School Bosphorus
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 ♦ Saionji ♦ Azuma ♦ Hokuto
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