They are by far the best anime! We counts down the best anime to come out all the time, including the likes of Girls & Panzer Movie: 3-pun Chotto de Wakaru!! Girls & Panzer, eX-Driver the Movie, Girls & Panzer: Saishuushou Part 3, and more!
8: Girls & Panzer Movie: 3-pun Chotto de Wakaru!! Girls & Panzer
Japanese: ガールズ&パンツァー 劇場版 3分ちょっとでわかる!! ガールズ&パンツァー
MAL Score: 6.51
A 3-minute intro screened in theaters at the start of the movie. It recaps the TV series to give viewers some context before watching the film.
7: eX-Driver the Movie
Japanese: エクスドライバー the Movie
MAL Score: 6.61
After winning domestic preliminary round, Lisa, Lorna, and Soichi advance to ex-Driver world race competition held in Los Angeles as representative team from Japan. Like a bad omen, they encountered a reckless AI car the first night they arrived at Los Angeles. Although they successfully stopped the car, the local police department is not very happy about that and insists to examine their car overnight.
However, the problem did not stop just there. The daughter of the United States team`s sponsor, Angela, has gone missing. Lorna realized that Angela was on the reckless AI car before. Soichi who guessed that Angel could be in danger then start looking for her. But Soichi got captured by a mysterious man, and he shocked to find Angela is also there.
During the confinement inside a warehouse, Soichi finds out that apparently there is a connection between the series of incident and illegal gambling on the ex-Driver world race competition. Now Soichi must escape from the warehouse with Angela…
The movie follows the three leads from the series as they enter and win a domestic preliminary round and advance to the eX-Driver world race competition held in Los Angeles as a representative team from Japan. Not long after arriving in LA, an AI car goes haywire, setting off a chain of events that leads out main trio into a conspiracy involving the race competition and some of the people involved with it.
If my reaction to the series was lukewarm at best, the movie doesn’t do much to change that. We don’t even get to see that many differences between how Japan and America deal with how they handle their AI cars, which would have made for some good world building and could have been a neat culture shock for the three main characters, and would have made the movie stand out more by giving it some personality.
Like I mentioned earlier, the animation is a step up from the series, but unfortunately it still has some of the early 2000s CGI used for the cars. To be fair, it’s not the worst CGI that I’ve seen from the era, and is a bit better than the series, but it might turn some people off who aren’t use to seeing older CGI.
But that’s not all, because on the same day that the movie was released, a short called “eX-Driver: Nina & Rei – Danger Zone”, which was featured as a bonus on the same DVD as the movie, and is a prequel to the series featuring two minor characters, who are the top eX-Driver team.
I’m going to include this as part of my review for the movie because I still want to talk about it, but I don’t think I can justify a whole review for it, especially since it’s only 24 minutes long, and doing a stand alone review with a minimum character/word limit would be stretching it out to the breaking point.
The plot focuses on a mysterious mini-AI car that terrorizes the city, and it’s up to Nina and Rei to stop it, all while having to deal with something or someone from the eX-Driver’s past.
Out of the entire series, this is the most entertaining entry. The whole thing felt like an homage to an 80s or 90s buddy cop action movie, with the angry police chief cliche and everything. The villain for this special was also pretty fun, and I’m not going to spoil it.
This OVA wasn’t anything special, but compared to the rest of the series, it at least feels like there was an attempt made to make something at least fun, even if it ended up being to late into the series for someone to care about it outside of the dedicated fans or people who like to check out everything.
If anything, you could probably watch this without knowing anything about the rest of the series, and you would have to only spend 24 minutes at most to watch it.
I found the art style a bit lackluster and a little outdated i n the series, but the movie seems to be a bit more on par for the era in which it was released. The inconsistencies in the series’ art is largely gone and the movie is much cleaner in both action and non-action scenes.
The sound remains truly stellar. The cars sound proper, that is to say a Europa sounds like a Europa and different from the Stratos. When the car shifts, the sounds changes properly and the voice acting (English dub) is better than many, even it’s predecessor.
While there wasn’t enough time to fully develop the story line and characters out in the series, the movie shows us what a longer show might have treated us to. The story line is not stellar by any means, but it was quite enjoyable. Whereas the original series felt like the action got old quick, the movie presented new challenges and situation. The plot was also decent and felt a bit more cohesive.
The same thing happens with the characters. With Lorna, Lisa and Sōichi now a known quantity, the movie shines a bit more in displaying their relationship as a team. It is now fully clear that Sōichi and Lisa are attracted to each other and as I suggested in my review of the series, they are able to use that budding love interest to lead to some fun interactions between them and other characters. It made for a much more enjoyable character set.
Even the characters outside the main three are better thought out and developed in the movie, which overall raises the score.
