Archives for : Girls und Panzer

Girls und Panzer der Film (anime review)

review provided by Katie and Andrew

Title: Girls und Panzer der Film Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Director: Tsutomu Mizushima

Studio: Actas

Author: Reiko Yoshida

U.S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U.S. Release Date: May 16, 2017

Format and Length: Blu-ray/DVD Combo / 120 minutes

Genre: Action, Comedy, Military, School

Industry Age Rating: 14 and up

Overall Personal Rating: B+

Similar Series or Titles to Check Out: Girls und Panzer Complete TV Series, Girls und Panzer Complete OVA Collection, Girls und Panzer This is the Real Anzio Battle

Panzer Vor!


In Girls und Panzer der Film, when the Ministry of Education goes back on its 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 are 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 is 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” does not necessarily mean you are having a great time, as the Ooarai team puts everything on the line!


The Oorai tank crew had to learn a hard lesson at the beginning of Girls und Panzer der Film. They learned that a verbal agreement means nothing because the Ministry of Education does not honor them, but thanks to some very helpful people they are able to get the Ministry of Education to agree to let them fight one more battle to save their school. Basically, it is the TV series all over again but in much less time, with better tank battles and new tanks to show off. I would recommend watching the TV series first because it explains everything that is going on and you will understand why girls are driving tanks that are actually shooting actual artillery and why no one gets seriously injured. It would also be a good idea, because the characters are already developed, and very little further development happens in Girls und Panzer der Film, save for a couple of scenes. The tank battles, always unique, and interesting because of the tactics used, tended towards the end to be over the top, but I think that is what they were going for. And they did do a good job of taking it over the top, and back again. Another thing over the top was the sound. If at all possible save this for a surround sound system with good speakers and bass. They did a great job getting the theater sound into it well mixed. If you do not like loud cannon fire, or explosions, turn it down, as they put a lot of emphasis on good sound quality. The other thing is the CG work. Moving tanks with heavy detail, hand signals, and general quick scenery changes can be challenging for even the most experienced production company to get right. They got this one right. The CG is so well mixed, if you did not know what to look for you would miss it. They did a great job with the animation in general. If you are a fan to the series, or a new comer that just wants to see cute girls driving tanks, this will be one for you.


Girls und Panzer der Film includes Girls und Panzer in (about) 3 minutes, clean opening and closing animations, and Sentai Filmworks trailers as special features. This film was released with both English and Japanese with English subtitles as language options.

Overall Grade: B+

Girls und Panzer: The Complete OVA Series

Girls und Panzer: The Complete OVA SeriesTitle: Girls und Panzer: The Complete OVA Series

Director: Tsutomu Mizushima

Studio: Acras

Author: Reiko Yoshida

U.S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks / Section 23

U.S. Release Date: February 25, 2014

Format and Length: Blu-ray / 6 Episodes / 74 Minutes

Genre:  Action, Comedy, School, Military

Industry Age Rating: 14 and up

Overall Personal Rating: D

Similar Series or Titles to Check Out: Girls und Panzer: The Complete Series



The girls in tanks are back, in six special episodes. And whether they are shopping, or partying, they bring their own special way of doing things to the task they plan to accomplish.  Including a water war, survival war, school ship war, snow war, banquet war, and talent war, as never fought before.



I absolutely loved Girls Und Panzer, and was very happy to hear that more was on the way. I was practically drooling in anticipation. That dried up rather quickly. The Girls Und Panzer OVAs are quite different from the actual series. In essence there are a lot less tanks, war games, battling, or strategy. Okay, there was nothing at all like that, but there were a lot more swimsuits, beaches, bathing, hot springs, camping, eating, and a talent show. The first thing you will notice is that fan service is way up from the little to none found in the original series. They started off with the cliché beach episode as the first one, so it quickly set the tone for what was to come. The second thing you notice is how quickly the episodes go by. With six episodes in 75 minutes you can only average twelve and a half minutes per episode. That time does include the opening and ending animations which remain unchanged. Well maybe a little shortened. The couple long episodes take 15 to 17 minutes and one was a quick as 5 minutes. Episode 4 was only 5 minutes and consisted of the opening, a quick goose fish dance with the entire main cast, in the weird costumes you will remember from the original series when they lost a bet, and then a quick closing and credits. I swore the credits took longer than the actual episode.


The only two episodes that really related to the original story was the recap of what Yukari and Erwin did when they left camp to spy on Pravda School forces in the original series, which was not covered then. I actually found that quite interesting and to be a meaningful addition to the original story line. They also had scenes with the Pravda girls and expanded a little on what I thought was the most interesting school other than of course Oorai High School. And they also included an episode that revolved around the celebration of their final victory in the original series, which included a feast and a talent show that made me chuckle a little.


Unfortunately that was about it and I found it sadly disappointing that they failed to expand on the original story line any more. They did use the time to expand the other characters besides Miho Nishizumi a little, but fell well short of adding anything meaningful. In the end I thought it left much to be desired. Everything they did fell short of expectation, and “a little” was all I got from it, which as you saw was mentioned more than once above. Ultimately, Girls und Panzer: The Complete OVA Series felt more like is should have been included in the original as a special feature, instead of being a separate release.



Girls und Panzer: The Complete OVA Series includes clean opening and closing animations, Sentai Filmworks trailers, and DVD Credits as special features.


Overall Grade: D

If you really wanted to see the girls in bathing suits, partying, and doing nothing at all related to tanks and war games, this one is for you.