Girls und Panzer is a 2012 Japanese anime 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. The final two episodes aired in March 2013. Original video animation episodes are included with the Blu-ray/DVD releases. 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. The series is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks.
The episode begins using a cold open, with a flash-forward to the events of Episode 4 (i.e. the training match against St. Gloriana Girls College). From a tank's point-of-view (POV), a valley can be seen, with five tanks advancing in the distance. Two girls are heard discussing the distant tanks, then the girls are seen returning to the tank; keeping the same POV, the tank gets on the move. As it climbs up a gorge, four more tanks of various kinds and nationalities (all strangely painted) are seen, all apparently crewed by girls. Following a plan, the other tanks steer away to prepare an ambush, while the first tank keeps on going to be the bait; its crew exchange some words of encouragement about this being their first battle. The tank fires on the opponent to get their attention, and the enemy tanks turn and give chase; the commander warns the crew that they can't afford to get hit. One of the enemy's gunners take a shot and the camera closes in towards the tank commander's face as if it were from the shot's POV. Then the scene fades to white.
The scene then changes to a girl's bedroom, where a girl is sleeping. The alarm goes off, the girl, flustered, hurriedly silences it, rushes to make her bed, and quickly begins to change out of her nightclothes; suddenly she stops and happily reminds herself that she is not at home anymore. She then is seen happily walking to school, the only strange note being that she is all alone, although other girls are seen walking in the same direction. At the lunch break, after her school instruments fall from her desk and she stays behind to pick them up, she is approached by two girls (Saori and Hana), who ask her if she wants to eat lunch together with them. She nervously and shyly accepts; as they're getting their food, their names are revealed (respectively, Miho Nishizumi, Hana Isuzu and Saori Takebe). While they're eating, Miho declares that she's happy that she made some friends, but when asked by the others about why she transferred to Ooarai Girls Academy alone, she appears uncomfortable and they drop the issue.
In a dimly-lit room, three girls are heard discussing something and they agree that they will start their plans right away. In class, the three newfound friends deepen their friendship, with Saori revealing her fixation with boys (to the point of thinking of normal greetings as signs of interest), and Miho saying that she envies Hana's calm and mature behavior (to which she gives the reason that she has been doing flower arrangement all her life, although she worries she might be too stiff).
Just as Miho thanks them for being friends with her, the three girls from before (revealed to be the Student Council's members) enter the classroom and approach her. Drawing her aside, they assertively tell her that, when she chooses her mandatory elective activity, she should pick Sensha-dō. When Miho's protests, explaining that she believed the school didn't have Sensha-dō on their curriculum, they nonchalantly tell her that it has been reactivated and leave.
As soon as they're left alone, Hana and Saori ask Miho about what transpired. Miho eventually admits that she comes from a family with a long tradition of Sensha-dō (a traditional martial art exclusively for girls), but she hasn't got nice memories of it, and therefore came to Ooarai precisely to avoid such an activity. Her friends, now understanding why she reacted that way, tell her that she doesn't have to do it. Just then, the loudspeakers announce that every student should gather in the gym.
The episode begins with an establishing shots of the Ooarai school ship, then the warehouse where, in Episode 1, the girls found the lone Panzer IV. There the Student Council informs everyone that it has been a few years since sensha-dō was discontinued in Ooarai, but the other tanks should still be around somewhere. Unable to give them more precise info, they direct everyone to start looking for the missing tanks before next morning, when a sensha-dō instructor will arrive. Saori is dejected by this lackluster start, but when Anzu tells her that the instructor is "really cool", and offers to introduce them (implying the instructor is a man), Saori immediately regains her enthusiasm.
The Panzer IV is seen running away, shells raining around it, when Miho, sitting in her open hatch, spots a girl with a book on her face, apparently asleep, laying directly in their path. Miho screams to get the girl's attention, and the episode ends on a cliffhanger.
GuP does have quite the assembly of cute girls. Rosehip and her crew are my personal favorite. Also, you may still use your disqus account here, Custom. If you want to remain as a guest account, that works too, though. I appreciate your comments either way.
Girls und Panzer Abridged is an ongoing abridgement of the 2012 sleeper hit Girls und Panzer, a show so long (12 episodes), it was begging to be shortened. It was created by GunmetalSTuG and several of his friends (whom he affectionately refers to as his team).
Girls und Panzer Abridged completely eschews the original show's plot about a ragtag group of friends coming together in a heart-warming underdog story about friendship and finding your own way in the world. It is instead about a group of lazy, drug-addled, borderline sociopathic high school girls who are forced to compete in the Tankery Team by a bloodthirsty and psychotic Student Council President.
On July 1st, 2013, the first episode was released and received a small but generally positive reception. It was shared on reddit by ApatheticCritic, where it garnered a modest following. It was also posted on several World of Tanks GuP forums, where the original show is amazingly popular.
Episode 1 and 2 were released within a month of each other, but Episode 3 was delayed, with the creator citing severe illness and schoolwork as reasons for the wait. Despite the delay, production on Episode 3 never halted and it released in November of the same year. Just one month later, the team released a short Christmas Special, featuring the teams new microphones, to tide the wait for the next episode. Episode 4 was released on March 1st, 2014, followed by a Mother's Day special just two months later.
Episode 7 was released on December 9th, 2020, after a five year hiatus (six if it were delayed a week and a half longer). It was originally going to release in early January of 2020, but due to Coronavirus Gunmetal was busy working overtime, unable to get the episode completed until he himself cought Coronavirus.
Episode 3 was taken down by Bandai Visual on copyright grounds. On March 14th, 2016 GunmetalSTuG made a post on the Girls und Panzer Abridged Facebook page saying that a counter claim has been made. At this time it is unknown when or if the episode will return to YouTube. It was later re-uploaded to YouTube on September 7th, 2016 by user RavenGaurd.
In June 2017, desierfire14, a previous member of the team and voice of Miho and the freshman, quit the team due to issues within the group. It appears that she has returned to the team prior to the release of episode 7, although this is not confirmed.
So by next week (when I would guess that the season would normally end), there will be 10 actual episodes plus two recap episodes: Introductions (episode 5.5) and Introductions 2 (episode 10.5). It is not clear when the final 2 real episodes will be broadcast .
Episode 10, Classmates, was deliberately more character than action focussed. The purpose of this episode is to set the heroines resolve, and get the final match started badly for Ooarai Girls High School.
As noted on the TV Tropes page (spoilery, but scroll down to No Export for You), there was a licensing snarl with a Russian song performed by some of the voice actresses . As a result it was dropped from the CrunchyRoll version of episode 8. 781b155fdc