It's back-to-school mayhem with Kaname Chidori and her war-freak classmate Sousuke Sagara as they encounter more misadventures in and out of Jindai High School. But when Kaname gets into some serious trouble, Sousuke takes the guise of Bonta-kun—the gun-wielding, butt-kicking mascot. And while he struggles to continue living as a normal teenager, Sousuke also has to deal with protecting his superior officer Teletha Testarossa, who has decided to take a vacation from Mithril and spend a couple of weeks as his and Kaname's classmate.
Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu adapts content from novels 1 to 3, 5 and 6 of Shoji Gatoh's side story light novel series Full Metal Panic! Tanpenshuu. Episode 9 adapts content from the other side story series Full Metal Panic! Side Arms.
Okay, first things first. One: If you haven't watched the original Full Metal Panic! series, watch it beforehand. Knowing the characters *will* make the humor better. Two, if you didn't like the part of the original series that was about Sosuke and Chidori's everything but normal high school life, turn around, because that's all Fumoffu is about. Okay, let's get to reviewing.
The story in Fumoffu follows, as mentioned, Chidori and Sosuke's wacky high school life, and has none of the mecha aspects that FMP! had. This means that there is room for tons of comedy - given that you liked that part of FMP!
You'll see everything from bacteriological weapons to flirt contests in this series, and not to mention, Sosuke's total lack of "street smarts". There is no continuous story from episode to episode, except two episodes which were tied together. Some of the episodes also feature two mini-episodes at around 10 mins. each instead of one full-length episode. While this system wouldn't have worked with, let's say, FMP!, it works perfectly for an all-out comedy show like Fumoffu. I see some people rate the story with a 4 because it's really no story (and I kinda agree with them on that), but I'm giving it a 9, because I consider what happens in each episode as well in my rating.
The artwork is as great as it was in FMP!. The coloring is better than most series out there, and other effects are okay. And while above average overall, it's nothing really spectacular, and so it ends up on a 9.
The soundtrack isn't much to brag about, and the worst aspect of the series, if you ask me. I hardly noticed it was there, and when I did, I can't say I was impressed. The only exception is the OP/ED themes, which were great, but not good enough to raise the music to a score of 8.
The characters are the same old people I learned to love in FMP!, and that love was enough to cover up for the big lack of character development - they were the same old characters throughout the 12 episodes. But then again, I didn't really expect much character development since it's a comedy show. The side characters that were introduced were really hilarious, especially that crazy police woman. I'm stuck on an 8.5 here, too bad MAL doesn't have the ability to put in X.5 scores >_<
All in all, I enjoyed the show a lot, and I laughed almost all the time. To summarize: If you liked FMP! and it's characters, and most importantly, the comedy aspects of the show, you have to watch Fumoffu.
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After watching all the FMP seasons I have to say that, without a doubt, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is the best one. FMP F are just spin-offs, side stories that take place right after the first Full Metal Panic! and before Second Raid season. If you are looking for a good laugh this is definitely one of the best options around.
Does this anime really have a story? Almost every episode is divided in two sub-episodes parts, that equals two stories per episode. Mostly one has nothing to do with the other episodes. Now if Fumoffu doesn't have a story why is so good? Easy: in
the first season the anime focuses, almost all the time, in the belic conflicts that "Mythril" has with different terrorist organizations. But the thing is that they've created amazing-over the top characters, characters they have to show off in another way, in a theme that accentuates more the master work they've done: a comedy theme, and not in the serious-storyline theme that characterized the first season. This is called fan service my friends.
Now which place is the most popular for an anime to take place and to develop? The answer is simple: school. This ambience is used now in almost all animes simply because is part of the formula, a formula that is successful. This season is made mainly because of the lack of that "school development" that the first season has. If you watch Fumoffu carefully, you'll notice that almost every single thing is school-related. In the end no story at all, only fan service, very well done fan service.
The art and design are not that different from the original Full Metal Panic! The characters keep looking good and smooth. The only thing that changes is the locations that, this time, are more detailed. In Fumoffu the school location is a lot more detailed: new sub-locations inside the school are shown (club rooms, school council room, principal's room, etc.) and new characters are introduced to compliment the roles inside the school. Note that in this anime you ain't seeing Mechas (well if you can count Bonta-kun as one xD!).
