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Girls & Panzer Film's Summer 2015 Opening, New Visual Unveiled

posted on by Egan Loo

The movie edition of Girls und Panzer, the popular anime of girls riding and fighting in tanks, will open next summer. The announcement was made at a Sunday talk show during the 18th Ōarai Angler Fish Festival at Ōarai, the Ibaraki Prefecture town that served as the model for the anime.

A new visual for the film also debuted on Sunday. It features the town's real-life Ōarai Marine Tower in the background, behind the heroines from Ōarai Girls Academy and other characters. The tagline reads, "Let's meet at the theater!!"

The new film in the Girls und Panzer franchise with an all-original story was announced last year, although it was initially planned for release this year. The television anime series' Tsutomu Mizushima is returning to direct the film. Sunday's talk show featured the cast from the television series who are also reprising their roles for the movie.

A teaser trailer debuted in July:

Text: The talked-about anime Girls und Panzer that started the tank boom
Text: Is returning as a brand-new, full-length film!
Yukari: Nishizumi, Nishizumi! Did you hear? It looks like our new activities are being made into a full-length movie that's currently in production!
Text: All the staff from Girls und Panzer including the director Tsutomu Mizushima reunite!
Miho: Yeah! I'm so happy that I can do senshadō matches with Darjeeling and the others again!
Yukari: Mm-hmm! I'm happy I can ride a tank with you again, Nishizumi!
Text: A full-length story on the theater's big screen with stunning sound!
Miho: Girls und Panzer: The Movie.
Text: New characters and new tanks appear one after the other!
Yukari: It looks like new tanks will make an appearance!
Miho: Currently in production! Everyone, please look forward to it!

The anime franchise began with a television series that premiered in 2012. The story centers around high school girls who drive tanks that exist in real life, as they compete in teams. Crunchyroll and Anime Network both streamed the anime outside Japan. An all-new original video anime (OVA) titled "Kore ga Hontō no Anzio-sen Desu!" (This is the Real Anzio Battle!) premiered in Japanese theaters in July, and the anime shipped on DVD and Blu-ray later that month.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

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