Full Metal Panic!

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English: Full Metal Panic!
Synonyms: FMP, Fullmetal Panic!
Japanese: フルメタル・パニック!


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


Score: 7.641 (scored by 212281212,281 users)
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Ranked: #12022
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Popularity: #357
Members: 430,595
Favorites: 4,020

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Mecha and politics in a school based, adult world and alternate timeline setting. Both at time comical but mostly intense and gripping. Highly recommended! 
report Recommended by Allografter
Both have very similar plots. Gundam 00 is more serious while Full Metal Panic! is comedy oriented.  
report Recommended by Pewpers
Because of Kazuma and Ayano. Their relationship is similar to those of Chidori and Sosuke. And their both funny. But, their difference is that, FMP uses military theme while Kaze no Stigma uses magic theme. 
report Recommended by soupy197
Both are 26 episodes-long mecha series with plenty of comedy and action. But above all, the characters in Nadesico and their relationships are eerily similar to the ones in FMP. In both we have a pretty dense mecha pilot guy (Sousuke/Akito) who's competed between a friend (Kaname/Megumi) and his captain (Tessa/Yurika). Sousuke and Yurika are even physically very similar to Akito and Kaname. In both anime we also find the tsundere, the meganekko, the ladies man, the cook, etc. 
report Recommended by RenaPsychoKiller
Similarities: - Mecha - Both involve a single soldier experiencing a different life - Both soldiers have no clue about the world around them - They also both don't know anything besides how to fight - They both involve a female protagonist Differences: - Redo comes from a different world all together - This has a more discovery/adventurous feel while FMP! has a comedy feel.  
report Recommended by Keodara
Black Lagoon is similar to FMP with the whole Mercenary thing, but Black Lagoon is a lot more vulgar than FMP. Both great series. 
report Recommended by Grimmm
Both are science-fiction, military-related anime although Toshokan Sensou doesn't have mechas. The main male characters give the same feelings but are quite different. Toshokan Sensou deals with book protection task force while FMP is oriented at resolving world terrorism and conflict. But both are military organization that works for an ideal, justice and freedom. 
report Recommended by wakka9ca
The main protagonists - Tatsuya and Sagara are both "abnormal" teenagers who are trying to fit in with normal highschool life ... while protecting a girl in the same grade. 
report Recommended by kirareen
They both have a western comics feeling, main characters are really GAR and they are very good comedies.  
report Recommended by sanjica
The main male character are both clueless to regular ways of living. This is just a taste of comedy while full metal panic is widely more enjoyable 
report Recommended by Chacopal
Similarities: - Has action, mecha and military theme and a little bit of school setting - Has unique mecha abillities called "drives". FMP has "lambda drive" and Aldnoah Zero has "aldnoah drive". These skills resembles a lot, and almost identical. - Male protagonist are professional mecha robot users and works for the military - Male protagonist protects girl - The mecha robots are equipped with guns, and shoots each other Differences: - FMP is more comedy/romance oriented - Aldnoah has hints of romance but it is almost unnoticeable - Aldnoah.Zero takes place mostly in space - FMP is about protecting people from teorrists, while Aldnoah is war between Earth and Mars I recommend to watch FMP  read more 
report Recommended by JJkunLL
Both are heavy into the military type setting where a small organization is trying to prevent large conflict. Overall very similar with the female and male relationship and plot. Full Metal Panic will probably seem like a more relaxed show. Both are good watches and I would recommend them both to anyone with any interest in mobile suits.  
report Recommended by sunrise110
Teenager controlling big robots to fight the enemy with a girl the same age as him that he loves helping him with her visionary abilities, with a little bit humor here and there. What's NOT similar? 
