Girls und Panzer der Film

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Girls und Panzer der Film
Girls und Panzer der Film poster.jpeg
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Japanese ガールズ&パンツァー 劇場版
Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima
Screenplay by Reiko Yoshida
Based on Girls und Panzer
by Actas
Music by Shirō Hamaguchi
Production
company
Distributed by Showgate[1]
Release date
  • November 21, 2015 (2015-11-21)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office US$22.9 million[2]

Girls und Panzer der Film (ガールズ&パンツァー 劇場版) is a 2015 Japanese animated school action drama science fiction film directed by Tsutomu Mizushima. The film is a sequel of the anime television series Girls und Panzer.[3] It was released on November 21, 2015 in Japan.[4]

Plot[edit]

The film begins during an exhibition match commemorating Ooarai Girls High School's victory in the 63rd sensha-dō tournament. After a lengthy battle, the joint team of Ooarai and Chi-Ha-Tan Academy is defeated by the combined St. Gloriana and Pravda team, largely due to the reckless charges by the Chi-Ha-Tan team. Upon returning to the Ooarai school carrier, Anzu informs the team that despite their victory in the tournament, the Ministry of Education will not honor their promise to keep the school open, claiming that it was just a verbal agreement with no legal standing. The school ship is then seized for decommissioning but with help from Saunders, the sensha-dō team manage to keep their tanks out of the government's hands.

Some time later, at Anzu's urging, Ami Chouno brings the matter to Maho and Miho's mother Shiho Nishizumi, who realizes that Kuromorimine won't be able to have a rematch against Ooarai should the latter close down, and helps Anzu convince the Ministry to reconsider by threatening to pull Kuromorimine from the upcoming World Tournament. The Ministry agrees to hold a match between Ooarai and a university sensha-dō team, this time with a written contract to ensure that Ooarai will not be closed should their team win. However, the rules put Ooarai's team at a great disadvantage, as they must face a team composed of select university students led by child prodigy Alice Shimada, fielding thirty tanks against Ooarai's eight, and held using elimination rules, which require the winning team to eliminate every enemy tank.

Despite the odds stacked against them, Ooarai's team does not back down and shows up for the match, but before it begins, to the surprise of all, students from Saunders, Kuromorimine, Anzio, St. Gloriana, Pravda, Chi-Ha-Tan and Jatkosota High School appear and take advantage of a loophole in the agreement to join as temporary Ooarai transfer students, evening out the teams' numbers. The match begins with the university team taking the advantage with their superior firepower and skill, forcing Ooarai to retreat to an abandoned amusement park even after destroying the university's Karl-Gerät self-propelled mortar tank. There, however, Ooarai makes use of the park's attractions to confuse and ambush the university team's tanks, turning the tide in their favor.

However, Alice eventually joins the fight directly and takes out most of the remaining Ooarai tanks, leveling the field once again. In a final showdown, Miho and Maho confront Alice in a heated battle which ends with the sisters making a combined effort to defeat her and seal Ooarai's victory. During the credits, all the girls are seen traveling back to their respective schools and the Ooarai team discovers that their school carrier has returned and is waiting at the port for them.

Voice cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film was announced in 2013.[7]

Casting[edit]

The casting of Asami Seto as Kinuyo Nishi was revealed in early June 2015.[5] Additional characters beyond those of the TV series and respective voice actors were revealed in October 2015.[6]

Promotion[edit]

A teaser trailer was released in July 2014.[8] A longer teaser trailer was released in March 2015[9] followed by a third one in early June 2015.[5] A fourth and final trailer was released in late October 2015.[10]

Music[edit]

The theme song titled piece of youth and image song titled GloryStory of the film was sung by ChouCho.[11]

Release[edit]

The film was originally scheduled for release in 2014;[7] it was then pushed back to summer 2015[12] until the final release date of November 21, 2015 was announced in March 2015.[11] It was released in 4DX in Japan on February 2016.[13] The film's home video release on Blu-ray and DVD was launched on May 27, 2016.[14] The film has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks and got a limited theatrical release from November 18-24 2016 in 33 U.S. Theaters.[15][16]

Reception[edit]

The film grossed ¥128 million on its opening weekend in Japan, becoming the number-one film in gross. It was also number-two in admissions (84,700), behind World of Delight.[17] The film has earned over ¥2.5 billion at the Japan Box Office one year after it premiered.[2] The first week sales of the Girls und Panzer der Film Blu-ray Limited and Regular Edition placed first and fifth in the weekly Oricon chart, having reached 162,361 and 6,554 units.[18]

It won the Sanctuary Award from the 25th Japan Movie Critics Awards in 2016.[19][20] It also won the Best Dramatic Presentation Award from the 47th Seiun Awards in 2016.[21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Schilling (November 24, 2015). "Japan Box Office: 'Raintree' Wins Weekend, 'Mockingjay Pt 2' Opens in Ninth". variety.com. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Girls & Panzer Film Tops 2.5 Billion Yen at Box Office". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Newspaper: Girls & Panzer Film to Be Sequel to TV Series". Anime News Network. April 20, 2013. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "ガールズ&パンツァー 劇場版(2015)". allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Girls & Panzer Film Unveils New Teaser Trailer, Asami Seto in Cast". Anime News Network. June 6, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Girls & Panzer Film Adds 11 New Characters, Cast Members". Anime News Network. October 23, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Girls & Panzer Anime Gets 2014 Film, New OVA, Fan Disk". Anime News Network. April 28, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Girls & Panzer Theaterical Film Previewed in Teaser". Anime News Network. July 25, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Girls und Panzer Film's Promo Video Reviews Franchise's Story". Anime News Network. March 15, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Girls & Panzer Film's Trailer, New TV Ad Posted". Anime News Network. October 28, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Girls & Panzer Film's Theme Singer, Date, Length, New Visual Unveiled". Anime News Network. March 15, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Girls & Panzer Film's Summer 2015 Opening, New Visual Unveiled". Anime News Network. November 16, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Girls & Panzer Film Jumps Back to #8, Dōkyūsei/Classmates Opens at #9". Anime News Network. February 23, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Girls & Panzer Film's Japanese BD/DVD Release Includes OVA". Anime News Network. February 18, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Licenses Girls & Panzer Film With Theatrical Release Plans". Anime News Network. September 27, 2016. Retrieved September 27, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Girls Und Panzer Film Opens in U.S. Theaters". Anime News Network. November 19, 2016. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  17. ^ Kevin Ma (November 25, 2015). "Local youth fares top Japan box office". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on June 8, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Japan's Animation Blu-ray Disc Ranking, May 23-29". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  19. ^ "第25回受賞作品" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  20. ^ "The Boy and the Beast, Masakazu Hashimoto Win Japan Movie Critics Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2016. 
  21. ^ "2016年 第47回星雲賞" (in Japanese). Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Girls & Panzer Film, Knights of Sidonia Manga Win Seiun Awards". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 

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