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- "My name is Eclair, and I am the commander of Maginot Girls' Academy."
- ―Eclair introducing herself before the mock battle with Ooarai
- "CHARGE !!!"
- ―Eclair during her last stand
Eclair (エクレア, Ekurea) is the overall commander of Maginot Girls' Academy's Sensha-dō team and one of the main characters of the manga Fierce Fight! It's the Maginot Battle!.
Eclair is a second-year student from Maginot Girls' Academy. She is the actual overall commander of her school's Sensha-dō Team and she operates a French SOMUA S35.
Eclair is a medium-sized girl with long dark hairs with blue highlights and a pair of light blue eyes. Eclair is usually seen wearing the Maginot Girls Academy uniform. During battle, she wears the school's sensha-dō uniform.
Before taking over the head of Maginot's Sensha-dō Team, Eclair was a rather impulsive girl who seemed to be obsessed with victory, tired of losing she goes as far as verbally confronting her commander and provoking her to a duel. After taking over the role of commander she faces humiliation and that the role of commander is a real burden to carry specially as 3rd year students refuse to take orders from a 2nd year student which make eclair cry of frustration and disappointment. It's also shown that eclair is hard working watching replays of her defeats over and over again in order to recognize the faults of her tactics.
Despite being an overall competent and charismatic commander she seems to be quite inexperienced which is shown when she falls into Anzio's trap during their match which leads to her defeat ( despite having an advantage in tanks ).
Eclair enlists into sensha-dō due to her admiration of Shiho Nishizumi (at time she practiced sensha-dō and even after) and wanted to be like her. Unfortunately for her, sensha-dō was different of was she expected due to Maginot's defensive tactics which don't allow tanks to move on to the front-line, tired of this, she began to question her commander's tactics and skills. Four months before the 63ʳᵈ National High School Sensha-dō Tournament Eclair confronts her commander Madeleine accusing her tactics to be archaic and responsible of Maginot's consecutive losses, suggesting more mobile tactics but against Madeleine's will to protect traditions she provokes her to a duel for the head of the school. She managed with difficulty to win and after the match Madeleine gives her Spade Blue collar patches and the title of "Commander of Maginot Girls' Academy" saying that she will carry the responsibility of Maginot's traditions.
After becoming commander Eclair tried to impose her new strategy, a strategy favoring mobility inspired by Napoleon's cavalry tactics called the "Saint-Cyr style", but she learns quickly the harsh reality of being a commander, she's always in conflict with other students, the 3rd years ignoring her commands and 2nd and 1st years aren't doing as she told since they're watching by their senpais. After a training where she was constantly downplayed by 3rd years, a member of the sensha-dō called Fondue proposes herself as the vice-commander, Eclair first irritated by Fondue's behavior and familiarity finally accepts her offer. After this the 3rd years became openly hostile towards her. Eclair then learns from her senpai that earning the title of commander doesn't give her the respect of Madeleine's followers. That is the beginning of Eclair's chronic stomachache.
Once the conflict with 3rd years passed, Eclair, in her office, is visited by Madeleine announcing her that she withdraws from the sensha-dō team, Eclair is horrified as she considers that the only reason she has the command is because of Madeleine's presence. After Madeleine's departure Eclair realizes she was right as the sensha-dō team lost 51 team members on 80, but Eclair still believes in her tactics.
Four months later Maginot suffers defeats in various training matches (the last was against Saunders). Fondue gives her a request for a training match from Ooarai that she gladly accept to proves that her the efficiency of her "Saint-Cyr Style". After getting intels on Ooarai's team from their previous match against St.Gloriana she learns that the team is lead by Miho Nishizumi that makes her more willing the fight her and defeat the Nishizumi style (as she's a fan of Shiho Nishizumi).
After undergoing several training she starts figuring that her new style has its limits as their tanks aren't suitable for mobile warfare due to the limited number of crew members of their tank (FT-17 and R35 have only 2 crew members and the commander have to do 4 different tasks).
During the match against Ooarai Eclair entrenched four of her tanks to give the illusion that Maginot never changes their tactics by putting a R39 in ambush. After Ooarai realize Maginot's tactics and foil their plans, Eclair began to suffer violent stomachache and nearly fainted, after suited herself up, she made a speech to her remaining tank-crews and reunited all her teammates under her guidance. This permitted them to take out some Ooarai tanks, but in the end Eclair's tank is shot down by Miho's Panzer IV in a valiant charge and the rest of the team is taken out by the M3 Lee.
After the match Eclair congratulates Miho, by kissing her three times, about her teamwork. Once she leaves to training grounds she shows to Fondue that she's still frustrated about losing.
She is seen participating the Tankathlon Cauldron Tournament, in the name of Maginot. She fights during the eighth match of the first round Viggen High School during an ahhihilation match. Unaware of the Yojimbo rule she fought all tanks of Viggen alone smashing them in her FT-17, finally proving the efficiency of her "Saint-Cyr style". She got her usual stomachaches after leaning that she could have backup.