The most frustrating part of this series is its premature end. Worth a watch, especially if you like cars. If you were disappointed by potential in the series that was not fully realized, it is all a little bit more polished in the movie. It makes me little bit sad that there never got to be a longer run of this concept.
6: Girls & Panzer: Saishuushou Part 3
English: Girls und Panzer das Finale – Part 3
Japanese: 『ガールズ＆パンツァー 最終章』第3話
MAL Score: 7.19
The third film in the six-part Girls & Panzer: Saishuushou film series.
Far better than Das Finale Part 1 and 2!
The story continues with Chihatan vs Oarai.
But we also get to see the other schools battle it out.
Kuromorimine vs Pravda, Keizoku vs Sanders, and Gloriana vs Anzio.
It’s pretty obvious who is gonna win but SPOILERS (stop reading if you don’t wanna be spoiled)
Ok, so obviously Oarai wins because they are the main characters, but the match was really close. In fact, Oarai loses more tanks than Chihatan and almost loses. The long chase scenes inside the tropical forest was amazing. I got a lot of WW2 Pacific vibes.
Gloriana beats Anzio (obviously)
Kuromorimine defeats Pravda because Das Finale is as much about Erika learning to command her forces in the absence of her beloved senpai, as it is about Miho trying to get her senpai into university. Erika learns to stop trying to imitate Maho, and find her own identity and tactics. It’s obvious Erika is gonna beat Gloriana and be the final boss battle character of Das Finale.
Keizoku defeats Sanders, because the plot demands so. Das Finale is about Oarai fighting schools they previously haven’t, so this was also obvious. However, the way in which they won was a pleasant surprise. Apparently they have a character based on the “White Death” who can snipe using tanks from really long range.
Das Finale ep 3 ends with Oarai vs Keizoku, and Miho’s tank being taken out by this new sniper character.
Overall I really enjoyed Das Finale 3. I think it was far better than 1 or 2. It was really surprising to see Miho’s tank taken out twice in the same episode.
5: Kowarekake no Orgel (Movie)
MAL Score: 7.31
In 2039, helper androids are widespread as general purpose electronics.
Keiichiro lost his family in a traffic accident and retired from his band. One day, he finds an old model android in a garbage dump. He takes her home but after taking her to a repair shop he was told she couldn’t be repaired so he planned to throw her away, but the next day he finds her making breakfast for him. Thus begin the summer days of a memoryless android and a dreamless boy.
Kowarekake no Orgel was originally an independent animation released as an OVA. Later on it received a theatrical release that is a bit different and longer than the original.
This movie revolves around Keiichiro, a young man who has lost his family and his passion for music, and Flower, an outdated, clumsy helper-android with a bad memory. The two meet at a garbage site, where Keiichiro finds himself unable to leave her behind, despite the fact that someone has obviously thrown her away. From there, the story broadcasts their day-to-day lives as the bond between these two lonesome individuals develops into a beautiful friendship.
Being that it is so short on time, it really is straightforward and to the point, you aren’t really given any information that you don’t need. Some characters are introduced, but never really developed, so because of that it may seem lacking from time to time. But overall this movie is a good one, and definitely worth the thirty minutes it takes to watch.
Very emotional piece of work here by POP, a titan among men of character designers. If you like having your heart tugged on this will accomplish that and quite efficiently at just a half hour length. Flower is super cute and makes me envy the man of tomorrow, for we are a long way off from having our own little moe machines running around. Little anime, big impact! No reason not to give it a shot. If you’re anything like me it will stick with you for a long time.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of a man whom had lost his family. Depressed, Miserable and Pitiful. He spends his life carelessly without moving forward. But one day, an event transpired which changed his life forever. He met a loli robot. One which has already died, but he brought it in anyways and tried to fix it. Regrettably, Nobody could fix it so he decided to give up. However, during the night he gave up, the robot came back to life and cooks him omelette rice in the morning. That is where the story of the robot loli and the man begins.
[ MAJOR SPOILER ] The robot loli dies at the end and became the man’s jukebox ( don’t know if that’s what they call em’ ).
Kowarekake no Orgel (Movie) is only a 30 minutes movie. So it highly lacks development and things feels fast-paced. However, the sentiments I got from the movie was more than enough. In fact, I was quite impressed that a 30 minutes movie could make me feel so many ways.
This movie is similar to Eve No Jikan but it focuses more on a single relationship rather than general humankind and robots. I still can’t fully accept the fact that this movie was awfully short. But since it was awesome, I’d probably let it slide.
The ending was very unexpected and quite dark. 😉
Recommended to those who are bored and just wants some quick entertainment.
