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Girls und Panzer
Girls und Panzer TV key visual.png
Key visual for the anime television series featuring (left to right) Yukari Akiyama, Saori Takebe, Miho Nishizumi, Mako Reizei, and Hana Isuzu
ガールズ&パンツァー
(Gāruzu ando Pantsā)
GenreAction, comedy, military[1][2]
Manga
Illustrated byRyohichi Saitaniya
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Comic Flapper
DemographicSeinen
Original runJune 5, 2012March 5, 2014
Volumes4 (List of volumes)
Manga
Little Army
Illustrated byTsuchii
Published byMedia Factory
English publisher
Seven Seas Entertainment
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
DemographicSeinen
Original runJune 27, 2012January 26, 2013
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Manga
4-koma Panzer Vor!
Illustrated byYuuma
Published byGakken
MagazineMegami Magazine
Cho! Animedia (online)
Original runJuly 30, 2012July 26, 2022
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byTsutomu Mizushima
Produced by
  • Kiyoshi Sugiyama
  • Yōichi Sekine
  • Hirotsugu Ogisu
  • Youhei Hayashi
  • Takeshi Ishigaki
Written byReiko Yoshida
Music byShirō Hamaguchi
StudioActas
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Hanabee Entertainment
Original networkTokyo MX, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, BS11, AT-X
Original run October 9, 2012 March 25, 2013
Episodes12 + 2 recap episodes (List of episodes)
Light novel
Written byYū Hibiki
Illustrated by
Published byMedia Factory
ImprintMF Bunko J
Original runNovember 22, 2012June 25, 2013
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Original video animation
Directed byTsutomu Mizushima
Produced by
  • Kiyoshi Sugiyama
  • Yōichi Sekine
  • Hirotsugu Ogisu
  • Youhei Hayashi
  • Takeshi Ishigaki
Written byReiko Yoshida
Music byShirō Hamaguchi
StudioActas
Licensed by
Hanabee Entertainment
Sentai Filmworks
MVM Entertainment
Released December 21, 2012 June 21, 2013
Runtime4–16 minutes
Episodes6 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Yukari Akiyama's Tank Course
Produced by
  • Jun Yukawa
  • Kiyoshi Sugiyama
StudioActas
Released December 21, 2012 June 21, 2013
Runtime5–17 minutes
Episodes6
Manga
It's More Love Love Operation!
Illustrated byMaruko Nii
Published byMedia Factory
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
DemographicSeinen
Original runMay 27, 2013 – present
Volumes18 (List of volumes)
Manga
Comic Anthology
Published byMedia Factory
ImprintMF Comics Flapper Series
Original runOctober 23, 2013November 22, 2014
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Game
Master the Tankery!
DeveloperNamco Bandai Games
PublisherNamco Bandai Games
GenreAction game
PlatformPlayStation Vita
Released
  • JP: June 26, 2014
Manga
Ribbon Warrior
Illustrated by
  • Takeshi Nogami
  • Takaaki Suzuki
Published byMedia Factory
MagazineMonthly Comic Flapper
DemographicSeinen
Original runSeptember 5, 2014March 5, 2021
Volumes16 (List of volumes)
Manga
Comic Anthology Side
Published byIchijinsha
ImprintDNA Media Comics
Original runNovember 5, 2014 – present
Volumes9 (List of volumes)
Manga
Fierce Fight! It's the Maginot Battle!!
Illustrated byRyohichi Saitaniya
Published byKadokawa
MagazineComicWalker (online)
Original runNovember 19, 2014August 19, 2015
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Manga
Little Army II
Illustrated byTsuchii
Published byMedia Factory
MagazineMonthly Comic Alive
Original runApril 27, 2015March 26, 2016
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Game
Great Tankery Operation!
DeveloperShowgate
PublisherMobcast Games
GenreSimulation game
PlatformAndroid, iOS, PC
Released
  • JP: November 11, 2015
Manga
4-koma Comic Anthology
Published byMedia Factory
ImprintMF Comics Alive Series
PublishedNovember 21, 2015
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
Manga
Tankery Recommendation
Illustrated byMidori Hagi
Published byMedia Factory
MagazineMonthly Comic Flapper
DemographicSeinen
Original runAugust 5, 2016June 5, 2019
Volumes5 (List of volumes)
Manga
Phase Erika
Illustrated byRyohichi Saitaniya
Published byKadokawa
MagazineComicWalker (online)
Original runSeptember 19, 2016March 19, 2018
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Manga
Daily Life of Girls und Panzer: 4-koma Comic Anthology
Published byMedia Factory
ImprintMF Comics Alive Series
Original runMarch 23, 2017February 23, 2019
Volumes4 + 2 complementaries (List of volumes)
Manga
Gekiga
Illustrated byMotofumi Kobayashi
Published byShogakukan
MagazineCorocoro Aniki
DemographicSeinen
Original runDecember 15, 2017March 15, 2021
Volumes1 (List of volumes)
Game
Dream Tank Match
DeveloperNatsume-Atari
PublisherBandai Namco Entertainment
GenreAction game
PlatformPlayStation 4
Nintendo Switch (as Dream Tank Match DX)
ReleasedPlayStation 4
  • JP: February 22, 2018
  • SEA: February 27, 2018
Nintendo Switch
  • JP/SEA: February 21, 2019
Manga
Saga of Pravda
Illustrated byHajime Yoshida
Published byKadokawa
MagazineComicWalker (online)
Original runJuly 19, 2018December 19, 2021
Volumes5 (List of volumes)
Game
Gather! Everyone's Tankery!!
DeveloperKLab Games
Bandai Namco Entertainment
PublisherBandai Namco Entertainment
GenreLife simulation game
PlatformAndroid, iOS
Released
  • JP: August 3, 2018
Manga
The Fir Tree and the Iron-winged Witch
Illustrated byMichio Murakawa
Published byKadokawa
MagazineComicWalker (online)
Original runNovember 16, 2018 – present
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Manga
Avanti! Anzio Girls' High School
Illustrated byBonkara
Published byKadokawa
MagazineDengeki Twitter Magazine (online)
Original runFebruary 1, 2019June 21, 2021
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Anime films