report Recommended by Kirimao
the relationship between kaname and souske is very similar to the relationship between taiga and ryujji 
report Recommended by edwardyyu9f
I find that Saber (F/SN) & Sousuke Sagara (FMP!) are very similiar. The pragmatic soldier type that thinks of battle 24/7. While FMP! was more comedic because he was out of place F/SN has Saber in the right environment. The Romance story also takes on a more serious tone. While FMP! keeps the shounen inexperienced, lack of bravery in all regards romantic like confessing one's love; F/SN manages to develop romance and pay it off. Both Male & Female leads are in High School or of that age but comedy is rare in F/SN, the tone remains that of FMP! battle scenes for the most  read more 
report Recommended by Legion17
Both are mecha/"fighting spirit" hybrids with a heavy dose of comedy and romance, with both featuring massive conspiracies, fate-of-the-world-rests-on-a-teenage-boy-using-a-robot plot, etc 
report Recommended by robfoster
Well, the two of them have a lot of comedy. And a little similarity in 'school things'. The two of them are awesome for comedy/romance. :D 
report Recommended by narusenpai
In Katanagatari and Full Metal Panic! both main characters have dull senses and carry important duties-protection; nonetheless, they overcome them and encounters different battles altogether. 
report Recommended by ethan_u
Its a High School Girl & a weird strange boy. Kaname Chirdori, the main heroine of Full Metal Panic shares many characteristics of Kagome. Sousuke Sagara, the main hero, is more like Sesshomaru without the pride. With the perverted Kurz Weber and battle-ready Melissa Mao to round out the major group, it leads to funny high school slapstick and awesome Mecha action. And with Teresa (mistranslated as Teletha) "Tessa" Testarossa to complete the romantic triangle comedy. 
report Recommended by Legion17
Both are excellent "real robot" mecha anime, and share a very intense and "realistic" feel towards the combat depicted. Both have a strong romance subplot, though 08th is minus the high school setting and related wackiness and also bit thinner on the humor. 08th is also a very good series to get into Gundam, it's set in the same universe as the classic Gundam series however it's more of a side story then anything else. 
report Recommended by darkninja2000
The lead characters are incredibly similar. Kaname and Akane and both short-tempered, and violent, but also kind, sweet, and easily embarrassed. The male leads, Sagara and Ranma, are both romantically and sexually clueless. The relationship that they have with the female lead is also very similar. Both have incredible ability in combat, which often gets them in trouble.  
report Recommended by generic_user
Both series revolves around the theme of mecha and their usage in combat and war. Both series contains an unique relationship between the male and female protagonist. Additionally, the female protagonist in both series are strong and independent figures who can take care of themselves. Both series also contain a little comedy at school and mixes it in with drama, action, and later some emotional factors.  
report Recommended by Stark700
I kept thinking of this series while watching Shana, a boy/girl pair fighting evil, some cute romance, love triangles and lots of action (though there is no magic in FMP) but if you like one, you'll love the other! 
report Recommended by as3
both are mecha anime but while Bacuretsu is more serious FMP has more comedy involved. 
report Recommended by mav419
same fan service and same way love and Main characters have a psychological  
report Recommended by akalia21
Black Cat is like FMP because they share starting plots. A guy is lost in life (or being controlled) and has no real freedom to do what they want or strive for. So they go on through life until a girl leads them away from their positions of command and give them a new point of view. This is how FMP and Black Cat is alike and why I would recommend it to somebody that likes BC or FMP. 
report Recommended by nathansmmrs
Advanced weaponry that looks possible in the near future, a cast of characters that are both comedic and serious at times and don't forget the great chemistry between them in their respective series. In my humble opinion, if you enjoy one series, then you will definitely find enjoyment in the other! 
report Recommended by AFKsinon
both have "child" from forign country's working for the military and are both ACTION PACKED with little offbeat humour ,deffinantly alike in ways 
report Recommended by Avato-chan
Kurenai's style is a little more unique, while FMP has more romance. But, at the core, both stories are similar in humor and in plot - a young guy is entrusted with a girl to protect and so on...Plus, both stories are very good. Watch them! 
