Anime Review: Full Metal Panic

Anime Review: Full Metal Panic

Full Metal Panic is like a parfait. Is that a good thing?

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Full Metal Panic?

That show from eight years ago?

It's almost worth watching this just to get to Fumoffu. It's just such a goofy counterpoint to FMP and it's follow up FMP: The Second Raid (Also good.).

Fuck yes, this is the ONE anime I will ever watch in my life and I love every season of it. Can't wait for the 4th one.

This show might be old, but it's really interesting mix of tastefully well done action & comedy. The love coupling has been done perfectly as well. The socially inept mercenary and the rather intellectual high school girl!

Keep it up, Escapist, you made my day!

Full Metal Panic was a great show. My friend had every episode on DVD, and he let me barrow them.

Its honestly worth a watch. It makes my top 20 in anime, and thats saying alot.

this was an amazing show

i often wonder if the Agent from Crackdown would fit well in this universe XD and if (in a fight) if Sousuke or the Agent would win

Episodes 1-14 are entertaining, covering a wide swath of Comedy/Action/Drama without either getting bogged down by the other. However from Episodes 14-24 the thing becomes an exercise in Excessive Melodrama about characters I don't care about. Personally though, I preferred Fomoffu.

Never watched it, but I've heard some good stuff about Full Metal Panic. =)

The thing that runis anything with "Full Metal" for me is that i keep imagining their characters in full metal jacket.

Micky Mouse.....

Never watched, and don't plan on doing so.

Sounds like your typical Highschool based action anime.

Straying Bullet:
Fuck yes, this is the ONE anime I will ever watch in my life and I love every season of it. Can't wait for the 4th one.

This show might be old, but it's really interesting mix of tastefully well done action & comedy. The love coupling has been done perfectly as well. The socially inept mercenary and the rather intellectual high school girl!

Keep it up, Escapist, you made my day!

Gonna have to agree. I piss myself every time Sousuke does a controlled detonation of his locker because he thinks someone has tampered with it.

Behold. One of the only three animes I genuinely enjoyed.

Great show, great stylizing, and a lot less of that sloppy keyframe bullshit that chokes 99% of the anime I've seen.

Great anime. Loved it!

With regards to the odd split between comedy and action, as well as the lacking Sci-Fi, this is an aspect where the light novels (at least what I've managed to read) have progressed a great deal farther and thus have also improved upon most of the less than stellar (though still excellent) elements. The plot, which admittedly is somewhat incoherent as of season one, tightens and most of the comedic elements are lost as the action and Sci-Fi becomes prominent. As such, you probably shouldn't stick with the series further than Fumoffu if you came for the comedy.

Also. Tessa is awesome and should have more screen time.

Ah, yeah, Full Metal Panic... one of the first animes that I watched, back in 2004 or so. Good times... I should look it back up...

Full Metal Panic was/is awesome, and deserves another season, we've got more than enough material to work with from the books.

I liked the blend of comedy and action, I thought that it wasn't too jarring of a transition int he episodes where action was the main part, though it is true the comedy episodes exist in a vacuum. My favorite part of the series was the evolving relationship between Kaname and Souske, though that was more in The Second Raid. Whether or not that evolution could be considered natural or not I can't say, but it did make me go "awwwww".

Fumofuu almost broke my interest of the series completely. Hated most of it, thought it was a total waste of time. Yeah there were a few good one off gags, but the lack of focus on the things I really liked about the series made it feel like episode 4 of Endless Eight. Yeah, I went there.

Oh yeah, creepiest thing ever is Tessa sliding across the floor with that grin and the blood.

Loved the whole series, beginning to end, concept to execution, anime and light novels.

Personally I'm more a fan of the novels, Though I would kill for an adaption of 'Dancing a Very Merry Christmas' and 'Continuing on my Own' even if it does lead to melodrama.

Started watching it, then got distracted by Code Geass and never got back to it... I might if I get bored and have some free time. Or I might watch Cowboy Bebop again :D

I watched all three series and found them all quite enjoyable. Both Sousuke's overreactions to civilian life and his battles in the mecha entertained me.

One of the few mecha series I like (largely because it's not about the mecha).

But yes, review was spot on about the lack of decisiveness regarding what it wants to be, is it comedy, or is it action? It never quite pulls of comedy-action. Unlike the Second Raid, whose bad guy (voiced by the awesomeness that is Houchu Ohtsuka) probably makes it ten times better than the first series, which managed to iron out this flaw.

Also, I got a little annoyed, because Tessa was my favourite character, and her backstory was not developed enough (though I may be wrong there as I haven't watched it for... like ages).

Student Council President: work of genius, his character (though I'm recalling more Fumoffu here).

Wow, blast from the past, loved this series! Kudos Escapist for reminding me, i need to find my Fumoffu DVDs again now :D

It is understood that Full Metal Panic isn't perfect, and it can be a little jarring how it switches moods from scene to scene, but... Sagara Sousuke is freaking perfect! He has just the right touch of military edginess mixed with "wtf"-ness that needs to be seen to be believed. He thinks a condom is a portable water carrier (1st episode). Sigh.

Full Metal Panics` a really good show and fumoffus` great too. highly recommended. Isn't this review a little late though?

 

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