4: Princess Principal: Crown Handler Movie 1
English: Princess Principal Crown Handler
Japanese: プリンセス プリンシパル Crown Handler
MAL Score: 7.54
The film is set in London at the end of the 19th century and after the attempted assassination of the Imperial princess in the television anime. The Empire is increasing counter-spy actions in the wake of the incident, and finds Control, the Commonwealth group in charge of covert operations against the Empire, at unease and suspecting its spy within the royal family as a double agent. Control assigns their spy ring Dove with a new mission to extract a secondhand bookstore owner and deliver him to Commonwealth hands. Ange, Dorothy, and Chise successfully spring the bookstore owner from an Imperial prison. Control also assigns Dove to make contact with Bishop, their spy within the royal family, to ascertain their loyalties.
The story seems to involve another regular mission for the commonwealth spies, they are attempting to stop a major disaster from occurring and give their side an edge again. Nothing about the plot is particularly deep but its executed decently enough, don’t have any complaints, the character growth in the first movie isn’t really there but it is just the first movie and it should get better later on.
Visuals and soundtrack were the strong suits of the first season and this movie continues to deliver, from an aesthetic and catchy opening to a very detailed steampunk world, Crown Handlers continues to build on what the original series gave us. Characters, as expected, looked cute and attractive, while the fights were fluidly animated and chisato’s swordplay is an impress as ever, though not to the level of the train scene in the original season.
Character wise, it’s the same adorable cast, nothing particularly new with them or any notable growth, but its great getting to see them again and they certainly felt done right similar to the first season with no significant out of character behavior or decline in quality.
In short, this movie is worth watching if you liked the first princess principal and want to see more of their world and watch the other movies in the future. As it’s the first movie and nothing to notable occurred, I will have to give it a lower rating than the first season at an 8, but its still a good watch if you enjoyed this series.
Now, if you’re reading this I’m assuming it’s because you want to know if the movie is worth watching and the answer is, it depends.
Now since I don’t know what you particularly liked/disliked from the anime I’ll just tell you what I liked and disliked about the film.
Things I liked:
+ Same epic, steampunk, espionage action from the anime
+ The soundtrack (I relistened to LIES & TIES like 8 times now)
+ Some of the expressions in certain scenes are priceless
+ The art is just as good if not better than the anime (Definitely making some wallpapers out of a couple scenes)
Things I disliked:
– It’s kinda short at almost an hour long
– Nothing TOO exciting happens. There were moments that had me on edge for sure but, the threats just didn’t feel that threatening to me
Random note: Ange does have a different voice actor if anyone feels like she sounds off.
Overall, if you liked the anime, you’ll probably enjoy this movie… but not as much as the anime. It’s only an hour so you don’t have much to lose by watching it.
Maybe my expectations were higher since the release was delayed due to the pandemic, making a long wait even longer, but they did a pretty great job all things considered.
The answer to all of these is “No”. But it’s still a pretty fun CGDCT show.
It’s effectively the first two episodes of a hypothetical season 2 to Pripri, with relatively low stakes and a simple enough thread to follow through the however many years this film series will take.
Plotwise it’s pretty basic, but I’m a sucker for Twin Switches in plots and Part 1 certainly utilizes this aspect more than the original series did. It’s nice to see the main cast back in action, though Beato was surprisingly absent for most of the runtime. The few action sequences in this were fun and accompanied by the same-ish score from Kajiura from S1. The shift to a feature length production doesn’t result in necessarily better animated or directed action sequences compared to S1, but they’re still fine.
So long as you temper your expectations and come into this knowing it’s the first two episodes of a CGDCT series and not a spy thriller, you’ll enjoy the film. It remains to be seen whether the rest of the film series will live up to the foreshadowing and the expectations set by part 1.
And let’s hope it’s a one/more films per year kind of deal and not a GuP-style one film per two years kind of thing.
3: Girls & Panzer: Saishuushou Part 1
English: Girls und Panzer das Finale – Part 1
Japanese: 『ガールズ＆パンツァー 最終章』第1話
MAL Score: 7.95
Rumor has it that Momo Kawashima, former student council member at Ooarai Girls Academy, is bound to repeat a year. Having failed her university entry exams, she is far from spending another year at Ooarai, but her plight is unenviable nevertheless.
The only way for her to gain admission into a university is to be granted an athletic scholarship. With the Winter Continuous Track Cup rapidly approaching, Momo becomes the commander of Ooarai’s tankery team, so as to demonstrate her sport skills and wipe away the stain on her honor.
Their first opponent—French-themed BC Freedom High School—is split into two factions that are constantly at odds with each other. Despite this seemingly fortuitous match against a disorganized rival, Ooarai might soon find itself taking one step too far.
Momo is the center of this story. No save the school this time.
First off from the start of a new opening sequence it’s quite clear that this 6 part movie is meant to be the new 12 episode second season. With a new season comes with new characters and new tanks and new tounament, but let’s save that for later. That being said the movie indeed felt like a two parter episode. The production values are not as grand as “Der Film” but it’s still very good. Besides the somewhat noticeable 3D Miho in the opening prologue the CGI used in the film is still quite impressive, especially showing the vast pastoral landscape of quasi-French rural area.
