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Girls und Panzer
Girls und Panzer manga vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
ガールズ&パンツァー
(Gāruzu & Pantsā)
Genre Action
Manga
Illustrated by Ryūichi Saitaniya
Published by Media Factory
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comic Flapper
Original run June 5, 2012 – ongoing
Volumes 3
Manga
Girls und Panzer: Little Army
Illustrated by Tsuchii
Published by Media Factory
English publisher
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Alive
Original run August 2012March 2013
Volumes 2
Anime television series
Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima
Produced by Kiyoshi Sugiyama
Written by Reiko Yoshida
Music by Shiro Hamaguchi
Studio Actas
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, TVA, TVO, BS11, AT-X
English network
Original run October 9, 2012March 25, 2013
Episodes 12 + 2 recap episodes (List of episodes)
Novel
Written by Yuu Hibiki
Illustrated by Humikane Shimada, Shin Kyougoku
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Male
Imprint MF Bunko J
Published November 22, 2012
Original video animation
Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima
Produced by Kiyoshi Sugiyama
Studio Actas
Licensed by
Released December 21, 2012June 21, 2013
Episodes 6
Manga
Girls und Panzer: Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu!
Illustrated by Nii-Marco
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Alive
Original run May 27, 2013 – ongoing
Volumes 1
Game
Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu!
Developer Namco Bandai Games
Publisher Namco Bandai Games
Genre Action
Platform PlayStation Vita
Released
  • JP June 26, 2014
Original video animation
Girls und Panzer: This is the Real Anzio Battle!
Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima
Produced by Kiyoshi Sugiyama
Studio Actas
Released July 5, 2014
Runtime 37 minutes
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Girls und Panzer (ガールズ&パンツァー Gāruzu ando Pantsā?) is a 2012 Japanese anime television series created by Actas.[1][2] The animation is directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, and produced by Kiyoshi Sugiyama. Takaaki Suzuki, who has earlier acted as a military history advisor for Strike Witches and Upotte!!, is involved in the production of the anime.[3] The series initially aired in Japan between October and December 2012, with two additional episodes airing in March 2013 and an original video animation released in July 2014.[4][5] A manga series by Ryūichi Saitaniya launched in Media Factory's Comic Flapper magazine from June 5, 2012.[3] A 2014 film has been announced.[6]

Plot[edit]

The story takes place in a universe where historical WWII-era tanks are maintained for sports warfare competitions and large carrier ships known as Academy Ships support mobile sea communities. High school girls participate in "tankery" (戦車道 sensha-dō?, lit. "the way of the tank"),[FN 1] the art of operating tanks, as a traditional martial art. During competitive matches, the tanks fire modified live rounds that cannot penetrate any tank as each vehicle is fitted with an advanced carbon-coated armor interior, thus preventing any physical harm to the crew; complete kills are detected by sensors which calculate the estimated damage from the shell trajectory and force, and raises a white flag to signal defeat. A computer system determines whether a shot can be considered penetrating, in simulation of real-life tank combat, and crewmembers are permitted to repair their vehicle's tracks and continue participation following a mobility kill. Different schools field teams of multiple vehicles and send them into sensha-dō matches; rules of each match can vary between completely disabling the opposing team, or disabling a designated flag tank. The carriers travel across the globe and schools that maintain a tank club are welcome to attend an annual tank competition that promises large rewards and prestige for their participation.

Miho Nishizumi is part of a famous lineage of tankers well known for their Nishizumi Style of sensha-dō; she had disgraced her family's name by abandoning her position to save her drowning teammates, leading to her team's defeat within the final match of a competition. Shaken by the whole experience, Miho wished to cease competing in sensha-dō and moved away from her family to start anew by attending Ōarai, a school uninvolved in the sport for nearly twenty years. Miho began her new school life, having made new friends, when the student council announced the revival of sensha-dō. Due to her prior experience, Miho was coerced into joining by the student council president, under threat of expulsion. Following pressure from the student council and seeing her friends suffering because of her decision, Miho reluctantly accepted to join the sensha-dō club.

Despite being initially reluctant, Miho soon comes to enjoy sensha-dō again. Joined by her new friends Saori, Hana, Yukari and Mako, she enters a national sensha-dō championship where they face off against various other schools.[3][8] Unknown to the whole club, their battles are not merely for recreation, but rather for the sake of saving Ōarai High School.