Eclair also participates in the Winter Continuous Track Cup where she loses her first round match to Kuromorimine.
- Her name is taken from the "eclair", a French pastry.
- Éclair can also be the French word for lightning, highlighting her preference for a fast and mobile style, rather than a slow defensive one.
- Main article: Eclair/Gallery
|Ooarai Girls High School||Anglerfish Team||Miho Nishizumi ♦ Saori Takebe ♦ Hana Isuzu ♦ Yukari Akiyama ♦ Mako Reizei|
|Duck Team||Noriko Isobe ♦ Taeko Kondou ♦ Shinobu Kawanishi ♦ Akebi Sasaki|
|Hippo Team||Erwin ♦ Caesar ♦ Saemonza ♦ Oryou|
|Rabbit Team||Azusa Sawa ♦ Aya Oono ♦ Ayumi Yamagou ♦ Yuuki Utsugi ♦ Karina Sakaguchi ♦ Saki Maruyama|
|Turtle Team||Anzu Kadotani ♦ Momo Kawashima ♦ Yuzu Koyama|
|Mallard Team||Midoriko Sono ♦ Moyoko Gotou ♦ Nozomi Konparu|
|Leopon Team||Satoko Nakajima ♦ Hoshino ♦ Suzuki ♦ Tsuchiya|
|Anteater Team||Nekota ♦ Momoga ♦ Piyotan|
|Shark Team||Ogin ♦ Murakami ♦ Cutlass ♦ Flint ♦ Rum|
|Miscellanous||Taiga Ou ♦ Sadoka ♦ Mazoe|
|St. Gloriana Girls High School||Darjeeling ♦ Orange Pekoe ♦ Assam ♦ Rosehip ♦ Rukuriri ♦ Nilgiri ♦ Vanilla ♦ Cranberry ♦ Earl Grey|
|Saunders Girls High School||Kay ♦ Alisa ♦ Naomi ♦ Helmet-Chan|
|Anzio Girls High School||Anchovy ♦ Carpaccio ♦ Pepperoni ♦ Amaretto ♦ Gelato ♦ Panettone|
|Pravda Girls High School||Katyusha ♦ Nonna ♦ Klara ♦ Nina ♦ Alina|
|Kuromorimine Girls High School||Maho Nishizumi ♦ Erika Itsumi ♦ Koume Akaboshi ♦ Leila Rou ♦ Emi Kojima ♦ Geshiko ♦ Sangou ♦ Mauko ♦ Sheska|
|Chi-Ha-Tan Academy||Kinuyo Nishi ♦ Fukuda ♦ Haru Tamada ♦ Hosomi ♦ Nagura ♦ Hamada ♦ Teramoto ♦ Ikeda|
|Jatkosota High School||Mika ♦ Aki ♦ Mikko ♦ Touko ♦ Lili|
|BC Freedom High School||Ribbon Warrior||Asparagus ♦ Moules ♦ Bordeaux|
|Das Finale||Marie ♦ Andou ♦ Oshida|
|Tatenashi Girls High School||Shizuka Tsuruki ♦ Rin Matsukaze ♦ Haruka Endou|
|Bonple High School||Jajka ♦ Uszka|
|Maginot Girls Academy||Éclair ♦ Fondue ♦ Galette ♦ Madeleine ♦ Colombier|
|Count High School||Noemi Kohiyama ♦ Anna Masukura ♦ Nachigami Sisters ♦ Marina Constantinescu ♦ Mizuki Ikarashi|
|Tategoto High School||Aung|
|Maple High School||Trout ♦ Amber ♦ Oleo|
|Kebab High School||Bosphorus|
|Bellwall Academy||Tiger I Crew||Emi Nakasuga ♦ Hitomi Yuzumoto ♦ Kita ♦ Takami ♦ Nagisa Shiratori|
|Jagdpanther Crew||Neko Yamamori ♦ Yano ♦ Koharu Sakai ♦ Kanbara ♦ Hirono|
|Elefant Crew||Chifuyu Doi ♦ Terauchi ♦ Wakasugi ♦ Kunihiro ♦ Nogata ♦ Enami|
|T-44 Crew||Youko Minami ♦ Saionji ♦ Azuma ♦ Hokuto|
|Panzer II Crew||Kashiwaba Sisters|
|West Kureouji Grona Academy||Kiri Shiratori|
|All-Stars University Team||Alice Shimada ♦ Azumi ♦ Megumi ♦ Rumi|
|Japan Sensha-dō Federation||Ami Chōno ♦ Shiho Nishizumi ♦ Renta Tsuji ♦ Chiyo Shimada ♦ Shichiro Kodama ♦ Kikuyo Idegami ♦ Kanon Sasagawa ♦ Hibiki Inatomi ♦ Remi Takashima|
|Non-Affiliated||Yoshiko Akiyama ♦ Jungorou Akiyama ♦ Hisako Reizei ♦ Shinzaburo ♦ Yuri Isuzu ♦ Chihiro Yusa ♦ Boko|