The movie is truly enjoyable. Every minute is so fun to watch that time passes very quickly. The movie is much better than the battle with Anzio. We can see that Marie is a more crafty person than what the previews would led us to believe and BC team are a much more formidable team.
It’s a sheer enjoyment to watch. Everything clicks with the pacing, the funny rapporteur with the characters, the ever expansive world building and the great setup of things to come. But, then it became a big disappointment. I’ll state why on the spoilers in the Forum, but I was disappointed at the end and it’s got nothing to do with the quality of the film. No, the film is stellar. The makers haven’t lost their touch in delivering a great story nor did they lost their creative juices in this. The characters are quite refreshing to see again, along with their usual antics.The film is pack with gimmicks, tricks and homages to other films but one doesn’t get to feeling that it’s forced or contrived. Yukari’s clandestine filming of the rival BC team is hilarious. The new characters are a good addition to the cast, as well as a good foil to the bubbly cuties of the Rabbit team. The ED sequence “Enter enter mission!” is even sung with a naval tune to go with the new characters personas.
Yes, I was disappointed with the movie for different reasons but I also enjoyed it so much that I watched it thrice. Maybe it’s my GuP fan partiality, but I really really really… can’t wait for movie 2.
Since, the BD/Dvd is out for while now I can finally say why I’m disappointed in the film, it’s because of the Cliffhanger at the end.
When I came out of the theater I can see in everyone’s silent faces what they’re thinking when the sad reality dawn on them “That is such a good and enjoyable movie!!! but damn, it’ll be probably be months or even a year we get to see how they beat BC Freedom in part 2.”
Sadly, still no word on Movie 2.:(
This column review here, include to all of that videos (2 movies and 1 special). Im surprised when i search at MAL how unpopular this movies compare to the previous flagship franchise. Such as GuP 2012, its special videos or else. I must be wrong when i dont have any valid reason to conclude that negative statement. But, yeah, i must restate it again. At some point, i think i will do a rephrase some of my word here by separate section toward diffirent movie and OVA, later. But, with a long-thinker, i wanna keep this as simple as possible. While waiting another part that surely come out at a future year, this review will give me a remind, at how good this whole series (not include the previous one) are. Surely made another summary at last part, for general conclusion at all. But for now, as my last purpose, simple review over 3 videos here just enough reminder for my miserable destiny ahead.
Summary review over 3 videos of GuP:
Part to the whole story. Reasoning: generic explanation, no detail reveal, minor spoiler may come from out of nowhere.
Here are my special anime ever found before. Yet, the character seem pretty cute, tho, which is why i really like this from the very first beginning. The concept of the video is new for me. Quite interesting animation toward some motion. CGI really good with some improve detail occur. With the story progression somehow being the best at its genre. A battle royale, with the main idea including some illogical thought. Like the school above carrier. Even the school come to be the palace will be mindblowing for some people. Well, i leave aside that minor detail. What im telling here is how great concept they used upon the battle.
Best idea, i feel nostalgic with the game they play at some scene (a battle tank mode in game, which is really old one. You know it? Aw, really had a nice mood when i see it come out there). Yes, some plot come so smooth. Like a water flow, this movie as same as my masterpiece movie i ever watch before. This even get my attention too high above any movie i list. Seriously, no other word cant even tell how good this movie is. And i even watch another series, yet. If yes, i may put this beyond top of my top list anime!
The development with every cute character seems a bit of rushed. i dont feel too good, with that. And i think, the problem appear as i dont much watch at a previous one, which is make me feel frustated. Ah, no problem, 9 would be a good start upon this franchise. I gonna make a great deal with the whole video in the next couple of month, if i can get the resource material. Just wait it man, wait it happen.
Art, music, voice action:
In this section, my judgement may come to the biased one. Because i dont really had a good expertise upon the 3 detail. So what i wanna tell here, is beyond my enjoyment. Purely judge by my mind, and step aside a pro review about that. Here is my list about the 3 of them:
Art – > 9. Yeah, i like the style of the drawing in this movie. Yet, the character look so cute.
Music – > unexpected quite annoying. I dont really like a french lyric, so yeah, 8 must be enough of that.
VA sound: nice, and the actor really make a good job over their characteristic. Maybe some of the sound blurred over abnormal music-effect of battle. But, its okay, i understand it a bit, while trying my best to adapt some conversation with replaying some scene. Yeah, a bit too fast, but still, this is some battle action movie, so its normal to had such a voice like that. So 8 will do good review at this.
Since the whole animation completely above rate, even some scene surely amazed me so well. While the character, and some of the detail art so cute, i enjoy this movie (with other part) so much. I give this 10 for enjoyment. No other hard feeling by me.