The spin-off manga, Girls und Panzer: Little Army, follows Miho in her elementary school days as she participates in tankery alongside her friends; Emi, Hitomi and Chihiro.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

The main characters make up the Anglerfish Team (あんこうチーム Ankō Chīmu?) of Ōarai Girls High School's Sensha-dō team, with Miho serving as overall commander. They were assigned the German Panzer IV Ausf. D, armed with the short-barreled 75mm KwK 37 L/24 gun that is mostly used for infantry support. The tank was later upgraded to a Panzer IV Ausf. F2 when they found a long-barreled 75mm KwK 40 L/43 anti-tank cannon which was being used to hang clothes out to dry. It was upgraded again to Ausf. H for the Sensha-dō tournament finals match by adding "Schürzen" spaced armour.

Miho Nishizumi (西住 みほ Nishizumi Miho?)
Voiced by: Mai Fuchigami (Japanese), Meg McDonald (English)
Miho is a girl who comes from a long line of tank operators. Previously she attended Kuromorimine and commanded the flag tank in the national championships a year ago against Pravda. However, after she abandoned it to rescue the crew of another tank that had fallen into a river, her tank was knocked out. This ended a nine year winning streak by Kuromorimine and Miho subsequently avoided Sensha-dō and transferred to Ōarai Girls Academy specifically because it didn't have Sensha-dō. However, after Sensha-dō is revived by the school, Miho is forced by the student council to take it up again due to her being the only girl in school with actual Sensha-dō experience. She starts to enjoy Sensha-dō after spending time with her new friends. Although shy and reluctant, once she focuses on the battle she shows remarkable talent for keeping her cool, analyzing a battle, and coming up with new strategies on the fly. Originally started as the loader in the anime and later became the commander as well as Ōarai's overall commander. She serves as the anime's main protagonist.
Saori Takebe (武部 沙織 Takebe Saori?)
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese), Jessica Calvello (English)
A ginger-haired girl who is interested in seeking out good-looking men, but is often left disappointed. She serves as Anko Team's radio operator, mostly because she is good at small talk. She is also one of the two girls who befriended Miho during her first day. She is the main protagonist of the novel adaptation.
Hana Isuzu (五十鈴 華 Isuzu Hana?)
Voiced by: Mami Ozaki (Japanese), Caitlynn French (English)
A beautiful girl who has a gentle and composed demeanor. In the anime was originally the driver but after experiencing the thrilling ring of shots being fired, she becomes Anko Team's gunner. She is also one of the two girls who befriended Miho during her first day. Hana comes from a family which traditionally practices the art of flower arrangement.
Yukari Akiyama (秋山 優花里 Akiyama Yukari?)
Voiced by: Ikumi Nakagami (Japanese), Rebekah Stevens (English)
An excitable girl who is obsessed with tanks, militaria and military field survival techniques, though this often led her to be very lonely during her childhood. Having been inspired by Miho, Yukari joined the Panzer class and became friends with her. Was originally Anko Team's gunner, but later volunteered for the loader position. She admires Miho, and even calls her "Nishizumi-dono". She is the main protagonist of the manga adaptation, where she is the temporary commander of the Char B1.
Mako Reizei (冷泉 麻子 Reizei Mako?)
Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi (Japanese), Molly Searcy (English)
A gloomy girl and Saori's childhood friend. Despite having generally good grades, she is often late as she has low blood pressure and has a habit of falling asleep anywhere; for this reason, she hates getting up early. Mako's participation in Sensha-dō is necessary to offset the demerits from her lateness that would otherwise result in her being held back. She serves as Anko Team's driver after joining the team during their first practice battle and being the smartest student among the class, she could read the manual of any tank on the fly and drive it perfectly.

Ōarai Girls High School[edit]

Ōarai Prefectural Girls High School (県立大洗女子学園 Kenritsu Ōarai Joshi Gakuen?) is the school ship stationed in Ōarai, Ibaraki that previously had a Sensha-dō program abolished years ago, and has just been recently instituted. They are thus forced to make do with whatever leftover tanks they have been able to find and unlike the other teams, field a hodgepodge of tanks from various countries. The school insignia is the two kanji for Ōarai (大洗?) superimposed atop one another in stylised form.

Turtle Team[edit]

The Turtle Team (カメさんチーム Kame-san Chīmu?) is made up of the school's student council and uses the Czech Panzer 38(t), until episode 10 of the anime when it is converted into a Hetzer tank destroyer atop the chassis of the 38(t). The three girls' given names are the names of fruits in Japanese.

