Full Metal Panic : The Second Raid Review

Well, I’m a bit outdated but it’s still not too late to put up a review, eh ;). Well, to be honest, I actually stopped watching this series at episode nine because I was a bit unsatisfied due to reasons below. So I was waiting for the batch torrents to come out and I’d just batch watched 10-13 :)

(long post ahead, so get ready :)

First off, some background info. As for the uninitiated, Full Metal Panic was originally a novel written by Shoji Gatoh before being adapted for anime by Gonzo in 2002. The first Full Metal Panic was done with materials from the 1st 7 volumes and was quite successful, although there was some disappointment with the ending as Chidori and Sousuke’s relationship did not develop.

Then a second series was made by Kyoto Animation (Gonzo sucks), Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu, which details some of the funnier parts of the Full Metal Panic story. It’s widely regarded as one of the best comedy anime(I recommend it to everyone) in recent times with easy to understand humour, great art and good production values. But still.. it didn’t resolve the relationships of the main characters, that is.. they didn’t progress much.

And a third series was made, due to overwhelming support from fans greatly enjoying the first two series (like me :P) which was Full Metal Panic : The Second Raid by Kyoto Animation,taking materials from the eighth volume of the novels, Owaru Day by Day and some original anime additions by Gatoh-sensei himself.

Phew. On to my review. Starting off, I’ve read the original novels translated by Brandi from Boku-Tachi (she’s done a darned fine job) after finishing off FMP and FMP? Fumoffu. I had high expectations for this show after reading the novels and in a nutshell, it was both good and bad at the same time.

Changes were made to the anime, like changing the twins from guys to girls (twincest rules!!! yuri > yaoi :), introducing Mr. Gates (he’s memorable, definately), and adding in extra parts like the first episode and the Nanking arc. It was definately a good move as some of the changes resulted in more action scenes, more comedy and of course, HAWT YURI ACTION …err.. more character interaction.

But adding in all those did screw up the pacing of the anime a bit and somewhat detracted from the original novel story, causing a “rushed” feel on the main points of the story when Sousuke’s assignment to guard Chidori withdrawn, leaving episode nine lacking the impact of the original novel :(. Partially one of the reasons I stopped watching.

But happily, the animators regained their footing with the next four episodes, detailing Sagara’s emotional confusion and subsequent breakdown. Honestly, I did think that the “Chidori lookalike” prostitute was stretching it too far, but the length of time shown for Sousuke culminating in his breakdown when Gauln tricked him into thinking that Chidori was dead was nicely spent. I could almost feel Sousuke’s helplessness in me too T_T.

But inevitably, proof that pacing was shot emerged at the fact that the last episode had it’s OP & ED sequences cut and stretched to 27 mins. It was still a good move of Kyoto-Ani to do that, instead of leaving us with a bad ending, totally redeeming themselves with the final parting shot of Chidori crying on Sousuke’s shoulder and their train ride back home. It also marks a major development of their relationship to date. By all means, Owaru Day by Day was essentially an important turnpoint of the series from a more relaxed to a serious tone and in the end, there is that feeling that is nicely done by Kyoto-Ani, beautifully transitioning the novel into the anime.

That aside, the extra anime-only addons was also done nicely, not surprisingly due to the fact that Gatoh-sensei actually wrote them. Episode One was a true defination of the saying, “Starting with a bang”, IMO. The subsequent introduction to Mr. Gates, the crazed but talented villain elicted a lot of laughs as undoubtably, he was one of the more original and psychotic villians in any recent anime to date. The “Ave Maria” part in episode two and his last line of ” They’re not long enough” about his sideburns was hillarious, ejecting a moment of hilarity in an otherwise, serious or brutal scenes.