Overall this movie so good. Which is make me put 10. However, as expected as before. I cant do that because i really need to study to the whole story with better understanding. I feel lost with the concept first, so the 9 points sure great this franchise at my list. Yes, this is my favourite. Even, its still unfinished, but i have a hunch that this is the cutest movie action i ever watch.
It’s been said before: “Great shows leave you wanting more, terrible shows leave you demanding a refund for the time it wasted.” Dammit, I want more. I should’ve heeded advice I heard long ago: “Don’t watch an OVA until all the episodes are out.”
For those of you unfamiliar with Girls und Panzer (GuP), a few things to keep in mind:
– The entire show is like a long sketch comedy skit, and the first episode of this finale series is no different.
– If you want to enjoy the show, don’t take anything but the friendships seriously. There’s nothing realistic about the tanks, and the cultural references are mostly jokes.
– Seriously, watch the whole series, movie, and bonus OVA. If you love a good laugh, you’ll love this franchise.
This series is something of a cult hit/classic, even though series 1 hit a production snag that caused it to take a month or so of hiatus. I wasn’t bothered by that, because I only started watching a few years after it aired. Holy cow, this anime is hilarious.
So naturally fans wanted more. A movie and OVA were announced during a live show, and there was much rejoicing (yay). But even after an absurdly ridiculous and over-the-top movie, fans still wanted more. OK, said the production staff, we’ll do more. But this is the last time! Kinda like Strike Witches but with skirts.
Episode 1 feels like a movie all on its own (in fact it feels like the recent Nanoha movie), the action and story feel “meaty” for lack of a better term, the new tank and team had me in stitches (especially when the show poked fun at Army vs Navy rivalry– and I was sure they would go for the TOG II, but this new tank will do just as well, since it was designed for a similar role), and the new rival team is also hilarious. Watching a blonde aristocrat munching cake with glee is one of my favorite scenes in the show.
The soundtrack for the OVA is expanded even further from the movie, and I love the new tracks that make use of the horns and drums; one of them is kind of like a team of ballerinas doing a quick march in army boots. The Shark Team is the only team to get a theme song/tune (sung by Madoka Yonezawa, who has a great singing voice), and the orchestral version soars while they save the day. Give the composer a raise. The OP is fantastic, especially with that animation. Wow. You wouldn’t think the gal who sang the Anglerfish Dance would come up with that, but she’s got skills. And an orchestral Enter Enter Mission? … OK, I could dig that.
Finally, since the new team is French themed, there’s no better army song than La Chanson de L’Oignon, or “The Song of the Onion.” Yes, really. One of the most beloved marches in the French military is a song about onions fried in oil, and how they’re going to keep the Austrian dogs from having some (must be a Marie Antoinette reference). Yes, really, I kid you not. The girls are driving tanks while (obliquely) singing about onion rings.
If that doesn’t make you laugh, I’m sure there’s a highly artistic French film out there you’ll enjoy.
2: Girls & Panzer: Saishuushou Part 2
English: Girls und Panzer das Finale – Part 2
Japanese: 『ガールズ＆パンツァー 最終章』第2話
MAL Score: 8.05
The second film in the six-part Girls & Panzer: Saishuushou film series. Oorai team wins against the BC Academy team and moves onto the next round where they find themselves up against Chi-Ha Tan Academy. However, the Japanese-style school has changed up their strategy. How will Oorai react to this?
The second film is more action heavy than the first, having 2 matches in one film with short glimpses of the other school teams matches against other school team. Some of them needs to be fully introduced. Like the Koala team with their khaki Outback uniform makes me wonder if they really listen to that silent Koala as their team captain. With Spain big-breasted team versus team Saunder’s, it’s Kay’s killer thigh’s the winner. They haven’t shown any character from team Viking, which is a shame. I only saw one character from the Polish team.
Both of main matches deals with aspect of being lost in a maze and the team that can use their surroundigs to their advantage is the winner. Even with fast rushing action and dizzying surroundings one doesn’t feel confused of the narrative and can easily catch the storyline, a sign of good directing and filmaking.
I like how in both BC freedom and the Chihatan match we are more focused on the opponents characters, not Oorai. We follow through BC and Chihatan as they go about their plan. We see the battle in their eyes more so than from the Oorai girls. It’s quite refreshing as we get to know more of these characters than the main team, who we are now quite familiar now.
We see more that Marie is the glue that keep peace with the two opposing factions of BC freedom. Her acrobatic skills are nothing to sneeze at.
Sadly, Shark team did’nt do to well in this episode. It shows their lack experience, much like Anteater team was in final episodes of the TV. Hopefully they would do well in the next movie. The MVP of the match today is Sodoko’s Mallards, they’re the first one to notice the ambush in the first movie and now they sow havok in the second film. They we’re able to save team Hippo too in the second match.