Anzu Kadotani (角谷 杏 Kadotani Anzu?)
Voiced by: Misato Fukuen (Japanese), Rozie Curtis (English)
Student Council President and Turtle Team's commander/radio operator, who is manipulative, childish, carefree and a glutton all at once. She forced Miho to participate in Sensha-dō, saying that if Miho did not, she would see to it that she would not be attending the school next year. Later, it is revealed that she did this because the school is at risk of being closed should they not win the tournament. She is often seen eating dried sweet potatoes. On occasion, she will take over the gunner's spot in the tank and ends up being a much better shot than Momo.
Momo Kawashima (河嶋 桃 Kawashima Momo?)
Voiced by: Kana Ueda (Japanese), Kendall McClellan (English)
Student Council PR Manager and the team's gunner/loader. Although she largely appears composed and calm, she loses her temper easily, and when she is angry and shooting at the same time, she completely disregards aiming. Despite being calm and short tempered, she is sensitive and easily breaks down. She is only seen smiling once in a picture during her freshman year, and briefly during the second OVA.
Yuzu Koyama (小山 柚子 Koyama Yuzu?)
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (Japanese), Maeghan Avocado (English)
Student Council Vice-President and the team's driver. She is a brown-haired, well endowed girl who works mostly in the Student Council, doing all the work Anzu allocates her.

Duck Team[edit]

The Duck Team (アヒルさんチーム Ahiru-san Chīmu?) is composed of former volleyball club members and uses the Japanese Type 89B.

Hippo Team[edit]

The Hippo Team (カバさんチーム Kaba-san Chīmu?) is composed of reki-jo (history buffs) and operates a German Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. F.

Rabbit Team[edit]

The Rabbit Team (ウサギさんチーム Usagi-san Chīmu?) is composed of six first-year students and uses what is referred to as an American M3 Lee (although an M3 with the "UK pattern" 37 mm gun turret such as this one is normally designated an M3 Grant).

Mallard Team[edit]

The Mallard Team (カモさんチーム Kamo-san Chīmu?) is composed of the three members of Ōarai's Public Morals Committee and uses the French Renault B1 Bis.

Anteater Team[edit]

The Anteater Team (アリクイさんチーム Arikui-san Chīmu?) is formed of a group of nerdy girls who often play online games, actually meeting each other in real life for the first time when they form a team for the Sensha-dō finals. They drive a Japanese Type 3 Chi-Nu medium tank.

Leopon Team[edit]

The Leopon Team (レオポンさんチーム Reopon-san Chīmu?) consists of Ōarai's automotive club, who often do repairs on the tanks in between matches. They join the finals match, driving a prototype tank that the Rabbit team found in episode 7. The tank is a Tiger (P), also known as Porsche Tiger, which sports a 88mm KwK L/56 gun.

Kuromorimine Girls High School[edit]

Kuromorimine Girls High School (黒森峰女学園 Kuromorimine Jogakuen?) is a German style academy from Kumamoto Prefecture. It was the national champion nine times running until their defeat the previous year by Pravda. Their tanks include the Tiger I, Tiger II, Panzer III, Jagdpanzer IVs, Panther tanks, Jagdpanther, Elefant, Jagdtiger and Panzer VIII Maus. The school insignia is an Iron Cross with the kanji for Kuromorimine (黒森峰?, lit. "black forest peak") superimposed on top. The school themes include Auf der Heide blüht ein kleines Blümelein and the Panzerlied.

Maho Nishizumi (西住 まほ Nishizumi Maho?)
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka (Japanese), Kim Prause (English)
Kuromorimine's overall commander and Miho's older sister who commands a Tiger I tank. Though often cold and expressionless, she does seem to acknowledge Miho's strength. Since the Nishizumi school is passed from mother to daughter she is expected to inherit the school and carry out the Nishizumi style of Sensha-dō when their mother steps down. It is revealed in "Little Army" that she acts aloof because it is expected of her as the Nishizumi heir, and she plays that role so that Miho can find her own way of Sensha-dō as the Nishizumi style is too cold, strict and unfeeling for her. Despite her facade, Maho apologizes to Miho when she upsets her by acting coldly, and is disturbed by their mother's planning to disown Miho. After her defeat against Miho, Maho accepts her loss and is pleased that Miho has found her own way of Sensha-dō.
Erika Itsumi (逸見 エリカ Itsumi Erika?)
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame (Japanese), Elizabeth Bannor (English)
Kuromorimine's second-in-command, who criticizes Miho and the Ōarai team more openly and vocally than Maho. She takes Sensha-dō very seriously, viewing it as almost sacred, and looks down on Miho and her friends, believing they might bring shame to the name of Sensha-dō. Is able to pilot a Fa 223 and commands a Tiger II tank.

