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Girls und Panzer is a 2012 anime television series produced by Actas. The series takes place in a world where girls take up sensha-dō (戦車道, lit. "the way of the tank") or "tankery" in the English dub, the art of operating tanks, which focuses on a girl named Miho Nishizumi and her friends as they participate in their school's sensha-dō program. The series aired in Japan between October 9, 2012 and December 25, 2012, although due to production delays, the final two episodes were postponed and were replaced with recap episodes.[1][2][3] The final two episodes aired in March 2013.[4] Original video animation episodes are included with the Blu-ray/DVD releases.[5] The opening theme is "DreamRiser" by ChouCho whilst the ending theme is "Enter Enter MISSION!" performed by Mai Fuchigami, Ai Kayano, Mami Ozaki, Ikumi Nakagami and Yuka Iguchi.[6] The series is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks.[7]

Episode listEdit

No. Title Original air date[8]
1"Tankery, Here It Comes!"
Transcription: "Sensha-dō, Hajimemasu!" (Japanese: 戦車道、始めます!)
October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)
Miho Nishizumi begins academic life at Ooarai Girls High School and makes friends with two of her classmates, Saori Takebe and Hana Isuzu. Soon afterwards, Miho is approached by the Student Council about participating in the school's newly-resurrected elective of tankery, the art of operating tanks. Distraught, Miho tells Saori and Hana that she has traumatic memories of doing tankery, and that she only enrolled at Ooarai because she heard that the school did not have a tankery course. After seeing a promotional presentation of tankery, both Saori and Hana express interest in taking it up and try to convince Miho to join them. Miho, however, cannot bring herself to participate, so Saori and Hana decide to forego tankery themselves in favor of Miho's chosen elective. However, Anzu Kadotani, the Student Council president, objects to Miho's choice and threatens to expel her from school despite Saori and Hana's spirited defense of their friend's decision. Realizing how much her friends are doing for her, Miho gives in and decides to take up tankery alongside them despite her reluctance.
2"Tanks, We Ride Them!"
Transcription: "Sensha, Norimasu!" (Japanese: 戦車、乗ります!)
October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16)
The Student Council tasks the new tankery members with finding the tanks that were used the last time the school had tankery. Miho, Saori and Hana are joined in their search by a tank fanatic named Yukari Akiyama, and together they manage to find a Panzer 38(t). Several other tanks are eventually found and distributed among the tankery members, with Miho's group assigned a Panzer IV. The newly-formed teams are then tasked with cleaning up their tanks in preparation for the arrival of the tankery instructor the following day. Afterwards, Yukari takes Miho, Saori and Hana to a military store, and the girls bond over dinner at Miho's place. The next morning, Miho encounters a gloomy girl named Mako Reizei and helps her on her way to school. The tankery instructor, Ami Chōno, arrives and suggests they start out with a full-on mock battle, with each team having to learn how to operate their tank by themselves. Soon after the match begins, Miho's team finds themselves the target of two other teams. As they speed across the battlefield trying to escape, they find Mako right in their path.
3"We're Having a Match!"
Transcription: "Shiai, Yarimasu!" (Japanese: 試合、やります!)
October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23)
Mako, who is revealed to be a childhood friend of Saori, joins the others in the tank, which soon comes across a narrow suspension bridge that Hana has trouble navigating. After a hit from enemy fire knocks Hana unconscious, Mako takes over as driver and manages to safely navigate to the middle of the bridge. There, they manage to evade enemy fire as Yukari takes out the enemy tanks following Miho's instructions, securing victory for their team. At their victory celebration back at school, the team decides that Miho should be the commander, with the roles of radio operator, gunner, loader and driver respectively assigned to Saori, Hana, Yukari and Mako. After a few days of personalizing their tanks and training, the tankery members are informed that the Student Council has arranged a friendly match against St. Gloriana Girls Academy, with Miho assigned as overall commander for the Ooarai teams.
4"Commander Does Her Best!"
Transcription: "Taichō, Ganbarimasu!" (Japanese: 隊長、がんばります!)
October 30, 2012 (2012-10-30)
As the match against St. Gloriana begins, Miho's team acts as a decoy to lure their opponents into an ambush, which fails because of the Ooarai teams' poor marksmanship and inexperience. Surrounded and taking heavy fire, Miho has the remaining Ooarai teams retreat into the downtown area. Using their familiarity with the town layout to stage further ambushes, the Ooarai teams manage to take out most of the St. Gloriana tanks, but eventually succumb to their opponents' superior firepower and armor. On their way home after the battle, the girls encounter Hana's mother, Yuri Isuzu, who does not take the news of her daughter's participation in tankery very well. Upon returning to school, Miho learns that the St. Gloriana commander, Darjeeling, has left her a parting gift, acknowledging her as a worthy opponent. Ooarai then enters the national tankery tournament, drawing Saunders University High School as their first-round opponent.
