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Girls und Panzer Der Film Blu-rays set for release on May 27, 2016

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” —Joyce Meyer

I interrupt regular programming to announce that Girls und Panzer Der Film‘s home release (BD and DVD) will be scheduled for May 27, 2016. The complete special edition will retail for 9800 yen (117.41 CAD) and feature 200 minutes of footage: the movie itself is 119 minutes in length, and the bonus edition includes an additional 81 minutes of behind-the-scenes, promotional, opening night and Ooarai Anglerfish Festival 2015 footage. Also included is an eighty-page art booklet, a 20-page correction sheet collection by character designer Isao Sugimoto and a new album with the song “Boko no Uta” song, performed by Miho Nishizumi (Mai Fuchigami) and Alice Kotobuki (Ayana Taketatsu). Additional bonus features include a Bandai Visual+ serial code and a download code for the Girls und Panzer: Sensha-dō Daisakusen! smartphone app. The standard edition BD will cost 7800 yen (95.04 CAD), and the DVD will cost 6800 yen (82.85 CAD). All three variants will include a three-minute OVA following the aftermath of the movie, plus another OVA titled Akiyama Yukari no Sensha Kouza. So, clocking at exactly six months after Girls und Panzer Der Film‘s theatrical release as per predictions, viewers overseas will finally have the opportunity to view the movie for themselves.

  • The last time I was anticipating an anime movie to this extent, it was for the K-On! Movie: its release date was published in April, and I was staring down the MCAT. In an amusing turn of events, I’m facing my Master’s defense later this year, and I remark that the last time Girls und Panzer was airing, I was set to do my Bachelor of Health Science’s defense. For the K-On! Movie, I managed to push out a full review within two days of its release, so this time, I will strive to write the most comprehensive and insightful review of the movie that I can, as quickly as is possible without compromising quality. Regular programming resumes in a few days, after I settle back into things following a research symposium on simulations and VR.

This announcement is most welcome, and in comparison to some other much-anticipated movies in recent memory (namely, the K-On! Movie, which released on BD/DVD seven months after the theatrical release), Girls und Panzer Der Film is moving along at a much more reasonable pace. Girls und Panzer Der Film was a limited theatrical run and as of February 2, 2016, grossed 1.04 billion yen (around 12.5 million CAD) over 718,625 admissions to become the twelfth top-grossing animated movie for 2015 in Japan. To put these numbers in perspective, Spectre has grossed around 1.2 billion CAD internationally, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed 2.7 billion CAD (exchange rates are at the time of writing). With that being said, Girls und Panzer Der Film‘s revenue is still impressive considering that the anime itself is relatively recent. Presently, armed with a concrete release date, all that’s left is to busy oneself: in comparison to the K-On! Movie, time is going to fly for this wait. So, in the spirit of good discussion, is the release date as far off as it may seem for you?

5 responses to “Girls und Panzer Der Film Blu-rays set for release on May 27, 2016

  1. Jan Buensuceso (@ZENjamibu) February 17, 2016 at 22:29

    Thanks for the info on the contents of the upcoming home release. Though you missed the part on the blog providing the latest figures of the film so far on the Japan Box Office. Girls und Panzer der Film has earned ¥1,125,342,544 on 773,596 admissions as of February 16, 2016. It will still add on that figure because of the upcoming 4DX screenings starting this Saturday, February 20.

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    • infinitezenith February 17, 2016 at 22:33

      I’ve been incredibly busy over the past while and so, haven’t kept up with the latest numbers; for that, thanks for the heads-up🙂 These new figures appear to bear testament to the film’s popularity, if they’re extending the screening time (last I heard, the screenings were ending in late January).

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      • Jan Buensuceso (@ZENjamibu) February 17, 2016 at 22:44

        You’re Welcome. The movie is still screening at Japan Theaters as of now. It was announced a couple of weeks ago on the GuP blog about the adding of 4DX screenings. I believe they will open about 30 4DX theaters starting Feb 20. People can’t get enough of GuP.

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        • infinitezenith February 17, 2016 at 22:47

          All of this may lead the folks in business and marketing to view the series as being worthy of a continuation from a financial perspective. If this is the case, the second season that many (myself included) are hoping to hear about might just become a reality (although for the present, both my eyes are on the film).

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  2. Roger April 25, 2016 at 03:09

    I loved the whole TV series GUP … I have the series in Japanese with English Subs and with dubbed English … I’m wondering whether we’ll get the Anzio OVA or the Movie with either – as I don’t understand Japanese???

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