Judge Brett Cullum hereby entitles this review "Dingbat Gas Pedal Rosebud? Shonenfifi—Crazy Cow Gas! (Volume One)". Because he's just crazy, man. Just crazy.
Our reviews of Full Metal Panic: Mission 01 (published August 13th, 2003), Full Metal Panic: Mission 02 (published April 7th, 2004), Full Metal Panic: Mission 03 (published April 8th, 2004), Full Metal Panic: Mission 04 (published April 14th, 2004), Full Metal Panic: Mission 05 (published April 22nd, 2004), Full Metal Panic: Mission 06 (published April 22nd, 2004), Full Metal Panic: Mission 07 (published April 29th, 2004), Full Metal Panic! Season One (published November 28th, 2010), and Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid: The Complete Series (published December 16th, 2009) are also available.
Kaname and Sousuke are back in action!
Life at Jindai high isn't any calmer in this second season of Full Metal Panic?, subtitled Fumoffu. Sousuke is a highly trained commando, and he likes to blow lockers up and run counter-terrorist maneuvers anytime anything suspicious happens. Mostly he's just reacting to the girls around him like Kaname, but don't try and tell him that. Oddly enough the school seems to write off his military actions as just a transitional problem that doesn't really need to be dealt with while Sousuke adjusts to civilian life. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a silly action show where the action is never what you'd expect from typical high schoolers.
This show is a whole lot of fun, but there's not much to it. It's loud, brassy, and moves really fast. Kaname and Sousuke always cause trouble in the school, and then somehow figure out a way to get out of it. If you like silly antics in high school then you should find this amusing. It's as if Buffy the Vampire Slayer unleashed her powers on her classmates and teachers on a regular basis. If you've ever wanted to whip out a gun in the school lunch line and demand more rolls, you can relate. Everything is done in an innocent spirit, and it's not as violent as it sounds. Okay, maybe it is as violent as it sounds—but it's done in a comic way. It's more Looney Tunes than Basketball Diaries. It's more violent, comical version of MTV's Laguna Beach. This series is not so much a continuation or sequel to the first set of Full Metal Panic! episodes, but rather a supplemental edition. These are short stories they couldn't tell from the manga in the first batch.
ADV Films does a good job with the dubbing here. They capture the same frenetic loud performances found on the Japanese track. The transfer is quite clean and appropriately bright. The English dub gets a full surround stereo mix, while the Japanese is only two channel. There are only three episodes on Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu—Full Metal Pandemonium! (Volume One), so it seems a little short. Menus are elaborate, and sometimes a little hard to figure out how to navigate. They do fit the show well. There aren't many extras other than quite a few text features and clean credit sequences.
It's fun, but it's frivolous. It's a cream puff of a release, which means it's small and sweet. The whole series seems to be on an eternal sugar high, all silly action and sweet sly romantic moments. It should please teen anime fans the most, and would equally appeal to boys and girls. It's best for those who want a loud, raucous high school adventure. The animation is lively, but nothing out of the ordinary for current animation standards.
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