5"Veterans of Their Trade: Sherman Corps!"
Transcription: "Kyōgō Shāman Gundan desu!" (Japanese: 強豪・シャーマン軍団です!)
November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)
An unpleasant chance meeting with her elder sister Maho Nishizumi and Erika Itsumi, her second-in-command, leaves Miho apprehensive about Ooarai's chances in its upcoming match against Saunders University High School. To give Miho a better chance of coming up with a plan to use against their opponents, Yukari takes the initiative to infiltrate Saunders in disguise, and manages to escape with information on the enemy strategy. As the match begins, the Ooarai teams are quickly put on the defensive by the Saunders forces. Baffled by their opponents' uncanny ability to anticipate their moves, Miho eventually realizes that Saunders is making use of a radio interceptor balloon to eavesdrop on Ooarai's radio communications. Armed with that knowledge, she uses counterintelligence to lay a trap for Saunders, and manages to take out one of their tanks.
5.5"Let Me Introduce You!"
Transcription: "Shōkai Shimasu!" (Japanese: 紹介します!)
November 13, 2012 (2012-11-13)[1]
A special recap episode aired between episodes five and six. The episode reveals the names of all the Ooarai girls and some trivia about them. It also gives an overview of their tanks' capabilities.
6"Our First Battle Comes to a Climax!"
Transcription: "Ikkaisen, Hakunetsu Shitemasu!" (Japanese: 一回戦、白熱してます!)
November 20, 2012 (2012-11-20)
Miho takes advantage of the radio interceptor balloon once again to lure the bulk of the Saunders forces away from the battlefield, giving the Ooarai teams enough time to find the Saunders flag tank and lure it into an ambush. Upon learning of the unsportsmanlike tactic by her subordinate Alisa of tapping into Ooarai's radio messages, Saunders commander Kay decides to make amends by reducing the number of her active tanks to match those of Ooarai. As the Ooarai teams chase after the Saunders flag tank, their own tanks begin to be taken out by Kay's pursuing forces. Facing imminent defeat, Miho gambles on the risky tactic of having her tank climb atop a ridge, where Hana manages to take out the Saunders flag tank and win the match just before they themselves are taken out. After Kay commends Miho on her victory and takes her leave, Mako learns that her grandmother, Hisako Reizei, has been taken to a hospital. Overhearing this, Maho, who was watching the match, instructs Erika to fly both Mako and Saori to the hospital.
7"Up Next Is Anzio!"
Transcription: "Tsugi wa Antsuio desu!" (Japanese: 次はアンツィオです!)
November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27)
Miho, Hana and Yukari join Saori and Mako in visiting Hisako in the hospital, and are relieved to see that she is fine and back to her feisty self. On their way back home, Saori tells Miho how Mako's parents died when she was little and how Hisako raised Mako on her own. Meeting up for lunch the next day, Yukari brings up the previous year's tankery finals match, where Pravda High School broke the nine-year winning streak of Kuromorimine Girls High School because of Miho's decision to abandon her command of the Kuromorimine flag tank in order to rescue some teammates in distress. Realizing that the incident was the cause of Miho's eventual dislike of tankery, Yukari assures Miho that her decision to put the safety of her teammates above winning a match was the right thing to do. As Ooarai prepares for its match against Anzio High School, Miho begins to find herself overwhelmed by her responsibilities. Her friends help her out by dividing Miho's workload among themselves. In the meantime, the other teams search for additional tanks to supplement their forces, and eventually find a Renault B1 Bis, a long-barreled 75mm anti-tank cannon for the Panzer IV, and a Porsche Tiger tank. Although not all their finds can be readied for use in the upcoming match, Ooarai still manages to beat Anzio and move on to the next round.
8"We're Fighting Pravda!"
Transcription: "Purauda Sen desu!" (Japanese: プラウダ戦です!)
December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04)[a]
The Public Morals Committee, headed by Midoriko Sono, takes charge of operating the Renault tank and becomes the Mallard Team. Later, Miho is invited by the Student Council to have nabemono with them, though they hesitate to explain their real motive for inviting her. Meanwhile, at the Nishizumi estate, Maho learns that Miho is to be disinherited by their mother, Shiho Nishizumi, after Ooarai's match against Pravda. On the day of the match, Miho, aware that Katyusha, Pravda's overall commander, has the penchant for staging ambushes, proposes a cautious strategy for engaging the Pravda forces. However, Miho is overruled by the rest of the pumped-up Ooarai teams, who unanimously vote to go on the offensive. As the match progresses, early successes cause Ooarai to become overconfident, and they are quickly drawn into a trap. Completely surrounded, Ooarai take refuge in an abandoned church, where they are given three hours to surrender. As Miho and the other tankery members consider surrender, the Student Council reveals that if they lose, the school will be closed down.