Girls und Panzer (Japanese: ガールズ&パンツァー, Hepburn: Gāruzu ando Pantsā, with the part in German translated: "Girls and Tanks"), abbreviated as GuP or Garupan (ガルパン), is a Japanese anime franchise created by Actas[3] which depicts a competition between girls' high schools practicing tank warfare as a sport. The series was directed by Tsutomu Mizushima, written by Reiko Yoshida and produced by Kiyoshi Sugiyama. Takaaki Suzuki, who had earlier acted as a military history advisor for Strike Witches and Upotte!!, was involved in the production of the anime. The TV series initially aired in Japan between October and December 2012, with two additional episodes that aired in March 2013 and an original video animation released in July 2014.[4][5] Nine manga series and a light novel adaptation have been published by Media Factory. An animated film was released in Japanese theaters on November 21, 2015.[6][7] A six-part theatrical anime series premiered in 2017.[8]

Story[edit]

Setting[edit]

The story takes place in a world where historical World War II–era tanks are maintained for sport-style warfare competitions and large carrier ships, known as Academy Ships, support mobile sea communities. Of the many activities high school students 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 for females.

Plot[edit]

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 and they enter a national championship, facing off against various other schools, in a competition that becomes a serious matter after Miho and the others learn that their school will be closed should they not win.[10]

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]

Anime[edit]

Girls und Panzer aired its first episode in Japan on Tokyo MX on October 9, 2012, TV Osaka and TV Aichi on October 11, BS11 on October 14, and AT-X on October 17,[11] and concluded on March 25, 2013, with 12 episodes.[12] The anime series was produced by Actas and directed by Tsutomu Mizushima from a series composition written by Reiko Yoshida.[13] Shirō Hamaguchi served as the series composer.[14] Choucho performed the opening theme music for the series titled "Dream Riser", while Mai Fuchigami, Ai Kayano, Mami Ozaki, Ikumi Nakagami, and Yuka Iguchi, voicing the five main characters of the series, sang the ending theme music titled "Enter Enter Mission!"[15] It was collected into six Blu-ray and DVD volumes that were released in Japan from December 21, 2012,[16] to June 21, 2013.[17] Each volume contains the anime series' original video animation (OVA) and an OVA featuring Yukari Akiyama's lecture about tanks that appear in the series titled Yukari Akiyama's Tank Course (不肖 秋山優花里の戦車道講座, Fushō Akiyama Yukari no Sensha Kōza).[18]