report Recommended by as3
Both give the same feel, have big action, and are geat funny comedies! The only diference: DK - magic, FMP - mecha. If you like one of these anime, you will love the other one too! -both anime main male characters act, look, and sound almost the same. -both anime main female characters like the boy, but don't want to admit it. 
report Recommended by robox45
Both have a displaced warrior/soldier that pilots a mecha. He is proficient at his martial skills, and is initially cold and serious. He meets a regular girl and has to adjust to what it means to live a peaceful life in a different setting. In the end, he finds new things to protect and better reasons to fight. Both take some time to get rolling but have pretty solid characters and plots. 
report Recommended by Javilin
Both are slice-of-life comedies (Patlabor being a workplace slice-of-life, FMP being set in a high school) set against a backdrop that discusses serious topics such as militarism, crime and terrorism. Both feature more urban combat than your usual mecha anime, with fights being done in densely populated areas where collateral damage raises the risks of things going wrong.  
report Recommended by Fortress_Maximus
Both shows feature a semi-episodic action-adventure. Golden kamuy is a more mature series that incorporates historical & slice of life elements without sacrificing "high tension" moments. Full metal panic is a more conventional shounen-esque adventure that is more plain by comparison but nevertheless effective and not without substance. Both have great characters you will grow familiar with, each equipped with "light" but effective character arcs (i.e. don't expect Vinland saga level writing but you won't be disappointed). Although there are many differences between the two shows somehow I have a hunch they appeal to the same type of person. 
report Recommended by Anjuro
Both of these shows are about bringing the military into unusual places. In Gate, the military fights in a fantasy world while in Full Metal Panic, military action takes place in school.  
report Recommended by GridironOtaku
Both series contain mecha usage as well as military references. Of course with that, there comes missions that the characters takes on daily after training. The characters in both series are interesting to watch and both series contain plenty of action, drama, and some humor. 
report Recommended by Stark700
There is no doubt that sci-fiction and military themes are present in both of these series. Additionally, there is action and drama and even signs of psychological identity in both series as the episodes progresses.  
report Recommended by Stark700
*there are knives in both but in full metal panic its mostly the robots with the knifes *izaya and gauron are both really mean but silly *izaya and gauron both cause fires *i think izaya would definitely become a terrorist for fun and gauron is a terrorist who has fun at work *they both have wacky twin sisters introduced later 
report Recommended by helveticaotsu
Both female protagonists have strong powers that they're not quite aware of and are meant to be sheltered and protected 
report Recommended by star_crumbs
An unusual mix of typical high school hijinks and gunplay. 
report Recommended by NeoRinTinTin
They are both comedies with a military style background and a good sense of romance between the two main characters. Though FMP is 3 seasons long and hidan no aria is short. 
report Recommended by MBreeze
The Mech design is almost identical... also the protagonist both mikazuki and Sousuke has similarities. 
report Recommended by nicklenat
it has a lot to do with mechas and a badass main character who is needed because he is so badass. plus theres some romance thrown in which makes things more interesting at times. if you like action there is plenty to go around in both series, full metal panic is a bit more bloody and harsh though. isekai is more oriented towards sexy flight suits and fights that dont kill whereas full metal has quite a bit of death. however both are quite similar to each other with the mecha and the main guy, they both are interesting with an underlying main plot that  read more 
report Recommended by animetakestime
Both contain heavy references to military warfare, and contain an important military theme throughout the shows. Both also contain naval heavy plots, however Full Metal Panic also contains more slice of life, as opposed to Zipang's more thought provoking and interesting plot. 
report Recommended by Green
Both made by Kyoani, and there are quite a few FMP references in Lucky Star as well! :D 
report Recommended by XXXXXXXXXIII
Both series were exemplary when it came to showing the horrors of war. Also, the 2 series have a side love interest that weighs heavily on the decisions of the main protagonists. The dubs both have Chris Patton voiicing the main charachters.  