St. Gloriana Girls Academy[edit]

St. Gloriana Girls Academy (聖グロリアーナ女学院 Sei Guroriāna Jogakuin?) is a British style academy from Kanagawa Prefecture, where the girls are often seen drinking tea even in combat. They make use of four Matilda II Mk. III/IV tanks and one Churchill Mk. VII tank as their command tank. Images of the school utilizing a Cromwell tank also appear in supplementary materials for the anime, and the school is also mentioned to own a Crusader Mk VI. Their insignia is a shield containing an image of a tea set with Hibiscus syriacus flowers. St. Gloriana faced Ōarai in a practice match prior to the national tournament but was not matched up against them in the latter. They give a tea set as a gift for opponents they deemed worthy. Their battle theme is The British Grenadiers. The three members introduced are named after different types of tea.

Darjeeling (ダージリン Dājirin?)
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese), Kara Greenberg (English)
A senior at St. Gloriana and the commanding officer of St. Gloriana's Sensha-dō teams. She commands a Churchill tank, and is often seen with a cup of tea in her hand. She has a distinctively refined manner of speech, and is fond of telling jokes and quoting sayings. Following St. Gloriana's first match against Ōarai, she comes to respect Miho's tactical skills and becomes a frequent spectator at Ōarai's Sensha-dō matches afterwards. Her name refers to Darjeeling tea.
Assam (アッサム Assamu?)
A senior at St. Gloriana and the gunner of Darjeeling's tank. Distinctive for her rolling, long locks of blonde hair, she is quiet and is usually seen smiling. Her name refers to Assam tea.
Orange Pekoe (オレンジペコ Orenjipeko?)
Voiced by: Mai Ishihara (Japanese), Ally Piotrowski (English)
A freshman at St. Gloriana and the loader of Darjeeling's tank. She is often seen in the company of Darjeeling as a spectator at Ōarai's Sensha-dō matches. Her name refers to Orange pekoe.

Saunders University High School[edit]

Saunders University High School (サンダース大学付属高校 Sandāsu Daigaku Fuzoku Kōkō?) is an American style academy from Nagasaki Prefecture. Out of all the Sensha-dō schools they have the most resources and a huge supply of tanks. They own numerous M4 Sherman tanks, including variants such as the Sherman Firefly and the M4A6 Sherman. Their battle themes are The Battle Hymn of the Republic and the US Field Artillery. Their insignia is a lightning bolt and five-pointed star atop a shield.

Kay (ケイ Kei?)
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)
The energetic leader of the Saunders Sensha-dō team, portrayed as a stereotypical American, who is loud, boisterous, charismatic, and laid back. She believes that Sensha-dō is not war and believes in fair play.
Naomi (ナオミ Naomi?)
Voiced by: Mariya Ise
One of the Saunders Sensha-dō sub-commanders and a Sherman Firefly gunner, specialized in distance shooting. She is calm and cool, often seen chewing gum while sniping her targets.
Alisa (アリサ Arisa?)
Voiced by: Aya Hirano (Japanese), Brittney Karbowski (English)
A manipulative sub-commander of the Saunders Sensha-dō team, who uses every advantage she can get to win, including wire-tapping radio communications by her adversaries. Commanded the flag tank in Saunders' match against Ōarai in the first round of the national Sensha-dō championship.

Pravda High School[edit]

Pravda High School (プラウダ高校 Purauda Kōkō?) is a Russian style academy from Hokkaido and the current Sensha-dō champions. The name Pravda literally translates as "truth" in Russian, and refers to the Soviet newspaper Pravda. Their insignia consists of two overlapping steel squares crossed with a T-square and small scissors on top, imitating the hammer and sickle design of the flag of the Soviet Union. A red four-pointed star on their uniform is an imitation of the Red Army five-pointed star. Their battle songs are Polyushko-polye and Katyusha. They make use of several T-34/76 and T-34/85 medium tanks, but also use heavy tanks like the IS-2 and KV-2. They have a Katyusha rocket launcher, although it is not used during battle.

Katyusha (カチューシャ Kachūsha?)
Voiced by: Hisako Kanemoto (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English)
Pravda's overall commander. Katyusha is a spoiled and arrogant girl who suffers from Napoleon complex due to her diminutive size and thus tends to look down on her opponents, often having the very tall Nonna give her a ride on her shoulders so she can be above others. However, she is also a capable strategist and charismatic leader, proven by her school's successes during Sensha-dō and the absolute loyalty of her comrades. Despite appearing as mean and aggressive, she still shows good sportsmanship, as seen when she shakes hands with and compliments Miho.
Nonna (ノンナ Nonna?)
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka (Japanese), Shannon Emerick (English)
Pravda's second-in-command who has a calm and cool demeanor, hardly showcasing any emotions and follows every order of Katyusha. She and her commander also share a deep bond, as Nonna acts very motherly toward Katyusha and can even correct her without being yelled at much.