A new OVA depicting the unseen match between Ōarai Girls' Academy and Anzio Girls' High School in the seventh episode, titled Girls und Panzer: This Is the Real Anzio Battle! (ガールズ&パンツァー これが本当のアンツィオ戦です!, Gāruzu ando Pantsā: Kore ga Hontō no Antsio-sen Desu!), was released simultaneously in 14 theaters and several online distribution services in Japan on July 5, 2014.[19][20] Its Blu-ray and DVD were released in Japan on July 25, 2014, which include a new episode of Yukari Akiyama's Tank Course featuring Italian tanks that appear in the OVA.[21] The OVA was aired in Japan on AT-X on June 21, 2015,[22] on BS11 on December 30,[23] and on Tokyo MX on January 3, 2016.[23]

An animated film by Mizushima serving as a sequel to the anime series, titled Girls und Panzer der Film (ガールズ&パンツァー 劇場版, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Gekijōban), premiered in Tokyo on November 20, 2015,[24] and was theatrically released in Japan on November 21.[25] The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on May 27, 2016, which include a new OVA, titled Alice War! (アリス・ウォー!, Arisu Wō!), that is set after the events of the film and a new episode of Yukari Akiyama's Tank Course.[26] The film is followed by a six-part animated film series by Mizushima titled Girls und Panzer das Finale (ガールズ&パンツァー 最終章, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Sai Shūshō),[27] with the first film in the series being released in Japan on December 9, 2017.[28] As of March 26, 2021, a total of three films have been released.[29] A compilation film combining the twelve episodes of the series and This Is the Real Anzio Battle! OVA into a two-hour runtime, titled Girls und Panzer: 63rd National High School Senshadō Tournament Compilation (ガールズ&パンツァー 第63回戦車道全国高校生大会 総集編, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Dai 63 Kai Senshadō Zenkoku Kōkōsei Taikai Sōshūhen), was released in 110 theaters and several 4DX and MX4D screenings in Japan on September 29, 2018.[30] The film was released on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan on February 23, 2019.[31]

Sentai Filmworks announced the acquisition of Girls und Panzer in September 2012,[32] and released the 12 episodes of the series on Blu-ray and DVD in North America on December 3, 2013,[33] and the six episodes of its OVA on the same formats on February 25, 2014.[34] Crunchyroll streamed the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and South Africa from October 10, 2012,[35] to March 31, 2022.[36] A scene in the Japanese broadcast of the eighth episode, where the characters Katyusha and Nonna sing the Soviet folk-based song "Katyusha", was removed by Crunchyroll, with Jeff Chuang of Japanator stating that "copyright reason is the most likely why the segment was cut".[37] Sentai Filmworks restored the missing scene in their home media release of the series, but the song was replaced with a different one, later revealed as the instrumental version of "Korobeiniki".[38] In October 2012, Anime Network licensed the series for a November release.[39] MVM Entertainment announced the acquisition of the series in October 2013.[40] They released the series on Blu-ray and DVD in the United Kingdom in April 2014[41][42] and its OVA on the same formats in June.[43][44] Hanabee Entertainment licensed Girls und Panzer for an Australian release in November 2013,[45] and released the series and its OVA on Blu-ray and DVD on March 5, 2014.[46] Hidive began streaming the series after the acquisition of the assets from Anime Network in June 2017.[47]

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation of Girls und Panzer, illustrated by Ryohichi Saitaniya, was serialized by Media Factory in their magazine Monthly Comic Flapper from June 5, 2012,[48] to March 5, 2014.[49] The first volume of the manga was published in Japan on September 21, 2012,[50] and the fourth and final volume on April 23, 2014.[51] Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga for English publication in North America in July 2013,[52] with its first volume being released on June 3, 2014,[53] and final volume on June 9, 2015.[54]

Gakken began serializing a 4-panel manga for the series in Megami Magazine on July 30, 2012.[55] Illustrated by Yuuma, the manga later revealed its title as Girls und Panzer: 4-koma Panzer Vor! (ガールズ&パンツァー 4コマでパンツァー・フォー!) and continued publishing on Cho! Animedia website from February 10, 2015,[56] to July 26, 2022, ended due to "production reasons".[57] As of September 28, 2018, the manga has been published in a single volume in Japan.[58] A gekiga manga for the series, titled Girls und Panzer: Gekiga (劇画 ガールズ&パンツァー), was illustrated by Motofumi Kobayashi and serialized by Shogakukan in their magazine Corocoro Aniki from December 15, 2017,[59] to March 15, 2021.[60] It was published in a single volume in Japan on March 26, 2021.[61]

