The theatrical release of the Girls Und Panzer Movie ended recently with an unexpected impressive run. Who would’ve though the anime film about tank warfare would be one of the highest grossing anime film, based on a late night anime, of all time?
Girls und Panzer der Film has grossed over a total of ¥2.2 Billion (~ US$20.42 Million) in Japan after being in cinemas for 29 weeks. The film has surpassed Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica: Rebellion which had a total of ¥2.08 Billion (~ US$18.7 Million), which was the highest grossing anime film based on a TV anime that aired late at night until 2015. The movie was surpassed by 2015’s Love Live! The School Idol Movie, which grossed a total of ¥2.86 Billion (~ US$25.7 Million) and still remains the highest grossing anime in the category.
Whilst the film is the 3rd highest for a film based on a late night anime, it is also ranked in the top 15 highest grossing anime films in Japan in the recent decade. The top 3 include
- Yo-Kai Watch: Tanjyo no Himitsuda-Nyan! (¥7.8 Billion/ ~ US$72.3 Million)
- Bakemono no Ko (¥5.85 Billion/ ~US$54 Million)
- Detective Conan: The Sunflowers of Inferno (¥4.47 Billion/ ~US$41.5 Million)
The Blu-ray and DVD release of Girls und Panzer der Film was released on May 27th bundled with an OVA.
Here is the film’s trailer:
Girls und Panzer is an original anime series that aired from October 2012 till March 2013. The series is produced by studio Actas (Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch Pure, Switch) and directed by Tsutomu Mizushima (Another, Shinryaku! Ika Musume). Four manga adaptations of the series were produced since 2012, all of which are published by Media Factory. A light novel adaptation was also produced in 2012, as well as a video game based on the series that released on the PlayStation Vita in June this year.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
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.
The Girls und Panzer anime film is currently out on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan.
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