9"Last Ditch Effort!"
Transcription: "Zettai Zetsumei desu!" (Japanese: 絶体絶命です!)
December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)
The Student Council explains that the school is to be shut down next year because of a lack of funding, and that they revived tankery to earn the prestige and money needed to keep the school running. Miho decides they need to fight for their school's survival, and sends Yukari, Mako, Midoriko and Erwin to scout the enemy's tank placements in order to formulate a plan. Noticing everyone's morale is low, Miho also encourages everyone to do the embarrassing Anglerfish dance to get motivated. The battle resumes once Pravda's deadline expires, with the Turtle Team quickly taking out two enemy tanks before being taken out by Nonna, Pravda's second-in-command. As the Rabbit and Mallard Teams work to protect the Duck Team flag tank, the Anglerfish and Hippo Teams pursue Pravda's flag tank, using Yukari as a spotter to pinpoint its location. Eventually, Nonna eliminates the Duck Team's protectors, and Ooarai manages to corner their own target. Both flag tanks then appear to be hit simultaneously.
10"Classmates!"
Transcription: "Kurasumeito desu!" (Japanese: クラスメイトです!)
December 18, 2012 (2012-12-18)
The Ōarai flag tank manages to survive Pravda's attack, resulting in Ooarai's victory. Preparing for the finals match against Kuromorimine, Miho and the Student Council realize that they require additional tanks to offset Kuromorimine's overwhelming advantage in numbers and firepower. They manage to restore the Porsche Tiger tank, which will be given to Nakajima with the Automotive Club, designated as the Leopon Team. They also find a Type 3 Chi-Nu tank, which will be commanded by Nekota with her online friends, composed as the Anteater Team. Later, Miho and her friends attend a flower-arrangement exhibition that Hana is participating in, where they see Hana being praised by her mother for applying concepts she learned from tankery into her artistic style. On the day of the finals, Miho is visited by her former opponents from St. Gloriana, Saunders, and Pravda, who all wish her luck. Miho is also approached by one of her former teammates from Kuromorimine, who thanks her for rescuing her during that fateful match. The finals match then begins, with Kuromorimine quickly attacking in full force and the Ooarai flag tank barely surviving thanks to a fluke defense from the Anteater Team.
10.5"Let Me Introduce You 2!"
Transcription: "Shōkai Shimasu 2!" (Japanese: 紹介します 2!)
December 25, 2012 (2012-12-25)
A special recap episode aired between episodes ten and eleven.
11"The Battle Gets Fierce!"
Transcription: "Gekisen desu!" (Japanese: 激戦です!)
March 18, 2013 (2013-03-18)
Ooarai manages to escape Kuromorimine's ambush by using smokescreens to conceal their movements, and take up defensive positions on top of a hill. A fierce battle begins, with Ooarai managing to disable several enemy tanks before taking advantage of a distraction created by the Turtle Team to retreat. On their way to their next destination, however, Ooarai has to ford a wide river. Midway across the river, the Rabbit Team's tank stalls, leaving Miho with the difficult choice of either continuing onward and leaving the Rabbit Team behind, or stopping to help and risk having Kuromorimine catch up to the entire Ooarai team. With the encouragement of her crew, Miho reaches a decision and takes a tow line over to the stricken tank, allowing the other Ooarai tanks to tow the Rabbit Team across. Ooarai then makes its way to an abandoned town, which Miho intends to use to engage Kuromorimine in urban combat. However, they run into Kuromorimine's trump card, the Panzer VIII Maus. Impervious to Ooarai's weapons, the Maus quickly knocks out the Mallard and Hippo Teams as the main Kuromorimine force continues to speed across the countryside towards the town.
12"The Battle We Can't Back Down From!"
Transcription: "Ato ni wa Hikenai Tatakai desu!" (Japanese: あとには退けない戦いです!)
March 25, 2013 (2013-03-25)
Ooarai manages to defeat the Maus through a combined team effort, but the Turtle Team's tank is disabled in the process. The remaining Ooarai tanks then disperse in order to split up the main Kuromorimine force as it descends upon the town. In the fierce fighting, Ooarai's tanks are picked off one after another, but they manage to buy the Anglerfish Team enough time to lure the Kuromorimine flag tank commanded by Maho into an enclosed building complex. The Leopon Team then blocks off the complex entrance from the rest of the Kuromorimine forces, allowing Miho to engage Maho in a desperate one-on-one tank duel in which Miho barely emerges victorious, winning the match and the championship for Ooarai. After the battle, Maho and Erika graciously admit defeat to Miho, and Maho is pleased to hear that Miho has finally found her own way of tankery. The Ooarai teams return to their hometown to celebrate their victory, ending with a parade through the streets of the town.

