The Japanese Tank Soldier is the primary and only type of tank remaining of the Division 6.
The soldiers utilize a tank with a light cannon. However, due to gasoline shortages, they removed the engine, the tracks and the two bottom wheels to resort to manpower. These tanks consist of three soldiers; two under the tank carrying it and one commander controlling the actions of the tank. The tank commander always issues a loud charge before firing. Only 4 tanks are seen during the route.
The description given by the artist Max.D just below the tank's artwork says: "When this tank takes damages, it occasionally bleeds. It is alive. After all, the enemy’s name isn’t just “Tank” – it’s “Tank Soldier”. If you look closely, the bottom half shows 2 Japanese soldiers. It somehow feels kinda stupid. Even these comments have gotten kinda stupid…"
The tank works similar to the Girida-O, only with a few differences.
The 2 soldiers carrying the tank tend to often take breaks after moving the tank or after the tank fired, so it will stay in one place for a little while without attacking the player, letting some time for the player to attack it without fearing to be killed.
Since the commander of the tank can fully and clearly see the player, the tank is capable to shoot cannon shells precisely at the player (unlike other tanks who fire at a fixed pattern). As said earlier, the tank commander will always lets out a charge before firing, which can be useful to the player by letting them know when the tank will fire.
Since the tank doesn't have any tracks left, it cannot run over the player and kill them. It will instead bump into them and knock them unconscious for a moment. The player will then lose any weapons equipped and will wield their standard pistol.
It is relatively easy to deal with one tank, but can become quite a challenge when the Japanese Infantry attack at the same time.
- This is the fastest moving tank in the Metal Slug franchise, due to the soldiers at its bottom half able to run as fast as other soldiers while carrying it.
- The first Japanese Tank Soldier encountered is considerably easier to defeat than other tanks seen later.
- The Japanese character on the side of the tank means "six", symbolizing its division's number
- It's based on the Japanese tank Type 95 "Ha-Go".
- If the player approaches the Japanese Tank Soldier up close while it moves, the player will be smacked across the screen regardless how many times it's done. The player will then lose any weapons equipped and will wield the standard pistol.