Spin-offs[edit]

A spin-off of the series depicting Miho Nishizumi in her childhood, titled 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 illustrated by Tsuchii and serialized by Media Factory in their magazine Monthly Comic Alive from June 27, 2012,[62] to January 26, 2013.[63] The first volume of the manga was published in Japan on October 23, 2012,[64] and the second and final volume on February 23, 2013.[65] Seven Seas Entertainment acquired the English license of the manga in July 2013,[52] and released in North America its first volume on December 16, 2014,[66] and final volume on March 10, 2015.[67] Its sequel, Girls und Panzer: Little Army II, was serialized in Monthly Comic Alive magazine from April 27, 2015,[68] to March 26, 2016.[69] Three volumes of the manga were published in Japan.[70]

The second spin-off of the series by Maruko Nii, titled Girls und Panzer: It's More Love Love Operation! (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!), began serialization by Media Factory in Monthly Comic Alive magazine on May 27, 2013.[71] The first volume was published in Japan on October 23, 2015.[72] As of July 23, 2022, a total of 18 volumes have been published.[73]

A spin-off of the series by Takeshi Nogami and Takaaki Suzuki, titled Girls und Panzer: Ribbon Warrior (ガールズ&パンツァー リボンの武者, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Ribon no Musha), features a new heroine (Shizuka Tsuruki) and was serialized by Media Factory in Monthly Comic Flapper magazine from September 5, 2014,[74] to March 5, 2021.[75] A total of 16 volumes were published in Japan from February 23, 2015,[76] to April 23, 2021.[77] A spin-off of the series by Saitaniya taking place after the practice match of Ōarai Girls' Academy with St. Gloriana Girls' College, titled Girls und Panzer: Fierce Fight! It's the Maginot Battle!! (ガールズ&パンツァー 激闘!マジノ戦ですっ!!, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Gekitou! Maginot-sen Desu!!), was serialized by Kadokawa on their webcomic service ComicWalker from November 19, 2014,[78] to August 19, 2015.[79] A total of two volumes were published in Japan from March 23[80] to September 23, 2015.[81]

A comedy spin-off illustrated by Midori Hagi, titled Girls und Panzer: Tankery Recommendation (ガールズ&パンツァー 戦車道ノススメ, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Senshadō no Susume), serves as an explanation for the history, development, and technical details of tanks and other vehicles that appear in the series.[82] Media Factory serialized the manga in Monthly Comic Flapper magazine from August 5, 2016,[83] to June 5, 2019.[84] A total of five volumes were published in Japan from February 23, 2017,[85] to June 22, 2019.[84]

A spin-off of the series featuring Erika Itsumi of Kuromorimine Girls' High School, titled Girls und Panzer: Phase Erika (ガールズ&パンツァー フェイズ エリカ, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Pheso Erika), was illustrated by Saitaniya and serialized by Kadokawa on ComicWalker website from September 19, 2016,[86] to March 19, 2018.[87] A total of three volumes were published in Japan from February 23, 2017,[85] to April 23, 2018.[88] A spin-off of the series featuring Katyusha and Nonna of Pravda Girls' High School, titled Girls und Panzer: Saga of Pravda (ガールズ&パンツァー プラウダ戦記, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Purauda Senki), was serialized by Kadokawa on ComicWalker website from July 19, 2018,[89] to December 19, 2021.[90] A total of five volumes were published in Japan from January 23, 2019,[91] to December 22, 2021.[92] A spin-off of the series featuring Noemi Kohiyama of Count High School, titled Girls und Panzer: The Fir Tree and the Iron-winged Witch (ガールズ&パンツァー 樅の木と鉄の羽の魔女, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Momi no Ki to Tetsu no Hane no Majo), began serialization by Kadokawa on ComicWalker website on November 16, 2018.[93] As of July 23, 2022, the manga has been published in two volumes in Japan.[94]

A "gag" spin-off of the series featuring Anzio Girls' High School after the events of Girls und Panzer der Film, titled Girls und Panzer: Avanti! Anzio Girls' High School (ガールズ&パンツァー アバンティ!アンツィオ高校, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Avanti! Anzio Koukou), was serialized by Kadokawa on the official Twitter account of Dengeki Twitter Magazine from February 1, 2019,[95] to June 21, 2021.[96] A total of three volumes were published in Japan from September 27, 2019,[97] to June 25, 2021.[98]