Anzio High School[edit]

Anzio High School (アンツィオ高校 Antsio Kōkō?) is an Italian style academy from Aichi Prefecture which uses the Carro Armato P40, L3/33, Semovente 75/18, and Fiat M13/40. The school insignia is a pizza. Anzio High is a rather poor school, as all they could send Ōarai as present for their won Sensha-dō tournament were canned anchovies. The battle between Anzio and Ōarai is depicted in detail within the manga whilst largely skipped in the original airing anime, to be later featured in a special OVA.[6] It is named after the Battle of Anzio. Their battle songs are Funiculì, Funiculà, a popular napolitan song, and Fiamme Nere (Black Flames), Arditi's battle march.

Anchovy (アンチョビ Anchobi?)
Voiced by: Maya Yoshioka
"Duce" Anchovy is Anzio's overall commander, who uses a Carro Armato P 40 heavy tank. She wears an hybrid uniform combining Black Shirts' (high boots, black shirt), similar to that of Benito Mussolini, the grigio-verde (grey and green), used by italian troops during the Great War, and Arditi's (knife and necktie).
Anchovy's personality widely differs between manga and anime (OVA).
In the manga, she is a self-confident, hot-blooded, sometimes even cruel leader, seeing every Sensha-dō battle as personal duel between the leaders. Due to this attitude she even tends to insult enemies before the match, calling them weak and cowardly, and outright accusing Miho of throwing away victory during the last tournament.
Instead, in the OVA she resembles all the classical stereotypes about the Italians: she is joyful, cheerful, a bit too self-confident, and out of the battle she acts friendly and respectfully with the opponents. She takes sensha-do as an opportunity to show the ability to make the difference independently about brute force and firepower; for this, she is also respected by her teammates, with whom she has an equal relationship, that calls her Onēsan (お姉さん). However, she also cares about her subordinates, is a capable tactician and believes leaders have a responsibility to win the match for their team. Her real name is Chiyomi Anzai (安斎 千代美 Anzai Chiyomi?).
Carpaccio (カルパッチョ Karupatcho?)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami
One of Anzio's vice-commanders. She is rather cool and an honorable opponent, always wishing for a good and fair match. She appeared in the manga as a brunette, but in the OVA she is blonde. She is the gunner-loader of a Semovente 75/18 in the OVA, and commander of the M13 Flag Tank in manga. Also, in the OVA she has a chat friendship with Caesar.
Pepperoni (ペパロニ Pepperoni?)
Voiced by: Yō Taichi
The other Anzio's vice-commander. She appears only in the OVA, and drives an L3/33; she is smart and extrovert, but a bit too impulsive. She is also a great cook.

Others[edit]

