Full Metal Panic: Fumoffu

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Genre: Comedy

Studio/Creator: Gonzo/Shoji Gatoh and Shiki Douji

Distributor: FUNimation

No. of Episodes: 12

My Rating: 3/10

Suggested Age: 14+

Summary: In this alternate version of Full Metal Panic, Chidori meets Sousuke Sagara not as a soldier, but as an exchange student from a military academy.  The series is meant as a self-parody of the original, and removes the mech and action elements.

Review: When I saw that Full Metal Panic had three separate series, I decided to review all of them individually, rather than focusing on the entire “trilogy” as a whole series. This review will only cover Fumoffu. I have a separate review for the original series if you want a comparison.

This show is vastly different from its predecessor.  Chidori no longer has her Whispered abilities. The members of Mithril do appear, but not in the military setting of the original.  The worst thing is what’s happened to Sousuke.  In the previous installment, he was unable to adjust to Chidori’s school because he’d never been in an actual school, and had been in combat training since childhood. Here, it’s only because military school is run differently from public school.  The focus is more on comedy than action. They also apparently removed any competence he had in the original just for the sake of said comedy.

Unless you’re curious to see how Fumoffu differs from the original, I’d say this might be one you should skip. It just didn’t entertain me as much as the original did.

Sub/Dub: The dub cast is the same as before, so if you liked the original, you’ll like this.

Music/Score: The score is more light-hearted than the original, but I still liked it.

Violence: (3/10) Instead of the gritty violence of the original, we get slapstick.

Language: (2/10) Same as before, very mild on language.

Nudity: (3/10) SPOILER! In the finale, a bacteria is accidentally unleashed in a classroom. Rather than killing the students, like everyone thinks will happen, all it does is harmlessly rip their clothes to shreds.

Sexuality: (2/10) Just Kyle’s perverted comments.

Religion: 0/10

Related Media: This is the second of three series based on the light novels of the same name.

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