Girls und Panzer Movie Announced
April 28, 2013
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2014 is expected to see the release of the Girls und Panzer movie, a sequel to the Girls und Panzer anime; this announcement was made at the Heartful Tank Carnival event. The project has been authorised, and is expect to introduce Nishi Kinuyo (Chihatan’s commander) formally. Information beyond this has been restricted to speculation, and is outside the scope of discussion: in other words, I will not attempt to speculate on what the movie is about, or provide any insight on what I think might happen. On a completely unrelated note, we now know that there will be an OVA depicting Ooarai’s annihilation of Anzio.
- Believe it or not, I’ve been waiting for an excuse to field this image in one of my posts for a very long time. Unlike the K-On! Movie, I resolve not to entangle myself in lesser discussions about the movie’s quality in parts of the website where I do not have administrative access. I was remarkably surprised to hear such an announcement this quickly following the series’ finale; granted, Gundam 00 immediately made it obvious that there was going to be a continuation, but other anime movies do not always make it clear that they will gain sequels in the form of more TV seasons or movies.
My own thoughts on this are that a movie acts as both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, there is only one instance where I would have to step in and watch, contrasting the need to keep up every week with the series. However, movies are only accessible once the Blu-Ray and DVD releases, meaning that only a handful of individuals with the means to view them will be able to see said movie. This occurred with the K-On! Movie back in 2011; after the movie was released, crude machine translations of the movie’s events in bullet-point form were posted online, and along with these translations, so-called ‘spoiler-free reviews’. Paired with a long wait time until the majority can view said movie, these few sources may present individuals with biases and preconceptions, which may in turn affect perspectives on the movie.
- In 2012, K-On! was in the spotlight, and in 2013, Girls und Panzer currently occupies that spotlight. Truth be told, it is very tiring to continuously keep up with all of the information; one might correctly say that tracking anime news is not worthwhile. In light of this, I plan on taking the blog in a different direction in the near future. This is not to say I am abandoning anime, but rather, I will be posting a greater volume of posts concerning other materials, as well.
These risks notwithstanding, a movie is greatly anticipated and addresses the query of whether or not there will be future work decisively. With a projected release date at some point in 2014, we expect a DVD release anywhere from late 2014 to some time during 2015; this time frame is so distant that Gundam UC will have completed. My typical approach to movies is to wait until the Blu-Rays or DVDs are released before completing a review, but given the vast difference in time between now and the release, I cannot guarantee that I will or will not review the movie.