Ami Chōno (蝶野 亜美 Chōno Ami?)
Voiced by: Hekiru Shiina (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)
Ōarai's new Sensha-dō instructor who studied under Miho's mother. Holds the rank of captain within the JGSDF.[9] On her first day as instructor, she arrived at Ōarai by airdropping in her tank via Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System from a Kawasaki C-2 and sending the inexperienced teams in a practice battle immediately. She is often either on her Type 10 Main Battle Tank or on a watch tower observing the Ōarai team's battles.
Yuri Isuzu (五十鈴 百合 Isuzu Yuri?)
Voiced by: Masayo Kurata (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)
Hana's mother who comes from a family that traditionally practices flower arrangement. Akin to a traditional Japanese woman, she has a strong dislike for tanks and disapproves of Hana doing Sensha-dō, telling her daughter to never see her again after Hana refused to quit. However, they reconcile when she recognises her daughter's passion for Sensha-dō and its positive effect on her flower arranging.
Shinzaburou
Voiced by: Atsushi Imaruoka (Japanese), David Matranga (English)
Rickshaw puller for the Isuzu family, encourages Hana
Jungorou Akiyama (秋山 さん Akiyama San?)
Voiced by: Yoshihisa Kawahara (Japanese), Christopher Ayres (English)
Yukari's Dad. He is a local barber and offers to cut the girls' hair for free.
Shiho Nishizumi (西住 しほ Nishizumi Shiho?)
Voiced by: Yumi Tōma (Japanese), Genevieve Simmons (English)
Miho and Maho's mother. Comes from a family with a long history in Sensha-dō and firmly believes in upholding the strict family tradition of Sensha-dō. She was Ami Chōno's instructor.
Hisako Reizei (冷泉 久子 Reizei Hisako?)
Voiced by: Rikako Aikawa (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
Mako's grandmother who was hospitalized during the battle between Ōarai and Saunders in the national Sensha-dō championship. She is Mako's only remaining family after her parents passed away, and although the two often bicker, they are very close.
Emi Nakasuga (中須賀 エミ Nakasuga Emi?)
Miho's classmate during elementary school in the prequel manga, Girls und Panzer: Little Army. A half-German, half-Japanese girl in twin-tails who has a cold demeanour and hates dishonesty. She strongly dislikes Maho because of her order to fire at her sister's tank during a tournament when she was attempting to rescue one of Maho's teammates. She is the driver of the group's tank.
Hitomi Yuzumoto (柚本 瞳 Yuzumoto Hitomi?)
Miho's classmate in elementary school, who's a bit clumsy and tends to transition from one hobby to another very quickly, causing her friends to wonder if Sensha-dō is merely a phase. She is the loader of the group's tank.
Chihiro Yusa (遊佐 千紘 Yusa Chihiro?)
Miho's classmate in elementary school and Hitomi's childhood friend, who is talented at sports. She indicates that her mother, like Miho's, is very strict and impossible to oppose. She is the gunner of the group's tank.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation by Ryūichi Saitaniya began serialization in Media Factory's Comic Flapper magazine from June 5, 2012. Two tankōbon volumes have been released as of February 22, 2013. A prequel story illustrated by Tsuchii, Girls und Panzer: Little Army (ガールズ&パンツァー リトルアーミー Gāruzu ando Pantsā Ritoru Āmī?), was serialized in Monthly Comic Alive between August 2012 and March 2013 and was compiled into two tankōbon volumes. Both Girls und Panzer and Little Army have been licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment to be released in 2014, alongside Strike Witches and Arpeggio of Blue Steel.[10] A second spinoff manga by artist Nii-Marco, titled Girls und Panzer: Motto Love Love Sakusen desu! (ガールズ&パンツァー もっとラブラブ作戦です! Gāruzu ando Pantsā Motto Rabu Rabu Sakusen desu!?, lit. "Girls und Panzer: It's the More Love Love Operation!"), began serialization in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine from May 27, 2013.[11] A tutorial manga illustrated Midori Hagi, titled Hajimete no Senshado - WoT for Beginners (はじめての戦車道~ WoT for Beginners?), has also been produced in collaboration with the online video game, World of Tanks.[12]

Release date Title Magazine ISBN
21 September 2012 Girls und Panzer, Volume 1 Comic Flapper ISBN 978-4840147279
23 February 2013 Girls und Panzer, Volume 2 ISBN 978-4840150132
21 September 2013 Girls und Panzer, Volume 3 ISBN 978-4840153263
23 October 2012 Girls und Panzer: Little Army, Volume 1 Monthly Comic Alive ISBN 978-4840147392
23 February 2013 Girls und Panzer: Little Army, Volume 2 ISBN 978-4840150026
23 October 2013 Girls und Panzer: Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu!, Volume 1 ISBN 978-4840153409

Anime[edit]

The anime series produced by Actas began airing in Japan on October 9, 2012 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll.[13] It is being directed by Tsutomu Mizushima and written by Reiko Yoshida, with original character designs by Humikane Shimada. Due to production delays,[14] the final two episodes were postponed to a March 2013 airing, with recap episodes taking their place.[15][16][17] Original video animation episodes are included with the Blu-ray Disc/DVD releases, which were released between December 21, 2012 and June 21, 2013.[18] The opening theme is "DreamRiser" by ChouCho whilst the ending theme is "Enter Enter MISSION!" performed by Mai Fuchigami, Ai Kayano, Mami Ozaki, Ikumi Nakagami and Yuka Iguchi.[19] The series has been licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks who released the series on December 3, 2013,[20] and the OVAs on February 25, 2014.[21][22] A scene in episode eight, which featured the song "Katyusha", was absent in the Crunchyroll simulcast and was replaced with an instrumental version of "Korobeiniki" in the Sentai Filmworks release due to licensing issues.[23] Five character song single CDs have also been released, along with the original soundtrack of the anime. Two more CDs, particularly a Drama CD and Fan Disc, were also released after the anime aired. An OVA episode featuring the battle against Anzio was released on July 5, 2014, in 12 theaters across Japan.[24][25] In addition, an animated theatrical film is due for a 2014 premiere.[6] According to producer Kiyoshi Sugiyama, the film will be a sequel to the TV series.[26]

Localization differences[edit]

Within the English language dubbed release by Sentai Filmworks, the National Tournaments are instead referred to as the World Championships.[citation needed]

Novel[edit]

