Girls und Panzer

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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, 2012February 2014
Volumes 4
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-June 25, 2013
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 2
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
Manga
Girls und Panzer: Ribbon no Musha
Written by Takeshi Nogami
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Comic Flapper
Original run September 5, 2014scheduled
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] It depicts a competition between girls' high schools practicing tank warfare as a sport. The series was 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!!, was 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] Three manga series and a novel adaptation have been published by Media Factory.[3] An animated film has been announced for release in 2014.[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. Of the many activities high school girls can participate in, one of the most popular is "sensha-dō" (戦車道?, lit. "the way of the tank"),[FN 1] the art of operating tanks, which is considered a traditional martial art. Miho Nishizumi, a girl from a prestigious family of sensha-dō practitioners who became traumatized by a past event, transfers to Ōarai Girls High School to get away from sensha-dō, as she presumed the school was no longer practicing the sport. However, shortly after Miho begins her new school life and makes some new friends, the student council announces the revival of sensha-dō at Ōarai and coerces Miho, the only student with prior experience, to join. While reluctant to join at first, having practically been forced, Miho soon warms up to sensha-dō again and comes to enjoy it, after which the school prepares to enter a national sensha-dō championship, facing off against various other schools.[3][8]

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

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation by Ryūichi Saitaniya began serialization in Media Factory's Comic Flapper magazine from June 5, 2012 and ended on February 2014. Four tankōbon volumes have been released. 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] Another spin-off manga titled Girls und Panzer: Ribbon no Musha (ガールズ&パンツァー リボンの武者 Girls und Panzer: Ribbon Warrior?), written by Takeshi Nogami, will begin serialization in Comic Flapper from September 5, 2014.[12]

Release date Title Magazine ISBN
September 21, 2012 Girls und Panzer, Volume 1 Comic Flapper ISBN 978-4840147279
February 23, 2013 Girls und Panzer, Volume 2 ISBN 978-4840150132
September 21, 2013 Girls und Panzer, Volume 3 ISBN 978-4840153263
April 23, 2014 Girls und Panzer, Volume 4 ISBN 978-4040665481
October 23, 2012 Girls und Panzer: Little Army, Volume 1 Monthly Comic Alive ISBN 978-4840147392
February 23, 2013 Girls und Panzer: Little Army, Volume 2 ISBN 978-4840150026
October 23, 2013 Girls und Panzer: Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu!, Volume 1 ISBN 978-4840153409
April 23, 2014 Girls und Panzer: Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu!, Volume 2 ISBN 978-4040665412

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] and was released in Blu-ray Disc/DVD on July 25, 2014. 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]

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] It ran for 3 volumes that ended on June 25, 2013.

No. Release date ISBN
1 November 22, 2012 ISBN 978-4-8401-4877-1
2 February 25, 2013 ISBN 978-4-8401-4985-3
3 June 25, 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!?), was developed by Namco Bandai Games and released for the PlayStation Vita in Japan 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. The first week sales of the Girls und Panzer: This is the Real Anzio Battle! OVA Blu-ray placed third in the weekly Oricon chart, having reached 35,909 units.[44]

Plastic model tank figures based on those within the anime have topped sales charts in Japan.[45]

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.[46][47]

An opinion piece published on 22 January 2013 in the China National Defense Newspaper, a subsidiary of the state-owned PLA Daily, criticized 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 criticized the paranoid attitude of the writer, and were skeptical of the intentions of the opinion piece.[48]

Famitsu gave the video game adaptation Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu! a review score of 23/40.[49] PlayStation LifeStyle gave the game 8/10, highly praising the tank battles for their simplicity and the story for its charm.[50] The game sold 31,526 physical retail copies within the first week of release in Japan.[51]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The translation of sensha-dō (戦車道?) differs depending on the source. Official print media published in Japan uses the German compound word "Panzerfahren",[7] whilst the official English dub by Sentai Filmworks uses the term "tankery".

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