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Original TV Anime 'Girls und Panzer' Announced

by dtshyk
May 16, 2012 5:32 PM | 113 Comments
According to the official website, an original TV anime "Girls und Panzer" was announced to be aired this year. The director is Mizushima Tsutomu and it will be a school military battle action anime.

Girls & Panzer official website
Key illustration of Girls und Panzer
Trailer on Youtube

Staff:
Director: Mizushima Tsutomu
Series Composition & Scenario: Yoshida Reiko
Original Character Design: Shimada Humikane
General Animation Director & Anime Character Design: Sugimoto Isao ("Seikon no Qwaser I & II", "Ben-To")
Military Supervisor: Nogami Takaaki ("Upotte!!", "Strike Witches")
Production Studio: Actas

Cast:
Miho: Fuchigami Mai
Saori: Kayano Ai
Hana: Ozaki Mami
Asako: Iguchi Yuka

Director Mizushima said the anime doesn't show Pantsu. A manga adaptation will be serialized in Comic Flapper magazine from June.

Synopsis:
In the world, the manipulation of tanks (Sensha-do) is one of the traditional martial arts especially for girls. Miho doesn't like Sensha-do and moves to Oarai Girl's High School. But the chairperson of the student council orders Miho to participate in the national Sensha-do championship.

Sources: Mizushima's Twitter, Comic Flapper official website, GA Graphics

Story by basabeo

Girls und Panzer on MAL

20 of 113 Comments Recent Comments

LelouchZero said:

Holy crap, that is one gaudy StuG III. Not really digging the paint schemes for the Panzer 38(t) or the M3 Lee, either. Using the Type 89 I-Go would pretty much be suicide for its hapless crew, given its thin armor and ineffectual main gun.

I wonder if real shell would be used in their game of Senshado (The way of tanks) though :-) The paint scheme clearly makes it un-warlike too. On the other hand, the specification data on that website are more than I would expect for an anime like this.

Oct 2, 2012 5:14 PM by symbv

symbv said:
If you look at their official website you will see that they are pretty serious in depicting the tanks. Check the specs and the multi-angle view of various tanks featured in this anime
http://girls-und-panzer.jp/mecha_4go.html

Holy crap, that is one gaudy StuG III. Not really digging the paint schemes for the Panzer 38(t) or the M3 Lee, either. Using the Type 89 I-Go would pretty much be suicide for its hapless crew, given its thin armor and ineffectual main gun.

Oct 2, 2012 7:40 AM by LelouchZero

I'm very tempted to watch this for the absurdity and cuteness, but two episodes of "Upotte!!" taught me that liking weird and ecchi stuff isn't enough to like this kind of show.

You need to love real-life weapons and military stuff, and I definitely don't do that. You most likely also need to not care about main characters being either invulnerable or ghastly careless (like firing at friends and siblings with live ammo).

I also read that the director promised no panty flashing and more tank-service instead, so I guess it really is aimed at people who like things more than people. I'll read about how it turned out later, but I'm pretty sure that military otaku shows are generally not my thing.

Oct 2, 2012 3:27 AM by kyoppi-236

I'm note sure if I want to watch this, but I guess I'll give it a chance.

Sep 30, 2012 7:24 AM by loliowo

If you look at their official website you will see that they are pretty serious in depicting the tanks. Check the specs and the multi-angle view of various tanks featured in this anime
http://girls-und-panzer.jp/mecha_4go.html

Sep 27, 2012 1:35 PM by symbv

x15 said:
I've had enough of moe with guns or tank.

CRAP
Fixed that for you.

Sep 27, 2012 12:57 PM by Gogetters

We had enough of moe with guns or tank.

CRAP

Sep 18, 2012 12:45 PM by x15

Post-Josh said:
magic_kaito said:
I mean whats next "Girl und Auschwitz", "Girls und Hitler"

Would watch.

Cute Hitlers doing cute Hitler things?

Sep 17, 2012 5:22 PM by rederoin

magic_kaito said:
I mean whats next "Girl und Auschwitz", "Girls und Hitler"

Would watch.

Sep 13, 2012 9:21 AM by Josh

magic_kaito said:
how long before they`ve run out of places to stick high school girls and think " hey you know what would be funny, we take a bunch of high school girls and put them in the Third Reich, we`ll make millions!


I would be pleased by that.

Sep 13, 2012 6:08 AM by rederoin

Look goods. Like the idea of adding tanks in a moe anime.

Aug 23, 2012 8:44 PM by Magito

Hmmm...Girls and tanks,sounds like a new kind of anime(at least for me).

Aug 11, 2012 5:40 PM by Rosaryn

Oi oi oi, I have a fantastic idea for some people here.

Don't like it? Don't watch it. Such a mind-boggling concept!

Aug 11, 2012 5:37 PM by Yvese

magic_kaito said:


High school girls+ magic = Shugo Chara!



