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 239600239,600 users)
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Ranked: #14332
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Popularity: #438
Members: 490,642
Favorites: 4,367

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Preliminary Spoiler
Apr 10, 2008
When I first started watching this series, I had very high hopes for this, due to many of my friends saying great things about this series. You can safely say that I was not disappointed.

This series follows a member of the Mithril organization, Sousuke Sagara. He has been assigned with the task of protecting a high school girl, Chidori Kaname, from terrorists and other bad people. To do this, he has to enroll in her high school. Of course, when Sousuke is a stiff with no experience or knowledge whatsoever when it comes to socializing with other people, trouble is predestined to arise.

The story ...
Jul 31, 2008
What, that's it?

Despite not being much of a mecha fan, I decided to check this series out after a lot of strong recommendations from friends and online sites alike. I was expecting a compelling story, jaw-dropping action scenes, and decent humor. Those predictions went zero for three.

Instead, I got a series which seems to have no clue what kind of story it wants to tell. Is it a romance story framed around action and comedy? Or is it an action series with comedy and romance thrown in? This synthesis can work, as long as the director is talented enough, and as long as putting these ...
Feb 1, 2009
Basically, Sargeant Sagara Sousuke, from the anti-terrorism organization Mithril, goes undercover to protect Chidori Kaname, a girl who holds the key to "Black Technology" and is targeted by a terrorist and mastermind criminal. The twist is that Sousuke is socially retarded and he enjoys using his military knowledge in everyday life which causes all kinds of problems and hilarious situations. This definitely was not one of the more believable shows I’ve encountered. How could one of the world’s most feared and professional military units have a 16 year old commander who tolerates abuse from her peers and subordinates? If you can get past ...
Mar 24, 2007
-- [ Full Metal Panic :: Eps: 24 :: Overall: 9 ] -

Full Metal Panic. Now, this is something which you will want to see! It's a very good mixture of humour, action and suspense. In fact, it balanced everything very well so that the anime is neither too heavy, nor too light. It's serious, without being too serious, if you see what I mean. Well, there aren't many things to criticize about Full Metal Panic (FMP), rather there are many things to compliment. Up to now, I found nothing particularly bad. Save perhaps for the lack of details here and there. But if you ...
Oct 30, 2010
Mixed Feelings
Full Metal Panic is a series that tries to please two kinds of viewer, and as a result, succeeds at neither.

The problem with it, in general, is that Full Metal Panic is both a serious militaristic action series and a high school comedy at the same time. Now, I've seen quite a few things over my years that should not go together, but do anyway. This, however, is not one of them. The two of them are essentially a massive clash, rather than a well-mixed combination.

The premise of Full Metal Panic is this: Kaname Chidori is one of the "Whispered", a group of people who ...
Apr 27, 2010
Mixed Feelings
I'm strongly of the opinion that Full Metal Panic is a wasted opportunity. It takes an interesting universe and an interesting political situation which would later be modified and evoked by Gundam 00, and then doesn't quite know if it wants to be a real robot show, a super robot show or a high-school comedy.

My main problem with the mech combat is the "gimmick" of the main units - the Lambda Driver. Essentially it's a thing which makes the impossible possible, acting variously as a force field, an energy weapon, a TRANS-AM style turbo boost and more. It doesn't work too well in my opinion. ...
May 6, 2011
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (13/24 eps)
Full Metal Panic! is the light-hearted story of a military teen with aspergers syndrome who teams up with a high school girl with ADHD and hilarity ensues.

At least that would be the story if there were no robots in it.

This anime fits the bill of being your typical high-school-romantic-comedy with the only major difference being that it's also a mecha anime. The story mostly revolves around the two characters Sousuke Sagara and Kaname Chidori.

Sousuke I-got-a-stick-up-my-ass Sagara is a mercenary working for the top secret military organization MITHRIL who has been assigned to protect Kaname from a host of terrorists and governments who want to ...
May 17, 2010
"Full Metal Panic" and its sequels are a couple of my friends' favourite anime. But to be perfectly honest, I really don't see what all the fuss is about. Although the presentation is pretty shiny (it's GONZO after all), and the execution competent, for me, this is mostly just a bog standard action anime with some comedy moments (only some of which are funny) and some nice gripping scenes sprinkled over it. But the key word there is "mostly"... and more on this later.

You've probably seen the type before. You have a military organisation, and they go on the various missions, always running into this ...
Feb 4, 2009
Full Metal Panic doesn't do anything new, it just does everything better

A lot of mechas alternate between school and action trying to be two different animes at once but were always lacking in one respect. Full Metal Panic is the exception. True, the young Sergeant moonlighting between school and working as a mercenary seems cliche at first, but there's something different about Sousuke and his personality that makes him interesting as a fighter as well as a student. Full Metal Panic does the best job of balancing the two so it never feels like the school episodes are fillers but are necessary ...
Dec 10, 2011

"Oh, Chidori, I was just-"

*Fan slap*

What do you get when you mix a stolid, obedient, loyal, emotionless killing machine with an average, popular, high school girl? HILARITY. Absolute hysterics, rolling on the floor laughing at the insanity of such a crazy combination of weird characters. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this odd mix of personalities.