Anthologies[edit]

Several anthologies based on the series were released in Japan. The first anthology, Girls und Panzer: Comic Anthology (ガールズ&パンツァー コミックアンソロジー), had two volumes published by Media Factory from October 23, 2013,[72] to November 22, 2014.[99] Aki★Eda, EXCEL, Shin Kyogoku, Kobayashi, Saitaniya, Kouhei Takanaga, Shinobu Take, Tsuchii, Maruko Nii, Takeshi Nogami, Hagi, Yasuhiro Makino, Miki Matsuda, Eichi Mudoh, and Takuma Morishige each authored a manga in the first volume,[72] while 15 anime cast joined the writing team for the second volume.[99] The second anthology, Girls und Panzer Comic Anthology Side (ガールズ&パンツァー コミックアンソロジー SIDE), provides "spotlights" to other schools that appear in the series. The first volume featuring St. Gloriana Girls' College was published by Ichijinsha on November 5, 2014.[100] As of January 31, 2020, it has been published in nine volumes.[101] The third anthology, Girls und Panzer: 4-koma Comic Anthology (ガールズ&パンツァー 4コマアンソロジーコミック), was published by Media Factory on November 21, 2015.[102] The fourth anthology, Daily Life of Girls und Panzer: 4-koma Comic Anthology (ガールズ&パンツァーの日常 4コマコミックアンソロジー), had four volumes published by Media Factory from March 23, 2017,[103] to March 23, 2018,[104] with additional release of two complementary volumes featuring animals and foods on February 23, 2019.[105]

Light novel[edit]

A light novel adaptation of Girls und Panzer, written by Yuu Hibiki and illustrated by Fumikane Shimada and Shin Kyougoku, was released by Media Factory in Japan from November 22, 2012,[106] to June 25, 2013.[107] It follows the established story of the series in Saori Takebe's point of view.[106] The light novel was published in three volumes.[108]

Games[edit]

Nijibox developed a mobile-based social game based on Girls und Panzer, which was released in Japan on Mobage, GREE, and Mixi on December 7, 2012,[109] and on Pixiv on January 10, 2013.[110] The game ended its service on April 2, 2015.[111] Namco Bandai Games announced a video game based on the series for PlayStation Vita, titled Girls und Panzer: Master the Tankery! (ガールズ&パンツァー 戦車道、極めます!, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Senshadō, Kiwamemasu!), in November 2013.[112] Developed and published by Namco Bandai Games, the game was released in Japan on June 26, 2014.[113]

A mobile simulation game based on the series, titled Girls und Panzer: Great Tankery Operation! (ガールズ&パンツァー 戦車道大作戦!, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Senshadō Daisakusen!), was developed by Showgate for Android and iOS, and released by Mobcast Games in Japan on November 11, 2015.[114] An illustration book for the game is set to be released in Japan on June 28, 2022.[115] Another video game based on the series for PlayStation 4, titled Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match (ガールズ&パンツァードリームタンクマッチ), was announced by Bandai Namco Entertainment in July 2017.[116] Developed by Natsume-Atari,[117] the game was released by Bandai Namco Entertainment in Japan on February 22, 2018,[118] and in the Southeast Asia region on February 27.[119] The game was later released on Nintendo Switch under the title Girls und Panzer: Dream Tank Match DX in Japan and Southeast Asia countries on February 21, 2019.[120]

A mobile-based life simulation game jointly developed by KLab Games and Bandai Namco Entertainment for Android and iOS,[121] titled Girls und Panzer: Gather! Everyone's Tankery!! (ガールズ&パンツァー あつまれ!みんなの戦車道!!, Gāruzu ando Pantsā Atsumare! Min'na no Senshadō!!) was released by Bandai Namco Entertainment in Japan on August 3, 2018.[122] The game ended its service on November 27, 2019.[123]

Other media[edit]

A collaborative project between the Girls und Panzer animation team and Belarusian computer game developer Wargaming was unveiled in 2013, aiming to promote the online multiplayer video game World of Tanks in Japan.[124][125][126] Part of the collaboration involved the promotion of the game in Japan in the form of advertising and local events, as Wargaming focused to penetrate the Japanese market.

