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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent... but,
This is the sort of anime that people shouldn't attempt to rationalise or criticise. It's one of those anime collections that should just be watched.
The idea of a load of huge aircraft carriers, modified into schools for girls was a stretch. Adding to this the idea that as one of the curricular choices is 'Tankery' is a stretch too far. Although it's done quiet well.
All the tanks involved are lovingly detailed so fans of the tank world can recognise them straight away. War tactics are genuine also, so the action is believable and easy to follow.
However I would have liked for there to be a greater emphasis on showing more tank training and battles. The series is a short twelve episode collection, following a group of girls who take up Tankery and enter a tank tournament. However there is a lot of moments in the series where they seem to spend more time looking at the girls and their lives, rather than the tanks, which for me become the stars.
If the series were a few more episodes longer, maybe the spotlight on the girls would be entertained. Unfortunately the series is a little too short and leaves me thinking I wanted to see more of the tank battles.
Of the battles they show, you should not be disappointed though. Strategies on the fly and a good mix of tanks on display make for interesting set pieces.
This isn't a series where you get flashes of skin constantly from the girls by the by. Don't expect to see schoolgirl panties and other sexually provocative moments every five minutes. However there are a couple of scenes that are in there for the boys to enjoy.
This show in my opinion should have been longer and had more emphasis on the tanks. However what is on show is a very good mix and would in my opinion be a recommended series.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Panzer Vor!,
The sport of Tankery (Sensha-do) sees women and girls fight each other in Second World War era tanks. Miho Nishizumi transferred into ‘arai Girls' Academy to get away from the sport due to a traumatic experience in her last match but as the new year begins she discovers that ‘arai is restarting their Tankery program. As the only person with any experience in the sport the Student Council pressure Miho to join the program forcing her to come to terms with her past and her family.
This first season of 'Girls und Panzer' was the surprise hit of the Autumn 2012 anime season that despite a somewhat troubled production managed to become popular enough to get a second series announced as well as a movie. The series is very entertaining with some very nice tank battles mixed with some good humour and an entertaining, if basic, plot. There are also a few moments throughout the series where the makers show their knowledge of World War II tanks and although there are some moments where realism takes a little knock these are generally forgivable due to how entertaining they are (such as the tank drifting). The characters in the series are all very good with my favourites probably being the history obsessed Hippo Team.
The animation of the series is generally good even if the CGI tanks don't gel well with the more traditional animation in places but even this is better than in some series I have seen. The battles are all very good with the battles against the British themed St. Gloriana and the second half of the fight against the Soviet themed Pravda being especially entertaining. The final battle against the German themed Kuromorimine (Black Forest Peak) is also extremely good and a great way to end the series.
Both English and Japanese versions of the soundtrack are included of course and while I would say that the Japanese version is better, the English dub is still good despite having a few issues. For the most part the English dub does away with the original Japanese honorifics but strangely retains them in some places (using sempai at one point and a couple of others). As well as this, the term Tankery doesn't sound quite as good as the original Sensha-do (although it is better than Tank-Fu or Tankwondo that I have seen used in some places). Other than these minor issues though the English dub is relatively good with all the voices generally suiting their characters, although some took some getting used to, especially Rozie Curtis's performance as Student Council President Anzu Kadotani. Of the English voices my favourites were probably Caitlynn French voicing Hana Isuzu and Molly Searcy as Mako Reizei.
The music used in the series is very good with a good opening and ending song as well as nice versions of the British Grenadiers March and he Battle Hymn of the Republic. Unfortunately due to copyright issues Pravda's brilliant rendition of the Soviet song Katyusha had to be replaced with an instrumental version of the traditional Russian folk song Korobeiniki (best known from Tetris) which isn't quite as good.
For extras the set contains the usual clean opening and closing sequences, as well as a number of trailers. Also included in the extras are episodes 5.5 and 10.5, introductory clip shows that were included in the original run of the show due to the trouble the animation studio were having with the series.