Sagara Sousuke, a merciless killer and professional guerilla soldier, finds himself in the worse situation possible: protection of a high school girl in a civilian life he has never lived. His emotions, frayed and destroyed from constant warfare since childhood, are nonexistant- until he meets Chidori, that is. The story ranges ...
Dec 24, 2010
Preliminary (15/24 eps)
I began watching this anime after reading a lot of very positive reviews on the internet, with many people saying it's one of their favourite anime of all time. But none of these reviews was well-argued, now I understand why.

Story: 3/10
That is the only good-point of the anime: Full Metal Panic have a story that is not original, but it have the merits of permitting to have both action and humor, and why not an thrilling fight for the sake of the world. But up to episode 15, i saw none of these.
The very firt episodes were okay, but ...
Nov 28, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Full Metal Panic!
Another anime that let me down, i had high expectations towards this anime because how well praised is, and from the beginning to the end this was just fine but not what they say it is.

The setting of the anime is kinda interesting, the problem is that is not well developed and not to mention that the bland characters didn't help at all, with an annoying MC Chidori Kaname who has constant angry problems that comes out of nowhere, and her mood doesn't make sense, why bitch to the person is trying to protect you, and she acts like if he doesn't have ...
Apr 21, 2010
The first compilation review of the HTWA! Hope you find it handy!

"Haha, first to dis this anime :P. It's popular because it has hit US airwaves, other than that I don't know why it's popular. It was mostly boring for me, hated how they had to fight the same guy 4+ times to kill him, and I really hated the Lamda Driver thing, because I don't think something so unrealistic should be in this kind of mecha anime. I did like the characters, animation, and the romance however. Because I know this lamda (whatever) driver is in the next season, I'm not watching any more ...
Nov 27, 2007
This is going to be my first review, but bear with me. You're in for a treat.

Story: (9) For the story, I'd say originality is a key term for FMP. It is a brilliant, well layed out plot and to say that it's nearly perfect is an understatement!

The story goes about a young, yet skillful 17 year-old MITHRIL sergeant, Sousuke Sagara. In his bare nature, he is military-obsessed and also clueless of normal civilian conduct. As a sergeant under command of the military, Sousuke is instructed to look after and protect Ms. Kaname Chidori. Kaname, for one, is very unique. As one ...
Feb 6, 2013
Full Metal Panic is a pulpy Cold-War era story that has been run through the Anime-machine. From the cold-war story side we get conspiracies to start World War 3 involving Soviet scum with gloriously evil villains and high-tech weaponry fighting guerilla warfare. From the anime side we get the heroes not being pumped full of testosterone faultlessly nationalistic Americans, but instead a teenage boy and a paramilitary force with terrible CG submarines captained by a cute teenage girl. Also giant robots. Because there is not a single story than cannot be improved with the addition of giant robots.

Full Metal Panic has to win some kind ...
Jun 23, 2007
Okay. The following is a review I did ages ago, for another website. But I wrote it so here it is. Don\'t bitch if you think it\'s shit.

Plot Summary: Based on the Japanese Novels of the same name, Full Metal Panic! is a series set around Souske Sagara, a member of the Anit-Terrorist Organisation \'Mithril\', and Kaname Chidori. Souske\'s mission is to act as a bodygaurd to Ms. Chidori by becoming a fellow High School student.

Storyline: The story line towards the beginning relies on alot more of a comedic approach but quickly shocks you away with Terrorist Hijackings, Mecha battles and deep details of ...
Aug 22, 2014
Mixed Feelings
Story: This anime is about a highly trained military commando/mecha pilot with no social skills named Sagara. He gets assigned to pose as a high school student to protect a large-breasted female student from being abducted by terrorists. As silly as the plot is, it creates room for interesting challenges. How will he blend in? How will he avoid suspicion? How will he protect this girl without blowing his cover? Etc. Well this anime chooses to brazenly ignore all of those concerns and have the Sagara act about as conspicuous as possible. It really requires that the audience suspend all disbelief. Example: What’s a normal ...
Dec 1, 2008
Is Full Metal Panic! worthwhile?
Is it fun?
Should I watch it?

Yes, definitely yes.

Let me give a more detailed explanation as to why. A little less concrete, yet informative.

See, Full Metal Panic! didn't have much to offer me. I don't like Mecha's too much, I enjoy watching them, but I don't like the genre most of the time. I don't like stories with a slow plot for a story that doesn't makes much logical sense (unless it is random comedy). But still, even though Full Metal Panic! could be considered both of these, Full Metal Panic! proved me wrong.

It started off with more comedy and romance one ...
Jun 8, 2009
Sagara Sosuke may look like a high school boy, but he is anything but your average teenager: hardened by years of battle, he is now one of the most skilled (and humorless) operatives of the secretive and powerful paramilitary MITHRIL organization. All this changes, however, when he, along with the lecherous sniper Kurtz Weber and ornery commander Melissa Mao, are assigned to protect pretty young Chidori Kaname, who may be one of the mysterious and sought-after "Whispered." Trained assassins, mech-piloting psychopaths, and booby traps, Sagara can deal with... it's infiltrating a Japanese high school and trying to blend in that's the real challenge. ...
Mar 15, 2008
I had originally watched Full Metal Panic! (FMP) 5 years ago and at the time I had thought it was a nice watch. Then during summer of 2007 I decided to rewatch FMP. I had marathoned the series instead of watching only 2-3 episodes a day. As I was watching I thought “wow, was FMP this entertaining/fun to watch back then?” I guess the reason for this is because FMP is a fun show to watch, especially one to marathon.

By “fun” this also means the anime is pretty light hearted and doesn’t have too much complexity. The story ...