Regarding opening-ending and BMG's I have to say that FMP is superior than Fumoffu. However Fumoffu does take the voice acting to new horizons. The voices of Chidori and Sagara are a lot more relaxed and funny. Also love the Fumo!!! Fumoffu! sound that Bonta-kun does, it may seen childish but at the end it's really one of the most hilarious stuff this anime has to offer. Nice sound but as a "sequel" it doesn't outstand it's predecessor.
Full Metal Panic! has always characterized for having one of the best casts of characters around. Well Fumoffu does really make this characters look better, if possible, than the original FMP. The way Sagara and Chidori go to school every day, Sagara's paranoism and Chidori's violent personality do help Fumoffu reach the pinnacle in comedy anime. I mean is obvious if you watched the first FMP that the characters are just unique in many ways.
I definitely enjoyed this anime from the first minute to the last one. FMP F offers 100% guaranteed entertaiment, even if you know nothing about FMP this anime is a must watch. Fumoffu is almost at a masterpiece level, the only problem with this show is that it can be VERY random but, then again, that is what makes it funny, isn't it?
If you are not aware already, Full Metal Panic Fumoffu is a spin off of the more serious Full Metal Panic. It seems to be set in point somewhere halfway through the series. Unlike its big brother, it contains no arm slave battles and only a few hostage situations. Instead it focuses on the high school lives of Souske and Chidori and is overall very lighthearted.
Full Metal Panic Fumoffu is probably the funniest anime I have ever seen. It routinely places Souske\'s vast military expertise and relatively little common sense into the spotlight. This show is filled with explosions, rubber bullets and misunderstandings. No matter
what the problem is, it can always be solved by a combination of Chidori\'s level headed approach and Souske\'s arsenal of wacky weaponry.
Speaking of wacky weaponry, this show also introduces my favorite anime character, Bunta-kun: a six foot tall, heavily modified and armed theme park entertainer.
This show is way out there, very funny and a must see for any military otaku.
I would recommend watching the first two or three episodes of Full Metal Panic before seeing this, but it is not necessary.
This is totally different from the real stories, this is like a spin off, one that is aimed to be full comedy without an specific storyline and i got to point out this is much better than the original and the Second Raid and much more enjoyable than both combined.
Well there's no actual linear storyline but more like episodic stories in which every episode has two funny ''stories'' or daily life moments in which Sousuke finds himself and other ones in trouble triggering funny moments, that's it, expect to laugh a lot and Chidori this time has justification for her violence towards Sousuke and
is less violent than in the other two adaptations in which it was unjustified over the top non sense violence and i hated that but here it's justified and even funny, sometimes she's a douch but not like in the other two adaptations.
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The art style is very good, sometimes is deformed and some episodes the quality of the animation drops but considering the time this was made it is pretty good and has a very good animation, better animation value than others of that year or years later. Overall very good.
The music background was good, the OP was good, fitting with the slice of life theme and the ED was ok but what i liked the most was that this time the VA was great and i think they felt compromised to do a great job and make everything funny, enjoyable and on point with the funny actions specially Sousuke, so serious and yet so funny, that's why i think the sound in general was great.
The improvement of the characters is great, maybe it's because of the comedy slice of life or how well the chemistry of the characters is, but for sure the characters were great in Fumoffu and that chemistry is what made everything funnier and better.
-Sousuke is not aware on how to socialize with people at all, and that's what makes it funny, tho he seems more stupid than unaware of logical things.
-Chidori is more likeable in Fumoffu than in the other two adaptations, in which she was the worst character, she's one of the best here, tho i still prefer Tessa.
Just with these two the things are great already, but we have a bunch other support characters that makes it slightly better but still great, like people from Mithril, Kurtz, Melissa and Tessa, funny moments with them as well.
I didn't thought this was gonna be great, i didn't have high hopes for this anime but it surprised me and that come from someone who scored the original with a Six and the Second Raid with a Seven and i wasn't going to watch it but i decided why not and i'm glad i gave it a shot and my enjoyment was great.
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