-- WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILER --
I was scrolling through 9gag and I find a funny anime GIF. Though I don't know what anime it is, a captain appears and kind enough to tell me the title is. Full Metal Panic, I was hoping this anime to be a comedic series it is not. It was like 10% comedy, 80% mecha fights, and 10% nonsense. Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating this series but I'll try make this review as objective as possible.
Story is not the strongest point in this series. I got tired watching the main characters fighting the same enemy
the entire time. And yes, the bad guy -Gauron- is the only antagonist in this series. This smiling bastard -Gauron- always crawl back from the River of Styx and the protagonist -Sagara Sousuke- is kind enough not to confirming his kill. Gauron's evil deeds knows no end, I just wondering how a human can be so evil. I thought he was a businessman but he was doing nothing but evil. And the main characters don't even realize that they had been playing on Gauron's palm the whole time.
[Art and Animation] 7/10
Don't expect too much, it's a 2002 anime don't compare it with the latest anime (believe it or not lots of people doing this). But I've seen better quality animation for an early 2000 anime, Full Metal Panic is just average.
I like the music and the music videos are so classic, love that!
The characters are too shallow! They don't develop the characters much in this entire series. In my opinion they added too many fighting scenes (and the fighting scenes is not great either). The main protagonist, Sagara, is a skilled Arm Slave pilot and a military-freak. He's really straighforward and easily misunderstood. Lacks common sense always appears expressionless that somewhat makes him funny. Sagara mostly associated with Chidori Kaname, a short-tempered girl that can't deal with Sagara's stunts. Nothing else make her special, just average character with a special power to make the plot going. Though she can still crying and pouting nonsense in a critical situations while the others are risking their lives to fight Gauron and saving her sorry ass. And the other main character is Testarossa "Tessa" Teletha. She's a 16 years old genius and the Captain of the fleet. Tessa is kind enough to cry over her subordinate (underling) death. But she can't deal with Mao Mellissa very well. She always playing with her hair while thinking. This one simple thing makes her characters stands out from the rest, the other characters don't have this unique feature as Tessa. As for Gauron he's simply too evil, I won't be surprised if his middle name was "Evil". The other extra characters such as classmates disappear after the first half of the series. The marines are incompetent, they can't even shoot a gun from a mere 10 meters distance. And last but not least is Kalinin Andrei Sergeivich a Lieutenant Commander of the fleet. I know from a glint of his eyes that he's a true veteran of war. Unfortunately he didn't get much screen time in this series.
I really enjoys the story about the characters especially when Tessa appears. But the action is kinda boring and repetitious and the fighting animation is not that great. The main plot is not really enjoyable, I just wondering when will Gauron die the entire time.
If you're looking for a retro action military anime then Full Metal Panic maybe perfect for you. But if you're not, give FMP a try it's worth to watch :)