Full Metal Panic!

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Synonyms: FMP, Fullmetal Panic!
Japanese: フルメタル・パニック!
English: Full Metal Panic!
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Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 8, 2002 to Jun 18, 2002
Premiered: Winter 2002
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 18:30 (JST)
Licensors: ADV Films, Funimation
Studios: Gonzo
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.601 (scored by 243551243,551 users)
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Ranked: #15252
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #449
Members: 501,258
Favorites: 4,400

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Mithril, a covert military institution using state-of-the-art technology to combat terrorist operations, assigns a specialized team to a sensitive mission. Under the command of superior officer Melissa Mao, sergeants Sousuke Sagara and Kurz Weber must secretly protect Kaname Chidori—a teenage girl who unconsciously holds breakthrough scientific knowledge and is considered a "Whispered"—from intelligence agencies and other organizations pursuing her abilities.

While Kurz and Melissa are to assist him remotely, Sousuke enrolls at Kaname's high school as one of her classmates to closely monitor her. However, his militaristic upbringing and poor social skills lead to a difficult adjustment to civilian life. Not only does he attract unnecessary attention, but his actions frequently make Kaname suspicious of him.

Despite the earnest attempts to fulfill his duty, a terrorist ambush further complicates Sousuke's task. Recognizing the vicious mastermind behind the assault, Sousuke abandons his orders to ensure Kaname's safety.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Full Metal Panic! adapts the first three volumes of Shoji Gatoh's light novel series of the same title, as well as content from the first three volumes of the spin-off series Full Metal Panic! Tanpenshuu. Among the differences between the light novels and the anime series, the most notable are episodes 14 to 17, which are anime original stories.

The series was initially scheduled to air on WOWOW before 2002, but it was postponed on account of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks. ADV Films, the licensor for North America, released the anime on the Anime Network on demand between 2003 and 2004. Full Metal Panic! is Gonzo's first anime to receive a dubbed version in Tagalog language.

In Japan, the series was made available on 12 DVDs between February 25, 2002 and January 25, 2003. In North America, seven DVDs were released from June 10, 2003 to February 17, 2004. Additionally, two DVD box sets including the complete collection were also published: one on April 19, 2004 and the other on June 3, 2008.

Characters & Voice Actors


Chigira, Kouichi
Director, Episode Director, Script, Storyboard, Screenplay
Tsuruoka, Youta
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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"Tomorrow" by Mikuni Shimokawa

Ending Theme

"Karenai Hana" by Mikuni Shimokawa

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Mar 27, 2024
This is my first review, so forgive me if it's nothing spectacular :)

Firstly, I wanted to say that I probably had more luck than many others, as I only recently started the Full Metal Panic series and finished it completely within a few days. Maybe after 13 years without a continuation, I would have lost interest or lost hope that it would ever continue. It was unusual for me that I, who have already watched a lot of anime (503), somehow discovered this beautiful anime only very late. But now let's get to my first review ^^

Story - clear and understandable until the point where ...
Dec 4, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Full Metal Panic! features two distinct styles in its storytelling. The first is comedic, starting with Sousuke's struggles to fit in at school and moving on to other topics. The second is the harsh reality of a Mythril soldier, which includes political intrigue, terrorism, sci-fi weaponry, and mecha action. If these two elements had been better integrated, Full Metal Panic! could have been an award-winning series. However, the two styles never really blend well, and the story progresses in awkward chunks as it switches between them. Although both styles start out strong in their respective sections, it's unfortunate that they soon become mediocre. The comedy ...
Mar 17, 2024
From episode 1 I could tell this was nothing special. The comedy was bland and unoriginal usually resulting in Chidori getting mad at Souske and then hitting him. Are your laughing yet? NO.... well get used to it because that's at least half of the series. The other half is a military mech fighting show that barely scratches the surface of what it could be because it decided it wanted to focus on highschool comedy too. The writers did a terrible job with these two concepts because they don't mesh together at all. It doesn't help that the music is limited at well it has ...

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