290th G-View: Girls und Panzer der Film

What sounds better than an anime about cute girls engaging in hardcore tank wars, an anime movie about cute girls engaging in hardcore tank wars. Question is whether said movie lived up to the undeniable hype. Let us find out as we take a look at Girls und Panzer: der Film.

Check out my review of the TV anime HERE. Also make sure to watch the Anzio-sen OVA afterward as it covers a battle that was cut short in the anime.

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Genres: Action, Comedy, Slice of Life

Themes: Tanks

Running Time: 120 minutes. There is also a 15 minute post-movie bonus OVA (Not the Anzio-sen one).

G-Rating: 8/10

I will explain why I did not include the plot summary in a minute. First I will tell readers the short version of the review:

“If you enjoyed the Garupan anime, you will LOVE this movie.”

Now for the long version. The reason I will not talk about the plot is because the reason the movie’s main event was set up felt contrived. It made me say “Really? We’re doing this?”. Having said that, everything else in this movie featured what made Garupan a popular series and then some. Picture most of what makes Garupan awesome and ramp it up to grander scales. From the very beginning viewers are guaranteed a wild ride filled with banging, clanging, explosions, ridiculously awesome tank stunts, cuteness, quirkiness, brief facts on history, historical figures and tanks, character progression and the main event.

I gave the anime The A-Team theme. The movie gets a more epic theme because it fits its grand scale perfectly.

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A minor nitpick during the undeniably awesome tank battles is that because our main heroine battalion had grown as a team and became more serious competitors it is sometimes difficult to tell certain tanks apart due to many looking similar despite having unique styles. I said minor because the more unique tanks are easily distinguishable and the banter helps tell which tanks is being shown when some look similar. Speaking of the banter, this is something I did not go over in my review of the anime. Another aspect of what makes Garupan great is the amusing banter both on and off the battlefield. With the added quirkiness that each team brings viewers are guaranteed different styles of bantering during battle and in meetings.

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The main heroine battalion.

Another great part of the movie is the character progression after the events of the TV show. Once again outside of the battlefield the side-team girls interact with their respective teammates while the main Anglerfish Team progress with their character arcs, some getting more development based on the importance of said arcs. For example, Miho being the main protagonist gets a lot of character progression while Hana, Saori and Makoto only get a little bit and Yukari hardly gets any.

The history buffs, my favorite team

The history buffs. Still one of my favorite teams.

As mentioned the secondary characters do their thing with their respective teammates. A welcome bonus is that certain new teams who joined the Ooarai High School Battalion during the 4th quarter of the story and barely got any time to shine outside of their quirks got more screen time during the movie outside of the battlefield such as the “gamers”. Gotta say the “gamers” pleasantly surprised me.


Some of the movie exclusive girls.

Lastly there are also newly introduced girls. These two in particular made quite an impression.


Tank battle scene

Using a scene from the TV show because the movie’s battle has to be seen without any spoilers to appreciate it in all its glory.

As far as the tank battles go. Without spoiling anything believe me when I say that the main event is one that could only be done justice on a big screen. It is arguably one of the most intense battles in the series and one worthy of movie hype.

The animation and music are the same as the TV shows with the quality pumped up to cinematic scale. So it works and is worthy of the 4K viewing experience for readers who own a 4K TV.

Overall Girls und Panzer der Film was worth the wait. It has everything that made the TV show great pumped up to 100. The character progression is great and while the setup was contrived everything else delivered big time. Highly recommended to fans. For readers who have yet to watch the anime it is highly recommended watching that first as while it is not impossible to enjoy the movie without having seen the anime it is best to pick up the show first.

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21 Responses to 290th G-View: Girls und Panzer der Film

  1. makotachi says:

    I’m glad to see that the movie is just as enjoyable as the anime. Girls und Panzer is among one of my favorite anime, so I am really excited about the movie being out. Bring on the tanks!

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  2. elkat4 says:

    My only gripe is the set up for the movie’s plot and how it invalidates the efforts of the characters in the actual show, effectively forcing everyone back to square one. Otherwise this was an overall enjoyable movie that did the show justice.


    • OG-Man says:

      Hence why I said the setup was contrived.


    • cirno9fan says:

      except, because of that crisis they became so much more capable. Without all that went on in the original series, there’s no way they would have beaten the school. Not to mention they formed so many connections that proved invaluable. So I wouldn’t say they were back to “square one”, they just hit a pretty low low, before rising out of the ashes, and coming out ever stronger.