The wise decision of changing the twins from their original novel versions of guys to girls added in some sex appeal to the show. The Fumoffu parts notwithstanding, the main storyline had a serious lack of girls, with only Chidori, Tessa and Melissa Mao as poster pin-ups. Introducing the “Twincest”, as popularly called, added in a lot of appeal and tapped in to the current “moé” phenomenon among otakus. I mean.. who can resist two hawt yuri twin chicks. Well, being crude aside, the twins were a real showstealer everytime they appeared from their introduction in episode two till their deaths in episode thirteen. Until now, I still can’t let the fact that they had to die go away. For the first time, I’m actually hoping for them to pull a Mwu and be miraculously revived in the next series.But… I guess that’s an impossible wish :(.

Anyways, back on track, the production values of this show is very high with everything from the art to the action sequences is finely done by the Kyoto-Ani team. Heck, even the fans lobbied for them to do this series. Imagine, Gonzo doing it….. the thought sickens me :P. Luckily, Gatoh-sensei was impressed with them too ;). I would seriously wish a series involving a certain 10 yr old teacher, a loli vampire, and a half-human, half-bird demon master swordsgirl would be redone with Kyoto-Ani at the helm ;).

Music was done very well, with the BGM’s from the previous seasons reused in their respective positions and the OP & ED both done by Mikuni Shimokawa in Full Metal Panic tradition. Minami Kaze and Mou Ichido Kimi ni Aitai are both fine songs but IMHO, her songs for Fumoffu, Sore ga,Ai Deshou Kimi ni Fuku Kaze are more better ;).

Overall, Full Metal Panic : The Second Raid was a good series only plagued with some pacing issues and the biggest shortcoming of only lasting one season. I was expecting Dancing Very Merry Christmas to be animated too (hint: a certain white-haired girl working as a “terrorist”, with a certain teen soldier and a certain lecherous guy as her subordinates :). Oh well, I guess I can sincerely look forward for a fourth season and hopefully, Kyoto-Ani (assuming they will do it) can match up and even top their effort made in FMP:TSR ;).

Rating : 8/10

Ups :

– More FMP!!!
– hawt yuri twincest >:)
– Mr. Gates
– Sousuke’s ass getting kicked in Eps. 13 by Chidori
– the action sequences
– and more…

Downs:

TOO SHORT!!!!! I WANT MORE!!!!
– Pacing problems.

(phew. Ended up getting a bit too long winded tehe :)

46 Comments

  1. Willuknight Said,

    November 6, 2005 @ 1:57 pm

    great review…. Tessa pwns, nough said :)

    ANd i thought that episode 9 was one of the best in the show, it was great so see chidori stop whining and do something for a change.

  2. Sarah Said,

    November 22, 2005 @ 9:18 am

    Your review was amazing. Seriously. It was like exactly what I was thinking. Keep at it.

    I agree that they did make this season too short. I loved the book and I was really looking forward to the anime. But I was disapointed when I found out it was only 13 episodes. Anyway Kyoto-Ani did a great job and I am really looking forward to season 4. Hopefully they will turn A Dancing Very Merry Christmas into an anime.

  3. Jack Leaf Said,

    December 6, 2005 @ 3:11 am

    Yeah, damn it, more twincest! I was really shocked by the fact that the both girls died. :/

  4. Ahh Said,

    December 15, 2005 @ 2:02 pm

    Thanks so much for spoiling that they both die.

  5. marchet Said,

    December 21, 2005 @ 12:15 pm

    Whatever happened with the guy that resembled Tessa? He appeared, killed on of the Twincest characters, and disappears. I wanted to see more!

  6. Kurogane Said,

    December 21, 2005 @ 12:45 pm

    @Ahh: They were supposed to die in the original novels actually, it’s just that they were originally guys in it. I do kinda pity the anime version twins, I mean, who doesn’t like twincest :).

    @marchet: \*spoiler alert\*

    He’s actually Tessa’s brother and he’ll be playing a much more bigger part in the later novels and in the 3rd season, if it ever gets made :).

