English: Girls & Panzer
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 9, 2012 to Mar 25, 2013
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisYou may have heard of kung fu, but the girls at Oarai High School practice gun-fu—really, really BIG 75mm gun-fu, in fact. It's called Sensha-do, and it's the martial art of operating armored tanks! They take it seriously too, and since winning the national Sensha-do championship is such a huge deal at Oarai, they sometimes go to extreme ends in order to get the best students from Panzer class to sign up. Which is how Miho Nishizumi, who HATES operating tanks, gets drafted to join doomsday-driven driver Mako, even-triggered gunner Hana, highly receptive radio operator Saori and combustible tank-fangirl and loader Yukari as the incomparable Anko Team. They may not be on the half-track to fame and fortune, and maybe a few of them would rather shop for tank tops than become tops in tanks, but once their focus is locked and loaded, they're absolutely driven.
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Girls und Panzer, Girls und Panzer
Side story: Girls und Panzer Specials, Girls und Panzer: Kore ga Hontou no Anzio-sen Desu!
Summary: Girls und Panzer: Shoukai Shimasu!
Other: Girls und Panzer: Fushou - Akiyama Yukari no Sensha Kouza, Girls und Panzer Picture Drama
Sequel: Girls und Panzer Movie
Characters & Voice Actors
This was better than I expected. The premise on this series is battles between groups of tanks as an after school club. In this crazy world, this is treated just as another sport which contributes somewhat to feminity. (I wonder what the hell would boys do, given the proper atention by the series: ¿kill each other?, ¿learn to cook?).
Art gets pretty interesting when tanks are battling.
All related to tanks is ok and even seems well documented, but the slice of life with stribes on the girls seems to pale a bit in comparison. Take for instance a moment at episode two or three when the girls hang out together: one girls wears contact lens, another has some utillage in her backpack, and when you think a dialogue will burst out... the scene ends. At least there's almost no slice of life, as this is mostly about battles.
It is obviously impossible to show a development for three to five girls in each of the five tanks (twenty people, if I recall). There are brief stories for three of the main girls. The story involves mostly a world competition.
Music could have been way more epic. Cute versions of belic themes are ok but not awesome. Check, for instance, Strike Witches OST. I would remark: the anglerfish dance and the russian song.
The tank action.
They take this crazy world so seriously that it seems plausible.
The twelve episodes seem to be not enough: the show even skips one of the matches, just showing the resolution (seems it was later made into an OVA).
Too much miraculous shot evading gets notorious. Play a game of tanks and do as they do: you will get blown in three seconds.
There’s a reasonably well-justified tendency among anime fans to hastily dismiss the potential merit of any permutation of the whole “cute girls doing cute things” motif that’s so nauseatingly ubiquitous in modern anime. In recent times, we’ve had a spate of these lusterless shows - whether it be “cute girls climbing mountains!” or “cute girls that are actually anthropomorphic guns or something!” - and the results are nigh-invariably uninspired dreck that’s not worthy of anyone’s time. With this in mind, it’s only natural to approach the simple premise of “cute girls driving tanks” with caution. It is against all odds, then, that Girls und Panzer manages to not only be worthwhile, but also one of the most consistently entertaining shows in recent memory.
Girls und Panzer’s story is a simple one. Schools from around the world compete in a sport called Sensha-do, or “way of the tank.” In this universe, "tankery," as it is colloquially known, is seen as a dignified martial art that helps girls hone their grace and femininity. Miho Nishizumi, the protagonist of this story, was a very capable captain of Sensha-do in her previous school, but due to a traumatic experience in the semi-finals of the previous Sensha-do tournament, she distanced herself from the sport by transferring to a school that doesn’t participate in the Sensha-do, Ōarai Academy. Unfortunately, her new school takes up Sensha-do soon after her arrival. Even more unfortunate is that the school council is aware of her accomplished past as a commander and coerce Miho into being the captain of this newly established Sensha-do unit. While the sheer implausibility and silliness of this premise can be seen as the show’s greatest detriment, it is simply a plot device necessary to get the girls into some tank battles, which is definitely where this show shines brightest.
