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Japanese Army To Display a Real Tank at a Live Event of Girls und Panzer

by dtshyk
Mar 13, 2013 2:55 AM | 55 Comments
According to the official Twitter account of Oarai Tourist Association, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) will display a Type 74 main battle tank at Oarai Kairaku Festival to be held on March 24th. Oarai City is the model town of Girls und Panzer and the festival features the tank anime. JGSDF Camp Tsuchiura said they could have brought their tank to Oarai Anglerfish Festival held last November if they had known the live event of Girls und Panzer a few months earlier. They tried to bring the newest Type 10 MBT but couldn't due to the concern about possible damages to the expensive tank.

Sources: Oarai Tourist Association official Twitter Account, Niconico News

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dtshyk said:
They tried to bring the newest MBT but couldn't due to the concern about possible damages to the expensive tank


It's a freaking tank. What could possibly happen to it other then sitting in one place for too long?

Apr 23, 2013 5:32 PM by Tracer_Senpai

Check out the tank and other events in the Ooarai Spring Festival featuring Girls und Panzer that took place last weekend. And it is not just otaku there, family and kids were there too.

Mar 27, 2013 7:43 AM by symbv

Kinda Validates Claims that Japan wants to Strengthen its army through Moe Tank anime. XD.

Mar 27, 2013 7:14 AM by shintai88

Mockman said:
Mogami-kun said:
No high school girls operating it for an exhibition drive? I'm quite disappointed.
hpulley said:
Mogami-kun said:
No high school girls operating it for an exhibition drive? I'm quite disappointed.

Jokes aside, it's always nice to see GuP get more publicity.


The Nanayon is too new for senshado anyway, let alone the Hitomaru tanks LOL
The Type 10 does make an appearance in episode 2 as their instructor uses it to demonstrate how to land a tank as well as make an entrance.


If that was the kind of entrance the JDF had planned for the event then I can see why they were worried about damaging it !!! LOL

Mar 27, 2013 6:53 AM by hpulley

Mogami-kun said:
No high school girls operating it for an exhibition drive? I'm quite disappointed.
hpulley said:
Mogami-kun said:
No high school girls operating it for an exhibition drive? I'm quite disappointed.

Jokes aside, it's always nice to see GuP get more publicity.


The Nanayon is too new for senshado anyway, let alone the Hitomaru tanks LOL
The Type 10 does make an appearance in episode 2 as their instructor uses it to demonstrate how to land a tank as well as make an entrance.

Mar 27, 2013 6:31 AM by Mockman

Setsuna200 said:
symbv said:
Military in Japan really love anime. It is well known that you can easily find anime fans in SDF. They played anime music in their public maneuver performance event. They have helicopter that has anime character printed on it:


I think US military should get away from macho stereotype image and start to love anime as well.

That is awesome also I hope it is team 1s tank if it is that would be awesome.


Homuhomuchopper was the first thing to pop up in my head as soon as I read "Real Tank" and "Girls und Panzer".

Mar 15, 2013 12:13 AM by Poorfag-chan

Too gud. These things make me smile.

Mar 14, 2013 11:42 PM by Entravity

Wut.

I should really watch this soon. This anime seems to bring about the craziest shenanigans in the real world.

Mar 14, 2013 8:56 PM by ChronosXIII

symbv said:
Military in Japan really love anime. It is well known that you can easily find anime fans in SDF. They played anime music in their public maneuver performance event. They have helicopter that has anime character printed on it:


I think US military should get away from macho stereotype image and start to love anime as well.

That is awesome also I hope it is team 1s tank if it is that would be awesome.

Mar 14, 2013 3:54 PM by Setsuna200

hahha really? LOL

Mar 14, 2013 10:23 AM by bakatengu

SatelliteCannon said:
I was kinda hoping that whoever brought this Hetzer to E3 2011 would also bring it (or even better: a PzIV, there's gotta be some functional ones around) to the event.

Imagine if they repainted that Hetzer and put Oorai emblems on it and drove it around the event grounds...the crowd would go nuts.
There are some anime conventions they could bring it to if Sentai Filmworks were to promote Girls und Panzer and wanted a tank or two that was used in the series to display.

Mar 14, 2013 7:01 AM by HockeyKamen

A REAL TANK! O_O

Now that's some excellent stuff just for an anime.

Mar 14, 2013 2:01 AM by Meruru_Arls

dtshyk said:
JGSDF Camp Tsuchiura said they could have brought their tank to Oarai Anglerfish Festival held last November if they had known the live event of Girls und Panzer a few months earlier. They tried to bring the newest Type 10 MBT but couldn't due to the concern about possible damages to the expensive tank.
It's funny that a tank that's built for war can't handle the streets of Japan without getting some damage. LOL

Mar 14, 2013 1:05 AM by Iconic

Very cool.

And yeah, I might be a little concerned about the Type-10, too. Especially if you're gonna have people and kids climbing all around the outside of that thing. Since they don't have very many of them and they're very expensive. Since they cost a few million dollars more to build than the M1-Abrams.

Mar 13, 2013 9:42 PM by Akamitsu

IceBurn said:
I want a serious answer not just an opinion. Is GuP a good anime? Objectively speaking.


Hard to say since it depends so much on taste, BUT I have noticed that people who do not like GuP only tip at 10%, tend to beat their dogs, and have halitosis. Those who enjoy it, all seem to have IQ's two standard deviations above the average. Not saying this means anything, or one side is more correct than the other, just stating my observations.

As for a serious answer, if you can get over the concept that learning to operate a tank is a feminine trait on par with naginata, then yes GuP is an excellent animation. Or if you like Saki, then GuP is likewise an excellent animation. Though perhaps excellent is over stating it, but it is certainly one of the most enjoyable animations I have seen in a while.

Mar 13, 2013 9:26 PM by Takuan_Soho

Japan is amazing in so many ways, lol!!

Mar 13, 2013 6:29 PM by Akagatari

I was kinda hoping that whoever brought this Hetzer to E3 2011 would also bring it (or even better: a PzIV, there's gotta be some functional ones around) to the event.

Imagine if they repainted that Hetzer and put Oorai emblems on it and drove it around the event grounds...the crowd would go nuts.

Mar 13, 2013 4:37 PM by SatelliteCannon

Only the amazing country of Japan would do something like this for all their otakus. Wish I could see the tank. It would be so awesome *w*

Mar 13, 2013 4:25 PM by onesnowyday_

vakibo said:
Still waiting on more episodes... and they have their events... yay?


Well, this event is the day before the finale and the next volume comes out that week, still have to stump for the Blu rays right??? Riiiight, this one is selling itself...

Mar 13, 2013 3:44 PM by hpulley

Still waiting on more episodes... and they have their events... yay?

Mar 13, 2013 2:24 PM by vakibo

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