Um... the girls in this show were not high schoolers. In fact, they were not even middle schoolers. Plus, there were boys and girls, and it wasn't like the girls severely outnumbered the boys. This show obviously doesn't fit with your list of shows following the "same old formula". As someone else pointed out, I have a hard time seeing Shugo Chara! and High School of the Dead being included in the same list, for they are nothing alike.

Aug 11, 2012 5:19 PM by Nunnanation31

magic_kaito said:
bunch of good looking girls next to a tank that people recognise in the hopes fools will watch it.


screw the girls, that's just a bonus... I want the tanks xD


anyway, nobody here says you need to watch it so I fail to see your problem

Jul 17, 2012 2:39 PM by Thep

i think we`re getting a little to philosophical about this and your right i dont know much about the show, i can only go on what i have seen and who knows maybe it`ll be great, i doubt it but you never now

i understand that animes are essentially a business and that they are trying to make money that's obvious but its a little to busineesy at this point to where its almost a façade. they`re just slapping together elements of stuff that's worked before and shoving it into this in the hopes of making a quick profit. Why does the story have to be about teenage girls, because their popular and make money, why is it set in a high school, because thats relate-able , popular and makes money.

Its not the showing of the tank that's the problem, its the context, thats the difference between say "Crosses of Iron" and this anime, where its obvious their just using the image of the tank to try to make money. if this was a deep thought provoking story with really creativity and passion then id be fine with them showing any Tank or weapon but when its obvious that its just being used as a cheap marketing gimmick then im sorry to tell you but its wrong. if you want to make a silly anime about high school girls and tanks that fine, but use a generic looking tank, why even bring the Nazi element into it at all, it makes no sense?

why not for example have an anime about a group of people who live in a world that has been at war for hundreds of years to the point where technology has devolved and the fighting is now done with primitive weapons. then this group of people in a Gurren Lagann sort of way discover an old working tank, figure out how to use and try to end the war or something. a little change would be nice now and again you know, throw in some memorable characters a few plot twists and some thought provoking episodes and boom you've got a winner, its not rocket science.

this show is just following the same old formula

High school girls+ mecha = Infinite Stratos

High school girls+ flying = Strike Witches

High school girls+ magic = Shugo Chara!

High school girls+ zombies = High school of the dead

High school girls+ Tanks = Girls Und Panzer

and those are just the ones off the top of my head, there's a lot more out there and until people realise this then creativity and originality are as good as dead.

Jul 17, 2012 2:37 PM by OdysseusUlysses

what I was trying to say was that this series is clearly just trying to appeal to people who like watching anime`s with high school girls in them (wank bait) and also to weapon Otaku so that it make as much money as possible by selling crappy merchandise. And they don't care how they do it, they just choose a tank that they thought people would recognise without even considering the moral and ethical choices of showing it as long as they can make as much money as possible while tricking idiots into thinking that this is an original, clever idea when in fact its a morally misguided, mish-mash of ideas that have been done a hundred times before.

My point about the "Girl und Auschwitz" was not that this series was going to be "extolling the virtues of the Final Solution" but rather that if series`s like this keep getting made and making money where will it end? how long before they`ve run out of places to stick high school girls and think " hey you know what would be funny, we take a bunch of high school girls and put them in the Third Reich, we`ll make millions!

I know im exaggerating a little but im not getting pissed off just because they took one tank from world war 2 and that offends me somehow, its how blatantly their just using the image to make money by slapping a bunch of good looking girls next to a tank that people recognise in the hopes fools will watch it.

Jul 17, 2012 11:09 AM by OdysseusUlysses

jmal said:
magic_kaito said:
how dare the creators trivialise such a horrific symbol of destruction and try to cash in on its image. i mean whats next "Girl und Auschwitz", "Girls und Hitler"

Call me crazy but I'm pretty sure this show will not be about extolling the virtues of the Final Solution, nor will it in any way lead to such a thing.

Overreact much?


you don't say... :P

Jul 17, 2012 7:06 AM by Thep

magic_kaito said:
This series looks disgusting. What sick mind came up with the idea of making an anime about high school girls and a panzer 4 tank, a tank that caused so much death and destruction during the second world war. how dare the creators trivialise such a horrific symbol of destruction and try to cash in on its image. i mean whats next "Girl und Auschwitz", "Girls und Hitler"


This is coming from the right mouth I see. You think it's alright to make a anime about highschool girls butchering each other over and over again, but when they take one tank from WWII you freak out... interesting indead

and had it been better taking a Alliance tank? Last time I checked they weren't any better than the Germans

Jul 16, 2012 9:15 PM by Thep

This series looks disgusting. What sick mind came up with the idea of making an anime about high school girls and a panzer 4 tank, a tank that caused so much death and destruction during the second world war. how dare the creators trivialise such a horrific symbol of destruction and try to cash in on its image. i mean whats next "Girl und Auschwitz", "Girls und Hitler"

Jul 16, 2012 8:38 PM by OdysseusUlysses

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