report Recommended by skyhei1995
Both anime balance the genres of action and comedy in a high school setting. FMP differs with its comedic situations originating from its military protagonist as he struggles to fit into the normality of high school, whilst also working to protect one of the school students from harm. While the story of Ansatsu Kyoushitsu involves a classroom of students assigned to assassinate a powerful creature, as he becomes their teacher, with its comedy originating from the pranks, mishaps and fails of the characters. So, if your a fan of stories that incorporate and constiently switch between the genres of comedy and action than you'll be  read more 
report Recommended by Akoram
Mecha anime that focus on guerilla warfare, and small squadron battles. Both also have hints of romance  
report Recommended by Short_Circut
- Both series involves action, mecha/military and romance theme - Both series has a slight element of school setting - Both series takes place in the future, sci-fi genre - Male MC are professional robot-users - Both series male protagonist protects female protagonist - Both series uses mecha robots for military use Both series reminds of each other even if they have a decade release date in between them. Even though FMP is from 2002, the animation resembles Code Geass animation, and therefore you should not worry about the quality/art. 
report Recommended by JJkunLL
They are both awesome mech fests of infinite enjoyment!!!!!! They both have big mecha, mecha combat, strong protagonists, and great dynamic characters. Have fun and enjoy! 
report Recommended by nguyenco
One of my favorite aspects of both shows are their main characters. Both Edward and Sagara are really cool main characters who fight to protect their friends. They are both serious when they need to be, sometimes unintentionally really funny, and of course very skillful in battle. The main female protagonists in both shows, Winry(FMA) and Chidori(FMP), are also very interesting and fun characters who I enjoyed. Both shows have a great balance of action-packed fights and comedic relief. They are somewhat military based animes but more especially in FMA. Another thing I liked was that they both had a cool sci-fi feel to  read more 
report Recommended by Axel97
Haru and Sousuke have a lot in common. Shizuku and Chidori are both tsundere girls trying to keep the guys from causing bloodshed. Both shows, especially Fumoffu! season in FMP's case, revolve around the main male protagonist trying to lead an ordinary school life. 
report Recommended by ElDoRado1239
Similarities: - A male and a female protagonist - School setting - Action/Mecha/Comedy/Romance genre & theme - Love triangle Differences: - Story approach is slightly different because Aquerion involves fantasy/supernatural elements, while FMP involves military elements Recommendation: If you like action, mecha and romance mixed together, then i will highly recommend these series. Both of them are very good, and reminds of each other. Besides, you don't have to be afraid of the FMP animation even though it is from 2002. The animation is actually pretty decent and can be compared to Code Geass animation from 2006. 
report Recommended by JJkunLL
Both series deals with military usage of mecha robots fighting for something. Both series are very similar, especially the charachters. For those of you who are into action, mecha and looking for romance (love triangle), then these animes are must-watches. Similarities: - Main characters consists of 1 male protagonist and 2 female protagonists. Sagara Sosuke = Bridges Yuuya (Male protagonist are very similar in charachter design) Chidori Kaname = Takamura Yui (Main heroine) Testarossa Teletha = Barchenowa Cryska (2nd main heroine) - Both series involves "boy saves girl(s)" - Main charachters friends/comrades are very alike, and almost identical in some ways. - Mecha designs and its fights are very similar - Romance =  read more 
report Recommended by JJkunLL
Grisaia no Kajitsu is like what would happen if you put the protagonist of Full Metal Panic in the events of Bakemonogatari written by the guys of Key with help from Gen Urobuchi. Both GnK and FMP are romantic comedy anime about teenaged secret military top soldiers sent to a normal school where they try to live "normal" lives. Both start out with lots of comedy, then become dark fairly quick. Although, while GnK stays mostly dark after, FMP goes back and forth with comedy. 
