Appellate Judge Rob Lineberger uses his Tiger Phoenix Claw Crescent attack on this anime disc.
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 03 (published April 8th, 2004), Full Metal Panic: Mission 04 (published April 14th, 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.
"I used to fight on this land."—Sousuke
Full Metal Panic! returns to form with Mission 05. Sousuke is back in his "beloved" homeland, where he was in constant danger to life and limb. The conclusion of "The Wind That Blows at Home" is full of action and suspense, pitting a doomed team of soldiers against two malicious Arm Slaves. The peek into Sousuke's back-story is heart wrenching. It is no longer hard to believe that he is so wooden around normal teenagers.
• "The Wind That Blows at Home, Part 2"
• "The Wind That Blows at Home, Part 3"
• "Deep Sea Party"
With two episodes of action and one of character development, Mission 05 finds a nice balance. I noticed softness in many of the scenes that may be due to 3:2 pulldown errors, or may just be focus problems. In addition, there were frequent but minor examples of shimmer. Despite those niggling flaws, Mission 05 maintains the impressive visual style of Full Metal Panic!. The problems I have with this DVD are the same problems I have with Missions 04-07: they contain essentially identical extras and there are only three episodes per volume. If you've come this far, Mission 05 shouldn't disappoint you.
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