Girls Und Panzer is a very goofy anime that makes absolutely no pretense of being realistic. Therefore, it is an excellent example of what breaks my suspension of disbelief and what doesn’t. I can accept, simply because it’s the premise of the story, that-

-The ideal school setting is on a giant aircraft carrier that puts the Mobile Offshore Base to shame.

-You can have a sport involving girls in WWII-vintage tanks that somehow remains largely safe for all involved. Even when the tank flips over.

-Etc…

None of this bothers me in the slightest. I know I’m getting a silly anime about a silly sport, so this is to be expected. What does bother me a little bit is the “Knock out the flag tank and win” example. Not because it’s any less “plausible” than the sport itself, but because, from a literary perspective, it gives the writer an easy “solution”. Rather than figuring out how to have them win a winner-takes all match, it’s easier to just make a “hit the MacGuffin and win” plan. Especially if it’s an underdog who would be unlikely to win repeatedly “fairly”.

Far more serious works than GuP have this issue. Harry Potter’s Quidditch has the infamous “catch the Snitch and render the rest of the game de facto irrelevant” matter that made it easier for Rowling to write, but made it a very (literal) MacGuffin game.

But Quidditch is still a small part of the series, and it takes place in a world that’s meant to be abnormal. The nominal underdog repeatedly winning through repeated gimmicks is a bigger problem in more supposedly grounded works, especially in series that go on longer than originally planned.

Far more serious works than GuP have this issue. Harry Potter’s Quidditch has the infamous “catch the Snitch and render the rest of the game de facto irrelevant” matter that made it easier for Rowling to write, but made it a very (literal) MacGuffin game.

But Quidditch is still a small part of the series, and it takes place in a world that’s meant to be abnormal. The nominal underdog repeatedly winning through repeated gimmicks is a bigger problem in more supposedly grounded works, especially in series that go on longer than originally planned.

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