The tank battles, simply put, are amazing. Takaaki Suzuki, the military adviser for Girls und Panzer, shows a great understanding of the ins and outs of tankery. As the rules specify, each tank needs to be of World War 2 vintage or older. These tanks are presented with great accuracy and attention to detail, each one having their strengths and weaknesses based on their real life counterparts. The battles themselves are often loosely based on real historical battles, generally involving Ōarai playing the underdog, and each one taking place at various unique environments. The many distinct and varied locations coupled with the accurate depiction of each tank lends itself well to some genuinely engaging strategies, both from Ōarai and their opponents, and are genuinely exciting to watch. As these battles are loosely based off historic events, many of Ōarai's schemes mirror well-known strategic maneuvers and consequently remain both entertaining and satisfying to witness unfold.
With that said, this is hardly a serious anime about battling tanks; the excitement incited during these battles is enhanced twofold by how infectiously silly and fun the different girl's personalities are. In stark contrast to their competition, the girls of Ōarai Academy are a convivial bunch. They paint their tanks pink, do an embarrassing dance to improve morale, and cherish friendship over winning the match. Cheesy, right? Well, it is, but the show embraces this cheesiness in a way that makes it feel genuine and endearing. What makes Girls und Panzer’s comedy so special is that it’s never afraid to laugh at itself and how preposterous its premise is. Each tank on Ōarai’s side has a team of operators amusingly framed around their unique clique. For example, one team is composed of gamers who approach Sensha-do in a similar way that one approaches a video game. Another team consists of history buffs who romanticize past historical battles and leaders, attempting to emulate them with their hilariously over-the-top antics. Ōarai’s opponents are similarly depicted as caricatures of their respective nations, such as the British team being refined in composure and perpetually drinking tea during the match, or the cocky American team that stoops to utilizing underhanded tactics. The battles contain a fair share of unorthodox stratagems that contribute to this pervasive sense of fun as well. Even when the girls of Ōarai are up against seemingly insurmountable odds, the show never loses touch of its deft sense of humor.
But Girls und Panzer isn’t all fun and tankery. During the time spent away from Sensha-do, the show does attempt to have a few more serious plot lines, which generally yields poor results. The show spends an inordinately long time attempting to set up its admittedly silly plot in a comparatively serious way, and falls flat on its face in doing so. Thankfully, this is only an issue for the first episode and a half, as the show picks up steam once it gets to the Sensha-do tournaments and generally takes itself less seriously. Due to the massive size of the cast, minor conflicts are dismissed almost as soon as they’re introduced. For instance, one minor arc involves a character who gave up the family business of arranging flowers to take up Sensha-do. This is met with harsh disapproval from her family, but is soon after entirely dismissed after her parents watch one of her matches. There isn’t any character development as the result of this, and the parent characters are never seen again in any meaningful context. It only serves as a shallow feel-good moment that slows down the momentum of the show. Most characters, while entertaining enough in the context of the group, are relatively two-bit and characterized solely by their unique quirk when looked at on their own merits. Miho is the only character to receive any real development, and even that plays out in a fairly predictable manner. However, these breaks from tankery only compose a very small fraction of the show. Most of Girls und Panzer’s episodes are dedicated to their engaging tank battles and, provided one is enjoying the ride, it becomes possible to overlook their fleeting, minor flaws in storytelling.
The animation and soundtrack are generally excellent and complement each other appropriately. The soundtrack marches with militaristic tunes that fit well with the action taking place on screen while the tanks are rendered using very detailed CG that looks great in motion. Unfortunately, some of the CG environments during the battles aren’t as well-realized as the tanks are, often appearing flat with repetitive textures. This is most apparent during the earlier episodes, where it’s clear that the production staff had a limited budget; CG heavy scenes are marred by a poor frame rate and the environments are at their worst. Fortunately, this is remedied as the show goes on and, by its final episodes, the show is an absolute delight to look at.
In the end, Girls und Panzer won’t make you re-evaluate the way you view anime or present you with a profound take on life, but what it does do is present a thoroughly entertaining and refreshing variation on the whole “cute girls doing cute things" theme. Despite its flaws, Girls und Panzer’s infectious silliness and engaging battle scenarios should have any viewer plastered with a permanent grin on their face, screaming “Panzer Vor!” for the duration of any given episode. It’s a simple pleasure, but one well worth the time. read more
Some of the main characters look, feel, and act similar. Also, in both shows, the main girl leads the team with her great skill. She also feels inferior to her mother and sister who lives separate from her. Her sister is very well known, and at the end of both series, the main character finally has the courage to face her sister. Also, both clubs are being resurrected by upperclassmen, and there are other members that are extremely talented as well.