Chihatan learns quite quickly from Oorai, thanks to Fukuda keeping airheaded Nishi and hot-headed other girls in check. It’s always funny how they always try to do outdated WW1 tactics but still willing to try out the new “cowardly” modern tactics of tankery, but giving it a more “honorable” spin.
Again, a very enjoyable and exciting movie. Worth the long wait, if Actas can keep up the quality, all is right with world. Though being expeditious would be much appreciated.
Continuing exactly from where part 1 left off we have another fantastic part to the existing show. Part 2 continues the fight against the BC Freedom High School and shows us how other schools are doing and finishes with the first half of the fight against the Chi-Ha-Tan Academy team.
The part where it shows the other teams performing is very nice and I am glad to see Anzio Girls High School doing well and also a funny shot of their usual food parties aftermath. Anchovy my favourite is always good to see.
The art used in the show is excellent and perfectly suited to the format of the show. The girls are all very cute in this Cute Girls do Tankery show.
The Soundtrack is excellent as expected. The battle sounds are great and the voices are perfectly suited.
Character development is already very set for the main cast but they do continue to reveal more. The other two schools shown as the main opponents this time have a really nice development. Marie is a very cute character and the girls are all unique. I love the historical figure relations many have. The Shark team are a great addition as seen from part 1.
Overall part 2 is very enjoyable and this is an absolute must-watch along with the entirety of the content available.
Almost a year has past since the second part of Girls & Panzer: Saishuushou aired in Japan, finally I can get a hold of it. Coming in with high expectation, fortunately, Des Finale didn’t disappoint. In the span of nearly an hour, it presented a very fast pace with 2 tank games picking up right where it left off. The battles with BC and Chihatan also shows some of the most masterful tactic I’ve seen in the anime. Along with the interaction between the characters as funny as ever, it manages to capture my attention till the last minute.
If you have followed through the Girl and Panzer franchise til this day, what are you waiting for? Watch the second part of Girl and Panzer: Des Finale as soon as possible. Panzer Vor.
1: Girls & Panzer Movie
English: Girls und Panzer der Film
Japanese: ガールズ&パンツァー 劇場版
MAL Score: 8.20
Having won the 63rd National Sensha-dou tournament, the girls from Ooarai High managed to prevent their school from closure by the Japanese Ministry of Education. However, new troubles loom on the horizon: a ministry official argues that the deal was not legally binding and that the Ooarai school carrier is to be decommissioned. Students and their families are frustrated with this injustice and overwhelmed with despair; it seems little can be done to save the school.
Their last glimmer of hope is a proposed match against the All-Stars University Sensha-dou team, consisting of the most talented students from all over the country. Despite Ooarai being severely outnumbered and clearly outclassed, they accept the challenge.
– I can’t exactly give it a 9 or a 10 despite how much I liked the story. For starters, the story isn’t exactly deep. You can take the story at face value. What makes it deserve an 8 though? For starters, the dorama in this movie is REAL. It exceeded what the series even did in 2 hours of content. But enough about the dorama, WHAT ABOUT THE TANKS. The amount of absurd tank movements and tactics in this movie is cranked up to 11. And you thought the series had WTF tank tactics, wait till you get a load of the movie. Apparently tanks can now turn into roller coasters and make jumps that make monster truck somersaults look like child’s play. I cried so hard from laughing. But despite the tactics, the action pack and the twists in the movie keeps me at the edge of my seat. There wasn’t many dull moments in the movie. If I had to state any problems though, its that the start of the movie, your bombarded with an entire group of new characters. The pacing in the movie is so-so. You can easily keep up with the movie, the plot doesn’t move too slowly, and most of the movie is dedicated to tank battles anyways
– The animation remains consistent. There weren’t any off-models as far as I saw, and the combination of 2D and the 2.5D animations really blends. The visual effects also remain consistent as from the series, so you can expect some eye catching visuals from the tanks and the girls
– As usual, the voice actresses/actors all did a wonderful job. But thats basically seconday. WHAT ABOUT THE TANKS AGAIN. The tanks all still have the sound effects from the series. Barely anything was changed. There was a lot more action in the movie, so its much appreciated that they did a good job with the tank explosions, tank sounds, and tank cannon blasts.
– Just cuz its the tail end of the series doesn’t mean there’s no room for character development. Despite the shallow plot of the series, there was much room for character development in the series. We’re shown a brand new side to each character, sides that we never saw before.
