Girls und Panzer Complete TV Series DVD
About Girls und Panzer Complete TV Series DVD
This Girls und Panzer Complete TV Series collection contains episodes 1-12.
You may have heard of kung fu, but the girls at Oarai Academy practice gun-fu - really, really BIG gun-fu, in fact. It's called Tankery, and it's the martial art of operating armored tanks! And even though the Tankery program at Oarai has been defunct for years, the student council has taken a sudden interest in the art and no one they set their sights on is safe.
That's how Miho Nishizumi, who transferred to Oarai specifically to stay out of tanks, gets drafted to join the newly revived Tankery divison. But it's not all bad, because joining her in Team Anglerfish are her new-found friends Saori, the highly receptive radio operator; Hana, a flower arranger turned gunner; Mako, their brilliant but chronically sleepy driver; and combustible tank fangirl and loader Yukari.
They may not be on the half-track to fame and fortune, and maybe some 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.
Special Features: Introductions, Japanese Promos, Japanese TV Spots, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
- Publisher: SENTAI FILMWORKS
- Media: DVD
- Spoken Language: English, Japanese
- Subtitle Language: English
- Genre: Action, Comedy
- Themes: Sports
- Age Rating: 14+
- Run Time: 300
- Release Date: 12/3/2013
- Dimensional Weight: 0.33
- Region Code: 1
Ratings & Reviews
Don't be fooled by it's premise, this is a surprisingly good series.
When I first heard of this series I originally thought oh great a series about high school girls and tanks, another series that will probably be nothing more than an excuse to show high school girls in skimpy swimsuits, etc. Don' t be fooled by its premise, it is actually a good series with a good story line. It is also an anime series that you can let a twelve year old watch and not have to worry about adult situations, cursing, and over the top violence which I have found difficult to find outside of a studio ghibli movie etc. This series is worth watching, but I would suggest that you hold off on getting the oav collection, see why with my review on the oav collection.
Russian song by Pravda going into battle missing even from the sub version. have seen the original and the song missing makes me feel cheated. rest is good.
Charming. Brief, unrealistic, but much more than moe.
After this show was announced and before it started airing, there was considerable fan chat about how it would be just a cookie cutter moe show with a goofy premise. As the show started airing, it easily cleared that preconception. I found Girls und Panzer to be very charming, and found the 'goofy premise' amusing and interesting enough to easily sustain one season.
Given the size of the cast (about 30 girls on a SMALL team) and the duration of the plot, most of the girls are one dimensional characters and many get few, if any, lines. The director plays with this. There's a tank with a crew of six timid, cry-baby first year students. Another tank with a crew of four jocks from the volleyball team. Another tank with a crew of three online otaku. One with a crew of four military history nuts (who do get some significant lines). For most of the cast, treat the individual tanks with their crews as the interesting characters rather than the individual girls.
The director also did some interesting stuff with pacing to keep things exciting and moving rapidly. The show starts with a lengthy flash-forward into what turns out to be episode four. In medias res, indeed. A much dreaded quarter-final tournament battle is resolved by a short scene of enemy tanks smoldering, to let the episode focus on the Oarai team's preparations. Both the semi-final and final battles end in cliff-hanger cuts, the semi-final cutting to the next episode. (This was agonizing during the initial broadcast session, but fortunately just a big tease when you've got the DVD set and the remote in your hand). So the show is certainly not structured as a 4-koma or slice-of-life show, and is not the tedious drawn-out mess that most shonen fighting tournaments turn into.
This is probably a good place to mention that the show had some serious problems during production. I don't know how much this affected the content of the final 12 episodes, but two filler episodes had to be thrown together to fill holes in the broadcast schedule and the final two episodes were broadcast the season after originally scheduled. The fillers are nearly 100% animation reuse, although they do contain some additional background information on cast and environment, especially the 2nd one. The filler episodes are included as extra features on this DVD set, and were originally broadcast between episodes 5&6 and 10&11.
The world of Girls und Panzer is MOSTLY the world we know. The exceptions are pretty significant. The girls schools we see are atop ships. BIG ships that resemble aircraft carriers in general outline, but the smallest school ship we see would utterly dwarf the largest aircraft carrier ever built. This oddity is lampshaded, but not really explained, in episode seven. At the Oarai school, the list of electives includes what you'd expect for a traditional Japanese girls' school: calligraphy, flower arranging, incense, kyuu-do (archery), kendo, aikido, then goes a bit weird with magic and 'ninja' and, of course, tankery aka sensha-do. Other schools have British, American, Italian, German and Russian flavors. Fortunately, their rivalries at sensha-do do not equal the ferocity of the second World War.
