The official website of the Girls und Panzer franchise has revealed that the Blu-ray and DVD release of Girls und Panzer movie will be out in Japan on May 27. The release will also contain a special OVA that is set after the events of the movie, a part of the Akiyama Yukari no Sensha Kouza OVA series.
In addition to the OVA, the Blu-ray and DVD will also contain:
- A special 80 page booklet
- Behind the scenes footage
- Footage from the movie’s opening screening and greeting
- Separate commentary from the cast, staff and military advisers
- A 20 page set of character designs
- Boko no Uta Song CD
- Code to download the Girls & Panzer: Sensha-dou Daisakusen! mobile game
- Collection of promotional videos, trailers and commercials
The film itself has a strong run at the Japanese box office, opening at ¥128,438,980 (~ US$1.1 Million) and was ranked as the 38th highest grossing Japanese film in 2015. The movie to date has earned a total of ¥1.1 Billion (~ US$9.75 Million).
Here’s a trailer for the movie:
Girls und Panzer is a 2012 Japanese anime television series created by Actas. It depicts a competition between girls’ high schools practicing tank warfare as a sport. The series was directed by Tsutomu Mizushima and produced by Kiyoshi Sugiyama. Takaaki Suzuki, who has earlier acted as a military history advisor for Strike Witches and Upotte!!, was involved in the production of the anime. The series initially aired in Japan between October and December 2012, with two additional episodes airing in March 2013 and an original video animation released in July 2014. Five manga series and a light novel adaptation have been published by Media Factory. An animated film debuted on November 21, 2015.
Here is a synopsis of the series from Haruhichan:
You may have heard of kung fu, but the girls at Oarai High School practice gun-fu—really, really BIG 75mm gun-fu, in fact. It’s called Sensha-do, and it’s the martial art of operating armored tanks! They take it seriously too, and since winning the national Sensha-do championship is such a huge deal at Oarai, they sometimes go to extreme ends in order to get the best students from Panzer class to sign up. Which is how Miho Nishizumi, who HATES operating tanks, gets drafted to join doomsday-driven driver Mako, even-triggered gunner Hana, highly receptive radio operator Saori and combustible tank-fangirl and loader Yukari as the incomparable Anko Team. They may not be on the half-track to fame and fortune, and maybe a few of them would rather shop for tank tops than become tops in tanks, but once their focus is locked and loaded, they’re absolutely driven.