– Putting aside the initial hype I had for this movie, the movie truly is enjoyable. It exceeded my expectations. The comedic tank tactics, the suddenly tanks can do better stealth than Big Boss, the explosions, the visual effects all make up a really exciting tank battle, and the dorama and interactions make the peaceful moments interesting. If you enjoyed the series, your going to enjoy this movie a lot
– The story isn’t bad. The reasons for things to happen are simply because “it happened” is probably one of my problems with the story aside from the sudden bombardment of new characters. It seems vague cuz I did my best not to spoil any story elements as much as I could. But despite the shallow reasoning, the interactions and the ensuing reactions and dorama that follows more than make up for it. The bigger involvement of characters that were underused in the series really made an impact for me. The tank battles were awesome though, no matter how impossible I think they are. Overall, it was a good watch, and if you enjoyed the series, you’ll very well enjoy the movie
You crazy man? NO! I am most certainly not!
This movie displays the epicness of the whole GuP series in 2hrs, a true masterpiece!
The story of the Girls und Panzer series is faithfully followed, and not in dragging on kind of way! There is not much that can be said that won’t spoil anything, but the series showed clear development, introduces you very nicely to the movie, they start the movie by reintroducing the schools from the series. There is a clear structure of every story: setting, complication, resolution, and this movie hit the nail on all of these. As per usual there were side plots developing characters and relations between characters.
There are a few plot twists here and there. AND NO THESE WERE NOT BAD PLOT TWISTS… (BTW: The premise of the whole GuP story of Girls School VS Girls School in tanks, is rather weird, but I think they are trying to make a point about gender equality)
About the gender equality: The series, when a promotional video of Sensha-dou is shown, talks about how it’s good for women to grow up strong, have skills that are not usually associated with the female gender (and skills that ARE associated with the female gender), and the fact that a usually male job is not a male job here. I may be overthinking this though… and I’m not one to judge these things ^-^
All in all, the story was shallow, but that doesn’t stop it from being good!
With good development and reintroduction, the movie lays out for an epic 2hrs of action (which is the main focus of the series after all).
The art is just like the series’ art if not slightly better (I watched the series in 720p and the movie 1080p, so that might be the cause of the difference). If you haven’t watched the series, you SHOULD. The 3D tank models have never looked out of place, in the series and here. The models are well done and always accurate to look like the tank IRL.
If you had watched the series, you would have heard a lot of flutes and glockenspiels. Some complained about the “high pitch-ness” of the OST, but in the movie they kinda toned that part down and replaced it with more strings and bass. This is quite the improvement as it makes the marching songs that are played suit the battle scenes much more than they did in the series (and I’m not saying they were bad in the series). The guns sounds and explosions actually felt more realistic. To me they sounded like the updated sounds you hear in World of Tanks. I did see Wargamming Japan in the credits.
Characters are all consistent. Thank goodness for that. EVEN THE NEW CHARACTERS! The new characters are not really introduced, but from watching, you do get a very good picture of who they are with what they do, say and look like. There is a trio of girls that are, probably, purposely kept rather ambiguous.
This is a movie however. Movies are limited to a 2hr timeslot, whereas the series had about 4 hrs (20mins x 12eps). This leaves little time for character development, BUT few characters are introduced, and as stated above, you still do get a clear image of them. OH AND WE LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NISHIZUMI SISTERS AND THE BOKOS (dem teddy bears).
Enjoyment 10/10 (11/10 if i could!)
The movie did not try to be something it could not be, following a similar formula to the series.
Character development –> Tank Battle <-- During battle more development There are a few laughs here and there and parts where it is very dramatic and some could say exaggerated (my friend was laughing through a part that was very dramatic). This however is no problem as it serves to show character relationships (except for the physics that were "dramatised"). If you dont mind the rather weird premise, the cute characters, and full female crew, this movie will be great and satisfy you like it satisfied me as an anime viewer, and as an GuP fan. The battles keep you on the edge of your seat, and character to character relations warm your heart. The movie is a thrilling masterpiece that is recommended to all anime viewers and GuP fans, or any who enjoyed the series! PS: IF YOU HAVENT WATCHED THE FIRST SERIES AND MATERIAL RELATED TO IT, DO IT. JUST DO IT MATE. Overall 9.6/10 - rounds to 10, so... 10/10 😀 So then, PANZER VOR! I realise my review is a little all over the place, but that's because I added some stuff after my 1st rewatch (so I've watched this twice now). IT REALLY WAS THAT GOOD FOR ME~ (* >ω<)b WHERE IS THE CONTINUATION? (╯°□°）╯︵ ┻━┻ [/collapse] [collapse title=“Reviews3:”]Girls Und Panzer Der Film is one of the most enjoyable film I have watched this year. It features tank battles that's longer than the first season, more exciting to watch and 75% of the movie is just pure adrenaline thrilling tank battle scenes that makes this 2 hour movie more like a 15 minute movie. [Story]: (7/10) "Panzer Vor!" "Commander Nishizumi, what does "Panzer Vor" mean?" In the first season, the girls of Ooari High School worked together to get to the top and won the tournament that prevented the Ooari High School's shut down. It turns out that the High School is