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Girls Und Panzer: This Is The Real Anzio Battle! OVA (2014/Sentai Blu-ray w/DVD Set)

Picture: C+/C Sound: B/B- Extras: C Episodes: C+

Girls Und Panzer (2014) takes place in a world where girls train in tank warfare in community sized Academy carrier ships and compete against other schools, in the WWII mode (an opposing team is in the Italian Fascist mode, but its hard to read if the protagonists represent U.S. and/or Japanese interests, or something else). The girls of Ooral Girls' Academy face their rivals from Anzio High in a 'friendly' match but can team Usagi (Rabbit) find a way to beat their rivals who have faster and newer tanks?

Thus, this series (aka Girls and Tanks) is about cute girls that learn how to drive and shoot tanks in friendly school matches. Team Usagi does represent a fresh new batch of recruits who have been given older tanks (which were leftover from the last war), but how can they compete with the other schools with their faster and newer tanks? They will have to work together show they may be in older tanks but don't count them out.

This was an anime OVA (an extra episode to the series) and all about cute girls who can literally blow you away (so don't piss off any girl lol). While tanks are powerful and were a changing point in warfare, they were not known for speed. On the battlefield strategy, skill, knowledge and teamwork is sometimes more important than gear or tech. Not bad overall, but there's only so much here at a total running time of 38 minutes.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on all the episodes look a bit weak throughout, though the anamorphically enhanced DVD versions are softer still. The transfers are not awful, yet not great; then neither is the very basic animation. Color is a bit better than detail. Both the Japanese & English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 4.1 lossless sound presentations on the Blu-ray make this easier to handle, but the English disappoints a bit in comparison and the better Japanese presentation (more detailed and accurate) with their odd mixes. 4.1 was what Dolby used for 70mm (usually blow-ups of 35mm-shot films) movie sound on magnetically-striped film prints that Dolby used before 5.1 arrived & became standard in the digital era, so enjoy the monophonic surrounds. The DVD has lossy Japanese & English Dolby Digital 4.1 mixes that are both a step down, as expected.

Extras include clean closing animation and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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