Our reviews of Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu: Full Metal Pandemonium! (Volume One) (published November 10th, 2005), Full Metal Panic: Mission 01 (published August 13th, 2003), Full Metal Panic: Mission 02 (published April 7th, 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.
"Of course, you're war crazy and your work is the priority."—Kaname Chidori
Listen up, troops. I am altering our briefing format to streamline digital review assimilation. Our scouts gathered full reports during the previous two missions, which has given us a good idea of the technical capabilities of Full Metal Panic!. From now on, you will only receive abbreviated overviews of each mission with tactical summaries of each episode. This should enable you to more quickly assess the situation and understand the unique aspects of each mission. If you need a refresher on the technical background of Full Metal Panic!, you can access the previous scout reports for Mission 01 and Mission 02.
The four episodes that comprise Mission 03 deal with a terrorist group and an enemy Whispered. The story is somewhat self-contained; even if you are unfamiliar with the previous two DVDs, you could jump in here and be entertained. Mission 03 grants more screen time to the enigmatic Captain Tessa Testarossa, which provides for an amusing emotional undercurrent. After a minor lull in Mission 02, Mission 03 rebounds with zeal, cementing Full Metal Panic!'s trademark blend of humor and action. Great technical quality and fluid animation make Full Metal Panic! an immersive experience that will keep you wanting more.
• "Dangerous Safe House"
• "Run, Run, Run"
• "Behemoth Awakens"
• "One Night Stand"
The plot may not be intricately wound, but Full Metal Panic! continues to offer an enjoyable experience with great range of mood and focus. If you find Neon Genesis Evangelion too bleak and Bubblegum Crisis too bubbly, this one may suit you just right. The court grants Full Metal Panic! a continuance.
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