still going to be shut down despite the girls winning the tournament because of "reasons". In short, the story of the movie is not something new. It basically recycles the first season's story but with a little twist. The High School has been shut down and the girls must win the new tournament by facing and winning against a University team so they can save their school once again. If you're hoping for a new story then I think you'd be disappointed in the movie's recycled story line but I have my reasons on why I enjoyed this movie and why I thought this is better than the first season. The main reason why I enjoyed this movie so much is of course, the Tank vs Tank battle scenes. If the tank battle scenes was too short for you in the first season then you'll definitely enjoy the long tank battle scenes that can last for over half an hour. The movie also has way more ridiculous tank physics that breaks the laws of physics like that roller-coaster scene (The Italian tank vs the American M24 Chaffee) that I definitely enjoyed watching but also super ridiculous and that one scene where a Hetzer used a flipped Italian tank as a ramp to destroy that monstrous 600mm artillery tank. There's also way more tank drifts in this movie. Like can you imagine a heavy tank like a KV-2, IS-2 or a Tiger I drifting? Yeah, me neither but we gotta remember that anime physics ≠ real life physics. There are also a bunch of new tanks introduced like the American Heavy Tank M26 Pershing, Light Tank M24 Chaffee, Heavy Tank T28/T95, the British Heavy Tank Conqueror, and that 600MM "Karl-Gerät" artillery or simply code named as "Karl". We get to see all the new tanks introduced in action and it made a guy like me scream like a fangirl because I'm happy that the staff went all in with this movie. If you're a tank enthusiast like me or you have a great knowledge about tanks then this movie will freaking make you drool. The story of GuP der Film may be weak but the plot is not really the main focus of the film. If you focus on the action scenes then you'll definitely enjoy this movie way more than the first season. ______________________________________________________________ [Art/Animation]: (10/10) The studio have really outdone themselves in terms of the movie's animation. In my first season review, I said that the only issue I have with the show's animation is its frame rate issues. In the movie, to no surprise, they solved the frame rate issues and the tank battles were more smoother and it made the tank battle scenes more thrilling to watch. The CGI tank designs are great as usual and just like the first season, there's the "attention to details". Finally, there's absolutely no fanservice scenes. Thank.God ______________________________________________________________ [Sound]: (10/10) In my first season review, I said that I would watch the movie with my high-quality bass headphones even if it kills my ears. Well, I did watch the movie in my headphones and the tank engine sounds, gun sounds and the track sounds are better. Something tells me that they actually recorded a real life tank firing because the tank gun sounds in the movie killed my ears once again. Especially the sound of that KV-2's 152mm gun sound and Karl's 600mm gun sound which is the loudest gun sound I have ever heard in my life. It's all worth it though. I love the movie's OST, especially those marching sounds and the OST version of the ED theme song from the first season. The movie has no OP theme song and the ED theme song is "piece of youth" by ChouCho. I actually enjoyed the ED theme song. The melody is more dramatic rather than a happy-go-lucky tune which, to me is more fitting because this is the last GuP in the series and I highly doubt there will ever be a sequel. ______________________________________________________________ [Characters]: (8/10) All of the characters in the first season that you know and love (including those character who fought against the Ooari High School Academy in the tournament) are all here fighting side by side which isn't really a surprise if you've seen how they acted after being defeated by Ooari High School. It was actually pretty interesting to see these characters fight side by side because not only do they get more screentime but we also get to know more about these characters and the opportunity to learn more about them since they were the antagonists in the main series. I'm not going to talk about the characters again since you already know them (assuming that you have watched the first season but if you didn't then you're making a dumb ass move.) ______________________________________________________________ [Enjoyment]: (10/10) When I heard that GuP der Film is going to basically have the same old storyline, my hype and expectations for this movie were super low. When I decided to watch the movie, this movie completely blew my expectations and I enjoyed every second of it. I didn't expect the tank battle scenes to be longer and this exciting to watch. Hell, I didn't even notice that the 2 hours had passed by when the credits rolled in. That's how much I enjoyed this movie. ______________________________________________________________ [VERDICT] Girls Und Panzer der Film is definitely one of the best and most enjoyable anime movie I have ever seen. The plot may be weak but it makes up for it by having a fun cast of characters and longer and thrilling tank battle scenes. If you're a fan of the first season then this movie is a must-watch. Though, I wish the movie was about 10-15 minutes longer because the ending was a bit unsatisfying but that's just me. Anyways, I will definitely buy the Blu-Ray version once someone licenses it in the West because I will be watching it again and the staff involved in this movie deserves every single penny in my bank account. [OVERALL]: (9.4/10) Pros: +Thrilling Plus Longer Tank Battle scenes +Outstanding Animation and Great CGI Tank Designs +Great Soundtracks and an almost realistic tank gun, engine, and track sounds +Fun cast of characters Cons: -Same old storyline [/collapse]
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