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
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Themes: MechaMecha, MilitaryMilitary
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.601 (scored by 238534238,534 users)
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Ranked: #14182
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Popularity: #432
Members: 487,744
Favorites: 4,356

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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.

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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.

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Chigira, Kouichi
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Tsuruoka, Youta
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"Tomorrow" by Mikuni Shimokawa

Ending Theme

"Karenai Hana" by Mikuni Shimokawa


Feb 13, 2022
Full Metal Panic is a unique blend of serious mecha military drama and high school slice of life the likes of which can only be found in the medium of anime. What other entertainment medium could flip so easily from a story about your entire platoon being wiped out in a horrible desert ops massacre to preparations for the school festival? It's actually a kind of black humor the way they treat Sousuke Bousuke as a joke for being so stiff and not understanding how a normal high school boy should act even though the reason he's that way is because he's only known the ...
Apr 13, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Have you ever put up with something you really didn’t like, just because there was a singular, redeeming aspect that made the entire experience worth it? Maybe it was the pain relief that came with getting a tooth filled. Maybe it was the degree at the end of a long four (or five, or six) years in college. Or maybe it was Full Metal Panic S1, a show that I found so unenjoyable but stuck with entirely because of one character.

This show, specifically S1 but the entire franchise in general, is a black sheep for me. I don’t like military shows, mecha shows, or ...
Jul 3, 2018
I don't even know where to start. For the first 2-3 episodes it was actually good with all the misunderstanding and accidents that Sagara caused but that's it. Is this a school comedy or a serious military action anime? This feels weird saying this since Fullmetal Panic came out first, but it's like one big discount version of Code Geass, which actually succeeded in mixing those two genres.

The plot is sketchy at best and makes no sense at worst. I think it's about people born with information inside them and they call give this information via telepathy but I don't know what is those "Whispered" ...

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