A novelization of the series, written by Yuu Hibiki and illustrated by Humikane Shimada and Shin Kyougoku, was released by Media Factory on November 22, 2012.[27]

No. Release date ISBN
1 22 November 2012 ISBN 978-4-8401-4877-1
2 25 February 2013 ISBN 978-4-8401-4985-3
3 25 June 2013 ISBN 978-4-8401-5226-6

Video game[edit]

A video game based on the series, titled Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu! (ガールズ&パンツァー 戦車道、極めます!?), is developed by Namco Bandai Games for the PlayStation Vita. It was released on June 26, 2014.[28] The game is a third-person tank shooter, which features a game mechanic where the player is able to switch between different tanks on the battlefield in real-time, in order to control multiple tanks on the same team.[29] The player is able to control the tank via both third-person and scoped views during combat.[30] The game will feature a story mode, in addition to a "Battle Royale" mode where the player can form teams as they desire.[31]

Collaboration projects[edit]

A collaborative project between the Girls und Panzer animation team and Belarusian computer game developer Wargaming.net to promote the online multiplayer PC game World of Tanks in Japan has been unveiled.[32][33][34] Part of the collaboration involves the promotion of the game in Japan in the form of advertising and local events, as Wargaming.net focuses to penetrate the Japanese market. The Japanese portal of the Asian game server features tutorial documentation in the form of manga featuring Girls und Panzer characters.[35] Girls und Panzer-themed character voice mods for the game have also been announced at Tokyo Game Show 2013; these voice packs will be distributed as free downloads for the Japanese-speaking community.[36]

Reception[edit]

The initial television airing of the first 10 episodes within 2012 received favourable television ratings and strong viewership.[37] The relatively earlier airing timeslot of the show allowed the series to gain better exposure to more viewers. Blu-ray sales of the first anime volume in Japan reached third place on the Oricon charts in mid-February 2013,[38] whilst sales of the second anime volume Blu-ray reached second place in late February with 24,733 copies sold within the first week of release.[39] The third Blu-ray volume met with similar success during March, with 23,528 copies sold within the first week, peaking at third place behind Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha the Movie 2nd A's.[40] The first week sales of the 4th Blu-ray volume reached second place at 28,410 units, behind Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo, which had its debut Blu-ray release the same week.[41] The first week sales of both the 5th and 6th Blu-ray volumes placed first in the weekly Oricon chart, having reached 33,450 units[42] and 32,385 units[43] respectively.

Plastic model tank figures based on those within the anime have topped sales charts in Japan.[44]

In celebration of the popularity of the anime series and to promote local tourism, on 24 March 2013 the town of Ōarai in Ibaraki Prefecture held an event themed along the Girls und Panzer anime, as part of its yearly spring festival. The event featured live tank demonstrations and the sale of anime-themed merchandise.[45][46]

An opinion piece published on 22 January 2013 in the China National Defense Newspaper, a subsidiary of the state-owned PLA Daily, criticised the anime for promoting "militarist sentiments behind the guise of cute characters"; overall, the opinion piece was ridiculed by the majority of Chinese netizens online, many of whom criticised the paranoid attitude of the writer, and were skeptical of the intentions of the opinion piece.[47]

