|Cute girls doing cute military things is not a new concept to the world of anime I mean we have Sora no Woto, Strike Witches, Upotte and Gunslinger girl. So will Girls und Panzer roll out and explode as the next big hit in this strange line up? I certainly hope it will do more for me than Bousou Shiki’s first episode…anyway time for a first impressions post with Kara and Hawte! Stay tuned for some hilarious fun!|
|What I learned in these 24 or so minutes is the following: learn how to Panzer and you’ll be a REAL woman. Bitches love Panzer. Everyone does. We need Panzer in our lives to fulfill that void we wouldn’t have even known was there if not for this anime. Everything makes sense now. Forever.|
|“Girls”? Psh. German conjunctions? So what. “Panzers”!? I’M IN. With so many incredible shows airing this season Girls und Panzer will probably go unnoticed, but that’s a shame because it’s actually pretty entertaining and has a promising premise, albeit a a crazy one.|
|This series has some interesting looking characters! Just like Strike witches we are dealing with girls from various counties; however since everyone speaks Japanese in this series it really was tough judging what country the girls represented! I am pretty sure that one of the main characters is from Germany? So who makes up our team of main characters? Just from the first episode we only got to see three of them starting off with the clumsy and accident prone Miho Nishizumi voiced by Fuchigami Mai, but I only know her as Maekawa from Denpa Onna. Next up we meet the always positive Saori Takebe who made me automatically think of Yayoi from Smile Precure because they have similar hairstyles; however she is voiced by Ai Kayano who I will always refer to as Inori from Guilty Crown or if you want someone new to compare her to you could go with Mashiro Shiina from that new Sakurasou no Pet na Kanjo. Finally we have the token girl with long black hair aka Hana Isuzu voiced by Mami Ozaki who is really fresh to voice acting! Overall the acting is great even though I have to give Ai Kayano a shout out for doing a good job as the ultra-cute-Saori! I think I found my official favorite character or until I hear Yuka Iguchi aka Index or Tsukihi Araagi pop up anyway and rounding off the cast of big names with Eri Kitamura from Nisemonogatari as Karen Araragi and Misato Fukuen aka Miyuki from Smile Precure.|
|Ah, yes. The all important ‘und’ in the Girls und Panzer anime. So what is this und? Some might call it a simple word, connecting together the idea of girls and Panzer, but clearly they meant it as a symbol for the production team behind the making of the anime. Clever. Very clever. Anyways, the animation team behind this was Actas. …If you’ve never heard of them before, don’t worry. I’ve never heard of them before either. The animation wasn’t all that bad though, so I’ll give them that. The director for this is Mizushima Tsutomu and he recently directed… Another and Blood-C. Lord knows how he got this job. On the other hand though, he also did Joshiraku just last season so I guess he’s out of survival horror and into comedy now. Also on board is the military history advisor who worked with Strike Witches and Upotte, Suzuki Takaaki. With people who worked on Strike Witches -which was the most historically accurate and focused anime EVER, (flying lolis in their underwear with animal ears. You can’t go wrong.)- in on this anime, there’s no way it could turn terrible, right? Right.|
Tanks, very useful when you’re in the middle of the ocean.
|Girls und Panzer isn’t the show you’d ordinarily start watching in hopes of an intricate plot, or even strategically interesting battles for that matter. After all, the show is clearly not being advertised as a socio-political war drama, but rather an SoL-comedy with some tanks and melodrama thrown in for good measure. (And yes, tanks are of the classiest good measure!) That being said, Girl und Panzer delivered where I expected it would, introducing some well-rounded characters with defined intentions and enough obscurity to develop further stories, as well as a rudimentary premise to push said stories along. In this case the premise revolves around a Panzer-tournament between schools, which sounds both disturbingly cruel and weirdly exciting. Now in my eyes this presents a possibly huge problem, will the show cover the tournament? Something tells me that a large amount of SoL distraction combined with Panzer training stories will eventually lead to an open-ending.
Anyway, aside from a promising introduction to the main conflict, the last seconds of the episode revealed a quick look at the setting of Girls und Panzer, a huge ship. I’m unsure if this will play into the story somehow, but that was an awesome reveal especially in the way that it was done, panned back from the girls and their new tanks. The tanks themselves, mostly shown in the opening to the rest of the episode, are all CGI. This gives them a clunky, off-putting appearance, though the bright colors and varied designs are a nice distraction. Still, it wasn’t terrible and I rather enjoyed the tank action this week (as short as it was). There are a lot of ways this show could turn into a horrible mess, but with enough tank action and more of the creativity displayed in the production this week, Girls und Panzer might turn out to be an enjoyable weekly break!
The strategy: Too cute to shoot.
Well that certainly was an interesting first episode for me! The opening scenes were a little weird for me but the use of CGI looked decent even though I would have preferred hand drawn, but budget wise not a bad job from Actas overall…so what did I have the most fun with from this episode? I guess I really enjoyed hearing all the girls talking and hanging out together even though I spent most my time trying to figure out where the girls were from originally, but I loved seeing all of the different tank teams and the different colors? That was kind of strange I mean who paints their tank bright neon pink? Then again that is probably the fun part of this series! So what did you think of this first episode? Was it filled with everything you were wanting? I know it has me sold right now.
…So, uh what nationality are these girls exactly? The subs I watched were absolutely full of German words thrown in with English… while the girls were speaking Japanese in reality. Are they German and speaking Japanese through some sort of convenient language filter? Are they Japanese Germans? I was more than a little confused by all of that somewhere in there. I have no complaints about production, but… uh… that plot. Who in their right mind decides that high school girls taking part of tank battles is THE highest form of extracurricular activity (also, how the hell does that count as a martial art)? This has handed me a bigger mystery than trying to figure out K’s plot. This is even bigger than figuring out Who is Imouto. I… I can’t even begin to comprehend. …I should probably find out wtf a Panzer is now. If what I watched is any indication, it’s something to do with moe lolis and German vocabulary. …Also, tanks.
As I said above, Girls und Panzer’s playful premise is a welcome addition to the handful of plot-heavy, intense shows I’m watching this season. It’s clearly not trying to be taken too seriously, much like Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and as long as the story stays on the right track (focusing on the Panzer tournament and combat in general) then it shouldn’t bore. As a purely SoL/comedy this show definitely would have fallen flat with its characters, but thanks to the added plot devices in the form of hulking, German Panzers they should be able to carry the story well enough. I completely agree with Kara that the plot is beyond realism at this point, but I came into this with my disbelief suspended and as long as it stays up there I don’t think there will be room for disappointment. Will I be blogging this show weekly? Well, I’ll leave that up to episode two. ;D