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Here's the ANN article for that news.
I'm interested in this since it will have a special PV for the upcoming Girls und Panzer movie.
edited 24th Jan '15 12:21:38 AM by Jamibu
That's the same Gu P artwork they used to promote Fury's theater release in the first place.
This'll make the Sherman fans happy, at least.
Someone really needs to translate the Gekkan Senshadou articles, as they're a goldmine for setting info. Speaking of which...
A history of Kuromorimine. I'll just quote the two guys who were discussing about it in length:
After WW 1 ended, a lot of leftover tanks were sold. Nishizumi purchased a lot of them and thus they truly became a tank powerhouse of the nation.
Germany links: In the medieval times there was a deliberate attempt by the Nishizumi school to learn Prussian Calvary tactics. There was something about a doctor (need help translating!) and basically they were best of friends with Prussians. But then WW 1 happened and Japan allied with England so they had to break diplomatic relations.
During WW 1 there was skirmishes with Prussian colonies near Japan, and this lead to Purssian PO Ws. Some of these PO Ws ended up staying in Japan instead of going home, and many of them were guests at Nishizumi School because of past ties and friendly history. This leads to social networking with their relatives, some of them obtaining high level positions in the German government and heavy industry, and the result was Black Forest Highschool being set up in Japan.
After WW 2 ended, during the confusion at the time, large quantities of rare and even experimental military hardware in Germany ended up being shipped to Black Forest for safe keeping. (So THAT's how they got a Maus!)
School attitude: The students are extremely lawful and strongly believe in justice and rules. And whenever they do something they always go full force all the way. They are interpreted by others as stubborn and conservative, and not very good at negotiations. The school badly needed a shakeup as they have set in their old ways too long.
It says it is difficult for a schoolship to enter the Ariake Sea, so it anchors off places like the Amakusa Beach and then transfers by liaison ship and they keep a large amount of helicopters to speed up movement (a quick glance at Google Earth will quickly clarify this situation).
The Nishizumi-ryu has its origin reaching all the way back to Takeda (Shingen). After Takeda's went down, his style bounced around a few families until in 1754, a guy called Shigekata (8th lord of Kumamoto) built a school for teaching both civil and martial arts and included Takeda's horse martial art as part of the curriculum. A Nishizumi became a student of that school, and from there the Nishizumi ryu started. When archery became obsolete, they were the first to suck in Prussian-style cavalry tactics, and since Kyushu had some female heroes, they also had a thriving horseback Naginata style. Nishizumi co-opted it as one of the disciplines in his style.
In this way in Kumamoto formed a female cavalry unit centered around Nishizumi practitioners (its not the Nishizumi school - it just has a lot of its practitioners). After modernization (no Japan - I think it meant the cavalry unit was given things like modern firearms instead of teppou or musket), it was absorbed into the government military. At this moment, the Army chose to give priority in equipping the female cavalry unit with tanks, and that became the spark for Senshado to begin within Nishizumi-style (they refrain from locking-in the idea it started there).
Not that fast. It says something like "Partially because they had imported cavalry tactics from the Prussians, they have begun relations with Prussia from an early stage. After Prussia unified Germany, technology was enthusiastically imported. Before then, German-Japanese relations started when German doctors （Engelbert） Kaempfer and (Philipp Franz Balthasar von) Siebold came to Dejima in Nagasaki, but these are purely personal visits, and state-to-state relations have to wait until the opening of the country [Ed: Commodore Perry]." They also mentioned students and even Nishizumi heads going to Germany to study
Yeah, that's about right. I must wonder though ... before the sentence about what happened WWII, it said due to these relations Nishizumi-ryu and KMM got a lot of excellent German tanks, thus implying they were received before WWII. I must wonder which tanks they are, since the prewar Panzer I, II, III and IV-C, while they have nice features ergonomically, cannot really be considered excellent due to their poor armament and thin armor.
They weren't shipped to them for safe keeping. It just says they are "inducted". However, the text does allow the possibility for the experimental vehicles to include our Maus.
They are also "weak to authority". In their Senshado, they are biased towards Nishizumi-ryu, and are afraid of reform.
So not only does Nishizumi-Ryu predate the Meiji Restoration, they were friendly with Germany got it in its head to become an empire (World War 1). Interesting about the former, as in this reality, there were all-female armored cavalry in Japan in the 19th century. Wow.
I really want to see Modern Senshadou, with the ruleset expanded to cover the Cold War and Modern-era tanks.
Actually, the other schools got some translations already. Here they are:
Blaue Division info pic◊
Another minor school, Blaue Division Highschool, or pro-Germany Spain.