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  3. John Hayabusa says:

    While I have yet to watch the other episodes, I enjoyed this film. Especially with the ridiculous amount of physics-defying tank skills. I regret that I did not watch the anime during its airing. I need to catch up.

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  4. Dimdom says:

    I’ve just watched the movie and really enjoyed it 😀

    Girls und Panzer Movie + SVP + MadVR = perfect 😀 if I have a 5.1 speaker setup, maybe I would enjoy this movie so much more.

    Miho x Maho and Miho x Alice 😀

    The movie and TV series sales is very good, hopefully there will be season 2 😀

    So they don’t have to worry about cost production and the story can resume because there are many stories that can adaptation to anime, for example about Miho with childhood friends, there is manga spin-off about it: Girls und Panzer Little Army part 1 and 2 (fortunately, the manga part 1 has been officially published in my country), so if there will be season 2, I hope Miho childhood friends will appear in anime 😀

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    • OG-Man says:

      It was a pretty good film no doubt.

      More Garupan would be nice.

      There are ships yes but none that push boundaries or induce squees.

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      • Dimdom says:

        If you are looking for better yuri, maybe you could read the manga: Little Army, Motto Love Love Sakusen Desu!, Gekitou! Maji no Ikusa Desu!! and Ribbon no Musha (the english translations available in website ak-scans).

        In Little Army, there is a girl who looks very similar to Aya (Kiniro Mosaic) 😀

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      • OG-Man says:

        Gotcha. Will check it out.


  5. cirno9fan says:

    It’s pretty much a crime to yourself to watch this before the show. You won’t get the significance of so much that happens throughout otherwise.

    I also really liked how the teams that continually didn’t offer much throughout the show, really shined during the movie.

    So many amazing crazy strategies were shown throughout. The show just kept on surprising me. Miho style tankery is truly amazing.

    I really like dhow they started the movie right off with a really amazing tank battle. And only spent a short time on the not so heartpounding section. A really good usage of time, this movie had. And then they gave almost a full hour to the match against the college students. A match that was just way too amazing.

    It was also really amazing to have all the different schools working together for once. Miho really left a good impression on the other schools. And now shady glasses man has finally been beaten. I still wonder why he wants their school to get closed down so bad..? Probably the only thing that I could consider a “fault” of the movie. Not explaining his motives. But they clearly showed that he wanted the school shut down something fierce.

    I dunno about a second season. I’d like to see some of the other manga animated, but couldn’t care less about Little Army. Say what you want, but I just don’t care about the past of Miho. I learned what i wanted to learn. But following the Ribbon Army could be really intersesting, I’ve only read a couple chapters, but what they seem to be setting out to do, really is an intriguing thing. And then motto motto rabu sakusen is just full of shipping material and hilarity xD It’d be nice as a short I think.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Exactly. Watch the show first to relish the movie’s greatness even more.

      Yup. I especially became bigger fans of the triplets thanks to the movie.

      The tank battles were amazing!

      Guess we needed a typical corporate douchebag to set up the ultimate battle so whatevs.

      I haven’t read any of the spin-off manga so I wouldn’t know. I’d still welcome more Garupan if we got it.


    • Dimdom says:

      Yeah, I agree the battle tanks is really amazing 😀

      Girls und Panzer Movie such a big success and finally tops 2 billion yen, so becomes the 18th top grossing Japanese film of 2015, surpassing The Last Naruto the Movie.


      Do you read Little Army II? The series takes place a few years after the Little Army and the same timeline with anime, Emi once again travels to Japan to keep a certain promise with Miho.

      So I’m interested with relationship about Emi x Miho and Emi x her friends 😀

      Exactly, Ribbon Army is really interesting 😀

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  6. I’m 30 minutes into the movie and I know 100% that this isn’t the plot but it would be cool if the girls used their tanks to fight off demolition vehicles and any enforcers fighting to close the school and scrap the carrier. Like that one guy in China that shot fireworks at excavators. It will be the cutest militia ever.

    I like how the Japanese tank crews recklessly charge in ignoring how stupid the idea is, exactly like actual Japanese soldiers in WW2. When the Crusader slammed into the T-34-85 and made that huge explosion blowing up that building, I can’t believe no one died. That explosion was like small IED.

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  8. yurimylove says:

    AWESOME tank battle at the end, I enjoyed this one the most compared to others in the series, maybe because of the grander scale. More “loli college girl” FTW!!

    Now that I’ve taken care of a few of the OVAs I’d downloaded, time to get on with the summer season. New Game looks like a good place to start…


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