I wasn't expecting much from this really, but then I got completely into reading and having so much fun while doing so. The characters are so cute, I really hope they show up sometime in the main series, I don't know why but I loved Emi so much, she is so adorable~ I ship her with Miho so bad also >////<
Finally got around to reading all the Girls Und Panzer stuff, and I've gotta say this is the best of the three official series. Motto Love Love got a bit too nuts at times (although canon Orange Pekoe x Darjeeling was nice) and the original series was kind of disappointing. It simply didn't deliver on the tension or a lot of the interpersonal relationships.
On the other hand, Little Army was really satisfying in a lot of the ways the original series wasn't. You got a good feel for the characters both as kids and as a team, and their issues really seemed to mean something.
One of the best parts of this story is that the characters each get more attention and development. This is especially true of Maho, who comes off as a more interesting and likable character when you see more about her personality and relationship with Miho.
Incidentally, there is a sequel to this manga out, which apparently features Hitomi and Emi.
/ak/'s sub of the anime has the same issue. They could not decide whether or not to leave senshado senshado, or use the German term "panzerkraft". Nor could they decide to leave Onee-chan Onee-chan, or leave the -sama honorific in. No clue why they left tanoshii untranslated, but they fucked up in other ways besides that.
a somewhat long-winded story about a girl loosing nearly any match she playes? Was an ok read... a bit booring at times
I agree. Part of the appeal of the first Little Army was showing that Maho was a more complex and sympathetic character than she seemed like at the time of her introduction, and showing that Miho did love tankery as long as she could do it with her friends, so the sequel didn't really have what made the original so compelling for me.