Girls Und Panzer Der Film
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When the Ministry of Education goes back on it's promise to keep Ooarai Girls Academy open, the task of saving the five-mile-long Academy Ship from the wreckers falls to Miho and her barely-seasoned tankery team. However, things go off track almost immediately. While the Oorai tank crew may have won the high school tournament, they're now facing a larger and more experienced university team, and if they fail, their armored vehicles will be forfeit! Will they be swapping their tanks for the memories? It's possible, but winning a tank battle is all about tactics and teamwork, and the fledgling Ooarai students have more friends and allies than anyone suspects. Get ready for another high-caliber round of the only sport where "having a blast" doesn't necessarily mean you're having a great time, as the Ooarai team puts everything on the line in GIRLS UND PANZER DER FILM!
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.25 x 0.25 inches; 2.47 Ounces
- Media Format : Subtitled
- Release date : October 11, 2022
- Studio : Section 23
- ASIN : B0B7XY8KKK
- Number of discs : 1
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I enjoyed “Girls und Panzer” the series and own the series DVD and the DVD of the OVA (which should be avoided) and so once I discovered the film I knew I was going to own it some day. The idea of high school girls driving tanks and shooting at each other has its own charm. In the series the girls compete to ensure that Ooarai High School for Girls remains open. This sets up the plot for the film.
Plot Synopsis – After an exhibition sensha-do (tank battle) the girls from Ooarai learn that their school is going to be closed after all (never trust a bureaucrat who doesn’t write things down). The ship sails and the girls are left to discover their fate until the student president finds a way to give them a last chance. If they can win against a university pro-level team their school will re-open. This time they get this in writing too; Game on.
Comments - This is a film in three parts. Think of a sandwich; action, filling, action. The first part of the film is the exhibition tank match between Ooarai and St. Gloriana. This allows each character to be (re-) introduced and has some wonderful animation of the girls in action in their tanks. The middle part of the film is the emotional filling as the girls learn of the closure of the school, deal with their feelings/families and wonder about the future. The final part of the film is the battle with university pro-level team. This is an extended action sequence that moves the tank battle action theme on and is an inventive, action-packed thrill ride that could just be watched on its own. The animation in this series just keeps on getting better and better with tanks now thundering along at crazy angles, doing drifts and jumps and all sorts of stuff. It’s great to watch.
The film does leave some open questions such as what happens to Punchy Punch and why is there such a rivalry between the two styles which may leave the door open for another film or series. The character development and plot aren’t great but are just enough to carry the middle part of the film. The tanks aren't characters like they were in the series.
Animation and sound – The animation is great. The blend of CGI and conventional animation allows the tanks to move properly and for the characters to look as they should. The soundtrack is fine with ricochets off armour being particularly well done. The music isn’t anything to write home about but doesn’t detract from the movie. The Japanese voice acting is great and I haven’t heard the English soundtrack.
Conclusions - This is a great addition to the “Girls und Panzer” universe. The action is amazing and it’s great to see the girls of Ooarai back in action. Highly recommended.
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Slightly disappointed by the recycled "save the school" plot that will taint any re-watching of the series. Still, the tank battles are longer, larger, and more complex, the cgi crisper, and the sound effects much more breath-taking. In the end a fun and wonderful return to the Girls und Panzer world!
As for the special features of the film version well there aren't any. We get a tiny little short film which tells us about the story as a whole but this is something that I've already seen. We also get the ubiquitous Textfree openings and closings but these come on every DVD we don't need them on every DVD. And finally we also get the ubiquitous trailers for other products. We don't even get anything like an audio commentary. For something like a feature-length film you would think that the company would do an audio commentary.
Unfortunately like all the other Sentai Filmworks anime that I watch I guess these are going to be permanently restricted to being subtitled only. And that is the only reason I can only afford it three stars. Had the company tried a little bit harder with the voice talent and actually added some extra special features aside from the same old stuff that we get in everyone of their DVDs I might have given it a better score.
But on the upside if you are a fan of the TV series you would be remiss to not include the film in your collection.
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If you liked the series and the Anzio OVA then you don't have to worry about liking this.
On a basic level it is like the series, however it surpasses the series and turns everything up to 11 and when it was came out with a fansub over a year ago it was everything I could have hoped for and more, I bought the Japanese collector's blu-ray release and obviously I then had to get this release.
There are simple reasons as to why this is better than the series, firstly after the success of the series they were given a large budget to make this film and you can tell they spent it well, the animation is superb, they didn't cut any corners and it makes it a visual delight. The budget also meant that they could go bigger with the action scenes and the fact that this is a feature length film so they could make those battles the forefront and have them last, the opening one clocks in at 26 minutes and the end battle is 48 minutes although proceedings technically start before that and we're left with extra bits at the end giving a 55 minute sequence in total, this makes it slightly longer than the battle at the end of the series, but the key here is that we have an uninterrupted flow to it.
Of cause it's not all about Sensha-do as we have a 34 minute portion away from the battles and on occasional rewatches it does feel longer, there are quirky moments and there is a rather nice touching moment in it too, if the section had been any longer then it would have taken away from the film, but as it was it didn't overstay its welcome it is a nice addition with setting up things, and we are then rewarded with the best battle sequence to ever grace anime.
As I said before the final battle is actually quite long, but it doesn't let you feel the length of it, it feels fast and furious at times, the pacing is superb, the action sequences are just wild and at times crazy, there are many clips that were taken from this sequence just because of how over the top it can get, but those clips can not compare with the scope of the whole thing, there are sequences that can compare with the greatest of war films, there are moments that will surprise you such as Katyusha in her tank, in the rain and you will know what I mean when you see it.
So yes the film itself is absolutely 10/10 brilliant.
The blu-ray release itself doesn't have that many special features, it's quite lacking in that regards, but as it's not a collector's edition but just a standard release I'm not surprised it doesn't come with all the extras that the Japanese Collector's came with.
And now for what I feel is the negative about this release, the dub, I watched the dub of the series and I didn't think it was that bad, there were issues with some characters but on the whole it was generally a passable dub, here though unfortunately it's a different story, perhaps because they are all together, or perhaps because just the cracks are showing, but there are times when it's just dreadful and it's just so disappointing, I remember when the trailer came out and I thought it was a joke, a bad fandub, then I found that it was the official dub, I did hope that in the full version things wouldn't be that bad, but it started to affect my enjoyment of the film so I had to switch to the sub
Okay, sure it's just a long episode, sure there is not much actual character development (but what's there, particularly between sisters works very well) and the story...well it's just an excuse to get to some spectacular action.
The majority of this film is tank battles, a big one at the start and a massive one at the end. Some spectacular visuals, camera shots and twists are all served up regularly alongside wonderful animation, a good soundtrack and fantastic Japanese voice acting (the dub is fine).
If you enjoyed the Anime, you should not hesitate.
The extra content is limited though, you get trailers, English dub (is ok, better than series), a 3 minute recap and the obligatory textless opening. Doesn't include the Alice OVA, doubtless getting it's own full price release, and a lot of blurays now come with a poster or nice cardboard sleeve but just the standard box here.
Watch the series before buying this movie.This makes it easier to understand why schoolgirls are replaying battles from WWII in original tanks from that era as a kind of game to become selfsecured women.