The release date no longer holds. The correct release date is November 21, 2015.
News has just reached my ears that the film is now set for a release during summer 2015. Although no specific month or date has been provided yet, the movie has been long overdue; the last post that concerned the movie was drafted back in June 2013, well before even the Anzio OVA was released. The existence of a movie has long been known, but whatever the production issues or challenges the producers have experienced, very little news was ever publicised, and the only information anyone has heard dates back to last year: this information was that the film was set for release somewhere in 2014, would have a runtime of eighty minutes and would be a sequel featuring new characters and tanks, as well as a team that was purportedly superior to Black Forest in some fashion. With some (tentative) numbers about when the Girls und Panzer Movie is going to release, it is now possible to estimate when the movie’s home release will be. On average, it takes roughly six to seven months for home releases to hit the consumer market: this trend has generally held (The Strike Witches Movie was screened on March 17, 2012 and saw a home release on October 26, 2012. Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home was screened in March 30, 2013 and released for BD/DVD October 16, 2013. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion Story was shown in theatres starting November 12, 2013 and was released on BD/DVD on April 2, 2014. AnoHana premièred on August 31, 2013 and released on BD/DVD on March 05, 2014. Tamako Love Story was shown in theatres April 26, 2014 and had a home release on October 10, 2014). With this pattern in mind, the anticipated home release of the Girls und Panzer Movie will be between November 2015 and March 2016.
- I wonder if the Girls und Panzer Movie will serve as a conclusion to the series, or if it will segue into future installments. Insofar, discussion on the movie’s release has been quite limited, although I imagine that excitement and anticipation will rise as more information becomes known, and as summer 2015 arrives. Until then, it’s time to go back to my regular programming: up next will be a talk on the Excalibur Arc for Sword Art Online, followed by my take of Hyouka.
From a personal perspective, I am personally hoping that Cineplex, one of the national entertainment companies, will pick up the Girls und Panzer Movie for airing in theatres come summer 2015: I recall mentioning somewhere that I was most displeased that Cineplex had chosen to release five anime movies during the course of an academic year during exam season (including Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Rebellion Story), which resulted in my missing all of them for the sake of maintaining satisfactory standing and competitiveness for funding. However, as this is a summer release, and I am anticipating that summer 2015 will predominantly focus on my thesis research, which means I can definitely make time to see the movie. In fact, I resolve to move heaven and earth to see this movie in theatres, assuming I am fortunate enough that the movie is screened here. However, judging relative lack of interest in Girls und Panzer in my AO, I do not imagine that this will be a very likely possibility: if there are Girls und Panzer fans in my AO, they either do not exist or else have done a phenomenal job of remaining under shadows, for I’ve not met any of them, seen anyone talk about it or cosplay as their characters at the local anime conventions. I’m hoping that I am completely wrong about this, and that there is sufficient interest to warrant screening the movie here once the time comes, otherwise, it’ll be a long wait for the home releases.