The closest series that I would compare 'Girls und Panzer' to is probably the mah-jong anime 'Saki' (one of my favourite series). Both series have a main character who is disillusioned with a sport/game only to rediscover their love for it with the help of friends and take their team to the national championships to have a showdown with their estranged older sister. 'Girls und Panzer' just has tanks instead of superpowered yuri mah-jong. While I still think 'Saki' is the better series (due to having more time to develop its characters) 'Girls und Panzer' is still extremely entertaining and is probably one of my current top ten anime series and as such is more than worthy of a full five stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good anime,
The anime Is one out of the many that I would call "My personal favorite anime of all-time".
I mean it shows that even girls can drive tanks, fire the cannons and kick some butt in Sensha-dō, facing several veterans of Sensha-dō, the girls of Ōarai Girls High School show to the world that, they maybe a "unrecognised school" but they can rub shoulders against those that are experienced & the veterans in Sensha-dō.
The music to the anime matches to the anime perfectly, the military-style music combining with the songs representing the country of each opponent (for example - When the girls fought against St. Gloriana Girls High School and as they use British tanks, the song from the British grenadiers was used).
It also makes a point that no matter what happens, good teamwork, dedication to the task and with a bit of luck, you can make the impossible possible.
I would gladly spend one night a week watching GuP & GuP OVA.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is just a fun-anime towatch and enjoy without thinking too much about anything,
This is just a fun-anime to watch and enjoy without thinking too much about anything. It is ridiculous but very enjoyable if you are willing to accept the scenario.
However, the Bluray-version does deviate from the TV version in at least one aspect: the Russian singing in Episode 8 was removed. Why?
4.0 out of 5 stars Girls Und Panzer,
It is what it says, groups of girls from different schools, which for some reason are built on top of giant Aircraft Carriers, training and fighting war games against each other in various World War II and post war tanks. The main character who has left her previous school and joined her new school for the simple reason they do not have a tank team. Unfortunately the school is about to be closed down unless they can do something dramatic. They're answer win the up and coming tanking world championship. I'll leave the rest of the story for you to watch. All in all it's well drawn, well rounded characters, and an amusing bit of nonsense that won't offend anyone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls on Panzer,the series.,
Not a big fan of Anime,but I fell in love with this series when I saw clips on You Tube.The animation of the tanks is breath-taking and the tech side is not forgotten.Tense and funny in equal measures.An absolute delight to watch.Great music too.
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls und Panzer!,
This is a truly brilliant anime, that deserves more publicity in the West. Excellent animation design, a brilliant plot and set of characters coupled with a fantastic OST - this is a really polished anime.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls Und Panzer: TV Collection [Blu-ray]  [US Import],
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Moe meets tanks, Miho transfers in to Ooarai academy to start a new school life away from tankery. Here she meets Saori and Hana.
But unkown to her the student body president wants to start up tankery at Ooarai academy to save the school from being closed down.With her two new friends Miho reluctantly joins the tankery class. The anime is not you're usual moe characters in short skirts climbing over tanks flashing their panties there is no fanservice at all in this anime it is all about the girls and the tanks they drive, it has a fast story line which takes the girls from learning to operate the tanks to winning the national championship.
A well drawn anime with all the tanks drawn in perfect detail. So join Miho and friends as they battle their way through the sport of tankery.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Panzer vor!,
'Girls und Panzer' is one of those wonderfully bizarre concepts that only seem to occur in anime, and involves some of the talent that brought us the even weirder 'Strike Witches'. Basically it's your everyday story of schoolgirls studying something called 'Tankery', ie playing occasionally brutal wargames in genuine WW2 tanks - oh, and their school is actually a giant aircraft-carrier. If you can buy into this completely daffy set-up, then there's tons to enjoy: the characters are engaging, there are some terrific one-liners, and the tanks are rendered in exquisite detail. The only drawbacks are that by the end of the series there are so many characters that few of them get developed to any degree; and while spectacular, the Tankery competition doesn't quite provide the dramatic heft that would lift this show into the top echelon (at least the Strike Witches get to fight marauding aliens). Nonetheless, it's a ridiculous amount of fun, and thoroughly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars tanks rook that what they say watch the girls fight ...,
tanks rook that what they say watch the girls fight and play in tanks and compete in tank tournaments
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