New Girls und Panzer Movie PV

About 3 weeks away from the Girls und Panzer movie Japanese cinema release, and there’s a new(ish) PV out.   There’s been some production delays, but from the PV’s, this does look like it should be quite good and worth the wait.

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Girls und Panzer Movie Now Scheduled for Summer 2015

Girls und Panzer movie promo

First, thanks to flaze35 for the news update. Well… at least we got a premier date announcement, but to be honest, that’s considerably later than I had expected.  According to the AnimeNewNetwork article, the movie was originally scheduled for release this year.  I guess they hit a snag somewhere along the way.  That seems to be happening somewhat frequently these days (*looks at KanColle anime*).  However, an announced opening date is better than none.  The TV anime itself ran into delays as well, and the extra time was put to good use.  I expect the same will hold true for the movie, and I’m certainly looking forward to it.

Kaze Tachinu (The Wind Rises) Review

This movie is somewhat different from what we normally cover since it’s not about military anime per se. The movie Kaze Tachinu is about Jiro Horikoshi, the creator of the legendary A6M Zero fighter, so it does have a connection to military aircraft. Unfortunately, we see only a glimpse of the Zero and very little of Jiro’s previous creation the A5M “Claude”. Even with the limited screen time of these two iconic Japanese planes, we are treated to a number of pre WWII military aircraft and a look into how Japan’s aircraft industry developed pre WWII.

I’m somewhat unsure as to how to approach this review. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this anime, and I finally decided that I could treat the movie as a combination of three different movies, each with a different style and subject. We have a fantasy story, which is comprised of Jiro’s dreams of flight and of his hero the Italian aviation pioneer, Giovanni Battista Caproni, which includes a coda set at the end of WWII. We have the bittersweet and tragic romance of his love for the girl Nahoko. Finally, we have a biography of Jiro (though with a great deal of fictional elements) from approximately 1918 (based on the date on the magazine he borrowed) to 1935 (based on the flight of the A5M prototype). All three stories intersect and overlap, but I feel that the stylistic differences create a dissonance that makes them feel disjointed to me. So indulge me while I do three reviews in one.

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