Special episodesEdit

Special episodes (most ten minutes per episode) bundled with Blu-rays and DVDs. Except for OVA 7, which was released stand alone and is longer than a regular episode.

No. Title Release date
OVA–1"Water War!"
Transcription: "Wōtā Wō!" (Japanese: ウォーター・ウォー!)
December 21, 2012 (2012-12-21)[10]
The Student Council announces a trip to the beach, and the girls go shopping for swimsuits.
OVA–2"Survival War!"
Transcription: "Sabaibaru Wō!" (Japanese: サバイバル・ウォー!)
February 22, 2013 (2013-02-22)[11]
The Ooarai girls go on a camping trip. After setting up tents and going for a swim, Yukari offers her selection of rations with the others, only for everyone to opt for barbecue instead. The freshmen end up burning everything, but the student council manage to salvage the meal. This episode features an homage to the "Spam" sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
OVA–3"School Ship War!"
Transcription: "Sukūru Shippu Wō!" (Japanese: スクールシップ・ウォー!)
March 22, 2013 (2013-03-22)[12]
The academy ships are introduced in greater detail. After exploring the heights and deep interiors of their academy ship, such as the navigation and food production sectors, the girls go to a hot spring.
OVA–4"Anglerfish War!"
Transcription: "Ankō Wō!" (Japanese: アンコウ・ウォー!)
April 24, 2013 (2013-04-24)[13]
The girls perform the Anglerfish dance in various localities around Ooarai.
OVA–5"Snow War!"
Transcription: "Sunō Wō!" (Japanese: スノー・ウォー!)
May 28, 2013 (2013-05-28)[14]
During the battle against Pravda (specifically, episode 9), Yukari and Erwin go on a reconnaissance mission, but are caught in a snowstorm. After riding it out, they take on disguises as Pravda students and speak with the operator of the KV-2 to obtain information about how Pravda has organised their armour.
OVA–6"Banquet War!"
Transcription: "Enkai Wō!" (Japanese: エンカイ・ウォー!)
June 21, 2013 (2013-06-21)[15]
The tankery members celebrate their championship victory with a banquet, and hold an impromptu talent contest with performances from each of the teams.
OVA–7"This Is the Real Anzio Battle!"
Transcription: "Kore ga Hontō no Antsio-sen desu!" (Japanese: これが本当のアンツィオ戦です!)
July 5, 2014 (2014-07-05)[16][17]
Set during episode seven, the Italian-themed Anzio High School prepares for their upcoming match against Ooarai, with commander Anchovy procuring a secret weapon for the occasion. Meanwhile, Yukari manages to sneak into Anzio and gather intel for Ooarai, learning that their secret weapon is a Carro Armato P40 tank. After Miho visits the Hippo Team to research information on the tank, the Ooarai girls have a training match to learn how best to fight against their next opponents. The day of the match between Ooarai and Anzio soon arrives, with Hippo Team's member Caesar briefly rekindling her childhood friendship with one of Anzio's sub-leaders, Carpaccio, before the match officially gets underway. Ooarai is initially held at bay by Anzio tanks standing on a vantage position, but quickly discover from their odd numbers that they are actually cardboard cut-outs designed to intimidate and confuse them. The girls soon engage with the real Anzio tanks, with the Hippo team dueling against Carpaccio's Semovente, which ends in both teams taking each other out. Thanks to Miho's training, Ooarai eventually manages to thin out all of Anzio's tankettes and immobilize the P 40, winning the match. After the match, Anzio holds a banquet to celebrate a good battle, while Caesar and Carpaccio look forward to their next match. On the day of the tournament's finals, Anzio shows up early to support Ooarai as promised, only to sleep through the entire match following a night of partying.
Film–OVA"Alice War!"
Transcription: "Arisu Wō!" (Japanese: アリス・ウォー!)
May 27, 2016 (2016-05-27)
After the events of Girls und Panzer der Film, Alice Shimada considers transferring to Ooarai in order to enjoy a normal high school life. To convince her to transfer over, each of the Ooarai tankery teams attempt to think up ideas to make her feel welcome. But she eventually realizes that if she joins Oarai, she won't be able to compete against Miho and she subsequently transfers out.

