A third of the way through the Spring anime season, and FMP does not seem in any danger of losing its path so far. You want action, romance, explosions, and drama, this anime is definitely aiming to deliver.
Episode 3 gave me more or less exactly what I wanted from Full Metal Panic and episode 4 gave us a very solid follow up. Chidori and Sousuke plan their rescue of the students and while they do save their classmates it isn’t without cost and it doesn’t go without a hitch. Plot armour is reasonably strong in this anime with main characters only getting wounded rather than killed, but seeing Tokiwa writhing in pain after getting a chunk of school building lodged in her side isn’t exactly easy watching. While we assume she’ll recover, there’s a real tension that one mis-step could lead to any one of these characters dying.
Of course, after the beautiful moment between Chidori and Sousuke last week and some fairly touching early scenes this week, we knew that things were approaching the end and while you see it coming a mile away it still hits hard. What I think really sells these events is Sousuke’s reaction as his usual stoicism is utterly and completely dispelled and we see the boy he is who has just lost the person he loves.
And for those just in it for the giant robot fights, you’ll find those too as well as a dramatic escape by Tessa and the others (again with causalities aplenty to add to the real drama of the situation). So far this returning series has delivered what I wanted and I’m loving each and every episode. Really looking forward to next week.
- Episode 3: Combining War and Battle with Teen Drama
- Episode 2: The Weight of The Drama Is Real
- Full Metal Panic Invisible Victory First Impressions
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