  7. adam Said,

    January 8, 2006 @ 3:43 am

    i have the hole thing of full metal panic tsr. and it is asome the story is a 10 the animaiton is a 10 the art is a 10 well u know what im saying its perfect. and kyoto animation rules over gonzo.
    so all of u fans out their get ready for this new anime from fmp.
    also i think their is going to be another season or a movie or ova cause their are chareachers like i belive tessas brother is their and it dosent talk a lot about, and in the end that girl so i hope their is more seasons or something for this greate anime.
    if u have any question email me and if somone knows their will be a nother season please email me begicw@aol.com

  8. diana Said,

    February 3, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

    anybody knows if theres a next ova next of full metal panic tsr please

  9. Andy Said,

    June 1, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    heh, FMP is Great .. can anyone email me wen they ever make a 4th series ?

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    June 1, 2006 @ 6:44 pm

    Oh, don’t worry, just check here or the news sites occasionally. I am guranteed to explode with excitement when there is news about it ;).

  11. alban Said,

    June 13, 2006 @ 2:51 pm

    HI guys
    full metal panic is great but they probs is that it too short!!!and between sagara and chidori somethink must happen……

    mail me when there is a new raid!!!

    alban_bouquet@hotmail.com

  12. nick Said,

    July 25, 2006 @ 4:28 am

    If any of you don’t know about A dancing merry christmas and the novel after that, you can read them at http://ronin.cn/fmp , Enjoy! =^_^=

  13. Hamish Said,

    August 6, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

    arguh! i havn’t watched this yet, i was just doing some research into whether or not they are makign a fourth season, but to Jack Leaf, pleeease warn us of a spoiler. reading what you read just made me die, though i didn’t catch it all, so lucky for you ;) good review, makes me want to watch it :D keep it up.

  14. Jishimaru Mouri Said,

    August 15, 2006 @ 5:24 am

    Such a great review it is. I hope theyre making more of full metal panic series if somebody gets something about a fourth season post it please!

    Oh yeah…i almost forgot would it not be intresting if the main characters
    would be more honest with therye feelings and be more loving for eachother or…Sagara would be a double crosser! ^_^

  15. Sam Said,

    October 3, 2006 @ 4:38 am

    i’d like to see some more anime from this series. I mean i definately enjoyed the new take on FMP with TSR..Especially the whole new dark undertone thing…just too bad its so short.. well the FMP series has yet to dissapoint me…but it would be nice to get some closure on alot of unanswered questions…

  16. kittyfo Said,

    October 25, 2006 @ 9:34 pm

    er…twincest is ok… if there men XP like in OURAN!
    actually twncest is good if its not just Randomly thrown in for fanservice. all that hawt chick on chick action makes me NOT want to watch Fullmetal P at all…i love fuumufoo though, needs more mechas…..
    i mean evangelion has fanservice but it had a point to it and was not just randomly tossed in,same with FLCL!
    its sad that all the mecha animes have too much fanservice cause i like mecha TxT its not fair!!!

  17. drancer Said,

    October 26, 2006 @ 2:40 am

    los felisito es exelente sigan asi a i si me podrian de sir cunto es el costo de los discos (toda la serie) un costo aproximado y si me pueden desir donde edquirirlos en Ecuador.
    grcias…

  18. Eliru Said,

    November 1, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

    That’s quite true. . . I hope the next season is the last one, it’s tiring already. . . I like Leonard Testarossa. . . He looks very smart! he he. WAIT!! Mr. Drancer Said. . . I’m sorry but, can’t undersand what you’re talking about. . . OK. . Maganda naman ang Full Metal Panic eh. . . aksidente ko lang na napanood sa YouTube kaya naman nagustuhan o na! Hindi naman ako O T A K U. . . Na-tripan ko lang. . .

  19. AMARDA Said,

    November 2, 2006 @ 8:10 am

    TSR is great, how ever, several episode on the CD’s I was given by a friend were damaged. Thus I missed out some of the episodes. Any one know where I could download them?

  20. newbi Said,

    November 14, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

    Nice rewiev.

    As u pointed out the series was superbly done, extremly welldrawn, storyline never got boring and for the first time i found myself never getting annoyed or irritated, wich always happens when i watch a Anime or Manga.

    Theres always something that makes me go “damnit why is she/he so stupid!!” or “feck, can’t he/she just die alredy” or “jesus christ , can’t u just get it over whit alredy!!?” and that usualy makes me just stop watchin or reading it.

