Saori Takebe is one of the main characters from the Girls-Und-Panzer anime and manga.
Saori is a redhead with a string of failed searches for romance. She's one of Miho's first friends since her transfer to Ōarai. She becomes Anglerfish Team's radio operator due to her love of small talk. In Das Finale she succeeds Momo Kawashima to be the Student Council's Public Relations Manager.
In the XP4 fics, Saori is a member of the Heroes Coalitions as a Solo Hero. She also attends the Vanguard Academy as a student.
In the AWA fics, Saori is a student at the AWA Academy and yet to make an appearance.
Saori is a girl with long ginger colored hair and light brown eyes. In one episode it is revealed she wears contact lenses, and that she uses eyeglasses at home or doing chores. Together with Aya Oono, she is the only Ooarai character to wear black thigh highs, giving her a somewhat more stylish appearance.
Saori is known for her cheerful and bubbly personality and also as a good chatter. She is interested in seeking out good-looking men to be her boyfriend, and claims to be an expert in the art of love and romance, but it is later revealed that she has never actually dated anyone, despite her enthusiasm and charm. She coined Miho 's nickname "Miporin" and is popular among the first year students of the Rabbit Team, toward whom she acts like a big sister. While she is usually the first to end up complaining about a given situation and undergo a change of mood among her team, she's also notably good at diverting negative thinking. Especially in the first episodes, she notices quickly when Miho is feeling uneasy and accordingly changes the subject to prevent her from being confronted with bad memories (e.g. when Miho states she isn't very talented in Sensha-Dō compared to her sister and mother, when Ami Chōno asks Miho about her sister, or when Maho Nishizumi is interviewed in a TV show presented in the tank store). Generally, Saori seems to have a very good understanding of her comrades' emotions and is a trustful friend, often being the first to offer advice or support. Cooking and housekeeping are among her talents as well.
Saori is a member of the Heroes Coalitions and works as a Solo Hero. She also attends at the Vanguard Academy as a student.
XP4 Heroes Coalition - Mission Chronicles
In Chapter 1, Saori took part of a mission in an amusement park at West Coast Pop.
Saori seems to be an effective gunner.
- Her favorite flower is a Pink Rose and her favorite tank is the U.S. M26 Pershing.
- Saori Takebe was the third character to receive an official voice pack mod for the online tank battle game World of Tanks, as part of developer Wargaming.net's Japanese promotional collaboration with Girls und Panzer.
- Saori's birthday (given by Miho in Episode 1) is June 22nd. This date is very significant because 3 major events occurred on this day during World War II. The first was the French armistice in 1940, the start of Operation Barbarossa - the German invasion of the Soviet Union - in 1941, and Operation Bagration - the Soviet counteroffensive of Belorussia (Belarus) - in 1944.
- In the Spin off manga, "Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu!" she is seen to be very aware of her body weight, and appears to be scared and anxious whenever she steps on the scale.
- Still in the spin-off manga, "Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu", Rabbit Team members often refer to her as "Mama", so does Saori often consider Rabbit Team member as her children.
- Still in the spin-off manga, "Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu", Saori depicted to have above average physical strength for a teenage female. She could hold Mako upside-down by her ankle without trouble, and catch 2 of Rabbit Team members who jumped frantically from the height of their tank due to cockroach invasion despite struggling a lot, however this could be explained through the small body size of the latters.
- Should Yukari aware of this, she would've agreed when Saori offered herself as loader instead of making her as a commander in training when Miho absent.
- In Episode 1, Saori initially chose Sensha-dō with Hana before changing into Incense Ceremony to support Miho. Both she and Hana finally converted back to Sensha-dō after Miho agreed to select Sensha-dō as her elective.
- Whenever Mako wanted to quit Sensha-Dō due to her laziness and troubles waking up early in the morning, Saori is always the first one who tries to convince her to stay and often uses her granmother as the main subject.
- Saori excels at cooking and house chores.
- Saori is proven to be a terrible tank commander as proven during the training match before the match against St. Gloriana before Miho took the command, especially during the training for the upcoming match against Maginot, as Miho was unavailable because the Student Council summoned her, Saori assumed the position (against her will) of tank commander. On three training battles the Panzer IV was immobilized by the StuG, by the M3 and even by the Type 89 (!!!).
- Saori is quite obsessed by the thought of having fans among boys. This dream of hers eventually came true, but not exactly according to her desire, as all those 'boys' were actually from old people's home, as seen during the victory parade in Chapter 12.