Girls und Panzer Movie: More news and details
June 6, 2013
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A few days ago, I read a magazine story that gave several small details about what the Anzio OVA and the movie itself will entail. In particular, the magazine story gives the length of the movie to be relatively short, clocking in at 80 minutes. As a sequel, the movie is to be set after Ooarai’s victory over Black Forest, featuring new characters and tanks. Of interest is the point that claims that a team superior to Black Forest exists, so there are implications that the movie will probably be set at the international level of competition. Furthermore, the movie will emphasise friendship and passion as a thematic element, as did the TV series. The news article also notes that the movie will lack any unexpected plot twists, deaths and betrayal amongst the characters, suggesting that the movie will feel like an extended TV episode, centred around Panzerfahren. With these statements in hand, it is clear that the Girls und Panzer movie will probably be structured similar to the TV series, not unlike the Strike Witches Movie or K-On! Movie; these films stuck close to the mythologies employed by their respective series, giving them a friendly, familiar feel (an example of a movie that deviates from the source is the Ah! My Goddess Movie, which by far surpasses the OVAs that were released before it). I will reserve my judgement for after the movie releases, which is expected to be in March 2014, a seemingly unfathomable distance from the present.
- The movie they speak of will release at some point in 2014, meaning that I probably won’t see the movie until 2015. I’ve got the patience, but depending on what’s happening in 2015, I’m not sure if I’m going to have time. This time around, there seems to be a team that’s even more powerful than Black Forest Peak out there in the world…this is a reminder that there is always a bigger fish, and that Ooarai will need to earn any victory they strive for in the movie, as well.
- For the present, I absolutely cannot wait to see the OVA depicting Ooarai and their campaign against Anzio. I imagine that Anchovy will retain her personality from the manga, and her experiences with Miho will similarly lead to her accepting that Panzerfahren may extend beyond victors and vanquished.
The article also states that the Anzio match will be completely different than the version we saw in the manga. I have noted previously that the manga itself is not canon, and as such, here are my predictions on the OVA. I anticipate a rush attack from Anzio, forcing Ooarai to regroup. The volleyball team and first years will hopefully be given an opportunity to shine here, taking down several of the units engaging Ooarai’s flag tank, and in a final stand, Miho’s company lays waste to Anchovy’s remaining tanks, resulting in the scene we saw at the end of episode seven. Presently, no release date on the OVA has been noted, but I will post that here once the information itself is made known. For the present, one more OVA will be released, and as per usual, I’m hoping for a 10-15 minute deal showing off some of the celebrations.