Full Metal Panic is a light novel written by Shoji Gatoh, from 1998 to 2011. It is an action and military genre novel. The series was animated in 2002 with the animated series with the same name.
The second season of the anime is called Second Raid, (Discounting Fumauffu, which has only side stories,) and the third season is called Invisible victory.
The series follows Sosuke Sagara, a member of a covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a spirited Japanese high school girl. He moves to Japan to study at Chidori’s school, Jindai High School, with assistance from his comrades Kurz Weber and Melissa Mao. Having never experienced social interactions, Sosuke is seen as a military maniac by his schoolmates as he interprets everyday situations from a combat perspective. He comes to relate with Chidori who realizes that Sosuke is protecting her, but he does not reveal the reasons due to orders as well as the fact that he does not know why Chidori is being targeted by different organizations.
My watching experiences:
After skipping the generic anime opening, I saw a serious episode. The series shifted to the high school later. I must admit, Sosuke’s interaction with normal teenagers is the highlight of this season for me.
I’ll be honest, Chidori started to got on my nerves by the middle of the season, since she behaved like the escorts of the video game mission, who just won’t stay put on the safe place. And then she has the audacity to complain about the rescues she gets.
Honestly, why must anime have angry teenage girls who think that yelling at the boys on whom they are developing feelings for is a great way to avoid them?
As if all of that wasn’t enough, the captain of the organization for which Sosuke works for, also decided to throw her hat in the ring for competing against the attention of three guesses who? (First two don’t count.)
At least the fights with giant robots are fun.
The second season is titled Second Raid. This season is very tense compared to the first one. There’s very little comedy, and for a while, Sosuke even loses his will to live.
The two girls of the love triangle continue to make me angry, as Kaname would abuse Sosuke whenever he’s around, (I won’t deny that he deserved it in some cases,) while Tessa chewed him out for his personal feelings, while she has her own feelings for him.
She comes off as a hypocrite, since she often has to be restrained in her bed, since she sleepwalks into Sosuke’s bed, without even realizing.
Thankfully, when the upper brass of the Mythril was against Sosuke, she stood behind him. But watching this entire series has taught me how exactly do those fanfic writers feel, who write hate fics of certain characters. (Maybe not exactly, but at least a little.)
I personally feel that what Sosuke goes through in this season is natural, since he is a mercenary since his childhood, he never knew the civilian life. And for the last six months, he got to experience it, not only that, he got to experience it with the people of his own age.
Though we never get this point of view, since everything has to revolve around the budding romance of Kaname and Sosuke, (supposably,) I personally do think that way.
The third season is titled Invisible Victory. First and foremost, I’m really happy that English dub managed to retain most of the cast, since it has been thirteen years since the last Full Metal Panic series. Of course, there are few changes, but most of the main cast is the same.
This season is very dark. Like, there aren’t any comedic moments at all, and generally, Sosuke and his organization struggles for most of the season.
And despite that, the story is still not done. There is still one more ark left in this one.
Also, finally, Kaname and Sosuke confessed their love to each other. (Brrrrrr.)
But despite my hatred of romance, I say this from the bottom of my heart, (Which you will find below that cliff once I push you,) good for them.
Though the female leads do get on my nerves, over all I say this series is a great one. Yes, some people are like that, who are unable to focus on good things. But I say when you’re told a story, there’ll always be good and bad parts. Just ignore what you don’t like, and enjoy what you like.
With that said, it is best to drop a series if it is getting too much on your nerves, because at that point you’re not enjoying it. thankfully, that didn’t happen to me with this one.
If you like shadow organizations fighting with each other, giant robots battling, and romance (Ug!) then go ahead, watch this series. Even if you don’t like it, I still suggest that at least take a look, it deserves that much in my opinion.
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