    Now i can just sitt back , relax and watch it ( again ) whit a big smile and enjoy it something terribly ( again! ).

    For me, the important thing in the entire series was/is the build up in relationship bettwen Kaname and Souske, the scene where she cuts his hair made go all “awwww..how sweeeet” and it left me all tingling inside, to the roof scene where she cried out her pain after being left by a wery reluctant Souske, made me feel like…well…like shit.

    That wery part is going to stay whit me for a wery long time, the anime crew and the voice actor both made that part unforgetable, i mean, just listen to her and watch her, u can see her heart break, and the pain as well as the sorrow in her voice is so thick that u could cut it whit a knife, a wery touching scene.

    And when Souske finds out about her “death” , u can’t but feel extremly sorry for the poor guy, he just gives up on living, doesn’t bat an eye when the pistol is pointed at him, or when Arbalester is barreling down from the sky almost mangling him, thats the measure off his grief.

    I had a goffy grin plasterd on my face thou when Kaname appeard out of nowhere and kickt the living beeejesus out off our chocked hero. And the part where she were to confess her feelings and something totaly random came out of her made me outright laugh, she just looked so silly afterwards…teehee.

    Hmm…looks like i made a little lie in this post, there was a part where i went “Arghhh…God damnit!” , the heart wrenching scene where Kaname cried on his shoulder telling him a peice of her mind and Souske almost put his arms around her, i was going “NOOO!!” when the other girls interrupted, i sooo wanted to see that, im a big sucker for fluff and happy endings ( even thou im a big hunky male! but gf keeps calling me a *big baby* for sum odd reasons…hmmm ).

    Even thou there was no confession on either side, the trainride home was a nice conclusion, watching them side by side, together again made me content and pleased me to no end.

    Oh dang what a long rant i made, and all i wrote about is the interaction bettwen Souske and Kaname, guess ppl will have a flip over it, but to me it’s just as important as the story itself, it just adds more spice to it ; )

    Im jumping in the chair waiting for Boku-tachi to translate the rest of the books!! And it would be sweet if the same animecrew made some more Ful Metal Panic series.

    And a side note, that wallpapper up top is nice, Kaname looks hawt, and i disagree a bit , the opening song to TSR is way better then Fuffomo ; )

    ———————

    Rant Ends.

  21. Shaya Said,

    February 23, 2007 @ 8:41 am

    Man, I love this anime! I found out about it like two weeks ago (you can’t blame me; I live in a third-world country devoid of natural things like torrent-knowledge and anime-info) and I’ve downloaded most of it already. It’s awesome! Until now, although Fumoffu is the one I like most, I can’t say I don’t like the other two just as much.

    I’d just like to know, before I get my hopes up, if indeed there’ll be a fourth season someday. I don’t mind when, I just want to know if it will happen for sure…

    But now I’ve got to go. I just finished downloading another episode!

  22. moonstar Said,

    March 3, 2007 @ 2:46 am

    you can down all form ftp://ftp.anime-browser.com/___Free%20downloadable%20files!/

  23. moonstar Said,

    March 3, 2007 @ 2:46 am

    ups sorry ftp://ftp.anime-browser.com
    there we go : )

  24. Ferron Said,

    March 22, 2007 @ 6:51 am

    It’s a good series if you ask me, though I wasn’t quite as lucky as to get the English dubbed version, and had to suffer through all the subtitles going by in quarter-second bursts containing massive amounts of info, which really ruined a lot of it for me, but never the less, I still enjoyed the series enough to blow off doing other things consistently to watch it. (ex: airsoft skirmishes, LAN parties, chillin’ with bad@$$ cousins blah blah blah, etc, etc, etc, you get the point^_-)

    Probably the single best thing I fount to stand out in this series was that Kaname finally got the gall to do something on her own without having Souske hold her hand the whole time…. too bad that damn twin got right back up!! >.

