Re: Episode 4
The match result was as expected, but the Ooarai team really did much better than predicted considering their inexperience and inferior tanks. With the exception of the 1st years who abandoned their post, the other 3 non-lead teams did their best.
The cosplayers were hilarious with their bragging about their Stug's low profile after getting the kill and forgetting that their banners are above fence height and then tanks can shoot through them :D As was Momo missing from point blank range and totally getting blasted from multiple enemies.
Didn't like the part about Hana's mom, but at least she's voiced by Kurata Masayo (Love Hina's Shinobu). Talk about a blast from the past.
The BGM continues to be top class, with the British Grenadiers theme for St Gloriana and the Battle Hymn of the Republic for Saunders. There also seems to be multiple versions of the main theme. There is a military brass version (used in the tank battle scene Ep 1), an orchestral version (the pan-out to Ooarai at the end of Ep 1), a playful version (shopping for cushions in Ep 3) and now a sentimental piano version for after Hana's confrontation with her mother. Kinda surprising to find out that the music is done by Shirō Hamaguchi, who also did the Tari Tari OST, my favourite of the year.
And I love the tank cakes in the preview scene