Girls und Panzer der Film
|Girls und Panzer der Film|
|Directed by||Tsutomu Mizushima|
|Screenplay by||Reiko Yoshida|
|Based on||Girls und Panzer|
|Music by||Shirō Hamaguchi|
|Box office||US$22.9 million|
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. It was released on November 21, 2015 in Japan. The success of the film has spawned a six part anime theatrical film series titled Girls und Panzer: The Final Chapter, which is set after the events of the film.
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.
- Mai Fuchigami as Miho Nishizumi
- Ai Kayano as Saori Takebe
- Mami Ozaki as Hana Isuzu
- Ikumi Nakagami as Yukari Akiyama
- Yuka Iguchi as Mako Reizei
- Asami Seto as Kinuyo Nishi
- Ayana Taketatsu as Alice Shimada
- Ayumi Fujimura as Megumi
- Yūko Iida as Azumi
- Mai Nakahara as Rumi
- Madoka Yonezawa as Tamada
- Naomi Ōzora as Fukuda
- Natsumi Takamori as Rosehip
- Jenya Davidyuk as Klara
- Mamiko Noto as Mika
- Shino Shimoji as Aki
- Miho Ishigami as Mikko
The film was announced in 2013.
A teaser trailer was released in July 2014. A longer teaser trailer was released in March 2015 followed by a third one in early June 2015. A fourth and final trailer was released in late October 2015.
The film was originally scheduled for release in 2014; it was then pushed back to summer 2015 until the final release date of November 21, 2015 was announced in March 2015. It was released in 4DX in Japan on February 2016. The film's home video release on Blu-ray and DVD was launched on May 27, 2016. The film has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks and got a limited theatrical release from November 18-24 2016 in 33 U.S. Theaters.
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. The film has earned over ¥2.5 billion at the Japan Box Office one year after it premiered. 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.
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