There's a plot McGuffin that requires Oarai school to resurrect their 20-year-cancelled tankery program, and Miho Nishizumi is drafted into the program. Unfortunately, she transferred to Oorai specifically because there was no tankery at Oorai, setting up the 1st emotional tension. She's from a leading tankery family and had a professional falling out with her mother, the family leader. This is hinted at and revealed gradually as a 2nd and larger emotional tension. In fact, Miho's behavior as she gets out of bed on the very first morning of school only makes sense when you have that bit of backstory.
Miho is not an especially assertive or aggressive character. But she commands her team, and her tank in particular, like a samurai. There are a couple of tank battles that devolve into street-width maneuvering and point-blank exchanges of cannon fire. I was very strongly reminded of one-on-one sword clashes in classic samurai films. It may not be good real-world tank combat, but it makes fine sensha-do and television!
As a piece of fridge logic (another sign the writers and director have done a good job with the script), Miho's mother says something to the effect of 'To win gloriously, you must sacrifice grandly' while calling Miho on the carpet for being squeamish, a wimp and generally a disgrace to the family. But, firstly, Miho was observing the higher principles of sensa-do, not merely the mechanics of tank battle, in the incident that caused this lecture. In that sense, she won gloriously indeed. Secondly, when Miho commands the Oarai team, by no means does she throw her tanks away, but she does risk (and ultimately sacrifice) her teammates for team victory. This is most prominent in the final battle against Kuromorine, the German-flavor school, whose team is commanded by her elder sister and totally indoctrinated in the Nishizumi family style. Tanks for the irony.
Visually, Girls und Panzer looks very nice. Character designs for the leads are distinctive, many of the background characters blend into a moe-ish mush. And I'm sure that's intentional. The three hall monitors, for example, might as well be triplets. Hair colors are sensible, given each school's flavor and each character's eccentricity. The 3D GCI for the tanks blends into the more conventional animation without jarring. While some tank maneuvers shown are really not possible, there's a pretty convincing sense of mass and interaction with the ground.
Sound is also good. Dialogue is clear, engines rumble, treads squeak (not as much as they do in real-life, though), impacts sound believable. Cannon fire is a muted from real-life, but that's probably for the best. In many scenes, team tanks advance into the field to country-appropriate marches, which lend a definite air of WW II film to several episodes. Due to international copyright issues, a very popular scene of the Russian-flavor Pravda team advancing while singing the WW II war song Katyushka was edited both for online streaming and this DVD set release. On the DVDs, the scene's soundtrack is an instrumental, and I'm not sure what the melody is.
can't stop watching
this anime is one of the best I've seen in a long time. It is now one of my all time fav's. I'ed recommend this one to anyone it will be a must for any one like 'summer wars'.
Epic, and extremely well directed
by Snotty Brat -
Miho transfers to a school without a tankery team, after a falling-out with her family, whom are famous for Tankary. Upon entering her new school, she is coerced by the student council to join their recently resurrected tankery team. The story continues as the new team enters an elimination-style tankery tournament.
Although many of the things they do in the tanks cannot really be done, the battles are nonetheless exciting and well-balanced. The story focuses on Miho and her newly acquired friends, specifically the hardships they encounter in joining the tankery team and helping one another. One of the greatest things about the writing is that there is no “forced” love interest that writers typically place in female dominated shows. I truly loved this anime and hope they one day create a sequel.
Better than expected
Better than expected i don't really like moe shows but this one is the exception great dub and them tank battles.
by Jonathan -
Got this as a 5 buck deal and it's why I love this site. I haven't gotten around to watching the show yet, but it's from sentai, and I like a lot of the stuff they do. I look forward to watching this show.
Great deal when on sale
by Tony -
Goes on sale for about 5$ every so often. Definitely worth it during those sales.
A Fantastic Series
by Matthew -
I will admit, when I first began watching Girls und Panzer, knowing almost nothing about it, I was expecting an only okay series with moé characters and not much else. What I got, however, was much more than that, and I'm so glad that it was.
Girls und Panzer is a sports anime, except the sport in this case is tank battling. There is a large cast of characters, but the main cast are all given ample screen time as you see them working together in their tanks. By the second episode the series had me hooked with its awesome blend of comedy and action.
The visuals of the series are great. Because they used CG to animate the tanks (which works perfectly and is probably the best CG use I've seen in anime yet) they were able to ramp up the quality of the character animations, giving them an impressive amount of movement.
As is the norm for Rightstuf my DVD arrived in perfect condition with plenty of packaging protecting it, so A+ there as well.
Tanks and waifus - what more could a guy ask for?
by Levi -
Fun show. The characters are all loveable, designs are nice, and the tank battles are entertaining. Unlike other "cute girls doing cute things" shows it's not insipid, tedious or full of pointless fanservice. And unlike other shows I've in the military subgenre of CGDCT it's actually entertaining.
