Girls und Panzer, Anime tv series (2012)

Have you ever found yourself wanting to write a post, but you just don’t quite know where to start? This is one of them. I always like to start my reviews with an introduction that in some way relates to whatever I am reviewing, but this one……I really am at a loss for words. I have promised to do a review for Girls und Panzer for a very long time, and now that the moment is finally there, I am stalling and buying time. And, not quite succeeding at that either, am I? So why is this so hard? Well….unless I am mistaking I don’t think there currently is a place in the world where the sport of Tankery is being held. What’s that: Raistlin writing a post on a sports anime? What kind of black sorcery is this?  As most of you might know: I absolutely hate sports, of any kind. I don’t practice sports, I don’t watch sports, and Ugh….I am rambling again. Anyways, if I could participate in a game of Tankery though: you can count me in. Phew. Well, I am finally past the starting point. Time to start the review in earnest….now, where do I start? Oh yeah, you would like to know what this show is about right?

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Yes, there really is a pink tank in this picture.

Girls und Panzer takes us to a world where World War II tanks are maintained to be used in the sporting event known as Tankery. In this brutal, but at the same time relatively safe competition, girls from different highschools fight each other on battlefields in order to reach the finals and claim victory. Miho Nishizumi is a girl that comes from a very prestigious family that has been practicing Tankery for many years. But in a previous competition something happened to Miho, that causes her to become traumatised and not wanting to continue practicing the sport. Having transferred to a new Academy school ship that she believes doesn’t have Tankery on their list of activities, Miho tries to pick up her life. On her first day at the new school she has already made some new friends, and really begins to believe that life is good again. But, little does she know that the school has added the sport she fears so much back on the roster. Eventually Miho, as the only one who has had any previous experience with Tankery, is pressured into helping the other school girls. Together with her new friends, Nishiszumi enters the competition where she will face a lot of new challenges. The biggest one being, coming to terms with the life she thought she had left behind….

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Sometimes it can be really hard to find a good parking space. 

There are times when you put on a show and literally after seeing the very first scene it just clicks for you. This is one of those shows. Girls und Panzer is a series that is just pure and simple fun. One of the things I love most about anime is the sometimes completely unique concepts it can come up with. I mean really, think about this for a second. How on Earth do you come up with a plot like this: cute highschool girls driving World War II tanks. But not only does it work, it is one of those animes that you can’t help but smile at. It’s really…well cute. And that’s weird for a series that has brutal tank battles in it. But let me just get that out of the way first. Girls und Panzer is a comedy series. In no way is all of this to be taken seriously. There is no blood, and nor are the girls ever in a real life or death battle. Ofcourse no sporting event comes without it’s risk of injury, and Tankery is no different. And yes people, you read that right, not only am I reviewing a sports anime, but it’s a comedy as well. Really, I must have been hit on the head or something.

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Let’s all join in dancing here! Because really that’s what you do in a battle!

Honestly though this is not a slapstick comedy. There are some really funny scenes, but it’s not the kind of humor that is cringeworthy. And that said, the highlight of this series is most certainly the sport of Tankery itself. The tank battles are seriously awesome to watch. Using computertechniques to bring them to life, they are the absolute highlight of this anime. You would think that at some point battles like that will become very tedious, but let me assure that is not the case. Every event is unique, and just like watching an exciting football match featuring your favorite team, you will really hold your breath each time Miho enters a new battle with her friends. You really want them to win, and when they do you will find yourself raising your fist in the air and shouting at the top of your lungs along with the fictional crowd. Erm, or maybe that is just me. Storywise, there really isn’t much more to it than the girls trying to reach the finals. There are a few subplots here and there, but overall the focus is on Tankery. In other animes that might get quite boring, but this anime never has that problem.

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Yes, military uniforms have certainly come a long way since the war. 

There is something that is a bit of a problem and that is the huge cast this series has. I am not kidding here, but this anime has over 50 different characters. While the focus is definitely on Miho and her friends, all the others make appearances in several episodes as well. It will probably not come as a very huge surprise to you that character development isn’t very high on the agenda. But to it’s credit, despite that fact, each character does have it’s own distinguishing marks. I, however did have some trouble in keeping some of the cast members apart from each other. With a cast this huge everyone will probably have a favorite, and for me that was Mako Reizei. It felt like she was continually sleeping through everything (well, she always had trouble getting up early in the morning), and her voice never gets excited even in the face of danger. This causes some very funny scenes, where for example the rest of the girls are going completely nuts, and she just keeps talking with her monotone voice.

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Some people take the order to fire a bit too literally. 

Another thing that is worth mentioning is the soundtrack. The background music at times sounds like the ones you had in old World War II movies, and it fits this anime perfectly. Together with the world that is created in this series, it manages to create a very unique experience. Girls und Panzer is an anime you need to watch when you want to take a break from all the heavy stuff. It is simply put a very charming show, that I pretty much dare you not to be entertained by. What it might lack in terms of storyline and character development, it more than makes up for in the excitement and fun factor. Unless you are a very cynical person that is completely devoid of any emotion, you will be put under it’s spell right from the beginning. Girls und Panzer has been a joy to watch, even though this is certainly a series that is miles away from the shows that I usually see. Panzer vor!

I give Girls und Panzer a 8 out of 10 score.

