Equipped with cutting-edge weaponry and specialized troops, a private military organization named Mithril strives to extinguish the world’s terrorism and all threats to peace on earth. The organization is powered by the “Whispered,” individuals who possess intuitive knowledge and the remarkable ability to create powerful devices and machinery.
Seventeen-year-old Sousuke Sagara, a sergeant working for Mithril, has been assigned to protect Kaname Chidori, a Whispered candidate. He is ordered to join her high school class and be as close to her as possible to prevent her from falling into enemy hands—that is, if he can safely blend in with their fellow classmates without revealing his true identity.
Sousuke, who was raised on a battlefield and has very little knowledge of an average high school student’s lifestyle, must adapt to a normal school life to safeguard Kaname. However, enemy forces have already begun making their move, and Sousuke is about to find out that the adversary coming for the Whispered girl may be a lot more familiar than he expects. – My Anime List
Based on 17 review scores:
Best of all, Full Metal Panic is fun! Even some of the more dedicated shoujo fans of T.H.E.M., and even a few members who are more into live action Sci-Fi and literature *love* this series. It’s one of those shows that somehow manages to transcend the usual stereotypes and become something that fans of all stripes can enjoy together. Even if you normally don’t go in for action-oriented anime, this remains highly recommended.
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I totally recommend watching this show in the english dub it is just so good🙂 I’m telling you just watch it !!
I have rewatched this show over 10 times and still brings me the joy of when I first watched. It will leave you laughing all the way through
The entire Full Metal Panic experience in a big shiny box – it is one of the classic series I grew up with and still holds out today. The characters of Sousuke and Kaname are wonderful, and combined with a great cast, some interesting villains, excellent battles, music, animation and managing to mix comedy with drama well, it is one of those series that I can always go back to after a few months and enjoy again and again. FMP is a good in between, Fumoffu is a laugh a minute, and Second Raid just hits you in the feels. The ultimate experience.
Full Metal Panic! is one of the increasingly rare shows that does just about everything right. The blend of slapstick humor and gritty battlefield action works marvelously, and manages to avoid committing the cardinal error of going too far in one direction of the other. Fans of anime, no matter what type, should seriously consider giving Full Metal Panic! a look. It has comedy, action, romance, angst and spirit, a combination not necessarily found in other anime. So, find the time to check out this gem of a series, you won’t be disappointed.
Unfortunately, there were cliches that even this series didn’t escape (I’m looking at you, walking-into-bathroom-naked) and the building up during the drama parts does take a bit of patience when everything is being set up because during these parts there isn’t a lot that is going to make you keep watching, but the climaxes will definitely deliver in the end. My biggest complaint is that the main villain lacks any sort of background whatsoever: he’s definitely one of he smarter vilains out there, but he could have become so much better if we actually KNEW WO HE WAS. There are a few annoying side-characters (I’m looking at you, Chidori’s classmates), but overall Full Metal Panic can boast a well developed main cast, and I’m interested to see what Kyoani could have added to their development when they took over the franchise.
Full Metal Panic!’s unique characters and relationships places it among of my favorite series in anime. Unfortunately, the questions brought up by the story were never answered and left a huge hole in the series that could not be easily filled.
For a series that balances two extremes – a comical school life and explosions, it does a really good job at making sense. Each seems to somehow compliment the other and when an episode starts in the school yard and ends with a thousand gun shots and few shells it seems completely logical. As an anime that dates back to 2002 it also looks great. Not many anime series from this period can boast animation and art that’s as refined as Full Metal Panic! While yes, the anime’s making an appearance today are a little crisper, it can’t really be compared to the charm that this art style brings.
It’s not cheap, but it is quite simply the best way to see these classic series, and see them you should.
This is a great anime to watch if you enjoy Mecha type anime, and the comedy school type anime. Sousuke has to deal with all these deadly assassins that want Chidori, and the same time he has to deal with school, and Chidori. Sousuke was in Guerilla warfare since he was a child, and he joined Mithril. Mithril is setup as an independent group which combats terrorism in other countries with no allegiances to any country. The action, plot, and animation in the series are great and extremely enjoyable. On top of all the action you can stop laughing at Sousuke and all his antics in the school, because he hasn’t completely adjusted to the school life and the difference in school and military doesn’t seem apparent to him. And Chidori gives him a very difficult time at school because of the way he acts, and she beats him up multiple times because he seems to act like a pervert at first, since he is trying to hide, and be covert while watching and protecting her. I really recommend this anime because of the balance of action and comedy!
The second season of Full Metal Panic is always the most popular for fans because it had the best humour availble at that time. However many people seem to forget how the anime was about blood and guts also as the main plotline. It’s a shame that a good plotline gets over shadowed by the jokes and puns, even if they are damn funny. I really don’t think there is any other anime like this where it combines so many themes together so successfully without the plotline being compromised. It reminds me alot of Code Geass seeing as how Lelouch is Zero of the Black Knights secretly while he is attending ashford academy like your average highschooler, plus the mechs also of course. What else is there to say? this anime is suprisingly damn awesome and funny at the same time go watch it now!
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Overall, what I liked about the series is how it kept me glued to the screen with its interesting mix of drama and comic relief. There’s also the uncanny and unique relationships between Sousuke’s comrades- the blunt Melissa Mao and the perverted Kurz Weber. The fictional mecha part is also well-rationalized as all technicalities are deduced in a way that viewers can logically digest. So yeah- it’s a classic that’s a must-watch!
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All in all, this was a very enjoyable anime series, and I’m keeping my hopes up for the sequel, as well as the spin-off. If you enjoy some good action as well as high school humor, you should definitely watch this series.
I wasn’t too big of an Anime person before I started watching this show. Before it I LOVED Miyazaki films (still do) and I thought Ghost in the Shell was a good movie. I caught a few episodes of this show’s spin off series, “Full Metal Panic? fumoffu” (which is more romance and comedy, and almost completely different from this series) and thought it was enjoyable. When I bought this series on a whim, I was blown away.
While the concept to Full Metal Panic! is very interesting, it wasn’t executed to its highest potential. Mixing in comedy with the show’s serious nature at other points felt unneeded, but also helped in some areas. The near godlike cast for this show will make you want to keep watching each coming episode and may even warrant you to re-watch certain scenes with them. If you’re big on the older Mecha, like the 0079 Gundam-esque shows, then you won’t find some groundbreaking battles in this show, but its a very interesting take on the Mecha genre that I would recommend to even the people who hate anything Mecha related with a passion.
Fun but flawed, Full Metal Panic is a good time waster, but unresolved plot threads and questionable pacing prevent it from being more. In terms of overall quality, its sequels have surpassed this anime. However, it remains enjoyable, and worth it simply for the humour.
Maybe there’s something I’m missing here, but I can’t find anything redeeming about this series. If it were older, I might be able to see as an influence to the giant robot genre, but 2002 really wasn’t that long ago. It really kind of feels like a relic that would have been more at home in the early days of the genre, with the likes of Gundam, and Gunbuster.
I realize that maybe I’m being overly critical of something that is just meant to be casually enjoyed and not dissected and analyzed like the best anime can hold up to, but if every step of the way, you are wondering why you are bothering to watch, it’s not worth it.