I will say that as a fan of most dubs, this dub is subpar and not worth watching. Stick with subs.
[waiting for movie to be released in NA intensifies]
Cute girls doing cute things + tanks (but with actual plot)
by Don -
One of my favorite anime series. Girls und Panzer is a fun anime that centers a group of high school girls who participate in the team sport of Sensha-do (tank tag essentially). Unlike many themed anime out there, this one actually focuses heavily on its theme and balances the moe with the plot. Tank fights, history lessons, and much more!
Not worth full price (~$45), but definitely worth grabbing during its relatively frequent sales
by Phenomanan -
A fun, lighthearted show that was surprisingly good to watch even with friends who never watched much anime. I definitely would not pay full price for this, but I have seen it go as low as $5 frequently. Most likely it will go on sale again (unless it is finally sold out by the time you are reading this!) so grab it then, or else just stream it. If you are expecting a good story or lots of action, skip it. This show relies pretty much 100% on the premise itself.
Note: As others have pointed out, there is a missing song (Katyusha) in this version that really should not have been left out, but unfortunately was due to copyrighting issues. It isn't too big of a deal, because the replacement song (Tetris theme) is still pretty catchy, but I would recommend finding the original scene online if you buy this.
Good family-friendly anime
by Andy K -
I'm not generally a fan of moe shows but Girls Und Panzer is very well done. The tanks good great and the tank battles are well staged. The dub is good and the characters are pleasant, though a bit one-dimensional. Despite the "battles", this is also a very family friendly show with lots of action but no real violence. Tanks lose battles by being damaged until a surrender flag pops out of the top hatch, but the occupants inside never come to any real harm. I'm happy to have added this show to my anime collection.
This actually works, I kid you not!
by Joseph A -
I bet you were like me when you saw the description of the series.
Girls riding in tanks. Tank prowess being a sign of the ultimate woman.
Yeah, my first reaction was
"What are they smoking and where can I get some?"
That being said, its a surprisingly addictive slice of life.
Take these girls and have them talk about baseball, music (a la K-On) or kendo, and it would still be the same basic premise; a bunch of girls who took on an activity that was not really considered particularly girls only, and making it their own while forming friendships and being enthusiastic along the way.
Don't think that the series is unaware of its own crazy plot ideas. They troll the tropes that are unavoidable in a show like this, while still using them surprisingly well.
It is not a show I would have picked up without a discount code, but at the same time I am glad I did
Fun to watch, again und again.
I thought the dub was well done. I find it much easier to tell who is speaking than the original Japanese. I enjoyed this series so much, I've rewatched it many times and discovered subtle details showing the improving skills of the characters as well as some foreshadowing. It can be confusing where the battles occur (on real land, not on the ships) and the actual nationality of different schools (apparently they're all Japanese simply emulating the country they represent?), but don't let reality interfere with what is really a fun fantasy.
Speaking of real vs. fantasy; while the GuP tanks are capable of some unbelievable feats, most WWII tanks were able to travel up to ~24 mph on flat surfaces, so the speeds you see in this anime are actually realistic.
Also, the battle against the Italian team has been produced (think of it as episode 7.5) and a full movie sequel called "Girls und Panzer der Film".
One of my favorites.
by JK -
It's cute, funny and full of over the top, treadhead action. The only negative is the removal, and awkwardly replacement of, the Pravda girls rendition of Katyusha. That can be found online so you aren't losing much, I'm still very happy with this collection.
One of my favorite anime. Who doesn't like girls operating tanks. Great story. Amazing historical tank detail.
ANCHORS AWAY AND ROLL OUT THE TANKS!
by AFB -
What is better than an anime about a High school Girls? High school girls driving heavily armoured Tanks and competing with other schools! I was in Japan when the Girls Und Panzer craze began and I thought to myself I couldn't wait to see what all the fuss was all about. Turns out it was a pretty fun show. It has the right of amount of Tank battles, slice-of-life, and moe to keep a wide range of anime lovers interested in the show and who doesn't like a well-rounded show. Anyway, the DVDs worked perfectly and I can't say I regret getting this show and I look forward to seeing the movie next.
Cute Girls in Tanks
by Christopher -
The main premise of the show is do you like cute girls nerding out over tanks. Take the role of young men excited about sports and invert some gender expectations and you get Girls und Panzer. It follows the same arc of a sports team needing to be assembled and win a tournament in order to save their school, but with tanks! It does execute on any one idea very well, but does cover character growth, good character interactions, team building, and some tension from the tank matches.
If you like the premise of impossible plays and cute girls, then the series will be an easy buy. If you want more military tactics or drama, choose something else. I think we all know your choice because of why you clicked on the title.