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41 thoughts on “Girls und Panzer, Anime tv series (2012)”

    1. Thank you so much again 😀😀 I’m really glad you enjoyed the post!. I really had a lot of fun with this series. Especially considering it’s something totally different than I usually watch 😊😊 Hope if you get to watch it at some point, you will like it too 😀

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  1. Fantastic Review, Michel!!!😊 This one definitely sounds interesting to me! Another one to be watched! Lol!😂 I had someone recommend “Read or Die” to me. It’s an anime and obviously has a bookworm in it. I don’t think I’ve seen it either. Hmmm… But back to this series, I definitely want to check this one out! Sounds pretty different to me!😊 I like different!😍

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    1. Haha: it really is different: in fact I can think of pretty much nothing to compare it with. Read or die huh? Okay…gonna have to remember that one, especially considering the subject matter.
      Thank your for your sweet and kind words again Dani: you never fail to make me happy 😊😊😘

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  2. Fictional sports are more interesting than real ones. Right now I am enjoying an anime called Keijo, which is a about poolside sumo battles were girls attack their opponents with boobs and butts. It sounds rather shallow, but they actually play things straight and the action is pretty good.

    Sadly tankery does not exist. The nearest you will get is playing the World of Tanks video game. A while back they even added a vehicle than looks like the panzer from this series.

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    1. Haha, I have heard of that show actually. I haven’t seen it yet, thinking it would be just purely a fanservice show. After reading this comment though.., you have changed my mind for it. Might actually give it a chance 😀😀
      Would it not be awesome if Tankery did exist though? I would sign up without even having to think twice about it 😂😂
      Hopefully there will be mor shows with fictional sports, as I totally agree, those are way more fun 😀😀

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    1. Haha: well this is fictional sports (which is why I really enjoyed it so much), but there ate a lot of real sports animes out there as well: soccer, tennis, volleyball, baseball, swimming..all have had their own Animeseries.
      Thank you for the kind comment as always 😊😊

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  3. Now I’m going to have to check this out at some point rather than just leaving it on my to watch list forever. I’m still not sure I’m going to be sold on a sports/comedy shows about cute girls but now I’m kind of curious. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it.

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    1. Well, it really was completely out of my usual range of anime series that I watch as well, and I really ended up liking it so much. The world that has been created here is so incredibly charming…it just draws you in right from the start. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it. And thank you for your kindness and the comment 😊

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    1. Haha: it really was riculous, but that is what made it so charming at the same time. I had really not expected to like this as it’s far removed from the shows that I usually enjoy, but it really was so much fun. It’s the world itself that was designed here that made it so incredibly charming 😊😊

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  4. My friend Pete, whom you spoke to on my X Wing blog, has also recommended this to me. I have to say have never been a huge anime fan as I have always found them (often) a bit bizarre. That being said I have gotten into a few recently and enjoyed so maybe this one will make ito onto my list. It isn’t the weirdest thing ever (We just watched one of the Space Battleship Yamato movies yesterday…)

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    1. Haha, well the thing is with anime there are so many different genres and themes, that especially when you are not familiar with it, it can be very overwhelming. With every bizarre show…there are also extremely good ones.
      If you want, I could give some recommendations for you, so let me know.
      As for this series, it certainly is weird as well: but I guess it is weird in a very good way lol 😂😂

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  5. I’ve noticed there’s quite a few anime with their titles half in English and half in German. I wonder why that is. 😀

    This anime sounds so much fun. It even has a pretty pink tank, which is so cool 😀 I think this might be too cute not to watch hehe 😀

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    1. Well, in this case it’s for a reason 😊 A lot of the tanks featured in this anime are from world war II and the German army, and the German tank commander Rommel is also mentioned quite a few times.
      Haha, but true this series is really a lot of fun to watch 😊😊

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  6. This sure does sound like fun. Cute girls + huge tanks. Whoever thought of that probably thought that nothing could go wrong there hahahah Tankery however still sounds crazy, but based on that last picture, it looks like something that could easily be turned into a video game too; if not already hahah Great review, Michel. Glad to hear how much you had fun with this one!

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    1. Haha…well you would be right, there is a videogame for this. Don’t know if it was succesful though. But yeah, this one really was a lot of fun..that being the most important word. The worldbuilding in this was really done well, and combined with the humor, andbtheandandand absurdity of the concept, together with the very cool tank battles, makes this a really fun series to watch 😊😊
      Thank you so much for the kind words as always 😀😀

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    1. Haha, I’m glad it made you laugh, a d this anime will definitely do that too. It really is a very fun show, and actually also one of those really feel good type of things as well. Thanks for the kind comment as always! Really appreciate it 😊😊

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  7. I’ve been avoiding this show like the plague but, thanks to your review, I might give it a shot. I lean more towards the “never watch sports anime” side of the viewing spectrum, but “tankery” might just be obscure enough to sink out of the genre. Reminds me of Advance Wars. Anyway, great piece!

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    1. Thank you so much: appreciate the kind words and the awesome comment 😊😊
      And Advance Wars 😍😍😍 That was such an awesome game. Absolutely loved it. One of the best gameboy games ever in my opinion.
      Well…I don’t think you will ever see a sports like Tankery in your life. Which is a shame because as I said of it would be a sport..I would definitely sign up. But yes, this really was a really fun anime to watch. 😊😊
      Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did 😀

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