Instead the ending was the Underdogs Never Lose that I was expecting. However the execution of the clichés was essentially flawless, and I enjoyed every minute.
It helped that Ooarai had the right balance of advance planning on Miho’s part, willingness to improvise around the plans, and a solid sense of teamwork/friendship. The latter two being the areas where Ooarai had Black Forest totally outmatched.
Girls Und Panzer was a big enough hit that a second season is likely, and I have to admit that I’m looking forward to it.
Overall Girls Und Panzer delivered a satisfyingly clichéd ending, and there’s nothing wrong with that.