A direct continuation of TSR. While retaining the akward charm of Chidori and Sousake FMP: Invisible Victory has might i say even more tension as well as getting even more serious then TSR. However overall its the same story as the first and second season Kaname is still the damsel in distress and Sousake answers the call.
Almost everything looks exactly the same as the first 3 seasons, with a more modern look and far cleaner lines and character drawing. only minor things like Kaname's cheek zigzags are gone and other littles things, the AS's Look far better as well (for the better i might
say) Although everything looks nice and clean the art isnt anything wonderful, it could almost be considered subpar by todays standards but it get the job done.
Explosions, music and voices all sound perfectly good, ( cant say if the characters sound the same since ive only watched the dub) Chidori is still loud at times though less annoying then the older seasons.
If you've seen the first 3 seasons there is practacilly no differences in the characters. Sousake is still a man of few words and far too tense in social situations. Kaname is still annoying yet sweet. Tessa is still the cute little captian girl who's also an extremely hard working and very serious person at times. Melissa and Kurtz still are the same, he makes a joke at her expense and she hits him for it.
While i have been a fan of this series and i can now enjoy watching the season, the time gap might just be a big problem. Becasue if you havent seen the original and TSR newcomers will have no idea whats going on at all. While some people wont be too keen on watch the older entries which are between 12-17 years old at this point.
While this is a good start to the continuation of the series and the quality is decent, time goes on and FMP had its time in the spotlight long ago. Also is get a little bit more bloody. personal and the Turn the action up to 11
This is it! The king returns! The first season of this show was amazing walking the fine line between highschool romcom and action adventure about an out of place child soldier turned teenage mercenary. It did a great job juxtaposing the two sides of that coin as the main character's mission was to protect a highschool girl and it required him to blend into regular highschool life so both the action adventure and slice of life comedy felt natural. The second season of this show dropped the ball with dumb things like the same bad guy coming back to life 3 times until he was
a brain in a jar futurama style barking commands to underlings that had to be retconned into the show just to have it make sense how he could have anyone that would listen to him and allow him to still be a threat after getting blown up twice. Then the third season went full retard and only focused on slice of life comedy and all the action adventure stuff was dumb shit like the main character releasing nerve gas into the school on accident and didn't touch on any of the amazing mercenary missions or plot progression.
But now, 10 years later we have a season 4 and it is as good as that magical first season! Balance has been restored to the universe and we have mercenary missions with non-immortal badguys that have an insane upper hand making the good guys the extreme underdogs in every situation that only survive because of their amazing skills and even then every battle they win (which doesn't always happen) is won by the skin of their teeth and they pay a high price for it. This is it! The tension, the drama, the amazing technical military execution of battle plans, the giant killer robots; everything that made season 1 amazing! And it still has the interpersonal relations and highschool setting without an army of people in mascot costumes with automatic weapons.
I am so glad we finally have a sequel that lives up to the first season. If you are new to Full Metal Panic I suggest watching all of season 1, maybe skimming season 2, completely skipping season 3, and then picking up here.
In these opening weeks of the Spring 2018 anime season, Steins;Gate 0 starts off as the by far highest rated anime, although Megalo Box is the new heavy hitter if we look past sequels. This and more in the opening edition of The Seasonal Quarterly.