They have regular practice matches with Black Forest. Half the paragraphs I couldn't translate as they are filled with tank info, like how they modify tanks that had machine guns to carry artillery guns? They prefer tactics involving quickly breaking through enemy lines and then hit them from behind. The team is surprisingly tough to defeat.
School culture: Sunny personalities, very curious about everything, and enjoys talking. Very much famous for their artistic talents, with their music, paintings, drama plays, together with the Andorra High school they are the twin arts specialists. The school has many gourmets, and they organise feasts with other local schools like Andorra regularly.
Gregor info pic◊
It all started when Japanese painted kitchenware and pottery first became popular as an export item to europe, and Czech merchants came to Japan to set up a depot for the manufacture and shipping of goods to be sold to Europe. The pottery factories they built eventually became the future Gregor High School. The Bushido memorabillia and things influenced the Czechs and some came to Japan to learn more. Gregor treats the Japan-Czech international cultural exchange as one of their most important subjects. And a part of that includes Senshado. Sadly, they are poorfags.
Pravda info pic◊
When the Tzar Russia was developing the Eastern territories, they needed places to service their ships. Because of their proximity Russia sent men and resources to the area to build ports and ship yards that became Pravda. The native Russians that were there built a school for their children, and when the trade rount with Russia was formally completed in the 1890's, many Russians spent the rest of their lives in Japan. Their children attended a school built from a 2nd hand ship that became modern Pravda.
When Senshado reached its prime, Pravda had the advantage of being able to import tanks directly from Russia. They became really strong after the 1980's when they got themselves T-34s and IS-2s.
The tanks themselves are often modified to suit their needs too, with uprades to optics and radio, and weight modifications to go faster.
Pravda is the envy of smaller schools, and is one of the few that was able to field 50 tanks at a time for the special exhibition 50 vs 50 matches. (One assumes the other school is Saunders.)
Pravda is a large school, but the tankers lack flexibility. Things fall apart as soon as the commander mess up. This was why Pravda tend to get knocked out at the first round in matches because one simple mistake gets them crushed.
Waffle info pic◊
Waffle is a Belgium themed school with an interesting past. Belgium as a nation has limited natural resources thus their economy focus on importing raw materials and sell the valued-added finished products.
The Kansai region formed political bonds with Belgium, on the surface, for no reason than cultural exchange. But in actuality the local government wanted to poach their manufacture technology. Waffle was originally called Belgian industry exchange school. And it was successful in improving the manufacturing skills of the locals. However when the war started, the contact with Belgium broke down and the school shrunk. Senshado thus halted there.
Some members of the school sees that the end is near and refused to give up, so they changed the school's direction to focus on Belgian culinary traditions. This was a hit with Kobe citizens and the school started growing again. The school changed its name to Waffle to reflect that it is no longer about manufacturing. When they start to run out of classroom for new students, they purchased and refurbished an American school ship that was meant to be dismantled.
The increased popularity of the school means they started running into cooking ingredient shortages, and have now started to import food products from Belgium directly. The school just kept upgrading their facilities until they were able to process meats, seafood, and there was even an arts division on the side. As the school expanded, so did the student numbers and Senshado was revived. After much negotiation they got themselves 105mm M4 medium tanks. There seems to be issues with turrets and that they waiting for approval to use them in matches.
The school is hard working and conservative. Have a friendly culinary exchange with Blaue Division.
Continuation info pic◊
The early history is hard to deciphor, as Finland as we know it didn't exist until 1917. But somehow there was things about royalty visiting and the like. After independence the future school wanted to help the new nation by establishing trade, and this means creating a path to Finland from Hokkaido, THROUGH the North Polar Ice. Japan was not yet able to build a good enough Icebreaker vessel so they bought one from Finland. That ship would became the future schoolship.
The school has a mix of tanks from many nations, and they specialise in crazy modifications on these tanks. They have crazy accurate gunners, and invincible in the snow. (Simo Häyhä reference!)
On the other hand, in near tropical areas they are doomed...
Culturally the students have high endurance, enjoys solitude, but is crazy serious about friendships. Friends are like family.
Count info pic◊
Yes, it is Romania. Talk about silly...The whole thing got started when a wealthy Romanian Aristocrat decided he wants to build a hotspring resort in Japan, in an area that he say resemble his homeland. That resort was popular and this leads to the development of the area and the formation of the school. The silly thing is that the Aristocrat was NOT a Count, he was a Duke. No one remember why they called the school Count.
The school specialises in agriculture and the development of new breeds of crops. The school also have a very peculiar and POPULAR elective in Witchcraft(!), with many young girls learning the ways of the Wicca for their goal to become fortune tellers.
Viggen info pic◊
Minor school, school established by a Swidish Botanist and the school started with plant based courses, expanding to engineering and steel industries. They also got as far as agricultural courses and carpentry, though recently home economics seem to be a big deal there.