  25. Ferron Said,

    March 22, 2007 @ 6:52 am

    It’s a good series if you ask me, though I wasn’t quite as lucky as to get the English dubbed version, and had to suffer through all the subtitles going by in quarter-second bursts containing massive amounts of info, which really ruined a lot of it for me, but never the less, I still enjoyed the series enough to blow off doing other things consistently to watch it. (ex: airsoft skirmishes, LAN parties, chillin’ with bad@$$ cousins blah blah blah, etc, etc, etc, you get the point^_-)

    Probably the single best thing I fount to stand out in this series was that Kaname finally got the gall to do something on her own without having Souske hold her hand the whole time…. too bad that damn twin got right back up!!

    I like the fight scenes, and how well drawn-out most of them were, particularly the final fight which took up a nicely sized portion of the final episode, which surprised me, most anime series like to take either the incredibly talkative yet meaningful end, ahem…. Evangelion? (NOT the movie ending either! hate that one….*grrrr* -_- *grrrrr*….) or they take the massive all-out-war ending like Vandread did which was incredibly well done I might add, but that’s another subject! The base point being this was a well-balanced ending mixing deep-hitting sections of talking and point-making, and flat out, hand-you-your-high-class-@$$ fighting.

    The final scene though, mixed with Souske’s putting the general in his place for good reason(for her) makes the series end rather well, but yet, very VERY incomplete.

    1: Souske likes both Tessa and Chidori = good for fans, bad for series conclusion!

    2: Tessa’s brother plays little part and is left with watching them, leaving room for him to be the main enemy possibly in a 4th season.

    3: Souske has yet to declare which girl he wants to be with, and we all know as much as it would be great, we can’t have such an honorable guy like Souske be a cheating back-stabber…. but it would be unusual, that’s for sure.

    With how it ended, I’m sure there has to be a 4th series to tie everything up, otherwise, there’s going to be a mob after Shoji Gatoh for leaving it so open :P

    Well, my 2c in on this, time to wait for Season 4 if they make it! Looks like it’s back to watching my multitude of Gundam Series’ over again, hahaha! The series gets a 9/10 for leaving it so hard to decide weather or not there’s going to be a 4th.

  26. Newby Fortz Said,

    April 9, 2007 @ 9:02 am

    TSR is complited film
    1: Souske is likes chidori >__

  27. Ken Said,

    April 28, 2007 @ 1:11 pm

    Oh man, Mr. Gates was epic. I loved him so much. Such a great character omg.

    *flails Yuilan’s dead body infront of Yuifan*
    “Oh I’m sorry, I think I broke her arm…”

    Hahahahha omge XD

    But ya man, hopefully there’s another season :( I love FMP. Maybe one with Tessa’s bro being the villain. That guy was cool yo.

  28. forever21 Said,

    April 30, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

    WAAAAHHH !!! Why did the twins have to die !!! damn but anyway they did give the story the twist the people are longing for …… for me its over all rating is 8 . the story is cool but it ended in a very annoying way , many people didnt like that … *,…,*

  29. starblade Said,

    May 13, 2007 @ 9:24 am

    Yea killing the twins off was harsh, however the way it was done, i mean the scale of the drama in that scene has made it damn worth it

  30. Miwako-san Said,

    December 29, 2007 @ 10:16 am

    This series was rather enjoyable on my part, but as a Sousuke & Chidori pair fan, I am extremely dissatisfied that they didn’t at least admit their feelings to each other or kissed. Sure they NEARLY hugged in episode 13 and unless there’s going to be another season which is highly unlikely, why did the animators have to keep either Chidori or Sousuke from at least admitting their feelings for one another?

  31. Hecktic24seven Said,

    January 4, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

    man im 25 , living in Chicago i went home to NY for Christmas and new years and i got a 13 year old sister, being the big bro i am, i sat down while she was watching FMP fumuufuf or how ever you spell it!! got me cracking up, i never was a fan of anomie or do i still consider myself a fan but i must say i wached all 3 series in 5 days and i loved em, except TSR ep 13 … they wraped up the season in one quick episode leaving me hanging of my seat… now i know where the sopranos got their idea for their season final ending … lame ;( but great story i heard that there is a book to read for season 4 with im really looking froward in to finding it and reading it . i re command this series to anyone.