report Recommended by justice0
A Person with strong ties to military personnel goes and protects someone with ties to the military that they do not know about. Both have: Some episodes very packed with action and others have tons of episodic slice of life episodes were they just mess around. Fanservice. The person being protected likes the person doing the protecting. Both sides of the shows have very similar tones as the similar ones in the other show.  
report Recommended by Oshino_Edan
They share the same basic concept of war and strategy. And also the use of robot machines that beat the crap out of stuff. 
report Recommended by DarkRaven120
The main male character is beaten up by the object of his affection daily 
report Recommended by arthas1011
Same interaction and situations between the two protagonist. The male leads are very similar too. 
report Recommended by Zazzy753
Eventhough the story and main objective to these anime seem different there are many similar things to each. These anime are both mecha and action ,added ecchi, both have a kind of head strong main girl character, and i found the art style ,most of all ,to be very similar to each other 
report Recommended by Littlerascal92
Both anime are set more or less in present-day world. Main characters of both anime have supernatural powers that they are not awere and are also quietly protected from underground groups. Of course in time they learn to use their powers. 
report Recommended by hajil
If one is looking for the kind of socially awkward protagonist that has to face the struggles of adapting to a kind of life different from all they've known, these two series would have that protagonist. Military life, civilian life. These are two worlds that ordinarily do not mix - but in these titles they do to an extent; and so begins the trials of our main characters who experience this transition between both worlds. Watch and see just how they adapt (or fail to adapt) to this new lifestyle. Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it certainly works for me. 
report Recommended by SayakaMagica
Both anime are set in present day world, and are about person unknowingly containing vast knowledge inside them being cought in a conflict between secret organizations 
report Recommended by hajil
I kept thinking of this series while watching Shana, a boy/girl pair fighting evil, some cute romance, love triangles and lots of action (though there is no magic in FMP) but if you like one, you'll love the other 
report Recommended by as3
The stories are different in these, but thy are both funny and pleasant to watch, with characters you really grow to love and identify with. . .  
report Recommended by as3
both have comedy (slapstick), action though one's mecha & other's like explosions/magic, main leads are like similar in some way. both are serious & light. 
report Recommended by midori-
well let's see.. there's the mecha, the fighting for justice, the comedy, the love-story, the high school drama, the partial nudity.. guess it's pretty similar.. actually, it's even better than mai-hime in my opinion.. especially when you get to the next 2 seasons.. yep. 
report Recommended by inoneoutheother
Both shows have hilarious comedy in between action. Both shows feature a bit of a romance. The only thing FMP has more of is Drama. Kenichi has more comedy and ecchi moments than FMP. Also the male VA for Sagara Souske does the voice of Shirahama Kenichi. Both shows are really lots of fun, so check them out! 
report Recommended by iwubanime
Vandread and Full Metal Panic are both mecha action comedies with some romance mixed in here and there. I think these two series are similar to each other and are some of my favorite mecha series. Each series deals with a main character having to learn to adapt to new surroundings, people, and life style. Vandread its guys being thrown into an all girls world and in FMP its him being thrown into school life from military life.  
report Recommended by Hush
Many of funny moment ,many of action , moment of nice music ..... very cute shoujo's & of course MECHA'S !! .. so if you like FNP style maybe you gonna liked Macross F ..  
report Recommended by Listek
It has action, fun and great characters! 
report Recommended by LazyMan
Number one thing that both share are the Mobile Suits with which the main characters fight. In both stories a young male is the main character who fights for what he thinks is right, both find pain and love as they try to make their way through life. But Full Metal Panic has much more Comedy in it than Gundamn Seed, though at soem times the story gets rather serious. 
report Recommended by hitsuki_kun
Both of these shows are about a teenager who is the only one capable of piloting an incredibly powerful mecha. Mithril and Terra have some similarities as organizations, and if you watch the English dubs there are a lot of voice actors in common. 
