Girls and tanks! Yeah, that is what this show is about. But how do you have a show about girls and tanks when they are closing down their school and as a result their club? That is precisely the conundrum faced in Gurls und Panzer der Film.
In Girls und Panzer der Film, we pick up after the girls with the championship. This championship was supposed to ensure their school’s continued existence, and as a result, the club’s. However, the ministry of education goes back on their word and decides that they are going to close down the school. To save their school, the Ooarai Girls High School must go up against a college team. Going up against an older, better equipped, more experienced and practiced team is already quite the task for the girls to take on. Add in the pressure of trying to save their school and it seems the odds are stacked against them.
Girls und Panzer der Film, may play like a very fluffy and light film, but it is actually a pretty strong affair. There is plenty of silliness and nonsense humor, but they do two things very well. They play up drama in these girls’ lives and the tank battles are a blast. A lot of time is spent on the drama of the girls facing inconceivable odds. And that is a good thing for how well it is done. The Ooarai girls and their friends find creative solutions to their biggest problems here. The tank battle at the end is on a pretty grand scale compared to what I saw in their last entry, The Real Anzio Battle. Not only does it feature more tanks and plays longer, but there is more back and forth and upheaval to experience.
Everything plays out strongly that the viewer can feel for the girls and even winds up rooting for them to win their match and keep their school open. Anytime a movie that comes off so lightly can also achieve that level of involvement from the viewer is a win. This is definitely worth a watch and a must-watch for fans of the series.
Technical Side: 3.5/5
Girls Und Panzer der Film has a pretty nice transfer. The video is clean for the most part but is a little on the soft side. The colors look pleasing and natural. It also comes with a solid 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Being so drama heavy, fidelity of dialog is of great importance and this track doesn’t disappoint. Likewise, the tank battles sound good on surround as well. These being of the greatest value for this film, the track does its job well.
Special Features and Packaging: 2.5/5
Clean Opening and Closing Animation
Girls Und Panzer in (about) 3 Minutes: This is a pretty cute and enjoyable overview of the events leading up to this movie.
Sentai gives us pretty much what we have come to expect for season sets with a standard two disc case here.
While Girls Und Panzer is not anything revolutionary or game changing, it is quite enjoyable. It feels pretty light while also carrying some more weight and depth to it. It looks and sounds solid. Special features are rather limited as is typical for these releases and won’t sway anyone’s thought one way or another. The film itself is worth the price of admission, though and should be seen.
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