Girls und Panzer das FinaleEdit

A six-part theatrical series with each part being as long as two regular broadcast episodes.

No. Title Release date
Part–1"Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part 1"December 9, 2017 (2017-12-09)
As winter arrives, Momo is determined to find Ooarai's ninth missing tank and receives intelligence on its location. However, news travels throughout the school that Momo has not been accepted by any universities, resulting in the spread of a misleading rumor that she will be held back a year. Miho and her friends figure that they can get Momo accepted into the same university as Anzu and Yuzu if they can demonstrate that Momo is skilled at Senshado. To achieve this, they name Momo as the Commander of the Ooarai team and enter into the Winter Cup, which many of the other Senshado schools will be participating in as well. Miho and the rest of Anglerfish Team travel below decks to find the ninth tank and run into Ogin and her crew. Ogin's crew challenges Anglerfish Team to a series of challenges which the Anglerfish easily win, impressing Ogin. Upon finding out Momo's predicament, Ogin and her crew decide to join up as Shark Team, citing how they owe a debt to Momo for saving them from expulsion. They also recover the ninth tank, a Mark IV tank which Shark Team had been using as a smokehouse. As the Winter Cup finally begins, Ooarai is matched up against BC Freedom Academy in the first round. Yukari performs surveillance and discovers that the BC Freedom students are deeply divided between the original students and the high school transfer students, which carries into their Senshado team with their officers Ando and Oshida constantly at odds and their commander Marie seemingly oblivious to the situation. Confident that BC Freedom lacks the team unity for a coordinated defense, Ooarai makes a direct attack on the flag tank. However, it is revealed that BC Freedom's disunity was merely a ruse, and they trap Ooarai on a bridge in a crossfire. Thanks to quick thinking from Miho, Ooarai uses Shark Team's Mark IV as a makeshift bridge to escape. With the ambush a failure, both BC Freedom and Ooarai retreat to regroup.
Part–2"Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part 2"June 15, 2019 (2019-06-15)
After narrowly escaping BC Freedom's trap, Ooarai turns the tables against them by using their Renault Char B1 and the cover of a hedgerow maze to instigate a real quarrel between the Escalators and Examinators.
Part–3"Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part 3"TBA
Part–4"Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part 4"TBA
Part–5"Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part 5"TBA
Part–6"Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part 6"TBA

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The episode simulcasted by Crunchyroll in North America was aired without the scene containing the song Katyusha.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Girls & Panzer Delays Episode #6, Airs #5.5 Next Week". Anime News Network. November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  2. ^ "Girls & Panzer's Last Episode Slated for January 9 by AT-X". Anime News Network. December 11, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  3. ^ "Girls & Panzer Delays Episode #11 Tentatively Until March". Anime News Network. December 15, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  4. ^ "Girls und Panzer's Delayed 11th Episode Preview Streamed". Anime News Network. 2013-02-14. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
  5. ^ "Girls & Panzer's 'Water War' Video Anime Digest Streamed". Anime News Network. November 22, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  6. ^ "Girls und Panzer's 2nd Promo Streamed with Schoolgirls & Tanks". Anime News Network. August 9, 2012. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  7. ^ "Sentai Filmworks Adds Schoolgirl/Tank Anime Girls und Panzer". Anime News Network. September 30, 2012. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  8. ^ "ガールズ & パンツァー". Media Arts Database (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved September 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Girls und Panzer episode 8 censored?". Japanator. December 6, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  10. ^ "GIRLS und PANZER/ガールズ&パンツァー Vol.1" (in Japanese). Girls und Panzer Official Website. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  11. ^ "GIRLS und PANZER/ガールズ&パンツァー Vol.2" (in Japanese). Girls und Panzer Official Website. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  12. ^ "GIRLS und PANZER/ガールズ&パンツァー Vol.3" (in Japanese). Girls und Panzer Official Website. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  13. ^ "GIRLS und PANZER/ガールズ&パンツァー Vol.4" (in Japanese). Girls und Panzer Official Website. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  14. ^ "GIRLS und PANZER/ガールズ&パンツァー Vol.5" (in Japanese). Girls und Panzer Official Website. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  15. ^ "GIRLS und PANZER/ガールズ&パンツァー Vol.6" (in Japanese). Girls und Panzer Official Website. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  16. ^ "Girls & Panzer's Anzio Anime Unveils July 5 Date & Designs". Anime News Network. February 9, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014.
  17. ^ "OVA「これが本当のアンツィオ戦です!」7月5日より12館でイベント上映開始!" (in Japanese). Girls und Panzer Official Blog. February 8, 2014. Retrieved February 15, 2014.