Famitsu gave the video game adaptation Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu! a review score of 23/40.[48] The game sold 31,526 physical retail copies within the first week of release in Japan.[49]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The original Japanese term sensha-dō (戦車道?) is officially translated into English in different manners depending on source. Official print media published in Japan uses the German compound word Panzerfahren as the English term for the sport,[7] whilst the official North American release English dub by Sentai Filmworks uses the term tankery.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "スタッフ" [Staff] (in Japanese). Girls und Panzer Official Website. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Girls und Panzer TV Anime Promo Streamed". Anime News Network. May 17, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Squid Girl Helmer Mizushima, Strike Witches Advisor Reveal Girls und Panzer TV Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Girls und Panzer TV Anime Slated for October". Anime News Network. July 27, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Girls und Panzer TV Anime to Debut on October 8". Anime News Network. August 24, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c 2013-04-28, Girls & Panzer Anime Gets 2014 Film, New OVA, Fan Disk, Anime News Network
  7. ^ ガールズ&パンツァー 模型道 公式教本 大洗女子学園×黒森峰女学園 (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. May 25, 2013. ISBN 978-4-04-891656-1. 
  8. ^ ""美少女×戦車"の新作TVアニメ「ガールズ&パンツァー」!" (in Japanese). GA Graphic. May 17, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-05-21. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "ガールズ&パンツァー: キャラクター". Girls-und-panzer.jp. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  10. ^ "Seven Seas Licenses Girls und Panzer, Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Strike Witches Manga". Anime News Network. 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  11. ^ 2013-04-29, Girls & Panzer Inspires 2nd Spinoff Manga Next Month, Anime News Network
  12. ^ "Girls und Panzer Manga Teaches You How to Play World of Tanks Game". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  13. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream Girls und Panzer TV Anime". Anime News Network. October 3, 2012. Retrieved October 4, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Girls & Panzer Delays Episode #6, Airs #5.5 Next Week". Anime News Network. 2012-11-05. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  15. ^ "Girls & Panzer's Last Episode Slated for January 9 by AT-X". Anime News Network. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  16. ^ "Girls & Panzer Delays Episode #11 Tentatively Until March". Anime News Network. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  17. ^ "Girls und Panzer's Delayed 11th Episode Preview Streamed". Anime News Network. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  18. ^ 2012-11-23, Girls & Panzer's 'Water War' Video Anime Digest Streamed, Anime News Network
  19. ^ "Girls und Panzer's 2nd Promo Streamed with Schoolgirls & Tanks". Anime News Network. August 9, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012. 
  20. ^ "North American Anime, Manga Releases, December 1-7". Anime News Network. 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  21. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Schoolgirl/Tank Anime Girls Und Panzer". Anime News Network. September 30, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Section23 Films Announces February Slate". Anime News Network. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  23. ^ "Sentai Filmworks - Otakon 2013". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  24. ^ "Girls & Panzer's Anzio Anime Unveils July 5 Date & Designs". Anime News Network. February 9, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  25. ^ "OVA「これが本当のアンツィオ戦です!」7月5日より12館でイベント上映開始!" (in Japanese). Girls und Panzer Official Blog. February 8, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Newspaper: Girls & Panzer Film to Be Sequel to TV Series". Anime News Network. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2013-07-12. 
  27. ^ 2012-11-22, ガールズ&パンツァー 10月より放送中! パンツァー青春アニメのノベライズ版!, Media Factory
  28. ^ "Girls & Panzer PS Vita Game Slated for June 26". Anime News Network. 2013-11-27. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  29. ^ 2014-03-10, 「ガールズ&パンツァー 戦車道、極めます!」,操作する戦車を切り替えながら戦う「リアルタイムザッピングシステム」の情報が公開, 4gamer
  30. ^ 2014-04-07, Girls und Panzer: Master the Tankery screenshots, Gematsu
  31. ^ 2014-03-27, Girls und Panzer: Master the Tankery second TV spot, Gematsu
  32. ^ 2013-07-25, 『World of Tanks』がアニメ『ガールズ&パンツァー』とコラボ! 国内サービスも9月より始動, GameSpark
  33. ^ 2013-07-25, ガルパン(「ガールズ&パンツァー」)、オンライン戦車対戦ゲーム「World of Tanks」とのコラボが決定!, アキバ総研
  34. ^ 2013-07-28, Girls & Panzer to Collaborate With World of Tanks Game in Japan, Anime News Network
  35. ^ 2013-08-23, はじめての戦車道 (葉来緑), World of Tanks Asia
  36. ^ 2013-09-19, 『World of Tanks』日本の戦車の実装が決定! “ガルパン”ヒロインボイスのダウンロードも近日スタート!【TGS2013】, Famitsu
  37. ^ 2013-03-01, テレビアニメ『ガールズ&パンツァー』未放送の第11話、第12話の放送日がついに決定! 一挙ライブ配信や劇場での「最終話最速」一挙上映イベント情報もお届け!, Livedoor News
  38. ^ 2013-02-19, Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 11-17, Anime News Network
  39. ^ 2013-02-26, Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, February 18-24, Anime News Network
  40. ^ 2013-03-27, Japanese Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, March 18-24, Anime News Network
  41. ^ 2013-04-30, Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, April 22-28, Anime News Network
  42. ^ 2013-06-04, Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 27-June 2, Anime News Network
  43. ^ 2013-06-25, Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, June 17-23, Anime News Network
  44. ^ 2012-11-03, "Girls und Panzer" Storms the Plastic Model World, Crunchyroll News
  45. ^ 2013-02-20, Girls und Panzer Event to be Held in Anime's Hometown of Oarai, Anime News Network
  46. ^ "Girls Und Panzer festival". Ōarai Town Tourism Association. April 4, 2013. 
  47. ^ 2013-01-24, 中国国防报吐槽动画「少女与战车」包藏军国主义祸心, ACG动漫频道
  48. ^ 2014-06-17, Famitsu Review Scores: Issue 1332, Gematsu
  49. ^ 2014-07-02, Media Create Sales: 6/23/14 – 6/29/14, Gematsu

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