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Live Action “Girls Und Panzer”? Girls Dance And Wash a Tank in Promotional Video For Upcoming Movie

Girls und Panzer, the anime series depicting a competition between girls' high schools practicing tank warfare as a sport, continues to enjoy popularity since it was first broadcast in 2012 to 2013. In addition to nine manga series and one light novel adaptation, an OVA came out in 2014. The first movie, GIRLS und PANZER der FILM, in 2015, was so popular that it enjoyed an extended run in theaters and was the highest earning film in Japan that year.

Now, to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the series, “GIRLS Und PANZER: das FINALE” is set to open in Japanese movie theaters on December 9. This time, the creators of the series have decided to bring out the big guns. As a first volley, they've made not just one film but a total of six (albeit short ones, the first running 47 minutes) to tell this final chapter.

The second volley is the way they are promoting the film, releasing a video, directed by Yuji Hariu, called “SEN-SHA” (a play on words, since this can mean both “tank” and “car wash,” depending on which kanji are used) along with an entire website to showcase it. In a move sure to please loyal fans of the series, a team of girls in gym clothes, immediately identifiable by their hairstyles as the characters of the anime, happily wash a Panzer IV tank with mops, water and soap while dancing to a medley of upbeat marches and military songs. Japanese pro wrestler Masahiro Chono, a known fan of the series, makes a cameo as the tank driver.

The dancers, Aimi Mouri (b. 2000, model), Mikako Kasai (b. 1996, model), Ayami Sema (b. 2001, actress, former member of idol group Prizmmy☆), Rion Okamoto (b. 2001, model) and Hazuki Tanda (b. 2001, actress, member of idol group PALET) were choreographed by the s**t kingz, who, as their name might suggest, know ther s**t when it comes to dancing.

Let's see how the video unfolds:

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With school uniforms strewn on the floor, the opening scene leaves one wondering about the direction the video will take...

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But it soon becomes clear that the girls were merely changing into gym clothes more appropriate for washing a tank.

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The dramatic mood quickly takes an upbeat turn as the dancing begins. After some playing around with water buckets, the girls are ready to head towards their beloved Panzer IV.

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Definitely in need of a tank wash...

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The girls divide into two teams, one spraying the tank down, and the other dancing in front of the tank...

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Then it's time for soap suds to really get things clean

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All of this commotion has caught the attention of other students in the school, as well as Masahiro Chono, who waits for his cue and runs over to drive the tank...

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The girls all get into position in the tank, dance a bit while the tank is on the move, and then they jump out onto the storage yard.

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The video ends with the girls happy with their clean tank and dancing in the storage yard.

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As the camera pans out to give a birds-eye view of their school (on a giant aircraft carrier) a message appears: "A story of tanks and youth and high school girls."


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This video certainly helps to work up excitement and anticipation for the movie.

If you're in Japan, you'll be able to enjoy it from December 9.

For more details about the movie, screening times, and more, please see the official website here.

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