If you like GuP, you'll adore Saki! And if you liked saki, you will appreciate, and probably love GuP as well :)
Both protagonists are drawn back into an activity she had come to dislike while growing up, finding new friends and a renewed interest. Both look up to their older sisters but do not have a good relationship with them.
1. FMC (Saki, Miho) is genius at said activities, but refused to do it first due to dramatic past that has something to do with water.
2. Their girl friend (Nodoka, Yukari) is a fan of said club activities.
3. Both have 'estranged' older sister (Teru, Maho).
4. There were similarty between Saki's chars and GuP chars.
Both leads in these two animes hated their 'respective roles in which they had alot of potential for, they had exceptional skill yet they refuse to take on that role because they both went through traumatic events of it in their past(s).
Both are battle anime featuring groups of girls competing to be the best in the nation.
Tanks with Girls und Panzer and Mahjong with Saki.
The main protagonist's rival is her own older sister who is more experienced in the craft. A member of the group is obsessed with tanks/mahjong. I'm sure there are other parallels but basically Girls und Panzer is Saki with tanks.
Tanks not your thing? Saki is Girls und Panzer's mahjong equivalent. Not only is style and execution similar, they mirror each other in both plot and character.
Both series features a young group of girls together in an activity that they embrace and are skilled at.
Both series has a school life setting where there is comedy, drama, and competitions. These competitions puts the girls' skills at test against other competitors.
Friendship and strategies are involved in both series that allows the characters to stay one step ahead of their opponents.
Both series also features some nice soundtrack.
Similar premise. Main characters have same backstory.
Both MC a reluctant to play in something they're good at because of something that happened in the past. Saki- Mahjong, GuP- Panzers
Both the girls also have a somewhat strained relationship with their older sisters.
In both series, the club tries to reach nationals
Both are entertaining to watch with all the action, so have fun!
both protagonists are child protegees of their games. both have sisters that they look up to that are relatively famous for the games, but do not have a good relationship with because of an incident. both do not like the game at first because of their childhood, but are pulled into it and realize how fun it can be. both are a team aiming for the nationals to face their sisters. both are about how the team works together and their motivation. both have some yuri. only difference is that saki is mahjong and girls und panzer is panzer (tank martial arts)
- main characters really good at the sport they're playing
- have sister who are at the level of pros, and are on bad terms with them
- aim for national tourney with friends
- main characters are pretty much all girls
-Both are enjoyable to watch
Girls school setting with some combat scenarios. I think both are worth watching, but I'll leave that up to you. Please don't confuse this with Upotte!! though. Besides the firearms, the similarities are few and far between.
Girl transfers to a new school and somehow ends up in a military themed club pretty quickly. Shoot outs ensue and eventually the club fights against their counterparts from other schools.
Girls und Panzer is far superior though, just saying.
There's definitely a similar vibe from both series. Essentially, they involve a group of girls participating in a military like activity. The only difference here is the type of weapons used. In Girls und Panzer, it's tanks but in Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu, it deals with guns.
There are exciting shootouts that requires strategy, teamwork, and a little luck to achieve victory. Additionally, the colorful cast of diverse characters are fun to watch. The series is lighthearted so expect some comedy that also takes place in a school life setting.
The action is solid though and executed quite well.
both have girls with guns
both have similar club activities
diference in Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu girls have shotgun
in girls und panzer have panzer
The two anime both start with a female character who joins a particular gathering that involves themselves with dangerous, yet fun military related activities. One about tanks and the other about airsoft. Another element is that all the main characters are female.
Girls with a passion for military weapons
Both contain girls in survival games. Girls and Panzer has tanks while Stella Jogakuin Koutou-ka C³-bu has guns.
Both anime deal with girls engaging in very nontraditional activities involving guns, violence, and explosions...while somehow retaining their overall cuteness. The overall feel of the anime and the characters are also very similar.
Opening Theme"DreamRiser" by Choucho
Ending Theme#1: "DreamRiser" by Choucho (ep 1)
#2: "Enter Enter MISSION!" by Ankou Team (あんこうチーム) [Miho Nishizumi (Mai Fuchigami), Saori Takebe (Ai Kayano), Hana Isuzu (Mami Ozaki), Yukari Akiyama (Ikumi Nakagami), and Mako Reizei (Yuka Iguchi)] (eps 2-12)
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