The students are enthusiastic about Senshado, but they couldn't attend the national tournament due to lack of tanks and crew numbers.
Chihatan info pic◊
Chihatan have links with local schoolship construction. The school was sandwiched between an area that produces fine horses, and the industrial heartland. The school has a fine archery and Naginata tradition, done on horseback. (This seems to be similar to Black Forest.)
Like Black Forest they move into tank driving after WW 1 ended, and they started driving tanks Japan made themselves. The first instructors were WW 1 veteran tank drivers.
The school's best performance was when they reached the 4th round one time. But recently they have been rpeated crushed in the first round. Most recently they got annihilated by Black Forest at extreme range before they could even fight back. This is despite they did what they could to improve their tank's performance.
The school culturally end up with girls with strong maternal instincts. The school has a huge library that is renowned in the country, and students even publish their own books. And as mentioned earlier, they still have a fine equestrian tradition.
Maple info pic◊
Manzo Nagano was the first Japanese to immigrate to Canada in 1877. That was where the Canadian relations with Japan started. There was many other Japanese who moved to Canada since. Official embassy construction was done in 1889 and 1929. And the focus on the exchange of ideas concerning farming, forestry and culture.
A school was built to teach fishing specialising in the North Pacific ocean. Later an incomplete schoolship was purchased and a massive forest planned on top.
School has a very active Senshado club, specialising in mobile warfare. They use cruiser tanks mostly with some light tanks.
edited 21st Mar '15 3:45:06 PM by Jamibu
edited 11th Mar '15 6:04:49 AM by MarqFJA
... You never actually read what I posted, did you? It clearly says "female cavalry".
PS: Tanks were introduced to Japan quite some time after the Meiji Revolution, if by "armored" you meant "drives tanks instead of riding horses".
edited 11th Mar '15 10:44:05 AM by MarqFJA
New GuP Movie PV
The Girls und Panzer Movie release date is now November 21, 2015 and will have a running time of 120 minutes. Theme song to be performed by Choucho.
For more info: CR and ANN
edited 15th Mar '15 3:50:43 AM by Jamibu
Anyone recognize the make of those blue-grey enemy tanks? Also...
They're Crusaders from Saint Gloriana. Everything showed so far prior to this about the movie has shown that St. Glorianna will have its rematch.
I saw a couple of Crusaders in some screenshots on /a/, might those be them? Edit:
edited 15th Mar '15 6:22:33 AM by Teemo
Yay more St. Gloriana
Conter camouflage is go. And probably done wrong. Silly Imperial War Museum repainted some of their vehicles in the sixties, and used too bright a blue, everyone figured they couldn't be wrong...
about the Azul Division school, the translation (a few posts above) is missing a bit about them being into crazy upguning of tanks, taking MG tanks and installing artillery guns (the examples that used to be in the post were just fan-added historical examples, but the bit of info IS from the TL)
I'm kind of glad someone at AK is translating the Maginot spinoff (Gekitou Maginot-hen Desu). It's really interesting how they flesh out the cultures of the various schoolships like this.
Preview ad for the upcoming Girls und Panzer: Little Army II sequel manga coming soon on Monthly Comic Alive magazine. Pic 1◊ Pic 2◊
According to anon translations, it’ll be about Emi coming to Japan again in order to fulfill a certain promise.
edited 27th Mar '15 8:19:44 PM by Jamibu
I take it that this still takes place before that fateful Nationals match that led to Miho leaving for Ooarai, right?
edited 28th Mar '15 2:17:47 PM by MarqFJA
Maybe. Though I'm guessing it's after the anime.
edited 28th Mar '15 5:31:09 PM by Jamibu
The posters still show Miho's two friends with her, and all them still look younger than anime!Miho. So unless the pics of the trio are just a form of "service" for Little Army fans, that precludes having it take place after the GuP anime.
So I've been reading Ribbon Warrior and have to say that, although the character art isn't bad, it pales in comparison to the environmental art for the long shots. They're gorgeous.
New Girls und Panzer der Film PV:
Girls & Panzer Film Unveils New Teaser Trailer, Asami Seto in Cast
edited 6th Jun '15 10:07:56 AM by Jamibu
... Don't tell me that there are serious stakes involved in this rematch with Team St. Gloriana? I mean, why else would Shiho be having a meeting with the blonde lady (who I'm assuming is connected to St. Gloriana — perhaps even the head instructor of its tankery team, like Shiho is to the Nishizumi School and by proxy to Kuromorimine)?
Why wouldn't there be serious stakes? It's a movie. Even anime that normally don't have serious stakes tend to have them in their movies.
edited 6th Jun '15 2:10:22 PM by Chariot
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