Sentai Filmworks have announced that they’ve licensed Girls und Panzer der Film not just for their home region of North America, but for the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and other territories too. More details on distribution, release date, and streaming offerings will be announced soon, but for now they’re also planning a theatrical release in North America.
Director Tsutomu Mizushima’s follow-up to the tank-battling anime, in which the girls of Ooarai High learn to man the war machines in national competition, opened in Japan to the highest grossing opening weekend of any Japanese film in 2015. These unprecedented earnings brought it into the top 39 of last year’s highest grossing Japanese movies overall. It continues to run in Japanese cinemas, adding to its initial $21 million box office earnings almost a whole year after its November release, and as you would expect the DVD and Blu-ray releases proved a smash too. The limited special edition Blu-ray sold 162,361 copies in its first week, and topped Oricon’s Blu-ray chart for the May 23rd-29th week.
John Ledford, President of Sentai Filmworks, said “Sometimes we choose films because they are critically acclaimed. Sometimes we pick films because they’re runaway hits. Girls und Panzer der Film is the perfect combination of both.” Sentai will kick off their multi-pronged campaign for the film at this year’s AkibaFest, an anime fan festival in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, from October 15th-16th. Fans will be able to take pictures with Girls und Panzer der Film cosplayers, create shareable GIFs at a GIF booth, shop exclusive merchandise, and score some free swag while they’re at it.