  32. Alan Said,

    February 5, 2008 @ 9:00 am

    It’s been three years already….where’s the sequel to TSR?!

  33. wenxin Said,

    March 18, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

    i think the anime will not go on
    if you want to know what happened next ,you can go to read the novel of FMP
    season 10 (nick of time) has just published

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  35. FMP FAN! Said,

    July 9, 2008 @ 12:39 am

    Hey i admire all you people who like FMP ( Like me :D) but does anyone know what the name of season 4 is going to be?? Cause that always got me wondering but no one has ever put a comment up for the name lol

  36. Phoenix Said,

    August 21, 2008 @ 6:56 pm

    Agree, awesome review for a Truly Awesome Anime!! I thoroughly enjoy my FMP, and I am seriously hanging out for the Novels to be finally, officially released in the land down under.
    I also agree that a Fourth (hopefully, maybe a fifth??) series does need to be created seeing how TSR pretty much left it open and so much still left unresolved………..
    A lot of fans are crying, even begging for a new series but nothing has been confirmed for the last 2years despite a lot of conjucture & heresay. Hey, fellow fans, if people really want a fourth series – let the studio who created Fumoffo & TSR know it:

    http://www.kyotoanimation.co.jp/mail/index.html

    Who knows, if they get enough emails pleading for more FMP action, they may relent, seeing how there is so much demand for it?

  37. kanon12 Said,

    September 13, 2008 @ 4:22 am

    full metal panic is soo cool im really a freak if is about full metal panic i like the others series but fumoffu is the best for thats why i think not offence

  38. kanon12 Said,

    September 18, 2008 @ 4:29 am

    jajajaja i like full metal panic a lot that i wanna know if one new season is gona come out

  39. Michelle Miller Said,

    June 30, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    Sooooooooo do Kaname and Saskue end up together kinda? cause i’ve heard that he ends up with Tessa so i would like a clarification.

  40. thedrifter Said,

    October 5, 2009 @ 3:03 am

    i’ve haven’t watch the second season of full metal panic yet but i love the first season so guess i’ll set some time to watch the second season…….hope i like it.

  41. Tanuu Said,

    January 2, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    FMP Season four…where are you!?!?!Haha….I want to continue with the novels to see what happens next,but I can’t seem to find an English translation for A Dancing Very Merry Christmas:( Argggghhhhh……Tokyopop really needs to translate the novels a lot faster than they have been doing:( And Kyoto Animation needs to make another season of FMP…..they can’t just leave us hanging like that….it isn’t fair to the fans!!

  42. GeneStarwind Said,

    April 28, 2010 @ 4:47 am

    Don’t Panic lol. From what I’ve heard, Kyoto animation has post-poned production of the 4th season until Shoji Gatoh finishes the novels, and I hear he’s supposed to finish it sometime this year, so we shouldn’t have to wait much longer.

  43. kana-chan Said,

    June 17, 2010 @ 2:10 am

    I really love this anime. Still keeping my fingers crossed while hoping for a fourth season though. :) I hope Kyoto-ani pushes through with the fourth season!

  44. Tanu Said,

    July 7, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

    Full Metal Panic was the first anime I ever watched and ever since then I cannot seem to find an anime as good as it was entertaining:( Awesome story and if KyoAni did not continue this series it would be a shame because the story gets more intense as the novels progress:)Anyways FMP the last novel-novel 11-Always Stand By Me part 1 will release July 17,2010 and part 2 a month later on Aug. 20:)Hopefully a new anime season will come out soon too!!!!!:/

  45. TehD Said,

    January 19, 2011 @ 2:59 pm

    Best part ever, sosuke getting a mental butt fuck from that bandaged guy in the bed. Still sucks that those 2 chicks had to die… but that’s life shit happens.

  46. woohoo Said,

    August 20, 2011 @ 9:17 am

    FMP is one of best anime I ever watched. Maybe there is a little hope for a new season now, seeing as the novels got finished last year. Keep your fingers crossed!

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