report Recommended by Nyktos
Great comedy shows loaded with slapstick humor, overly ridiculous jokes, "magic", etc. Though FMP! is only half-comedy, you're bound to like the action, and while Karin seems like it has a stupid premise, it's actually quite clever. 
report Recommended by robfoster
Despite the fact that Full Metal Panic is like a Gundam series while Pretear is like a Sailor Moon/Captain Planet hybrid, both shows utilize a similar style of comedy, have many similarly stereotyped characters, as well as both having entertaining action sequences in between. 
report Recommended by robfoster
Guy who's forced to go to a school in a culture he can't hope to comprehend gets tangled up with a Tsundere, constantly gets into all sorts of misunderstandings and altercations (hilarity ensues, obviously), has to fight one villain after the other, and you just can't help but grin when someone gets punched. 
report Recommended by robfoster
Both Series have a protagonist who is socially inept, but likeable anyway. Also, for both their ability is only partially due to special abilities and largely due to actual physical training on thier part. Both are dark tortured souls though they come of as mild-manored and in control. 
report Recommended by indi135
Definitely watch this if you liked mobile suit gundam. Personally I liked full metal panic better because of the settings. Full metal panic's conflicts and battles seem more realistic. Yes there is mecha's but this deals with things like nuclear weapons, political attacks, demand and request etc etc. While mobile suit gundam 00 goes to unrealistic things like the linear train, space battles, and more. Nonetheless, both are great animes and I liked them both. 
report Recommended by CarterCart
Dai-Guard and Full Metal Panic are opposite sides of the same coin. Full Metal Panic is a super robot show that masquerades as a real robot show, while Dai-Guard is a real robot show done in the style of a super robot show. Dai-Guard closely examines some of the themes that Full Metal Panic takes for granted (like what would compel a private company to fund a mecha project, and what the military's response would be to a privatized defense program). Both series enjoy their comedic moments off the battlefield. 
report Recommended by Kuiper
angeloid ( ikaros ) and military ( sagara souske ) have similarities (tomoki and chidori) - they having hard time to live on normal place - they dont know how to live on a normal life - they have the same taste of comedy that you cant find on other anime - both are enjoyable  
report Recommended by shast007
If you like the Seed then you will enjoy FMP. Tessa Testarosa is very similar to Lacus Clyne. enoy 
report Recommended by blwnrtr89
I noticed that Naru and Kaname have similar looking face and attitude. They're both violent, and both of them often use harisen to knock off Keitaro and Sousuke. 
report Recommended by KennyInDrAke
One of the humorous jobs the main character in Full Metal Panic! has to do is...be the trashboy. Yes, both animes make a strangely poignant emphasis on taking care of the trash properly, and even though everyone makes fun of the task, it shows how big a deal it can be every now and then. In that regard, both shows have very similar playful humor not to mention tiny bits of blooming romance scattered throughout, while undertaking highly practical, dangerous, challenging missions. Oh yeah, you just can't forget! There are funny training moments, since space training and military training tends to be  read more 
report Recommended by zewho
They're both Sci-Fi and the relationships between the main characters are similar. Both of the two male main characters work to save the world or the country. They're also quite different but they're good in their own way.  
report Recommended by JungTaco
Both anime are great mecha anime. Both anime have that love aspect that makes the mecha more interesting. Just like in Full Metal Panic, the main character in Kurogane, Hayase Kouichi, has many girls that like him. Kurogane no Linebarrels draws you in. Kurogane fighting scenes are excellent. If you liked Full Metal Panic then you will like Kurogane no Linebarrels. 
report Recommended by GDManga
In both ther are mecha, schoolgirls as main heroes, male characters who are weak in iunderstanding women, and systems of connecting human mind to computer. Stellvia is more shoujo though 
report Recommended by magicmaster
+Both anime main character come to school but he got secret mission to accomplish. +Both main male character got a girl beside them and they are similar. +Both got Action and School genre. +Both got secret organization and crime syndicate. 
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