Girls und Panzer is undoubtedly one of the craziest anime shows I’ve seen as schoolgirls combat each other in tanks for their respective schools as though they were playing sports. Now long after the series ended, some OVAs and even a film, the next and supposedly last entry of the franchise is here in Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part One that will tread over fans with even more crazy comedy.
Things aren’t looking for Momo Kawashima who used to be a student council member at the Ooarai Girls Academy. She seems to have failed her university entry exam which means she’ll be held back another year at Ooarai. Of course she’s not about to let this happen without a fight, a tank fight that is.
Miho and some of the other Oorai tank teams come up with a plan to get Momo another chance at graduating, but the catch is that she has to lead the tank teams to win the upcoming championship. This will be no small feat as there’s a lot of training these girls will have to go through to even try to stand a chance of winning. Needless to say there’s plenty of comedic situations and life lessons they’ll have to go through as they tread on the path to victory.
While it seemed to had ended before it had a chance to start thanks to its 40-some minute runtime, I still had fun watching the ladies and their tanks get into one zany misadventure after another. I’m already excited to see what happens in the next part as the cast of characters are both fun and funny, but know when to get serious as well.
Since this was shown in theaters, the animation and artwork is pretty top-notch as is the Dolby HD audio that comes in nicely on this Blu-ray. As far as extras go, there’s the clean opening and closing animations, a Japanese promotional video, and of course a trailer for Part Two.
Girls und Panzer das Finale: Part One is a fun time that seems to end all too soon. Despite this, it will keep you laughing and excited to see what comes next thanks to its excellent cast of characters and the crazy things they get themselves and their tanks into. I think I speak for the fans when I say I can’t wait to dig my tank treads into part two and beyond that can’t be released soon enough.