The South-East Asian game server for World of Tanks featured a tutorial documentation in the form of manga, titled Hajimete no Senshado - WoT for Beginners (はじめての戦車道~ WoT for Beginners). Drawn by Midori Hagi,[127] it features Girls und Panzer characters as they learned how to play the game.[128] The manga game tutorial is available in English, Thai, Traditional Chinese,[129] and Japanese; it depicts the five members of Ōarai Girls High's Anglerfish sensha-dō team as they learn how to play World of Tanks, intending to explain the game's basics to new players in an entertaining and interesting manner. The tutorial manga also had a side effect of introducing Girls und Panzer to many World of Tanks players, increasing its popularity amongst the players in the Asian region.

Girls und Panzer-themed mods for the game were announced at the 2013 Tokyo Game Show; these game mods were distributed as free downloads for players in the South-East Asian server, mainly targeting the Japanese-speaking community.[130] Initially, there were six voice packs released, featuring the voices of all five members of the Anglerfish team, as well as a special voice pack for Nonna, the vice captain of Pravda's sensha-dō team; each of the five crew members of the Anglerfish team voices the five different crew positions in World of Tanks: Commander, Gunner, Loader, Radio Operator, and Driver. The voice packs replaces the standard crew voices with the Girls und Panzer character voices, when tank commands such as "Target acquired!" or "Reloading!" sound in the game. The voice packs, however, are only available in Japanese. Afterwards, a garage mod was released, where players could change the regular game garage to the sensha-dō garage square in Ōarai Girls High's Academy Ship. Another mod that was released allowed players to change the skins of a few select tanks in the game to the paint jobs of the tanks in the Girls und Panzer anime. Tanks include the Panzer IV H of Ōarai Girls High, the Churchill VII of St. Gloriana Girls Academy and the Jagdtiger of Kuromorimine Girls High. The last mod that was made available changed the look of destroyed tanks for certain vehicles; instead of a smoking wreck of metal that is shown when a tank is destroyed, the tank is shown in a moderate condition, with a white flag on top, similar to when tanks are knocked out in Girls und Panzer, to indicate that the tank is destroyed.[131]

These mods were later made available together in a mod pack that is free to download on the South-East Asian server of World of Tanks.[132] On 31 January 2016, the World of Tanks South-East Asian server released an updated version of the Girls und Panzer-themed mod pack, in celebration of the release of Girls und Panzer der Film. It features the voices of the Anglerfish sensha-dō team and replaces the standard game garage with the Ōarai Girls High School Tank Garage. It also features a lot of new tank skins, such as the Panzer IV D of Ōarai Girls High, before it was converted into the Ausführung H model, and the T95, M24 Chaffee, and the M26 Pershing of the university's sensha-dō team, in addition to all the previous ones released in earlier mods.[133]

Reception[edit]

The initial television airing of the first 10 episodes within 2012 received favourable television ratings and strong viewership.[134] The relatively early 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,[135] 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.[136] 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.[137] 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.[138] 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[139] and 32,385 units[140] 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.[141]

Plastic models of tanks based on those within the anime have topped sales charts in Japan.[142]

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.[143][144]

An opinion piece published on 22 January 2013 in the China National Defense Newspaper [zh], a subsidiary of the state-owned People's Liberation Army Daily, criticized the anime for promoting "militarist sentiments behind the guise of cute characters."[145]

Famitsu gave the video game adaptation Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu! a review score of 23/40.[146] PlayStation LifeStyle gave the game 8/10, highly praising the tank battles for their simplicity and the story for its charm.[147] The game sold 31,526 physical retail copies within the first week of release in Japan.[148]

In 2017, scholar Takayoshi Yamamura described the series as a key example of cooperation between the JSDF and anime productions, noting that the production staff gathered important information with the help of the JGSDF, even riding in a tank at the JGSDF Ordnance School. The show was also helped by the JSDF's Ibaraki Provincial Cooperation Office. However, events which exhibited JSDF tanks drew criticism from the Japanese Communist Party but supported by the newspaper, Sankei Shinbun. Additionally, Yamamura noted that Ground Staff Office of the Ground Self-Defense Force public relations department praised attendance at such events as demonstrating the "effect of the popularity of battle tanks."[149]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ The translation of "sensha-dō" differs depending on the source. Official print media published in Japan uses the German compound word "Panzerfahren",[9] whilst the official English dub by Sentai Filmworks uses the term "tankery".

References[edit]

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