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Newspaper: Girls & Panzer Sequel Tentatively Planned (Updated)

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Anime's publicity staffer: currently no plans for a sequel

The Monday edition of Jōyō Shimbun, a newspaper in Japan's Ibaraki Prefecture, reported that a sequel to the Girls und Panzer anime is being tentatively planned, in addition to the upcoming episodes #11 and #12. The newspaper credits the popularity of the anime, which has led otaku to make "pilgrimages" to places that appear in the anime. One of these areas is Ibaraki Prefecture's Ōarai, making this area (which was affected by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami) a tourist spot.

Episodes #11 and #12 of the current anime are tentatively planned for March after being delayed. Director Tsutomu Mizushima wrote earlier this month that he personally thinks that the end of episode 12 is not the end of the whole story.

Takaaki Suzuki, a military history advisor on Strike Witches and Upotte!! revealed the project in May. The first episode of Girls und Panzer began airing in Japan in October, with Crunchyroll and The Anime Network licensing it for streaming for regions outside of Japan, and Sentai Filmworks has licensed it for home video release in North America.

[Via 0takomu]

Update: Episode numbers corrected. Thanks, Fencedude5609

Update 2: Hirooka, a publicity staff member for the Girls und Panzer anime, posted on the anime's official blog that there are currently no plans for a sequel. Hirooka specifically described the newspaper report as "mistaken information" and apologized for the confusion among fans.

He added, "Of course, the possibility [of a sequel] is not zero, but first, the entire staff is working our hardest on the broadcast of episode 11 and 12. We ask for your continued support."

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